Good morning, I do believe by now the whole ‘happy new month’ vibe would have died down. So my voice can be heard. I actually became a year in blogging on 24th day of August. A year in blogging has not really been all that gold. It has been different things, but believe me not rosy. But then, thinking of it, it has also been nice too.
I think it was few weeks to the launch of my first book, a lot was going through my head. A huge lot, I felt like making another book despite this one yet to be launched. I also wanted a space on the internet where I could reach to a lot of people.
Before I go further, A blog is a website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal, sometimes letting readers comment on their posts. Most blogs are written in a slightly informal tone (personal journals, news, businesses, etc.) Entries (also known as postings) typically appear in reverse chronological order
I also discovered that the one of the mistakes you must avoid as a blogger is the niche definition. You have to know what you want to do. What kind of blog you actually want to put out there. What audience you want to reach out to, which audience have the message you are putting out there.
Consistency shouldn’t even be over emphasized. It is like a thing that everyone should adopt, in every part of their life. If you cherish growth and you want growth, then you should be consistent. You should keep on doing what you do, even on hardest days. Even on days when it seems like there is no push in you, create one. Always have a post to make, in times of block, find a way to unblock it (shout out to Amaka Eke-John & Emmanuel Duru).
Another thing I learnt is, in all you do as a creative, never lose yourself. Your works should never lose you. The moment your works begin to lose you, they begin to lose identity. As a creative, all works of yours created by you, should always have your DNA. You would always know when a work is not good enough.
Also, as a creative; put less focus on money and more work on your art. Put efforts on taking your art to the next level. Never stop at what you have, never ever be contented. Channel your desire, channel it strongly to growing.
Lastly, just enjoy what you do! If you don’t, then this might not be the right place for you. Happy new year and happy new month (winks)
Paul Chikaike Kalu alias Paul Kay is a prolific writer of prose, poetry, and articles; a content creator, a guest columnist on magazines and blogs, a copywriter with huge experience in ghost writing. A member of Association of Nigerian Authors. Author of THE VISIT, (his first published work on paperback) now on Amazon and on Okadabooks. You can reach out to him on firstname.lastname@example.org