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5 Lessons I’ve Learned about Blogging This Year

Filed under: Blogging — by Glenda at 1:32 pm on Friday, November 30, 2007

With the year’s end fast approaching, I find myself reflecting upon the amazing year I have had and how blogging has played a major role in 2008. Highlights include:

From all of this and much more, I have learned:

  1. Blogging is as much about fostering relationships as it is about writing. Yes, you can focus solely on pumping out content, but, by not engaging with your readers or other bloggers, you are missing out on the magic that the blogosphere offers.
  2. Steadily increasing traffic over the year, except for a decrease in AprilConsistently posting content is crucial. Being the Left Thumb Blogger, I can write only two or three posts per week, which I try to do consistently to keep readers engaged. Having bronchitis for a month after my “40 Blogs in 40 (Business) Days” virtual book tour, and, hence, wrote few posts in April, my traffic dipped drastically, which was frustrating after building momentum while on tour. (Note to self: eight weeks is way too long for a virtual book tour, particularly for your first one and without an assistant!)
  3. Blogging is instant publishing, the results are not. A traffic spike is not immediate once the “Publish” button is pressed. Patience is the key here!
  4. Anything can happen in the blogosphere. For example, last week’s post on tracking your contribution to the blogosphere was the result of a suggestion I had received on Andy’s blog. I created the spreadsheet for tracking comments and then decided to share with my readers, resulting in a flurry of comments from new readers and, at last peek, 50 diggs!
  5. I can make a living from blogging! This is the most exciting and affirming realization I gained from BlogWorld. All my life I have dreamt of having my own syndicated newspaper column in which to share my thoughts, ideas and perspective with the world. With blogging I no longer need to find that one newspaper willing to give me a break to get started. Blogs are my medium! And, at BlogWorld, I listened to bloggers who are making a full-time income from blogs and blogging, so I now know it is possible. In fact, this week I landed my first paid blog article, a direct result from BlogWorld. I know this is only the beginning!
  6. And my bonus lesson:

  7. The more I learn about blogging, the more I realize I still have to learn!

What you have learned about blogging this year? Feel free to share by leaving a comment below.

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Comment by Justin Kownacki

November 30, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

Posting content consistently is the key to ALL social media these days — blogs, audio, video, etc. People have increasingly short attention spans, while competition for that attention is forever growing.

If you don’t update regularly, people will consider you dead weight, even if they’ve subscribed (and thus require zero effort to “await” your next update).

Cheers and best wishes in 2008!

Comment by Karla Meachem

November 30, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

Glenda,

CONGRATULATIONS on your 1st paid blog article! You go girl!

Keep living your dream!

Comment by Karen Putz

November 30, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

Congrats on the paid blog gig! Here’s to many more!

Comment by ffeww

November 30, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

Great article!

Comment by Tris Hussey

December 1, 2007 @ 11:13 am

Glenda, I don’t know what took me so long to get to your blog! It was great meeting you in Vegas.

You going to Northern Voice this year?

Comment by isabella mori

December 1, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

good question, glenda!

what have i learned about blogging this year? i think the biggest thing is, “ya never know”. i kind of suspected that last year but this year that’s become totally clear to me. you write the amazing post that you think will rock the world and nothing happens … and then you crank out some bleary-eyed post at 1:30 in the morning and it turns out to be quite a hit. it’s kinda fun, actually.

Comment by Glenda

December 1, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

Justin, I totally agree that posting consistently is key; readers need a reason to return and to engage. My biggest fear is running out of content to post. How do you maintain a steady flow of ideas and, subsequently, content posted regularly? Do you use an editorial calendar? That’s where I’m at the moment.

Tris, I’m glad you’ve found my blog now! Welcome. Yes, it was a pleasure meeting you in Vegas. Let’s talk some more; I’d love to hear more about Blog Nation. Northern Voices is definitely a possibility. It’d be great to get involved with the local blogging community.

Thanks Karla and Karen. The article will be on traveling with a disability; a topic I have some experience with!

Comment by Glenda

December 1, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

Isabella, I understand what you mean – never know what will pique interest in the blogosphere! In fact, the idea for this post struck while I was getting dressed yesterday morning and mulled it while eating breakfast; the idea hadn’t percolated long, like other posts have, but it has already been dugg 43 times. Go figure! Perhaps the lesson here is not over censor yourself, you never know what posts will take off.

Comment by Denise Lance

December 3, 2007 @ 10:00 am

You summed up the blogging life well. I am just learning too, but its a fun process. I truly believe we can earn money from blogging with constant content and great connections. You have a great perspective that others need to read.

I am a slow typist as well (I type with my toes.), and patience is not my strongest quality, so I nodded along with this post.

Happy Blogging!

Denise
Tech-Can-Do Blog
http://www.tech-can-do.com

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 3, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

Glenda,

Congratulations on turning pro! ;-) And thank you for the nice mention of our meeting…

Mike

Comment by Glenda

December 4, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

Thanks Mike! As I mentioned last night, I sense the water’s surface tension is just about to break and then who knows what will come next. Very exciting!

Blog on, Denise! It is an exciting time in history; our voices are being heard for the first time.

Comment by RennyBA

December 5, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

Great read good point and to your #6 I will add: Its a giver gain.

What I have learned?: To have the third best European Blog is exciting :-)

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

Great lesson, Renny. And congratulations on your Weblog Award!

Comment by Ruth Ellison

December 6, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

Congratulations on the paid blogging gig!

One thing I learned (but still have yet to implement on my blog) is to post on a regular basis. That’s my resolution for 2008 anyhow ;)

Comment by Glenda

December 6, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

Thanks Ruth! And, yes, regularity is the key. Good luck with your New Year’s resolution. Are you going to do any planning, ie. an editorial calendar, to ensure your resolution succeeds?

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