What I’ve Learned from Blogging in Two Years…


martinis-and-minivans-two-yearsMy blog just celebrated it’s second year of life. Like any toddler, it’s had its tantrums and its triumphs.

I remember when it started walking on its own. When I didn’t have to spend every minute worrying over details like SEO, keywords and Google ranking. I could just set the parameters and let it walk.

Now two years later, I’ve learned a lot about being a mother to a blog.

I’ve learned that you have to pick your battles. You have to figure out what’s important to you and only write about that. You can’t please everyone and not all readers will like everything you say.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to say no to your blog. Just because it stands there, looking at you longingly, does not mean you have to give it attention every minute of the day.

I’ve learned that just like toddlers, blogs want you to get them the latest and greatest toy. It’s easy as a parent of a blog to get lured in by the flashy stuff. But in the end, you really just need your words. Fancy pictures, beautiful designs, and a long list of advertisers is nice – but your words are the connection to a reader. And those will take you down the long road.

And lastly, I’ve learned that with any kind of parenting – whether it be to actual children or blogs without faces – having a glass of wine/gin & tonic/martini/beer/straight vodka out of the bottle or any other beverage of your choice,  makes everything better.

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  1. This made me laugh! You really made some legit points about how similar the two can be!

  2. Thanks for this! Mine is at the just pushed out the gina stage. It’s hard work! I have even more mad respect for bloggers than I ever did before…and that was a LAWT.

    Congrats of 2 years!

  3. Congrats! As I nurturing my blog, now in its infancy, these are some wise words. I’m learning that the $100 stroller is just as good as the $500 one (flashy plugin) and not to freak out over spit-ups and explosive blowouts (server issues and figuring out social media).

  4. Happy Birthday!

  5. I hit my two year mark in March and I’ve learned the same lessons. You nailed it.
    Happy second Blogaversary and many more!

  6. Yep! I totally agree! Even when the toddler blog keeps you up at night, or wakes you early in the morning…

    Happy Blogaversary! The terrible twos can be hard. I know… ;)

  7. Amen! Thanks for the advice and beverage choices :-) Happy Anniversary too!

  8. Happy Anniversary Girlfriend! Two years! Well done. [Lifts virtual champagne glass] Here’s to many, many more (and a book deal to boot!)

  9. What an interesting analogy! Congrats to you!

  10. I just started my blog a few months ago and it has definitely been an education. I actually listened in on your webinar a few weeks ago and found that discussion helpful. My experience has been that if I stick to my purpose and my audience then I’m good, but if I try to share or write things that are not authentic just for purposes of expanding the audience then it doesn’t feel right. I’m glad I figured that out early on. Thank you for all of your advice.

    Blogging is definitely like parenting, and parenting experiences provide lots of input for blogging. My post this week is advice to my son as he graduates from college this Sunday.

    Yeah.

    Patti

  11. Happy Blogiversary!! Cheers to many more.

  12. I’m still at the newborn stage where all it does is sleep and eat. Can’t wait till it learns to walk..or at least crawl!

  13. My blog is now in the sarcastic tween years, so I’ve taken to ignoring it. No longer a cutesy little toddler, not yet a full grown adult, just in that awkward “what do I want to be when I grow up” stage. I obviously need another martini to figure it out.

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