So, as many of you may have figured out, this Eat It, ATX! was originally started as an assignment for a Fundamental of Digital and Online Media class I am taking at Texas State University. Although, this blog wasn’t my idea, I have really enjoyed creating it because I was able to choose a topic of my desire and heart: food. I particularly have found that I enjoy blogging because it gives me creative control. I like the ability to put what photos I want, go to eatery’s that I wish to try out and write the blog in my own voice. It makes the process of blogging so much more organic, genuine and fun to me. I additionally liked the aspect of blogging that it is conversational, even though I don’t have very many people actually reading my blog, it’s fun to speak and address my readers. Creating a blog has given me a new appreciation for bloggers. I now believe that reading a blog is a good source of true, honest information about a certain subject. For example, I currently am suffering from the travel blog and have the burning passion to go out and travel the world. I think now I will consult some great travel blogs for information on how to do so.
As of today, August 10, 2016, I have had 21 visitors to my site, and 56 blog views. To be frank, I didn’t have any expectation that anyone would actually read my blog because who am I really, so I am quite please about my stats. And, cool random fact: one of my visitors is from Norway. What’s up, Norway! I have never been there and do not know anyone from Norway, but how cool that blogs can actually connect people all over the world. I get it now. Blogs are a powerful way to connect and transmit information. It’s amazing the potential a blog can really have and I see why people have the ability to travel around the world, blog and literally work from anywhere. (With WiFi, of course) I think the coolest part about my blog experience has been my connections via twitter! Maybe, I am more of an Instagram girl, and partial to images, but wow! Twitter is a fantastic way to make connections. Every time I tagged a restaurant Twitter handle I received a like or a response! Even when I did a blog review over fellow blog, Love & Lemons, I obtained attention. People seem really appreciative that I am blogging and getting the word out about them. It’s cool to think I may have touched an eatery’s heart or they might have a brief moment of appreciation for me and my blog. So thanks everyone that responded to me via Twitter, you made me feel special.
During my blogging experience I found that pictures/inserting a media clip have been the most effective tool. A blog can seem overwhelming and daunting to read if it is merely just a bunch of text on a page. A picture helps break up the content to keep the reader engaged and helps tell the story. For me personally, I want to be better about posting consistent, weekly content for my blog. That way if I develop some what of a reader base, they can know when to generally expect new blogs. After creating my own blog, I think that it would be fun to generate blog reviews for companies. I think my honest nature of writing could be beneficial to a company. I also think learning how to operate a WordPress site will only prove helpful to me in the future. Overall, it’s been a fun time eating and writing about it. What’s better than that, really? I just want to give a special shoutout to Texas State University, for always pushing me into real life application of skills. I know it’s a positive for me, and I do love you. Thanks to everyone that’s kept up with my blog, tried any of the restaurants I have suggested or just enjoying reading about my eating adventures. Cheers, and happy eating!