This week is the fourth anniversary of my blog, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the wider blogging community.
For any newcomers to my blog, when I began my goal was to improve my writing. As part of my first year as an Undergraduate, I was struggling to answer questions for the critical writing module within the word count allowed, which was often as short as 500 words long. The discipline of writing my blog posts helped, forcing me to be more concise. At that time writing for me was difficult and not something that I found enjoyable. But accessing the knowledge and receiving the assistance of some great wordsmiths through reading their blogs and them kindly commenting on mine changed my opinion and helped me to increase my enjoyment of writing.
Over the years I have met many people from all over the world, through their blogs and other social media ( Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube and more lately Instagram ) I have seen the world through their eyes and come to appreciate the vast amount that we all have in common. Blogging has become a celebration of what we share and allowed me to broaden my knowledge through the diverse interests of my friends within this enlarged community.
I hope that in return through my love of classical singing and opera I have helped introduce a few more people to this beautiful art form that means so much to me.
I don’t know where the next four years will take me, but I can’t wait to share them with you all.
I first registered my blog on 1st March 2013 and got around to putting my first post up on 7th March 2013, I thought one post looked a little bit lonely all there by itself so I put a few posts up about what I’d been doing in the previous six months then waited to see what happened, and waited, and waited.
At the time there were lots of internet marketers telling everyone how they could get rich quick from blogging and they were some of the first people to stop by my blog and “like” my posts.
I wasn’t sure what I expected to happen but what followed was way beyond anything I could have imagined 🙂
I started my blog to help me improve my writing and to document my training at the RCS so I set my self the task of writing a couple of posts a week. I wrote about my training, my experiences and the things that I enjoyed to do. I wasn’t sure if anyone would share my interests or want to follow my exploits.
Over the following months I found that the discipline of writing my posts helped me with my essays. I met wonderful people within the blogging community who helped me to get my head around my writing, so to each and everyone one of you I would love to say a big THANK YOU 🙂
Can you imagine how I felt today when I found out that I had managed to get a high grade for my most recent history essays – thrilled to bits, over the moon, whoop – lots more to do but I hope that you can tell I was so excited ! Quote “well considered arguments and well researched answers” and “your writing shows care and structure”. STRUCTURE – oh my! It feels like Christmas. Don’t worry it’s not gone to my head, it could have been a fluke 🙂 I still have my off days but like my blog friend Don Royster only told me the other day about writing its “Like making music, it just takes practice” .
I have made lots of truly amazing blogger friends, too many to single any of you out because I’d hate to miss anyone. One of my favourite pastimes is reading through your posts and learning more about the world, different jobs, writing, history, poetry, photography, art, music, fashion and especially farming :).
I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months have in store for me and I do hope that you can find the time to drop by and catch up with me from time to time.
One of the tasks that I have set myself is to understand how the tags work on my posts and try and organise them a little better so if you have any tips….
Here is the picture that I created using the paper roses in my earlier blog post as I realised that I never published the finished result before so I hope that you like it 🙂
I have now written 128 posts which have been read from an amazing 154 Countries some of which I’d not heard of before such as; Myanmar, Benin and Lesotho.
Click On The Image To See The Full Country List
Here are the posts that WordPress say are the most read 🙂