Saturday, April 9, 2022

#AtoZChallenge H Is For Happy

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:

A lot of you are already experienced bloggers and don't need to hear this. Or maybe you do. But this is more for the newer bloggers out there, for whom maybe this is your first challenge, this is for you (but everyone's welcome to read along).

One of the reasons that I started blogging was because I saw a few blogs that were participating in the A to Z Challenge and thought "hey, that looks like fun, maybe I'll do it next year." The next year came along, and I joined up. I learned a lot about blogging that year, and it's grown from there. In short, the A to Z Challenge made a blogger out of me. How, you ask?

  1. It taught me to set a schedule and stick to it. Before I did my first A to Z, I was posting whenever the spirit moved me. Whatever readers might be have been interested in reading me didn't know when they'd see another post from me, and few waited around to find out. Doing A to Z taught me that, when they when they knew when to look, they did. You don't have to be out here every day, like I am, but commit yourself to one day a week, or every two weeks, and make it the same day.

  2. It taught me that, to get traffic, you have to give traffic. One way to let other bloggers know that you're out here is to comment on their blogs. More often than not, it results in a return visit. Plus, when other bloggers see your comments, they'll be curious to know who you are.

  3. It taught me to find the joy in what I was doing. That's really what it's all about: having fun! Meet people from around the world, share your thoughts with them, write whatever's on your mind, have a few laughs along the way.... you get the idea. If you had fun writing it, they'll have fun reading it.

I had come into blogging thinking that I wanted to be a fiction writer. Part of the reason I didn't write on my blog initially was that I was trying to force story ideas out of my head. Fiction didn't make me happy, blogging did. I had more fun coming up with blog ideas than I did coming up with story ideas. Blogging made me happy.

I hope it makes you happy, too.

Does blogging make you happy? How?

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Timothy S. Brannan said...

Does blogging make me happy? YES! I am so pleased I discovered this.
I am also very happy when I get visitors, especially new visitors. I have met so many great people over the years too.

Tim Brannan
The Other Side | The A to Z of Conspiracy Theories

ladyleemanila said...

I'm so happy indeed :)

Dino said...

"It taught me that, to get traffic, you have to give traffic." - so true and such a good lesson to learn.

My H post:

Jayashree Srivatsan said...

Yes blogging does give a lot of satisfaction and happiness too

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Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Figuring out what you really like to blog about is the key to blogging happiness.

Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: H

Crackerberries said...

Happy Saturday everyone. Blogging is absolutely my happy place. I love this challenge so much because blogging really does bring me joy and this is a discipline. Good luck to everyone. Keep on keeping on...remember Housework can wait, Heaven Cannot


Barb Klein said...

Blogging does make me happy and this challenge in particular is sparking thoughts I might not otherwise bother to catch and share. I'm enjoying the freedom to be curious and to write what comes and I am liking the commitment to show up consistently. Thanks for sharing how it's gone for you!

Gonz said...

If you're on Halvar's side in battle, triumph (and happiness) will join soon!

Lisa said...

Blogging does make me happy! I love to connect with folks in Australia and Ireland and England and all over the U.S. (and other countries, too!)

Janet said...

Very happy. So glad I found you guys to play along with every April. It's the highlight of my spring.

Cheryl said...

I really enjoy blogging as well. Prior to going back to working outside of our home, I had several blogs and contributed to a few others.

Buttercup said...

I love blogging. I started blogging in 2009 and never expected I would still have a blog. I've made wonderful friends around the world, gotten a number of writing and social media projects and most surprisingly, never run out of topics to blog about. The A to Z has stretched my thoughts about topics and I look forward to it every year.

kaykuala said...

Happy to be here


Idea-ist said...

I always dreamed of being a writer, but it never quite worked out. I needed a "real job" with health insurance and a 401K. Blogging about books gave me the opportunity to write about a subject I loved, and connect with people who love it too. I find setting aside time to visit and comment on the blogs of others to be the most time consuming thing about blogging. @GetLostInLit

Frewin55 said...

I concur with those three maxims - previous to finding the A2Z challenge, I belonged to a small blog site called Mo'time where we had a real core community going - some of whom I am still in touch with by Facebook, since it closed down for commercial reasons. A2Z is a community and even though I tend only to socialise during April, its like waiting for Mayfly to hatch - you know the critters are down there and that when they emerge it will be spectacular...

2 gators said...

Yes blogging makes me happy, as it lets me express what is me. :) This is my 4th yr doing the challenge and each year I learn so much

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