2018 IN LETTERS, BLOGGING YEAR IN RETROSPECT AND A FEW GOALS FOR 2019.
So it’s officially twelve months (yay!💃 didn’t want to write a year) *winks* and we keep moving.
I’ve had days of “I don’t want to write again” and days of “let’s do this!” I’ve had days of “I’m tired and sometimes, I don’t want to talk about it”. However, visiting the blog, reading comments and seeing that lovely persons are reading and we keep growing makes it a process I’m excited to be a part of.
Knowing I’m not alone in this keeps me going (don’t stop showing the love). Since you’re a part of this growth, I decided to do a recap of 2018.
I got to know about the word ‘blogging’ for the first time when I read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and ever since, expressing myself in words has always been an act I enjoy doing. And knowing I get to share this with other persons propels me to do better at what I do. Blogging exposed me to a world of letters, arts and creativity in expressing myself.
I’m more of an introvert when it comes to online participation and chats but I still find myself engaging in them. They’re super cool and I wouldn’t want to see it as a big deal (just so you know, this is between me and you. Whispers it is a big deal)
Comparing the first article I wrote here with the most recent ones, there’s a difference In my compositions, being me and free while writing. I get exposed to other materials online that helps improve how I see things that are seen to be totally okay. (which is not everytime). Relating and communicating with other writers of like-minds has proven over time to be of tremendous help and immense impact. I can’t appreciate them enough.
Initially, most of the images I use for each post was gotten from Pinterest until I got to know about canva through Naomi Destiny (She blogs at naomidestiny.com).
I’ve found the application to be helpful and adding spice to the blog as well as its font and other fabulous features.
ON MAKING MISTAKES
Gosh! I made a lot.*coversface* from not proof reading to writing not so great contents to not posting regularly, not replying comments. The list is not endless *smiles* so yeah, I’ve got to move on.
I learnt over time to be better at my craft. That is knowing what I can do and becoming better at it.
For me, during the #ichallengeme November challenge, I had a goal of at least ten posts for the month but ended up posting six *mybad*. Participating in the challenge made me realize I can always stretch myself and do anything I want to do if I really want to do it.
I doubt I can count them right now. I’m grateful to God, my friends and family, my loyal readers and every single person that has visited this blog. I cannot thank you enough.
One thing that keeps me going is the fact that after a write up, I get to read lovely comments and also share in your experiences too (this one in particular). You are never alone.
This year, I found other amazing features of Pinterest apart from the fact that you get to download and share lovely images. I took a course about the use of Pinterest to boost blog growth and I hope to implement this as part of a strategy in the coming year.
ON MOVING FORWARD
To engage with my readers and utilise the various social media platforms I can manage (I won’t be doing this alone though). I also plan (and currently working) on being more consistent with writing and posting here (some things just happen. Preparing for an exam) I know I have to be more deliberate about every choice and action I make. Time is precious.
I plan on having guest writers in this space (what do you think about that?)
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I’ve screamed, laughed, jumped, cried, smiled out of excitement (also during down moments) by coming in to this space. Y’all have been of priceless value to ochuzupdate. You are cherished!💕
PS: Here are some of my favourite from the blog. See below ??and don’t forget to share your favorite post from the blog too. Let’s connect!