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-The 5th Anniversary

by Dr. D ~ March 5th, 2011

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Today is the 5th anniversary of this blog and my humble start in the blogosphere. In that time I have observed many different trends and changes. I have also seen many good blogs and bloggers come and go.

Here’s a link to my very first article: “Technophobe Starts Blog

Millions of folks started blogging in 2005 and 2006 because their friends did and it became the popular thing to do. It was a golden time when 1000’s of new blogs came into existence every hour of everyday. Some of my favorites and even some of the best blogs of that era no longer exist.

Now cultural popularity has shifted towards social networking and micro-blogging like Facebook and Twitter. Regular blogging is still growing but not at the exponential rate that it once did. Fact is that Facebook and Twitter are much easier to do and require far less consistency and commitment and can be respectfully maintained on a more casual basis.

After 5 years of blogging here is what I have learned about how to keep on keeping on:

1. Purpose: Number 1 you must have a real reason to be blogging in the first place and a vision for what you are doing and want to accomplish.

2. Goals: It is a good idea to sit down at least at the beginning of the year and define and set some goals for blogging.

3. Strategies: With goals in mind, define how you plan on meeting and surpassing or even measuring your progress.

4. Action: When it comes to blogging, action involves consistent writing but also constantly adapting, changing, and maintaining your blog.

5. Evaluation: It is a good idea to stand back once in a while, maybe every 3 months or so, and evaluate your performance and check out whether you are meeting the goals that you set for yourself. Also are you being true to your original purpose and vision?

6. Correction: In response to the evaluations many times corrections are in order. Can’t tell you how many times in 5 years that I have made major changes and corrections to what I was doing on a particular blog or blogs. Particularly how I was spending my time.

6. Time out: If you are in this for the long run it means that you will need to take some time off from blogging. I usually take Sundays off every week. Then there are vacations and times to go fishing. Once in a while there are long weekends that need to be taken to keep peace in the family.

Here is a valuable tip: If you can’t seem to write, have a block, or blogging begins to seem like work rather than fun –take a day off or two. It has worked for me and I still love to blog after 5 years.

May the Lord bless you and continue to inspire you in what ever you do and hopefully the same for this blog and my efforts also.            *Top

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