Exactly a year ago today, I wrote my very first blog post on the 2012 Golden Globe to the SAG awards. While it was originally supposed to be mandatory part of my course, over time I’ve become hooked on this old blog, feeling the need to write about everything and anything. Fortunately, somehow people still want to read it as well, which is awesome and has made writing for it, even more fun.
At the end of December the WordPress stats helper monkeys prepared my 2012 annual report (above and below links) for this blog and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I mean it’s nothing to brag about in comparison to other major blogs out there, (it’s actually quite shameful) but believe me it’s a lot more than I thought it would be. Here’s an excerpt from the report (this wasn’t my idea, it’s an automatic WordPress report thing, I could never calculate something like that):
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
I did not think I would grow to like blogging as much as I have, never mind last a year, like I said it was just supposed to be a course assignment but it has grown from there. From writing about the 2012 film award season to the SOPA wars (remember the closure of megaupload due to the Stop Online Privacy Act last year, how we feared for free online viewing, oh how things have changed), was an odd choice but we had to have a big theme/topic to write on, they were the most current and interesting for me at the time.
The only people reading it at that time were people in my class (we all signed up to each others blogs), my friends and family. I was just hoping for a good grade, if I’ll be honest I never had a high opinion of blogging. I always felt, no one would care what I would have to say without some validation from some big organisation or any organisation at that. However, I soon began to gain views from outside known company and more randomly outside of the country (random sides of the globe). Despite this, I still had no plans to continue on blogging, even though I had grown to like my theme, the title and odd tagline, it still didn’t appeal to me.
However, things took a change when I became short-listed for Blog of the Year 2012 at DCU’s Hybrid awards. Out of everything I put myself forward within those awards, it was the least expected category that I thought I would be short-listed for. I realise it wasn’t a huge deal but it did spur me to be more confident about my blog and blogging in general, and after that, I decided when I completed all my course assignments etc. I’ll give the whole blogging a proper go.
So I did my first non-assignment blog post-thesis on trailers that got me excited for upcoming films that year, from there it grew onto more things I liked television programmes, books anything I liked entertainment wise. I had more freedom than I had usually with articles there was no length limits (to which some extent I apologise), I like to ramble and once I start writing, I can’t stop but I do hope most of the time that I get to the point. Also I could write about what I wanted, how I wanted and even give my view on topics (when it came to reviews in the past, I always limited on what I could say), but here on Occasional Musings, I felt I had a free reign.
As well writing whatever and in however way I wanted to when it came to entertainment, my blog enabled me to delve into topics that have affected me personally, which I thought I would never be able to talk about publically(basically to have a much-needed written rant). Hence which led to my first post on my struggles with weight lost, body image and basically the societal pressure many of us feel in our need to conform. As scary as it was posting that, it felt great to finally write what I really thought about it, not being limited in the ways I mentioned above but also being able to speak on issues that meant a lot to me and others.
It just led from there, I have to say I love blogging and the versatility it has enabled me to have with it. There is no method to my madness, I literally write what I feel at the time and if it’s relevant, well that’s just a bonus. It has also been made more enjoyable, by the views and responses I have received also whether from friends, family or even just strangers from across the globe, which I am extremely grateful for and thank you for continually reading (especially those who signed up to follow me). I am not sure what the next year will have in store, but I will hopefully will try to continue to blog about everything and anything and that you will all enjoy reading it in the process too.
Click here to see the complete report. (if you like of course, just another automatic WordPress thing but there is a cool fireworks display)