What I’ve Learned About Blogging from Writing More Than 200 Posts

I took the initiative (because it’s never given) to start blogging on the wordpress.com platform eight months ago. Since that time, I have written 239 posts, without missing a post. At an average of 300-500 words per post, that is roughly 119,500 total words—the equivalent of about sixteen short stories.

During this journey, I have noticed a couple of things about blogging and want to share them with you:

  • Blogging everyday (the act of shipping) wasn’t an easy task, until it became a habit
  • Someday’s I have a hard time figuring out what can I say to “you” (my readers) that care enough to listen to me,  something that you want to hear and you look forward to hearing
  • The blog posts that I think are winners and will get great engagement, don’t, and the posts I think are not so great, get great engagement and are winners.

But even after all that I keep showing up, I keep going, everyday shipping one post at a time. Why? Because blogging has benefited me in three awesome ways:

  1. Blogging has given me a way to be seen and heard. Before social media took off, the only way to be seen and heard involved having a radio or television show, a bestselling book, writing a column for a big media medium or a highly visible speaking career. The resources needed were money, fame, or both. Those opportunities were unavailable to the average person like you and me. But now blogging has level that playing field and has provided a way for almost anyone to gain visibility and build an audience, and lead a tribe.
  2. Blogging has led to new and exciting opportunities.  It’s been said, “the only way to increase your opportunities, is to increase the people you know.” Today, most of the people I meet are through my blog or social media. In addition, almost all my new opportunities come either directly or indirectly from my blog—guest blog posting, speaking, podcast and radio interviews, being on a panel of experts, consulting/coaching, being a quoted in books, featured on web portals,  teaching, etc.
  3. Blogging has provided a way to contribute to others. It’s the way I can share what I have been given. I love noticing how marketing concepts, strategies and principles connect to each other and then helping individuals or organizations clearly understand these changes, allowing them to have complete control of their marketing. When I point out things that most of us all ready know, but describe them in a way that helps you take action on it. I believe that this a neat relationship because you, now can go do something not because I told you to, but because I helped you notice what you should do in the first place. For me, blogging is my emotional labor. It’s a labor of love.

The remarkable aspect of blogging is that you learn as you go. Not every post will be clear of grammar errors and perfect. You can write, ship, and tweak your way to success. The important thing is to take the initiative (because it’s never given). And, if you have started, keep shipping.

Questions: If you’re a blogger, what have you learned so far? What benefits have you noticed from blogging?

6 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned About Blogging from Writing More Than 200 Posts

  • Congratulations on your success, Patrick. As a fellow blogger, I also enjoy the opportunity to share my beliefs about effective leadership. The blogging platform is a great way to help others learn and/or validate the actions of effective leaders.

  • Reblogged this on Leadership Musings of a Skeptical Positivist and commented:
    As someone who similarly has recently surpassed the 200 post threshold, I couldn’t agree more with Patrick’s thoughts on blogging. The activity has become a short part of my everyday life, one from which I’ve gained much insight personally, and made wonderful contacts with others (bloggers and followers alike). Blogging has possibly been one of the most influential habits I’ve developed in professional life….and I have no intent to stop anytime soon!

  • Thanks leadershipelements! The opportunity is amazing and the great thing about this revolution that going on is that you don’t have to wait to be picked. You pick yourself! You pick yourself and go do something that matters. Thanks for your comment and sharing why you enjoy this platform.

  • What a fantastic post Patrick. I also have noticed posts I thought were not so great get more engagement and posts I thought were FANTASTIC get little, or worse, NONE! Answering your questions, the way that I work is very much about self-awareness and so blogging has (and continues to) batter my ego… ouch! It is a fast, furious but friendly way to note ‘mistakes’ and tweak them in order to reach a wider audience. For me – this means helping even more people.

    I have benefited hugely (in just one month) by being supported as well as supporting in my posts and by reading others. For me – blogging and WordPress specifically, is the place for people who don’t do Social Networks, to do social networks! I have found wordpress to be SUPPORTIVE, WELCOMING, POSITIVE, AMBITIOUS and RECEPTIVE. All the traits I expected from other SN’s but never experienced.

    🙂

  • Thanks Matt for your comment and feedback! Yea, the predetermined engagement on a post is always a laughing situation to me now.Thanks for sharing your experience with wordpress as well.

  • Hi, Patrick …
    Thanks for sharing these thoughts … they’re encouraging, to me. I’m fairly new to the discipline of blogging, but so far, I’m really enjoying it. I’m still setting up my entire online presence, and have not yet figured out how to get my blog linked up to Social Media (bit of a techno-phobe, me), but I’m determined to figure it all out and I’m confident that one day, it will all make sense to me – if it doesn’t, it sure won’t be for lack of trying, anyway!

    I’m working my way through several SM training courses, and my comprehension is slowly building … and that’s okay – I’m not in a hurry. But I’m sure looking forward to sharing and learning within this group, and hopefully contributing in a positive way.

    Onward … 🙂

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