2015 has been such a fulfilled year with lots of surprises, both positive and negative ones. As much as I’d love to say that it’s been an amazing year for me, it has not. However, as regards to blogging, I feel like it’s been a very pleasant year with plenty of discoveries and joyfulness.
Thanks to the annual WordPress report, I have learnt that out of 41 written posts as much as 35 were published this very year, which absolutely astonished me. Therefore, I believe that my more blogging resolution for 2015 has been successfully and sparklingly completed! More writing, more blogging, and more learning! In fact, I have learnt a great deal from my own experience in the blogging world and I would like to share some of them with you. You may note that some points will also appear to apply to life.
1. Community matters (a lot)
Whether it be through the weekly WordPress Community Pool or social media, connecting with other bloggers takes a huge part in expanding your audience. In the blogosphere, there is a lot of fun to get from interacting with fellow bloggers. You get to exchange opinions on your respective blogs and offer practical advice. Moreover, reading other blogs, no matter the area it deals with, is a very beneficial experience. Not only does it broaden your knowledge in a certain area, but it also gets you in touch with people from all over the world, understanding things from their own viewpoint. When I came across the WordPress report, what definitely struck me the most was the world map of statistics. What we really gain from blogging is not numbers and views, we gain human connection, and that truly is the most fascinating thing for me about blogging.
2. Never stop expanding and do try new things out
When I first thought of building THHP, I never thought that I would ever share such deeply personal writings. I was mainly aiming at writing as a way of breaking into a career in journalism, only conferring about issues in general terms and being as neutral as a professional. Two years and a few posts later, the blog now contains a bunch of articles classified under the categories of creative writing and personal writing and even some Blogger Awards posts. As of now, I can’t think of restricting myself and not posting these poems or the venting in my Contemplations series. Writing a few posts in a different style is helpful in order to find your own voice. It’s only by trying that you see how it works and if it works.
3. Always be honest
Although it is the third point of my list, I consider this a blogger rule and I thoroughly live by it. During these past months, I have decided to let go of my disguise and state the realities I perceive from my viewpoint. I have ceased to hide the seemingly unappealing aspects of my life. I have thus shared some very intimate pieces I have written describing intense feelings which I never thought would be shared publicly, on my social media accounts for the whole world to read, and especially with people whom I am more or less acquainted with in real life. Not only did I find comfort in writing these words, but I also have had some amazing people who, behind their screen, were there to comment and answer me with reciprocal honesty and gratuitous kindness. It’s equally thanks to these heartfelt comments that I have realized that honesty, in real life as well as any project we commit to, could never be an inadequacy. And it should never be an obstacle. Whilst we may feel vulnerable being so, we shall embrace honesty.
So now, let’s take a little lookback at The High-Heeled Papergirl in 2015…
Let me now suggest you…
I cannot wait for 2015 to end and see what 2016 has to give us. I have discovered so many inspiring blogs, and I’m longing to read much more from them as well as to discover other thoughtful bloggers.
Let’s make 2016 shine in the blogosphere and fill it with harmony and opportunities.
As far as I’m concerned, I wish to complete a bunch of new blogging and writing projects… Furthermore, I hope that we get to spend a year fulfilled with more love than ever before, many more dreams coming true, success and — most of all, happiness.
Finally, I’d like to give a very special thanks to Luna Cooler for granting me the Best Blog Award. I feel so very honored and grateful! I wish I could do such a blog post but I would have to invent so many awards for all of the blogs I love!
See you next year!