One year ago today, I started this blog. December 26 wasn’t an ideal launching date, as my household (like so many others) was recovering from the previous day’s holiday gluttony. But “start a blog” had been on my to-do list for 2010 — which was about to come to an end. So I decided to shake off my post-Christmas stupor and just “git ‘er done,” as the saying goes.
Seventy six posts later, it’s been quite a journey. Coming from the communications field, I knew a little about blogs, but I didn’t understand or appreciate them until I began writing one myself. For the benefit of any other newbies out there, here are a few things I’ve learned about blogging:
• It helps your writing. If your posts are short, that doesn’t matter since most people don’t have much time to read these days. What does matter is consistency. Writing on a regular basis is the best way to get better at it.
• It makes you a better proofreader. Not wanting to embarrass myself with some glaring typo, I find I review my words carefully — a habit that carries over to non-Internet writing. “Better” isn’t the same as “perfect,” however, so it’s entirely possible that you’ll find a mistake or two somewhere in this post!
• It instills discipline. Posting once or twice each week forces you to follow a schedule.
• It keeps you in the loop. The loop will vary, depending upon the subject of your blog. To write mine, I try to stay reasonably informed about what’s going on in business circles.
• It’s a community activity. Blogging is about reading and commenting on other people’s posts, not just writing your own. For me, the give-and-take nature of blogging didn’t sink in until I’d been at it for awhile. Now, I’m finding that meeting other bloggers and/or reading their work is the best part.
You know what else I’ve learned? With blogging, the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know. But I guess that’s okay, given that it’s always changing anyway.
It’s been a fun first year. I look forward to sharing more entrepreneurial success stories and welcome your comments. Thank you for reading — and all the best for 2012.