Monday, August 27, 2007

Growing your blog

All this month I've been reading about how to make my blog a better blog and following the 31 days to a better blog at ProBlogger.net. There are lots of good tips how to get more people to come and read your site. Go comment on other peoples sites, become an expert. Do guest posting. Tips on how to write when you really don't want to write. And the ever popular, "write for a niche market".

After two years blogging, I've come to the conclusion that I'll never write for a niche group. I may never have a huge following on my blog. But that's not really all that important. What is important is that I come out here and continue to try and improve my writing. My blog should allow me to grow as a writer. It has. If you scan back through some of my posts over the years, you will see that my style has changed somewhat. My topics have changed a lot, and I have learned a lot.

As I glanced back myself today I see my kids two years younger. I read my blog from August 05 and it seems like I'm writing to my diary, only for the world to see. In August 06, I have a mix of both tips for living life and thoughts of my philosophy on life mixed in with a diary of sorts. More recently though my posts have been more useful to the rest of the world. There are tips for how to do things, and get through life and some of the challenges that I face while doing so.

This blog also allows me the opportunity to find and get to know some wonderful new people. Recently "The Fat Runner" and I have crossed paths and have been keeping up with each other. I have links on the side to two of my good friends who both play music Keith Hampton and Joel Rosenberger. They both play great and are a joy to listen to. Finally I get to post about my experiments. Me becoming a handy man and gardener around the house are both just experiments of a computer programmer trying to figure it out.

I am not the foremost authority on Getting Things Done. I am not the worlds most prolific new tool tester. I don't have a comment on everything I read about, and I am not a blog about a single sport or sports team. My blog is tips on how to get through life, and things that I have to think about while doing so, with a bit of my family and kids thrown in the middle.

I just live an ordinary life. Do ordinary things and face the same challenges that everyone does.

Now it's time for me to do the dishes.