A little over a year ago I started this blog. It had lurched along in fits and starts until January when I decided to devote myself to minimally weekly posts. Ideally I would like to post 3-4 times a week. Here are some of the things I have learned both from writing and visiting other blogs.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. In February I tried to write a short review of a five star read every day. Writing anything, even a short review, is time consuming. Writing every day reminded me why I am a reader and not a writer. In do-over land, I would have started with a week of daily posts.
- Design is key. While I am not claiming my design is all that, I am claiming I think about it. For me, it is important that the widgets and gadgets and doodads do not take away from the content of the site itself. It is important that they are not distracting. You do not want your page looking like it was designed at GeoCities* circa 1996 or MySpace by a 13 year old.
- A corollary to 2 is if you can’t find it make it. If you can’t find it or make it, change it or find someone who can. This lesson is one that I never remember. For example, I recently decided that I wanted social media icons that matched my overall site design. I spent hours looking and downloading and trying different sets out there. Suffice to say some were “too big.” Some were “too small.” And I could never find one that was “just right.” I am lucky in that I have the ability to make them myself, which I did in under an hour. I could have saved time if I had just remembered that to begin with.
- Don’t let the blogging get in the way of the doing. During the early part of this year I noticed I was spending so much time on the site, blogging, thinking about posts, tweaking here and there, that was not reading. FYI, a book blog does not going far without the books. If you are not doing the thing you loved enough to start blogging then there is somthing wrong.
- There has to be a 5, lists must always come in 5 or 10. OK this one is just a weird quirk of mine. But I do love a good list.
So 5 months 4 lessons, at this rate sometime around my 5 year anniversary, I might have some idea what I am doing. I hope you are still around reading then.
*I know this dates my online presence, but yes, my children, I was around during the mystical time of 1200 baud modems. I wonder how many of you even know this sound.