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Lessons learned – 30 day blogging challenge

OakI thought I’d share a few of the things I learned during my self-challenge to blog for 30 days.

I don’t need to blog every day. I found some days I was in a blogging zone and would write a 2 or 3 posts. I’d then save those posts for other days so that there would be a steady stream. Other days I just wasn’t up for it or too busy to think about blogging (thankfully, I had some of those pre-composed posts!) I think I only missed 3 days during the 6-week period.

I suck at writing. I knew this in high school and so did all of my teachers. Just be glad this isn’t hand written because when you combine my poor writing skills with horrible handwriting it could be considered torture if I made you read it.

Personal stories draw people back. (I learned this from my wife’s blog.) Sharing personal information & experiences make people want to come back to read your blog. I typically spout off some technical solution I found in my entries. My wife shares experiences in hers. She has a steady stream of loyal readers. I get an occasional techie in search of a solution, never to return again. I don’t really see this changing in my blog because I’m slightly paranoid and don’t like to share a lot of personal information online.

I write for myself. I’m a selfish man. I don’t write here for anyone else. I made a whopping $1.13 last month from the ads I have here. My posts are usually tech notes or rants. Sometimes I’ll post something I want to share here and email the share-ees a link to see it (like my “Funny People” section.) I post tech notes so I don’t have to find them again later. It seems like I usually have to refer back to something I did every 3-4 months, so this is a good way for me to keep them all in one place.