5 Things I Learned After My First Year Blogging

5 Things I Learned After My First Year Blogging

Written by: Komail Mithani

December 27, 2010 1:30 am 8 comments

blogging keyboard image blog2010 has been a great year. I graduated from college, learned a life lesson, revamped my blog and came out of 2010 with a new job to start off 2011. For those new to my blog, first off welcome, and to fill you in, I recently decided to join OrgSync as their Marketing Coordinator. In this year, I’ve been grateful to read and learnorgsync logo black green from other bloggers, community leaders and my valuable Twitter followers on things I can improve on. I initially started this blog to show my talents and passions outside my resume and cover letter in order to land a job after graduation. But, blogging turned into an obsession and soon filled a void I had to write and share my ideas and thoughts with the world. The following are some lessons I learned in 2010 after my first year of blogging:

1. Inspiration for content can come from anywhere.

blogging quote blog learningWhen coming up with topics to post, I usually am inspired by current topics in the news, reading updates from people that post in the communities I’m involved in and sometimes in the most odd of places. The last one is usually a random occurance or thought I may have while running errands or taking a shower. But, since most my insipiration comes from others sharing content, I make sure to subscribe to an affluent number of blogs related to the topics I discuss (Thank you Google Reader!). Bottom line, you never know where your insipiration comes from, so keep an eye out.

2. WordPress is awesome.

There are three reasons why this statement is true. First, WordPress comes with millions of plugins, which are add-ons that can enhance your blog and create a better experience for your readers. Some of my favorite plugins include: Zemanta,  Postrank, Twitter Retweet Button and SEO Ultimate. Second, if you stumble upon any problems or need ideas to help improve your blog, Wordpress’s incredibly passionate user base have posted how-to videos, blog posts, open-forums and communities around this topic. Finally, this user-friendly platform allows newbies to get started blogging almost immediately while also being advanced for professional designers and programmers to work their magic and make changes based on their specific needs. It’s the best of both worlds.

3. Criticism can hurt, but you have to be open to it.

As Winston Chruchill said, “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” When you first start blogging and begin sharing your posts to your initial social graph, be open to people’s criticism about your writing, your topics and your blog. Criticism can range from thoughts about your writing (punctation, grammar etc) to formating multimedia in your posts. I have definitely been criticized for both, but instead of being defensive, I’ve learned to be pleasant and acknowledge my readers on their observations. Some comments sting, but the beauty of social media is having the opportunity to share your opinion. It’s how you react to these comments that judges how your readers will perceive you. Even the most experienced and influential bloggers get criticized, so don’t let this discourage you from blogging.

4. Just because you write it, doesn’t mean it’s great.

Think about this statement. Just because you write something and believe it’s spectacular, doesn’t necessarily mean your readers will think the same. Sometimes you may spend an overly amount of time on a post, think it will be of value to your readers and bring you more readers and traffic to your blog. Sometimes you can only dream. Realize that not everything you write will have a strong reception. The best thing to do if you realize this: acknowledge it and move on. Blogging is a learning experience, however you will never learn if you don’t take any risks.

5. You have to be proactive and share your content in communities that are relevant to you.

In order to increase more eyeballs to your posts (aka readership), you have go where your potential readers are. I’ve been proactively sharing my posts to the different communities on my social map. Some things I’ve been doing are: blog commenting, posting a link to my blog with relevant commentary to interest groups inside social networks, tweeting and submitting some of my posts to sites that curate relevant topics, like Bizsugar.com. Readers aren’t just magically going to show up, so get out there and do some research, find out where they are and start sharing. However, this doesn’t mean spam communities and other bloggers.

Bonus!

Pay to host your blog by using a web hosting service. When I first started blogging I hosted my site on WordPress.com, but as I started developing my blog I soon realized I needed more features and to back-up my blog (plug-ins aren’t offered on WordPress.com). So I turned over to Bluehost.com, which I’ve personally experienced has expectional customer service, and paid to host my blog. The problem with this is that I had to re-do the blog because there is no way to simple transfer your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, which is the platfrom you use on your own hosted site. Long story short, pay for web hosting now in case your blog grows and in addition, you also have more control over your blog

What have you learned as a blogger?

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  • Nyx

    nice post!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for showing some 20SB love Sara and commenting on my post!

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  • Ruth Harper

    Great post! I also just started blogging this year and agree with the tips you provide, especially numbers four and five. I also appreciate the bonus – it’s something for me to consider for the future.

    • Anonymous

      Hey Ruth, appreciate you reaching out! You learn a lot as a blogger, especially things you can use after graduation. Definitely consider paying to host your blog now, it will save you the hassle in the long run!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bestofblogger Hakan Karahan

    Nice Article, thank you. I always try to inspire from internet world.

    • Anonymous

      Hey Hakan, thank you for your kind words. Make sure to subscribe to my RSS feed for future posts!

  • http://sophierussler.blogspot.com Sophie Russell

    Great post! I definitely agree that inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes I find myself coming up with a load of ideas when I’m on the metro and have to write them all down on my phone!