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:

What about you?

Posted on January 7, 2006 in Quicklinks