I can’t believe how quickly a year goes by.

This week I celebrate one year of blogging!

First, thanks to all my 70 blog followers. It can be pretty lonely when you spend a lot of time and creative input into writing a blog and nobody stops by to comment.

a learning curve that has gone straight up

When I started blogging I had no idea how to blog. I studied other people’s blogs and researched like crazy. Writing a blog wasn’t going to be as simple as what I thought. But once I wrote a few and got the hang of it, I was away.

What i don’t like about blogging

  • The time it takes to write a good blog. This was the bit I was always going to be worried about. How much blogging would take me away from my other writing – the writing I feel the most passionate about, contemporary romance.
  • Whether my blogs are any good.
  • Whether I’m just regurgitating content that is already out there and not offering up anything that’s new.

what i like about blogging

  • The opportunity to have an outlet to express myself creatively.
  • When someone likes my blog or takes the time to respond.
  • Getting an email message to say someone is now following my blog (kind of makes my feel special).
  • Meeting other bloggers from all over the world – some who blog on similar things; others who blog on completely different subjects.
  • How there’s still so much for me to learn about what makes a good blog.
  • If you’re blogging regularly, you’re writing regularly and that’s got to be good!

Blogging has helped me grow as a writer. For most part, I love blogging. I’m learning new things all the time. And I’m really proud to say that except for the three weeks Xmas/holiday break I’ve blogged every week without fail. Even when I didn’t feel like blogging or life stuff got in the way. And even if it was just a teeny quote on writing. I now have a blogging content schedule, which I plan out every quarter and try to stick to it as much as possible.

So in celebration of my blogiversary below are the my top four blog posts for 2016/2017 in order:

Character playlists

Is it ever OK to write in a book?

Versatile Blogger Award

A writer breaks the rules

Thanks heaps to everyone. Hope you’ll stay around for the next year! And if you want me to blog about anything in particular I’d love to hear your thoughts.