Eric Myers and Mike Sansone have both written recent posts that are an encouragement to sprouting bloggers like me. I mean, who am I? I’m just a squeaky voice in the wilderness of the blogosphere, nestled in my little niche, surviving on locusts and honey. I’ve just passed the half-century post mark. I write my posts faithfully. I try to comment religiously and sincerely to other blogs . I respond when people are kind enough to stop by and water my fledgling blog with their thoughts.
Three things I’ve learned as a novice blogger:
- "Give and you shall receive". When you take the time to go out and comment on the blogs of others, they will usually reciprocate. Actually, I’m a little blown away by a few of the great relationships I’ve already established and the amazing people I’ve met. If you expect to just sit there blogging and have people to seek you out, well – get used to being lonely.
- "To everything there is a season…a time to sow and a time to reap." A farmer can’t control the weather. I can’t control my blog stats. I write a killer post that I think will create ripples through the blogosphere and it dies on the vine. Then I throw out some homely, idle thought and it sprouts legs and bears that wonderful fruit of link love. Go figure. I don’t get it. All I can do is keep sowing the seed.
- "A good name is more desirable than great riches." In my limited time blogging, I’m tempted to believe that Tom Peters, Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki control the blogosphere. If I wrote a conspiracy blog, I’m sure I could make a reasonable case that they are blogosphere’s version of the trilateral commission. They speak and we link. Woe unto him who does not blog roll the trinity. Personally, I think it’s a combination of a cool name and a killer personal brand. I’m considering a name change from Tom Vander Well to "Rock Hamilton" or maybe something like "Bull Oakwood". Next, I’ll shave my head and get the bald head with goatee thing going. Maybe some really cool tech gadgets and a more artsy look to my blog are in order. I think about all that, but then I go back to the first two lessons I’ve listed. You know what? I need to keep doing what I’m doing. To quote the prophet Popeye, "I am what I am" and dangit – I have something worthwhile to contribute. I don’t need a wealth of stats. I need to be true. Everything else will take care of itself. Please don’t construe this as being critical of Tom, Seth and Guy. I appreciate and admire all three of them (seriously, if only I could touch the cuffs of their khakis then I know my sitemeter would be healed of it’s atrophy!).
Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by. If you need me, I’ll be out on the back-forty sowing some more posts. If you care to water my blog with a comment or two, I promise to return the favor.
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