TnT has been in the blogosphere for around 4 months now and its success has been overwhelming, even though Tom and I don’t update it as much as we would like. This blog, along with two previous failed attempts, have taught me what and what not to expect in this fascinating area. These are all found in list below. Enjoy 🙂
1- The starting phase will be the most exciting period in your blogging experience.
2- You will put a lot of effort into choosing a name, a theme, and writing an “About” section.
3- Your first post will usually be an explanatory/poetic piece in which you describe your dedication, passion, and/or wildly varying thoughts that you just have to express through a blog. This is exemplified in my first post for TnT: The Very First One
5- You thanked your lucky stars when WordPress introduced Zementa and the sharing buttons.
6- Even though you’re a grammar nerd in reality, you don’t really care that much about that when typing up your posts. (It’s part of self-expression after all.)
7- You will struggle to find an approach to your blog, often wondering if what you’re doing is going to lead to some success.
8- You will become obsessed with the Blog Stats option.
9- In order to increase said stats, you will submit your blog to a gazillion blog directories without really knowing what these sites are and if they’re going to generate the traffic you want.
10- Friends with blogs are suddenly the best thing to have happened to you. You comment on their posts and hope that they find something interesting on yours so that they’d re-blog it.
11- Anything you do, say, read, or encounter is an opportunity for a blog post.
12- You will encounter Writer’s Cramp on several occasions and it won’t be pretty.
13- You will not blog as much as you hope to.
14- Posting everyday is a very ambitious thing to hope for but if you’re not a full-time blogger, you will not achieve that.
15- Getting negative comments is all part of the process. You will grow immune to them at one point.
16- A positive comment, on the other hand, will always make your day.
17- Getting featured on a website will give you a morale boost like no other. I know we experienced this when Kadmous.org reviewed TnT and even have our RSS feed on top of their home page. A special thank you to Lebanos 🙂
18- Your technical know-how will increase and soon you’ll find yourself talking about social media as though you’re an expert on the subject. You will also look at Facebook in a whole new light.
19- When people start to recognize you because of what you wrote, that’s when you know you’re an established blogger.
20- You introduce yourself as a blogger to anyone and everyone. Or people will refer to you in that way if you don’t.
21- Even if you leave your blog unattended for a while, you will always come back to it (or you will close it down and start a new one).