Last weekend I decided to go through an old blogroll of mom blogs I used to read from 2007 – 2008. Sadly the vast majority of them were no longer updated showing last posts in 2008 and none revealed final notes to readers or links to tell us where we could find them today. There were just posts trailing off as if the moms had every intention of coming back to write, but life got in the way.
For me, seeing these neglected blogs is sad because I don’t know what happened to these mom bloggers. Some of them may have fallen victim to the hyper-fast environment of social media and oversharing and decided it was far too much. Others may have decided to call it quits once the brands came. Some may have moved on to professional writing gigs. Some may have started new blogs that I and others have no idea about. Others may solely live their online life on Twitter or Facebook. I saw a few are now private blogs.
I have to admit, my very first blog is now gone, but I have never stopped blogging altogether. Sure, I changed directions, turned different corners, but I always kept driving. As long as my fingers can type and my mind works I will always blog.
That brings me to this question for you: How long will your blog last?
1) Rethink Blogger: I kinda hate uttering that because many of us old-timers started on Blogger. The truth is you will be limited in the creative use of your Blogger blog. I love WordPress because of the many options you have from templates to plugins. And, it is very easy to move your files from Blogger to another blog platform. Simple!
*If you design blogs and can help bloggers move their files, feel free to leave your information in the comments!*
2) Buy a Domain: You will never feel really at home until you have your own .com or .net. It’s so much easier to ditch a blog that doesn’t have a domain. Buying a domain is a little assurance to yourself that you’re serious about this blogging thing.
3) Invest in Your Blog Design: The more you invest in your blog from a domain name to a profession design the harder it is to just forget it and stop blogging altogether. If you are serious about blogging, treat it as a serious endeavor.
3) Make friends: I can’t stress this enough: Never blog alone! Make friends on Twitter or by commenting often on other mom blogs. Create a community around you so that when you have failed to post in two weeks your friends can DM and ask where the heck you are! Also, consider going to the blogging conferences and make friends there if it’s easier for you. There are tons of different conferences now that are hosted all over the country. Attend one!
4) Be creative: Being creative means coming up with new content ideas and ways of expressing yourself. Readers always appreciate someone who isn’t pushing out trite content day after day. The more creative you are the more people will miss you if/when you take a mini-break. Can you imagine Julia going anywhere without a deafening uproar? I didn’t think do.
5) Check Your Intentions: Whether you decide to blog for ten more years or ten more days, it all goes back to your intentions. If you don’t feel happy blogging, then by all means, move on! Don’t torture yourself with some sort of false obligation to keep going. But if you plan to be around awhile, by all means go all out!
I am going to use this post as a time capsule of sorts. Leave your blog URL in the comments and over the coming years I will return here over and over again to keep up with those of you who are blogging now, in June 2010. I hope you’re around in June 2013. But, if you’re not, we’ll understand. Just please leave us a good-bye note.