400 Posts, A Blogging PitStop

My post on Friday was my 400th. My first post was February 23, 2009. That means, I’ve been blogging for 16 months, averaging 6 posts a week. To mark the occasion, I thought I’d take a pit stop and reflect a bit on the experience.

What’s it been like? What have I learned?

  • Blogging ain’t easy. That explains why it’s been so rewarding.
  • Finding the time is hard, you have to be committed
  • It takes work coming up with new, fresh, content. I now understand “writers block”
  • I have terrible grammar, but it’s getting better.
  • I don’t have to write about sales all the time, a good blog changes it up
  • A good blog is a community, it’s not just about me, this community is getting stronger everyday
  • I have an obligation to the community, readers begin to rely on this blog for good information and content
  • Not everyone gets blogging; I am surprised how often I’ve had to explain why I do it. (this, obviously happens most in the offline world)
  • Sales is NOT the most exciting of subjects. Although, it’s critical to business success, people aren’t beating down this blogs door for more. It’s hard to keep it interesting
  • Not everyone is going to agree with me and my posts, that’s a good thing. But, thick skin is required
  • I’m out there, anonymity doesn’t exist.
  • I’m addicted to analytics.  I check everyday to see if my readers, RSS subscribers and visits are growing
  • Consistency is key, people want to know what to expect
  • I need a filter, determining what to say and how directly to say it requires I think long and hard.  I just can’t spit it out, although, at times I’d like to.
  • Determining my filter is hard.  It’s my blog, but it’s not.  Finding that balance can be a struggle.
  • I’ve pissed people off.  Not everyone likes my voice, my style or my approach
  • I’ve met some great people and built some great relationships
  • You need “mentors.”  I get inspiration from other bloggers.  I couldn’t have gotten this far without them
  • Blogging has become a part of me.  Everything in my day goes through the — would this be a good post filter?
  • This blog is creating a lot of opportunities for me.
  • I think more.  I look at things differently.  I rarely accept things at face value; asking, would this make a good post?
  • If I miss a day, it’s not the end of the world, but at times it is.
  • It’s fun
  • I like it.

Blogging for the past 16 months has been great.  Just like any other commitment in life, it’s been rewarding, hard, frustrating, and fun.   When I started, I never set a timeline for how long I would do it.  I just started . . . and I’m glad did.

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