Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After 2 years, things I don't know about blogging..

After 2 years and 463 posts, things I still don't know about blogging..

This is embarrassing. Have I really written..... that many posts?

And after all of that, I feel like I am just getting started. Even so, I'm having a blast, meeting a lot of cool people (especially the ones that are like me..) and trying to justify my reasons for writing my head off, exposing my soul and my new hairdos, all for a laugh and the feeling of accomplishment. And if there's anyone new out there and thinks that I should know something about blogging, I am here to tell you that there is PLENTY that I do not know.

So, without further ado, may I proudly present all things I do not know about blogging:

1) What people want to read. If there is a delicate balance out there, it is finding what you want to write about in relation to what people want to read.

So, even though I haven't figured out what people want to read, I figured out what I want to read, or more specifically what I really do not want to read.

What I do not like reading: straight advice in a shmarmy (like that word?) harmy kind of way.. You know the kind of blog I am talking about. The aren't you so glad you finally arrived here because I have all the answers kind of blog. Really. It's nauseating. Unfortunately, that is the way I started too. Really lame. I could link you to one of my earlier posts, but then I'd embarrass myself. And I'm not in the mood for that right now. So, ahem.. We'll move on.

2) What people like to comment on. Seriously, some times I barely hit "publish" because I am sure this is a real looser of a post, and then BAM! My inbox is gloriously chock full of comments that I can hardly wait to read. It astounds me. Here I am frothing at the mouth, so excited to read them all.. and I remember that I thought this was a real looser post.

3) What brings people out of the woodwork. Sometimes people will comment and say "I've been hiding in the woodwork, and I've just decided to comment" and I'm thinking: "Dude! What took you so long? You know, I visit the blogs of people who comment..." I'm thinking that Gary Smalley needs to invent a new love language called "comments"--whadduyathink?

4) What a good balance of blogging time and real life activities are. Although sometimes the mere growl of my stomach or the buzzing of the dryer does not even make me budge from the computer, the Holy Spirit convicts me that "enough is enough"...

5) What makes some blogs that don't seem that great attract 567 followers in the first week..
I think they pay people to follow them or something. I've read the content. Nothing special. The giveaways? the what? See, I don't get it. But the Pioneer Woman? O.K. I get it. Thankfully, there is justice in the world.

6) How some people claim to make money off of blogging. It's a lame way to make money, if you ask me. There has to be a higher purpose out there, rather than money. If you want to compete with the big dogs for high traffic, go ahead. But the truth is that there are so many blogs and twitter-ers out there vying for everyone's traffic. I'd rather have 10 regulars who brighten my day with a funny comment than 17 million followers. Not that I do not appreciate getting a check occasionally from ads, there's just got to be MORE driving you than money.

6) Twitter. Yes, I know I'm on twitter. But I don't get it. I don't love it. I have ?? how many followers? So, they can "say" to someone that they have so many.. etc. etc. Still not sure what the purpose is. Ten years from now they will say it was the biggest joke of my age group during this phase of history.

7) Techie stuff. There's a ton of techie stuff out there that I still do not get--too many to list here. Even though I have learned a ton of stuff, I still would love to learn how to cross out a word and put a link on comments better.. General stuff. For the most part, I'm glad non-techies can blog, or I'd be in a world of hurt.

8) Lists, awards, memes, contests, and the like. Quite honestly, I'd like to just "write" and have it all be wonderful and ditch the linking lists, pass this award, enter this meme, or this contest thingy. It just seems to be the only way to get new followers etc. I'm still undecided about how I feel about this issue. Who knows? Maybe for my third year of blogging, I'll have ditched all of that and not feel like I'm jipping anyone. Then again, how do I make new friends?

9) Posts written in 20 minutes flat.. (I think my record is 13 minutes) can generate any amount of comments, cohesion and decent back track. Call me a speed writer, I guess. If I were more serious about this, I probably could do a much better job. Much apologies to my audience. But truthfully, if I had to agonize over it, there would be no blogging, posting, commenting. nothing. nada. Nope. Some day I'll grow up and be a real writer. Until then, it's just another year of blitzing mama, writer non-extraordinaire.

And so that concludes my non-knowledge, but it does not presuppose that everything I have not mentioned has clear cerebral activity or a working knowledge therein. (my disclaimer)


Mrs. Parunak said...

What a fun list. I can't say that I know much about any of that myself, and I've been blogging for almost as long. I can help you with your HTML a little, though. I'll send you an e-mail.

Becky said...

Well, if you can understand any of the technical stuff you have me beat. If it weren't for my lovely daughter, I'd never blog, and I still wouldn't be able to cut and paste (and to think - my mom is a computer programmer - it's good I gave her grandchildren to keep her mind off the shame of such a tech-illiterate child). :D

Ruby said...

Great list on the great mysteries!
I'm with you on the non commenters- I don't look at my site meter much for that reason. I can't figure why 30 peoople have read a post and only one or two have commented. It definately dints the ego. Words of affirmation is the commenting love language, eh?

Becky, very cool, your mum is a computer programmer! My mum is still getting the hang of TV!

Tiffany said...

This was so fun to read! I am one of those people who read but doesn't always comment. {blush} My reasoning, which may be lame, is that I follow well over fifty blogs, and I cannot keep up with commenting on all of them every post. But I really do like to read them. Is that awful?? I DO like your blog! {wink}

Emily @ Under$1000PerMonth said...

I wish I coud write posts in twenty minutes flat. Sometimes it happens, but I often agonize over the words even when I know it's ready. I love the list, but I also love that blogging can make money, so I disagree on that one.

DarcyLee said...

I don't always get why people comment and follow one blog over another either. As for the techie stuff, if I spend enough time on it, I can eventually figure it out but I would rather read and comment on my favorite blogs rather than work on technical mumbo jumbo. Another great post!

Kristi said...

Oh, how funny! You sound just like myself. I'm right there with you on almost all of these! I still don't have very many followers, but I don't have the time to be searching a lot of blogs to get followers either. I don't really care. Like you, just a few faithful followers who comment frequently makes it all worth it. I've stepped back lately, because the Holy Spirit has also told me "enough is enough". I need to find a happy medium!

Shelley Hartman said...

HI! I'm a new follower (and new blogger)- through one of my followers - and I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your videos. I have A LOT to learn about blogs! I don't spend much time on the comp - I'm with my family and/or organizing!
I'm at a road block and need help. How do you add onto your tabs??? I had someone create my blog for me, and no longer have that contact, and don't know how to add content to my tabs - which don't have any info as of yet. Ex; Pricing, Find Me (About Me, etc.)

Could you take a few moments out of your busy day and help a fellow organizer be more organized??? I would truly appreciate your help.

Jena Webber said...

Becky and Ruby--my MOM is on twitter! and she does STEP aerobics.

Tiffany: great to meet you. A lot of times I will post a quick comment on ONE of the posts I read, but not every post..

Emily: I knew you'd get edgy about that money making thing. I do make money on it also, but even Darren Rowse says it's better to market a product than to rely on ads alone. Which is a great idea. Not sure which of my "great" ideas to develop into a product!

Oh Shelly! I wish I could help! I had a designer do my blog, and she added the tabs. Ask Becky's Mom--just kidding. My blog designer has a link on my blog. She's a Christian homeschooling Mom and great to work with! As far as getting organized, I'm more organized "in real life" than in the blog world. We all have our strengths, I guess. If you read techno blogs like Chilihead or Mommyalwayswins you may get better techie advice.

I'm just a humpty dumpty mom who loves a good laugh!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

HA HA HA! I'm laughing about our little interchange in the comments below, about the felt dots!

Giggling too about "comments" being a love language. I get a lift when I get comments too :0)

Truthfully, I like reading your blog because I'm quite sure I'd love having you for a neighbor. :0)

Our minds run in similar directions, though not identical (and you can thank the Lord for THAT!)


Roxanna said...

That is a pretty cool list :) I am with you about making money with a blog. I am 'new' to blogging but old to reading them if that makes sense? I can always tell really quick if some is blogging to make money. I don't mind/care if someone is making money off their blog more power too them, but sometimes it's nice to just read a really interesting post that isn't about finding deals ect.

ZDub said...

Totally agree.

And I like your blog.

Mrs.D said...

Happy 2 years of blogging!

Rheanna Bristol said...

I hear ya! I think that is a cool list. I am not in the 'woodwork' this was the first time to your blog. I like it! Very cute!

Kathryn said...

I am so behind on reading blogs, but i'm so glad i caught this! I so enjoyed your list, largely because with most of it i so agree!

Twitter! Yuck! Not that i do twitter, but i have enough with facebook & no one giving me "the whole story." I would have no patience with twitter!

Oh, & i agree about the Pioneer Woman! I so enjoy her site & her sense of humor.

And, i'm not into the contests, & awards most of the time. I like reading blogs 'cause i like meeting other folks. But then i blog because i enjoy writing, tho i have done a couple of give-aways. They make me smile.

As does your blog. :)