If I look back at some of my early posts, I laugh. I made up goofy definitions for some of the blogging terminology I was learning. In several posts, I was “beating my head against the wall” (I did that a lot back then), and others had obvious typos.

Three months into blogging, I wrote:

When I first started blogging, I felt overwhelmed by everything I was reading. My head spun for weeks, and the learning curve was more like a switchback road going through a mountain pass. With every site I visited, I got more information, however, the more I read, the more conflicting the information became.

I began to wonder where blogging would lead. Now I realize, those old posts remind me where I came from, and how both my blog and I have changed.

Today’s Lesson

Having a blog for any length of time, is like watching a child grow out of infancy.

If you give it lots of positive attention, it begins to respond accordingly. But, if you aren’t giving your blog the attention it needs, soon it begins losing it’s popularity. You begin to lose interest, and even the search engines don’t want to “play” anymore.

As bloggers, most of us find that our blogging/writing style also changes over time. Our blogs begin to take on a personality of their own. We may look at some of our older posts and ask our selves “What were we thinking?”

For me, my blog has transformed into a site, I would have never envisioned.

I had expected my blog to be more “ramblings” of what I was learning, but then it developed a more structured, “lesson/assignment” format.

Old posts show us where we were in the infancy of blogging. As weeks and months (and years) go by, we will always have those old posts to revert back to, as we would reread an entry in a journal.

A blog takes us on a journey. Like baby steps, our old posts remind us how far we have come.

Today’s Assignment

Take time to review some of your earliest posts.

Do you see how your blogging/writing style has changed?

How are the dynamics of your blog changing?

Are you still enjoying the journey?

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  1. AsakoNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Barbara,

    I definitely love your formats of today’s lessons and today’s assignments.

    Last 5-6 weeks, I got so busy, I even did not check my google analytics. And yesterday, finally being back home, I checked it, thinking there’s probably no more visitors to my site. I was pleased to see that I actually had visitors, though I did lose quite a portion of them. So it confirmed my original assumptions of, if we write something different, it works…

    I need to catch up all the lessons I missed from you in the last several weeks, to warm up myself now…

  2. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Asako,

    Unfortunately, without updating our blogs, our statistics do decrease, but I bet it was good to know that some were still finding your site.

    You have a great idea, and I’m looking forward to the new year to see what other great ideas you have in store for us.

    In the meantime, enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.

    It’s great having you back. 🙂