As part of Writing 101, I decided to focus Assignment #2 on a list of things I’ve learned over nearly a year of blogging. There have definitely been some ups and downs. Overall, I have learned a lot about blogging, writing, and what works for me. So here’s my list:
- Proofreading: Ok, I can get in a panic sometimes. I’ll look at my blog and realize I need to post something today, and I’ll write something as quickly as possible and hit that post button as soon as I can, only to have to edit it all later. I know there are still a ton of grammatical errors that I’ve overlooked, but I’ve learned to take some extra time to proofread (and have my fiance edit it as well).
- Post regularly: I’ve learned this, over and over. There have been huge periods over the past month I didn’t post at all. I don’t really have a schedule yet, but that is something I am also working on.
- Don’t really worry about the stats all the time: Sometimes I obsess over the stats, but more and more lately, I go out of my way not to look at them more than once a day. They are quite useful, which brings me to my next point.
- Use the stats to determine which topics are the most popular: I never would have thought board games would be our most popular topic. That’s why we write about them a lot now.
- Read and comment on other blogs: It really is the key to building a community
- Don’t be afraid: I used to be afraid of posting fiction, but now I’m more confident. It’s a safe place to get honest, but useful criticism
- Enjoy myself: If I can’t do this, then it’s time to stop blogging.
- Participate in events and regular features: Not only does it help introduce me to new blogs and introduce readers to my blog, I can stretch my writing muscles a bit with trying something different.
- Take a break when I need it: If I don’t feel like I have much to say, I don’t have to. It doesn’t need to sound forced
- Get out and have new experiences to write about: If I’m in a lull and can’t find inspiration, if I get out and find something to do, it can always fall nicely under the Personal Category.
During November, I decided to sign up for Blogging 101 (since I actually failed to finish it back in January due to a crazy schedule) and Writing 101. I’m also participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, working a part-time retail job in additional to my full-time position, AND trying to maintain my health and figure for a wedding dress I’ve preemptively purchased 6 months before the set date. So, while there are a few things I have learned over the last year, not biting off more than I can chew wasn’t one of them.