Recently I was introduced to Bokardo, a blog about social web design. I have enjoyed what I have found there. Two recent posts combine to give 18 Lessons for Would-Be Bloggers. I consider myself more than a “would be” blogger but I am looking at learning from some of those lessons. After reading those posts I have decided to share two lessons I have learned over my years of blogging. One lesson is for aspiring bloggers and the other is for blogging advocates such as Joshua at Bokardo.
To the aspiring bloggers, one great lesson I have learned is to write consistently. For me that means that I strive to write daily. Sometimes I do better than others, but that is my target because that rhythm seems to fit me. Find your own rhythm, but don’t write on a completely random basis. Some would argue that this regularity will help to keep readers interested. I’m sure that’s true, but I stress this lesson for another reason. Write regularly because it keeps your mind active in noticing and generating ideas for writing.
To blogging advocates, one vital lesson that I have learned is that blogging does not suit everybody. I think that most people, if not all, should try blogging on to see if it fits them but I have learned from the experience of many people I have known that it will not always fit. There are many reasons why this is but we should accept that some people, even people who want to blog, find that it does not fit them. The best part of that lesson for me has been that it’s okay. Blogging fits me, but I don’t have to second guess myself or my friends if they discover that blogging does not fit them.