I started this blog three years ago on October 20, 2009. I don’t pretend to know everything about blogging – or on anything other than on how to be a #crazydoglady. That said, I feel confident on sharing the following lessons learned after writing 567 posts, sending more than 16,000 tweets, planning countless blogger meetups and still not knowing the best way to blog on a Macbook.
Your blog will be different than it was on Day One. Because you are different than you were on Day One. And way different than in your LiveJournal days where it all really started.
Embrace the social media platforms and tools that work best for you. You don’t have to be back on MySpace just because Justin Timberlake said you should. It’s okay if you’re too longwinded for 140 characters on Twitter. You don’t need a Facebook fan page if the only person who “like” your page is your mom. Use what fits your style of communication.
But one you should use: Fill your Google Reader to the brim with blogs of every type imaginable: local blogs, food blogs, fitness blogs, dog blogs, nonsense blogs. Blogs about nothing, blogs about something, blog about everything. Take in as much as you can from each of them as you’ll never know where you’ll get what you need.
But don’t be upset if you don’t get around to reading every post in your Reader. Learn to speed read, look for the lessons (usually in bold or italics) and retain what’s important.
Learn to say “no”. Not every pitch has to be replied to with an affirmative, not every invitation has to be accepted. As Wayne Dyer said, ”be open to everything and attached to nothing.”
Say “yes” to the important things. Meeting another blogger in real life (*insert shameless Ohio Blogging Association plug here*). Writing a guest post on a topic you love. Taking the time to write a lengthy comment on a post that spoke to you.
Learn to ask for – and to accept – help. Behind your keyboard. At your job. On your mat. For the sake of your health and well being.
Save the drama for your mama – because mine doesn’t want it either. There’s scientific proof that the people that say they don’t want the drama are the ones usually creating it.
Invest in a thick skin. Not everyone is going to be your cheerleader. Not everyone is going to be polite. Not everyone is going to give you a RT, or a positive comment or even read your blog at all. “Let them say what they want, just keep doing you.”
At some point, you will want to close down shop. You will question your voice, your message, your intention, your authenticity. Others will question your purpose, your points, your validity. Before you hit “delete”, sit on it for a week. Give it time to pass.
Clarity will come. That clearness, that brightness that you seek will find you – if you allow for a absence of complication and an acceptance of what the present moment holds.
Thank you. Thank you for reading for three years. Thank you for all the kind comments. Thank you for all the blog love. I’m grateful to be here.