What will I write? Am I up to the challenge? Will I be able to continue till the end?…
Those were the thoughts with which I began participating in this challenge. I could never have guessed how much I would enjoy the challenge and how much I would learn from it.
The Student Blogging Challenge officially began on 4th March, 2018
Since then, I have written 9 posts, including this one, all of which were based on the challenge : The Country Heart, Guidelines to “Commenting“, See this is life!!!, Development of Democracy, Voices from the World War II, Book-Review: The Necklace of the Gods, Visiting Blogs Around The World, Money: Charitable Giving for Weeks 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9 respectively. Reading these posts all over again, I could realize the many ways in which I could improve my blog post – write with more feelings, include more illustrations, improve my English and make my blog posts more reader- friendly with bold headings and colors.
I fondly remember how every time I published a new post, I’d make it a point to login everyday to check out what comments I received. I received a total of 32 comments, out of which 14 were from the commenters and 17 were from overseas students. 1 was from Miss W. The post which received the most comments was ” Voices from the World War II ” with 9 comments, closely followed by “See, this is life!!! ” with 6 comments. I think this happened because these posts were featured in the Flipboard magazine – both had relevant pictures, were unique and clearly reflected my mind. In case of “Voices from the World War II”, the quotes were systematically arranged and the poem, ” See, this is life!!! “ was very unique.
One of the things I enjoyed the most was commenting on other students’ blogs. I commented on more than 15 blogs. I checked the Flipboard magazine regularly. In the blogs I went to, I usually commented on posts which were ambitious and dedicatedly created, which were about something I’m interested in or something I’m curious about. For example, when I went to Victoria’s blog, I commented on her post, ‘Kinds of quotes‘. Naturally, the title made my mind think ‘What kind of quotes can be there?’ and as I always liked quotes, I was interested and really liked the post.
I enjoyed writing every post. Every post took me to a virtual world where I am a professional who writes and shares my knowledge with others. But, I enjoyed writing ‘See this is life!!!’ the most. It was filled with originality, inspiration and when I completed writing the poem, it gave me a sense of achievement I didn’t get from the others. The post I enjoyed writing second most was the free choice activity, “Book review: The Necklace of the Gods” because I could write about something which was my passion and pleasure.
I didn’t change my blog theme. A new theme will refresh my blog and improve it in many ways. However, I didn’t change it as I would have to reorder my blog all over again and I was unsure that my blog would be ready in time for potential readers.
I have 8 widgets : Recent comments, recent posts, archives, links, categories, meta, image and search. This is quite enough but I want to include a tag cloud as well. Categories and Tags would be helpful in making my site more reader- friendly.
On my blogroll, I have 8 overseas students. I chose these blogs because they were active on the challenge and kept beautiful blogs which I’d like to visit regularly. These blogs gave me important lessons and inspirations for improving my blog. Also, having a blogroll helped me to check out great posts with half the effort. It was great for my lazy days. 😉
I did not use any web tool except for creating my avatar. For the next challenge, I’d try to use more web tools and create picturesque illustrations, pictures, videos etc. I’d challenge myself to do this… Soon…
Sometimes things are most beautiful when they’re coming to an end.Kyra Jackson