Wandering Into Blogging: How My Blog Got Started

EPSON MFP imageToday I talk about a different kind of Wandering.  Not a drive down physical roads, but a journey none the less, into the world of blogging.

First I would like to say THANK YOU!!  Thank you to all of the wonderful people who blog. You make the world more interesting.

Today is an anniversary day for me.  It is the 4 week anniversary of my blog.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine how much fun it would be.  And never in my wildest dreams could I ever have imagined how many people would look at my posts in such a short amount of time!

January 24th 2014 was day 1.  Someone several years ago suggested that I blog because they liked my conversations of places that I had gone and things I had seen.  I was busy and stressed and didn’t give it another thought.  I saw this person’s face smiling at me when I was looking through my friends list on Facebook just before Christmas and debated about whether I should unfriend her or not, you see, she passed away 4 years ago, just after she told me to blog.  She was a very dear friend and I didn’t want to let her go.  That is when I remembered the blog thing.  I thought about it for a few days.  I Googled “what is blogging”.  I read.  I looked at a few blogs.

In January I twisted my back while reaching into the dishwasher.  I could not walk without pain.  This happens a couple times a year.  I knew it would take a few days in the recliner with ice.

I called my 30 something son and asked him about blogging.  He explained the technical part about what a blog site is.  He’s a computer geek.  Computer Science degree.  Professional working coder since 2000.  I don’t remember a quarter of what he said.  But he did point me toward WordPress and I am ever so grateful.

On Jan 24 I Googled WordPress, went to their site, read a little, and accidently, yes accidently, started my blog.  I was just messing around, clicking to see what would happen.  Still not sure if this was something I wanted to commit to.  Presto!  I had a page!  I was in amazement.  I typed something, I posted.  https://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/day-one-of-blogging/

I looked at it.  I was afraid to log out because I didn’t think I would find my way back.  I did a second post, it included a photo. Mind you, it was several hours later by now. https://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/traveling/

I got brave and logged out to see if I could if I could find it and log back in.  I was surprised and please when I found my blog and got back in.  Well, I must admit that I did need to Google “How to log in to my WordPress blog”.  Thank goodness there were easy to follow instructions.

At the moment I logged in and saw my blog, I made the decision that Yes, I am a blogger. 

I made the decision to find a photo of something interesting that my husband and I had found while out for one of our weekend morning drives.  I made my first official post.   https://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/strange-vehicle/

I was hooked!  I had no big expectations.  I thought I would be lucky if 2 or 3 people came to my blog before the end of the month.  When my husband got home from work, I twisted his arm and made him find my blog online.  I asked him to make a comment because I wanted to see what it would look like.  I….Er….accidently “Liked” my own post. (Inset embarrassed smiley here).  I was Amazed when, by the end of the day, I had 11 visitors on day one!

On day two I made 3 posts.  This is also the day I found out about Challenges.  One of my posts was Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition.  People looked!  People “Liked”!  So now I was hooked on Photo Challenges.  What can I say, I like attention (inset smiley face here).  I guess I’m just a ham at heart.  Plus I liked the idea of showing off my photos.

I spent many hours reading other blogs.  Mesmerized by their stories and photos.  Wondering how I could make my blog look as professional and interesting as theirs.  I made more posts.  I read other bloggers posts.  I clicked Like.  I clicked Follow on the ones I wanted to come back to.

I think it was day 3 that I got my first follower.  WOW!   Thank you S. K. Nicholls  with your blog http://redclayandroses1.wordpress.com    Very nice blog.  If you haven’t been there you don’t know what you are missing.  Go now.  And also Cee’s Photography who has a great blog and provides so many photo challenges.  Thank you Cee, I love your photos and your challenges.  http://ceenphotography.com/

Every day I had more followers!  I had not expected to get any followers until my blog was several weeks old, or maybe months.  I tried on Themes like a girl tries on clothes.  I read more tutorials.  I added Widgets.  I tinkered.  I followed.  I posted.  I read.  I tinkered some more.

So here it is 4 weeks later.  My heart does a little “Happy Dance” every time I get a Like, a View, a Comment and it leaps when I get a Follower.  So that’s my story.  Happy Anniversary to me.

Thank you to everyone that has looked at my blog.

Thank you to all of you who have taken the time leave a comment.

Thank you for clicking the Like button, I feel so much joy and excitement to think that another human being finds that something I have posted is worthy of being viewed.

And a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has chosen to follow my blog. I am elated every time I get a new follower!

31 thoughts on “Wandering Into Blogging: How My Blog Got Started”

  1. We are much alike in how we came into this blogging thing. Someone suggested it and I was clueless. I have had so much fun getting to know this wonderful community. I don’t keep a schedule or follow any rigid design, so my blog is a bit scattered all over the map sort of like my brain, but I am having fun. Thanks for the shout out. I look forward to many more posts and pictures.

  2. These little stories from the heart are delightful, Iris – they never fail to appeal. I’ve been known to extol the virtues of both blogging and the people who read mine, and more than once! – you’ll find yourself doing it again. 🙂

    1. Hello!
      Thank you for following my blog. I know how many interesting blogs are out there and feel honored that you picked mine to follow. I hope my stories entertain and inform and my photos bring you joy and wonderment.
      I travel mostly local but try to always find interesting places. I have lived in several different places and dig through my archives of photos to bring glimpses into places I have been. Sometimes I post a recipe because food tells a lot about culture.
      I am not a professional photographer, so my photos are sometimes a little fuzzy and there are telephone poles and wires and other things along with what I was photographing. The older photos are 35mm, the newer are point and shoot digital and a few are Samsung Smartphone.
      I am new to blogging so if you have any advice or critique please drop me a comment.
      Thank you again for following and to quote Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
      Iris the Wanderer

  3. You really are inthe right place. I had blogs before but WordPress is the optimum blog carrier in the www. Congrats, more power and have fun blogging. More good things will come. I know you know now that blogging is much better than sharing random things on Facebook. 😉

    1. Thanks. I enjoyed your “Money Killed the Parrot” article but didn’t want to read the Cutting off the Tattoo article. I don’t like Horror movies or scary carnival rides, so that is where I’m coming from with the tattoo article. Just sounded a little to chilling. I will be back. Gotta read the Pamela Anderson House one when I get done answering comments. Thanks for the follow and likes. So glad you want to come back. 🙂

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  5. Hi Iris, I love your blog, and also your account of blogging! How do any of us get started? I am sure there is an interesting story for every blogger. In fact, wouldn’t it be fun to have a blog site dedicated to that? best wishes with your blog, but I also need help – what is a photo challenge? it seems interesting to me, but what do people actually DO in a photo challenge? do they send in their photos? I love photos too. I just started my second blog as my first blog is more wordy, and I like to publish the photos more often as i have married in fiji and all my family are overseas!

    1. glad you did a second comment so I can continue. The purpose of a challenge is so that your blog gets exposure to many other bloggers. You get quite a few likes, comments and followers. Several super popular challenges are: Well, changes my mind, if you would like to send me your email I will be happy to send you a Word doc I made for myself that has the host blogs and the rules for each challenge. It’ll just be easier that way.

    2. And the most important reason for participating in a challenge is for the sheer fun of sharing your photos with people who will appreciate them as much as you do. And it’s a great way to be able to post every day if you run out of ideas, or if your brain just hurts too much and you need an easy post.

  6. Iris, as you well know by now WordPress is great to work with. Having my blog as saved me over the years, dealing with pain like you mine in my neck. having surgery and all, you kind of get down in the dumps at some points in life, however I have many interests that I turn to amongst them all is art, of course Basketry, Watercolor painting, card making, working in Precious Metal Clay, all these are stress relievers for me in different ways that people do not understand, By having the blog, it also gives me something to look forward to providing followers things to see, I cook, and do home canning, of course Old Order Mennonite Life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, there are so many things that divert my attentions for health problems, and I call all that I do along with the blog THERAPY! When I started I really had no desire to blog, but thought I would give it a try, I did and was like you hooked.
    Thanks so much for sharing your story, It sounds so much like mine.

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