What I’ve learned about blogging

It’s the penultimate post before my 100th.

So, I thought I’d throw a big word out there. I should probably have learned a few more big words, but I can always blame being raised in Oklahoma on that little mishap. In fact, that works with almost everything. Being a terrible driver. Bad with directions. Not understanding. Bad with math. Being blond is exchangeable with being from Oklahoma. But I digress.

Back to what I learned, which is really not to ramble. If you ramble you get skimmed. They may go back and read the whole post out of guilt, or just in case I missed something. But maybe that’s just me being thorough (or blond)(or from Oklahoma).

Pictures make a blog post better. Even if you don’t have a good camera. Puppies and children work best.




Use pictures to tell a story with a story. It’s a great way to visualize. It’s relates your life personally with a reader.

There are many blogs, and many clubs you can join. But if you find a loyal reader, and you like reading them too, cherish them. Because once you focus on more readers and not the ones that were there for you in the beginning. The heart of blogging is lost – at least I think so.

Write every post like it’s going to make the wordpress home page. It could happen, write it like it will. You just don’t know who is reading, remember that.

You can blog to make money. I don’t, but it’s a great market. I blog because I want to. I want a record of my life. For my children, and for my future step children. I want to write what I can look back on and enjoy a second time. I keep that in mind with every post. I live with that in mind.

You can blog giveaways. I may do a giveaway, just because it’s really fun and nice to see someone win. It makes them happy, which makes me happy. It won’t be the main thing though. Most likely, it will be a rare thing or a one time thing. Giveaways attract a lot of readers, for the giveaway that is, not for your writing talent.

You can blog for personal growth. There are so many blogs that are just about self-help. Selfless living. Self awareness. Acts of kindness. Amazing people who I am in awe of. If you are looking to improve yourself and learn, it’s out there. It’s magnificent.

Most bloggers have a theme they stick with. I don’t, unless you count life as a theme. I don’t want to draw myself in a box. I like writing about anything and everything. Poetry, stories, and general life.

You most likely have a blogging schedule. Oops. My schedule is that I don’t post every day. That’s a schedule right? I like a day to catch up on reading blogs. My aim is every two days, or so.

I’ve noticed many aspiring writers that blog; essays, short stories, memes and excerpts from their books. Really incredible, and skilled writers. It’s almost like you are reading great works for free (and you are).

I love to write, but I don’t have any plans for a book. Maybe waaayyy down the road. Right now, I just enjoy where I’m at and what I’m doing. Fame and fortune is not a dream of mine. Not saying that I would mind…..

You can learn quickly about blogging if you keep your eyes open. There is a lot to learn by just paying attention to the moments and motions of what’s going on around you. You can not let technology get the best of you. Learn it, live it, and rejoice in it. This is an amazing time of social networking. For business or personal, you never know who you might meet that could change your life.

Creativity and originality rule in blog. If you are not about the money, or the numbers (stats, followers), be blessed by the enormity of talent. Relax and enjoy all that blogging has to offer. If cute families make you smile, mommy blogs are great. If you love to vent, there are plenty of blogs that tell like it is. Amazing poetry? You can find it right here in blogland. Humor? Gut wrenching stuff. Reviews are popular too. I can appreciate a good opinion. What great insight they give. And let’s not forget the yummy food blogs, or less yummy diet blogs chock full of healthy food and exercise tidbits for a rockin’ body.

Truthfully, I’ve learned you can get what you want out of blogging. It varies for each of us. Whether it’s growing your business, your talent, your friends, your hobby or even keeping in touch with family. It’s all here at your fingertips.

What I’ve learned…..blogging is as diverse and rewarding as you make it.

Happy Blogging!

63 thoughts on “What I’ve learned about blogging

  1. Holly

    I am about 40 away from my 100th post – i never thought i would have that much to say… congrats on yours (a little early)… i have enjoyed reading your posts even for this little bit of time that i have been following 🙂

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  2. suzicate

    Great reflection piece. I am learning a lot about blogging, but have soooooo much more to learn! And I’m having fun and meeting great people while I’m getting there.

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  3. I can asure you Angelia that all you’ve learned about blogging has made your blog even more addictive. I come here ever so often to enjoy a short or long post about your life and your reflections… and it’s always wonderful… keep writing

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  4. Yay for no theme! Boxes are sucky. I had someone once tell me they had no idea *what* my blog was supposed to be about.

    Exactly.

    Anyway – Happy almost 100th post! So excited for THAT one! 🙂

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  5. I agree what you said about blogging. It is rewarding to do and a kind of diary for later also. I am glad I started blogging since I am in this country. Met some amazing people like you on line already through this phenomenon.

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  6. Peggy Nolan

    The biggest thing I’ve learned about blogging is I find myself in very good company. Stopping by to read your latest, or that of SuZen’s or Joy’s, or Tess, or Lance, or Booshy, always makes me feel good.

    Maybe I should start planning something for my 200th post…I’m 13 away on Serendipity 🙂

    xo

    Peggy

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  7. 100 posts is a big milestone! Yay!

    I have no idea what my blog is about. it changes day to day and month to month. Sometimes I’m serious, crass, or evil. It just depends.

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  8. Guess what? We have the exact same blogging schedule!! What are the odds??

    lol.

    Happy 100th post! That is quite an achievement! And thank you for your kind e-mail! I am now your follower on networked blogs as well as having an e-mail subscription! yay!! I can’t wait to see what your next 100 posts will be about!

    Hugs,
    Shannnon

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  9. A theme?! Geez!! *smacks self on forehead* That’s what I forgot!! Ha. Cheers to no theme. That would seriously restrict my creativity.

    I enjoy your posts and your comments on my blog immensely. Congrats on the 100th post!

    ♥Spot

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  10. I love that blogging is so new, so it is up to you what you make of it. There are so many ways to blog and so many people to learn from.
    I agree, blogging is a great place to be and you are nearly a hundred?!

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  11. Woohoo, you made it to 100 posts. That’s a really big accomplishment and I definitely enjoy catching up with you regularly! You definitely hit the nail on the head about blogging. I think it’s so cool that a person can get so many different needs met with the click of a button. Now…if we could only figure out how ‘online lypo.’
    =)
    Mindy
    http://www.thesuburbanlife.com

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  12. Congrats on your almost a hundred! I still have 12 more to go.

    I have learned some things, but you made me look like an infant! Just in reading this post, I learned things. Thanks teacher! I guess my blog is more like something I would tell someone over the phone, just stuff!

    Glad to have you in blogland!

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  13. I recently celebrated my one year blogiversary and am looking forward to my second. I have made so many friends by blogging and love reading other blogs. I really like yours here and will be back for sure! 😀

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  14. What a great blog! Stopping in via SITS.

    As with my title, my life is hodgepodge and I blog because I find it fun! I don’t live a reclusive life but I am having fun meeting new people via the blogosphere. I have ads but if I EVER make anything from them, it is just gravy…I hope they aren’t distracting.

    Thanks for the read and happy blogging!

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  15. Hi from SITS! I love your reflection today. I have been in the blogging world since August and have been amazed at the warm community, how much fun it is, and how much you can learn from other people.

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  16. Angelia,
    Blogging is most definitely what you put into it. What you have created here is a gift to those who read (i.e. – me!). And the theme of life…hey, I think it’s great! Because, the longer I am here, the more closely connected I feel to you. And that’s you, sharing a bit of your life…and it’s wonderful. Know that it is so, so good to be here – and let these words soak into my soul…

    And to Peggy…thank you for your sweet and kind words. Know that it’s a two-way street…

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  17. Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I am enjoying your blog as well. I love Jesus, photography, and weddings. I just recently started a blog in remembrance of my son a few days ago. I have so much to share, and need to share it with the world. God has put so much on my heart, and it has been festering up until I posted it for the world to see. I wonder what His plans are for me now with this new found role…. if you want to check it out, be sure you have your tissues ready…

    http://rememberingleo.blogspot.com/

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  18. …blogging is to me a therapy:) It helps when you express emotions to whoever wants to listen it, and yes, it’s fun to look back what is in the past. It’s also happiness when a stranger will cheer us up and give us encouragement. Thanks for the comment Angelia, you made me feel happy:)

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  19. Great post! After 6 months of blogging and a couple of weeks off over the holidays it really got me thinking about where I want my blog to go…and then realised I liked it just the way it was and it has to be about the writing and nothing else would then matter. Feels like a weight has been lifted!

    Congrats on being #1 on the comments list at SITS!

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  20. Thanks for visiting me. That is one of my favorite things about blogging…you never know when someone you enjoy reading is gonna just suddenly find you, alloowing you to find them. I like how you ended this also, the part about blogging is different for everyone. I think that is the best part about blogging, that I can enjoy it one way while you enjoy it another. It is a hobby or a business or a challenge or whatever you need it to be. So glad I got into it only now I’m not sure I can ever stop!

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  21. Good morning from SITS.

    Great post!

    I started blogging just under a year ago and it has been an exciting ride! I have made friends (and we have met in real life) and I have met some questionables. But not for one moment have I regretted starting my blog. It has pushed me creatively, my friends have encouraged me to spread my wings and it’s been an outlet for many expressions!

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  22. Well said, Angelia! I concur with everything in your post, especially that blogging is a great place to be. Congrats on your next to last post before 100th!

    Happy Sunday, SITSta! I heart giveaways, too and I have 4 at my blog you can win since you’re feeling lucky today.
    My Giveaways Galore: http://bit.ly/jIbPb

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  23. I’ve been blogging on and off for five years and have to concur. The bloggers I follow the most are those that change up topics daily (or however oftenthey post) and keep their posts short and sweet with pictures. I’ll read a long one time and again, but I don’t really like essays on every post. 🙂 Congrats on your milestone post…

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  24. I like not having a theme either. I like to write about anything and everything and would hate to feel boxed in! This was a great post, I found myself agreeing to everything you wrote =)
    I wanted to stop by and (finally) thank you for saying hi on my SITS day and for the visits since then!

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  25. Such a great post! I started blogging just as a hobby and I love each post I write. I have been introduced to many new blogging friends, ideas and opinions because of my blog.

    Just stopping by from SITS! Congrats on being the 1st on blog roll today! : )

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  26. Fun post! I’m with you, I’m on the “i never know when the next blog will be posted’ type of schedule. And NEVER for money, but I’ll read people who do it. Love the photos myself – it’s just my thing. I think I could spend my whole life redecorating the blog, learning new tricks – sadly I never have nearly that time to dedicate to it – but I would if I could 🙂

    Kristin

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  27. These are nice lessons you’ve learned. I too have my share of lesson from blogging and most are same with yours. Blogging world is indeed a magnificent place to unleash our self and our creativity. 🙂

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  28. What a great post. And you’re nearly to a hundred posts – yay!! There are so many different blogs out there – all great in their own ways. Somehow I’ve missed following you for a while, but I’m back now – subscribed in Reader. Looking forward to coming back, friend!

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  30. Oh my goodness, this post generated a lot of comments! I agree with you about people blog for different reasons and to fill different needs. I love connecting with people in brief moments over a quick comment over a shared point of view or disagreement that lasts for a moment or for a few weeks or for several months. No one could have explained that to me, but I treasure the experience of blogging and meeting other bloggers.

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