When I started to write this, I couldn’t help but think of Del Boy and Rodney from Only Fools and Horses, who in the face of adversity, always resolutely strived to achieve their dreams with the belief that, “ He who dares wins.”
In essence, if you don’t take a chance on your dreams then you won’t get anywhere anyway so grab every opportunity with both hands and give it your absolute best shot.
My blogging journey to date has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs and there have been many times when I’ve nearly given up; I’m not good enough, can’t do it, too much to learn, too difficult, not enough time.
However, this year quitting is most definitely out of the question. It’s onwards and upwards for me and this is how I’m going to do it.
Collaborate More with Others
One thing I have LOVED more than anything about writing my blog has been the chance to meet and collaborate with a wealth of talented bloggers through writing guest posts, doing interviews and sharing opportunities and ideas. In my short time in the blogging world, I’ve also built successful links with local media and press and with lots of exciting opportunities on the pipeline, 2018 looks like it’s going to be a year to remember.
In my initial months of blogging, there were a number of fellow bloggers who helped me stay sane. It’s a real ‘giving’ community where people are happy to help each other out and provide support when needed. This year I’ll be focusing on giving a little bit back as often as I can to say thank you to those who helped me.
Build my knowledge further
I may have the writing in the bag but WordPress and me have never been the best of friends. Luckily I have the best of help from Andrew at Magpie Image, who thankfully is the techy brains behind the Lady Janey blog. However I’m determined to learn how to do more things myself this year, finally show WordPress who is boss and get to grips with sponsored posts, advertising and SEO optimisation.
I’m also determined to attend more blogging conferences starting with the annual Blog On conference in May because it’s such a fabulous opportunity to network, learn and build blogging partnerships. I can’t wait!
Develop Strategies to combat my MS fog
MS cognitive fog is a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis resulting in poor memory, trouble concentrating, and difficulty learning and retaining new information. It’s the absolute blain of my life when it comes to writing my blog as some days I suffer from awful writers block and really struggle to stay focused. Luckily, where there’s a will, there’s a way and I’m lucky first of all to have such amazing support from family and friends who inspire me to keep going. Runners often talk about ‘breaking through the wall’ and that’s exactly the way it feels at times. Hammers and chisels will be on hand in a variety of forms this year; making endless notes and lists, consulting a checklist for all posts (seeing as have just noticed a couple in my most recent one for which I apologise) and learning not to always see it as a weakness to have to ask for help from others.
Build my Social Media Presence
I never thought I would see the day when I would say I loved to tweet but it is undoubtedly my favourite social media platform. They used to say it was ‘good to talk’ but Twitter takes communication to a whole new level and nowadays, it’s definitely ‘good to tweet!’ To date, Twitter has been my most successful social media platform and I am determined to be well past the 1000 mark by the time Lady Janey reaches her one year Blogversary in May. Facebook has proved harder to grow and with the new changes and algorithms, I doubt there will be much change in that so will just have to wait and see. However despite being the world’s worst photographer, referring to myself once as no ‘David Bellamy’, only to be corrected as it should be ‘David Bailey’, I’m getting slowly addicted to Instagram. Numbers have grown organically with minimum effort from me so this year I’ll be focusing more on Insta with the aim of getting to the half century by May.
Do more freelance writing
Last year, the most amazing opportunities were created through writing the blog. For example, WhichUK picked up on a post I wrote on our dismal rural broadband because of their Fix Bad Broadband campaign so I became a guest author for WhichConversation? If I do say so myself, I am also quite a talented poet with my poems being my hobsession- poems and obsession. I have given some an airing in a few posts and seem to have accumulated quite a collection over the year. 2018 will see me start to put together an anthology of Lady Janey poetry brilliance. Here’s a quick example:
I’ve written a lot of poems
They’re my obsession, my hobby, my art
So which ones I should choose to share
I wouldn’t know where to start.
It depends what you’re looking for
And if I can make the grade
But I’m willing to give it a go
Especially if I’m being paid! 😉
So please tip me the wink if you think
That you’d like to read more of my work
Til then, I’ll just keep writing
As rejection, will no doubt, just hurt.
Lady Janey x