Things I’ve Learned

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.


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We're Tab and Cam-just a goofy, geeky couple exploring each other's interests from comic books, board games, video games, TV and movies. Join us in misadventures of learning to accept one's obsession with Magic the Gathering and the other's admiration for Steampunk décor.

18 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned”

  1. Wow! You’ve got a lot on your plate! This is a good list. I especially appreciate that it’s okay to take a break. I just about panicked the first time I realized life was going to be too busy to incorporate blogging for a several week stretch. And you know what? The readers were still there when I got back, and we’re happy to see me. Good luck with NaNo and everything else!

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    1. I found that too. Readers are still there. There may be a dip in the stats, but the ones you talk to the most are still around! Besides, I’d still enjoy this even if my mom were my only reader. Who am I kidding, some days, she is! : )

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    1. The summer was crazy busy! We spent so much time fixing up our new place, I didn’t have the time or the energy. I predict it may continue to happen in the summertime, when I’m in the garden and yard more. Fall – Spring will probably be my optimal time for blogging, writing, or anything creative.

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  2. excellent list I must say, got some good points I never did do writing 101 or blogging 101 I just jumped write in and did what I does hahahaha and here I am.
    all the best and congrats with the wedding life and everything else what a really large plate you have ^_^

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  3. Yes! All of these things, yes! I tried to write yesterday’s blog last night but I was just too tired to get inspired. So I wound up writing it this morning instead and will write the today’s tonight. LOL!

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  4. I think posting fairly regularly is a good idea but as you say, also knowing when you’ve got blogger burnout and need to take a break. It can be really surprising which posts are popular when you look at stats – especially the slow burning ones that keep attracting new readers over and over. I wish I’d have known all of this when I started blogging – really helpful for people.

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