What No One Told Me About Blogging

LockerTed Demopouluos is writing a book called What No One Ever Told You About Blogging. He’s asking bloggers to share their own answers. I read about it last night and woke up in the wee hours with the question spinning in my head. I have a feeling no one is going to like this simile, but I believe it’s apt, so here goes…

No one told me that blogging would be like being a new kid in high school. Basically, everyone wants to be popular (thus we have our Technorati rank, our feedburner subscriber list, our precious site meter). You have your popular kids, your wall flowers, your geeks, your smart kids, and your cut-ups. There are sub-cultures and the whole herd mentality.

What I’ve found is that my mother’s sage advise still rings true:

  1. Be yourself. People want to know you, not just your product or business. Authenticity will serve you well in the long run.
  2. The only way to have a friend is to be one. Don’t just listen – comment – post – joing the conversation. It’s the only way others will get to know you and what you have to say.
  3. Give it time. Blogging grows organically and exponentially. Slow and steady win the race.

Now, if I could just remember my locker combination!

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  13 comments for “What No One Told Me About Blogging

  1. May 31, 2006 at 8:33 am

    Yes Tom, I too admit I check my Site Meter all too frequently; you are right, this is a little bit like high school. Your mother is also a very wise person – you just can’t be something you are not, no matter the medium. Sorry about the American Idol reference here, but “keepin’ it real” is really the best way to go.

  2. May 31, 2006 at 9:14 am

    Can some one tell me where the jocks are?
    Great simile, great post.
    Keep creating, Mike

  3. May 31, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Yeah, leave it to ol’ mom. It’s still painful, at times, to admit she was right. And Starbucker, you’re allowed ONE American Idol reference! πŸ™‚

  4. May 31, 2006 at 11:52 am

    Hmmmmmmm, Mike, [looking around] I’m not sure where the jocks are. Does ESPN have a blog? Maybe they’re over there.

  5. June 1, 2006 at 1:24 am

    Hi Tom – I can not agree more, and I’ve been redading your blog for some time now…you are on my blogline, and I must admit you are the one I read for call center customer listening stuff. Back to to your post, can not agree more, we simply have to ourselves, and be passionated about we do, write, and the rest will come…although we all think it takes too long…still the only way.
    Keep on the great stuff!
    Best
    Laurent

  6. June 1, 2006 at 5:27 am

    Thanks, Laurent! Thanks for the comment and thanks for subscribing!

  7. June 1, 2006 at 11:14 am

    Another similarity is that you are influenced by the company you keep. We have a tendency to become more like the people we hang out with.
    Therefore I think I’m going to be hanging out here more!

  8. June 1, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    Well, Chris, the thing is – around here everybody’s “in” – we take ’em all. So, we’ll be happy to have you!

  9. June 16, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    Speedlinking Day Part Three: The Link Saga Ends

    Hello again! By now I should be in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon (or hopefully past it) on my way to the Phoenix area. (I’m moving with my family today, in case you hadn’t heard – see my last…

  10. June 16, 2006 at 11:25 pm

    Yes, I think your metaphor is right on. In fact there were times last fall that it was almost the high school Shakepear play. πŸ™‚
    The thing that’s cool about blogging that wasn’t in high school is that the blogging universe is so much bigger than the high school universe ever was so if you look you can find a group in which you belong. πŸ™‚

  11. June 17, 2006 at 2:59 am

    An interesting post and the metaphor of being the new kid is dead on. Speaking from my own experience spending too much time forcusing on the sitemeter and technorati is a sure way to get disheartened in the new stages of blogging

  12. June 17, 2006 at 9:39 am

    Liz!? You?! Shakespeare?! Forsooth, I scarce would have conjectured such a thing, anon!
    You are right, though. Let’s hope that we have all gained a little grace and wisdom with age. Thank you Liz, for all your efforts in making the blogosphere a welcoming place. You have certainly made this new kid on the block feel right at home.

  13. June 17, 2006 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for the excellent comment, Greg. I’m glad that I’m not the only one to have that sitemeter and technorati temptation. Let’s both keep blogging and let nature take its’ course!

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