Blogging Taught Me…

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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!

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23 Responses to Blogging Taught Me…
  1. kita
    April 11, 2012 | 6:28 am

    Blogging is like a full time job and you have to have patience lots of it. Blogging has helped me to meet so many great people I wish that I knew in real life.

  2. Carol
    April 11, 2012 | 7:09 am

    This blog is a huge help for me. I learn a lot from this one. gee thanks for posting this!

  3. KalleyC
    April 11, 2012 | 7:43 am

    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.

  4. Natalie
    April 11, 2012 | 9:34 am

    All these are so true!

  5. Optimistic Mom
    April 11, 2012 | 10:28 am

    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.

  6. Kate F. @katefineske
    April 11, 2012 | 10:43 am

    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) 🙂

  7. Julie
    April 11, 2012 | 11:04 am

    I totally agree with your point, blogging helps us to handle people, and to be patient with them. It is a kind of a socialization process, and we all can learn from it.

  8. Alicia @MommyDelicious
    April 11, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Thank YOU for sharing yourself and your writing with us! Yeah man, blogging can suck if you let it. And if you get sucked into the “I need to produce new content” thought process. But… it can also be so incredibly awesome and rewarding to connect with others. That’s why I love it so much!

  9. Baby Shopaholic
    April 11, 2012 | 11:12 am

    I love blogging but it is a full time job. It does trip me out when folks just fall of the eart! Like no tweets or nothing.

    Great post! Thx for sharing!

  10. Tia
    April 11, 2012 | 11:39 am

    I’ve only been blogging for a few months and I can totally relate!

  11. This Cookn' Mom
    April 11, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    I wish I could meet all my blog friends in person. I never knew when I started blogging that people would relate to me or read what I have to say.

  12. Mrs. Pancakes
    April 11, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    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!

  13. Kristy @PampersandPinot
    April 11, 2012 | 5:59 pm

    It is hard to keep up with sometimes, but I’m still plugging away. As my son gets older, it gets much more about writing for me, and less about venting on baby issues.

  14. Mimi
    April 11, 2012 | 9:46 pm

    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.

  15. justin
    April 12, 2012 | 5:47 am

    Yes I agree blogging is a huge help to everyone.Thanks for posting.

  16. MrsTDJ
    April 12, 2012 | 9:34 am

    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.”

  17. Kamilla Lecher
    April 12, 2012 | 7:41 pm

    The blog has helped me boost my confidence in writing.

  18. Chineye
    April 13, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Great post! Blogging has given me a way to document the journey of my baby.

  19. Jenni
    April 18, 2012 | 8:13 am

    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.

  20. Roses Daughter
    April 18, 2012 | 11:47 am

    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!

  21. Ben
    April 24, 2012 | 5:58 am

    high five with “patience!” That is the best lesson I’ve learned from blogging

  22. Arnebya
    April 27, 2012 | 10:49 am

    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.

  23. Mark
    July 29, 2012 | 4:09 am

    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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