I'll hopefully sit down tomorrow and compose Part 2 of "Why Amateurs are Sometimes Better than Experts at Conveying Information." Even though that post will contain my rough thoughts (ie. no content editing), it will still take me a while to write it. For tonight's fare, I thought I would provide readers [if there are any readers ;)] with a brief snippet or perhaps a brief set of snippets discussing my experiences as a new blogger. As an aside, I want to state that these comments do not represent a critique of any alternative blogging style. One of the benefits of the blogosphere is that it allows a blogger to experiment with a range of different styles, modes, etc. and find one that represents a good fit for him/her.
* Blog Creation Is a Process: I am literally learning as I go...I seem to constantly make adjustments to my site design in response to comments/things I see on other blogs, ie. the new "grab button." Additionally, I have altered some other things, such as including more "labels," based on my experiences in the blogosphere and what I have read on forums, seen in other blogs, etc. I have also become more proficient at using Google Blogspot's tools over time (and use).
* One Shouldn't Expect to Hit the Blogosphere Jackpot Overnight: It takes time to build up a readership base and to attract a sustainable number of daily viewers to the site. I'm not there yet, and I might never be there, which brings me to my next point.
* Blog about Things You Enjoy Talking about: I would probably garner a lot of additional views/hits if created a specialty blog; however, I would not be satisfied with the result. While I admire people who are able to keep one or more specialty blogs flowing with new posts, I would become tired of writing solely on one subject. I enjoy the chance to expound on any topic I choose. Granted, I could create a host of specialty blogs; however, I might not be able to keep all of them going (due to future work demands, etc.). I also enjoy the freedom/release that comes with being able to write free-form on any topic I so choose.
*Blogging and Reading Other Blogs Provides Me with a Sense of Community. I think that one is self-explanatory. :-)
A Funny Thing Happened. On a recent day, I checked my stats and became very excited when I noticed that the visits for that day were well above average. That euphoria didn't last long, as I quickly realized that many of the "visits" were my own views. I forgot to turn off the self-tracker. Hah! :-)