My 5 Best Blog Posts About Blogging in 2014
As I continue the annual trek through what I might consider some of my best posts of the year, I turn to the category of Blogging, which is normally my Monday topic.
In 2014, this little blog celebrated its 10th anniversary, so I’ll begin with a two-parter post that acknowledged that milestone:
10 Things I’ve Learned After a Decade of Blogging — Part 1 and 10 Things I’ve Learned After a Decade of Blogging — Part 2
When I set down to write this anniversary post, I honestly didn’t expect to have learned 10 things. But it was one of those posts that seemed to want to write itself once I got started and began letting the ideas flow. I decided to split it into two parts, something I’m hesitant to do normally, because I figured the topic might be interesting enough to warrant a return visit. If I had to pick the biggest lesson of the 10, I’d probably choose either #8 or #10.
This post became the genesis for a talk I gave at the first-ever WordCamp Charleston this year. I took a popular strategy for ridding oneself of debt and applied it to blogging. Sometimes, we bloggers have to look for whatever small victories we can find and then build upon them.
Does your blog receive 10 comments or more every time you post a new post? If your answer is no, then you might be surprised what one writer says you should do. Ask most bloggers and a lack of (or severe drop in) comments is usually a big concern. But a lack of them isn’t necessarily the end of the world.
Security experts say you should never use free themes from anywhere other than WordPress’s own Theme Repository. They point to reputable marketplaces for blog themes which check blogs for major problems and malware so you can purchase with more confidence. Unfortunately, paying for a “premium” theme, which can cost you anywhere from $25 to $75 or more doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to count on premium-level support.
Maybe on this particular day, I’d heard one person too many make the claim that they only write for themselves. It’s a silly thing to say because it completely discounts the importance of your audience. After all, there are only a select few of us — and I’m not one of them — that take blogging into anything even remotely resembling “true art.” So for those of us who don’t fit into that category, we need an audience. There’s nothing wrong with writing what you want to write, and you should certainly be authentic. But as soon as you begin convincing yourself that you don’t care what your audience thinks, it’s only a matter of time before that attitude begins to come through into your writing. And who wants to read something written by someone who doesn’t care?