My blog content book is moving right along, and I am so excited. I can honestly say that it’s truly a blessing to write about blogging, both of which
I really enjoy. Anyway, here are 6 of the lessons I’ve learned thus far while writing my blog content book.
Everyone’s Not Going to Say Yes
I reached out to nearly 200 owners of blogs and websites to get their permission to include their sites in my book. Almost everyone responded, and I can count the people on two hands who said no. Those are not bad odds considering I didn’t have relationships with many of them prior to creating my book.
Lesson: Celebrate the yeses and new relationships, and keep on moving.
Bloggers and Writers Think Differently
When I asked bloggers if I could add their sites to my blogging book, most said yes with no hesitation. On the other hand, when I asked writers if I could add their sites to my blogging book, they wanted to know what type of book it was, was it going to be a published book or an eBook. One person even wanted to know if it was going to be hardcover or paperback. The most interesting inquiry was from someone who asked whose book it was even though I stated in my request that it was MY book.
The bloggers who responded immediately knew what being in a blogging book would mean: FREE publicity. I don’t know if writers spotted that opportunity.
Lesson: Bloggers think like business owners while writers think like solopreneurs.
Tools and Technologies Exist for EVERYTHING
There are tools and technologies that exist for everything you need. The only thing is, you need to have an idea of what you need something to do so you can look it up or explain it to other people.
I needed full page screenshots of individual sites. When you use the screen print option on your keyboard, you only get what’s on the screen; I needed the entire blog post to be visible. I found several programs that allow you to capture the entire web page.
Lesson: If there is something you need, take time to do a little research; you will find it. Most times, though, all you have to do is ask.
I Have to Practice What I Preach
My book has over 60 types of blog posts in different types of formats; most of which are written. I know how to write many of them because I’m a writer. However, I need to take time to learn how to create the multimedia posts. They are pretty cool and visually pleasing, but very time consuming to create and edit.
Lesson: Take the time to learn so you can share with others.
Bloggers Are Cool People
I’m not saying that because I’m a blogger; I’m saying it based on my experience with this project.
Lesson: Adopt the spirit of bloggers.
Many Blogs are Boring
Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of nicely designed blogs with great content, but most blogs are written with images included.
Lesson: Add a little pizzazz to your site with audio, video, presentations and other visually pleasing content.
I just wanted to share a few of my lessons in writing my blog content book. Have a blog-tastic day!