As I’m sure everyone finds, cycles of time come and go in life and how we choose to spend that time determines everything we get involved in. For the last few months I’ve shifted much of my free time either to work on renovations and home improvements since moving or I’ve put my time in working for clients in my 3D business.  That need will likely continue and when I do make time to spend on my blog much of it makes me realize just how much there is to learn in running a blog. This article summarizes 3 important areas I’ve learned the most about from blogging!

The People Factor

Lessons from Blogging

This is definitely the one I like the most about blogging.  Having discussions with people and developing connections and friendships online is definitely a great value.  I’m afraid that many people get into blogging for themselves and so don’t ever spend much time interacting with or even trying to get to know other people through their blog.  I love this part of blogging and knowing there are friends who support me and who have similar thoughts and experiences that visit my blog (and I theirs) on a regular basis.  This itself is a huge encouragement which makes the time spent feel so much more valuable.  I only wish and hope that I’ll be able to meet in person some of the people I feel like I know so well online.  It’s incredible how revealing blogging can be and a person can definitely get to know another person quickly when they share a lot of their thoughts and backgrounds on important subjects.  I find this especially true for personal development blogs since the subject is so often rooted in underlying beliefs, morals and life principles, you find out quickly what matters to a person and yourself and talk about those items.  If only we could have those conversations with everyone we meet in our work and day to day interactions, image how much quicker we would get to know people.

Online Marketing

Online marketing and promotion is another huge area for learning as a blogger.  I definitely knew a few things about online marketing before I got into blogging from operating my own online freelance graphics business but I never ventured into nearly as much marketing and promotion as I did once I got into blogging. I knew a bit about web design and HTML coding but knew little about all the variety of things you find in a marketing glossary. Words like SEO, adsense, click fraud, CTR, CPC, affiliate marketing, conversions, page rank, social media, and literally hundreds of other words for marketing your content and site I’ve learned as I’ve explored this vast world of online marketing.  I will say however that while all this learning has occurred naturally as I’ve been reading and involved with other bloggers in their own search for learning to market their content better and better.

Not only has this helped me with my blog, but also my business websites and my day job also gets the benefit of my knowledge now put to use for new online marketing programs that had never before existed.  I’m confident this media will only continue to expand so there is definitely value in knowing how to use it effectively for your business and personal life.  There is much more to learn and it seems to ever be evolving, the perfect recipe for someone who doesn’t ever want to stop learning!  Ha!

Learning from the Content

Written content is continually valuable for yourself and others as reference material.  I find myself referring to articles and series I wrote quite a while ago now very often and they are always valuable to me to pass along to people asking about those subjects.  I’m constantly surprised by how much shear volume of content that accumulates from blogging and how useful it can be in a variety of situations.

The other great thing to be learned from the content is in writing it itself.  I write about subjects I am interested in but I certainly don’t only pick subjects I already know about.  I go out and research my topics, I read books and articles to gain some insight and varying perspectives on the subject and then I write my own version and opinions on the subject based on what I’ve learned and experienced about it.  Sometimes this is over the course of years or even my whole lifetime and sometimes it’s over the course of a few hours.  There is something I learn, reinforce or realize every time I write any new content.

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