Blogging is, for me, a form of personal therapy. I have always been someone who thinks deeply, and sometimes it just helps to put it in writing.
Anyway, here are ten main things I’ve learned during my time in the blogosphere, in no particular order:
- Not everyone cares what I think. (Mind you, I already knew that, but sometimes when I check the stats on my blog, I really realize how little my opinion matters.) And apparently, my wife doesn’t care a whole lot what I think about most things. (Love you, babe!)
- Every post either adds to or detracts from the overall quality of the blog. And I’m not always able to accurately judge which it will do. In fact, I’m frequently amazed at the posts that drive the most traffic — as well as the ones which apparently interest very few.
- People do judge you based on your blog, just as they judge based on your clothing, hairstyle, etc.
- People don’t tend to leave comments on my blog. There are many people who read it, because I hear them talking about it — to me or to my wife or my friends. And they’ll occasionally hit the “like it” button on Facebook or make a comment there. But taking the time to log in just to leave their two cents’ worth is not something that appeals to most people.
- Less is more. While I have lots of things to think about and write about, the fewer words I can say it in, the better the chances that someone else will actually read it. And I’m the same way with other things I read.
- Building a blog readership requires discipline. I tend to write in waves. Sometimes I write a lot, and then I’ll have a ‘dry spell’ or an ultra-busy time in which I write nothing at all.
- I really am a pretty opinionated person, not that there’s anything innately wrong with that. It’s just a fact!
- Word choice is important. Sometimes I spend a long time searching for just the right word or phrase to properly communicate a feeling or point I’m trying to convey. Blogging, at least the way I do it, is not just a haphazard kind of hobby; it requires time and effort.
The most important thing I’ve learned from blogging is that I absolutely must be myself. I have good days. I have bad days. I might be a minister, but I struggle through life in much the same way as everyone else. And I make it through some of those days merely by the grace of God!
I know that many of you have been reading regularly for quite a while. If so, thanks for spending some time with me. Thank you for allowing me to be transparent and to use the gift of writing that I believe God has given me. If you’re new to this site, welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy my posts and take time to interact.
I’m ready to see what subjects we explore together in the next 100 posts!