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Life in the blogosphere

Some random truths I’ve gathered throughout my years of blogging, some seemingly contradictory yet all accurate nonetheless, about life in the blogosphere:

  • The very time you have the time to actually write a really decent post turns out to be the very time no one seems to have the time to read your blog.
  • Self-promotion is HARD. It feels phony and contrived and you always wonder how much you’re irritating your friends and family.
  • Your biggest sources of support often come from the most unexpected places and people.
  • People you thought would become avid readers turn out to be not particularly interested or engaged.
  • Every real (i.e., non-spammy) comment received is like a small, perfectly-wrapped gift.
  • Weekends are a black hole. Save your best/favourite posts for early in the week.
  • The posts you felt you threw together often garner a bigger or better response than something into which you poured your heart and soul.
  • Obsessively refreshing your statcounter or repeatedly checking for new subscribers will NOT, surprisingly, bring visitors to your blog.
  • There will always be someone doing it better than you.
  • There will always be someone doing it worse than you.
  • Your voice is your own. Comparison with others is more often dangerous than helpful.
  • Do it first and foremost for your own satisfaction. Everything else is gravy.

What can you add to my list of observations about life in the blogosphere?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.