This post is part of a series.
Last week I mentioned how I stumbled on a new blog via Rachel who mentioned a blogger who wrote his 1000th post about what he learned while blogging himself. I picked out a few points from his list and commented with my own perspective. You can read last week’s post here.
This week, the following points stood out to me from James’s list, and here is my view on them:
44. Titles are very important.
I agree and disagree with this. There was an app I used once that analyzed a title of its worth, and I liked its statistical analysis (but I used a free trial and then let it go and now I can’t remember what it’s called). The app taught me a lot but once it expired I went back to making up my own titles.
I don’t know if people click my posts because of the titles, because they ‘know’ me as a blogger/follower and anticipate a certain type of post from me, or if it’s just a luck of the draw kind of situation, but for now, I tend to be ok with my title creation/selection.
I am however very picky at clicking posts whose titles do nothing for my interest. The one time I make an exception is if I have read previous posts by that blogger and liked/commented on them. By the time the relationship has been established, the title itself doesn’t seem to impact me as much anymore. I think to myself “I liked her/him before, chances are I will like this post” and off I go to read (or not).
It depends. 🙂
49. Regular blogging helps with my writing and thinking skills.
Regular is an ambiguous word. It can mean so many things:
- If you write every Wednesday and Sunday that’s regular.
- If you write every 1st and 15th of the month that’s regular.
- If you write three blog posts per week but not on specific days that’s regular.
- If you write three blog posts per day for months and then nothing for a month and then once a week for the next several months that’s…kind of regular.
But one thing is true. If you write a lot (again, what does this mean to you?) then you tend to improve your skills and thinking. For me, it’s almost daily. I have one feature I do regularly every Saturday and now this little series is a repetitive Thursday feature…but I ramble on during the rest of the week too.
Here’s the other thing. There are weeks when I have nothing but crap on my brain. I draw a blank. That’s when I go back to my draft folders and pull out something I’ve written before but didn’t publish.
52. Blogging has been a great social outlet since I retired.
I’m not retired, I’m a SAHM. Well, actually, now that I have a dog walking business I’m a WHAM. Either way you label me, I’m mostly an introvert. The social aspect of blogging has made me an extroverted introvert.
Does this make sense? 😉
53. I can express myself better in a blog than I can talking.
Ask my teenager if I should stop talking and you’ll get a very quick affirmative answer along with a heavy dose of eye-rolling. ;P
But in all seriousness, the thing about writing/typing/blogging is that I can go back and edit. I take time away from its immediateness by not publishing right away. I let it marinate, to steal I term I read somewhere, before I hurl it out into the cyber world.
I wish I could do this with my voice.
What do you think about these points? Have they impacted your blogging style or ability at all?