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:

  1. Be Lucky
  2. Work Hard
  3. Use the Power of Exponential Growth
  4. Differentiate Yourself
  5. Provide Value
  6. Target a Niche
  7. Diversify
  8. Don't Spread Self too Thin
  9. Have a Backup Plan
  10. Be Light on Your Feet
  11. Relationships are Key
  12. Establish Boundaries
  13. Don't read your Own Press
  14. Beware of Hype
  15. Get a Life
  16. Make Mistakes
  17. Be Yourself
  18. 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?

Posted on January 7, 2006 in Quicklinks