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

I have enjoyed my blogging experience for the most part. I made my blog about fashion which is something I have tried to stay up to date with even before making the blog. To be honest it kind of feels like unnecessary work because I'm more interested in reading blogs about fashion and applying them to my style, not applying them to my blog. I think I should have chosen a different blog topic because its kind of hard to write about fashion since for me its more of a visual thing. If I could go back I would pick a new topic that would be easier to write about. 

Student

My blog experience so far has been one of ups and downs. In the beginning I felt like I was making a difference posting my blogs, by thinking maybe one of my posts would become popular or that people wanted to hear what I had to say. After a few months I have to say that I have only looked at my blog a few times and consequently not put the time or effort into it. I think that without immediate success blogging is hard to convince yourself to keep sharing articles and content. At this point it feels like unnecessary work but I think in the future I could continue blogging if I found a topic I was more passionate about.

Student

I definitely agree with this analogy. I have been following my cousin and her blog for the last 5 years and at first she would post blog post after blog post but now she is lucky to get one out every two or three months. It also seemed easier for her to make posts at first, it was one of her top priorities. Although, since she has started her career she has had less time and energy to create a post that she and her followers would be proud of. It is important to be able to post a lot at the beginning to get people to follow. I've also noticed lately that in order to have a successful blog you have to have that one post that stands out and gets your name out there. That may not come at the beginning, it may take awhile, it may never happen. But if you put effort into blogging and keep your information relavent and interesting it is more likely to become successful.

I really enjoy blogging, I hope to continue my blog and maybe even accumulate some followers. Right now classes, homework and family are my top priorities but as things slow down after finals I should be able to have some time to write blog posts and get my writing out there. 

Student

My blogging experience has not been too exciting so far. Most if not all of the comments I've recieved on my posts have been spam so, for the most part, I feel as if I am writing just to write. Which is fine, but it also takes away from my motivation since I don't know if anyone is actually interested in my blog. It has also been particularly difficult to keep up with posts (especially at the frequency that our textbooks recommend) on top of school, internships, jobs, and a social life. I definitely see the positives that can be taken away from this experience but perhaps I have yet to find my niche in the blogging world.

Student

My blogging experience has not gone very well.  I feel like I do not have a strong perspective in just one area, and I haven't found something specific that I am passionate about.  So when I try to write a blog post that I don't have much interest in, it is more of a hassle than anything else.  On the other hand, if I found something I really enjoyed blogging about, I think blogging would be much more rewarding. I just have yet to find that something.

Student

My blogging experience so far has been positive even though I have not dedicated myself to it that much. I don't have the itch to post that often or write out blog entries so it is hard for me to get excited about blogging. It may be that my topic was not something I was that truly passionate about, which is one of the things that makes the great blogs that much better. I highly doubt I will go back to blogging myself, but I will certainly continue to enjoy blogs that others write.

Student

As of now, I'm coming up on two months of blogging and I would say that my experience thus far has been positive. I do not necessarily consider myself a blogger, however, through creating The Pigskin Pro, I have learned more about optimization of social media and how you can spread word of your site. I personally do not see myself keeping up with the blog, but the knowledge I have gained is very useful.

Student

My blogging experience so far has been kind of hard. As of today it has more been just another thing that I need to get done.  When I do think of something extra and fun that would be good to post onto my blog the idea is usually passing or it is put on the back burner while other work takes priority.  I think once my planning for a study abroad next semester, clubs and school work settles down I will be able to enjoy the process of blogging more.  I also think I will be more active with my blog in the future because my blog is about my life and fun experiences, right now I don't have very exciting events going on but I know next semester studying abroad in Ecuador I will. 

Student

My blogging experience this far has been fun, because I haven’t had any past experience with it in the past, and it was interesting having the opportunity to build my own. As a rookie in the field of blogging I still feel that I am learning a lot about networking and creating post. Blogging is not very fun when you aren’t generating much traffic or many comments. Its almost like having a twitter account with no followers. Regardless, I want to continue to develop my online presence by the means of blogging. In general I think blogs are cool, and I cant wait to come up with some cool things to blog about in the future.

Student

My blogging experience is so far very challenging. I never started blog before and it is hard for me to get motivated to post something and reply on the comment. Instead of spending time on blog I tend to spend more time in Face book, or Twitter. In my personal opinion, it takes more consistency to keep up with your update and post that you put on. Also, compare to other popular blog, my blog is very poor in content and design wise which really discourage me. May be I have to set up new realistic goals and plans to make better blog and start get myself motivated. 

Student

Blogging is fun, unless you have a positive feedback from other users. Recently, a random user posted on my blog that encouraged my blogging skills. I was afraid that English is not my first language and I know it was a challenging, however, I felt good. Blogging experience has been exciting and the positive comments make me to post more stuff on my blog. If you keep working hard on the blog, you will definitely get a good feedback from many random users.

Student

I think that I need to commit myself more to my blog in order for it to be more successful, I am not seeing many biters. I think it will take extra time on my part to make sure I am using the google analytics function correctly. This class has definitely been a great writing motivation, I want to write more, but as you mentioned, it takes planning. I think that I have some great ideas, and a decent voice, but my ideas are few and far between and may come across as more comedic vanity posts. I want to find something that really interests me to talk about. Actually, last weeks Adwords assignment kind of gave me an idea as to where I could direct my future writings, maybe on the support of creative writing and a forum that encourages participation. I love playing a group game and this may be my niche with blogging. I need to blog more though, definitely. 

Student

My experience thus far for blogging as been a positive one as I have been learning more and more about how influnential blogs can be as well as the true motives behind them. One of the biggest elements I have come to learn now only in this course but about blogging specifically is the content is king. In order to have the blog experience that you want you need to be able to give your audience orginality and a certain creativeness because that goes a long way when it comes to gaining followers and a reputation online. I personally am not motivated to write blog posts, however, that does not mean I think of it in a negative light. It is a user experience and I just do not think I have the time in order to spend and write quality posts. I may not be writing them, but I have come to understand them a lot more. 

Student

My blogging experience is going just as I expected. I enjoy writing about blogs but I am not receiving that many gains. I don't mind the fact that I haven't had any gains because I enjoy what I write about and I enjoy writing it. I do not put that much thought into it I just write what I feel. I feel like if I had to do research, planning, citing, etc., then I would not enjoy it as much. I am not serious about receiving gains on my blog but it has been fun writing posts in my blog and I will continue to do so after the class ends. I find that writing blogs makes me feel good about myself and hopefully makes those reading my blog feel good as well. 

Student

I've enjoyed my blogging experience so far but I don't think I could keep up with it in the long term.  I haven't felt very motivated to write blog posts, and that may be because I'm busy with other things and not extremely passionate about the topic I chose.  I chose to write about things to do in Chicago and, though it's my hometown and favorite city, it's hard for me to feel connected to the topic when I'm at school in East Lansing. I think blogging is a great creative outlet and it can be extremely beneficial for one's career but unless you're passionate about the topic and dedicated to growing your blog it is hard to feel motivated to write posts.  Even though I'm not very motivated to keep up with my blog posts, I'm glad this class provided the opportunity to create my own blog and my own content. 

Student

I have had a very enjoyable blogging experience thus far. I didn't post quite as frequently as I would have liked, but when I was posting, I was very much enjoying it. I loved being able to share my feelings on topics that I wanted to talk about, which made it that much more fun for me. I receieved feedback from a few of my fellow classmates as well which made writing the posts an exciting experince because I never knew who was going to read them. It made me want to keep writing blog posts because I knew people were actually reading them. After this class is over I do plan on continuing to blog more, I just might choose a different blogging platform other than Wordpress. Hopefully if I keep writing about things that are of interest to me blogging will never feel like unnecessary work.

 

Student

My blogging experience has been quite fun. I didn't get to post as much as I would have loved to, but I did get some feed back from random people and it really is a big encourage to me. Also, I'm really glad that I got to blog the thing that I've always liked, which is cooking. I shared some authentic Asian food recipes in my blog, and I started with sharing with my friends and they said it's being helpful. For those foreigners who want to learn making Asian dishes, they really want to go for authentic recipes, so I think my blog would be helpful for them and I would be more than happy to continue my blog in the future.

Student

While I like the idea of blogging, I just couldn't get myself into it. I don't think I have the attention span to spend hours upon hours thinking of just one post when I'm not even sure if anyone reads what I'm posting. Over the years I've always been a fan of the forum style of posting. Where you can have a conversation with a bunch of different people and your posts can be as long or as short as you want. With blogging it feels like I'm just sitting in a room and talking to myself. So maybe once I'm done with school and have a lot less busy work to do, I'll consider going back into blogging.

Student

My blogging experience has been interesting, I thought that some of the ideas would come much more naturally, but it has taken me a while to really get my creative juices flowing. I think that blogging has been a good experience for me, I never saw myself as a writter, but being able to write about things that interest me, with or without judgement has been fun. I haven't gotten many comments on my posts, they're not something that I can imagine people searching to read, but the more I blog the more I want to. Its become easier to think of ideas in day to day life, because I am more comfortable with my ability to write something creative and witty. I would love to expand my interest into a real career, with helping to promote my company. 

Student

The most gains I saw from my blog were right after the second post was assigned. In the assignment we had to enhance the search engine optomization of our blogs. After 2 days I recieved a number of emails informing me people had commented on my blog. These comments were not just spam, people were commenting asking questions and stating how much they liked the blog (some of them seemed somewhat electronic, but that's still attention regardless). At this point, because I am so fresh in the business of PR, it seem sthat it is unnecessary work even though I know that this is the time that I should be getting my foot in the door in the world of blogging. Regardless of my youth and newness to the industry, it's always good to establish a good web presence to gain experience and credibility for future endeavors. 

Student

My blogging experience has been fun. I have no posted as much as I thought I would, but I enjoy coming up with new ideas. I have found myself thinking "that would make a good subject for a blog post". I also have looked a lot more into other blogs that are related to mine. I like seeing what other people write. I haven't seen any gains because I have not posted that much but I hope I can slowly learn how to gain more attention. 

Student

I was thrilled to learn one of our early assignments was to create a blog.  Writing a blog seems to be the best way to practice and hone writing skills.  One can only become a better writer by writing and maintaining a blog provides a good reason to write with regularity. 

I had previously considered starting a blog but never took the initiative to do so.  I was unfamiliar with the tactics to make it a success and was concerned about putting my thoughts out there for all to read and comment.  After thinking long and hard about a topic, I was excited to begin a blog about Detroit.  I like to explore the positive and less traditional aspects of Detroit and would love to share those experiences with the world.  With the lessons I learned from this class, I identified my key audience and began thinking about topics I wanted to include in upcoming blog posts (of which I have a long list).  However, between maintaining a demanding full-time career and completing graduate school through a part-time program this semester, I did not make blogging (outside of requirements for class) a priority.  Once I graduate next month, I plan to include blogging in my newly found time.  I will be better suited to dedicate the necessary time to draft a well-researched and informative blog with quality writing.  After learning how to effectively communicate online, I’m motivated to continue blogging.  

So for those interested in learning about the positive things happening in Detroit, follow Destination Detroit.    

 

Student

Actually, I was not easy to write a post in English which I was not comfortable with, and because of the cultural differences between U.S and Korea, I do not know what to write in the blog. Therefore, I just wrote what I was interested in, and I did not care whether people would like my post or not. However, when I found that a few people commented and agreed with my posts, I was surprised that someone read my posts and felt happy about that. I definitely felt motivated to write blog posts because I could communicate with others who have same interests with me.

Student

My blogging experiance has been pretty cool! I have not posted on it as much as I would have liked to but all in all, it seems like people will be interested. All of my friends read it and they all said it would be interesting to look at and read because of the information I am providing them.  I have not seen any gains, but when I have a little more time to focus on it, I beleiev there will be gains for sure. 

Student

I have really enjoyed blogging so far and I am excited to continue. Though my site doesn't have many visits, I am excited to say that I like writing by blog! I for sure agree that blogging is a marathon... it will take time to train to become a better blogger. I feel motivated now to write blog posts when I have an experience and I am excited that it doesn't feel like busy work but it feels exciting. I love to blog about my MSU experiences, a topic I am passionate about. I have for sure become a better writer and I have also been more aware of my surroundings...looking for a new blog post in every experience. 

Student

I am really actually excited to have this blog. I have been posting a lot about clothes and things that hopefully other readers will enjoy. I don't really know how to reach a lot of people without putting it on my facebook page or other social networking site where I don't think many people will be interested in it. I want to reach other people who share the love of fashion the same as me. Hopefully after a few more posts people will start to notice it more. I also get many emails about how people are trying to comment on my post but as soon as I go to approve the comment it is no longer there, I was wondering if this happens to a lot of people or is it just a glitch in the system. 

Student

I am really actually excited to have this blog. I have been posting a lot about clothes and things that hopefully other readers will enjoy. I don't really know how to reach a lot of people without putting it on my facebook page or other social networking site where I don't think many people will be interested in it. I want to reach other people who share the love of fashion the same as me. Hopefully after a few more posts people will start to notice it more. I also get many emails about how people are trying to comment on my post but as soon as I go to approve the comment it is no longer there, I was wondering if this happens to a lot of people or is it just a glitch in the system. 

Student

My blogging experience has been alright.  It was difficult for me to find a topic that I enjoyed talking about and was easy for me to write about.  I finally found a topic I enjoyed talking about but it has been difficult for me to write more elaborately on this topic.  As you said, it does take time to become better at blogging.  Honestly I do not feel motivated to write blog posts just because I dont know what to write about half the time. I do want to start a new blog though on a different subject that will be easier to write about.  That's so cool that you met your wife from blogging though!

Student

The first time I had ever blogged was at the beginning of this class. When I learned of all the accomplishments the professors had gained from having a blog, I was excited to get started. My first post on my vacation to Italy was fun to write, because I had no one grading the actual content. But… getting back on the blog without being assigned to do so is very difficult. With 5 classes and a waitressing job, I find myself having no spare time. In the future when I am hopefully not so busy, I could see myself writing on a blog. But as of right now the only way ill be writing a blog is if it’s a graded homework assignment. 

Student

Overall, my blogging experience has been a positive one. When we were sitting in class on the first day and it was annouced we were going to have to create our own blog I was pretty intimidated. I feel that the lessons in the course really do add on to eachother week after week and we were given great tools to help us be successful. After I figured out my topic it was very easy to set up my blog and get started. I will admit though that I have not posted again since it was assigned because I simply don't have the extra time to focus on a blog right now. I think that blogging would be a much better experience if I had more time to deidicate to it and make it what I really wanted to be. I am the type of person who needs to be super creative in everything I do, and that takes time that I don't have right now. 

Student

Since I am not ready for running a blog, I was not sure that if I should start one. I have a chance to open up through this course, but I felt I should get ready to be a blogger more and spend more time in gathering information that I am going to post.

Student

Blogging is quite familiar with me. As an advertising student, I started blogging since I was in high school. However, the purpose of blogging at that time was really simple: only to memorize my daily lives. But now blogging is more about providing usefull resources and informations to others that keep something for myself. It's kind of a special way to connect with people and make new friends online. I could say that I have certain amount of experience in blogging, along with the changing aspects. One of the most important thing I gained from blogging is that I could figure out others attitude and thought by the reflection people had to my blogs. Of course, my motivation largely came from the positive comments and acceptance from others. If more people were interested in what I'm writing about. I'm willing to write more frequently. The thing here is that how to use blog as a marketing tool is relatively hard to me. This technique is very essential and the traffic of you blog would partially decide the future of you business.  So I believe there is no unnecessary work, only appropriate or not while you were dealing with complex marketing condition in blogging.

Student

So far blogging has been a unique experience that I have not done before. I have learned more about the internet and and the blogging community. In my opinion blogging as of right now is not so important to me. While blogging for this class I can say that it has taught me alot and have seen gains in knowledge. Writing blog posts seams unnecessary work at this time because there is not much I am really wanting to discuss online. In the future when I have a career that will change.

Student

I kept blogging for three years, from high school to the first year of college. I used that blog as a diary to write daily things. I wrote to share my feelings and experience, for myself and my friend. I got cares from friends and the blog became a valuable memory for my high school life. I stopped that blog because I used microblogs, which is easier and quicker. For me, writing dairies seems like wandering randomly. But writing for professional issues seems new to me and this kind of blogging needs effort and contention of mind, like running. Inspired by our class, I began to wrote long posts about my majors and interests. I also tried to write book reviews and movies commentaries to show a more professional me. It did help me to write formally organized articles, which would be beneficial for my future career.

Student

Since I've been in this class my perspective towards blogging still has not changed. I love searching and reading other peoples blog's, but I do not like having my own. I have never been a strong writer, and I know in blogs you can write however, and whatever you want, but I still have not found something I enjoy writing about a lot. It's very hard for me to sit down and write something that I am ever satisfied with. I am glad I got to experience blogging because it was very interesting to me since I have never done it before, but I think I'll stick to just reading other blogs ! 

Student

Honestly, my blogging experience has been very similar to my running experience (I thought the marathon analogy was fitting) - try as I might I find myself avoiding it. In order to blog diligently I think I need to set a schedule/goal. The desire to blog is there but the drive is not.

Student

Starting a blog was definitely an experience for me. I actually wasn’t so active on my blog since the beginning of this semester. I created my blog page about Self Defense and first couple weeks were the times that I was most active. As a new blogger I know that I needed to market my new blog page so, I decided to share my post on my social pages in order to gain followers. It turns out that “StumbleUpon” was the most helpful one. Since I haven’t been fully committed to my blog page, the comments that I used to get for my blogs started to decrease. This whole blogging experience was new and fun for me and I think blogging is definitely not an unnecessary work. Since this was my first blog, I believe I learned how to be a successful blogger and I am definitely planning to have a permanent blog page.

 

Student

 

Initially I found blogging to be a bit harder than I had expected. Coming up with a subject was easy, but then filling it with good/ credible content was another story. Once I got a hang of blogging I was more motivated to write posts. If an idea pops into my head, I am more likely to want to write about it now that I've had a little bit of blogging experience. 

Student

Blogging for me was a new experience. So far, I have enjoyed the few times I've blogged. In all honesty, I wish I blogged more. I was excited about taking this course because I figured it would give me a chance to try out blogging and give me a reason to blog. I think if I really found a topic I was passionate about I would be able to keep blogging and blog on a regular basis. After doing the couple of assignments that made me blog I haven't blogged since, even though in the begging I had thought I would. I wouldn't say it feels like unnecessary work, but I've just been lacking the motivation and creativity to write blog posts. I would like to think if I did blog for work or for a business, I would be a successful blogger, but at the same time I would only blog because I was forced. I had hoped I would be able to blog without the pretense of it being something I had to do. I agree with your metaphor of comparing it to a marathon. Blogging is just that, it's something you have to work hard at to achieve. It's a long haul, but once you've posted, or crossed the finish line, it is worth it and you feel the achievement. 

Student

I do enjoy blogging even though I do not do it that often. I can see how it is useful when the work is put toward a specific goal and wanting results. I have received a few responses to my blog posts which I did not expect, but it motivates me to continue writing about my topic. I like your analogy of blogging being like a marathon. In order to make a blog successful, planning it out properly so that the end product is great is worth all of the time and energy put into it. The gain I have experienced was new knowledge on WordPress. I like the website and I can be creative with it. I feel like if I continued to develop my idea/topic on my blog I would be motivated to improve it and continue to build it.

Student

I totally agreed with the point that blogging is like a marathon. The blogger should keep researching, planning, citing, writing and rewriting to finish a single post. I think wether the post is good or not, audience will feel how much blogger work on this post. To be frank, I have only made few blogs because of assignments for this class. But the concept of blogging influences me a lot. Sometimes, I took a pictures and, then explain details on the pictures, citing where I got these sorts of sources on the Instagram, Facebook and some other mass medias. All things I did is like blogging, right?  Each time I uploaded the pictures I made, I feel thankful to the class on blogging. I think that someone is reading my blog and probably learn something from my blogs. It really motivate me to write blog posts and I never feel like does it like unneccessary work. 

Student

I seem to have had the same blogging rollercoaster as you. At first I had plenty of things to write about and I could finish a post in a matter of hours. As we continued to blog I didn’t have as much to talk about and it became harder for me to create a full blog post. I was posting about the Detroit Red Wings that I am very passionate about, but as the season continued, there wasn’t much to talk about through the ups and downs of the beginning of the season. I am not overly motivated to blog, so I personally see it as just homework. I would rather read blogs and then voice my opinion on the matter, rather than write the blog myself. I have seen gains in my writing in the terms of voicing my opinion in a more structured manner. Writing blog posts help me get my voice into words on paper. I have had some trouble with this throughout my life, and blogging has definitely helped. 

 

Student

So far, I have found myself to have a positive blog experience. I actually enjoy creating my blog. I think it is a way in which I am able to express my creativity without having to actually be creative. I have seen some gains, although I feel I need to do a better job of putting my blog out there and making it easier for future followers to see. I feel that it is motivating to write blog posts, because it is the easiest way to quickly summarize and explain random thoughts you have, or what's on your mind.I feel that it is more motivating to try and reach out to future followers and it makes me want to work harder with my blog posts. The only way I feel as if it would be unnecassay is, if in the end, I don't end up with the projected amount of followers, or dedicated followers that I would have wished to have. Moral of it all, I do enjoy my blogging experience and am glad to have an introduction to the insight of the blogging world.

Student

I created a blog dedicated to the show "Breaking Bad", a series on AMC.  Creating my blog and writing a post for it was fun intially, but my motivations to continue keeping up with my blog were very low.  i just became uninterested with my blog because i chose the wrong topic.  I love the show breaking bad, but now that there is nothing to discuss about (the show is over) its so limited.  I want to create a blog about something that i can do for many years, and i guess i just havent found my inspiration yet.  I can see myself creating a blog in the future, but not until i find a topic worth keeping up with.

Student

I haven't had the best blogging experience thus far but I also haven't been fully committed. I made a few posts at first and gained a few followers. They were people that I already kind of knew from shared interests, so I think they found me based on my interests. I haven't had anything really exciting to write deeply about, just small events that have happened and occasional reblogging of pictures or quotes I find fun. It isn't unnecessary work, I just am not taking full advantage of it. I can definitely see how it would be beneficial if it had a purpose, but I don't think I have one. 

Student

My blogging experience at first was confusing. i have never blogged before so I had no idea what I was doing. But weirdly I have gotten a decent amount of followers all from one blog post. All of the comments I have gotten on my blog have been positive as well, but I thought there would be some negative comments. I really have not been keeping up with my blog too much, but if i keep getting comments and followers, I may continue it.

Student

I personally feel like that blogging can be fun, but my experience in blogging thus far has really been nonexistent. I have really struggled in trying to make sure to blog every day or every other day. I feel like my experience is the opposite from yours, I have been having such a hard time just initiating my writing but I feel once I actually can start writing I will be on a roll. With that I can't say I have seen any gains in my work unfortunately. I think my biggest issue is that because I had to begin writing for this course I had no true motive in doing it. I think in the future, possibly when I am out of school, I will use it more so as a hobby, relaxation item and even for my career. Regardless having a successful and insightful blog is something that I plan to achieve in my lifetime. 

Student

My blogging experience has been interesting thus far. I've been blogging music since I was in middle school, so its been cool to set up a blog with a different purpose than what I'm used to. So far I've learned a lot of new tools that allow a blog network to expand that I was unaware of prior to starting this course. I have seen gains that I wouldn't have expected with the new tools I've been putting to use. I do and don't feel motivated to write blog posts, it really just depends on the day. If I'm not too busy I have no problem spending time on it, but often times it feels tidious when I have a busy schedule. I see myself blogging for a long time. 

Student

I have started multiple blogs over the years and never kept them up. I do not feel blogging is unnecessary work by any means, however, I do feel like it is highly underrated work. Blogging is not an easy task. It is not easy to come up with ideas or to make sure you are posting consistently. I haven't really been keeping up with the blog that we started for class, but I should consider starting to write on it regularly. I like the idea I came up with and it would be a good way to just practice blogging even if it doesn't become a hit blog. 

 

Student

My blogging experience has been mixed.  I was very happy to see people started commenting after my first blog post about keyboards and how they enjoyed the information that I put on the blog.  Most of the original comments were supportive, and I even had someone ask me if they could write a guest article on my blog!  I gave that person my actual email address, however, and they never responded.  Since that first wave of comments I now mostly see people trying to spam my blog.  I do not allow these comments up on my site, and I wonder why people think I will approve their shameless self promotion or a comment that is filled with spelling errors and only makes half sense.  In this sense I feel that my blog has not yet succeeded in bringing interested readers.  I have found that blogging is like a marathon, and I have started and not finished more blog posts than I care to remember.  I feel that blogs could really help jump-start someones career but the topic needs to be compelling and other forces are at play, like "drafting".  I wrote about drafting in one of my resources for the week but it is trying to ride the coattails of your competitors when the market is ready for your contribution.  Writing about older generation keyboards, I feel my topic will not be at the forefront of anyone elses mind anytime soon (unless you are in the market to buy a used stage piano/workstation). 

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