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Closing My First Blogging Challenge

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My first ever Ultimate Blog Challenge is coming to an end today and I have finished it on a happy note.  To clarify, I have finished the Challenge but have not completed it, as I was supposed to write thirty-one blog posts in July and this one is only my eighteenth.  Still, I am pretty pleased with what I have done this month.

This is what I achieved on the blogging front…

I wrote my first ever blog post around mid-June, feeling extremely nervous about it and not sure whether I was able to produce the sort of text that would qualify for a blog post.  It felt a bit like learning how to drive a car – it all made sense in theory, but the practical side of it was a completely different matter.

I have gone a long way since my first blog post.

First of all, I think I have managed to relax a little bit about my blogging and thanks to the feedback from the wonderful people who read my posts and leave comments, I have slowly started gaining more confidence in my writing.

I used to worry a lot about a lack of a particular focus in my blog, but now I think it doesn’t really matter what I write about, as long as there are people out there who find it interesting, engaging or simply enjoyable to read.  The choice of a name for my website  – WhichHatToday.com – was a bit of a random thing, but it seems to go well with what I am trying to do here, so I do like it.

I am trying to resist a temptation to appeal to everyone.  I will never be able to do that anyway, so I’ve decided not to try to write for a particular audience.  I’m just putting on paper (or rather on my computer screen) whatever occupies my thoughts at the time of writing.  So, if you do read my posts, you get to know the real me, not some artificially created persona for the purpose of fronting a blog.  I am not suggesting that people tend to invent ‘blogging versions’ of themselves; I’m just saying that with me you get what you see.

Last but not least…

I have met some wonderful people during my Ultimate Blog Challenge.  I have learnt a lot from some of them and discovered quite a number of great websites and blogs I would never even think of searching for in Google.  My virtual world has suddenly become a whole lot bigger.

The big question now is:

Would I do it again?

Yes, absolutely. I think the next Blogging Challenge is coming in October and I will be signing up.  I will try to do better and write more posts than this time.  And even if I don’t manage a blog post a day, I’m sure it will be a worthwhile experience.

Thank you, Michelle Shaeffer and Kathy Hadley for running the Challenge and well done to all my fellow Blogging Challengers of July 2014.  Enjoy the rest of the summer!

11 thoughts on “Closing My First Blogging Challenge

  1. Congratulations Beata. You have done well and for someone who started on the journey in June I am impressed. I think you’ve hit on the right attitude in writing about what interests you at the time. I probably am biased because that’s my approach to blogging too. I tried two challenges now with a focus theme and both have been incredibly difficult and I couldn’t wait for the month to end. Please be encouraged in what you post because it is interesting and I like your style. Hugs Linda

    1. Linda, thanks so much for your encouragement, I live on feedback like yours, it’s so hard to know otherwise whether I’m doing the right thing…. And I love your site and blog – I would be very pleased if I achieved half of what you have done…Hugs, Beata

  2. Beata, it is so true that you can’t interest everyone in a single thing you do. Ultimately, you have to please yourself and let that be the main platform. If others want to dance across your platform when invited, wonderful. And remember, you can DELETE negative comments and UNFRIEND people who are anything but wonderful to you.
    I am filled with gratitude today, about this Blog Challenge, and for Kathy Hadley and Michelle Schaeffer for running it; what a lovely resonance to hear you talking about your gratitude also.
    It has been lovely to “meet” you in this challenge, and I look forward to “seeing” you again. All blessings to you.

    1. Kebba, it’s been lovely meeting you here. I am following your website, so will stay in touch with your writing. I’ve ‘liked’ your website and also sent you a friend request on FB – I hope you don’t mind. I know I should have asked you first…The Challenge has been a wonderful experience, primarily because of the wonderful people such as yourself, Kitto and others…Thank you for your writing and all you moral support! 🙂

  3. Thank you for your moral support, Kitto (can I call you that?). I’m finding writing increasingly addictive.. 🙂

  4. I’ve done many of these challenges (UBC and a couple of others) since May of 2011 – they are addictive, like potato chips. I can almost guarantee you will do better the next time. It gets easier with practice. As for the “lack of focus” – if you write well, and write about interesting topics, it doesn’t matter. My blog has “ramblin” in the title because I write about whatever I want to. Each to their own. Your fans will find you and will be faithful. Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Alana, I agree about the challenges being addictive – this one has got me hooked! And while I don’t have ‘rambling’ in my blog’s title, I think it would be a very good word to describe most of my writing! I’m glad I am not the only one who does that. Till the next challenge!

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