For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.
This week’s quote is from Ron Dawson, a Special Educational Needs educator, psychologist, researcher, and author.
“The first thing you need to decide when you build your blog is what you want to accomplish with it, and what it can do if successful.”
I started my first blog in 2005 and I had no idea of what I wanted to accomplish with it or what it could do if successful. I just jumped right in and started writing and posting what I wrote. When I started This, That, and the Other, my fifth blog, in 2017, I still had no specific accomplishment goal or goals in mind. I just wanted a platform — or maybe a soapbox — on which to express myself.
I’m very happy with my blog and I feel that, based upon the number of visitors, views, likes, and comments my posts generate each day, it is relatively successful. What that “success” has enabled me to do is to be a part of a wonderful community of other bloggers, where we can share our stories, our poems, our photographs, our beliefs, our perspectives, our opinions, our passions, our experiences, our frustrations, and our lives with one another. And that truly brings me joy.
What Ron Dawson said about needing to decide what you want to accomplish with your blog before you start it may be good advice for some, especially if there’s a definitive niche you’re focusing on or a specific audience you wish to reach.
I don’t think, however, it’s essential for those of us who are “casual” bloggers. I say that, if you love to write and you wish to share what you write with a community of others who also love to write, you should just do it.