I have always loved listening to stories being told by older adults. They speak of when they traveled from “the old country”, how the farm house needed to be expanded with the addition of more children, their experiences on jobs, why others became their best friends, how being honest paid off, what they thought when the first man walked on the moon, and much more.
I learned a lot from them.
In most cases, our elders are very wise people.
When I started blogging, I listened to what the blogging pros had to say. In fact, I was amazed how much information about blogging could be found online, for free. I felt like a kid in a candy store.
Today I’m reflecting on what I learned from my “blogging elders”.
- Content is king
- First impressions are lasting ones.
- The attitude of “If I build it, they will come”, doesn’t cut it in blogging
- Blogging is more than writing
- Checking our stats too often can detrimental to our creativity
- Other bloggers are not our competition
- There’s more to life than blogging.
Even though each post of ours may not be our best work, the posts that hold the most value will become the ones others link to, comment on, and remember.
It pays to spend time tweaking our sites so readers don’t click off before they have a chance to read our work. If what we show above the fold doesn’t capture their attention, we can color them gone.
In order to get found we need to use SEO (search engine optimization), comment on other blogs, be active on social networking sites such as Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg,…, register our blogs with Google Webmaster tools, and/or install a Google sitemap, just to name a few.
Although blogging is a big attraction for those who love to write, we must also learn what goes on behind the scenes of our blogs. If coding and tweaking our sites isn’t something we’re comfortable with, fee based professionals are available.
A lot of bloggers become stataholics. Me, included. When we start relying on the numbers to measure our success, we’re apt to be disappointed. It’s when WE know we’re doing a good job, the pressure dissipates. Just as in life, our self confidence comes into play. Those who believe in themselves have a higher success rate.
In the world of blogosphere, there’s room for an infinite number of people writing on the same subject. Our words will ring true for some, but not for all. Fearing we’re up against “the competition” is another creativity smasher.
Chances are we won’t get rich quick with blogging, nor will we join the ranks of the pros without paying our dues. Although it’s great to know blogging can become our livelihood, it’s important to take time to make memories in real life. After all, THAT is what truly matters.
What about you? Are you listening to what others are saying? Heeding their advice?
Whether you’ve been blogging for days, weeks, months or years, what have you learned that sticks with you?
Care to share? Just leave your thoughts in the comment section.
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