I’ve always loved writing and the idea of producing creative content for others to see. Starting a blog had always been something I’d considered doing, but I never fully perused it because I lacked enough desire and confidence to actually get it going. I’m grateful that my Digital Media class pushed me (by pushed, I mean made it mandatory) to finally start blogging. The topics were infinite and we didn’t really have any boundaries on what we could discuss. It allowed me to make the independent decision to blog about something I was truly passionate about: healthy eating. Being able to pick our topic made the daunting words “semester long project” (which is what our blog was) lose their intimidation. Instead of a chore, blogging for this class became a hobby.
I was able to unlock my creative side; combining my love for photography with my love for food and writing. Blogging compelled me to try new recipes and look even deeper into my health journey. Of course I owe WordPress a thank you because it was an excellent site that made blogging easy. WordPress has a variety of themes to choose from, with many different customizable options that allow the writer to personalize their content. Although I am extremely happy with the my overall experience on the site, I wish there was a mobile option that would allow the writer to format their post for mobile viewing. This way, the post can look the way the writer wants it to on both a desktop and smartphone device.
Advertising my posts on social media not only showed people a side of me they might not have known, but it also allowed me to take my content seriously; as if blogging was my job and I had millions of followers eager to see what I had to say. It also allowed me to appreciate the hard work that goes into blogging. I now have a much more profound level of respect for YouTubers and bloggers alike because I am now aware of how difficult it can be to come up with new content. Of course finding content is only the first step; once you have your topic, the laborious task of writing, editing and perfecting that particular post comes next. While it is a long process, it is a beautiful one nonetheless. I found that the result was always worth the hard work.
I was pleasantly surprised by some of my statistics; especially about the statistics for my most popular week. The week beginning on September 25th and ending on October 1st was my most visited week with a total of 307 views and 210 visitors: how awesome! After advertising my introduction post, “Everything in Moderation”, on both Facebook and Twitter, it’s not hard to believe it was my most viewed post with 175 views in the first week it was posted and 197 views in total. I owe these views to my family and friends; they saw my post on social media and were very eager to read my content. My most popular recipe blog was “An Apple for Dessert” with 57 views in its first week and a total of 68 views. My vegan brownie blog, “Spontaneous Vegan Brownies: Was it a success or failure?”, got the most attention on Twitter with 3 retweets and 10 favorites.
Through this experience, I have become a better writer, a more experienced health junkie and an official, first time blogger. I am extremely grateful that I took a class with a professor that is not only aware of every student’s individuality and creativity, but encourages it. From the beginning, I wanted to inspire others by sharing healthy recipes and it so incredible to have received such positive feedback from my readers. To hear that my blog had inspired someone’s next contribution to a potluck, or that my blog has helped people see that healthy eating doesn’t have to be miserable, has been extremely satisfying. Knowing that my readers were able to take something away from my writing brings me both pride and motivation. As a Public Relations major, this project allowed me to truly better the skills I am going to need for the future. I was able to practice advertising and speaking to an audience: two important skills I can expect to use in my career. Overall, I think that I will continue blogging because while it has been an efficient way for family and friends to get healthful recipes, it has also been a way for me to document my creations and practice my writing. I can’t wait to see what else is instore for me on this blogging journey.