Monday, June 20, 2011

5 Things I've Learnt in 5 Years of Blogging

I never thought I'd make it to half a decade!

This bloggy celebrated it's 5th birthday yesterday.

What a ride blogging has been!  I have 'met' many wonderful people and have a platform to air my opinions to the world (haha).

Here are some things I've learnt along the way:

1.  If you want to understand a blogger, read their archives.  Chances are you started reading someone's blog when they were already a few years into it, so some posts seem a bit odd.  My tip is to read any old posts they link to and scroll through their archives at your leisure.  Then what they're writing about may make a bit more sense.

2.  Blogging is not a "I'll comment on your blog, now you comment on mine," kind of arrangement.  I appreciate comments, I really do, but I am just not interested in some blogs.  That's not a personal slur to them - it's just not my thing.  I don't want to comment on blogs simply because they commented on mine; that's 'sympathy commenting' and I'm sure nobody wants that.  I've learnt not to be offended if I comment on someone's blog regularly and they never pay me a visit at mine.  That's just life.

3.  You can write what you think is a brilliant post that's sure to get everyone commenting...and nothing happens.  Then you can write a quick post about nothing and get half a dozen comments in no time.  Sometimes you can guess who will comment on particular posts, and sometimes people comment on things you never thought would interest them.

4.  Blogging is a great way to get things out of your system so you don't bore everyone with your rants in real life.  If they read your blog, then they're choosing to listen.

5.  If you want lots of comments on your blog, don't link it to Facebook.  I haven't done this, but I can see it hasn't worked for some people.  You're bound to quadruple your readership, but people tend to leave comments on Facebook rather than on the blog.  Readers are notoriously evil when it comes to getting comments.  They are great to help you keep up with many different blogs, but can lead to lazy reading where the reader neglects to click through to comment.

HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY TO THIS IS WHAT SED SAID (and enjoy your new header picture - it's actually a shed this time).

15 comments:

bettyl said...

Let me be the first to congratulate you on your milestone!
Blogging is different to different people but it's always a way to be heard.

Here's to another 5 years!

Janine said...

TOTALLY agree with everything said. Great words of wisdom re: blogging : )

Iris Flavia said...

Happy Birthday from here, too :-)
And, yep, so agree, too!

Michael Hunt said...

Happy Birthday Sed Shed !!!!

Mark Edwards said...

I enjoy reading your blog...well done.
as to FB....I do post my links there, and it increases my readership markedly...and sometimes people do comment on the blog itself. But even if they comment on the FB post...that to me is okay as well.

but the most important thing about a blog is that you do it your way..which you are!

Amanda said...

well done on 5 years of blogging. I agree with what you've said too!

Karen said...

Congratulations! Very impressed you've been blogging for so long...not sure if I'll get to five years here...
A great post too. :)

bek said...

Happy Berfday SedShed!!! xoxoxo
Heres to another 5yrs!!

Sarah said...

Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your input as there would not much point blogging without you all. You rock my socks :)

Meredith said...

I'm running late!! But happy 5th blogiversary. Fantastic work. What a great record of your life - marriage, moves, growing in your faith. Looking forward to the next five.
Mx

Sarah said...

Thanks Meredith. I really appreciate your wise and thoughtful encouragement. xo

Rodney Olsen said...

I'm just catching up on some blog reading so let me add my congratulations too.

As far as the Facebook thing goes, I'm not sure what's available for Blogger but in Wordpress I use a plugin called WordBooker. It sends a link to Facebook with each post I publish but it also sends the Facebook comments back to the blog. That way, it increases my blog comments from people who would never fill out a comment form but who regularly use Facebook.

Gombojav Tribe said...

Number four is exactly how I feel! Those who read my blog actually care about my thoughts and ideas. Those same thoughts and ideas could make me a total bore or awfully controversial at a party, though. I'm glad a handful of people do choose to listen, though. It's nice.

HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

Scoop said...

You probably won't comment back, so I'm not going to comment on this well thought out (well-written) interesting take on the blogosphere... nor am I going to bother congratulating you on your blog's anniversary as that would be unrequited as well...

*sigh* ...some people...

Sarah said...

Thanks everyone.

Scoop, it looks like I have proved you wrong ;)