To use a completely made up statistic, 95% of blogs never make it past five posts. The number has to at least be close to that I would think. Needless to say, with four years and over 600 posts under my belt, I’m pretty proud of what this little blog has accomplished.
In light of this momentous occasion. I thought I would take a moment and provide a little perspective for potential bloggers out there. I do not at all consider myself an expert in the blog arts, but I think that four years has provided me with at least a little wisdom. So here is my list of what four years of blogging gets you…
- An extreme distaste for poor wi-fi connections. It takes enough time and effort to conceive, write, and edit a blog post. When you’re finally ready to post it, the last thing you want is for the wi-fi to give out and keep you from getting your work out into the world.
- A broader definition for what a blog post can be. I used to think that every blog had to have a specific theme in order to be successful. Or that each post needed to have a certain number of words, or that my grammar had to be absolutely perfect. I soon learned that these were just excuses that most people use when they quit writing their own blogs. Write what you want. If you’re not blogging for yourself, then you’re blogging for the wrong reason.
- 1,000 subscribers. This is not a promise. You may get far more, or you may get far less. However, if you had told me when I started that after four years of blogging almost every day that I would have 1,000 subscribers, I would have been underwhelmed by that number. Don’t misunderstand, I am extremely grateful for each and every subscriber. What I’ve learned from this is that every blog has a specific audience. Some of those audiences number in the millions, some in the thousands, some less than ten. The size is not important, what’s important is the connection and trust you create.
- A respect for anyone who creates on a regular basis. In addition to blogging, I have also uploaded weekly YouTube videos for the last two and a half years now. Creating art in and of itself is a difficult and scary task. Doing it on a schedule is downright masochistic. That being said, it is also one of the most rewarding activities I believe a human being can spend their time on, and I believe the world is in need of more people doing consistent creative work.
So there you have it, 4 lessons from 4 years. Here’s to another four. Dare I say it?
FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!