I’ve been at this blogging thing for a few years now. I’ve been blogging at Bibs & Baubles just over a year. I thought I had learned somethings in my first few months. After more than a year at it… I’ve learned even more. Here’s my top 5 things:

1 – People stop blogging. There have been so many blogs that I’ve followed that one day just shriveled up and went away. Some give you a fond farewell others not so much. They just stop writing. I understand. Somedays I feel the need to walk away myself but that doesn’t stop me from being shocked every time some one peaces out of the blogging space.

2 – Blogging can be fun. For me, it’s been really fun getting to know so many people even if it’s just on a post by post basis. I feel like you can get a pretty good sense of people just because we share so much on our blogs.

3 – Blogging can suck. I have had many times when I’ve sat looking at my computer screen and waited for the words to strike me. I think there have been times that I’ve put too much pressure on myself to come up with a post every.single.day. Sometimes I just look at my blog and think, “why the heck am I doing this again?” I wonder if I’m giving it too much of my time or not enough. Those are the times when blogging sucks for me.

4 – Blogging has taught me things about myself as a writer. Being that I write for a living it’s been great to have another avenue to exercise my writing muscle. I think it helps me in career-wise as well.

5 – Blogging has taught me patience. I remember when my posts were met with crickets. I wondered if anybody would ever show up and say “hi” or “you suck” or something. I was happy when people started to find me and we began to have more of a conversation rather than me talking to the non-responsive interwebs. So yeah, thank y’all for that!

23 comments on “Blogging Taught Me…”

  1. I love these points, and I think Kita is right. You do meet a lot of people that you wish you knew in person.

    Also, it is a full time job. Sometimes you just wanna say something, but either you don’t know what or how. Ah, the love / hate relationship bloggers have with their blogs.
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  2. Thanks for sharing with what you have learned. I agree with your findings. I have a few favorites who just suddenly disappeared….no out to lunch sign, no nothing. It made me a little sad because I had made a connection with them. But on the other hand I know life happens and the blog has to take a back seat.
    I think blogging has been a great outlet for me, but as you stated it definitely sucks at times. We have to embrace the experiences and make the best of them.
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  3. What a great #1: People just stop blogging. And I totally get it. For me I find that if I over commit myself – it stresses me out! I only have a goal of posting once a week on my personal blog and often that seems like a lot some weeks. What I’ve noticed about myself as a blog reader is that I tend to read a lot and not leave as many comments. And I have to believe that people also do that on my blog (right?) – and that is what keeps me going when I think no one is listening 🙂 I probably should be better at checking my Google Anaylitics (yet that also stresses me out) 🙂
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  4. These are great…I always wonder too about people that stop blogging like that with no closure…I’ve emailed a few people just to check in!

  5. Yes! Blogging is a range of emotions. Lately I have been struggling with content. When I get like that I just step away or when I’m in a bloggy mood, I will do a ton of posts and just keep them as drafts and post during my down times.

    I am ever grateful for it showing me a new world. New people, new ideas and all sorts of inspiration. I often wonder how long I will blog. I figure when it doesn’t interest me anymore I’ll know and bow out. For now I don’t see an end in sight.
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  6. Great post! I love blogging and will keep it up as long as I continue to enjoy it. I absolutely REFUSE to turn it into something full time or stressful. I try to blog at least once a week. Occasionally, I might post twice in a week and sometimes I’ll go 13 days. **shrugs** I won’t bend to the pressure! *lol* I love google reader, so I’m just happy when someone I follow has new content. It does totally suck when someone goes fishing without the sign though. I often spend too many minutes, “I wonder what happened to so and so.”
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  7. I love blogging, but I’ve learned it’s just an outlet for me, not a way of life. When my life gets busy, my blog gets pushed to the side. However, I always find my way back.
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  8. I love blogging. I think because I’ve always had a journal, and blogging is like keeping an online journal…that other people read !
    But I do feel like its a full time job! But I’ve given myself permission lately to slack off when I need to and post every day when I feel like it. I want it to keep being fun and interesting.
    And I just live all if the people I’ve met (online) while blogging!

  9. Giggling at the non-responsive interwebs (as I sometimes still tap my screen: is this thing on?). Blogging teaches us a lot, that’s for sure. Patience is high up on the list for me. Sometimes it feels futile, but then I remember I’m essentially writing for me (while hoping others are along for the ride), but ultimately, it’s my passion and it fuels itself enough for me to stick around.
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  10. You’ve got a good list there. I have also learned a lot from blogging too. But one of the most important thing blogging has taught me is how to gain friends.
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