It is close to eight years that I am a blogger yet I never undertook the A-Z challenge even once. I always felt that A-Z is not meant for bloggers like me. I presumed it is exclusively meant for ‘serious’ bloggers and not for someone like me who blogs only to unwind and occasionally rant.
Last year, I took part in a couple of blogging challenges and that somewhat boosted my confidence. Therefore this year, I am trying to gather the courage to take the plunge and take part in A-Z Challenge. Few fellow bloggers like Shalini, Rajlakshmi, and Shilpa with her Instagram video for beginners have been very encouraging and I am feeling slightly confident to take part. I am feeling like a nervous young girl who is about to start her new job.
Honestly speaking, even though I have been blogging since long, I am challenged in the department of blog statistics. I consider writing therapeutic and always enjoyed writing and never cared much about my PA, DA or Alexa ranking. I felt happy with few genuine comments and never lost sleep on my blog’s traffic. However, lately, I met few bloggers who explained to me very nicely, why blog statistics is important. Simultaneously, recently I moved into a content marketing profile in my job, and that made me understand the importance of keeping track of blog statistics even more.
April is going to be a crazy month. I am honestly worried about how I would be managing. I would also be travelling in April. I really am sceptical yet I want to try. I am planning to schedule my posts well in advance and in April I would only like to visit my fellow A-Z Challengers. The one thing that I am feeling excited about the A-Z Challenge is the opportunity to meet new bloggers and read new interesting posts based on various themes.
I am sincerely hoping to meet few genuine readers through A-Z Challenge. I am challenging myself to live up to the occasion and write posts that readers would engage. I love to read comments and in April I am hoping to receive loads of comments. However, the comments should be meaningful and engaging and should not be restricted to false praises like ‘nice post’ and ‘great post’. I love when my readers engage and leave meaningful comments. I also love when readers constructively criticise. I always appreciate when a reader points out grammatical or typographical errors. I absolutely love when they give me suggestions on how to improve a particular post. We all are imperfect and learners. We all have room to grow and I appreciate when readers help me improvise instead of falsely praising and making me feel complacent. Well, I do love praises as well. I love it when a reader comes and tells me that my post made their day or how they felt inspired after reading my post.
When I started my WordPress blog my main intention was to write memoirs. I named it ‘Trina Looks Back’ because I wanted to look back and bring out stories, anecdotes and experiences from my life. I wanted to curate the stories that I have been directly or indirectly part of. And I wanted to write both fictional and true stories. However, somehow story writing has taken a back seat. Therefore through A-Z Challenge I again want to revive my story writing. I would have a common theme for those stories but that I will announce later.
I have certain aspirations for April. First and foremost is to write some beautiful post. Second is to connect with fellow bloggers. Third, is to increase followers on my blog. Fourth is to improve my ratings. And, Fifth is to increase my blog’s traffic.
With so many hopes and aspirations I am taking the Challenge of April with Blogchatter, are you?