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What everyone ought to know about blogging

What everyone ought to know about bloggingThe great thing about being a blogger is that you can say what you want. You don’t have to tone it down or run it through a committee or have a meeting to discuss it. You just write it.

The bad thing is that you don’t have any real training and no support. There are no proof readers or designers. There isn’t an editorial calendar. It’s just a blog, a way of communicating.

I’ve been blogging since 1999. That’s a long time.

My first blog I started when I lived in Taiwan. It was basically a personal blog about my experiences of being an expat living and working in Taiwan. I worked at a large advertising company at the time. The work came to me and often I had lots of free time (when no work came) so with a computer in front of me I started blogging. Then, when we returned to Canada, I continued my blog about the reverse culture shock I experienced after living abroad for a decade.

Currently I have my real estate blog and my “community” blog. I love blogging. I take to it like a duck to water.

It happens from time to time and it happened a few weeks ago that I get a comment on one of my blogs. Bloggers love comments but sadly the comments tend to fall into one of four categories:

  1. “You made a spelling/grammar mistake, (dummy)”
  2. “The link is broken!”
  3. “I don’t agree with your blog post (and think you are a $%*@^#”)and sometimes but not often enough,
  4. “You’re doing a great job. Right on, brother!”

It’s a little disappointing when you get a bad comment. But I’m in sales and I have a thick skin and although I know how many visitors I get to my blogs every day (about 300), I appreciate every comment I get, bad or good because it means people are reading what I’m writing. I also think that for every comment I do get, there are ten I don’t get (and those are the good comments).

That was a bit of a rant. But, why not? It’s my blog.

What are your experiences?

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