It’s been six months since this blog was launched, in a modest kind of way. But then all personal blogs are launched modestly. I’ve learned many things in those 6 months.
I’ve learned that I’m still a tiny blip in the blogosphere. I’m ecstatic that there are now 49 followers of the Sew Everything Blog. They must “get” me. I love them all!
I’ve learned that at my age it’s empowering to learn the nuances of writing a blog, not to speak of the technical stuff.
I’ve learned about, and am newly fascinated with the other social media outlets. Three years ago I would never have said these words: I love Twitter. Also, I resisted a Facebook profile until two years ago when my family pressed me into creating one.
I’ve learned that this blog is a niche blog – my niche is sewing. Social media pundits declare that a blog post must be published at regular intervals; the more frequent the intervals the better. Do the pundits know that to write a sewing niche blog there has to be considerable sewing activity to generate blog fodder? That’s OK by me since I love to sew – all the time. I still do not generate enough material for a weekly blog like this one. So I end up writing general posts. One good thing about a general interest post – I get to practice writing skills.
I’ve learned that one’s real life issues can put a dent in the blogging schedule. Housing an elderly parent in my home is trying. My dear mother lives with me and is in declining health. She takes precedence over an unfinished blog post or sewing project.
I’ve learned that collaboration with other bloggers is one great way to have a regular publishing schedule, i.e. guest bloggers. Basically get other people to write stuff for you. But the Sew Everything Blog is too small to attract guest posters. Maybe I should write a post for another blog first. I’m working on it…..
I’ve learned of things like “linky Tuesdays” (or Wednesdays or Fridays) which means that your post on that day consists only of links to other blogs which your readers may find interesting. If you have a large following, it will benefit the linked blog by sending viewers there. The blogging world is generous.
I’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt when the social media experts tell you to refrain from comparing your stats (statistics: number of views, visitors and comments. I can only guage other blogs’ comments. Views and visitor stats are private) to other more successful blogs. Sorry experts, I will look at my stats and be devastated that there were only seven views on my blog on a certain day. Why shouldn’t I be? I write this stuff for other people to read, not for myself. But I’ll get over it. Yup, some bloggers will insist that they write for their own enjoyment. I also love to read my own words, but really……
I’ve learned that conventional wisdom put forth by the aforementioned pundits strongly advises planning and writing blog posts ahead of time and scheduling them for publishing on designated days of your choosing. This alone tends to make serious blogging a full time job – almost.
I’ve learned that the experts are right in urging you to comment on other blogs – and comment sincerely. It will bring viewers to you who may become followers and be “engaged” with what you have to say (i.e. they will write comments on your post). Unless you have a following in the tens of thousands, this is a difficult thing for a blog owner. You can’t force readers to comment.
I’ve learned that there is another side to the same coin (above): you can “engage” with well established blogs and their owners by following, commenting your heart out, include their links in your post and sincerely liking their work. No acknowledgement is received. In all fairness, I have engaged with some wonderful bloggers with a following which shoots into the stratosphere, who have become authors, guested on TV shows (not sewing shows but general talk shows) and are still firmly grounded. They genuinely love their readership.
I’ve learned that it’s in my nature to share the sewing hobby in all its technical and aesthetic glory. I’m asked whether I make money with my blog. I’d love to do that some day. Meanwhile, I’ll have to remain a tiny blip in the blogging world.
I’ve learned, finally, that it’s oh so easy to throw all of one’s lifelong privacy concerns out the window after delving into social media. Blame my sewing hobby…..
I’ve learned that I must ask a question at the end of a post to encourage comments. I won’t do that today; however, I would love to see your thoughts on my thoughts above.
As always, thank you for visiting and reading this post. Love you all…..