7 things I’ve learned in 7 years of blogging

7 by StoonnHas it really been seven years since I started this blog? Hard to believe, for someone who had a hard time updating a journal more than once every couple of months, as I shared in my very first blog post!

Since then, I’ve managed to fairly consistently blog once a week, even during the two years of my BA degree. Here’s what I’ve learned from writing 630 posts for this blog:

  1. Blogging is the first to go when things get busy, and I seem to lose my blogging “mojo” when that happens.
  2. It helps to get into a rhythm. Decide how often you’re going to post and work towards it.
  3. How often you post is up to you. So-called experts have all kinds of advice, including posting daily, but feel free to ignore this unless you are a juggernaut like Mashable. I aim for weekly.
  4. Decide what you’re going to write about. I talk a lot about words and writing, newsletters, social media and the independent life. Once in a while, I can’t resist something silly, or perhaps heartfelt.
  5. Keep a blog journal (cheat sheet) with ideas for future posts as they occur to you. If you want to be really organized, put it in a spreadsheet organized by the topics determined in #4.
  6. A blog is an important cornerstone of your marketing efforts. What you say on Twitter or Facebook is gone in seconds, but your blog is your own real estate. Plus, Google likes sites that are regularly updated.
  7. Blogging is a great way to “meet” and get to know other people, especially if you take the time to comment and get into discussions with others — and you should. (As always, hello and happy blogging anniversary, Les Potter, ABC! We met and became good friends after we cosmically started blogging within a day of each other.)

Thank you to the people who have taken the time to visit, read what I’ve written and commented here on the blog or in person. It means a lot. YOU mean a lot.

Image: From “Stoonn” and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Related reading:
The post marking six years of blogging

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  1. Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Great points, Sue. I always like to point out that we OWN our blogs. We’re not relying on some other platform for something as essential as marketing. I wouldn’t want to put all my eggs in the Facebook basket, for example.

  2. Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Donna, you’re so right. Facebook regularly changes all the rules, and makes no promises about your claims to what should be your own content. And thanks so much for your steadfast comment support!

  3. Maryjane Martin
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on seven years of frequently funny, often inspiring and always informative blog posts Sue. I look forward to your posts every week. Maryjane Martin

  4. Posted January 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Maryjane, what a lovely thing to say! Thanks so much, for that and your long support too.

  5. Posted January 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Good points. And isn’t it nice to remember that writing can be so much fun.

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