I started writing this English blog since April last year, and my embarrassing first post was about cardmaking: it all started with my mother in law. My even more embarrassing second post was one way to make your child more popular.
From cardmaking to Ramadan, have I not noticed the difference in my subject matter, style, and language?
Recently, I took up Blog Exercises set by Lorelle VanFossen, a veteran blogger, and a die-hard WordPress loyalist (Please make sure you spell the trademark WordPress properly with 2 capital letters, to avoid her wrath.)
Her exercises have become my blogging nutrients. I have a dedicated bog exercises series to record my journey, because deep down, I really have a desire to improve, not just in my English grammar, my writing skill, but also my thoughts.
Today, I would like to encourage you to view Lorelle’s comprehensive Giant Blog Exercise Check List Part 1. I think it’ll benefit you as a blogger, a writer, and a thinker, whatever your blogging topics are. This list will open your eyes. It may even change your life. If not, at least it is a place with wonderful resources for your reference. The topics cover:
- Site Organisation
- Blog Purpose, Goals, and Focus
- Blog Structure and Organisation Basics
- Site Design
- Post Organisation: Categories and Tags
- Content Organisation and Structure
- Site Maintenance, Web Design, and Workflow
- Publishing Tips and the Business of Blogging
- Blog Techniques and How To
- Writing, Editing, and Content Development
- Community Building, Social Web, and Interactivity
I saw this advert last week in my local health club. This advert speaks to me as it reflects my determination: I’m trying to better myself.
Enjoy running but suffer with injuries?
Want to develop an efficient, natural running ability?
Technique is everything.
Running is a skill.
My connection with WordPress started in 2008, and I spent four years writing in this Chinese blog. My initial dream with blogging was to share my views from Britain to a great Chinese audience. However, WordPress is blocked in China. Millions of people were not able to access my site in a normal way. My main Chinese readers came from Southeast Asia, America and Hong Kong. I only had a small number of readers from the mainland China, who successfully overcame the Great Firewall of China to reach my blog. I valued my friendship with these loyal, brilliant readers, and most of them were bright, young, and intellectual.
From Chinese to English
Since last year, I switched to WordPress in English, as I was exhausted in writing in Chinese, and I wasn’t producing fresh materials. The WordPress community in Chinese language was extremely small, and the topics were very limited. I didn’t have the technical knowledge to reach other potential Chinese readers in China through WordPress. I didn’t want to leave WordPress. I didn’t want to blog in China’s blogging platforms. Therefore I needed a fresh start.
I so wanted to taste what it’s like to connect to a wider audience, so I had to use their language – English. In the past 15 months, I’ve enjoyed the happiness of connecting to a wider community. When writing in English, my thought process changes too. It’s interesting. I think and write differently in two languages. This’ll be a new topic for another post.
Fifteen months is only a very short time in a blogger’s life. I’m a toddler. I’m very lucky that in this English world, I’m packed with a lot of support, particularly from Lorelle on WordPress, my source of blogging nutrients.
My Related Posts:
Am I British enough?
Pondering Freedom of Speech during Ramadan
Honouring Nelson Mandela: Make Everyday a Mandela Day
Sharing my favourite things
Where’re you really from?
Walking in the wood – Part 1
Weekly Writing Challenge: My Mum’s Net
5 changes of a Chinese wife in England: on Language
5 changes of a Chinese wife in England: on Culture
5 changes of a Chinese wife in England — on Food