18 blogging lessons
Darren Rowse has created a list of things he wishes he had known when he started blogging: 18 Lessons I've Learnt about Blogging. Here's the list:
- Be Lucky
- Work Hard
- Use the Power of Exponential Growth
- Differentiate Yourself
- Provide Value
- Target a Niche
- Don't Spread Self too Thin
- Have a Backup Plan
- Be Light on Your Feet
- Relationships are Key
- Establish Boundaries
- Don't read your Own Press
- Beware of Hype
- Get a Life
- Make Mistakes
- Be Yourself
- There are No Rules
Several items on that list are pretty specific to pro bloggers (bloggers that make a living from their blogging), but there are many things on the list that are just as important to amateur bloggers, and that I wish I'd known and thought about when I started.
Some of the lessons on Darren's list are lessons that I have learned myself:
- Work hard: If you want to be successful you have to work hard. Harder than you think. Unless you get very lucky.
- Get a Life: You have to have something outside of blogging (and web development in my case) or you will go nuts or burnout. It may take a while, but eventually it will catch up with you.
- Make Mistakes: Allow yourself to make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, and putting all that pressure on yourself is not good for you in the long run.
What about you?
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