The end of June is my 3rd blogversary (so they say). Here are some things I’ve learned from airing my dirty laundry for all and sundry since 2005:
1. There are many blogging platforms, niches and types: Human interest bloggers, photo bloggers, diary/photo bloggers and inside-ma-heid bloggers, to name a few. I’m the latter.
2. Writing is very cathartic. (Reading others’ is just as cathartic.)
3. It’s easier to write and be read when people you’re not close to are reading along with you.
4. Which brings me to: People you’d rather not read your blog will find it. That’s all I’m saying.
5. Lurkers are friendly. Lurkers come in the blogger and the non-blogger variety. I lurk all over the place. Mainly because I have comment envy. There, I said it. Sod off.
6. a) When you write from the heart and are completely honest, it’s akin to people riffling through your underwear drawer when you’re holding an Open House and you’re not fully fenced, but very worth it. See No. 2
b) Write like no’one else is reading. Even if they’re not.
7. You can be precisely vague and still get a point across.
8. It doesn’t really matter if you conceal names, people still find out about you.
9. If you don’t feel like writing, then you probably should. I learned this one too late. Introspective introvert traits…
10. Your blog design can have a huge impact on your readers. I’d love to change mine…
11. Post often.
12. You don’t need to know HTML, but it helps.
13. It takes a lot of time, dedication and effort. And even when you think you’re done for, there’s always something to blog about. Blogging gimmicks are worth it just for this reason alone: Wordless Wednesday, T13, Haiku Friday, Photo Hunt, Weekly Winners…to name a few. Post-dating your blog entries is a sweet miracle.