I was reminded of something today, that change is necessary if you want to evolve and get better and it’s only by taking a step back and taking a long hard look at your work that you see where you have gone wrong, that you spot where you can improve and you can see what fails and what works.
Blogging is a funny old business to be in, I think if you ask any blogger they will tell you that since they started, their blog has been the weirdest journey of their life.
What started out for many, me included, as a hobby or pastime quickly became a way of life, a passion that couldn’t be quenched and then on to a means of earning money.
The other thing about blogging is the more you dig the more you find and the more there is to learn, it is a relatively new area to be in along with social media so there is no fixed formula, it’s a dive in and do it job. It’s constantly evolving and there are always new things to do. If you’d told me about HTML code and links and editing photos 4 years ago I would have looked at you quite blankly. But I know more about it now and although some stuff is really heavy going, other bits I can tackle now.
I spend part of my time per week visiting other blogs, reading their work and commenting, I pick up excellent tips from them, I spot things I like and others I don’t like then I go back and take a good look at Mari’s World and ask myself what can be done to make this better?
A new look, I thought.
After all who doesn’t like to get their hair done or buy something new to wear to lift their spirits? So I got the Geek Fairy in to wave her wand and although it’s not complete I am liking this new look, just a little more housekeeping and Mari’s World will be ready for the next chapter of her book, whatever that may be.
Not content with just a new look I’ve been brain-waving a lot recently – it’s exhausting me and I hope the phase is soon complete because my poor brain is starting to pop and fizzle out BUT of the hundreds of ideas that came forward – and some were pretty rubbish trust me – I have started a new blog with my daughter Megan.
It’s a new idea, I haven’t seen anything like it before so I’m stabbing in the dark and trying to create something special. It could totally backfire on me – I hope it doesn’t but I’ve got to try, haven’t I?
Folgaria News a bilingual blog written both in English and Italian and it’s all about Folgaria, the mountain village I lived in for almost 20 years. It’s written from two points of view; mine – in English and Megan’s in Italian.
Folgaria is a sleepy town of 3000 but it’s main trade is tourism which boosts the village up to 30,000. Summer holidays in the fresh mountain air and skiing in the winter, thousands and thousands of people pass through every single year from all over Europe, many come back time and time again but think of all the people who have never heard of it?
The concept is simple, reach as many people as we can, tell them what is happening in Folgaria. Create an archive of information, photos, fun and inspiration. Create a place that a visitor to Folgaria can search and come up with ideas on what to do tonight, for a day trip, on holiday IN TWO LANGUAGES.
I think this has legs, I’m going to push on with it and see where it takes me.
I’ve asked you once before but a gentle reminder as voting is over as of this Friday the 16th and I’d love to be amongst the finalists for the Family category of the BiBs. It would give me something to show for the four long years I’ve sat typing away at my laptop, it would make all those dreadful early posts where I was learning my trade worth it. It would also make my day. Please click on the badge below, it will take you to the Survey and Mari’s world is in the Family Category, thank you.