Happy One-Year Birthday, My Dear Little Blog!!!
Well, actually, the real birthday was March 8th. But that was the day I posted all the heavy stuff about death and depression…Who wants to talk about that on your birthday??? So I didn’t think anyone would mind if I postponed the party until today.
I asked my blog what she wanted for her birthday, and she said she wanted to give something to you! She’s so generous that way.
I was thinking about all the things I’ve learned in this year of blogging. Some of it I found out by trial and error. Some of it I read elsewhere. But all of it I wish I would have known from the beginning.
So in honor of my blog (who is officially a toddler now…they grow up so fast, don’t they, honey?), I’ll share five bits of bloggy goodness I’ve picked up in the 12 months.
1. Keep it concise. My first few posts were short and snappy. But a few months into it, my posts became more like sermons. I had a lot to say, and I wanted to say it all in one day, by golly! Nothing wrong with sermons. Sermons are nice. But sermons are LONG! Then I realized when I was out visiting other blogs, I personally didn’t like reading sermons. If I saw a post was too long, I didn’t even bother. Or I stopped half way through and moved on. (Insert light bulb moment here).
2. News Flash: My non-blogging friends generally don’t want to read my blog. Even people who really, really like me as a person. Even people who like my writing. No matter how many times I invite them, they really don’t want to hang out on Blog Land, and I’m finally OK with that. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, I’ve learned I can’t convert the UnBlogged to Bloggianity.
3. A lot of the fancy stuff isn’t really worth it. Like fonts. I put a fancy font on my blog once. Almost lost my entire blog trying to mess with the HTML. It was terrible. Anyway, I learned right after putting in the fancy font that a lot of computers can’t even “see” it. They still see “Times New Roman” or something equally plain. Then one of my dear bloggy friends informed me that the font “hurt her eyes.” (insert light bulb moment here). Since I’m blogging so that people will actually read my stuff, I thought it may be wise not to burn out their eye balls in the process.
4. Learning some of the basics is very much worth it. Things like embedding a You Tube video. Or adding a link to my post. Or creating a button for my blog that others can grab. It takes some time, but all these things make it so much easier and more interesting for the reader.
5. Bigger isn’t always better. OK, I admit my blog isn’t all that big. It’s still pretty small in terms of readers and subscribers. But I realized recently that with the size it is right now, I have time to personally connect with every person who leaves a comment or sends me an e-mail. I’ve actually had time to meet some of these people in person and we’ve become great friends! But again, while out visiting other really large blogs, I’ve seen some notations by the authors like, “Due to the sheer volume of comments I receive, I cannot possibly respond to you. So sorry.” I totally get that, and maybe the day will come when I will need to post the same thing. But I’m happy to say that right now, that’s not true for me. And I dig that. I love getting to know you.
Well, I’m off to stick my blog in the high chair watch it get birthday cake all over it’s cute little God Speaks Today face.