10 Lessons I Have Learnt Blogging

Once they start calling you ‘blogger’ there is no turning back. For me, it’s been almost a year now, writing this blog. I have been inspired by many bloggers before me, some of whom I will profile in a different post.

This post seeks to share my experience in those 11 months or so I have been blogging.

  1. Mind your layout – Your website theme is an expression of who you are. Having said that, just because you love using small fonts or extremely colorful backgrounds does not mean the average reader appreciates that. Keep your layout as simple as possible. Another thing. My Web graphics lecturer (or whatever it was called back at campus), told us that human eyes are used to a dark writing on a lighter back ground. I don’t know if that makes sense …What I mean is, since you were little, all through school you read books written in a black font on a white background. Somehow you grow to accept that as the standard and even when you are grown, your eyes(brain?) rebel when you have to read say, a white font on a black background. Further, he said that a web page should not contain more than 4 different colors . Ensure that you make your font friendly…and big enough. No one, but your relatives :) is going to squint to read what you have written. Still on formatting, insert an image or two in your posts to break the monotony. And, format your work in paragraphs for chrissake! 
  2. Blog it coz you love it – Don’t be under pressure to blog about any particular subject. Blog what you love to talk about, or things that you feel strongly opinionated about.
  3. Everyone needs a little encouragement – Don’t be shy to ask a friend, a sister, a spouse to read your post and give you tips on where you are doing it right and where you are not.
  4. Would I read this? – A writer (hehehe , see how I now elevate blogger to writer :) )can make a story out of anything. Once the blogging bug bites you, you will feel like blogging about every little event in your life. But ask yourself, if i was the reader, would I be interested in reading this? Why would I read this? Is it inspiring, informative maybe, or is it entertaining?
  5. Share it – Don’t feel shy marketing your blog but don’t make your every tweet/status update about your blog.
  6. Do unto others …- Remember when you were in school and your grammar teacher encouraged you to read other people’s compositions? It’s the same thing with blogs. Read what others have written. Not only will you broaden your own thinking, you will learn from them. Also take time to leave your comment. It shall be done unto you…hopefully!
  7. Keep it short – Most readers are stealing their employer’s time reading your blog in a hurry. Unless you can write like this, or your blog post contains information that can be used in a thesis, keep it short. Internet users are known to be impatient. And you can’t blame them. There is A LOT to do on the internet. They will simply move on to the next interesting thing…on another website.
  8. Variety – Give your readers a ‘balanced diet’. Short posts, long posts, picture posts, hilarious poss, ‘deep’ posts…
  9. Don’t be discouraged, keep writing – If you love writing, keep doing it. Just because people are not commenting does not mean that they are not reading. Don’t worry if you post something and no one seems to notice it. Some time mid next century you will meet with someone that will tell you,” OMG! That was a nice post on….’ (the same post that got the least, or no comment). Then you will give them a look that says If ONLY you had left a comment…I wouldn’t have died a million deaths thinking I bored my readers. While still on this, posts that you spend so much time on, or your personal favorite posts may not do so well in terms of likes and comments. Why? I don’t know! You tell me. Tell me why Anatomy of the Kenyan House help is not right there at the top of the ‘most popular posts’ on this blog.
  10. Cultivate your own style – Be inspired by others but do it your own way. As they say, no one can do you better than you!

Bonus : It’s YOUR blog! Have fun with it. If they don’t like it, that’s THEIR problem.

I was going to tag Savvy Kenya on this post but she did a great  post on it already while I was still fumbling with my drafts considering what to post next. Be sure to check out Bikozulu’s and  Pioneer woman‘s awesome posts on this topic too.

And now, it is my honor to tag Kawiria , Kbaab and Raymond . I would love to read your ’10 lessons I have learnt blogging.’

22 comments for “10 Lessons I Have Learnt Blogging

  1. March 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

    A web developer once told me about the background, so I guess it is true. I agree with everything you have said. Sometimes you will work hard on a post and no one will take notice, or so you think. Only for someone to mention it later on when you have forgotten the post exists.
     
    I will be a regular here.

  2. March 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for the tag. I’ll respond to it very soon. :)

    • March 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      When you do, please coma back here and post the link. :)

  3. March 3, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Quite an interesting read. Concerning commenting on blogs, I read lots of posts without commenting, not because I don’t like the posts but because I don’t have a lot to say at that time. I don’t like it when people keep repeating words like “good post”…once in a while it is okay but is it adding any value? I have also realized when I check my stats that some of my posts with the least comments actually have the most page views while some of the posts with the most comments have very few page views so I agree with you that one should not judge his/her blog posts based on the number of comments.

    • March 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      @Otieno, someone told us FB yesterday , there is a difference between chipping in and contributing. Thanks for contributing :)

  4. faith
    March 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    wow, am impressed. i always love and read your blog and since i don’t want to meet you a century from now and tell you how wonderful your post(s) are, let me tell you here and now…enjoy. and thanks for directing me to Bikozulu…i will always thank you for that…keep doing it. i love.
    BTW…i already love your two  angels. they sound like real angels.

    • March 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      I so appreciate it Faith. Sometimes you feel like you are talking to yourself! About Bikozulu, should he consider this a stalker alert? 😀 Just kidding.

  5. March 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I like this post..

  6. Bee
    March 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I love this post. It touches on the very many things that most bloggers take for granted or ignore all together.  I particularly love the last reason: All bloggers are unique and their style of writing must portray this uniqueness!!
    Keep the fire burning!!!

    • March 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Bee! We all unique. Everyone has got something special. Now checking out your blog :)

  7. March 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    …what a blog!the fist time am reading your blog and i must say very informative and profound -in fact its one of the decent blogs i would like to visit more often.I have taken notes.keep them coming.

    • March 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Hello, Tony, thanks & welcome to my blog. :)

  8. March 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Very resourceful!!From it I have learnt a few roppes that I am incorporating asap!!
     
    Thanks,ma’am!!

  9. steve
    March 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hi this is a very good blog…thanks for your advice..recently I started the churchill live blog..i decided to pause it till I learn more lessons..if you think you can help me design it tell me..through my e-mail address..my computer knowledge is limited as i am only starting my degree in may…

    • March 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

      Thanks steve. Could you send me a link to your blog?

  10. March 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Gal,
    Great post this. Must say I have a deep admiration for bloggers, don’t know how you guys manage to post stuff so regularly. Great design on the site too- authentic. Will keep checking in. Later…

    • March 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      Many thanks Ciru. I love your site too + I must read your book. To put it in your own words, I have a deep admiration for authors. Must take a lot of patience to get a book done!

  11. Anonymous
    April 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    just finished taking notes watch this space coz am going to add 1,2,3,from your 10 lessons to my upcoming blog. Now am deciding on my my blog name and am so blaaaaaannnnkkkeessssssttttt it hurts:). Ouch it hurts me brain to thnk!!! nitatoboa?

  12. January 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Going by the dates on the comments, I seem to be a year late to the game! Nonetheless, I very much appreciate the pointers. I needed them! Dare to check out my virgin posts? http://tkimani.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/

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