Hmmmm….. I’ve only managed to post twice in the last couple of months, how embarrassing, given my good intentions at the beginning of this year (I told you I was rubbish at keeping New Year’s resolutions!). On the plus side, I’ve just realised that come August, I will have had this blog for two years, which amazes me quite frankly as it doesn’t feel that long ago since I started. Although my number of followers is small (but perfectly formed) compared to others, I am still chuffed that other bloggers have taken the time to read, like, comment or follow my somewhat eclectic collection of scribbles. AND I finally hit 100 followers about a month ago! So THANK YOU!
So this is what I’ve learned about the wonderful world of blogging …
- It’s easy to start a blog*
- It’s not easy keeping a blog going
- It’s good to write a list of potential topics at the very beginning BUT you will soon realise that a) they are in fact not remotely interesting, b) another blogger has already done some of them better, with bells on and c) writing a list about what to write is anally-retentive
- It’s not a good sign when you are sitting in front of a blank screen, fingers poised and all you can hear is an annoying-in-your-mind-voice shouting ”who are you kidding”
- It’s not conducive to building readers if you only write one post a month … really, it isn’t
- It can be surprising just how many people still visit your blog even if you do only write one post a month
- Regarding 6 above – this is not because your writing is phenomenal, it is because – actually I’ve no idea why
- It is pointless to endlessly change headers and/or colour schemes in the vain hope that this will get more readers
- It does help to change themes sometimes as this can reinvigorate your writing but, don’t buy a premium theme if you need to be reinvigorated regularly, you won’t want to waste the dosh
- It’s positively mind-blowing when you see that Moldova (where?), Nepal and Panama are listed in the countries-that-have-visited-your-blog list
- Getting Freshly Pressed is statistically unlikely, given the number of WordPress bloggers, so forgettaboutit
- If you don’t write regularly number 11 above is more than statistically unlikely it is bloody impossible
but seriously (as many other bloggers have stated on their ‘what I’e learned about blogging’ posts):
- Read other blogs, like them, follow them, comment on them – it’s all about community
- Always reply to comments promptly – or you are essentially sticking it to your readers
- Be careful regarding images, always attribute if you can – some bloggers have had problems over this
- Try to write consistently – if once a week is all you can do, then write once a week, every week
and finally, if you do write a blog post like this – what I’ve learned etc etc – make sure you take your own advice!!
Ciao for now fellow bloggers – see you soon (hopefully!!!)
**Thanks to WordPress who makes it very easy for us non-technical people!
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