The prompt I’ve chosen is under the category Advice For Others: Finish the phrase, “Before I began blogging, I wish I had known…”
*Disclaimer: Clearly it’s crazy that I, of all people, am giving advice. Just humor me, okay?*
- I wish I’d known about “reciprocity.” Because for a loooooong time I was blogging without a readership. I didn’t know how to reply to comments or engage, didn’t understand how Blogger worked, and was a newbie in every which way. I wish I’d learned sooner that if I reached out to other bloggers that they’d be more likely to visit my blog too. What I really needed was a Fairy Blogmother!
- I wish I’d known that no one cares to read a novel, complete with photos, about how cute my children are. One of these every so often is okay; however, if you do it frequently? People will run away screaming and scratching their eyeballs out. Try varying your content. Be inconsistent. Do something different. Don’t be predictable! Take risks.
- I wish I’d trusted the blogging community more with my deepest, darkest secrets. I wish I’d known that just because you only know someone virtually doesn’t mean she can’t be one of your closest friends. Because of people I’ve met via BlogLand, I’ve had the guts to post things like this, this, and this. I’ve made myself vulnerable.
- I wish I’d known that posting every day doesn’t guarantee more followers, fame & fortune. Yes, posting regularly can be helpful, but daily posts often just result in more work for you! Take the pressure off of yourself–only hit “publish” when you have something important to say. Refrain from posting just for the sake of posting.
- I wish more people realized that the simplest things, like proper grammar, spell check, and paragraph breaks also contribute to the quality of a post. If I get dizzy reading or it’s clear you haven’t bothered to check your spelling? I’m a gone pecan. And run-on sentences give me panic attacks.
- I wish I’d known that the longer my post is, the more likely I am to lose you. Period. It really is that simple, people. Brevity is better. Shit or get off the pot. Say what you need to say. Short & sweet. Same applies to vlogs.
- I wish I’d learned sooner to kick Blogger to the curb, get my own domain name, and get a professional design for my blog.
- I still need to learn not to compare myself so much to other bloggers I admire, and not to be so hard on myself when I’m in a blogging slump. It happens to everyone. Right?!?
Are there any others you’d like to add? By no means is this a comprehensive list, but in the interest of being brief, I’m stopping here.