Today is the start of Blogging 201 (run by WordPress). I tried to do this online course before earlier in the year, but as Spring was such a busy time in the garden I never finished it. (That is my excuse and I am sticking to it!)
This time around I have some clearer ideas what I want to achieve and while I may not repeat all the tasks I am certainly going to do the ones I missed first time around.
So for our first challenge we have to ask ourselves some searching questions about why we are doing this blogging thing at all and then we need to set three objectives.
The first question is:
Why do I blog?
I think the answer to this has changed totally from before. When I started blogging I would say my main goal was to keep a record of my garden throughout the year and especially to note down what jobs needed doing in each month. I may have done not too bad with the first of those, but didn’t get past January with the second!
Now I would say that the main reason I blog is for the great community that I have become a part of. I love reading and learning from other gardening and photography blogs and I love it when my online friends comment on or like my posts.
The second question is:
If my blog exceeded my wildest dreams what would it look like?
I think I would like a theme that shows off my photographs better, maybe one that is only two columns instead of three.
I am certainly no expert, but I would like to put a lot more information in the static pages so that I can pass on some of the stuff I have learnt the hard way. That way my blog would become a more useful online resource to help people starting out in gardening.
There is a lot of talk about page views and followers, but to my mind, if you create a good blog the rest will follow.
My three main goals
- Update and add to the static pages that support the blog.
- Update the About Page
- Update My Garden page
- Update A Gardening Year pages
- Update the Blogs I like page to include all the wonderful blogs I have discovered
- Update the Catalogue pages to give details of plants I grow
- Sort out my Archives so it is easier to read previous posts and to find posts of interest.
- Investigate different themes and maybe consider a second blog for photography.
So now I have written them down and published this list I will have to do at least some of them!
I would like to throw this question back to my followers or to fellow course participants.
Do you have any ideas how my blog could improve?
Should I create a new blog for travel/photography allowing me to display non gardening photos, or could the two be combined in my present blog?
Does anyone know of a good WordPress theme that I could use that keeps featured images, but that has a wider column for displaying photographs?
If you have any further suggestions about how my blog can be improved I would love to hear from you.