Whoever said blogging was easy never tried it for his or herself. I'll be the first to tell you, it take some magic to make it happen - that and a number of good friends behind you to catch you when you fall. Yes, when, not if. When it comes to running a site, I'm definitely not the best. I don't even pretend to be proficient at it. But I figured there might be some interest in following me down the ever-changing path that is blogging.
An Ongoing Circus ActJuggling. Ever tried juggling? Literally OR metaphorically? Some people are wired to do ten things at once. Sure, I can manage that every once in a while with a few select things. But when it comes to blogging, writing and piecing together posts, it takes my full attention.
There are a number of things you get to do - promotion, contests, updates, etc. Or for some people, there are a number of things you have to do. Which raises the question - what do I do for inspiration when blogging? Where do my ideas come from? How do I go about putting posts together?
I ask myself these same questions about certain other people and groups - and so, I figured at least a few readers would be interested in my blogging journey... yep, we'll call it that.
A New Post SeriesThe plan is for this to be a new series of posts. Unlike Concept101, it won't have a specific day or time frame in which it appears. Instead, I'll fill you in on my blogging adventures with a new post here and there. You'll know that it's an Art of Blogging (AoB) post when you see the collection of characters up top.
As I recount my numerous tales, I'll incorporate my blogging principles in as well. My first is this - it really doesn't matter why you start a blog or website. Because when you do, one of two things happens. If you aren't in blogging for the right reasons, it may seem like a chore and eventually, you won't be as interested in it as you used to.
On the other hand, if you truly love blogging, either because you adored the idea from the start or because of a realization somewhere in between, you continue. You enjoy it. That's part of the reason why you blog.
|These are five of my old headers that went with my old design above. The interesting part - I used them all at once. It was a rotating header - it changed on each refresh.|
In the BeginningWhen I started blogging, I wasn't all that great. I had a basic layout. I called my first post "Starting a Blog" and wrote approximately four paragraphs with an image in desperate need of cropping. For lack of a better idea, I simply called the website "Swordroll's Blog" with the intent of changing it later. Needless to say, it stuck.
When I started, though, I began with an interesting statement that's still true today:
... I need someone to tell my stories to, vent when I'm angry, share
uncovered conspiracies(oops, wasn't supposed to mention that one yet), and to tell anything else that needs told around the spiral. You might ask, what is this blog called? Swordroll.com would be pretty scary, would it not? I considered "Travels In The Spiral," but have only debated myself on the name since.
Ironically, you're now AT swordroll.com on Swordroll's Blog and I'm continuing that original intent today. Where there is a lack of fairness, I do not stand idly by and watch. Where there is something new to be covered, I try my best to cover it. And when something just needs to be said, anyone who knows me knows that I'll be the one to say it.
There is much conformism here. And so I warn you - allow morals and logic to lead the way. Do not accept something as true simply because it is forced upon you as being so. Do not be on the sidelines where there is something to be posted. And so begins my long and perilous journey of surprise regulations, hard work, life skills, and people and situations that you couldn't pay Hollywood to write up. And to think, the decision to try a family game five years ago would forever shape me as a person. And so it begins.