I can’t believe I have been in a committed relationship with my website for a year. Initially, when I started out I thought it could work for a year then I stop but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I started out in first year with some random posts then deleted it. I had actually taken a back seat for a while before a conversation with a friend changed everything.
I had come back home for a holiday and as usual, I met up with people I had not seen in a while. After church service, I bumped into Moses and he asked me why I stopped writing. Actually, his exact words were, “You could have published a book by now.” I am one of those people who is disturbed by small things, and so I went home, seriously thought about it and started researching on blogging. The only person I knew who was running a blog was techish (this is the name of his website check it out), so I started asking him all the questions concerning hosting and domains.
I didn’t want to have a .wordpress.com. I just wanted my own brand and at that point, I wanted to go all out. I thought it was going to be a long process so that I could have an excuse to keep postponing, but techish informed me that if I had the money and a name I could have a domain up in 24 hours. Needless to say, 24 hours later minaywa.com was up and running. Initially, I wanted to be anonymous but I was using my name so that was not going to work.
I had read up on all those articles about finding your niche, how to build an audience and I am still learning all that stuff but just running this website has taught me a lot. Two days after the site was up I wrote my first post and haven’t looked back since. Let me share a few things I learnt during this period.
✓ Just start. Sometimes I ask myself, why didn’t I do it sooner? As soon as I started it, I actually felt like I had been doing it for a while.
✓ It doesn’t have to be perfect. I was so scared of publishing posts because I felt they were not good enough till I realized there is something about imperfections that make it more appealing.
✓ Consistency is king. You can have so much content but if you are not consistent it makes very little difference. I set aside Wednesday and Sunday just to sit down and write something. Sometimes you read a post in two minutes but it might have taken me four hours to write. I remember waking up early on Sunday morning to post before going to church or sometimes come back and just dedicate my afternoon to write. There are days I didn’t post and it really bugged me I felt like I let down my readers in a way but I tried.
✓You can draw inspiration from anywhere. It can come from conversations, experiences or you just have a light bulb moment. I sometimes picked things up when lecturers were talking or when I am just chilling with friends.
✓ You have to start somewhere. I still visit other people’s websites and see all the nice photos they have taken and just think when will I reach that point. I learnt that you can just work with what you have. I found myself looking for videos on how to take your own photos, how to edit videos and can confidently do them on my own.
✓ You learn how it works along the way. I still don’t know the technical aspects of it but I am slowly learning. I decided I wanted a different layout for my next year of blogging and of course, I called techish. I gave him a general idea of what I wanted and he shared his thoughts. When he called me to tell me it was ready, I woke up and started changing certain aspects to my liking such that when he opened it again hours later it had changed. What shocked him more was how I have learnt to tweak a few things.
One year later I can now call myself a blogger. Let us see how this goes in this coming year. Thank you for always stopping by to read.
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