May 01, 2006

What the hell do I know about blogging?

I was going through my Blogroll (list of other blogs) this morning and was saddened to read that some were burned out and taking a break, some are slowing down (to like 1 post a week), some are frustrated because they don’t get a lot of readers or comments and some were quitting. So what the hell does this mom in Oklahoma know about blogging?

* if you have all your anti-troll/commenting crud up - you will get less commenters
* working your way to the top of the blogging world is hard work - a full time job (not willing to do that - if you are hanging in the middle like me - you will probaly stay there for a while)
* Just because you don’t see a high number of hits doesn’t mean people aren’t reading it - many use RSS feed to read (I do)
* Most people don’t comment
* Most people that read blogs are bloggers & if you don’t read theirs - they won’t read yours
* If you can’t post more than once a week - add a contributor (I have 3 so far - it takes the pressure off too) We try and post at LEAST once a day
* Don’t just regurgitate the news unless you want to be a professional journalist or play one on your blog - Big Yawn!
* Many lower or middle level blogs are not appreciated or get the readers of the established top dogs
* Google will pick up your blog posts if people are looking for something specific and you have been around a while
* Blogs do keep the MSM in line and they are reading us
* Ask yourself why you are blogging, how much time you REALLY want to put into it, do you have delusions of grandeur and fame (I still do - some days), do you thinkk you will make tons of money from personal blogging, who is your target audience and will you hurt yourself or your family in the meantime - employers read blogs too!

Some days I want to bang my head against the wall because I feel under-appreciated as a blogger (pity party) and others I am thrilled I got an e-mail from a soldier in Iraq to thank me for my support, or someone needed more info about latex allergies and contacted me, or a blogger is having a crisis and I can help or a friend in Iraq needs donations and I spread the word through my blog.

Instead of duty, honor, country (which I feel pertain to blogging as well) I’ll choose: perseverane, commitment and uniqueness as the 3 key blogging words to consider. Hooah to all bloggers, wanabee bloggers and blogless nomads who read and comment on blogs!

c/p at Hooah Wife

Posted by Greta at May 1, 2006 07:17 PM

I read here often! Interesting blog. I also use it as a source of links to places I like far less when I feel like a bit of polite not-quite-trolling.

Posted by: Suricou Raven at May 3, 2006 06:08 PM

I too read here often.

This is my first time to comment.
This is a great blog, keep up the good work ... I too believe everyone is entitle to my opinion!
Hopefully Canadians from Northern Canada are welcome. So glad we recently elected a conservative Prime Minister who is trying to improve our relations with the US.
Will comment again ... between kids, laundry, husband, supper, sports, more laundry etc etc

Posted by: Donna at May 4, 2006 07:22 PM

Keep up the good work. The bloggy goodness is baked right in!

Posted by: Barry at May 5, 2006 09:20 PM

Hang in there! I also know about 'blog burnout'. My reason for blogging is simple - Islam. Our blog has had several heady periods; during the Mohamed cartoon fiasco it was getting many thousands of hits per day, but it is, seemingly, a world of peaks and troughs. Having been in a trough for some time now, it's easy to feel uninspired and drained. Preaching to the choir is tedious, but the fairly constant trickle of new readers keeps us going. I am not attached to the blog though. All I care about is that people are informed of the perils of complacency regarding Islam and the danger it poses to us all.
With Islam, there's always a new phase though, hey!? LOL

Posted by: Gravelrash at May 6, 2006 01:51 AM

I'm just starting my own blog, on the theory that you simply can't have enough conservative gals in the blogosphere.

Posted by: Mrs. Ewer at May 8, 2006 02:45 PM