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My Blogging Adventure

Posted on: 18 April 2008

adventure-scene
Photo by eye of einstein.

This week my Kaizen challenge was to blog every day. It was quite an adventure, especially finding so many beautiful photos on flickr – I was spoilt for choice! I thought I’d share the mountains climbed, the seas sailed, and the lessons learnt.

Posting to my blog every day was a challenge that I enjoyed, and I learnt a number of lessons from the difficulties that came up.

The main difficulties were getting motivated, finding the time to write, and technical problems with my internet connection. Also, because I was writing everyday, I felt that I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to research and plan my posts, so they could have been better quality.

The four key things I learnt were:

1. Writing blog posts takes a lot of time

Like any venture or adventure, you need to set aside time to blog. I think that’s why there are so many blogs in the world with only one or two posts – people set them up thinking it only takes five minutes a day.

I have found that it takes around 2 hours to write a blog post, find exciting pictures and relevant links, and edit it all together in WordPress. This is longer than I expected, and it means that if I was to continue posting every day, it would be a big time commitment.

2. The need for planning and research

ResearchPhoto by gadl.

When travelling there’s nothing worse than finding that your destination is sweltering hot and there’s nowhere to buy sunscreen. Research and planning are vital skills for even the novice traveller.

It was much easier to write blog posts when I had drawn up a rough plan in my notebook. I would have liked to have had more time for research, as quality research leads to quality blog posts.

3. I love writing

Since I left school I have always imagined myself as a writer, and at the moment I am fortunate enough to earn money writing. However, I found writing for pleasure about topics I choose even more enjoyable. The difficulty has been finding the motivation to do it, and committing myself to writing a blog post every day really helped.

4. Contributing is better than lurking

Adventure travel can be a solitary past-time, but it’s also one of the most sociable. You’re likely to get lost, lonely and bored very quickly if you’re not willing to communicate with fellow travellers. And it always amazes me the opportunities that arise when you do pluck up the courage to chat to that random person sitting next to you on a train.

Peter at The Change Blog has a great post about how being a contributor to the internet (through commenting on blogs, writing a wikipedia entry, writing your own blog, etc.) is so much better than just ‘lurking’ on other people’s web pages. Writing my own blog, I have found the truth of this for myself. It is very satisfying to see your own work on the internet.

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14 Responses to "My Blogging Adventure"

David,

Excellent post. I found you from Cheerfulmonk blog. I would like to add few more points to the blog writing experience of my own in past few months.

1) I began writing with idea to make money on the side and quickly found my passion for writing. With the new found passion, making money is not an objective at least at the moment.

2) I found that friends and family members, whom I consider close, cared less for to read my blogs despite my numerous requests. Yet I’ve found so many kind, loving friends in matter of just few months that I am feeling humbled to have any idea ever to write my own blog.

I like your blog and subscribed to it just now. Please visit mine when time permits and let me know if I can be of any help.

To your success,
Shilpan

Shilpan,

Thank you for being the first person ever to comment on my blog, and for your encouraging words.

At first I wanted to write a blog for money too, but the more I investigated it, the more difficult I realised it is to make money. There are so many people making BIG promises on the internet, and so few of them deliver.

I want to help people find their real dreams, not sell them fake dreams.

At the moment I’ve not told my friends and family about my blog – my girlfriend is the only ‘real life’ person that knows about it.

I’ve checked out your blog – it’s brilliant! So I decided to sign up.

Thanks again for you comment,

David

David –

My candid advice is to write from heart without expecting anything. As you see, I’ve no ads whatsoever. If I make money in the future, I will be happy but money will never deter my focus to write worthy content. I hope that you will come and comment regularly and I will do the same for you. That is my promise.

To your success,
Shilpan

David… Very cool. I love the idea of contributing. In my view, what goes around comes around, so by contributing, and loving and caring, we just might find some income coming our way. A secondary part of my blogging is to obtain clients for my coaching practice. But my primary focus is like you: to write and share.

Hi David,

Thanks for dropping by my blog, thechangeblog.com.

Love the site, and I can certainly relate to the pleasure of looking through all the wonderful photos on FlickR.

Peter

I would add to that list: “Give yoursefl the right to fail and the right to play at blogging. ” I’ve been at it for almost 2 years on WordPress and before that through personal homepages since 1997 and my style and patterns have changed. Soe blogs will indeed take you hours, other times, especially now that you’re starting, don’t be afraid to just put a blurb, link, or pic up there. The more living you do, the more those great high commented posts will flow out. You have a great start here and a kick-ass domain name! I have you on my feed reader.

@ Shilpan – I will be stopping by and commenting again soon. I think even for bloggers making money, if it’s not from the heart, then a lot of readers won’t want to know.

@ Tom Stine – what you’re saying seems very similar to my idea of the ‘economy of grace’ that I will be writing about soon. Gifts function in a completely different way to commodities, and becoming aware of that has given me a new view of giving, including online.

@ Peter – thank you too. I am really grateful that you took the time to visit.

@ Damien – thanks for the advice and for reminding me to live by the title of my blog, it can be difficult at times! I’m still thinking about ways to do shorter posts that are value packed.

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Hi David,

Welcome to blogosphere!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. It’s always great to see new members join the community and share their thoughts. As a new blogger, commenting becomes essential if you want to get found.

Helping others and making money were my two reasons for starting a blog. It wasn’t long before making money became irrelevant, as I found a hidden passion in writing. After blogging for over a year, I’ve made enough to cover my overhead (webhost, domain names), which is good, but the joy I get from blogging has become priceless.

Posting every day is extremely time consuming. It takes discipline, plus time away from your real life. It’s a fine line we walk.

If your dream is to be a writer, never give up. Starting and maintaining a blog is time consuming, but the longtime rewards may make it all worthwhile.

I’m subscribing to your blog and will follow your progress. I may not always have time to comment, but I’ll be “lurking”.

Don’t forget, blogging is a hobby. Have fun with it.

I’ll be back again soon. 🙂

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Barbara,

Thank you for taking the time to visit and for posting such a thoughtful, helpful comment.

I did find that posting every day was a bit too much for me, especially when I want to create posts packed with value every time – I’d really like it if my subscribers take the time to read and enjoy my writing.

Thanks for subscribing – every extra reader means a huge amount when starting a blog, as I’m sure you know.

[…] response to a comment on my blog, I once said that I really enjoy looking through flickr  to find pictures for my blog […]

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Just came across this while surfing, and another key point with bloggin worth noting is regularity. If you want to keep readers interested, you can’t leave sequential gaps in posting.

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