One year in blogging

Today marks a year from when I first started this blog. (This is a blog? I thought it was a website? What’s a blog? Reading the first paragraph there should suffice.)

If you see any positive difference with my posts now and the beginning, I’d love to hear them. If you could take a few minutes to write something, it’d help me reaffirm part of the reason why I have a blog. (Err, “weblog” – for Josh.) I’ll take constructive criticism, too. Otherwise, don’t bother.๐Ÿ™‚

Now then, inspired by Keith, I’m going to list a few things I’ve learned from blogging as well.

  • Initial blogging is tough because you know only a handful of people are reading: the ones you told about it
  • A few bloggers that are actually local seem pretty nice. Meeting them is tough, because…
  • …there aren’t enough hours in a day!
  • I’ve got awesome friends that are willing to do lots for me – and I haven’t even met them!
  • Do a self-interview with yourself on a topic. It makes it easier to be funny, or at least interesting.
  • Write profound things that you think nobody else could understand – somebody will, whether they comment about it or not.
  • Readers lurk. I know, because I do.
  • The more I blog, the more I realize that I should write more and be a linkblog less. If you’re going to link to something, write about it (not just a quote, either).
  • Lists are awesome.
  • It stinks when you ask a question and nobody answers. It’s like Christmas when somebody does, though!
  • If a question goes unanswered, just imagine people scratching their heads because they can’t answer.
  • A bit of comment spam protection, and backups will go a long way.
  • I read blogs more than anything else.
  • I trust bloggers a lot more than semi-anonymous comments on a huge website.
  • I wouldn’t have gotten into Flickr if it weren’t for blogs.
  • I wouldn’t have gotten into GTD if it weren’t for blogs.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

6 thoughts on “One year in blogging”

  1. I stumbled across your blog last week, I don’t recall what I was searching google for – something about sbc maybe . I did find it somewhat interesting so I bookmarked “All Narfed Up” and check you out every few days (ya, usually when I’m bored… sorry). Happy Blogging Anniversary!

    DJ

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  2. Not sure how I came across your blog, but I’ve been subscribed to your feed for a few months now. You always seem to post about something I haven’t heard about yet, so keep it up!

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  3. Happy Anniversary, bud. Don’t worry about saying ‘weblog’ for me. I’ve accepted the fact that ‘blog’ is the mainstream word, regardless of how much I hate it.๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Thanks guys!

    Nick: I think it was probably from using your “Moderate Pingbacks/Trackbacks” plugins. I must’ve commented on them or something.๐Ÿ™‚

    Josh: Exactly!

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