Okay, maybe I’ve learned some of them from Darren Rowse himself. After all, in my ten months of blogging I did not exactly reinvent the blogging wheel, did I.
Seriously, do you celebrate the milestones in your blogging? I do, but not in terms of subscriber numbers or by any other metrics. I realize so much still needs to be done in this blog. I’m sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned, including those that gave me sleepless nights as all hard lessons do.
- It pays to use simple words. These days I refrain from using fancy words like I used to. Result? Increase in readership engagement.
- I’ve tamed my lust for saying, “You suck!” I’m now careful what to rail against. It pays to know which are valid gripes from mere inner insecurities and hurts. Sleep on your post first. Still feel like a genius after reading it the next day? Go ahead, hit the publish button. If not, trash it.
- The blogger is more important than the blog. Value your friendships. You know who you are – thank you, for giving me another chance to redeem myself, my friend.
- Mind your p’s and q’s and you’d still be called names. What can I say except that pigs are more discerning than some bloggers. Keep on improving. Each blogging day is a chance to better your skill sets as a blogger.
- Blog meet ups are great. You get to see first hand who among your so-called buddies are the real deal. A great blogging alliance can be forged this way, you know.
- Joining contests is great. I’ve got this WP blog because of it. And I’ve won a blog award, too. Now if only I can give it away to those whose self-worth is based on getting one.
- Staying invisible in chat doesn’t translate into more productive writing. Unplugging from the internet to buckle down to write works.
- It’s possible to fall in love just from reading a blog. The reverse is just as true by the way.
- Blogging buddies trump making a quick buck online. Remember things that blogging brought you depreciate in value and they do come apart. The memories you make with your friends don’t.
- At the end of the day, it’s just a blog. Your family should come first. Even your sanity needs to come first.
If you look at your blog today, what will you say are the most important insights you’ve gained? Over to you now.
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