August was my first full month of blogging, so I thought I would set myself a target of posting every day, and yesterday I completed it. So what did I learn?
Here’s a quick list, because I know you’re busy…
- Do not do it when you are taking a week’s holiday somewhere that has no wifi. It will make you a horrible person and your wife and children will go for ice creams without you.
- It is important to read lots of other peoples work. You see some wonderful stuff and it will perhaps provide you with inspiration.
- There are things that I don’t understand or enjoy, but I will give them a go. I read every post on the ‘Magnetic’ daily prompt one day and learned tons about why people are hot for one another and how fortunate we are that ‘Lust’ and ‘Thrust’ rhyme.
- There will be things you read that make you think “how the devil did they get so many likes?” You have no idea what people will enjoy, trust me. Google “hucow”. But not at work, or where your partner or kids might see it. Then delete your browser history.
- At times it was like using a really dirty toilet. The urge to produce something quickly was often more pressing than the need to produce something I enjoyed.
- Engaging with the people behind the likes and the comments is hugely rewarding. There are a core of people who comment regularly who I truly appreciate because I know they are reading and enjoying it.
- I have a suspicion that there are people who just like things to be polite or to get you to follow them. One reader liked 79 posts in about 5 minutes. I had to turn alerts off at that point. I will follow you if I like what you write, not because you liked my copyright page.
Anyway, I’m sure there are more things but I wanted to keep this relatively brief.
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