The 5K, 10K, and Marathon of Blogging

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11/5/2013
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So you've all had a few months to start your blog, write some posts and identify your goals for blogging. Hopefully, you've seen some results already. If not, hang in there. I've been blogging since 1996 (with large gaps in-between.) Now that I'm approaching twenty years of blogging (yikes) the biggest lesson I can pass on is related to pace and motivation.

When I started blogging it was easy. Much like a 5K (in running terms) it was a little uncomfortable, but with a couple hours of focus I could get a post out completed. As the years went on, my standards increased. Where it would previously take me two hours to write a post, it then took me four. Not only was it harder to come up with ideas on what to write about, the ideas I did have were more in depth and complex.

These days it takes me the better part of a month to get a blog post out. Between the research, planning, citing, writing and rewriting-- finishing a single post feels like a never ending task. But I've kept with it. I've realized that blogging is like a marathon. You need to learn how to conserve your energy, plan ahead and work to stay motivated. In my experience, it's been worth it. Blogging has helped my career, helped chronicle my life and even led to my wife and I meeting.

How has your blogging experience been thus far? Have you seen gains? Do you feel motivated to write blog posts or does it feel like unnecessary work?


Comments & Feedback

Student

Running a blog was actually harder than I thought. It was easy to see and explore what other people have done, but it was not easy to actually start up on doing my own thing. Such as setting up proper background or utilizing internet resources was not easy. On the other hand, by learning more about its functions what blog has, it was definitely worth, I felt huge accomplished as taking a further step. Also, utilizing smartphone somewhat as limitation of reaching out to people while blog has broader way to reach out to people!

Student

I run a separate WordPress blog to keep up with family from Japan. I have been running this blog for about two years now and in the past few months I have noticed a huge lag in my postings. Once I started planning my posts less and pumping out several at one time to make up for the lack of posts, the blog began to suffer. I think in order to get back in the "marathon" of blogging, I will need to start pacing myself and planning the posts better and most importantly, I will have to motivate myself to keep updating at a timely rate. 

Student

I haven't found much time to blog with having a heavy school load. Although since taking this class I have found a new love for Tumblr. I'm more of a visual person so I enjoy that Tumblr is primarily pictures and minimal text. I also like Tumblr better than the blog we had in this class because my Tumblr is basically all pictures that I reblogged. I like that I can just scroll through millions of pictures and reblog the ones that I love the most. The whole concept is really fitting for what I like on the internet where writing blog posts isn't something I'm that interested in doing. Overall on the internet I'd like to see more visuals and less text. 

Student

I love the idea of having a blog in theory, but it seems like I never have time to write on a blog consistently. I feel so overloaded with school and work most of the time that the idea of writing a blog post seems like extra work.

However, I can see the value in blogging and hope that once I graduate and (hopefully) have more free time, I will enjoy blogging and be able to post new content consistently.

I think what will really motivate me to write blog posts is when I'm able to find something I'm truly passionate about, and have enough knowledge about to curate a whole blog.

Student

After writing some unassigned blog posts for my NMDL blog, I found myself enjoying writing. It has been a few years since I have written things for fun and I used to love doing it. Lately, I just haven't had the time. So, after receiving ridiculous amounts of spam sent to me NMDL blog, I decided to start another one. I am using it to focus on my personal goals and have already received almost 1000 page views!

Student

My experience could have been better had I kept up with my WordPress blog. However, I have had a good amojnt of success with my tumblr. I've taken some of what we learned an applied it to that blog, resulting in about 300 new followers since the beginning of class. Traffic to my tumblr has tripled and I have also joined a couple networks to help me get even more traffic. Tumblr is much different than WordPress, though, and hopefully I can get the motivation to keep up a blog that has more depth than tumblr does.

Student

My blogging experience thus far has not been what I was hoping it was. However alot of that is due to my lack of attention. Being distracted by tragic events this fall has led me to not worry as much about it, when in actuality I could have enhance my blog with it. I am very glad that I have intiated a blog and began my journey, and in the long run this will be an excellent source of credibility, and sharing what I hope my future entails. To be effective with blogging you must have a plan and be consistent. Blogging about everyday events is not enjoyable when you blog once a week. Using a blog has been very insightful as well. I have read alot more blogs than I ever had, and gained a deeper understanding about what it means to be a blogger. Hopefully I can get my blog going again, and keep it moving in the direction I would like to go.

 

 

Student

So far my bloggin experience has been better than nothing. Since I was a blogging virgin before I appreciate everything that I have learned so far. As far as gains, my personal blog did not seem to acquire much attention, but I also wish I would have picked a different subject that I could have benefitted from professionally and personally. Especially since I have no desire to be seen as an expert with TV series. I do however feel motivated to start my own blog about things that are actually related to my professional goals. I don't see it as unnecessary work but I definitely think it requires a lot of free time and or motivation. Plus, after interning and managing all social media accounts of my business, I really have a desire to have my own blog where I can say whatever I want and post any thing I want. 

Student

So far, for being the Social Media Hermit I am (was?), I've loved blogging. I'm not sure that i've seen any of the gains that we've discussed in class or that professionals look for, but the fact that I'm integrating myself further and further into the Social Media world with each post and each comment feels like a huge success to me! Even though this class is enough motivation for me to want to write a post, it's never felt unnecessary work to me. Any time I write something and I know at least one other person (not my mother) is reading it- it makes it worth while.

Student

I honestly love the idea of blogging. I've done a few posts, but can't get myself into it for some reason. I'm a writer and I love doing it so I'm not exactly sure why I'm struggling so much. I think I might have to re-evaluate my topic choice and switch it. I enjoy just talkin about my life and giving advice so I think that may be what I change my topic to. I think that once I have a topic I can really emerse myself in I will become obsessed with blogging.

Student

The blogging experience has been quite nice thus far for me. The thing I appreciate about this task is that it automatically made me learn about blog, blogging, bloggers and all other blog related topics by doing it myself by means of something I really like to talk about. And there is no doubt that knowing about blogging is of great value and can be worthwhile in the future. However, I neglected my blog a little bit after some time and I do not feel that I will keep on being a blogger about the  topic I chose for the assignment, just because I do not have enough motivation for it and it feels like unnecessary work. But, by all means, that does not mean that I will not blog in the future, may it be work related or even private about an issue I care more for so that I have more motivation to frequently write about this.

Student

My first blogging experience has been a lot of fun! At first I didn't think I had enough ideas or knowledge to write a blog about anything, but once I started writing I realized I had a lot of thoughts and plenty of ideas to talk about. I realize as I blog more that I should take more time to think them all through and edit and revise  all of my posts more. Now that I have strated blogging I have learned a lot and look forward to learning and blogging more in the future.

Student

My first blogging experience has gone like I expected it too. I think the main reason for that is motivation. I am very passionate about my topic but I struggle with finding motivation to really keep up with it. Originally I though my blog was going to be something I was going to use frequently but that hasn't been the case. I haven't had much reciprocation on my blog so I haven't really had the urge to keep up with it. I'm not sure whether its my topic or just lack of blogging skill, but I definitely know it needs work. 

Student

This semester is my first blogging experience. Prior to this class I had read a few of my friends blogs but I never realized how influential blog posts can be. Blogging can be a great asset to digital marketing. This class has allowed me to learn how to blogs can be used to product different products. My own personal blog doesn't highlight a specific product so I have found it a little difficult to constantly post new things. Sometimes it can feel like unnecessary work. However, I now understand how to optimize/promote my personal ideas. I haven't seen any gains yet but I know I need to keep writing until I gain a bigger following. 

Student

This has been my very first experience with blogging this semester. Thus far, I have discovered a great deal about Internet marketing and social blogging as an outlet to voice ones opinion. Personally, blogging has allowed me to think outside the box when I want to reach others about a pressing issue. Therefore, my experience has been worthwhile and I plan to continue to blog in the future.  

Student

I had a Tumblr before this class and loved it. I would write and post pictures. Creating a blog for this class was different because i felt there needed to be a more professional approach.I loved my topic ( Philadelphia- my hometown) which made it easier for me to engage. I would post pictures and different comparisons between food establishments. For example the comparison between different Cheese Steak resturants. I wanted to then post more about options for history venues, sporting events and much more. My goal was to give the overall experience of being a Philadelphian and hopefully get more people to want to visit this marvelous city. I think I have even gained a stronger love for my city by creating this blog, which only motivates me more. 

Student

I did not have a great experience of my blogging. Unlike using other social media platforms, I still have no idea about what I can write on my blog, the only post on my blog is the homework for this class. I am not a writer and I feel shy to share my thoughts with others, I have no habit to write something online, especially on blog. I really agree that write blog is like Marathon, but I still stand at the start point right now, maybe I will try to write something on my blog.

Student

So far my blogging experience has not worked out the way I planned. I had high hopes in starting my first blog, but I find it difficult to keep up on. It seems like an unnecessary amount of time that I would be spending on it when there are so many other things that I feel like I should be doing. Maybe one of these days I will create a goal to blog at least once a month and then hope to do it more often as I get used to setting that time aside specifically for blogging.

Student

So far my blogging experience hasn't been that great.  I think I picked a topic with limited writing ability.  I don't have any readers currently and it just feels like unnecessary work.  After this class is over I think I'm going to start over with a new topic by myself.  I'm also having a hard time with the limitations that wordpress presents me with.  I personally like tumblr better and all of the professional bloggers I've talked to use blogger.  I think I'll try one of those platforms next with a different topic.

Student

My biggest issue with the blogging so far is setting apart the time to come up with a really good post (a post I'm actually proud of). As someone with two jobs and going to school full-time, applying for jobs after graduation, and other day to day headaches its hard to really dedicate a decent amount of time to make a great post. Other than that I feel like I have learned a lot about blogging in general which I think will definitely benefit me once I can start putting more of my time into it. I've also learned a lot by viewing the other blogs and just all of the new tools we've learned in the reading to stand out from other people!

Student

My blog experience has been so-so. I don't like the site we use for it. Tumblr is so much easier to use. It's hard to adjust and learn how to work everything. Because of this I do not feel motivated to post. It's harder work than it should be which is sad because I am really passionate about my blog topic. 

Student

I share a similar experience. I don't enjoy using WordPress because I'm not familiar with it and like you, I don't really get excited about my blog! 

Student

My blog experience has been so-so. I don't like the site we use for it. Tumblr is so much easier to use. It's hard to adjust and learn how to work everything. Because of this I do not feel motivated to post. It's harder work than it should be which is sad because I am really passionate about my blog topic. 

Student

My blogging experience thus far has been rather frustrating. I have a hard time finding topics that would be interesting to write about, let alone read. I have noticed a lot of comments on my blog, and that has been really exciting. The posts are rewarding, but it's very hard to motivate myself to write them.

Student

My blogging experience thus far has been rather frustrating. I have a hard time finding topics that would be interesting to write about, let alone read. I have noticed a lot of comments on my blog, and that has been really exciting. The posts are rewarding, but it's very hard to motivate myself to write them.

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Personally I don't feel like blogging comes natural to me. I feel like it ends up like a diary post and me ranting or conversing with myself. It definitely proves that you must be passionate about what you blog about, because it shows in your writing. Right now I don't find my blog for the course compelling, even though it is on a topic that I am passionate about. I hope that in the future and after my experience in the class I will be able to improve on my blogging teqhniques. 

I have been doing some personal reading to improve my blogging. Click here to see what I'm talking about.

Like the image, it is a constant struggle... "to blog, or not to blog?"


Student

Honestly, I haven't minded blogging; it's a nice to reach out to your medium and communicate with those with the same interests. It took a while to get used to it and master it, but I can see how it could be useful, not only to me, but businesses in general.  I didn't make too many gains, but I did post a couple of times and tried to follow and respond on other peoples blogs. I think it is motivating to post blogs, definetly can see how it can be extremely useful in the future or in the business world, even as a student also; you can have fun with it and meet and talk to new people. 

Student

I don't think blogging is hard. I used to love write diaries and things around me on my blog. Now I have learned to write business blog. I still like to post things that are interesting to me and I want to share them with others. For me, gains are just comments on my posts. I usually read others' blogs and really found tons of interesting things. I hope people like my post and ideas, but the most important thing that blog brings to me is self-satisfaction. I don't think wirite blog posts is unnecessary work.

Student

Definitely I agree with your idea that motivation is the trigger to keep posting things on my blog. I had never used blogs before. All I did was just reading other blogs. I thought blogging will be a challenge for me, because I do not post a lot even at my Facebook. However, after I submitted my first post at my blog, I got a positive comment that makes me feel exciting and wants to post more. Although, I started blogging through this class assignment, I will going to post anything that i like after I graduate.

Student

I've seen some feedback with my blog posts so far. It's definietly something I enjoy doing when I have the time. I wouldn't say it ever feels like 'unnecessary work', but it is sometimes difficult to take the time to write a post. I suppose shorter, more frequent posts may be more beneficial to my blogging future, and that is something I'll consider if I choose to keep blogging beyond this class.

Student

First off, I love how referenced your experience of blogging to running. I can completely relate to that. You don’t just become a runner over night, you have to train for it and be committed. Moving on, my blogging experience this far has been ok. I can easily come up with ideas, but it is just finding the time to post. As you mention it can take you up to four hours just to come up with a good post. When I come up with one, I like to take my time and not rush. I work full-time and go to school full time. These two things are more important right now then keeping up-to-date on my blog; my blog comes last. Although, I should schedule time out of my day or week and dedicate time to my blog.  I have seen a few gains on my blog, with this just a few comments on my page.

Student

So far, I have enjoyed my blogging expereince.  I mostly attribute this to the fact that I thoroughly love the subject of my blog, craft beer.  Sometimes I do find it difficult to find subject matter to write about but that's only because I like a particular type of craft beer and I know that I must expand beyond that if I want to keep my readers interested.  The only gain I have seen thus far, is that if you Google the name of my blog "Craft Beer for Thought" it appears on Google's first page.  I occassionally recieve comments on my blog posts but most of them tend to be spam.  I do feel motivated to write blog posts when I try new beers and like them or dislike them.  I do not feel as though this is unnecessary work.  In fact, writing blog posts has become one of my favorite assignments and I plan on continuing even after this class has ended.

Student

Blogging is a great outlet to get thoughts out that are a direct reflection of yourself. It is great to be able to free my mind and share something that I am very passionate about. Even though I have not blogged recently I love to do it. Never have I felt that I could be so comfortable sharing my thoughts and emotions.

Student

I feel that my blogging experience has been somewhat disappointing thus far. I started out really hyped about making the blog, and being able to relay a message that I'm truly passionate about to the online community. I feel like my first few posts were very positive and full of explanation, however I have not put up many posts lately. Partially I think that with two jobs and 15 credits, I don't have enough time to allocate to a blog every week. However, I think I felt that it was going to be something more effective than it actually is. However, I plan to produce a blog of the same context after this class to see how far I get with that, one blog post at a time. 

Student

My blogging experience has been humbling. I struggled to write my posts for the class I ended up rewriting and rewriting until I thought it was good work. Blog posting isn’t easy and I envy the people who do it day in and day out with ease. It does serve as a great skill and I have seen gains in my micro blogging skills. As for as blogging on a larger scale I see it as a challenge. I don’t believe it is unnecessary work but it isn’t for everyone. With practice and time anyone can become a good blogger but it takes a special skill to be great.  

Student

My blogging experience has been so-so. Around this time last year I had tried to keep up with a personal and life style blog but unfortunately wasn't able to make consistent time for it. I wanted to be motivated to be a blogger because I recognize how impactful it can be, so I didn't feel like it was unnecessary work, but couldn't find sufficient motivation for me to be consistent.

Student

I strongly believe that my blogging experience has been interesting and a great experience. Before I make my own blog, the people that I only talk with are my friends; however, since I use my blog, I could have an opportunity to talk with others who are also interested with the subjects that I posted. The most interested part is that people who I do not know well makes some comments on my post. I was glad that I can make a bond of sympathy with them who I do not know. Since, I make my own blog, I realized how the blogging has a power to dominate the online communication, and I plan to use the blogging continously in the future. 

Student

Personally I really like writing, it’s a great way to communicate with others, but it is definitely challenging sometimes. I found that blogging is helpful in practicing writing, and playing words with interesting topics, however it is hard to plan blogs, and keep writing them with patience. I really like how blog was described as like marathon, it’s exactly how I feel about it, not easy but after finishing it, is such a complement. Sometimes writing is also like putting puzzles together. Generating details and ideas and putting them in certain place where it fitted well to benefiting the blog. I didn't write a lot for the class blog, but I did learnt a lot from the blogs written by the teachers of the class.

 

Student

I was very hopeful when I started my blog, however it is very hard to keep up with. In the beginning, I was very motivated to keep my blog up to date with posts on a weekly basis, but I have utterly failed with my prediction. Blogging is exactly like a marathon, you have to stay commited and keep pushing until you reach an audience. I know I would be much more up to date with my blog if I wasn't juggling two jobs and the workload of a full time student. I hope to be more motivated during christmas break to continue posting on my blog. But, for right now I have not seen any gains on my blog. I really do hope to start blogging more once I have the time and perhaps keep it as a hobby.

Student

At first I was excited about starting my first blog. That is, until life kicked me in the butt. I don't feel motivated enough to post material on my blog. But, I do not feel that blogging is unnecessary. Blogging is obviously very useful when it comes to sharing your opinion or interest with people. But I don't know what I need to do to feel motivated to keep posting day after day. The only thing that comes to mind when I think of being motivated to blog is "money". I feel that being paid the best motivation. But unfortunatly for me, I don't get paid to blog, therefore im not as motivated as I could be.

Student

My blogging experience thus far has been all that I have expected it to. I've worked with using blogs in several classes now and both times I have received zero feedback or activity on either blogs. I've haven't seen any gains other than familiarizing myself more and more with the blog software. I think that the fact that I haven't receieved any feedback or activity towards my blog is because my blos are connected with school and therefore they don't directly deal with my particular interests, so there is little motivation when it comes to writing a post. In short, blogging has never really been my cup of tea, so I most likely won't ask for a refill any time soon.

Student

I have never took up the art of blogging before this class. I have always had a journal and loved to write, so I have found much enjoyment with my blog. However, I have found it very difficult to keep up with the blog during the school year. I think I'll find myself more eager to blog at my own convenience rather than for a class assignment. I have found it like you said, a marathon. There are so many little details that go into it all that you don't think about when your topic pops into your head. What I feel passionate enough to write about is traveling and baking, however I don't really have the time to do either of those things very often while in school. I can see myself getting very involved with my blog in the future, but right now I feel that I simply just don't have the time.

Student

I have never taken up the art of blogging before this class. I have always had a journal and loved to write, so I have found much enjoyment with my blog. However, I have found it very difficult to keep up with the blog during the school year. I think I'll find myself more eager to blog at my own convenience rather than for a class assignment. I have found it like you said, a marathon. There are so many little details that go into it all that you don't think about when your topic pops into your head. What I feel passionate enough to write about is traveling and baking, however I don't really have the time to do either of those things very often while in school. I can see myself getting very involved with my blog in the future, but right now I feel that I simply just don't have the time.

Student

The early years of your blogging experience resembles my semester in this class with blogging. It was nice, easy and quick at first because I was into it and had a lot to say. Now that the semester is coming to a close I've learned way more than i ever thought about blogging and I've put a lot of time into it. I find myself re-reading my posts a million times, rearranging everything, and what do you know? 2 hours have passed by and it only seemed like five minutes! I believe blogging will be an advantage in my future and I am glad that I have just begun to take a crack at it. I think it will be interesting to see how my blogging evolves over the years. 

Student

Blogging has been a great experience.  It has been an enjoyable process writing about topics I love to talk about and share my thoughts on the topics.  I have seen improvements in my writing but not many other noticeable gains, but have enjoyed seening comments on the blog post.  I find this to be unnecassary work just because I don't see the benefits really.  It can be an enjoyable experience, but I have yet to find the motivation or drive to consistently blog at this point.

Student

I have enjoyed my experience with blogging so far.  I have seen a little gain, but like you said, it was a little awkward at first but I am slowly getting the hang of it.  I find myself getting motivated to write posts at random times.  I write about personal experiences and advice so I find myself having epiphanies and wanting to write a post.  I have enjoyed it so far, and I like trying to get creative with it and try something different with each new post.  It is hard to find motivation to write a post though, I like writing only when I feel the need to. 

Student

My experience has actually been a good one. Within a day of writing my second blog I already had someone commenting on it. While there has not been any commenting after this I was still surprised that someone actually found it interesting enough to read, let alone found it. I also keep getting updates every day that people are actually reading my blog! I never thought that it would get this much traffic. It has somewhat inspired me to keep writing even after I am done with this class. 

 

Student

My blogging experince has been positive. I have definitely improved in many different aspects associated with writing a blog. My level of creativity has been forced to expand and go to new tiers, which is a good thing. It has been fun and interesting learning how to be effective in a post  such as tags, keywords, categories, etc. I feel confident that even after this course I will continue to use my blog. It is a new world where I can write what I am thinking about or dealing with at the time. Thumbs up to blogging!

Student

My blogging experience has been decent. I dont know if it's something that I could really stick with nor is it something I'm really interested in doing after this class. I do come across some random blogs on the internet when I find something interesting. I've mentioned it many times before, I'm not a real big fan of writting. It always feels like it is a hassle and stress so I would have to say no I am not motivated to write blog posts.

Student

I strongly believe that blogging comes easier to some people than others. Since I am not a big fan of writing or documenting things, blogging is not one of my strengths. After completing a post, I will say it does feel good, but the amount of time that it takes me to write the post is insane. Similar to you, Ross, it takes me a good part of my week to make a blog post. Although I do not have as many followers as you I am sure, I do want to make sure I am credible when writing the posts which takes research and time. I think that it is harder for me while in college to write blog posts since I have so much on my mind at the time with homework, work, and class. When I get out of college I think there is a greater possibility that I could get into the world of blogging, but currently it feels more like unnecessary work unfortunately. 

Ross Johnson's picture
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11/5/2013
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