So many of us have occasional regrets. If we had done things a little differently - if we knew then what we know now - blogging is no exception.
The 2012 WordCount Blogathon, which I am proudly participating in, had a theme day yesterday: if we bloggers knew, when we started blogging, what we know today, what would we do differently?
Oh gee, time to be a cautionary lesson to others. I must admit, though, it was interesting to read what my fellow Blogathoners had to say. Turns out a lot of us were thinking along similar lines.
Here's my list, only a day late (I didn't want to disturb my Wednesday theme day):
1. Different platform (maybe). Blogger suited my needs and it isn't bad - but I look at Wordpress blogs sometimes with a little envy. I'm still on the fence - I think moving now would be too much of an undertaking. And, free is good. But still....
2) Different blog name. "Ramblin' with AM" does describe my rambling style, not quite focused on anything, But more and more, my inner voice is telling me that it is time to focus. Right now, I have three theme days - Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. I want people to be able to come to my blog and have an idea of what they will find. I found out that I really did care that people read, learned from, and enjoyed my blog.
3) Join a challenge right away. The Blogathon taught me more about blogging in one month of 2011 than I learned in the previous two years.
4 ) The Daily Posting Thing. I would have started out posting daily for, oh, 2 months and then tapered down to 3 or 4 times a week. What I did do was post irregularly for two years. Then I went on a 13 month binge of daily postings which is still in progress. After the challenge I signed up for in June, I don't think I am going to maintain the daily blogging. I need to stay fresh and practice my writing in other ways.
5) Fewer labels. I have so many labels I'm surprised my blog hasn't collapsed under their weight. I must do a massive cleanup, as soon as I clean my house. In other words, don't hold your breath.
So....there you have it. I've also learned to ask questions at the end of many of my posts, to start a conversation with my readers. So here's my question for today:
What is the one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?