Sunday, May 31, 2015
Blogging Tip of the Day: Vol. 45
Today's Tip: How often do you visit other people's blogs? If there is one thing I have noticed over the last decade it's people who never really get any better at their craft, and I think ignorance has a lot to do with it. I personally spend a lot of time reading other people's blogs. Some are great, some really stink, but I manage to come away with something from every one of them. The people who really just end up speaking to themselves are usually the ones who live inside the bubble of not researching their craft. To research the craft of blogging you really have to see what other people are blogging.
Now I am not going to tell you who to read in this post, not even my own blogs (although I think it is an excellent example, but I am biased), but what I am going to tell you is to branch out a bit. If you find that you don't have time to peruse the blogs now and again, then you might not be keeping up on trends, even if I am all about you being YOU, you could be growing too. I also want you to understand that as long as I have been blogging, just going to the blogs that talk about trends are the best way to get locked into the bubble. Of course here I am doing a blog about blogging and telling you to avoid blogs about blogging, how's that for irony?
Have fun with it, leave a comment somewhere, take a look and you never know, you just might make some new friends while you are at it. If anything I can attest to the fact that nobody is the center of any universe, because it is far too big a place.
This Is Me
I have been bouncing around online for just about 20 years, so I have been there and have done that. It doesn't mean I didn't like it and wouldn't do it again. As most humans, I am a social animal. To be a social animal on the internet it is social media that binds us all together. I prefer Google + and Twitter but have pages on the other ones that I ignore, so you probably should too.
I blog a lot. If you don't like people that blog a lot then I don't know how you got here to begin with. You may want to just move along.
Contrary to popular opinion I hate politics, but have political opinions ..
The easiest way to get under my skin is to apply the "all you talk about is politics" tag. This is a common knee jerk reaction some have when they see something political, and unfortunately I don't hold back sometimes. As a matter of fact, I share more about health, fitness and blogging than politics, which you would know if you weren't busy dismissing me. I actually follow and interact with more people that disagree with me than agree with me politically. The list of "other than politics" seems to be growing everyday and it probably looks a lot like this:
- Blogging (I am a blogger and I blog a lot. Get used to it.)
- Health & Fitness (Avid bodybuilder and diet guru)
- Photography (If I don't know your language now you know why I follow you)
- Android (I love Android, and wouldn't wipe my rear end with an iPhone)
- Humor (If you are funny, I am going to like you)
- Sports (Patriots and Red Sox mostly)
- Music (You'd be surprised how diverse I get here)
- Quotes (I love quotes from historical and hysterical figures)