Hello and welcome to Tom Benson – Creative
What is it all about? I like to think of it as a ‘writing’ blog, so really, whether it be my own writing, somebody else’s writing, or links to sites, etc., there will be at least a tenuous link. I’ve now had a blog since late 2010.
Before we go too far with this explanatory page, I would like to publicly thank an old comrade from my early military days, Peter Tarrant, for his patronage, interest, and advice. I am first and foremost a writer and artist, so the social networking scene for me, is merely a number of platforms to use to interact and promote. Thank you Peter, for the support and kind words that brought my attention to my online shortcomings. My website has already been overhauled.
I apologise for my unerring ability to ignore some of the ‘conventions’ found in blogs and websites. For example, I do make an effort to adhere to ‘painted’ or bold and painted text being a live link, but on occasion, I use colours simply to make the entry look brighter. I’m apologising to the purists; anyone with a sense of humour will see my point. With effect from today, in posts at least, I will make more of an effort not to simply use colour because I find it aesthetically pleasing.
When I started blogging in December 2010, it was an experiment to see, a) if I would be able to keep up with it, and, b) if it would attract any regular interest. It was in 2013, with a staggering 18 followers (hard to believe eh, LOL), I decided to refresh the whole idea. I gave my blog a new name, found a fresh theme, overhauled the pages, and generally came at it with the approach to generate interest, and make it work.
In March 2014, my disciples numbered 27. At the break into 2015 my followers were up to a staggering 123 🙂
In mid-November 2015, and my next amendment. I changed the theme again – this time to the iTheme2 setup. My followers were 169 at that time, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes to make any difference.
My follower figure went up to 200, which was a total I trusted, and then I joined StumbleUpon … and within a week, my followers numbered 780. I’m pleased to say since the initial burst, created by goodness knows what, the figures have grown steadily and I can once again trust the occasional addition.
I believe my blog is now working. In wake of the restructuring, I found myself starting out again, with no followers. The few that had hung on faithfully lost contact, but thankfully a couple have reappeared, along with the ‘ghost’ followers.
Why was my first attempt failing, and why do I believe this new version is showing some promise?
Okay, first things first. In my early days with this idea, I didn’t fully get with the whole interaction thing; other Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., so I suppose I took the basics I’d grasped and used them when I set about building my website: www.tom-benson.co.uk . It was the lessons I learned from the construction of my website, that made me take a fresh approach to my writing blog.
My most important site is now my author website: www.tombensonauthor.com
I make an effort to check my pages and content regularly to ensure everything is pertinent, and interesting. For example; the reason this particular page has been constructed. I will come back to it frequently, and redefine certain points, but for now, I believe it helps the visitor to further understand where I’ve come from, and where I’m coming from – if you get my drift.
I feel that one of the reasons I can now enjoy my blog more, is because I set aside ‘blog time’, for visiting my followers’ blogs. I’ve always understood the need for mutual support in the whole process, but I concentrate on my blogging responsibilities more now. Most of my time is spent in creative writing, but I know I owe it to myself and others to get this aspect right.
If you should pay a visit to my blog and find something interesting, impressive, irritating, inspirational, or any other word beginning with i, please feel free to leave me a comment, criticism, congratulations, (you get the idea …)