31/31 Blogging gives me a voice

31. Why do you blog?

That’s like asking why do I eat…

I really enjoy writing and love being able to improve on it through practice and feedback. When it comes to taking part in blogging challenges, I love finding out other peoples perspective to the same prompt and see how it compares to my own. One of the other big reasons I blog is that I love looking at the stats. Finding out that someone from Australia or Croatia has visited my blog (and hopefully enjoyed it) is an incredible feeling.

Within the blogging community, I can be myself. Here, you are not judged or bullied, you are encouraged. You aren’t told that you’re doing it wrong as there is no right answer. Blogging gives people the creative freedom to post whatever they like as there is an audience for everyone. As RuPaul once said…

“It’s important to know thyself, and for people who don’t feel they fit in, it’s important to find your tribe. I remember the first time, when I was a kid in San Diego, California, I felt so alone and I felt I’d been dropped here by aliens from another planet. I remember when I saw Monty Python’s Flying Circus on television, people with this irreverent sense of humour and these ideas towards identity and drag and everything, I felt like, ‘That’s my tribe’. After that, I set out to go and find my people, and I eventually did. So the truth is, your tribe is out there waiting for you. You have to be willing to leave your village or leave your place and go find them, because they’re looking for you too.”

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18/31 Why does everything have to mean something?!

18. The meaning behind your blog name

It’s a pretty uninventive blog name… chloemayward is just my full name.

When I created this blog back in 2013, I didn’t know exactly what I’d be writing about. To paraphrase Naomi Smalls, I didn’t want to pigeon hole myself and put myself in just the one box. I have so many ideas, interests and passions. I wanted to use my blog as a journey, a way to find out exactly what I wanted to write about. Although, three years later, I’m still unsure of which direction I’d like my blog to go in. I have a couple of ideas that I’m hoping to kick start after I’ve finished my Blog a Day in May challenge, which I’m hoping will lead to big things next year…

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1/31 So this is me…

  1. Introduction and recent photo
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My name’s Chloe and I’m a Staff Writer on the fantastic children’s magazine, The Week Junior. Living and working in central London, I get to explore the city fairly often, whether it be after work, running by the canal or wandering aimlessly on the weekend. I completed WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge back in 2014 and I thoroughly enjoyed writing and publishing every single post. Then, unfortunately, blogging somehow found itself on the back burner. But not for much longer…

Finally!

Howdee fellow bloggers!

I’ve got some exciting news… well, I feel very excited about it anyway! For those of you who joined me on my newly embarked blogging journey last year, you would have noticed that I had taken up the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge set by the wonderful WordPress team. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it (and I hope the people who read them did too) as everyday was something new and it also gave me something to look forward to (and time permitting, really sink my teeth into it!).

So, now we’re in 2015 and I couldn’t decide what to do next with my blog. In all honesty, I still don’t feel like I’ve found a specific area in which I’d like to stick to writing about as, quite simply, I like writing about a wide variety of things! Therefore, I’ve decided that this year I am going to start VLOGGING!

Since my work video projects in Norway a few months ago, I’ve realised that I really enjoy video editing and presenting. So, with the help of a very dear friend of mine who gave me some fantastic advice and encouragement, I’ve been looking into gaps in the vlogging market. Luckily, I think we’ve found one that could work quite well as not only am I passionate about these topics but I can’t seem to find anyone that does anything similar.

If any fellow vloggers have any tips or advice on how to start my vlogging journey, they’d be greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned and I hope you enjoy what’s to come!

My 2014 blogging in review!

Happy first Monday of 2015 everyone!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a cool little 2014 annual report for my blog – I found it super interesting, especially since its my first year of blogging!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Withdrawal symptoms

Happy 2015 everyone!

So, even though it’s only been a few days since I completed WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge, I must admit I have felt somewhat lost. Not having a daily task to look forward to or knowing that I wasn’t part of a community that spanned the entire globe since finishing. I just can’t figure out what sort of blogging challenge to take up next… photography, event biography or even reviews. I just hope that I decide fairly soonish, before 2015 runs out!

A brand new you, effective tomorrow!

#365: Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

I’d still be me – just a healthier, non-ill version! I look forward to the simple things, like eating normal food once again and more than anything, I’ve just realised I’m really looking forward to deciding what I’ll do with my blog for 2015! So far, I’m thinking one of the following:
– taking up a photography challenge;
– writing about the events and opportunities my career takes me to;
– turning it into a bucket list blog;
– writing regular reviews on my favourite things (films, games, restaurants etc).

It would be great to hear from my fellow bloggers on their thoughts or any other ideas.

Thanks to everyone in the blogging community for welcoming me into this incredible world and showing me such overwhelming support – you’ve made 2014 fabulous!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Best way to end the year!

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Wooooohoooooo! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me over these last 12 months – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am overwhelming happy to have reached 200 followers! With only fifteen days left of 2014, I guess I should really start thinking about what challenge to accept for 2015… all suggestions very much encouraged.

Thanks once again you wonderful bloggers for making me feel so welcome!

Release me

#293: Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish — and what it was like to set it free.

In all honesty I don’t think there has been a post that I was ‘nervous’ to publish… I wouldn’t say that they are ever risqué in the slightest, which I’m assuming is why I’ve never felt that way towards what I’ve written. I guess the only level or factor of nervousness that applies in a very minor form, is the fact that I seem to feel slight apprehension just before I click ‘Publish to chloemayward’ thinking “what if no-one likes it?”. But then again, I’m sure this is a common feeling that occurs to all bloggers once in a while.

P.s. I will be catching up with Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th’s posts tomorrow, as the wifi in Norway wasn’t the easiest thing to keep hold of/ Plus trying to write blog posts on my (crummy old) phone was near impossible. I still don’t count this as a fail because I was sent on a last minute work trip, so couldn’t write them in advance either.

Blogger in a strange land

#285: What’s the strangest place from which you’ve posted to your blog? When was the last time you were out and about, and suddenly thought, “I need to write about this!”?

I don’t think there has been a “strangest place”. I normally blog from one of two places – the office during my lunch break or my room over the weekend. That said, I may be flying to Norway on Thursday so who knows where I’ll be posting from!