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Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”  Calvin Coolidge

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started...

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

♥Think through that blog name ~ Choose one carefully and think long term
♥Invest in a custom domain name and use it ~ Buy your name and use it
♥Brand your blog name across a few social media sites not all ~ Stay involved
♥Blogging, like any small business, has growing pains ~ There are quiet and busy times, and times to change direction
♥The blogosphere is a microcosm of the real world ~ There are nice and nasty folk in the community and we learn to seek like-minded bloggers

20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging: When I launched my WordPress blog in late 2008, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew people across the globe were writing blogs about all sorts of things, and I had an idea of what a blog looked like but not much else. Back in the early 2000s, I had checked out a few top blogs on the internet and found it fascinating that some bloggers were not shy about taking positions on controversial subjects and that all had their soap boxes of opinions. Some were personal blogs, others offered information, education or inspiration.

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started...

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

♥If you want a future in it, treat it like a business ~ This means setting clear goals and managing its growth
♥Quality will always trump Quantity ~ Great original content that helps others learn remains king, and will always bring traffic = fewer better posts.
♥Don’t wait forever to monetize ~ If earning some income is a goal, start building towards that end and then do it whether WordAds, Affiliates or other.
♥Blogging Can be Healing ~ Writing a motivational blog can offer some surprising insights and rewards
♥The Blog Tank empties/dries; its okay to take five but be consistent ~ Bloggers  need time to regroup and rejuvenate. Take it!

To spur me on, my cousin Frieda who was an HP engineer at the time, offered to build a website/blog page for me and I agreed. She built it, I played around on it for a few weeks and then let it fade into obscurity. When I returned to the medium in 2008, I was ready to write, engage, support, promote, build community, align my blog with other service oriented, do good groups and grow.  But, I had no clue how to accomplish any of it.  I joined a few communities: Problogger, SITSGirls, CopyBlogger, and later Daily Post and a few others, and I took workshops to help the blog along; my posts got better. By 2010, traffic was growing but not the readership; that would come later. I persevered and kept blogging and connecting.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started...

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

♥Protect and Maintain other interests ~ Blogging can be all consuming, so it’s wise to determine how much time is feasible to assign elsewhere
♥Focus, focus, focus ~ Whether we create a niche or not, become an advocacy blog  or not, find a focus and make your blog matter. we can offer a bit more.
♥Building a Readership is important and maintaining it is a full time job ~ Even if we fail first, keep working on connecting with the readers as it is worth the effort.
♥Google Stuff happens: ~ From re-calibrations to Panda, Google makes changes that can kill or increase our traffic in a blink. Key is to keep building great content
♥Get a grip on SEO and HTML basics ~ learning even a smidgen on both can bring great changes and pay dividends in polishing and highlighting our blogs

During those early days, I wasn’t focused much on a name and learned the hard way when a name I chose for my blogger blog was bought by someone else, and I had to change the blog name. Instead, I spent more time meeting other bloggers on line, connecting and interviewing people through social media, and trying out new things, like blog hops, blog carnivals, special promotions or conferences to help my blog grow….  At some point, I had decided to maintain two blogs on different platforms (WordPress and Blogger) to see which I like best. They are quite different blogs (even typealyzer agrees) and I soon learned it meant more work to do. Contd. More below!

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On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem?

“There are no magic wands, no hidden tricks, and no secret handshakes that can bring you immediate success, but with time, energy, and determination you can get there.” Darren Rowse

On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem...?

On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem…?

Happy Holidays to All! It’s a pity to address this subject just before Christmas but, on second thoughts, it is not. What is a Pingback? Pingbacks are, as WP.com aptly put it, remote comments; a key way of linking and acknowledging similar posts by fellow bloggers. They are not useless, spammy comments meant to irritate the recipient, but another way to give a shout-out to a blogger.  This link to WordPress.org gives more  information on the distinction between spam and pingbacks. When a fellow WordPress blogger – Blogger A – sends a pingback, the primary purpose is to notify us that a similar post has been created and our post compliments it. The final decision to acknowledge or reject the pingback rests with Blogger B; no quibbles, no acrimony.

All pingbacks are not created equal; some are like weak pingball players and others like Rambo, so discretion is advised. If a pingback is on an unrelated  topic, the easiest solution is to delete it. Sure, there are other important concerns we might have about spoof pingbacks and denial of service attacks, and those issues are reminders why we must be vigilant about the pingbacks we send and receive. Plus, Akismet does a fine job of helping us separate the wheat from the chaff.

In the four years I’ve been blogging on this platform, we have been blessed with an impressive selection of support tools and features; themes, Publicize, Likes, pingbacks, reblogs, mobile apps,  Zemanta and more. All are meant to help us connect, communicate, and enhance our exchanges in our blogging community. Back in the days before we could send pingbacks via Zemanta and the Daily Post, we would write a post, then scour the internet looking for related topics. Now we have the ease of referencing other posts with a click and a copy. Is that a problem? I think not but, in fairness to those who object to pingbacks, there are common courtesies or a blogging etiquette we can observe with this practice.

“Blogs are a great way to monitor and even participate in the chatter about your new site.” Mike Davidson

On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem...?

On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem…?

For starters, don’t send random pingbacks and be careful to avoid passing on spoof pingbacks.  Next, it is rude to send a pingback and not visit the blog in question. I rarely send a pingback without checking out the post first. I visit the blog I’m reaching out to and read the post… even if it takes me several days to visit. Visit the blog and read the post. I do that for all my pingbacks; including those from the photo challenge. When I do the photo challenges, not only do I visit and Like or Like/Comment on ALL the blogs I mention, I do same for other participants of the challenge.

Visit, read, and acknowledge the other blogger with a Like or a comment or both. The point of the pingback is to connect us with each other and keep the community connections and conversations growing. While it makes no sense to use a pingback when a post has nothing in common to offer, it is a helpful, productive tool, and I’ve never viewed it as something used to manipulate others.  When in doubt, delete. Does it bring us more traffic? More below!

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Haiku: Four Letter Words That Inspire…

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” Henry David Thoreau

Haiku: Four Letter Words That Inspire…

Love, Life, Help, Heal, Hope
Each word, pebbles in the sun
Able Best, Buzz, Buoy, Amen…

I’ve been away attending a two day course. The days either seem too short or they drag, depending on what is before us. I presume the same can be said for Haiku. They can be crystal clear or muddled by our own inner chatter.

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” Epictetus

Haiku: Four Letter Words That Inspire…

Calm, Cool, Core, Done, Duty
Day’s work, cool sips from the stream
Hear, Pray, Rise, Rest, Care…

The week barely started and now it is coming to a close… Have a blessed weekend and I hope you accomplish more. While we pursue our own worldly cares, let’s not forget to share some of our inspiration through helping others in need. The universe expects nothing less from us. More below!

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