As I approach fifty years old, I have been doing a number of top five lists. One area of my life that has taken a significant amount of time is blogging. I have been blogging in one form or another for over ten years.
During that time, I have learned a number of things about blogging. Here is the top five:
- Be Consistent. Over the years I have gone from blogging once every couple of months to blogging a couple of times a day. I currently blog every day (mostly) but that is not necessary. What is important is to be consistent. Even blogging once a week consistently will make a difference.
- Blog on Something Interesting. Nothing is worse than just blogging for the sake of blogging. Find something you are passionate about and blog on that. There are times an idea comes to me and I have to drop what I’m doing and write that post. It is a great feeling.
- Be Willing to Change. How I blog looks a lot different than it did ten years ago. Be teachable and seek to be a life long learner. Reflect on what works and what doesn’t work. Experiment with some new ideas and adjust as the world around us changes.
- Be Patient. The majority of my traffic now comes from Google (and other search engines). That didn’t happen right away. It took a long time and it required some adjustment in my SEO practices. I could have easily gotten frustrated but over time I got the results,
- It is Okay to Monetize. It took me a while to monetize my site. At first I was uncomfortable but I grew to see the wisdom in it. It does cost me something to run my blogs and podcasts and so it is reasonable to monetize. My content is free and everyone can have access to it, but people are welcome to support financially if they wish.
What have you learned about blogging from your experiences?
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