It’s not easy but it’s not as tough as I thought it would be! Thankfully before I started I’d been keeping a list of ideas of things to write about. I’m lucky too in that people regularly ask me a lot of questions about photo and video production via various forms of social media instant messaging. This means you guys can look forward to more posts about photo and video workflows as the year progresses.
The toughest times have been after busy days or when I’ve been away from base. I was nearly caught out by sheer exhaustion a couple of times too. The worst was when I was nearly overcome by a serious case of the ‘nodding donkeys’ one evening — I literally kept falling asleep at my desk while trying to write! I also found it tough the times when I was away but still had to meet my midnight deadline. One night I got completely caught out because I’d gone off on a day trip up the coast of Portugal. I’d actually written that days post just after breakfast but had totally forgotten to push it live anywhere other than Medium.
The most rewarding times have been when someone liked, shared or commented one of my posts across the various platforms. On that note, so far I’ve been mostly interested in posting to my website (www.RichardDonelan.com) as I’m most keen to drive all the traffic there. However, I’m also keen to better understand how content performs on different platforms, so I’m also uploading to Tumblr, Facebook (the notes part of my page), Medium and LinkedIn. Measuring these platforms together, Medium and LinkedIn seem to be receiving the lion’s share of the interactions.
Interestingly the highest level of engagement has been coming from email, private messaging and telephone calls, rather than from ‘public comments’. Some of these communications have been to point out spelling mistakes but overall these have lead to interesting tangental conversations. I believe the lesson here is that when one shares something that strikes a chord with somebody else then it’s likely that the other party will want to continue the conversation, even if it’s in private rather than via public comments.
Speaking to the issue of my spelling mistakes…. Yes, I’m not proud of this issue, however, it is something that I’m working on! I’d like to blame autocorrect but would rather take personal responsibility for this shortcoming! Thanks to anyone who’d contacted me about this. Your feedback is very welcome and I promise to up my game in February!
To those of you who might like to start daily blogging themselves, be it through text, visual or video formats, my advice to you is to just do it! I’m convinced that there has to be at least one small thing that will occur each day that will also likely be worthy of being written down. Two of my goals for this (a blog post a day) project is to be more observant and to try and become a better story teller. I’m also convinced that such stories can and will be found and read if they are written well! Adding personalised stories for every post makes things a little more challenging but that isn’t impossible either. Especially seeing as most of us now carry around awesome cameras (on our smartphones) every day with us anyway!
Thanks very much for tuning in to read my daily posts so far. Please bear with me while I try and figure out what’s most interesting for you guys to read about. Please do also get in touch, via the comments or directly, to let me know what you’d most like to see me write about or to extend the conversation beyond the posts themselves.
Catch you tomorrow,