Just Your Two Cents, Please!

Saturday marked my 6 Month Anniversary in Blog World! Happy Blogaversary to me! I took a peek at my very first real blog post (as opposed to my first fake post found here) and I realized how much I’ve grown in just a short 1/2 year.

My writing has improved. I’m more aware of how a post looks best, disregarding many rules from my middle school English teachers. Looking back on that first post I realize there were no archives in the right hand column. Nor were there snazzy little “feel good about yourself” links to click. Or a blogroll, for that matter. I don’t even think I knew what a blogroll was at that time.

So much has changed and I have you all to thank. For your encouragement, your support, your advice. Just the opportunity to read YOUR blogs has helped me to grow as a writer, blogger and person. I am so grateful. Thank you.

Robin, at Passions and Soapboxes, was a very early reader and she took the time to send me detailed instruction on how to post my very first award (given by her, :). Thanks, Robin!) I remember being so stunned that someone would take the time to help ‘lil ol’ me out. And then it just snowballed from there – encouraging letters, comments, even phone conversations.

I have surrounded myself with some very supportive bloggers out there. They are relationships I hope continue to grow and flourish.

I know many of you stop by and choose NOT to comment – for whatever reason. I really don’t mind. But today I’m asking everyone who stops by to share a little piece of advice – for all of us – about something you’ve learned about blogging. It could be something you figured out for yourself or the best/worst advice you received from someone else. Or a quick pointer. How about a been-there-done-that-and-never-gonna-do-it-again? Your two cents. Any helpful information will do.

It’s share your best/worst tips at Jane’s today. And we all get to benefit from your wisdom and learn from each other.

Thanks to all of you out there for an amazing ride these past 6 months. Here’s to many, many more!

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30 responses to “Just Your Two Cents, Please!

  1. I never expected it to be so time-consuming, not just writing my own, but reading others, which I look forward to each morning. I laugh, I learn, I cry.

    You, Jane, are a treasure!

    I learned just yesterday is that if you don’t post a title, it gets one anyway. Yesterday, folks must have been racing to read my “9685”. 🙂

    • I never realized it could be so time-consuming, either! I spend more time reading/commenting than I do with my own writing! (And right back at ‘cha, Marylee – you’re the best!)

  2. angelcel

    I’ve learned that ‘hitting the big time’ with oodles of readers, commenters and ‘hits’ isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. (This happened *once* with my post ‘Handsomely Hursuite or Just Horrible?’ last October). The crazies came out of the woodwork and it really felt as if my home had been invaded. While I’d still like to expand my wee blog, I don’t think I enjoyed that very much!

    Happy six month anniversary. 🙂

  3. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for six months!!! I love reading you blog (okay, now I’m totally charged with the desire to take my own blog up a notch. Been wanting to do that for a long time but haven’t found the time).

    I’m still learning about blogging myself, but recently I’ve begun to think perhaps Wordpess is better (definitely prettier) than Blogger. Now I just have to figure out how I can move what I have to WordPress.

    Six months… Now I’m ashamed.

    • There is something I really like about the Blogger blogs out there….how the blogroll is updated to reflect a specific blogger’s latest post (ie. Theycallmejane’s Blog Just Your Two Cents, Please! posted 5 hours ago) I love that feature. If anyone knows how to have that on WordPress – let me know!

  4. Happy six months! Champagne!

    I’m hoping to come up with something earth-shattering, but failing. However, I did find out that it’s really important NOT to post every day. Some people can do it, but I can’t. I burn out and fizzle.

  5. Nicki

    Happy Blogaversary!

    Advice – not sure I am one to give it but … Blog about what you want, when you want. If you think about how people are going to react to it, you will second guess yourself every time.

  6. What I’ve learned about blogging? And a response is mandatory? Hmmm, lolz. Ok!

    I’ve learned that it is important to try to post something every day and hopefully always at the same time, too. That will eventually pay off (I hope) with repeat business.

    I’ve learned to carry a notebook with me 24/7 to write down my ideas because if I don’t, they’ll never pass through my head again.

    I’ve learned to identify wonderful bloggers that I can’t wait to read every single day and comment on their blogs as much as I can, even when I feel like a lame idiot for doing so.

    I’ve learned that it feels like a fantastic achievement every time my blog is honored by someone investing their time with a comment.

    I’ve learned that sometimes my immense efforts to be a gloomy smart ass end up with political-themed and/or serious posts, dang it.

    I’ve learned to be surprised sometimes at what readers respond to and what they don’t.

    Tips? Keep doing what you’ve been doing, because it has been good. And blog about the stuff that feels important to you. Those of us who read your blog are grateful. 🙂

  7. The most important lesson is one I’m still learning: be yourself. I admire so many different bloggers, but I can only be me. (I can only be I?…doesn’t feel right.)

    Happy six month blogaversary, Jane! I’ve enjoyed following you so far and can’t wait to keep reading.

  8. Mel

    Happy Anniversary Jane. I’m still a newcomer, so I’m not brimming with advice. As a reader, I always scan the tag cloud for topics related to a post I enjoyed, so I can backtrack and catch up, so tags are good.

    I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing in blogland. I’ve done some posting at livejournal, wordpress and on the ning, but blogger is where I’ve landed, and I’m still learning my way around, tweaking here and there. But I think the most important thing is having something to say and saying it well, and you’re doing a fine job with that.

  9. Yeah! An anniversary! For only 6 months online….you are phenomenal!

    Do what you like, and others (like you) will respond.

    Don’t write SUPER SUPER long posts…..and use white space to facilitate reading…..helps with the time thing.

    Cheers to Jane!

  10. unabridgedgirl

    I’ve learned sort of what you said at the end – – a lot of people read, but they do not comment. All the same, it’s nice to have so much support. You are fabulous! Love your blog, Jane!

  11. Happy Anniversary!

    I am not being original here, but I 100% agree with Motherese about being yourself. It’s just not going to be sustainable and fun if you’re not.

    Figuring out a good posting schedule is key too. Some can do every weekday and some can’t. From my old blog, I learned that was a little much for me. I do think consistency is important though. So I have a schedule: Mon, Tues, and Thurs at 8 AM EST.

    Oh yeah, and don’t get too crazy with the memes. 😉

  12. Jane –

    Happy Anniversary!

    I never knew blogging would be this time consuming, nor did I realize it would bring me so much joy. I have learned so much in my short bloggy time, too.

    For me, making the move from Blogger to WP was essential. Also, not posting every day. I can’t develop quality content AND comment, tweet, stumble and all of that other fun social media stuff. I only publish things that I think are worth reading and I find it attracts more readers this way.

    And the best piece of advice I could give? You have to connect with your audience in some way. If you don’t, then blogging would be nothing more than an online journal without interaction.

    Great post! So glad to be a part of this community.

  13. My advice was going to be that bloggers should be themselves, but I see that it’s already been said. Still, that’s one of the lessons I’ve learned. Just as I tell my students, everyone has her own writing voice–people will understand you better when you develop it uniquely.

    Happy 6 months! And many more!

  14. Congratulations on your 6 months. I am at it for a whopping 6 days or so now and experiencing some growing pains. I have come to your site via Karal, a good old friend who has become a great new ally in getting my little attempt at writing off the ground.
    I have no advice, only admiration for your accomplishment. Although I feel as if I am struggling with the pains of being a newbie, posting too much already, living on how many visits I get and how many comments I don’t get, it is reassuring to see you made it this long and there may be hope for me after all. Thanks for making it!

  15. Happy Anniversary!

    We started blogging around the same time!! My 6-month blogging anniversary is in four days! What have I learned? To write for myself and only myself and not to worry about what other people think.

    -Jen

  16. suzicate

    My advice is to keep being you because YOU are fabulous! Congrats on six months…yay, Jane!

  17. I’m sad I can’t think of ANY original advice that hasn’t already been said! I totally agree with Kristen that you need to be yourself. If you try to write what you think others will want to read (I’ve tried that) you’ll only disappoint yourself. I don’t have millions of followers (more like dozens) but I stay true to myself and it makes me happy each and every time I sit down to write. Happy Anniversary!

  18. Happy six months, Jane! Hmmm. Advice? I hate giving advice, but I would say write about what moves you and cherish your loyal readers. There is nothing more magical than the friends you encounter in this odd ether.

    [Well hello, Jane :)]

  19. I have learned to blog when I have time. It is important that I put my children and husband first. Like Nicki, I have learned to write about what I want to write about when I want to write. I have become more courageous in writing heartfelt things. I have also learned boundaries–what to post and what not to post.

    I am so happy I found your blog!! It makes me smile!! Happy Blogoversary!

  20. ck

    Be careful who you share your blog with. I told some of the other “school moms” about my blog before my daughter started struggling with the teacher. Then I felt restricted about what I could write because I was afraid of what they’d think about her. NO MORE SHARING WITH THE SCHOOL MOMS for me! Especially as she gets older.

  21. Congrats Jane! I love reading your blog 🙂

    The thing I’ve learned about blogging is to blog for yourself. To not be so concerned about site hits or the amount of comments a post gets, but to be happy with what you’ve written at the end of the day. Oh, and to always stay true to yourself.

  22. I think the most important lesson I’ve learned has been that I am the only person responsible for my blog, and therefore should be true to my own voice. I get too wrapped up in what others think, or may think, or what others want to read. I have to always remind myself that it is MY creation, and as such, it is subject to me, not the other way around. Happy blogoversary!

  23. Happy Blogaversary!!!! 6 months. That’s amazing. I thought you’d been around for so much longer cuz you are so fantabulous and amazing. I adore you and your blog. And my only advice is to keep doing what you do. Your love and your gifts to the world come out through your writing. Thank you for being who you are.

  24. I wish I had advice, but it’s already been said. My secret tip: Spell Check. But then I’m a horrible spelling.
    I can’t believe it’s been six months already. Time travels fast! You’re awesome, Jane!

  25. I learned, and am still trying to apply to every aspect in my daily life, to do this for myself and not worry about whether/how many people will care.

    I also learned that the Internet opens up a wide world for women to bond and to learn from each other.

    You were the first person to comment on my blog. For that, I am forever grateful. 🙂

  26. I’m late. Hmm, what’s new? I’m always late. But I have to say–and this is SO typical of me–that my one little piece of advice would be to try new stuff. New topics, new styles, new ideas. Be true to YOU but try new little things on for size and see how they work. You might be surprised by some things here and there. They may be successes and failures. And you’ll gain confidence in the strengths that unwrap themselves. Hmm, make sense? (Wow, it’s getting late…off to bed!)

    Congrats! Keep writing. This is a GREAT blog!
    Sarah

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