First Month Blogging

This blog in it’s current incarnation is 1 month old today.

When I restarted it last month, I resolved to write something every day, even if it’s just one word. So far, so good. And to date, no 1-word posts. Bonus.

The site has had next to zero visitors or page views in it’s first month. The biggest day for page views (15) was the day my sister found it. Other than that, there have been possibly 3 people who have stumbled across it.

That’s ok. I’m happy writing something every day. If someone reads this, it’s a bonus, and I hope that anyone who does read something here finds it useful. For this blog, though, having thousands of readers isn’t the point. The point is learning by doing. Every day.

Here are a few things I’ve learned this month:

  • Length is not important. Some posts are long. Some are short. Some are in the middle. Post length depends on what you’re saying, not the other way around.
  • Reading is critical. The days when I manage to read a lot, writing is easier. Not easy, easier. When I cut my reading short, my writing suffers. Immediately. The same day. It’s not that I have less to write, but whatever I have to write about comes harder.
  • Writing for an imaginary audience is harder than writing for yourself. When I have the idea that I’m writing something people are going to read, I start worrying about what all those hypothetical people might think of what I write. When I write with the (fairly realistic) expectation that hardly anyone is ever going to read it, I’m free to say whatever is really on my mind. Much easier than trying to filter my writing through the imaginary critics. I suspect that even if more people did read this blog, writing without the imaginary critics looking over my shoulder would still be easier.

My sister, by the way, emailed me after reading the blog to ask me how she could start her own blog. I emailed back with some of the technical how-tos. But, for anyone who’s got through the basic blog setup and is sitting in front of a blank screen with nothing but a blinking cursor, the three points above might be helpful.

Blog, at least initially, as if you’re the blog’s only reader. Chances are, you are.