The little I know so far
Despite the fact it takes a lot of work and the desired results can be slow in coming and difficult to measure, I like blogging. It’s a great exercise for those of us who have lots of thoughts and opinions we never took the time to jot down.
And since I began blogging a relatively short time ago, I’ve formulated a few thoughts about blogging itself. First, whether you blog for business or just to express yourself (I happen to do both), bloggers want to be read. Which is why many people judge their blog’s success by how many readers or subscribers they have.
Since I’ve been blogging I’ve started reading other blogs. Blogs not just about translation but about many things. Sometimes to learn something and sometimes just to see how they blog. I’ve even visited blogs about blogging; there are hundreds of them. These bloggers are professional bloggers. The blogger’s blogger, so to speak. Akin to a teacher who teaches teachers.
I’ve learned things from their “top 10 blogging tips” or “top 5 blogging no-nos.” I try to post on a regular basis. I try not to run off at the keyboard and do my best to keep posts relevant and interesting. I try to invite discussion. I like to get involved in discussions on other’s blogs; sharing our ideas in the larger blogging community is fun and educational, like wandering around a big party participating in the variety of smaller discussions. I’ve imported some widgets and plugins and have optimized my blog for search engines (fellow bloggers will know what I’m talking about).
For example, I recently loaded the plugin that gives a few buttons at the bottom of the post so readers can share it or bookmark on digg or technorati or in various other ways. By the way, for those of you who haven’t tried it, I like Stumble Upon, which not only lets you collect sites you like but allows you to, ahem, stumble upon others you might never have discovered. For example, here’s one of the fascinating articles I Stumbled Upon.
But most of us are not full time bloggers. We only blog about something else we do full time. So besides keeping up with our industry or hobby, we’re learning lots of little tricks about a new medium so we can share the stuff we really know about.
The downside about reading blogs about blogging is we can get blog envy — I know I’ve had it. Bloggers who blog about blogging or marketing or other popular topics tell us things like, “don’t worry, it takes time… it took more than a month before I got up to 5,000 hits a day.” Only a month? That’s a little like the school teacher listening to people in the corporate world comiserate about how this year’s bonus will be slightly smaller. And I admit to feeling a little envious when I see an uninteresting post receive 143 comments. But I’m not discouraged. My numbers are lower but, as I say, I like blogging.
But now I’m off the topic of my blog, which is usually on the “no-no” list. So what’s my point? No point other than to take a moment away from my main topic to discuss the new tool I’ve been using to communicate it, and to share a few thoughts with my fellow bloggers in my blogging community.