August marks the 7th anniversary of Gin & Lemonade. It’s been an interesting ride. I’ve learned a lot. About myself, and others. About writing. And how blogging is a separate thing almost entirely from writing. They’re cousins, I think. And I’d like to bring them closer together.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
I guess I’ve taken a few hiatuses, and since coming off the most recent one I’ve looked at this blog and blogging in general with different eyes. And not in a gross way.
True confession time, though. I’ve researched blogging as a business more in the last few months than I have in all my years of blogging put together.
And I’ve been thinking the business side of it is kinda sleazy.
In the notes I’ve taken in the past few weeks, I’ve come up with my own ideas about how to have a successful blog (?) without selling out/burning out/throwing your laptop out the window.
Putting them here as a reminder to myself. If you find them useful, bonus.
Don’t be a Stats fiend – I am guilty of this. But I am in recovery. Just write your stuff and the numbers will crunch themselves. Try not checking for a week. If the numbers are better after a week of not checking, keep not checking.
Don’t be a dick. Answer your comments. Read the posts you’re commenting on. Be a real person. P.S. If I comment on a recipe by saying: I wish I could make this, but my husband has a cheese phobia, it is a genuine comment, I’m not a dick, it does relate to your post, and yes it is a real thing. Hi.
And no, I don’t have to comment on a hiking post, unless I want to. If you judge me, screw you.
Write your stuff for the day before you read other people’s stuff. If I don’t get stuff out on my screen before I read other people. I end up not posting. Because you might be using full sentences and I haven’t had my coffee yet. Sometimes I want to post random thoughts, but other people’s polished posts with pretty pictures puts me off.
Don’t be put off. I want to hear your random thoughts.
Have some sort of posting schedule. I’ve tried this in the past, I’m getting better at it. These days, I post every other dayish. Use your non-posting days to connect with other bloggers.
Connect with other bloggers. Talk and share their posts. For no reason. Except just maybe, I dunno, you’ve read what they have to say and want to share it.
If you have a newsletter, don’t make people jump through all the hoops/give you one of their children in order to subscribe. Captcha is stupid. And I am not a robot.
Don’t ask people what they want to read on your own damn blog. I’ve tried. People say: you. So do you. If others knew what they wanted to read before they read it, they’d write it themselves. Let them. Write your own stuff.
Blog like no one is reading. Not your partner. And certainly not your parents. But, if you have to explain the joke, maybe it ain’t that funny.
However. Think before you hit publish. But not too much. If you think too much, you’ll end up with 49 posts in your Drafts. Hi.
So, how long have you been blogging? Why do you stick with it? Are you honest and unfiltered?
And my musings on 8 years of blogging can now be read here.
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