It is now three months since I started this blog and I have been taking stock. I chose WordPress as a blogging platform by chance. I was working with post-graduate teaching trainees and the course team had decided to restructure the procedures for presenting assignments, using a course blog. This was a good way for trainees to present their work and get feedback from their peers. A bit of a challenge for me though, because back then I didn’t even know what a blog was let alone how they worked. So I started to investigate and stumbled across WordPress. Having discovered the basics principles of Bloggery I moved on and the blog languished in obscurity.
Three years later, having retired from teaching, I came across the empty WordPress blog, managed to remember the login password (I am not very imaginative with passwords) and signed in. As luck would have it, just as I rediscovered the blog, BloggingU offered its courses Blogging 101 and Writing 101 and I learned a lot from both. The trouble is that I think that I’ve created a monster. It can be seductively addictive this blogging lark!
On the positive side, I enjoy blogging. I like playing with my blog, trying out new themes and formats, checking the blog’s stats, analysing who my audience is and what they enjoy reading.I enjoy reading blogs and connecting with other bloggers from all over the world. Publishing my writing stops me from being lazy and too self indulgent. I have followers (yes honestly!) which means that I have readers.
Am I spending too much time reading other blogs when I should be writing. Should I target my writing at my current readers or should I just write what I want, publish and hope they stick with me? Who am I writing for? Should I be writing for myself or for my readers?
The question is, am I a blogger or a writer, or both. Help me out here, what do you think?