Project Blogging 101 with WordPress

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I have been running Chorizo & Thyme (also affectionately known as C&T) for almost five years now and I loved every minute of it.  I still do mind you, although these past two years have been a bit of a hit and miss. Especially this past year I would say. There have been a lot of changes in my life and some major ups and downs, as most of us that actually live experience. I have been very regular in my posts on the whole and I am so pleased with that, but I feel I need to push myself some more to get even more motivated.

So I decided to register for Blogging 101 with WordPress. From what I understood before I took this on was that it’s primarily for those who want to start blogging but haven’t started yet for whatever reason. I have been doing this for quite a while I know, and having said that I felt a bit awkward at first, not out of pride mind you, because I am always up for new learning experiences and I learn from everyone. I think it’s because I am not confident enough my blog could actually be something really good, something which people like to read. Does anyone out there feel the same?

When I read yesterday’s task, which of course I’m tackling this morning (cue: this Maltese heat is killing me) I thought, “Wait…isn’t this what I did in my About page? Why should I give my readers another introduction? Wouldn’t they find it boring?” And I guess that the answer is yes, I think they would. And then I realised that this kind of reasoning was totally wrong! What about new readers and bloggers? What about discovering all those fantastic aspiring writers out there who are really into what they do and do it wholeheartedly? And what about connecting with them and catch up on what they’re doing and what they like to write about? This is important for me.

I started C&T primarily because I wanted to share my love of baking with my friends and family. It was a little project, which turned into my hobby, then it became my baby, and now it’s what I want to do in life. In the process I became interested in photography and I started taking the pics myself, instead of repeatedly relying on my husband every single time I cooked something. And that felt good.  Four years and a few months ago this space was nameless. Now it has an identity, of which I’m proud. I’m glad I stuck around. C&T is not perfect and never has been, but it’s mine and it’s me.

As all things in life that evolve, C&T has featured a number of non-food posts. One of the questions I get asked quite a lot is: “Why don’t you post solely on food and post your non-foodie posts elsewhere?” I do get where this is coming from, really, but my answer is always the same. I have other interests and my days don’t solely revolve around food. I don’t have the time to keep another site up-to-date as I do with this one, so I decided early on that this is how I was going to do things. It was a choice, and it still is. You see, most of you don’t know this but it was a choice between a beauty blog or a food blog. The food won but it was never a simple black and white pick. I love reading both and I do have some favourite beauty people whose blogs I devour and hang on to.

This turned out to be a long-ish post, and that’s how most of my ramblings are on here. Thanks for sticking around till the end. I’m truly honoured and grateful. And don’t hesitate to send me links to your blogs. I would love to read them. Also feel free to browse around here and send me your messages.

Rob.

You can also find and follow me on Bloglovin’.

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6 thoughts on “Project Blogging 101 with WordPress”

  1. Great blog, and I’ve enjoyed your “ramblings.” 😉 I agree with you on keeping everything here due to your variety of tastes and on goings in your life. I’ve had a little of the same dilemma. I see so many who have several blogs they manage, and I do believe I have an eclectic blog, with poetry, photography and regular, day-to-day posts. Yet, I’ve been hesitant to start another, because I am just getting the hang of posting every day to my current blog, and I do think a little variety is nice. This way, people get to really “know” about who you are (as much as the internet can tell you), and they don’t have to go searching all over the web to do so. Okay, well now, I’ve gone to rambling; so, I will say goodbye for today! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Am glad you liked this post. I’ve had C&T for over 5 years now, and although it’s a joy to run, giving one recipe after another gets too much sometimes. So I always enjoy writing something different once in a while. Writing 101 and 201 really helped! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to write. Much appreciated! x

  2. Great post and thanks for sharing your experience. I have been wanting to take the blogging 101 course too since I have just started blogging. Going by what you have to say, it sounds really interesting.

    1. Thanks! To be honest it is very basic but I thought I’d do it anyway because I find that sometimes the most basic stuff can be tough too. I am connecting more with other bloggers now. I’m also enjoying the blogging experience even more. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on your blog too!

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