Hi guys, it’s been a hectic start to my third year of uni, so sorry I haven’t posted as much.
As I have some time I would like to catch up on my blogging and figured this chain would be the best opportunity.
The Blogger Recognition Award rules
- Produce a post about the award
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a brief story about how your blog began
- Provide two pieces of advice to newbie bloggers
- Select 15 blogs to nominate
- Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post you made about the award
So first a thank you to Morgan at brains and bodies for the nomination.
The Start of Little Sea Bear
This isn’t my first blog/website; I’ve had many from when I was a teenager. My first website was a Harry Potter one on Weebly, it was my obsession and I had started to learn Media in my secondary school which I loved. It inspired me to combine the two, I can’t remember what it is called now, some ridiculously long name that wouldn’t be remembered easily, that’s for sure. But I loved it, and so I started making more websites.
I would class my first official blog and website combination as my old site Disability Is Us. I originally made it for my AS coursework and thought it was great, but then as I focused more on my studies, I left it to get neglected. I went back to it recently, expecting to feel the same love for it that I felt 4-5 years ago. All I saw was a disaster. It’s still live but I plan on moving its content to this site in blog form.
So I started this one but I didn’t want it to be a blog just about disability. While this blog does talk about disability, it is a mixture of some of my interests, hobbies and university experience and I prefer that compared to focusing 100% on disability. I don’t see myself as my disability but see my disability as part of me, so while I cannot remove it completely (and I wouldn’t even if I could), I can include other things that are not related to my disability, keeping the blog’s audience open to everyone. I see it as an open diary really, with a focus on books, travel, education and disability.
Two pieces of advice
I was actually asked to write a post about blogging, so I’ll probably do a more detailed one, but for now, the two pieces of advice will be a good start.
- Use scheduling and drafts to your advantage.
This means that when you start your blog, get as many down in draft form before you actually go live and choose when you want your blogs to be posted. I choose Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but I am constantly looking at stats to see whether I am choosing the right day.Don’t be afraid to try different times. Do you get more views in the morning or in the afternoon? Does one topic get more views on one day than on the other? Play around until you find out what is rght for you and your blog
- Find the right theme
It’ll take time, but if you really care about your blog, it will be time well spent. The right theme says a lot, if you look at my old website linked previously and compare it to Little Sea Bear you can tell that I have spent more time on the appearance of my blog here than over there.You’ll know deep down if your site looks too cluttered, unorganised or overwhelming so spend the time to find the one that makes your site look like one you’d love to visit often.
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