The other day, Marilyn Armstrong of Serendipity discussed her reaction to WordPress’s Daily Prompt. This particular DP was about hindsight and rewriting your very first post. It got me to thinking about my own experiences since I started blogging.
I left a comment on Marilyn’s blog to the effect that I would not want to re-write my very first post on WordPress, since it stands as an example of how my blog has grown and developed over the past 3 years. When I first started this blog in 2012, I originally thought I’d give people copywriting and editing tips from my own experience. Later, I realized that I could talk about authors, books, the craft of writing and social media too since they all had the same basic theme: writing. This realization opened up the door to much more creativity and hundreds of ideas for more blog posts.
Some blog posts have been a struggle to create, when every word had to be reluctantly dragged, kicking and screaming, from the deepest recesses of my imagination. Bloggers, please note: Caffeine and chocolate are excellent spurs to creativity. :-D
One of these hard-to-write blog posts, Wacky word origins, netted me my first Freshly Pressed award. How’s that for ironic?
With other blog posts, I seized upon the topic and the words came fast and clear like a torrent. With some of the funnier ones, such as speculating on what would happen if famous literary characters had Twitter or comic tales from the church side, I even found myself giggling out loud.
WordPress gave me my second Freshly Pressed for the comic church stories. I guess they just couldn’t resist Advent wreaths catching on fire or fainting acolytes.
By now, I’ve written hundreds of blog posts for both the personal blog and for the business blogs that I ghostwrite. The reaction to them varies, but that’s how it goes. So be it.
Some of my blog posts gave me great pleasure when I wrote about them, like sharing my experiences at Digital East and talking about everyday superheroes inside and outside of the context of books. Every time I go back to read them, they still give me the same sense of satisfaction as they did when I created them.
Fellow bloggers, do you have blog posts like that? Which blog posts that you’ve written have given you the greatest sense of satisfaction and why?