But more importantly it's my 4 year Blogoversary. And these are the 10 things I've learned so far:
1. Tell your story, of your family, your life, your every waking moment from breakfast to bedtime. Move your life forward. Don't move sideways. Or backwards.
I don't do this.
2. Leave witty comments on other people's blogs.
I don't do this either.
3. Don't swear.
I think we all know the answer to this one.
4. Comment on every single blog you follow, even if it means missing Christmas.
Ridiculous time suck.
5. Don't refer to people who leave comments as commentors. The correct word is Commentators.
I call them commenters. Wrong word and wrong spelling.
6. Don't name your blog something , like say Hollywood, that excludes anything else you might want to talk about because then people will expect you to talk exclusively about that and when you don't they will hate you.
7. Don't take sides. Don't have an opinion on anything. Stay as bland as you can and try not to offend anyone.
Open mouth, insert foot.
8. Give your family cutesy little names to protect their identities.
No way, if I'm going down I'm taking them with me.
9. Don't guest blog. Soon you'll run out of things to say and be sorry you gave away a perfectly good post. Since blogs and websites come and go with alarming frequency, you'll lose it for your own archives.
I've done 51 guest blog posts.
10. You'll lose most of your readers from your first year. People move on, get tired of reading about your life and move to other blogs, Facebook or Twitter.
The most important thing I've learned about blogging is to be unique.
1. Can readers describe your blog in 3 words?
2. When they come to your site, do they always have a general idea of what to expect?
3. If you didn't put your name on a post, could someone pick it out of a group of other anonymous posts?
4. If someone was asked to write in your style, would they be able to?
If you answered No to any of these questions you have work to do. And by you I mean me. And by me I mean I need a nap.
End of chat.