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

Blogging for me has to come from the thought "I Should write this down" or "I should tell someone about this". Which doesn't happen often for me. My blog is so based in personal experience that it is hard to establish a ritual of writing

Student

I truly enjoy blogging. I chose to write a travel blog since it is something I am very passionate about, and do a lot of... But the problem is I usually am traveling during summer months so it is difficult to keep going back and forth with different time periods of my life and piece it all together. I have been looking around at various blogs on the internet since I started mine to seek inspiration, and what I have found are those that include as much personal information as appropriate are the better of the rest. Having an informational blog is interesting and can help a large group of people learn and grow, but you can find that information usually by typing a few words in on google. The blogs that include personal experience, life lessons and go deeper than surface subjects are the ones that usually gain a large following- because they are different than what you normally find on the internet. It is difficult to give yourself away on the internet because you are vulnerable to criticism, but I have seen when people do that I take a liking towards them- there is something endearing about it. I want to start becoming more personal on my blog and divulging more into my life than just travel. Maybe starting to include what I learned about myself and others across the world and the cognitive aspect of exploring sites outside your comfort zone. 

Student

I have found that with everything going on and school it has been pretty hard to keep up with my blog and I think that is because I also overthink it too much. I cook a meal every single night, but I always kind of forget to put it all up with the recipe so I just need to put them all up, but I want to keep it seperated. It is something that I really want to do I just havent had the time. I have found that it can be very relaxing!

Student

The idea of blog is good, but will people keep writing valuable blogs? People even don't write diaries any more. without the valuable writing, what is last for blogs?

Student

As a follower of many blogs, I can see that pace is definitely one of the most crucial parts of a blog. I check blogs specifically when I know they regularly post new things and anticipate these postings. I haven't seen much results yet, but I know that I have not put a lot of time into my blog as of late. At this point in my life between class and work, blogging definitely feels like one more thing to add to my to-do list and I know that if I am going to write interesting blogs it needs to be something that I look forward to doing. While it's not something I have thrown myself into just yet, I definitely see picking up blogging when I have more time as I think I would really enjoy it when it feels like less of a chore and more of a hobby. 

Student

Before this class I had never blogged, or even thought about blogging.  I unfortunately do not continue to blog with the small amount of time I have in a day.  I do give those who blog consistently props to keeping up with it.  I do get emails sometimes about other people commenting on my past blog posts, which is cool. Maybe someday I will get more into blogging, but for now I do not see it as a keep-up hobby of mine.

Student

I haven't done much on the blog that I created for this class, but I do a lot of blogging for my internship and I see how it helps the company. Most of the time is spent researching info and making sure it all makes sense. Maybe once I'm done with college I will have more motivation to continue with my personal blog, but with my own website that I have to keep updated, maintaining a blog isn't something I'm able to do right now.

Student

So far my blogging hasn't gone as well as I expected but I can see how beneficial it can be for personal branding and improving my writing skills. I do feel motivated to write blog posts but finding ideas are hard and the time I spend to make the posts sound good can be frusterating. I also think it is hard to write about a single topic (your blog's topic) because sometimes I want it make it more like a diary and then it gets off topic.

Student

For me I have been a big fan of blogging since fashion blogging became really big a few years ago. Following some of the greats such as fashion toast, sea of shoes, song of style and more I have a great appreciation for what they do. And most importantly a great respect for how they turned a basic interest and hobby into a full fledged career, and have earned themselves the title of "guru" and "expert". With that being said I was really nervous to begin blogging and getting my thoughts and ideas onto paper. I love that it in this post you compare blogging to running marthons and 5Ks, because it really is a long process of creating relationships, learning, and building up your brand. 

Being a blogger for this course it has been most difficult continuously reminding myself that I did make that committment and must follow through with posts, comments, and making sure I am upkeeping with little tasks. Feeling motivated to write posts is a challenge that I think many bloggers have for various reasons. For me personally making sure my content is worth reading is a large reason as to why my posts are not as frequent. I think that if your post has little heart or meaning behind it (and is just being written for the sake of writing a post) it doesn't serve alot of purpose. To be a successful blogger I think like running a marathon, its the happy middle ground between thinking of running (or blogging) as pleasure over a chore. 

Student
I have never used blog before I took this class. One of the most interesting lesson for ADV420 was making my own blog. I still do not know how to use blog well but it really entertains me a lot. I can get cooperate with people that are similar to me. Making blog was so fun and I like it.
Student

Before this class I've had no interest in blogging. With that being said, since this class the theme that I have chosen which is "maximizing your college experience from a college girls perspective" has intrigued me to learn more about the essence of blogging and what it takes to become a good blogger and actually see the benefits from it. I've realized that I love to write about my personal experiences and what I've gained in my four years of college. Being a girl I obviously love fashion and can pretty much talk about any time of the day. I've applied to two companies that pay bloggers to write about fashion. Fashionita and College Fashion are both looking for current students to write for them on a weekly basis. This course provided with me an even wider knowledge about digital marketing and introduced me to blogging, which I actually have grown to love! 

Student

Unfortunately, I am finding blogging very tedious this time around. I have blogged religiously in the past, but once I fell out of a pattern, I really lost motivation to keep updating. I believe I don't want to write or update my blog as frequently as I have in the past because I just have too many ideas, and too high of expectations. I can think of things I would like to write about, but when it comes time to actually put them down on paper, I feel nothing I write will be up to par. So I just don't bother. I know this is a horrible mentality to have and I need to work on improving it, but on the positive side, at least I know I hold myself to high standards and don't want to just publish something for the sake of publishing something.

Student

I have never blogged before this class. However, I realized that I actually really like it and I would love to continue blogging. Sometimes it is just hard for me to find the time as well as my motivation to blog, even though I have many ideas in my head already for a blog (theme, colors, design, style, fonts, etc.). In my free time, I constantly follow many other fashion-related blogs and find it always very interesting and entertaining. I always had the dream to create a blog with my best friend about fashion and lifestyle that keeps the people up-to-date about the newest trends and developments. I hope that I will start working on that when I get back home (to Germany), since fashion is the passion of both of us. In addition, I gained some knowledge about blogging in the NMDL class, which might be useful and helpful.

Besides the entertaining aspect of blogging, I believe that it could be very helpful for the future (e.g. career-wise). You are able to connect with people from all over the world and build a strong community and become known. 

Student

Before this class, I had not had interest in writing my own blog. But once I came up with an idea that I enjoyed, writing the post for the first assignment was easy. I haven't been able to keep my blog frequently updated as much, but if I were to work it into a weekly routine as a hobby, it would be easy to keep up. I feel like the hardest part is finding something to blog about, but once that's figured out, writing the posts is easy.

Student

I never blogged before taking this course. It was incredible experence for me to first come up with the idea on what to write about and then write a post on the topic. I used to read blogs on different topics but after taking this course I am starting to think about the blogs. I do think writing blogs would be good thing. I do not however feel motivated sometimes to write posts as I am more motivated to read the blogs then to write them myself. So far I haven't seen gains but like it has been said in the post above that it takes time and practice to complete posts.

Student

Having never blogged before, the experience in this class has proven very rewarding for me.  Before taking this class, creating a blog was never a serious consideration of mine.  The idea of writing, for fun no less, didn’t seem very appealing. But much to my surprise, finding something I was interested in made writing much more fun to me.  While I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog as much as I would like, after this semester is over I plan to pick it up again.  The opportunity to write about something that interests me has been a very rewarding experience and a valuable tool for the every evolving tech society. 

 

 

Student

Before starting this class, I had no interest in blogging. But after hearing the blogging stories at the first class session I was inspired. I have a travel blog for class and I've posted a few times. I honestly wish I had more time to write in depth posts and search around related blogs for more ideas. Although I haven't written many posts, I think I've gained a lot of knowledge from class and other students experiences on what to write about and how to write it effectively. I like looking at the designs of blogs and how that shows the blogger's character. I don't see writing posts as unnecessary work! If you have an idea, share it. Like I said, if I honestly had more time I would write more posts. For now it's just a few simple posts here and there! I hope to someday expand on the travel blog I started for this class or even start a completely new blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

Student

I can really understand how important blogging is when it comes to a marketing standpoint, or being lucky enough to make a career out of it. My personal experience has not made me want to persue professional blogging by any means. It is fun for me from time to time, but making daily posts and making sure everything is relevant is not something I have time set aside for outside of the requirements for this class. I have a lot of respect for people who make blogging a a regular habit or a career, because it is not easy. 

Student

My blogging experience has been pretty stagnant.  Setting up the site and creating the page was a lot of fun to complete, but staying motivated to add posts is proving difficult.  I find myself not knowing what I want to write about when I go to write a post.  I see great blog sites and I always think how easy it looks and how cool it seems, but in reality I'm not so sure.  I think I just need to write on my blog without the intent to reach people, and instead just write it for myself.  That way I won't be so self-conscious when creating a post.  I wish I had more motivation to write someone once or twice a week.  If my career depended upon my blog, I would definitely have more motivation to utilize it consistantly.

Student

During a busy week writing a blog post becomes stressful and unattractive, but when a nice time gap opens up it becomes interesting. My blog is all about investing, really boring if you are the reader. But on my end, it forces me to stay up to date with my current investments, and the current news surrounding the market. I really enjoy reading about this kind of stuff, but the tricky part is being able to tie all of that information together so as not to confuse my readers. It is very time consuming for me to do this, and even after I post I'm still not sure if it makes sense.

Student

I have never blogged on a personal account before taking this class but have frequently read others blogs about various topics. I have previously blogged for the company I interned for, so I have had some prior experience in it, but nothing about posting my own personal thoughts online now and my opinion on a matter. I enjoy being on the other end of the blogs so far and putting my thoughts out there, and so far I have gotten some feedback from people who have discovered my site through Google and other searches. It feels rewarding to hear them say they enjoy reading my posts and are going to pass them along to their friends, and it motivates me to write about other topics and continue posting. At first it felt like it would be unnecessary work, but after receiving a few comments about people enjoying my posts, it has made the effort more enjoyable since I know there are actual potential readers out there now.

Student

I had never blogged until this class, and I have found it hard to continue blogging without any assignments specifiying. I did find it entertaining when I had to do it because I was blogging about a topic I find interesting, Detroit Lions fans. I find it interesting that you can do so much with blogs and connect so many different people and things with blogging but it just isn't a hobby for me, its an assignment for a grade. I dont see myself continuing my blog after this class is over. I did find that I keep getting emails that say I have comments on my blog, and when I go I don't have any which has been an annoying glitch in wordpress's software. 

Student

The biggest difficulty for me is to execute the ideas that I have. I have a ton of information and ideas in my head, but to fine-tune the material can be tricking. Blogging is definitely a marathon, instead of a sprint... which is sadly to say, not my style. I just need to keep focus. I am not motivated to write blog posts-- I only want to when I feel like I'm struck with inspiration. Strategic messaging and timing is also something I'm learning, and the process takes a lot of time to get right. Otherwise, I feel like blogging is a great way to deeply explore your interests and passion in a thought out concise manner.

Student

I don't even use blog before this class. It helps me a lot. I found that it is interesting to get known with other bloggers. Using the blog to catch the world indoor is a grat choice. Bloggers share the music, some news and their stories helped me to learn how to live in the digital world. I like to read and share stories in blog right now.:)

Student

My blogging experience thus far has been a little difficult. I really have a greater respect for those who do it on a regular basis as it is not as simple as it seems. I have not updated my blog aside from the times where it was a part of an assignment. Its hard to come up with something I really want to talk about that hasn't already been covered by a more popular blog. It's not really something I enjoy right now as it just adds more to my workload without me really gaining from it. In the future when I start my own business I may look back into it but make it more about pictures rather than words but that's a big maybe.

Student

            I surprisingly found blogging cathartic; yet still have no desire to post other than when required to for this class. My blog was about experiencing the outdoors this fall, and I may eventually carry it out to winter activities, but it is looking unlikely.

Student

I have been struggling a bit with updating my blog. I do not update my blog unless it is credit for this class. I do not find it something I am interested in doing and do not have any motivation to write a blog post. For me, it takes to much effort, time, and research outside out of my already busy life and I know it in the end I will receive nothing out of it. However, I am interested in reading other blogs. I do that on a daily basis. I seriously respect people who are able to update their blog on a daily basis and are persist with it even if they do not make money off of it. I wish I were able to be more like that when it comes to blogging. I do think it is an important part of today’s social media world and can help people advance in their career and other aspects of their lives. 

Student

Despite what I might say sometimes, I have actually enjoyed my blogging experience thus far. I havn't posted except for the times required to by class, but it doesn't mean that I have nothing else to talk about. I just havn't incorporated it as a part of my normal life yet, so I can really relate to the marathon refernce listed above. It's something that does take time and you're not going to become a professional blogger just because you took this class. I'm interested to see if I still post after this class is done or if I will continue to have the urge to share when it is not required of me. It's not that I feel it is unneccessary work, but like I said it just hasn't become a priority yet in my life.

Student

I'm not used to such a structured blogging platform.  By structured I mean having limits to the design of it and the pressure of sticking to a topic once I began.  I think it's harder for me to blog knowing it's being counted towards something instead of a personal blog.  I wish I had chosen a different topic, I feel I was in a phase when writing my first few posts and have moved past that, so a topic that was "more me" would have been wiser.  But I have gotten a few comments so that's been exciting to see.

Student

I have personally enjoyed my experience so far with blogging. I think mainly because I like writing about things I enjoy, and it is pretty easy for me to write about my experiences. I didn't know a lot about blogging before this class or what you could really do with it. I had a blog that I wrote for my study abroad but no one looked at it except for my parents. This class has taught me how to traffic my blog and get viewers to look at my blog. I thought that was very interesting and it makes me want to write more when I know I have people viewing it and people who care to read it. I don't think it is unnecessary work I think it is very beneficial.

Student

My blogging experience has been pretty fun so far. The biggest trouble I have, and had, was finding a topic to blog about. I find myself thinking that my blog isn't really worth a read becase the content is not relevant to many people. I like the humor I've added, and it seems other people do too, but there's some element missing and I haven't figured out what it is yet. Thinking of it as a marathon, I think I'm just starting the conditioning and figuring out what pace works for me. The good thing is that it can always get better.

Student
I did not know a lot about blogging until this class. As we learned more and I discovered other blogs I got better at it. I learned about what kind of content to post and how to optimize my blog as well. Blogging is really great because it is a great way to market a business and build a relationship with bloggers. It expands marketing for businesses outside of ads by letting them share stories, articles and relevant information and has opened the door for conversation with consumers. Blogging is a growing tactic for public relations and I am glad that I have built my knowledge about blogging in this class.
Student

Coming into ADV 420 I never thought much of blogging. Before this class I thought it was for journalist or people with some past experience giving helps tips and guides on how to be more successful in that past experience that they were writing about. That or just some obnoxious person writing paragraphs about what they did that day. But this class has changed my view on blogs. Blogs can help not only you but others that are reading your blog. It gets your voice out there on opinions that are being talked about and can lead you to other things. And if you're good at blogging it can develope into a career.

Student

Blogging is somewhat of a struggle for me. I thought I picked an easy enough topic so that I could write something new almost everyday. Although music is such a broad topic, I often found myself struggle to find my words. At times it did feel like unnecessary work and I ended up only writing when it was called for in an assignment. 

Student

Blooging has no doubt been a new experience for me. I had started with very high expectations but now I am not so sure where those expectations are. I was not a blogger before this class but have been giving it a try. It usually takes me about an hour to get a solid blog post out and has stayed pretty consistent in that time frame. What it most important to me when blogging to keeping the content interesting to readers. To have content that readers find interesting and will want to read more of. As this entire process has continuted I have found my self more and more uninterested in the blogging process as a whole. I have continued to blog but the spark I had initially felt is not there anymore. I have noticed more and more comments on my blog which is cool and helpful to me. Maybe if I just stuck with it, blogging would catch on more. But for now it just is what it is to me. Maybe I need to find a really great topic. 

Student

Creating a blog was a new aspect for me when I entered Advertising 420, New Media Drivers License.  I was not that extatic about making it at first, but it grew on me a little when I was able to customize so much.  I have not written that many posts, but I do see gains in traffic.  More people have posted on my stuff which is really cool.  I think blogging is a very neat concept but I don't know if it is a media outlet that I will use in the near future.  I am much more fond of quick short articles which is why I am such a fan of Twitter.  

Student

My biggest hurdle so far has just been remembering to post every few days. I've never had a busier semester so keep up with the blog has been a challenge to do everyday. I think once winter break comes I'll be able to spend more time with it and really get into the nitty gritty with it.

Student

My blogging experiene so far has kind of been a struggle. It's easy for me to find a topic to post about but the tough part for me is writing unique content that hasn't already been used. I often time search the web for other blog posts or articles featuring the same topic I have chose. Reading these blogs makes me frustrated at how mine is going and I often time just link back to the post I like. I have enjoyed some of the comments that I have received on my blog and will continue to post as much as I can. The motivation will hopefully pick up but right now its tough with such a busy class schedule, work and sports on the weekends. 

Student

For me blogging has been somewhat of a struggle. I often times do not know what I am going to post about and then when I do think of an idea I shoot it down because I can't find enough information on it. For the liimit number of posts that I have posted, I do see comments on it and it does motivate to write more. It means that people are actually taking the time to read what I have to say and that is exciting to me. I think that once I really get the hang of it then I will enjoy it more. But like you said, it does take time and I am willing to put in the work to get better at it. 

Student

Blogging has been referenced to me over and over again as a great way to stand out for a job, but to me, it feels like a job. I like the idea of it, but I feel like I would need to have nothing else going on to devote the time and effort into creating something I would actually want to read myself. Kudos to those of you out there that do this as a hobby. I just cannot find the time.

Student

My blogging experience has gotten better throughout the semester. At first I felt annoyed when writing a blog and it felt like unnecessary work. I never thought that people would want to read someones opinion. As time went on I realized I needed to find a topic that actually interests me. Writing about a topic that I find interesting is a lot easier than something I could care less about. Although I don't think I will continue blogging after this class, it has gotten a lot easier for me. It's hard for me to keep writing about topics I'm interested in, but once I find that topic I'm able to do so. 

Student

Blogging for me so far has been exciting. I really like that I was able to choose a blog topic that interested me. Writing about the Detroit Lions football team every week is a chance for me to do something I really enjoy. Blogging makes me able to share my thought and opinions about the game with real people who will actually read and give opinions about it. It also makes me pay attention to the smaller details in the game. It makes me look into each position and really pay attention to how they are playing overall. So far blogging about this topic has been very interesting to me.

Student

My blogging experience has gone well so far. I am constantly getting emails from the Wordpress website telling me that i have comments being posted on my blog posts. My posts are about Detroit sports, and the preview of the red wings and lions seasons along with when the Tigers were in the playoffs. Aside from that i havent seen much gains. I liked blogging but i dont see myself continuing to do it. It's just not more forte, i feel like it is as unnecessary work to be honest. I appreciate those who are dedicated to it, it's a whole new world i am being exposed to and its pretty interesting.

Student

Once people deeply into something, the desire is much more bigger. Just like you, I put more time to post something on my blog page because I have bigger desire and want more outcome that will lead more sympathy for whom to see my blog posting. In order to get that attention, I think, put more time on is big element of catching people's attention. 5k, 10k, 25k of marathon running is exactly what i wanted to use is for in the blogging example.

Student

I absolutely despise wordpress as a blogging platform. It's messy, slow, and it takes forever to find what you want and need at different times. I have been blogging on tumblr since last year and that has been going very well. I think it is easier to build up a fanbase there as it's really easy to search through tags and find blogs that put up excellent material. I think at the end of this class I am going to dump wordpress and stick with tumblr forever. 

Student

My blogging experience has gone fairly well so far. The main problem is just finding the time to make a post. I enjoy my topic so I do like to put out my opinion as much as possible, but blogging just becomes a time consuming activity when you're a busy student. I think my post have remained relatively the same in quality post, but there is definitely room for gain. I hope that I gain a higher motivation to blog later on, but right now it's just hard to find the time to.

Student

As far as my blogging experience goes, it's beneficial and pointless at the same time. On one end, it's almost theraputic to write about something that I'm interested in, or my opinions on something. If someone comments (like my mom), it gives me a little push of accomplishment that I've written somebody has responded to. However, i am but a humble blogger who doesn't really have the need, drive or passion to write about anything anybody else would really find interest in, so it's kind of unnecessary for me to continue blogging when it's only for my benefit. 

On that note, i DO enjoy reading other bloggers and what they have to say. If you're a good blogger and take into consideration what OTHER people will like to read, blog on my friends! blog on.

Student

My blogging experience has been ok I hadn’t received much attention at the beginning. Once I stepped up my game and provided more valuable content to the readers I found myself receiving many more comments and action on the site. I would say I have seen gains in the traffic and the amount of exposure I am receiving but all in all these gains haven’t increased really that much. I would say that at times I do feel motivated to blog when it is something that I truly care about or have a new passion for but when I am discussing content that doesn’t peak my interest it can become monotonous and dull. I feel that if i am blogging about things a like I will hold to it and provide a steady stream of content rich blogs.

Student

My blogging experience has been ok. I like blogging about subjects that are interesting to me. My blog is about the Chicago rap scene and I really enjoy it. I have had some gaps in between because sometimes it does feel like unnecessary work. Without a ton of followers demanding I blog, there really isn't a reason for me to do it. Like other bloggers I follow, they all have thousands of followers who remind them that they find their blg interesting and have a need to hear more-whereas I don't really have that. I enjoy writing blog posts and speaking my mind on subjects however I would rather just do it on my own time. 

Student

For me, blogging has been a bit of a struggle so far.  My first difficulty is overcoming something I feel about most blogs:  who really cares what the blogger has to say and where do bloggers get any actual authority to publish their thoughts online?  I struggle with this as I watch my students turn in papers citing blogs that really aren’t worth the paper they’re not printed on.  I hear their defenses of their disreputable sources:  “it’s published online in somebody’s blog, though, so it must be good.”  I can get past that hurdle alright; my blog is about archaeology, and I’ve been an archaeologist for the last seven years, which should give me some credibility.  I also have good tips and tricks to share with other new archaeologists who are just starting out that I had to learn by trial and error.  But my next obstacle is finding the time to write quality blog posts that I am proud to publish online.  They require careful thought and execution, including research sometimes, which can be difficult after a full day of work and classes.  For now, I’m still working on a way to manage my blogging efforts more effectively.

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