Part of blogging is the mechanics of the process. When I first started 3 months ago I struggled just to post. The first time setting the blog up and working out how to merely write and publish the first post was a real challenge. There was so much technical “stuff” to learn. I now keep looking everywhere for technical support!
Gradually I’ve managed to learn to add photos and then to place them a little more effectively and then to create photos libraries.
I’ve had to learn to read my stats and understand what they mean. I’ve had to learn how to categorise, tag posts and google for technical support.
I’ve had to find the time to blog and manage writing with travelling and doing urgent things and having relationships and catching up with friends and tracking my elusive son in France. Blogging has been a very different experience than I first imagined. Enriching in many fabulous ways but sometimes frustrating with a few technical glitches.
Recently I discovered that even when you have put something into place, such as create a link to Facebook, it can be mysteriously undo!! The worst thing is I had no idea that I needed to check this.
A friend commented to me that I hadn’t posted for ages. I was surprised to hear that and this lead me to discover the disappearance of my link to Facebook. My life has changed a little lately so I chosen to direct my time else where which has resulted in me not posting as frequently as I would like but I didn’t think I had stopped! I found my missing connection, mended it and learned more about the technical side of my blog. Forever learning which is one of the huge positives of a blog.
Writing my blog makes me always consider what is important. Why am I blogging? Is there something else more important to do with my time? If I didn’t have all these country life experiences would I have anything to blog about? What else would/could I be doing with my life? Am I more observant when I am enjoying my experiences because I consider it might become a blog post and therefore observe more of the sensations? What am I getting out of blogging? What are my readers getting out of blogging? Is it successful?
And when I try to analyse the whole blogging process I realise just how important the mechanics and the technical side of the whole process are. If I am not connected to the processes and giving me feedback, then how can I know what’s going on?
Unfortunately when I ask myself these questions I am pretty sure I don’t leave enough time to ensure the most important people and activities are prioritised in my life. Hmmmm……. food for thought.
Any suggestions out there as to how to ensure priorities remain in the correct order and are not taken over by societal expectations?