I set up my blog in 2015 while I was on my crazy DNA search for the man who was my biological father. It seemed to be a way for me to process what was happening to me and my life. I have just sort of dabbled with it since the beginning – sometimes going for a year without touching it. I am never sure how much of my feelings and emotions to put out there. If my family reads my posts will they think I am a weirdo (one of my 1950’s childhood taunts) or just being overly dramatic. Actually, when I started this blog it was so that my children, or any descendants or relatives down the road would be able to find it and learn some things about our family that they might be interested in. How I wish I could read a blog from one of my ancestors that would answer all those nagging questions I have. Now I have realized that if I don’t write in the thing, how will anybody find it or be interested in what little I have written. Therefore I decided to start doing more research into blogging and to try to make it interesting to a wider audience so I decided to join the WordPress Blogging University course. Can’t hurt, can it? Day one’s lesson is to set 3 goals for my blog – I am a terrible goal setter but I am going to do my best to complete this university!!!
Goal 1 – To blog at least once a week. Trying to be realistic – it might be more like every 2 weeks but I would like to reach the every week goal eventually.
Goal 2 – To learn as much about blogging as I can. My focus is genealogy so I am starting to read other blogs from like-minded people. I love reading other people’s genealogical searches and mystery solving so I am hoping by making mine interesting I can get more readers and subscribers.
Goal 3 – To gain more confidence in my writing ability. I suffer from a severe lack of confidence sometimes, other times I am stuffed full of too much confidence. I have had a rough couple of years dealing with my DNA and genealogical discoveries and I think I need to write about them to help me get back (or forward) to where I want to be.
There, I did it! Now off to read more blog posts and see what I like or don’t like about them. That should help me with my Blogging university class.