Blog Writer Lessons

I’ve been doing this blog for almost ten years.   I have thousands of posts published and yet I am not too much the wiser on how to do this.  But I’ve learned a few things in this journey I thought I might share.

  1. Why you start writing may not be why you continue to write.
  2. Your style of writing may change drastically.  My posts were often hundreds of words long.  Now I average much less than one hundred words per post.  Personally, I feel I say more with the changes I’ve made.
  3. You don’t have to follow everyone who follows you.   Check them out, like posts if you are drawn to them.  Follow them in return if their work is of interest to you.
  4. Respond to comments.
  5. Leave comments.
  6. Do not leave comments asking/telling someone to follow you (too much pressure!).  😉
  7. Do not leave links to your blog in someone else’s comments unless you ask first.  Personally I’ve never refused anyone who has asked.  It’s always nice to ask first.  In my experience the links were always appropriate, and I appreciated the connection the other writer had with what was common between us.  Or, someone who wanted to share  a different view from what I had written.
  8. People may read your posts and not receive the same message that you sent out with your words.  Everyone’s perceptions are different.  That’s okay.   Someone else receiving a different message doesn’t change what your words meant to you.
  9. Change is a constant in blog world.  I used to get zero readers/comments, then I used to get MANY readers/comments, then I get barely any, then it goes back again.
  10. I’ve communicated with humans for years via this blog, then never hear from them again.  Though bloggers ‘appear’ to share a lot of information in some regards, we don’t know the lives being lived on the other side of the computer screen.  I have met many of the peoples behind the blogs.  And I have never known anything more about some bloggers than the words they write.  It’s everyone’s right to be as private/discreet/anonymous as they desire.
  11. People who write opinions are just as capable of disagreeing as those who speak them or meme them.
  12. Stats are not reliable.
  13. If you enjoy doing ‘this’, then do it.  The work conditions are great:  in your pajamas, or grubby clothes, at home, in your recliner, in your backyard, in the car at lunch break from work, sitting in a castle ruins in Ireland.  Can’t ask for better than those kind of options.
  14. The pay sucks.
  15. The payback can be amazing.
  16. Visiting with people from around the world, or down the street, is like having a diversified coffee shop in whichever of the above options you chose to write from.
  17. Whatever it is you want to garner from blogging, you will.  Like anything else you do, what you are looking for, you will find.
  18. I think blogging has helped keep the written world alive in a world of videos, memes, and convenience.

 

I hope others share what they’ve learned, discovered, changed about their blog journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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38 thoughts on “Blog Writer Lessons

  1. Thanks for these lessons, CM. I’ve got some work to do on the “shorter says more”, and engaging readers. It’s been amazing to read others’ work and see the development over time. You have a gift for touching hearts….

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    • Thank you Eric. It’s been such a roller coaster. I’ve come close to not blogging, and still think about it. But the connections keep me coming back. There are so many things that I ‘wish” I had added here, maybe I’ll redo it again in a couple of years. 😉

      I think your posts are exactly as long as they need to be. 🙂

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  2. I love your lessons just as I love your blog in general. Your “less than 100 words” hold a ton of wisdom, laughter, and talent. One of the things that I learned from you early on is to just enjoy the writing. I used to spend time worrying about posting more often and finding a following and then just decided to write for the joy of writing. It took the pressure off and made me enjoy it more. I’ve been very thankful that my husband stumbled onto your blog first and then shared it with me. You make me smile on a regular basis!

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    • Oh Sheri, that ‘worry’ about what to do still comes back to haunt me occasionally. When I feel that I walk away from that post, come back to it, sometimes I just hit that publish button (or schedule it!) or I have an entirely different perspective on what I wanted to say. I am VERY happy to have ‘met’ you and your husband. You have encouraged me to continue without even knowing it.

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  3. I’ve learned that my connections to a certain few bloggers has remained fierce, loyal, and one of the great joys of my life, MBC. Their views of our world make me think, smile, frown, give pause … live life a little more informed about the world and myself every day.

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  4. I think you are wise Colleen. Everything you say is so right. My advice to any blogger, or potential blogger, would always be “Blog for yourself, not for others.” If you enjoy what you do, chances are others will too!

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  5. Wow. thank you so much for the wise advice. I appreciate you sharing so newbies like me still green in the blogging culture can have the opportunity to learn from someone like you :))) I get a better idea of what to expect / not expect…

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    • There is much to garner from others too PopcornCosita. Of course I thought of more things after….but this is just my experience. I hope yours develops and grows into something wonderful for you. Happy blogging!

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  6. what would any of you guys have to say when it comes to the joy of sharing and writing vs the worry about what is really ok and safe for us to share without jeopardizing identity, safety, personal privacy etc. i know im still new and young, but growing up i’ve always been told to be careful about what you share and post online / within social media bc it can be dangerous etc. As i start to read around others’ blogs, i see that some ppl prefer anonymous posting and I’ve also observed others feel comfortable sharing even more private/personal identity information than most.

    You got it right on point when you said:
    “It’s everyone’s right to be as private/discreet/anonymous as they desire.”

    Anybody has anything more to share about this topic when blog writing & sharing?

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  7. This is excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about what you have gleaned from 10 years of blogging! I’ve been blogging for 6 years now and I can attest to all of your points – especially the one about bloggers vanishing and us not knowing truly what goes on behind the other screen. Your last point is… well, ON POINT, lol! The written word has been kept alive through blogging for sure, and is kept very well indeed, for there are very many bloggers!

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  8. I really agree with your observations, Colleen. The favorite in your list relies to why I still blog…being VERY different from when I first began. I often think about putting it aside and I just can’t. I have really loved being a part of a wonderful group of people, and if I walk away from posting, it would just change. Love your blog and in great part, it’s because I feel like I know you. Isn’t this a wonderful medium! 🙂

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    • I’m with you Debra. I have enjoyed this journey so much. But truthfully I contemplate, on nearly a daily basis, about stopping. For many reasons. But then I think of the people I would miss ( 😉 ) and I can’t bring myself to stop.

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  9. Well said. I think one thing I’ve learned from my own blogging journey is that blogging says what words spoken out loud can’t always say. The written word is powerful and poses a thought or idea right away without permission or concern for convenience, I love that. Blogging is its own language, with its own agenda and there’s something truly sacred about what all of it means for a writer.

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