The Joys of Blogging

By Carolyn Crossley

My blog is very important to me and it is one of the many things I want to continue in 2021.

I started my WordPress blog on 1st April 2020 to record my NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) poems which turned out to be a successful project. I found TDH (The Daily Haiku) towards the end of April 2020 and began writing haiku to the daily/weekly themes followed by haiga, tanka and renga which are all Japanese forms of poetry. The haiku consists of three lines with 17 syllables and is formed 5/7/5 syllables. It focuses the mind and teaches you that you have to make every word count.

I also decided to introduce 5 x Daily Affirmations and 5 x Gratitude Journal entries and something I call good vibes which are essentially uplifting or inspiring quotations by most famous people. All my posts also have a photograph to accompany them which I source from various sites. 

When I got my first couple of followers on my blog, I got quite excited. To date, I now have 543 which gets me even more excited! My audience has been grown organically by following, reading and commenting on other people’s blogs and not by having advertisements on my blog. 

My word for 2021 is PUBLISH so I am also working on my first anthology of poetry to self-publish on Kindle Direct Publishing. However, I have no plans to ditch my blog as they will be some of the people who I hope will buy my book. 

I am going to branch out into podcasting some of my blog’s contents, but that is for later on in the year. 


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