My little blog is six weeks old now! I started it not knowing if I was even going to like blogging or if anyone was going to read it. I feel like I’ve learned about a whole new (addictive) world very quickly. Here are my pearls of wisdom:
- I thought I wouldn’t care whether people read this or not. I was wrong. I didn’t realise that at least half of blogging is actually about reading other people’s blogs and the interactions that you have as both a reader and writer. I spend a lot more time reading other blogs than writing my own. It’s very time consuming!
- “Likes” are good, but comments help you to understand your readers and what they like to read about. Before I started blogging myself, I NEVER wrote comments or liked the blogs I read, even when I thought they were outstanding. Now I make a point of doing that and it makes the reading much more fun when it’s interactive.
- My readership has changed a bit along the way but there seem to be a lot of you reading who aren’t actually Iceland obsessives like me. This is good, as you will hopefully keep reading if I run out of Icelandic topics…
- I’m trying to stick to posting 3 times a week, which seems about right based on the blogs I particularly like. If I do run out of Icelandic topics (see point 3) you will just have to put up with me posting any old random stuff sometimes (like this post).
- Initially I noticed that every week, there was one day that had a big drop in readership. It doesn’t seem to be related to whether I posted or not, and it wasn’t always the same day. This has seemed to balance itself out in the last few weeks and I don’t get all panicky any more when I have a day like this!
- I just re-watched the film Julie and Julia (about someone’s food blog on Julia Child’s cooking) and it reminds me how late I’ve come to the blogging party. Although I like writing I didn’t want to just write about my daily life and it took me a long time to decide to just write about something I liked. In real life, Julia Child wasn’t crazy about the fact that someone was doing this blog about her cooking, which was quite devastating to the blogger who idolised her. It made me think, how weird would that situation be? When I get some Icelandic celebrity followers I will really think I’ve made it big! As an aside, if you like blogging you will probably like this film.
- Something that has surprised me is that People You Know in Real Life aren’t very interested in your blog. I have seen a lot of other bloggers say the same, so I’m going to try to not take it personally.
- The strangest search that has brought someone to my blog is “hot love story” – I can’t believe someone went on to read my hot dog post from that!
- It’s hard to be funny in writing, so I really appreciate the funny blogs that I read. Unfortunately, I’m funnier in real life than in print! There are some really good, inspiring writers out there that give me ideas.
- STATS RULE – how many times a day do you check yours?? I know there’s a fair few of you who are also stat addicts! I love when other people post about their stats as they assure me I’m not crazy for checking mine all the time. I wish it wasn’t so easy to check them sometimes. They are forever interesting to you but no one else.
Finally, a big thank you to all of you who have decided to follow me. It’s been nice getting to know you!