And then things took off.
Or, more like, I started a site which was basically just another blip in endless cyberspace.
I called it The Eagle's Aerial Perspective. I called myself The Golden Eagle. I put in a black-and-rainbow Pyzam template which I thought looked pretty schnazzy. I wrote up a cheesy "Welcome To My Blog!" post which you really don't want to go back and read.
My reasons? I didn't start a blog to create a writing platform (I didn't know people did that) and I didn't start a blog to network (I didn't know much about following and commenting) and I didn't start a blog just to be able to say I did (I don't do things for those kinds of reasons).
I started a blog because (once I learned what the heck a blog was) the fact anyone could go to Blogger or Wordpress or whatever and set one up appealed to me--a lot. So I jumped into the world of blogging, and I learned that having the ability to post on any subject, whenever I wanted to, was a lot of fun.
So I posted and I followed and I commented and now I am able to say that I've been doing it for an entire year.
But let's go back to the beginning, shall we?
One month in. The Eagle's Aerial Perspective has few connections, only 5 or 6 followers, (some notables would be Kenzy, Icewolf, Shimmer, and Jayden Black--I can't forget you guys!) and a Pyzam template which doesn't look very good along with several mismatched backgrounds from a whole host of sites. It also has a cool, eagle-oriented button.
3 months in. More followers now, ever-changing backgrounds, and now the blog author has learned the finer art of adding images, videos, multimedia, and other such stuff to her posts. Plus, she has gotten somewhat established with new followers popping up in the widget on the sidebar and more comments on posts.
6 months in. The blog and her author have been at it for a while now, and she has suddenly been exposed to the world of writing blogs, something she hasn't heard of before--and the next month is The Great Blogging Experiment hosted by Elana Johnson, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Jen Daiker, which she signs up for although she doubts anyone will actually read her post on How To Creating Compelling Characters. (The post subsequently gets over 50 comments).
10 months in. LOTS of followers now, and plenty more than the blog author ever expected. Posts continue, but now there are ones specifically directed toward humor, writing, book reviews, tags/awards, and Teaser Tuesday is going strong. Comment counts somehow manage to grow large, and for that the author is extremely appreciative.
12 months in. The blog author is struggling to keep up with what's called The Writer's Platform-Building Crusade, is preparing to launch the blog into the A-Z April Blogging Challenge, has something vaguely resembling a blogging schedule, and is amazed by the number of followers she has.
She also decides writing in the third person about herself feels odd but is fun.
And yes, I am planning to do something for my blogoversary. You know how I celebrated my 400th post, where I gave you all the chance to ask me questions? A lot of you seemed to enjoy the post and some of you even said you hoped I'd do the question thing again.
So--guess what--I'm doing it again. :)
It's the same as before. On this post, or on any other post up until next Sunday, you can ask me questions (as long as they're relevant/reasonable) which I will answer on March 6th. Put them in the comments, email, cbox, whatever. And if something occurs to you feel free to come back again and ask that, too. You've got a week!
And, finally, I'd like to thank you all. For following. For commenting. For sticking with me and this blog through months and months, visiting my blog, reading my posts, and knowing that what I'm saying isn't just more blips in cyberspace. It means a lot to me!
-----The Golden Eagle