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10 Blogging Lessons From 10 Years Of Blogging On A Different Blog

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

I know some folks are going to be confused if they remember my post talking about my 7th anniversary of blogging on this blog. Well, that’s this blog… on my business blog, today is the 10th anniversary of blogging. If you look below you’ll see Mitch’s Blog and the link to today’s post highlighting it (click the picture lol). And, whereas it’s not always a good thing having a new post on a Sunday, this is the anniversary date; that’s that! lol

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The interesting thing is that in the 7th anniversary post I gave 7 things about blogging after giving 15 (I actually did 15 twice) and 55 previous to that. You’d think I wouldn’t have any more blogging lessons to give but I actually do, coming at it from a different point of view.

When I first started blogging, I had no idea what to do. I made tons of mistakes, had some comment that, by now, I’ve made private because it was pretty lame. As a practice I still believe it was best to have a blog; in reality, a lot of that early stuff was pedestrian. I’d cringe, but it was what it was, and truthfully, I had a gem or two here and there.

Still, I learned some lessons from that blog which helped me start this blog off just a little bit better than I might have; a little bit that is. It’s in that vein that I know I have 10 blogging lessons that are new and different from what I’ve said before. Let’s begin:

1. Putting any old thing up isn’t a blog post. Back then I had blog posts that might have been one paragraph. I had a few that were only one or two lines. I’d link to a story or a newsletter of mine and that would be that. In retrospect, I wish I’d talked just a bit more about the topic before doing that; I’m sure Google looked at those things and said “what the heck is this?”

2. Too many posts in a short time. I’ve talked about having to recover blog posts off Google after my original host crashed. What I did was recover about 155 articles, and instead of spreading them out I posted a lot of them all at once. Way too much content, and a waste of being able to reintroduce articles that were pre-written, thus saving myself having to work hard to come up with new content immediately.

3. Staying on message is a good thing. Even though I had a lot of short posts, I had some long ones also; like this blog. Thing is, some of the long posts back then, like some of my early newsletters, were all over the place. Back then I tried cramming everything I could think of into a post; now I know my topic, write only about that topic, and only toss something in every once in a while for perspective or to be funny. lol

4. Spacing of sentences. Or more specifically, not having paragraphs that were long enough to be chapters in a book. If you decide to read a book like Atlas Shrugged or anything Anne Rice writes, you’ll be convinced that long paragraphs make people happy; they don’t. At least not online. Whereas I hate seeing blog posts where every paragraph is only one line, I also hate seeing paragraphs that go into the next day.

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I really did look like this lol

5. Images; good! I wish I’d picked up on that one much earlier than I did. Every once in a while I’d put in an image but only if it was pertinent to the story. Images make blog posts so much better don’t they?

6. Standing up for a cause is also good. I’m a WWE fan, but back in 2005 they had a storyline that I had a major problem with. In essence they created an Arab-American character who spouted all this hateful stuff at the audiences. It was their attempt to capture the mood of the country at the time.

Unfortunately, it worked way too well. Not only was it racist, but some networks across the country refused to carry any show he was on. They removed the character pretty quickly, the guy was disillusioned (turns out he wasn’t Arabic) and he left the business.

I doubt I had anything to do with his removal (I know I didn’t) but the point is you must be willing to call out something that’s not right, even if it’s risky; just choose your words carefully.

7. Internal linking can be your best friend. I learned via that blog that linking back to previous content that’s either pertinent to what I’m writing about anew or certain words that I want to highlight within my content was smart. Sometimes people will check out posts you link to; the longer you can keep people on your site because they like what you have to say, the better.

8. Every niche can be expounded upon. I started out writing that blog only on the topic of leadership and diversity. I learned quickly that not only were there other business issues that interacted with those values but I also had my primary business that I could write on as well. When you’re trying to highlight yourself you should also be ready to highlight just how much you know… or at least think you know.

9. We all love stories. Who doesn’t like a good story? I found that the posts that worked best were those that told a story in which I was a part of. Not that people were necessarily all that interested in me but telling a story of something I dealt with or saw was much easier than telling a story in which I wasn’t involved. Not that I don’t do that even now but if you can touch people emotionally they’ll stick around longer and talk to you more often.

10. Do it or don’t. When I’d lost my blog (actually, I lost the entire website), I had a choice to make; quit or keep going. Once I decided I was going to keep going I have, obviously still writing 10 years later. During this time I also shut down a business and moved a lot of that content over here, which I introduce over time.

This is always a big decision by everyone at some point; to quit or go on. Some go on; some quit like my buddy Charles Gulotta did. Sure, there are times when it might make you look bad or might make you feel bad. Don’t worry much about that sort of thing; just do it or don’t, and let life go on. πŸ™‚
 

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Blogging for 10 years is not an easy job. Every journey has its way and ups and down. But you have done it, though a never has its ending. I am too much inspired by this post. Thanks for this article.
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February 23rd, 2015 | 12:43 PM

Thanks for your words Tanmoy; I’m humbled. It’s nice to have accomplished something that many don’t get to. Hoping for at least 10 more. πŸ™‚

February 24th, 2015 | 12:22 AM
Sophia Jenner:

Obviously sounds like a great history of blogging. You have set a benchmark for ideal bloggers. I wish this to be continued for several more decades as I want to havemore from your side. Thanks a lot for such a contribution to our blogging community.

February 24th, 2015 | 1:08 AM

Thanks Sophia; I’ll try.

February 24th, 2015 | 2:18 AM

Hey Mitch, I checked my first blog and found out that my first post was in April 2005. That means that I’m coming up to my 10th anniversary as well!

Wasn’t I surprised that I actually linked to an external site in that post. lol
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February 24th, 2015 | 1:11 AM

LOL! Will you write a special post on that particular blog, which you’ve ignored for such a long time?

February 24th, 2015 | 2:19 AM

Wait, Charles, Quit? … {scrambles across the WWW to see}.
Dern. Well, you’ll just have to pick up the slack, Mitch. πŸ˜‰

Heck, you write enough for three bloggers!

Cheers,

Mitch
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February 24th, 2015 | 1:50 AM

LOL! You hadn’t kept up with Charles eh? Poor guy, but I understand. Hey, if I could get those other two bloggers to pay me… πŸ˜‰

February 24th, 2015 | 2:20 AM

WOW!!! The last time I wrote a post there was last April. I didn’t realise it was that long ago. Mmm, maybe I should write something sometime soon πŸ˜‰
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February 24th, 2015 | 7:20 AM

See? You needed me to tell you that lol

February 24th, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Ugh! That happened to me too. One day I was fussing around in my PowWeb backend and accidentally deleted my website. While thing was gone. I thought PowWeb was backing up my site. Nope. Seems I had somehow turned that feature off. So the question was should I cry, quit or start over. I chose start over and Version 2.0 was born.
Say, regarding internal linking, does a program or app link ‘related posts’ satisfy that need for internal links?

February 25th, 2015 | 12:49 AM

You wrote this same question on Peter’s blog and I answered there. lol However, the quick down and dirty is that I don’t use apps for any of it; that would be lazy and I think I know what I want to link to within my own blog.

February 25th, 2015 | 1:20 AM

Congratulations on your 10 years, Mitch! You are officially my blogging hero. I wish you many more years of continued success.
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February 26th, 2015 | 10:11 AM

Thanks Marcie. Onward and upward and who knows, maybe one day I’ll actually make some scratch from all of this πŸ™‚

February 26th, 2015 | 10:35 AM
Angela:

Congratulations on 10 years! Great tips! I will definitely keep those in mind!

March 11th, 2015 | 1:14 AM

Thanks; good luck on your blogging journey.

March 11th, 2015 | 12:39 PM

I completely agree with #9! My best/favorite posts that I’ve written are story-like. I hope to be able to have the brain power to write more of those types of posts once my kids are older and I can have more time to think πŸ™‚

Happy Commentathon!
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March 11th, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Same to you Emma. Once people find their real voices the story’s come much easier.

March 11th, 2015 | 12:39 PM
Katie:

I have been blogging for about 7 years now and still find myself making these mistakes – I need to stop rushing to get content posted (almost) daily and make sure that I have quality posts over quantity.

March 11th, 2015 | 10:47 AM

I’m sure you do fine Katie. You could try reading what you’ve written out loud if that’s your issue. Don’t forget the linking here and there.

March 11th, 2015 | 12:41 PM
Felicia:

This was great information!! This gives a vivid checklist for those of us who are new to blogging or just had no idea what to do with it! I am still thinking on a business blog but this gives me ideas in case I do! Thanks!

March 11th, 2015 | 12:17 PM

No problem Felicia; glad to help out. Lots of blogging advice around here; take a look around if you have time. πŸ™‚

March 11th, 2015 | 12:42 PM

You make a lot of good points, but I particularly like the one about the long paragraphs in Atlas Shrugged not making people happy, lol…I couldn’t finish it.

March 11th, 2015 | 3:15 PM

Jennie, I did finally slog my way through it, though I have to admit that I skimmed a lot of Galt’s diatribe; that was grinding! lol Overall I liked the book but that part… got on my nerves.

March 11th, 2015 | 5:42 PM

Wow, ten years, I am a new blogger. I am glad to read how to avoid.I laugh cause my first month I made some of your mistake. I am still in the learning phase and I am glad you point these out. Thanks for sharing.

March 11th, 2015 | 10:43 PM

No problem Patrice; thanks for your comment. I think we all have a learning curve when it comes to blogging and I’m glad I had my other blog because it helped me decide what to do with this one.

March 11th, 2015 | 11:54 PM
Toiia Rukuni:

WOW! Congrats on 10 years of blogging. You have some great lessons that have been learned over your years of writing on both of your blogs. Cheers to 10 more glorious years!

March 11th, 2015 | 11:18 PM

Thanks Toiia; I’m certainly hoping I can go 10 more years… although it’s for the other blog. I’m just hoping I have enough left in my mind to reach 10 years on this one. lol

March 11th, 2015 | 11:54 PM
Ellie Murphy:

I loved this post! I really want to include all of these in my blogging! Thank you!!

March 12th, 2015 | 1:46 AM

Thanks Ellie. Good luck with your blogging.

March 12th, 2015 | 2:33 AM

Congratulations! You are quite the veteran. Thanks for sharing from your vast experience. I can’t imagine losing my blog, but I know just what you mean about starting over when you have to!
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March 12th, 2015 | 2:36 AM

Thanks Corrine. Yeah, it was an interesting decision at the time, but every once in a while I wonder how life would have changed had I decided to just abandon blogging…

March 13th, 2015 | 12:53 AM

Hello Mitch!
First, thanks for stopping by and comment to my website.
Second, thanks for sharing from your experience with others. I am glad I found your website and I will stop by here again for sure!
Regards!
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March 12th, 2015 | 2:51 AM

Thanks Sinziana.

March 13th, 2015 | 12:54 AM

Thanks for these ideas! I am just starting this blogging journey and your tips are great to help me along. Thanks so much for being a great resource! You should pin this article on Pinterest!
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March 12th, 2015 | 7:44 AM

Kelly, I’m not on Pinterest so I can’t… plus I wouldn’t know how to do it lol I hope all the other articles I linked to help also.

March 13th, 2015 | 12:54 AM

Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge. As a newer blogger, I need all the help I can get. You have many good reminders to be intentional about the product that we put out there.
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March 12th, 2015 | 8:53 AM

No problem Meagan. I try to do my best to share what I learn with others.

March 13th, 2015 | 12:55 AM

GREAT TIPS!! Congrats on 7 years too….I’m just getting started so these tips are incredibly valuable to me. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and insight into the pros and cons of various blog post content!
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March 12th, 2015 | 9:27 AM

Glad you liked it Sherri; hope it works to your advantage.

March 13th, 2015 | 12:56 AM

Thanks for all the great tips! There’s always more to learn, isn’t there?
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March 12th, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Thanks for the helpful tips on blogging! I am still jumping here and there as I try to find my niche content wise, and I appreciate your advice.

March 12th, 2015 | 12:13 PM

Laurina, niche or not, just write and you’ll figure out what you want to do. Good luck.

March 13th, 2015 | 12:56 AM
Lexi:

I love reading about what people have learned from blogging! #7 and #9 are things I want to work on in 2015; stories and interlinking them would really help my blog πŸ™‚
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March 12th, 2015 | 3:01 PM

I wish you luck on it Lexi. I love the storytelling a lot and the interlinking… just a lesson I was lucky to pick up.

March 13th, 2015 | 12:57 AM

Congrats on such a milestone! I\’ve been blogging since the late 90s. That blog is still alive although now its been branded and has a domain instead of blogspot. I also have other sites that are on WP.I think when a lot of people start a blog thinking they will make money they don\’t really understand what that entails. It is a lot more than just writing a blog post.

March 12th, 2015 | 8:25 PM

I’d agree with you on that one Chrystal. There are lots of ways to make money but one has to decide how they want to do it and whether they have the mettle to do it. I’ve found that one way works for me and the other ways… I just don’t stomach them as well. Looks like you’ve been blogging as long as I’ve been writing online, though back then it was really more journaling or diaring (I know it’s not a word but I like it lol).

March 13th, 2015 | 12:58 AM

This was a really interesting post, especially as I am a newbie blogger. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned πŸ™‚
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March 13th, 2015 | 7:12 AM

No problem Gwen. I hope some of these tips help.

March 14th, 2015 | 12:11 AM
Debbie Williams:

Thanks for your tips. I am relatively new to blogging and guess I haven’t figured out if it’s for me or not.

March 13th, 2015 | 6:30 PM

It can take some time to figure that out Debbie. Once I made my decision though, I was hooked.

March 14th, 2015 | 12:13 AM
Pat Bacon:

Always appreciate “tips and tricks” from an experienced blogger. Have only been blogging for a couple of years, but need to work quickly to get up to speed. Your post in making that a whole lot easier.

You have the dubious distinction of being the 51st and last entry on my Commentathon list. Thank you for being such a special part of it!

March 14th, 2015 | 1:48 PM

Cool Pat! Actually, I commented on all the blogs I could make comments on in one day; I’m just like that. πŸ™‚ Actually, I wouldn’t wish my initial speed on anyone, as I was writing almost every day for this blog at one time. It wasn’t hard but it was a bit of overkill. Good luck with yours.

March 14th, 2015 | 9:11 PM

As I read this I burst out laughing. I remember my very first blog post on my very first blog. It was simply a quote by Stormie Omartian! That’s it….nothing else. Lol! Now THAT must have made Google wonder ‘what the heck is this? Congrats on your 10 year anniversary. As the saying goes “You’ve come a long way baby”!

March 14th, 2015 | 3:34 PM

Thanks Keesha. There are some blogs out there that are just quotes and such. They get no rank and no visitors and the owners probably wonder why. lol

March 14th, 2015 | 9:12 PM

cheers to 10 years blogging and 10 more to come! I am inspired and hope to see myself there in 10 years too πŸ™‚ (I launched my first blog in November and it is a roller coaster of aha moments). If you don’t mind me asking, what was the main purpose you began to write your blog 10 years ago?

March 14th, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Thanks Rachel. I started 10 years ago because I’d read an article saying how business blogging could help you show your expertise to potential customers. Later on I realized it also helps with SEO, which of course helps get more people coming to your website. So, it’s all good!

March 14th, 2015 | 9:13 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience! I’m pretty new to blogging, so I’m thankful to learn from those with more experience.

March 14th, 2015 | 6:25 PM

No problem; good luck with your blogging.

March 14th, 2015 | 9:13 PM

Wow, great points!! Thank you for sharing. Really enjoyed these thoughts.
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March 14th, 2015 | 9:38 PM

No problem; always glad to share.

March 14th, 2015 | 9:58 PM
Penny:

10 years is a long time for anything but it’s forever in blogging! I , too, look back at my earlier posts and cringe. Great tips

March 14th, 2015 | 10:17 PM

Thanks. Good thing I only cringe when I’m by myself. lol

March 14th, 2015 | 11:51 PM

Great tips. Congrats on 10 years of blogging. That’s awesome!
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March 15th, 2015 | 6:32 PM

Thanks; I try lol

March 15th, 2015 | 8:47 PM
Crisi:

This is a great list πŸ™‚ I really need to work on linking within my post. I have only done it a handful of times. Wishing you many more years of blogging.

March 15th, 2015 | 7:13 PM

Thank you. Even if it’s just some recent posts & they fit, it’ll do wonders for you.

March 15th, 2015 | 8:47 PM
Carrie:

Congratulations on 10 years! That is impressive. Thank you for sharing lessons you have learned over the years. You made great points here; I especially liked what you said about sharing stories you know about.
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March 16th, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Thanks Carrie. I love the storytelling part when I can get away with it… which is most of the time here. πŸ™‚

March 16th, 2015 | 2:35 PM
Christina:

Congrats on the 10 anniversary! As a new blogger, I appreciate your lessons learned and hope to learn from them too.

March 16th, 2015 | 9:11 PM
Victoria:

I’m in my 6th year of blogging and have learned quite a bit so far, but I know I still have a long way to go. Thanks for all the advice on blogging!

March 16th, 2015 | 9:50 PM

A quick question Victoria. If you’ve been blogging for 6 years have you been commenting on other blogs for 6 years also? I ask that because you don’t have an avatar/gravatar, which most people get within at least a year of blogging. That’s why a lot of folks end up in moderation here first; I don’t moderate comments per se, but I do check comments without an avatar first since lots of spammers don’t have images.

March 16th, 2015 | 10:01 PM
Karmen:

Wow! 10 years?!?! Congratulations! These are some great tips. I’m nervous about not having enough to write about or losing readers because I’m “off-topic” but after reading this I feel more confident.

March 16th, 2015 | 11:01 PM

Good luck with it Karmen. Lots of people quit but many others keep writing because there’s always a way to spin ideas in different ways.

March 17th, 2015 | 9:07 PM
Jennifer Sanders:

I love all of your tips for blogging. There are very helpful and I plan on using a few to improve mine. Thanks

March 17th, 2015 | 3:16 PM

No problem; good luck.

March 17th, 2015 | 10:10 PM
Jennie:

I continually question whether running my own blog is something I want to do (I’ve had two in two years), but there are great tips. What is the best reason, in your opinion, to have a blog? So far, my reasons haven’t stood the test of time…

March 17th, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Jennie, it’s a tough question to answer for anyone else so I have my two reasons.

For my businesses, I blog to help show that I know what I’m talking about. For this blog and one other, I blog because I have stuff to say. Since I write way more on this blog, I guess I really have lots to say. lol

March 17th, 2015 | 10:11 PM

Great tips for blogging! You’ve had some experience, obviously! Thank you for sharing!

Miss–
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March 18th, 2015 | 7:37 AM

No problem; hope they help.

March 18th, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Congratulations on 10 years of blogging. I’m on year 7-blog 3 of 6 with only 2 sites up and running now!
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March 18th, 2015 | 11:08 AM

It’s hard running more than one blog Cindy, but at least we try. πŸ™‚

March 18th, 2015 | 4:17 PM

It’s always nice to get tips from an experienced blogger. I really work had at quality images as I love the traffic Pinterest sends me πŸ™‚
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March 18th, 2015 | 11:55 AM

Tammy, I just couldn’t do Pinterest, though I thought about it. Having the images on the blog posts have helped a lot I must admit.

March 18th, 2015 | 4:17 PM

Hey Mitch,

Wow, 10 years is a long time to be blogging and as you know most never make it to one.

So I’m really late getting by here but wanted to congratulate you for making it this long. Knowing you the way I do now I know you never run out of things to talk about. There are always lessons to be learned about pretty much everything.

One thing that still does irk me today is when people are told to blog about anything and their intention is to build a business. Really? It breaks my heart people are still being fed the wrong information after all these years and it’s a good reason people get discouraged easily.

Thank you for sharing your lessons with us and here’s to another 10 great years my friend.

~Adrienne
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March 18th, 2015 | 2:56 PM

Adrienne; glad to see you here!

I’m assuming you’re talking about #1 and you’re right on that front. I do tend to believe that it helps to have a theme to write on most of the time. I don’t want people always getting locked into one thing though because you’ve seen people suddenly figure they have nothing new to offer, and that’s when they stop writing. Business writing is definitely different than personal writing, that’s for sure.

Still, the idea is to write, so write! πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment; you’re someone I hope others check out and potentially follow, as you’ve been really helpful to lots of folks over the years.

March 18th, 2015 | 4:20 PM

I’ve learned a lot in my blogging journey too but I still have a lot to learn. I am nodding in your points (especially that one where paragraphs are too long to be a novel) πŸ™‚
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March 18th, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Ten years of blogging is incredible! Congratulations on making it this far and having so many amazing things that you’ve learned.
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March 18th, 2015 | 5:52 PM

Thank you. I still have a long way to go though. lol

March 18th, 2015 | 7:12 PM
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