This is a Guest Post by Phillip Gibb. He can be found blogging at SynapticLight.com. Some great thoughts here on Maturing as a Blogger.
We are constantly developing unique ways to develop our language and communication skills in terms of the written and spoken word, beyond just grammar and spelling. There is little difference here when it comes to blogging, because blogging is just another form of that expression.
Yet while some bloggers make the transition to that expression seamlessly, others struggle. Although there are a number of contributing factors, there is an element of simply maturing, just as children mature in their language development and learn to express themselves.
When I first arrived into the blogging scene I was all gung-ho, jabbering and yakking with gay abandon like a 1 year old testing his vocal cords. I can’t say that I don’t do that any more (well not as much) but I can say that I have learned a lot and am still learning.
Here are a few principles that I’ve learned in my endeavors to mature as a blogger:
Keep it real. Only the wannabes fake it and before long they will be found out. Keeping it real is a sign of maturity, but can really only be established over time.
Keep Trying. No sense in giving up. Even if you make mistakes you will constantly be learning. So no one comments on your posts or engages with you on your comments. Soon you will start establishing relationships where that engagement will be common place. Patience.
Read other blogs, comments etc. There are expert out there that know what they are talking about. They have learnt the lessons already. If you can learn from them then you will avoid a few bumps. Besides, learning from others is wise and hence mature.
Participate and Engage. Get out there and do what you want done unto you. You can’t sit and wait for people to participate and engage in your blog if you are not willing to go out yourself.
take advise and apply it
Know that it takes time. Patience. patience, patience. I also hate that word. But maturity takes time. Better to be a strong willow tree that can withstand much than a quick growing mushroom that will be trampled in a day.
Are there any additional things that you’ve learned that have helped you as you’ve matured as a blogger?
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