Inspired by Ten Important Things I’ve Learned About Blogging | Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond.

What are the ten most important things you’ve learned about blogging? I’ve been blogging since 1999 and these are the ten most important things I’ve learned:

  1. Anything you post – whether it be a spur-of-the-moment rant about someone or something that has upset you or some crazy half-naked photo you decided to post for the Topless Tuesday meme that goes around – will be there permanently. Even if you delete it, some website, somewhere, will have a cache. It will bite you in the arse later.
  2. Give your visitors/those who comment the same attention they have given you. If you ignore them, eventually, they will ignore you.
  3. You will not become a ~famous blogger overnight. All the same, you will not get an abundance of traffic overnight. Building a good, long-lasting, quality blog will take some time. Stick with it, and you’ll reach your pinnacle.
  4. Accept input and topic ideas, but don’t let yourself fall victim to ‘blogging trends’. All the same, don’t feel as though you have to write a certain way, or about certain things, to keep yer audience. This blog is yours – do with it what you will.
  5. Never never never react publicly to ‘hate mail’ or ‘hate comments’. This is the same bull I see floating around Tumblr: you get a hate message and then feel the need to prove to your readers that you’re tough shit by replying in a passive-aggressive “Do you know who I am” fashion. This does not fly in the blogosphere. Do not do it. It is of bad taste and will lose you traffic, once people see you’re not a nice person at all.
  6. Blogging is probably going to be the hardest part of your day – especially when you have writer’s block or are suffering depression, and have no desire to do anything at all. That doesn’t matter – do it anyway. I utilize places like 750words so that I can at least write about my writer’s block, or what seems to have triggered my depressive episode (I’m manic depressive, for those who didn’t know). Before I know it – bam, I’ve written an entry!
  7. You will find all of your awesome blog topics while you’re out at a coffee shop, when you’ve somehow managed to forget your netbook, your iTouch, your Blackberry and anything else you could use to scribble ideas down. But once you get home and write about them, you’ll be re-reading the post and thinking of how much better it sounded in your head.
  8. People really do not care about those quiz results – post them somewhere private, like your LiveJournal – where fandom friends can lulz over results with you. Not in your blog-blog. Not if you want to be taken ~seriously.
  9. Keep the TMI and personal things to a minimum. Unless of course you’ve set out to keep a personal blog, or one chronicling a mental illness, disease/cold/flu/whatever you may have acquired.
  10. Last and most important of all: don’t try and be like your favorite blogger/personality/whatever. Be yourself. Write in your own voice and you will find this will become less of a chore and more of an extension of yourself. Just don’t assume we’re all BFF’s and need to hear about that bout of stomachflu you just got over…
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