I didn’t know what bloggers do, not so long ago. Many of my friends still don’t – you’re doing WHAT? Well, I’m a blogger now and I want to be a ‘good’ one.
People say that you don’t have to write well to blog; true – but there’s no law that says you can’t try.
I am a poor editor so my first commitment is to clean up my blog before I ‘publish’. I often fail. I miss the spelling mistakes and I forget to conjugate the verbs (English is my second language) or spot those odd letters that gremlins had planted in my piece and made me blind to them. So it’s not for lack of trying.
Being a good blogger means that you are a reader as well as a writer (or so I thought). At first I was too absorbed in my own postings to bother reading other blogs, then I tried to read every blog that ‘likes’ or follows or comments on my posts and ended with no time for anything else. So now I make time to read two or three pieces each day, ‘like’ or comment if I feel compelled to do so, and move on. I have found the discipline more rewarding.
They say a picture paints a thousand words but mine don’t always illustrate what I want to say. I am stimulated by images and I enjoy taking photographs so I use them to accompany my posts. They appear behind the title of my blog so I hope they are not too distracting. At least one reader (a friend) told me that they are lovely; she didn’t comment on my words. So I hope they compensate any weaknesses in my writing.
When I started I decided to ‘just do it’ and learn on the job. It’s humbling to learn from one’s own errors but so far, it’s worked for me.