I have been tagged by Flossy-p about my blogging and after some lengthy pondering, here is my response...
1. Why did you start your blog?
I love to write and often sent out epic emails to friends and family about what was going on in my life. I had friends trying to convince me for ages about the joys of blogging and to set one up. One particular friend had a blog (Three Buttons) and once I got into checking on her daily posts and all her links, well I couldn't resist.
I think it is the perfect forum for creativity and self expression.
2. How did you come up with your blog name?
One Little Acorn came from the saying "from little things big things grow". It seemed like a good start for a new creative outlet. The name was an important decision and had to be relevant. The planting of one little acorn was symbolic of growing a more creative lifestyle. I haven't looked back.
3. Do your friends and family know about your blog? What do they think about it?
I couldn't help myself. I told family and friends about it from the very beginning. I try to be open and honest, however I do tend to edit some of what I write so as not to offend or shock (too much). I have considered setting up another blog that no-one I know would visit, but I barely manage to post regularly here as it is and besides, I love all my regular visitors and I would hate to lose them. I have regular readers, (some friends and family check in daily) many of whom are new friends I have met through blogging.
I often have people discuss posts with me away from 'blog-land' and I am happy to say the comments and feedback have always been positive, so I consider myself to be very lucky.
4. How do you write posts?
Usually it starts with something that is going on in my life. I try not to get too serious... I see something funny, inspirational, annoying, or downright ridiculous and it may trigger a post. I love to share new things and so I often find myself thinking "That would make a great post".
I get inspiration from other bloggers too. If I use their idea I always refer back to the original source.
At the moment I have 28 drafts on the back burner ready to be edited, completed and posted.
5. Have you ever had a troll or had to delete unkind comments?
I have never had a troll or deleted any unkind comments. Thankfully I haven't had the need to.
6. Do you check your stats? Do you care how many people read your blog? If you do care, how to you increase traffic?
I love to get comments from newcomers and people I know, and hear their responses. I use clustermaps to track how many people check in on my blog and love to see new dots appear on the map. You know I have a reader in Iceland? That's about as far from Australia as possible. How incredible is that? I also have regular readers from Europe, Canada, America, Japan and Australia. This internet thingy makes the world seem just a little bit smaller and I love it!
I would love to say the traffic doesn't matter, that it is the act of blogging that is important, but I would be lying. I love the feedback from all my readers and I love that they return to say hi.
For me, the best way to increase traffic, is to post regularly and visit lots of other blogs and leave comments. I always try to visit everyone who leaves a comment and say hi and I also love to read about other bloggers.
7. What kind of blogs/posts interest you?
I love all kinds of posts. The ones written from personal experience and opinion are the best. Funny, creative, witty, sensitive... they are all great. The blogger that opens their heart and writes freely is an inspiration. I also love the artists out there busily creating and sharing their art. The creativity is incredible.
8. What do you like and dislike about blogging?
I do love to blog. I really like feeling like I am connected to other people. I love seeing the creative possibilities and reading about inspirational people. I love that it motivates me to write and create and share ideas and continue to commit to a creative life. There is great work out there from writers, artists and crafters alike. If I let it, I could get overwhelmed and never post again, but I figure I will learn more and grow more if I get involved and work at it. I love bloggers who share ideas and inspire.
For me, lack of time is the worst thing about blogging. I never seem to have enough time to post on a daily basis. I envy those people who manage to post every day. There are SO many inspirational and creative bloggers and I just never have enough time to visit them all regularly. Also the fact that I type so slowly gives me no end of frustration and I wish I was more tech savvy so I could do all the little extras... if I had time that is!
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