Hello my fellow bloggers and lovely readers!
It’s day 31 of Blogtober, the final day of the blog until your fingers bleed and brain hurts challenge. We made it through. We posted every day of the month of October. Some posts flourished, reaching viral status for Lilyotron. Others sank to the bottom of the list, hardly getting any views at all.
In the beginning of the month, everyone was fresh and in the race. After the first week we started to see a decline in engagement. By the end of the month only a few of us remained. But those few of us who did stayed engaged and carried on the spirit of the challenge.
Blogtober is more than posting every day. True participation is commenting, liking, and sharing links back to other blogs. I had a lot of fun with this. For the first time I felt part of a community of other WordPress bloggers.
In Valley of Genius, some early users and builders of the World Wide Web basked in it’s anonymity. They believed being anonymous and changing who they were online was the best thing about the internet.
Others, like the founder of eBay (Pierre Omidyar), saw the internet differently. He, among others, saw the internet as a place of community. A place where you can be who you are but with millions of other people outside your physical life.
We have to be careful online because our information can be used against us. But blogging is about sharing our truths (at least some of them). Bloggers are writers and writers need to tell their story, share their ideas, and explain their positions.
It’s not enough to keep our thoughts in our heads. We need to express why we think the way we do. It doesn’t matter if other people read it so much that we are able to write it. View counts, likes, and especially comments are a big plus to blogging. Please, comment away.
In a world of memes and character limits, blogging encourages us to push the limits of our writing.Tweet
In a world of memes and character limits, blogging encourages us to push the limits of our writing. The page keeps moving down, more space appears to be filled. When we finally hit the conclusion, that final period, we can rest satisfied.
Our blogs sit, patiently waiting for us to return to post. It may not be every day. Some bloggers in the challenge hadn’t posted in months. But that’s OK because their blogs were ready for them, supporting their every word.
Whether we wrote like Stephen King, a Buzzfeed list author, or vlogged our way through the month, we can say we did it. We completed Blogtober.
Did you complete Blogtober? Proudly display this image on your 31st post or blog.
Did you complete Blogtober? What did you think of the challenge? Let me know in the comments below!
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