This is my centennial blog.
Actually if you read all the blogs on this site (and I think it would be so cool if someone did that) this would be blog 115. But this is the one hundredth blog since I got serious about blogging and started this website in October of 2010. (here is my very first blog) I wrote, apparently, 15 other blogs while I was trying to figure out what I was doing. Those first fifteen blogs took about a year and a half to write while the next 100 took about 9 months. (Here is where I start getting serious) During those nine months quite a few people have read my blogs and I really appreciate that. It is great to get comments, e-mails or tweets about what I am doing. I have actually met quite a few people through the blog and that is very exciting.
Since today is a Friday, a traditionally slow day in the blogosphere, I won’t spend a lot of time going on and on but I can’t help making a little list about what I’ve learned about blogging.
A List to Read
- I’m not in college anymore: When I started this blog every blog post was like a term paper for me. I would spend hours and hours researching a topic and then the whole day writing. I still do research but I don’t go overboard and I give myself permission to goof off once in a while and write a silly blog like this one.
- Have someone proof read everything: One of my professors in college was trying to talk me into becoming a writer and I told him I could never do that because I can’t spell. He told me that was what editors were for. I can’t really afford an editor but I have a great life partner, Linda Parker, who proof reads everything I post. She prevents me from looking stupid by not posting sentences like this: She prifents me from loking stooped buy knot posting centensec lik this.
- Stay at it: I am easily discouraged and many people I talk to say this is one of the main reasons they don’t blog. It is hard but sometime in October I had decided that if I was really going to make this work I needed to be consistent and set weekly goals. That doesn’t mean that I’ve always fulfilled every goal but it does mean that I can get back on course without beating myself up about it.
- Stay interested: I am really writing about things that interest me. Back in college I thought about being a writer but couldn’t figure out what to write about. I don’t have the Great American Novel in me, although I may have a moderately silly movie. When I have a specific reason to write I have no problems. It doesn’t matter if I need to write a script for a client or explain how to do something in a blog. Having a goal makes it easier.
- Lists should have at least five points: Three good reasons to do something is fine but for some reason five is better. I’ll just leave it at that.
Thank you for reading and subscribing to my blog even though this is Friday and most of you are probably heading out for a nice summer weekend. Linda, my intrepid proof reader, and my business partner Nate McQueen, would like me to be a little more vigorous in persuading readers, or rather vigorously persuasive in letting people know that even though I do enjoy writing these blogs it is in large part to promote our business. One of the things we do is write blogs. So if you’ve ever read anything in any of my blogs that made you think, “That is exactly what Joe needs!” Then send that blog to Joe and let Joe know that we’ll do a free analysis of his website or anything else he’d like us to analyze. Thank you again for all your support and let me know what you think of my blogging efforts so far in the comments below.
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