|Jennifer Zinck and Midge Frazel by Russ Worthington at NERGC 2013|
Sharing Blogging Thoughts
|Myself and Heather talking to a large group of Bloggers, NERGC, 2013 photo by Russ Worthington|
- I wished that I hadn't put hyphens in my blog name and URL. (http://granite-in-my-blood.blogspot.com/). They make it hard to type.
- I wish I'd made a searchable list of the people's names on the gravestones I've blogged about. Who knew I could keep this up for over 6 years?)
- I am glad that I let no one influence what topic or who I write about. Yes, people have tried. It's a long story.
- I am glad I never took ad revenue for my blog. I do reviews of books and products but I don't get paid for it except for a sample book or two). Taking payment for your blog means they influence your writing.
- I never worry about how many people read or don't read my blog. Some comment at different social media places I post selected blog posts or email me. That's great. I glance at the blog stats daily but I don't worry about it. (I am a worry-wart in real life)
- I'm grateful to whoever it was that told me that the best way to blog is to read other blogs. I read/skim over 200 daily. They are very helpful to me. I read them on my iPad with my feet up (think toes)
- I don't always put source citations on my blog (but I am happy to provide them to anyone who asks). I am also grateful for any help I get from readers. I love it when people send me gravestone photos to blog about.
- I have a visual blog. I almost never blog without a photo. I give credit to those who share.
- I learned to put the name of an ancestor in the blog title and label (in the sidebar to the right) when I want cousin bait. It works! I save my special witty remarks for the body of the text.
- I expect blogs to change and evolve over time. I attend other presentation of people who blog. They often ask me why I am there since I have blogged so long. I am there because I get great tips from others. It only makes my blog better. Thanks to them, I am a Top 40 blogger.