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10 Day #Back2Blog Challenge: Lessons Learned

10 Days. 10 Posts.

Crawlers slide with lessons learned

10 days ago I joined a group of bloggers who agreed to post once a day for 10 days.

Here’s a timeline of my last 10 posts:

I learned a bunch of lessons from this. Here’s a very brief history of PurpleCar.net, so you can have some context for what I learned:


slide of # 2 lesson learned, just text on a chalkboard

2004: PurpleCar Founded

2004-2007: Wrote Personal Essays

2007-Present: Wrote Niche Articles about the Internet and Psych of IT

Last 10 Days: 1st Time I’ve ever Posted 10 Days in a Row

 

Lessons Learned

  1. Crawlers. Benefits do exist for bloggers who do post daily. For example, when you update your page more frequently, the search engine caches crawl your site more often, which in turn, experts think, gives you better ranking in search.
  2. Expertise. Blogging daily also gives Internetters the impression that you have something to say. Being termed a “blogger” in the online world really only comes from blogging once, twice, maybe 3 times daily. Some argue that the content a blogger offers is also important, i.e., quality tops quantity, but the jury is still out on that one.
  3. Efficiency. I’ve always placed myself solidly in the “quality” camp, letting my blog go for days or even weeks with no posts. I put off posting  until I had time to write a solid article. My posts usually tend to be longer and require at least a little bit of research.  One post can take hours.  Most of them take at least an hour. I need to be quicker if I’m going to post daily. Quality may suffer.
  4. Making Choices. Posting daily means I either don’t have hours to spend on each entry or I don’t do any other work for the day. My other projects took a back seat this week as I worked to produce quality content for this 10-day stint.

One blogger I enjoy reading is Adam Tinworth, a content producer and online journalism dude. Adam posts interesting links with a small paragraph of response. Sometimes these small bits start large and valuable comment streams. I should take a cue from the master, obviously, and incorporate more plain curation into blog posts.  I put curated links within the content but it’s possible that one curated link *is* content.

*Ding*

lesson #3 in the lessons learned

That’s the sound of me leveling up in blogging.

 

At the end of the day, I think it’s better to post more slightly interesting snippets than post less frequent deep analyses. That’s a whole new skillset for me: quick but interesting Internet bites. I’ll continue to use new apps like Scoop.it, Storify and perhaps Slideshare (what’s with all the S’s? And StumbleUpon for the hell of it), but I will definitely try to keep up with daily posting and see where it takes me.
Making choices slide

What say you, Dear Reader? Any opinion on this, now that blogging has been around for an Internet eon?

 

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  • Guest

    I find Facebook drains exactly 100% of my blogging urge for the day. I usually c/c G+. I know, I’m doing it all wrong…

    • http://www.purplecar.net/ PurpleCar

      That’s the danger, though. Why not blog first, then share to FB? At least you’d own your content that way.

  • http://messengerpuppet.com/ Messenger Puppet

    ding achievement unlocked.

    Why not do both? We try to mix up the quick and dirty with the pieces that have some actual thought involved. Mostly it’s the former, because thinking is hard and all. When there is something substantive to say, or we’re shamelessly trying to shake the money tree, it veers to the latter. But ordinarily, it’s a question of what do we want to say and do we have enough time today to say that. (Our lifetime average is something like 7 posts every 6 days on the old warhorse, plus the other sites/FB/Tweeters/tumblrs/etc.)

    • http://www.purplecar.net/ PurpleCar

      I can do both. But you’ve known me for almost 10 years now. I sure do like to have links and resources for everything I say. I’ve never wanted to be seen as someone who just spews opinions. I’ll try it, though. I think one post a day is enough.

      • http://messengerpuppet.com/ Messenger Puppet

        you and your insistence on quality…

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