This is my fiftieth entry.
I realize that my blog is still relatively young, but I'm proud of the fact that after writing fifty different entries, there are still people coming by to read. That means that either I haven't bored anyone to death yet, or you people have too much free time. At any rate, I'm glad to have those who read and comment, and to those who read and don't comment, I'm glad to have you, too, but I'd like you more if you did comment. I ask you politely to de-lurk.
Being my fiftieth post, I thought it might be neat to compile a list of quotes from each entry. After gathering a few quotes, I realized that it involved a little bit too much work than I wanted to commit to for just one entry. I then came up with the idea to post a list of 50 things I've learned about blogging since I've started writing here. I've learned a lot, so I figured I'd share that with you.
50 THINGS I'VE LEARNED ABOUT BLOGGING
- Originality in writing is more difficult to achieve than I thought.
- It is hard to write anything when you write out of obligation.
- What you might think is funny, might not be funny to someone else.
- What you might think is not funny, might be hilarious to someone else.
- Retaining anonymity when writing about yourself can be tricky.
- Relationships can be made, and broken, by a single comment.
- Entries about farting are pure gold.
- People love to read entries riddled with swear words.
- One comment can change my day around completely.
- A clever title or catch-phrase does not make a blog more or less popular.
- Commenting on other blogs is essential to gain more readers.
- A response to a comment you left from the writer of a popular blog is very empowering.
- Google Reader is a godsend.
- Twitter is not all that useful, yet I use it anyways.
- I spend more time proofreading my entries here than I did on any paper I wrote in college.
- Anonymous comments are kind of creepy.
- I can suffer from writers block for a few days, and then in one day have enough things happen to have blogging material for a week.
- It ultimately doesn't matter what you write about. Just write.
- The advertisements provided by Google AdSense can be ridiculous.
- I will never put ads on my blog.
- I'm no longer embarrassed to say "I'm going to blog about this later."
- Creating mastheads or banners is more fun than it should be.
- I don't like blogging about my daily events.
- I'm constantly afraid of being a boring writer.
- I greatly respect lots of people I've never met in person, but know through blogging.
- I love Google Analytics more than I know how to say.
- Selecting an original nickname for my wife was incredibly hard.
- Being funny isn't about making jokes.
- People can tell when you're lying.
- Writing about a struggle or problem can be therapeutic.
- Coming up with 50 things I've learned about blogging is harder than I thought.
- People can be judgemental of what is written on a blog.
- There are some really close-minded people who have nothing better to do than criticize complete strangers for their choices and lifestyles.
- There is a fine line between being open, and sharing too much.
- Writing about your job can be dangerous.
- I worry about offending people, yet
- I don't believe in censoring one's writing.
- I believe in being tasteful and tactful.
- Sharing memories is a way to connect with others on a whole different level.
- One doesn't have to have a complex and fancy-looking blog for it to be popular.
- The rules that I follow for my blog don't necessarily apply to others.
- The stories I've read from mommy/daddy blogger's don't make me want a child any more or less. It just confirms the fact that I'm not ready to be a father.
- I refuse to let any relative popularity affect me.
- I am wrong for ever idolizing any blogger's success.
- Individuality and honesty is key.
- I'm not as good of a speller as I thought.
- If I put half as much effort into my college education as I put into this blog, I would have my degree by now.
- All of my grammar teachers in high school were wrong.
- A reality check is always one click away.
- I never thought blogging would be this rewarding.
There you have it. Fifty things I've learned since I've started blogging. I know there are other things that I've learned other than what is listed here, but I'm too exhausted from thinking that much to type anything else.
Thank you, my readers, for staying with me through these first wobbling baby steps. I appreciate your constant support and comments, and I'll try not to let you down. For those who lurk around these pages, I urge you to comment on this entry. If you've been hiding around long enough, you know I don't bite.
I'll be writing about my experience with Boy Scouts next... Stay tuned.