The intrigue of blogging – part 2

This post is part of a series.

Last week I mentioned how I stumbled on a new blog via Rachel who mentioned a blogger who wrote his 1000th post about what he learned while blogging himself. I picked out a few points from his list and commented with my own perspective. You can read last week’s post here.

This week, the following points stood out to me from James’s list, and here is my view on them:

44. Titles are very important.

I agree and disagree with this. There was an app I used once that analyzed a title of its worth, and I liked its statistical analysis (but I used a free trial and then let it go and now I can’t remember what it’s called). The app taught me a lot but once it expired I went back to making up my own titles.

I don’t know if people click my posts because of the titles, because they ‘know’ me as a blogger/follower and anticipate a certain type of post from me, or if it’s just a luck of the draw kind of situation, but for now, I tend to be ok with my title creation/selection.

I am however very picky at clicking posts whose titles do nothing for my interest. The one time I make an exception is if I have read previous posts by that blogger and liked/commented on them. By the time the relationship has been established, the title itself doesn’t seem to impact me as much anymore. I think to myself “I liked her/him before, chances are I will like this post” and off I go to read (or not).

It depends. 🙂

49. Regular blogging helps with my writing and thinking skills.

Regular is an ambiguous word. It can mean so many things:

  • If you write every Wednesday and Sunday that’s regular.
  • If you write every 1st and 15th of the month that’s regular.
  • If you write three blog posts per week but not on specific days that’s regular.
  • If you write three blog posts per day for months and then nothing for a month and then once a week for the next several months that’s…kind of regular.

But one thing is true. If you write a lot (again, what does this mean to you?) then you tend to improve your skills and thinking. For me, it’s almost daily. I have one feature I do regularly every Saturday and now this little series is a repetitive Thursday feature…but I ramble on during the rest of the week too.

Here’s the other thing. There are weeks when I have nothing but crap on my brain. I draw a blank. That’s when I go back to my draft folders and pull out something I’ve written before but didn’t publish.

52. Blogging has been a great social outlet since I retired.

I’m not retired, I’m a SAHM. Well, actually, now that I have a dog walking business I’m a WHAM. Either way you label me, I’m mostly an introvert. The social aspect of blogging has made me an extroverted introvert.

Does this make sense? 😉

53. I can express myself better in a blog than I can talking.

Yes.

Ask my teenager if I should stop talking and you’ll get a very quick affirmative answer along with a heavy dose of eye-rolling.  ;P

But in all seriousness, the thing about writing/typing/blogging is that I can go back and edit. I take time away from its immediateness by not publishing right away. I let it marinate, to steal I term I read somewhere, before I hurl it out into the cyber world.

I wish I could do this with my voice.

What do you think about these points? Have they impacted your blogging style or ability at all?

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26 thoughts on “The intrigue of blogging – part 2

  1. I’ve been watching a docuseries about the internet and it really is hard to fathom that just 25 years ago, I couldn’t make the types of connections I’ve made without it. I see and talk to people all day long at work, much more than I used to in my last job, but blogging has allowed me to create MY community. People that I’ve connected to because of, first, our shared love and drive to write, but also likemindedness on certain things. I think blogging helps me create the community I WANT.

    By connecting to those other writers, it inspires me. I hit the wall of writer’s block more and more these days. Going back and reading posts by my friends often helps jolt some inspiration.

    Loving this series, btw.

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  2. Titles don’t matter for me and I hate trying to think of one. I write my posts first and slap a title on them before I hit publish. If I love your writing style then I probably don’t even notice your post titles.

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    1. I do that fairly often too. Seems the blog post itself will help create the title… sometimes, I change the title several times because they all sound stupid to me, only to go back to the first one I had. 😉

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  3. Hi Claudette! A few thoughts. First, I love this post and I love the honesty of your writing. I am getting back into blogging and keeping to a schedule is very helpful and keeps me accountable. My background in reporting helps with keeping to a deadline. I am a very extroverted person, and love blogging because I also spend time working at home and running a small business, so the connection is really fun. I’m not great with titles, and often wonder if better titles will help grow my audience. We’ll see, I guess. I often don’t know what I’ll write when I sit down, but after a few quiet minutes in front of thee page, something always crops up. And sometimes I just write whatever is in my head. Also, during my week, I try to take notes (mostly mentally) of things to write about. That’s it! Thanks for the inspiration and advice!

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  4. I blog because I MUST write. You’re correct that our skills as writers develop the more we write.

    I’ve also found in blogging a wonderful community of writers and others. I’ve even become real-life friends with some of my readers. Bonus. I’ve dined with them, stayed in their homes, communicate regularly outside my blog. It’s a wonderful world of bloggers out there.

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  5. It gives you some perspective on your situation and others. For example: from following your blog of life in Canada, I have some interesting insight. I like when people are very honest about their work, life, and home situation but at the same time I understand that honesty without hindsight can be dangerous which is why it is also good to have mortar friends in person to speak with.

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  6. This makes me feel really guilty (he says, grinning) – because I’ve always just emptied my head into the keyboard, then hit publish. I very rarely know what I’m going to write about before sitting down to write something – it’s just something I do, almost every day.

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  7. An ‘app to analyse a Title of its worth’ actually made me physically lol, I’m half tempted to look up some of mine just for a laugh! (I won’t) But being serious for a second, blogger James list is fascinating reading.

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  8. You know the title thing kills me…but I don’t think the title makes people read…I think people know you, and maybe occasionally atitke will draw you in….writing to a schedule is important (I think) I think you get better and find your voice when you schedule. And I’m an extroverted introvert, so right there with you!

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    1. Titles are crucial for SEO, no? But once you have an established following, people tend to want to read you regardless of titles.

      I know I read you and others with little regard what the title says, although if it says “my list of x” on an unfamiliar blog, I probably won’t click it. I’ll click you because I just happened to be curious what list you’re referring to now, being the queen of lists and all that. 😉

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