What I’ve Learned About Blogging from Writing More Than 1,000 Posts

I started blogging eight years ago. Since that time, I have written 1,115 posts. At an average of 750 words per post, that is 836,250 total words—the equivalent of about fourteen full-length books.

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During that time, I have learned a great deal about blogging:

  • I’ve had times when I felt creative and the posts flowed—and times when I couldn’t string two sentences together.
  • I’ve had times when I loved writing and didn’t want to stop—and times when I hated writing and couldn’t start.
  • I’ve had times when I thought about starting a second or third blog—and times when I wanted to quit the one I have.

I think I have just about experienced it all.

But I keep going, one post at a time. Why? Because blogging has benefited me in seven specific ways:

  1. Blogging has helped clarify my own thinking. This is the single biggest benefit of blogging to me. It’s why I started blogging to begin with. Sometimes I joke that I don’t really know what I think about a subject until I have blogged about it. Writing helps me untangle my thoughts.
  2. Blogging has given me a way to build a platform. When I started, a platform involved having a radio or television show, a bestselling book, or a highly visible speaking career. It took money, fame, or both. It was mostly unavailable to the average person. Since that time, blogging has provided a way for almost anyone to gain visibility and build an audience.
  3. Blogging has led to new opportunities. Probably half my friends today are people I met through my blog or social media. In addition, almost all my income today is derived either directly or indirectly from my blog—advertising, product sales, speaking, consulting etc. It has even provided the raw material for several books.
  4. Blogging has provided a way to engage with my tribe. My commenting system enables my readers to respond to my posts and to engage with one another. This has gone to a whole new level with the addition of my Community Leaders. These comments provide near-instant feedback and sharpen my own thinking. They have made me a better, more thoughtful writer.
  5. Blogging has resulted in a treasure trove of content. I am increasingly finding new ways to re-purpose the content in my blog archives. In the last year alone, I have used it to write two books (i.e., Creating Your Personal Life Plan and Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, buy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million or CBD), launch a new podcast (i.e., This Is Your Life), and record a new audio program (i.e., Everything You Need to Know to Get Published, forthcoming).
  6. Blogging has established my authority and expertise. It used to be that you had to get a Ph.D. or write a book to establish your expertise in a subject area. While these are still valid paths, blogging provides a third alternative. For example, I do not have a degree in leadership nor have I written a book on that topic. Yet, I am constantly asked to speak on leadership and am interviewed by the media on this topic. Why? Because I have one of the most popular leadership blogs.
  7. Blogging has provided a way to contribute to others. It is the way I share what I have been given. I love curating information and packaging it up so that it is more easily digested. When I hear or read something stimulating, I want to pass it along. For me, blogging is my art. It is a labor of love.

One of the best parts of blogging is that you can learn as you go. Not every post has to be perfect. You can publish and tweak your way to success. The important thing is to start. And, if you have started, keep going.

Questions: If you are a blogger, what have you learned? What are the primary benefits of blogging for you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Besides all the “techno” wonder, I’ve learned that you can make true friends and experience real community through the blog world.  I consistently communicate with people from Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, California, and India; meanwhile, I live in Pennsylvania.  It’s amazing.

    Blogging provides a place for me to STRETCH out loud.  It provides a place for me to record my STRETCH marks.  And blogging helps me STRETCH others.

    • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

      Our new common core English language standards focus on STRETCHING students in their reading abilities, so I chuckled at your comment.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        STRETCHING is the theme of my blog…Jon Stolpe Stretched.

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

           It’s a great theme, Jon.

          • LivewithFlair

             A great theme indeed.  Is STRETCH a writing acronym, too? 

          • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

            Thanks.  STRETCH isn’t a writing acronym – at least not that I’m aware of.

    • http://www.michaelnichols.org/about Michael Nichols

      I agree Jon. I’ve found the same to be true for me. These individuals encourage me on some of the most challenging days.

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      I haven’t experienced that yet in the blog world but I believe it’ll only be a matter of time before making true friends via blogging.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Except for THIS blog, right Daren? Or do we need to do more stretching here? ;)

        • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

          Haha. Yes except for THIS blog ;)

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      I agree about the friends! I’ve made “real” friends that I have never met, and before blogging I would have never believed that possible.

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      Jon, I agree with you about making true friends and experiencing community through blogging!

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    Welcome back Michael. Blogging has given me some awesome new relationships, it’s helped me with material for my two books. It has helped me spread the message of not settling and to pursue your dreams. It’s helped give me affirmation of my dream to write full time.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kimanzi. (Thanks also for guest posting in my absence.) It sounds like your list is similar to mine. This is a good confirmation. Thanks again.

      • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

        Thank you for the amazing opportunity to guest post, it was a HUGE honor!

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

    Good to have you back, Michael. Blogging is how I wrote my book and I was consistent in posting while I was concentrating on getting it written. However, several circumstances changed at my school, and I have had new courses to teach since I finished my book. As any high school teacher knows, teaching new courses takes a lot of prep. Add to that, family responsibilities, and posting has been pushed to the back of the stove. I would love to be writing posts because I have so much more to share, but I refuse to put that pressure on myself right now. Perhaps this summer because I should not be changing courses next year.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I feel that same tension between the pressure to post consistently and the rest of life being so busy that to give a post as much attention as it needs would be to ignore something else important. Hang in there Patricia.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I’m right there with you, Patricia. There’s significant tension between what I’d like to be able to do and what life will allow me to do at the moment. I must choose the better of the two things for the moment. My husband keeps reminding me that it’s a necessary season for the moment, but it doesn’t have to be forever. Takes some of the pressure off!

    • Rachel Lance

      Glad to see I’m not the only one who struggles with this balance! My creative outlets have been on the back burner for a while and I honestly don’t see an end in sight – kids really do change everything! I want desperately to find this balance, but not as much as I want to bring the best of me to my little girl. I’m just hoping my creativity doesn’t dry up before she’s all grown up! In the mean time I’ll enjoy experiencing the community here!

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    Before I make any comment, I like to say, “Welcome back!” :)

    Yes, blogging has helped me in different ways and areas. One is in the area of commenting. Before I started blogging, my wife and I used to write E-articles (from 2002) on a weekly basis. We used to get good feedback but we didn’t have the privilege of the commenting system. It was when I got into blogging that this disability was solved!

    But, even then, I was reluctant to comment in the beginning. For instance, when I read some of your blog posts, though I liked the content, I didn’t know how to comment on that. But after reading comments from other readers, I ventured into this new area. And it clicked! So I opened my blog for comments (earlier it was closed). Now there’s a wonderful community that’s coming together.

    I consider blogging as a place where I could inspire people! I love doing it!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Joe It’s great to be back!

      I think comments are the secret sauce with blogging. They really do open up a whole new world.
      I love your last sentence. That keeps me going too.

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

         Thanks, Michael. It’s a great feel as a blogger to find others being helped and blessed through what I write. That, in turn, inspires me to write better and more. 

        But I have one doubt: I had thoughts of quitting when I was not seeing any visible results. However with such an amazing community, why did you consider quitting? 

  • http://www.michaelnichols.org/about Michael Nichols

    I realized a number of years ago that life is far too short to coast – even for a moment. My life and legacy are immensely important to so many who are ready for me to lead with passion and intentionality. Blogging for more than 3 years has helped me to do that. I’ve noted 4 Benefits of Blogging (http://michaelnichols.org/benefits-of-blogging).

    At this point, it’s humbling to imagine what I will have learned after 8 years. Guess we’ll take one day at a time.

    Thanks for the post and welcome back!

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  • http://www.BrianJones.com/ Brian Jones

    One of the benefits of blogging for me, that you point out Michael, is that it sharpens my thinking. The more I blog, the more I know what I should blog about. Each post, couple with comments and interaction with new and old friends alike, have given me the courage to focus on topics I feel most passionate about, which in turn encourage and help others the most. Thanks for hanging in there with your blog and pointing the way.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree with your comment, Brian, that the more you blog, the more you know what you should blog about. It’s funny how that works out. You’d think you’d run out of ideas!

      • JosephPote

        “You’d think you’d run out of ideas!”

        This was a concern of mine, a few months ago, when I started blogging.  I’ve found it to be the opposite.  I keep developing more ideas than I have time to write.

      • LivewithFlair

         That’s exactly right! (and welcome back!)  I figured out a “theme” and a life message after the 700 blog post. 

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Great insight, Brian. The act of writing (whether blogging or otherwise) acts as a portal to other thoughts, concepts, possibilities.

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    Glad to see you back, Michael!  Enjoyed all your guest bloggers but missed you.

    I am learning to condense my thoughts for an authentic audience. (I wrote a paragraph about this and then recognized the irony!)

    One main benefit is developing a sense of community with people I’d be unlikely to have met “in real life.” I’ve known and appreciated the strength of an active virtual community since the olden days of AOL parenting bulletin boards and chats (long before we knew we were a tribe!)  Blogging brings out the best of asynchronous camaraderie while filtering out trivia. 

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Cheri –
      I too am working on condensing content.  Twitter is helping me with this task. 

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      “I wrote a paragraph about this and then recognized the irony!” Hahaha. You made me laugh out loud, Cheri. I’ve done the same!

  • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

    I have now written a grand total of 13 blogs.  I am only 1000+ behind!  The new one today is titled Courage:  Leaders Are Not Quiet. (www.alslead.com).  I am in my 4th week since my site launched.

    I love sharing my thoughts and getting responses from so many people all over the world.  I have responses on my site, FB page and profile and Twitter.  I have comments from Singapore and from my dad!  More than 660 unique visitors have come to my site and 30% of my visits are return visits.

    I say this not to brag, because I don’t even know if those numbers are good. :)  I say that to encourage others who are not sure if what they have to say will resonate.  I feel my blog for today is much better than my Day 1 blog.  I am growing through this.

    Thanks for your example Michael and all the knowledge you share.  

    Thanks for the encouragement of others on this site who are following me now or commenting on my site.  To see you comments here and on my site is inspiring.

    I am hooked.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations, Dave. Good for you. You are close to making blogging a habit! It is amazing how much you can grow through this.

      • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

        Thanks Michael.  I always say that if a tree stops growing, it starts dying.  I appreciate the encouragement.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Dave –

      Keep it up.  Once you get in a rhythm it will become a snow ball effect. 

      • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

        I do feel like a rhythm is coming to me.  Hopefully faster than for Steve Martin in “The Jerk”!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      13 blogs? WHOA!

      • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson


        I hope I write something pertinent so you will come back for #14 though #1000!

    • Rachel Lance

      You’re off to a great start, Dave! And you couldn’t be plugged into a better community for ongoing support! Keep it up!

      • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

        I do feel like this is the place to be for both blogging and leadership discussions. Thanks Rachel.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com/ Eileen

    Since starting to blog about 2 1/2 years ago, I’ve learned that the joy is in the “doing”.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  And this is big, coming from a recovering perfectionist!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I feel your pain. I, too, am a recovering perfectionist!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      “Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force…Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.” ~ Anne Lamott

      • http://www.eileenknowles.com/ Eileen

        What a great quote!  Thanks, Michele. 

    • Rachel Lance

      That’s a great point, Eileen. maybe just what I need to get back in the saddle – it’s much less daunting without that lens of perfection.

  • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

    I just started blogging early this month after coming across your blog through a Dan Miller podcast. I’ve been journaling for more than 20 years and writing as a profession for 12 years, so having an electronic forum is new to me. What I’ve learned so far is something that Jabez discussed in 1 Chronicles 4: the joy of expanding my borders “that your hand would be upon me.” When I’m at work, I write about technology and how to help people solve problems using hardware and software. But blogging helps me to work on the “the rest of the story” in my life: to discuss concepts integrated into my daily tasks (such as leadership and productivity) that complement my career and help me to grow as an individual. 

    When I’m journaling, I have an audience of one. But when I post something on a blog, I have an audience of many who help me clarify my thoughts and help me grow in the process. I can’t think of a greater accomplishment as a writer than to share ideas and have them validated and clarified by others.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I like your distinction between journaling and blogging. Excellent.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Doesn’t get much better than Dan Miller. He and Michael are two sources of inspiration for what I want my career to look like down the road.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        I love Dan’s stuff too. He is an inspiration to me.

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    After watching my dad slave through his PhD. dissertation, I must say that blogging is a much more appealing way to establish expertise.

    This one is kind of obvious, but blogging has helped me fine tune my writing skills. I try to get my posts to about 500 words, so I usually end up cutting around 100 words before I publish the post. That practice has forced me to choose every word and phrase carefully.

    • http://www.profitandnonprofit.com/ Kenneth Acha

      I have the same experience as you Rob. It is really true that one’s thoughts disentangle when they pass through the lips or the the tip of a pen.

    • JosephPote

      It is a challenge, isn’t it?

      I like to open discussion on unique viewpoints, which often require some explanation.  Yet, I’ve learned that any post that get’s too long will likely lose the reader’s attention before they finish it.

      I’ve found cross-referenced links to other posts on related topics to be extremely useful, at times.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Rob –

      I completely agree.  

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      It’s also a great way to gauge what the market thinks about your expertise. I’ve found blogging to be a great way to experiment with new ideas and determine whether or not it’s viable book content, etc.

      • LivewithFlair

         So true.  You learn so quickly what people care about. 

  • http://www.charlesstone.com/ charles stone

    Michael, you are one of my favorite bloggers. Thanks so much for summarizing your blogging journey benefits with us.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Agreed, Charles.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Charles. I appreciate that.

  • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

    Brian, I agree. Blogging provides an opportunity to grow.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    I took the blogging plunge in April 2011. Your first point is something I learned as I wrote. I began to see what themes emerged in my life and what I valued. I also learned that a platform isn’t an audience but friends you meet along the writing journey. And I’ve met some wonderful people through the blogging experience. Blogging helped me have the confidence to move forward on publishing my novel (just released through WestBow Press). I could easily write a 750-word post on the lessons I’ve learned through blogging. And that started all because of your generosity and at your urging. Thanks, Mike. It’s been a blessing and an adventure.–Tom

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Congrats on publishing your book.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      “a platform isn’t an audience but friends you meet along the writing journey…” brilliance! I love that!

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

         Reading here and other places like at Jeff Goins’ blog, I’ve come to understand that. And it’s been one of the most freeing truths for me as I write.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Tom. I really value your contribution to my community here.

    • Rachel Lance

      I have to agree with Bob, I love your line about “a platform isn’t an audience but friends you meet along the writing journey.” That might just find a home on my monitor!

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

         Thanks for the compliment. A spot on the monitor (and it’s not just from sneezing), that’s an awesome compliment.

        • Rachel Lance

          This is not just a scrawl on my scratch pad (yes,I still take notes by w/ a pen some days), the monitor is truly a place of honor! ;)

  • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

    I have discovered that I may be the least accurate judge of my material. What I think is great my readers may not care for, and some posts I have considered average, or even poor, have really stimulated great response.
    I also discovered that my bias about the lack of “real” relationship that can be found online is totally false. I love your statement that half of your friendships have come from your online activity.
    I completely agree with the new opportunities thought. My Conversations have become global, as have my relational connections. All this from sitting at my computer thinking into a keyboard.
    Thanks for pioneering in the area of blogging and community. I have learned a lot by watching your exploration, and reading of your discoveries.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       Bob, I understand your initial bias. My wife made some close friends through a chat room (I pictured the online equivalent of the local bar scene) centered around their common interest in “Touched by an Angel.” I made fun of Ellen. “Sure her name is Cheri. She’s really a he and he’s a truck driver named Bruno.”

      Until I joined the conversation here, I had never experienced what Ellen experienced almost a decade ago–close friendships maintained through an online presence. A good lesson, ‘ey?

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Bob –

      I am in the same boat. I write a certain post and think this is going viral and nothing happens.  Then I write a post in 10 minutes before a lunch appointment and everybody shares!

      • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

        Tim, it is a great relief, and a bit humorous to hear that!! That is EXACTLY what I was referring to.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        So true!

  • http://www.SiaKnight.com/ Sia Knight

    It’s great to have you back, Michael! I’ve learned a lot in the relatively short time that I have been blogging.  One surprising lesson is that my blog doesn’t have to be polished and perfect 100% of the time.  Although I am fully committed to the quality of my platform, I’ve found that I don’t have to spend endless hours editing in order to get a perfect product each day.  Just as you described, some posts are better than others (and that’s okay). 

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great insight, Sia. I’ve learned the same. I could do a hundred edits and still have room for improvement. At some point, stalling is no longer about excellence, but about procrastination. :)

  • Ellen Lambert

    I’ve learned when you do the same activity over and over and over and over — like creating a daily blog — you get better at it.  And I’ve learned your very worst material, in your own opinion, will be exactly what reaches and touches and moves some readers the most.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Ellen –

      I agree.  Being consistently consistent is the key!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree with this. My opinion of my work is not usually the best indicator of value.

  • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

    I like #1, the untangling of what is inside. It is one thing to be full of thoughts and ideas, it is another thing to be able to express those thoughts to another human being. Writing them down, and especially making them public, changes everything. Thanks for writing, Michael.

  • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

    I agree, Ellen. Repetition, with regards to any pursuit, is important.

  • http://www.thegeezergadgetguy.com/ Thad Puckett

    I resonated with much of what you mentioned, especially about the way blogging has clarified your thoughts.  I have not had all the emotions you have encountered with blogging yet.  While my blog was started at the end of 2010, it really was not until this year that I feel like I got serious with blogging (by going to a 5 day per week posting schedule).  

    Part of attempting to grow my blog has been not only writing more frequently, but also interacting with others on other blogs.  It has certainly changed how I use the web now.  I used to be much more passive…not interacting as much as hopping around from site to site.  Now I tend to focus more on my own blog and others, and actually am thinking more about the content I read and the content I write.

    So writers block comes and goes?  That’s good.  For over two months it wasn’t difficult to get postes out.  Then a week ago it felt like I didn’t have two good sentences in my head. 

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Thad … How many posts were you completing previous to your 5-per-week goal?

      • http://www.thegeezergadgetguy.com/ Thad Puckett

        I didn’t have a schedule at all.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it definitely comes and goes. The post important thing is to adhere to the discipline whether you feel like writing or not.

      • Mary Denman

        The “post” important thing is to adhere to the discipline….   ;)  What a great slip. 

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          That is pretty funny. Oops!

  • http://paulcoughlin.com Paul Coughlin

    Welcome home Michael :-)

    I’m sure a product on ‘getting started with blogging’, for leaders, would be a very valuable product – although elements of that may be in your platform book. 

    Focussing it directly on your primary market, and directly on your most effective/significant activity, would be powerful I’m sure.

    As always, awesomely valuable content for me, and I love to share what you write.


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Paul. This is indeed part of my Platform book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=666555285 Elisa Pulliam

    You’ve captured exactly my thoughts on blogging.  Probably, the one that means the most to me is about how blogging enables you to figure out what you think.  Yes, that is definitely true about the art of writing for me.  I am also passionate about giving others what I’ve learned and encouraging them along the way. Blogging enables me to do that in a tangible, rewarding, and powerful way!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Writing is that skinny little dirt path that leads you through the heart of the forest. You have no idea where you’ll end up, and can’t see beyond the next few steps. But if you keep moving forward, there’s mysteries to be found.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        That’s quotable, Michele! Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This seems to be resonating with many people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1398138107 Dale William Melchin

    I’ve only started blogging recently, but one of the things I’ve learned is how to get to the point in my writing.  When I get to the point people tend to listen more and my readership spikes.  When I have a rambling article, well people aren’t as interested.

    The other thing that makes blogging worth while is the people you meet.  I’ll have other bloggers with similar interests re-blog my stuff to their constituents and I don’t even have to ask, which is exciting.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Agreed, Dale.

  • http://www.thenancyway.com/ Nancy Roe

    Thanks for the inspiration, as always.  I have learned that the more you blog, the better you become at it. Blogging is like being in school all over again – an educational process that gets better with practice. 

  • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

    Michael, great list!

    I think #1 and #5 resonate the most for me.  (I too am working on writing several books based on my content.)

    An added benefit that I have found is the ability to quickly put together written, coherent thoughts. 

    I am not a writer by background and find that my blogging has benefited my career in that I now have a skill than many do not.

    On several occasions recently, I have used my blogging skills to quickly pull together a business message… whether it was a simple email, a quick report, or even a full scale keynote.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      I’m with you, Craig. I think blogging forces you to consolidate the message that you’re carrying–be it business, personal, or otherwise.

      Great comment.

  • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

    Like you, I have discovered that blogging has helped me clarify my thinking over the past 3 years. But even more, it has been a great outlet for me. I have thoughts that need to get out of my head, or they stagnate and fester. Even if it’s not always great writing, at least it’s out of my head.

    • JosephPote

      One tends to build on the other, doesn’t it, Joey?

      Improved clarity comes with writing.  The improved clarity then generates new paradigms, which then necessitate expression…and the cycle continues…

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Itn does make you wonder how many great thoughts have died in people’s heads. Thanks, Joey.

      • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

         I know. Not just that, but I think the “festering” is bad for all my other brain activities. :)

  • http://www.DavidRobertsons.com/about David Robertson

    Michael, thanks for sharing this post!

    While I’ve been blogging for “years,” I still consider myself a new blogger. In the past I’d write for a few months, kill the blog, & start a new one. 

    Today, blogging is teaching me consistency, commitment, & dedication. I’m sure the benefits you write about will come with time, but my focus is on making a permanent habit & presence on my blog. 

    Thanks, again, for the encouragement.
    David R.

  • Lisa Cour

    I completely agree with with number one.  My thoughts are also clarified when I write.  Primarily I blog as a family journal for my family….something I hope my children will cherish down the road as they look at each year’s blog book I’ve made.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Great idea, Lisa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debra.l.butterfield Debra L. Butterfield

    I’ve learned I have a lot to learn about blogging and that I am obviously not doing it right. I have few followers and rarely does anyone leave a comment. I’m determined to figure it all out and get better.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Debra –

      Hope you stick with it.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Hang in there. You will figure it out if you persist!

  • http://twitter.com/JobCoachHQ Douglas Andrews

    I am still a rookie at blogging.  I have learned that writing does not come natural too me and it is harder than I thought.  None the less I am moving forward and trying to blog more consistently.  The benefits are plentiful, increased traffic, increased authority and increased visibility for my brand and others I recommend.  
    Thank you for being a role model.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Douglas –
      Best wishes on blogging.  

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    I posted my 658th post today. I have been blogging for 4 years, and have learned that  I love writing and that I am publishable (validation!) Blogging provides a platform for me to engage with online friends, practice my craft, and keep writing. I love it.

    I have also learned if you take a month off from blogging, you will lose your tribe. Have guest posters, or publish reruns, but don’t let your blog go stagnant, or you’ll have to start from scratch.

    Michael, thank you for your valuable content here, and for this great community. Hope you enjoyed your business trip and welcome back!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kelly. This is good advice. I have gone a week without posting and it was okay. But, I agree, a month would kill your traffic. That’s one of the reasons I recruited guest posted while I was away the last two weeks. My traffic went down slightly, but I don’t expect any permanent impact. Thanks again.

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  • http://therantingbeast.com/ stephen

    I think the benefits of myself blogging is that I am learning while I teach on my site and improving my writing skills daily which is my main goal, and in the mean time the great benefits is meeting new people.

    • http://www.profitandnonprofit.com/ Kenneth Acha

       Stephen, I am going through the same exact thing! On my blog, I teach people how to do business online either as a profit or nonprofit organization. Since I started writing on a recent series, I have learned a lot! Some things in my online business that I only knew intuitively, I have come to understand them more as I write and do videos to teach others! It’s really awesome.

  • http://www.profitandnonprofit.com/ Kenneth Acha

    Great post Michael, your success inspires new bloggers like me. I’ve learned a lot from you through your blog and you have set an excellent example to follow in terms of achievement in blogging. Congratulations on all of that!

  • Alle88

    My purpose in blogging is to get Christians to think beyond status quo.  I figure if even one person finds my blog helpful in growing them spiritually, then I have served my Lord.  I try not to get caught up in the numbers of readers, although that can be very tempting!

    • JosephPote

      Two things you said caught my attention, Leslie.

      “…to get Christians to think beyond status quo.”  Although I haven’t thought of it in those terms, exactly, I seem to have a similar mission.  I like learning to see things from new perspectives, and like sharing new perspectives with others.

      Also, like you, I try not to get too wrapped up in numbers…though it is easy to fall into.  I find it difficult maintaining a balance between trying to be sensitive to what topics seem to be a blessing to readers, versus getting too wrapped up in number of hits on specific topics, etc.

      Hoping that balance gets easier with time and experience…

  • http://twitter.com/EditorJamieC Jamie Clarke Chavez

    I love my blog because (at the moment, anyway) it’s my sole creative outlet. Although what I do for a living (editing books) requires a lot of creativity, it’s collaborative, so not truly mine in that Gollum sort of way. (“My pretty… my precious…”) I love, as you say, curating information and repackaging it in ways that make people think or smile (or both). One unexpected thing I’ve learned is that often a post I think is “weak” (compared to others) is the one that gets the most comments! 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I so identify with your last sentence, Jamie. This has been my experience as well.

  • Tammie Edington Shaw

    I have been blogging for almost one year. I post once a week and, so far, I haven’t missed a week. Your blog was one of my greatest inspirations to start blogging. I am a writer, but find that the most writing I do these days is on my blog, which I am trying to balance that, since I also have a “day” job. Blogging has helped me to meet deadlines, work on my writing and overcome some fears of getting my writing out there.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Consistency is key. Good job, Tammie!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations on your consistency. This is crucial!

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    Great Post!

    In regards to the question, I am at the point where I want to stop but I keep going. The ultimate benefit for me blogging is hopefully to help others and to build my platform. I’m beginning to see it as a 10 year journey. This is my first 6 months of blogging and I believe that in the next 10 years, I will see the influence span further then the friends and family in my City alone.

    • Rachel Lance

      Great resolve, Darren. Push through that desire to stop & keep that vision right there at the forefront. You can do it!

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    I didn’t expect it when I was getting into blogging, but blogging helps me process and solidify my thinking on issues. It’s similar to teaching – the responsibility of airing your thoughts in public requires you to step up your game. Numerous times I’ve started out writing a post and have reached a different conclusion by the time I hit publish.

  • C Myers

    I blog because I can’t *not* write. And as a busy mom, blogging gives me an outlet to write in quick bursts in my “spare” time. I’m honing my skills without having to tackle an article or full manuscript. By doing this, I am learning how to efficiently edit while I go. And I’m also meeting some great people I would never have met otherwise. Next month I’m participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, which has already led me to some great new blogs and new relationships!

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.robbins1 Karen Robbins

    I’ve blogged about as long as you and have over 1175 posts. I spent some time deleting older posts that weren’t well written or didn’t fit the theme that evolved over the years.

    Blogging has been a way for me to keep working with words even when I don’t have a WIP. It’s been a great way to document our world travels and bring those adventures to my readers in a way that is inspiring and informative. It’s given me a “brand” of sorts (though I hate the term, brand)–the Wandering Writer.


  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    It used to be that you had to get a Ph.D. or write a book to establish your expertise in a subject area. While these are still valid paths, blogging provides a third alternative.

    To repeat something “again” means to say it for the third time (or higher), as the word “repeat” in itself already implies saying it for a second time. So if I’ve said something only once, it wouldn’t be correct to introduce my first repetition with “Let me repeat it again.” One cannot repeat something again unless one has repeated it at least once already, i.e., said it for a second time. 

    Likewise, I wonder if blogging really provides a “third” alternative to writing a book or getting a PhD, for it begs the question, what are the other two alternatives to getting a PhD or writing a book? 

    There’s a course of action, and then there’s an alternative to that course of action. That makes one thing and one alternative. Is that really two alternatives already? 

    It seems that there should be one (or more) baseline thing(s) and a number of alternatives excluding this (these) baseline thing(s). 

    So if getting a PhD or writing a book are the traditional choices, blogging provides an alternative, not “a third.” 

    But then, of course, getting a PhD or writing a book would be alternatives to the alternative (= blogging), and that would make a total of three alternatives relative to one another. 

    I don’t know. It just seems odd to only have a bunch of alternatives relative to one another with no baseline item that all those alternatives would be alternatives to. 

    What are the primary benefits of blogging for me? It’s comforting to just have a blog, because I know that anytime I want to say something and share it with the world, I can do so. It’s like a fire extinguisher or a first aid kit—reassuring to know it’s always there if I need it.

    • JosephPote

      So, I take it you would find the meaning more precise if worded as, “blogging provides a third option.”

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

        Simply “an alternative” (instead of “a third alternative”) would suffice, but if the author wants to emphasize the number “three” (perhaps because three makes a nice trinity), “third option” works fine.

  • http://twitter.com/averageus Lon Hetrick

    Blogging (and Tweeting) gives me an opportunity to focus on my passion and connect with others who share it. I have a day job I love, a social life (including Facebook), but blogging/tweeting is about connecting with people on a common interest, regardless of whether we’ve ever met.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-Kemnitz/1395514240 Sue Kemnitz

    I am always so inspired by your blog, Michael. As one just starting out, it is good to hear of your ups and downs. I keep reading today – seek Him – and He prospers and heals. I see that simple truth and promise come alive in you! Thanks!

  • http://www.sonyaleethompson.com/ Sonya Lee Thompson

    I’ve been blogging for several years now, and my blog has taken on a new focus three times. I like how my blog can grow and change as I grow and change. I enjoyed reading your points on blogging and I appreciate your honesty about blogging. Knowing others have struggled at times to keep their momentum is encouraging to hear.

  • Linda M Smith

    I’m not in Leadership however believe it to be such an integral part of living an authentic life.  I work as  psychotherapist and have quoted your blogs to patients and have recommended they start reading your blogs.  Now some of my patients come in and ask me if I had read the blog about…
    I have saved some of the blogs as they seem very meaningful to me at the time.  I’d so like to be a serious blogger like you!  You do a great job and I hope you continue this work!  Thanks!

  • http://themarriagechecklist.com/ Dr. Ann

    This is a great encouragement about the gifts of blogging.  I especially like Michael’s points about clarifying thoughts, and packaging/curating information so others can share in it.  After all, that’s what it’s all about, right? Serve, share, love!

  • c-kwommack

    It’s people like you, Michael Hyatt, that keep me blogging! I have been blogging a total of… eight months. And with over 75 posts, there’s no stopping me now. I enjoy it because it helps me hone the skill of writing, improves my communication skills, and gives me a venue to connect with and minister to so many people. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations. It sounds like blogging is now a habit for you!

  • JosephPote

    “Blogging has helped clarify my own thinking.”

    For me, as well, this has been the single biggest (and unexpected) benefit of blogging.  I’ve know for years that writing helps me organize my thoughts.  What I hadn’t expected was the variety of thoughts requiring clarification, nor the added level of clarity required to explain a concept to total strangers in a few brief paragraphs.

    I’ve only been blogging a few months, but have learned a lot, and begun making new friends.

    Thanks for the post, Michael!


  • http://twitter.com/JoePasskiewicz Joe Passkiewicz

    Thanks for your post Michael!  Blogging is a way for me to “get out” the things that are swimming in my head.  I agree with your comment on organizing your thoughts.  I find that writing provides the discipline to take an idea and provide the organization to make it usable and effective.  I also enjoy writing on pretty obscure subjects and making them real for any reader.  Thanks again for your post- always worth stopping for a read!   

  • http://www.workyouenjoy.com Adam Rico

    Welcome back Michael. Blogging has helped me take the jumbled mess of ideas in my head and clarify them in a way that benefits myself and others. It has also helped me to write in a more streamlined way. It even helps with writing succinct emails.

    Learning how to utilize the WordPress platform and associated social media has really helped me to become a “go to” person for others in my life who want to start blogging.

    Lastly, it has helped me to connect with some of the most interesting and amazing people I would not have otherwise had an opportunity to connect with.

  • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

    Great post, Michael.  On May 22, I will reach the 1,000 consecutive daily post milestone for my first blog.  I thought it would be really cool to offer a guest post for your tribe on that day if it meets your standards.  Doing something new, like blogging, added an element of excitement to my life.  Yes, there are ups and downs, however, I can’t imagine my life without this form of creative outlet.

    Your point #7, “blogging has provided a way to help others,” resonates the strongest with me.  There are no boundaries or limits like there are in the brick and mortar world and your messages can be translated all over the world, thanks to free widgets, like Google Translate.

    Brilliant move to set up helpers to monitor this blog and contribute.  You call them “community leaders,” I call them friends.  They offered encouragement at a critical time in my life while I’m going through significant change.

    I see myself blogging every day for the rest of my life.  It’s a great way to connect with others who share the same passions.  Thank you for creating a place where I can learn about important matters that help me be a better person.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would be happy to consider your guest post, Michael. Congratulations on being so close to 1,000 posts!

      • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

         Fantastic.  I’ve already read and understand your guidelines and I see a pattern in your stories as well as your guest blogs.  It would be a great honor to have my 1,000th post appear on your blog in front of your tribe, provided it meets your standards of excellence.  I also look forward to the day when I meet you in person and shake your hand.  In the short period of time I’ve been following you, I’ve had a chance to learn some great life lessons.  Thanks for your willingness to share your life here.  The world needs more mentors like you.

  • http://remotepossibilities.wordpress.com/ Craig Hadden

    I can so identify with #1 on your list, Michael — as Barbaro Minto wrote in the Pyramid Principle, you can’t truly know what you think until you express it aloud or in writing! (See http://remotepossibilities.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/minimise-blur-firstframework-part-1m/#work_out .)

    Blogging can also “level the playing field” so much and put people with different levels of experience in direct contact. Even though I’m a new blogger, my posts and comments let me engage and get advice from several world-renowned experts (such as a Microsoft MVP) who’d been blogging for years.

  • Jozeca Lathrop

    I appreciate this post and while I can’t necessarily relate with all seven points, I have clearly seen 1, 3, and 7 active in my blogging experience. 1) As a thinker, blogging really opens up my thoughts to things I hadn’t seen before and helps me lay out my thoughts more clearly. Sometimes I want to say at the end of the blog, “Thanks for having this conversation, it’s really helped”… before anyone has read or responded. 3) As a missionary, my blog is my primary means of regular communication with those who support me. I’ve found that it’s okay to blog about something on my heart, then post pictures of an activity from yesterday that have nothing to do with the content. It’s about connecting with the people that care about me.  7) I’m consistently amazed by some of the comments I receive on blog posts regarding their influence on peoples’ lives. I had no idea that what I had to say would make a difference in someone’s life even thousands of miles away.

  • http://www.medicalaccountsolutions.com Misty Gilbert

    I totally relate to your items here, especially #1, #2, #4 and #6.   This year I set out a goal to blog daily instead of just 3x’s a week.  This has dramatically changed many aspects of business for me.  I would love to see #3 be produced by my blog, but for now I am content with the others.  For me the encouragement received from others who comment on my posts is a tremendous motivator to keep on…people share their stories of what they are experiencing…and even if they don’t comment, they tell me in person how much it means to them.  This means I am being effective at my goal.

  • http://twitter.com/_ruthiedean Ruthie Dean

    Blogging has helped me become a better writer. Less than a year ago, I decided I wanted to become a better writer and was deciding whether or not to pursue my MFA in creative writing. I started a blog (instead), and I have already noticed huge improvements in my writing! I might pursue an MFA in the future, but in growing my blog audience and learning what topics engages readers–I think I’ve learned an invaluable lesson that often can’t be taught in the classroom.

  • Robert Schwartz

    What strikes me about this blog is how self-absorbed, self-centered it is.  The first six items in the list are about the advantages of blogging to the author’s inage, career and finances.  Me.  Me.  Me.  Helping others comes in last on the list.  It’s not only last place, but also contains the shortest number of words and is the least energetic entry.

  • http://twitter.com/chris_rainey Chris Rainey

    I’ve learned to: read blogs that inspire and motivate me to keep blogging, keep my WordPress dashboard open and start a blog (even if I don’t finish it at the moment) when the thought strikes and keep pressing forward because blogging helps clarify my thoughts on the topics that interest me. 

  • http://tomraines.wordpress.com/ Tom

    I too have found that blogging is where my passions and purposes are being discovered and  developed. I am almost 400  posts in and love it more today as I  find new friends who inform, challenge and encourage me as I share what I have. It amazes me I can type what God puts on my heart in a dungy basement in Georgia (US) and have it read in over 50 countries around the world. Thank you for leading the way!

  • http://www.thisjourneyourlife.com/ Rachel

    I began blogging in 2007 but it was very sporadic. Because I needed an outlet for so many of the thoughts and feelings that were racing through my brain (regarding my life in general, including all that I face as a mother to my special needs child ), I made it one of my resolutions for the New Year to begin blogging again. 

    During these past several weeks, I have been pleasantly surprised by how beneficial jumping back into the blogging world has proven to be.  Even during such a short time period–my first return post was February 6– I can relate to what you said in point number one.  The entire process of blogging has also been therapeutic for me, since I am no longer keeping all of my thoughts bottled up (something I had not realized I was doing until I started writing things out). 

    Before returning to blogging again, I told my husband that I was willing to do it even if no one read; while that is true (I have always loved to write!), it has been encouraging to receive positive feedback from friends and family. A surprising number of people have already voiced their genuine interest and concern for our daughter, but–for one reason or another–had been too uncomfortable to ask us personally about information regarding her. Now, they can read and follow along as they choose to.

     Thank you for this helpful and encouraging post to a new blogger such as myself!

  • Dea Irby

    I agree with all your points. I’ve been at it for just over a year @ http://www.thebaronyork.wordpress.com and have felt all your emotions. I love the platform and hope people have benefited from my contributions.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    Your first point is the reason I started blogging. I had all these unformulated thoughts flowing through my head. I decided that I needed to start writing about them to get them out of my mind and come to a conclusion about them. Writing my blog has helped a great deal with that! I has helped me to be more creative at my job and helped as I plan lessons. 

    I am also learning that my posts do not have to be perfect. I posted for the first time 6 months ago and I have 79 posts now. I really feel great about some posts and others it was a struggle to write but I get some great feedback that continues to help me formulate more ideas and helps me grow as a writer.

  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/ Ryan Hanley

    Blogging has helped me to really hone in on my own belief structure.  Writing about your business every day forces you to look inward at who you are and what you want to be… But ultimately helps you help you customers because you have a clearer view of the value you’re providing.

    Great post… Long live blogging…

  • Studio27b

    Hey Mike! 
    1115 posts, that’s awesome! I want you to know that I’ve appreciated the nuggets you’ve shared. I came across your blog about 3 years ago and I’ve enjoyed it since. Sooo…What have I learned? I’ve learned a lot about myself. Every time I put up a post I put up a piece of me. I try to be a transparent person and blogging has pressed me more in this area. I want to be real so what I say can make a real difference.What is the primary benefit to me? Writing continues to be a significant outlet for me. I’ve been a pastor, teacher, and worship leader numerous times over the past 25 years and I’ve found that much like being in a pulpit or in front of a class my passion is the same: communicate God’s truths in a simple, approachable, reusable way. Blogging is another way for me to accomplish this…on a global scale.At 111 posts (so far) I’ve seen my focus become more defined both in my writing and in my daily walk. I’m looking forward to watching what comes next!Blessings on you Mike! Keep it up, your an inspiration to many!Dave NashStudio27b.net (becoming FatherQuest.com)

  • Lkfischer

    I don’t blog but I love reading them.  I appreciate all time and effort you share at no cost!  I was really excited when you came out with the podcast!  I have listened to them a few times each.

  • Linda

    Thank-you Michael that you started blogging and that you continue, whether you feel like it or not – I appreciate what you share and it helps me ‘think about’ what I think about something.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Great to have you back, Michael. For me, blogging is a learning experience. It’s almost like being in college. When I first started back in 2005, I started reading other blogs on personal development and commenting on them. Back then, getting larger blogs to link back to you was key. Many times it became a two way conversation. Creating my own posts on a subject helped me learn more. I started buying books and doing reviews. Pretty soon, I found that I actually knew quite a bit about the subject. I would try new things and create documents and templates.

    After a year or so, larger blogs like Lifehacker picked up a few of my posts. My traffic literally exploded. I can remember getting 7,000 or 8,000 visits in a day. At the time you had to have a good host to keep the server up. While my traffic would die down the following day, it always ended up higher than it was before. The interesting thing… even after all these years… I still can’t tell what will be popular and what will be a dud. You just have to post it and see how it does.

    I made so many friendships over the years and have learned so much, that I think blogging is one of the best learning tools going. It also gives you access to people and information that you would be hard pressed to get anywhere else. Imaging being able to start a conversation with the CEO of a major publishing company. That’s what your blog has done for thousands of people around the world. I’ve learned so much about publishing and leadership from you. It has made the whole book writing adventure so much more enjoyable!

    Keep up the great work!

    You’ve only just begun! 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, John. You are a super-valuable member of this community. I appreciate you!

  • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

    One of the best parts of blogging is that you can learn as you go. Not every post has to be perfect. You can publish and tweak your way to success. The important thing is to start. And, if you have started, keep going.

    I love that quote, because I agree completely–I’ve learned so much from blogging in various aspects–from networking to social media and (what I blog about) the art of writing. I’ve written a couple of posts where I outlined in detail more benefits of blogging, but my top two were mentioned in Michael’s post: networking and learning. Starting a blog was easily one of the best decisions I’ve made for my writing career thus far. 

  • http://twitter.com/_ThomasMason Thomas Mason

    I’ve only recently started blogging and I enjoy it.  It’s a way to express the myriad of thoughts I have in my mind and try to center them on one thought or topic.  It’s also a way to express myself in a creative manner. I’ve found other bloggers whom I enjoy reading and responding to and they give back in like manner.

  • LivewithFlair

    Oh, blogging!  My 2 year anniversary of daily blogging at Live with Flair is Friday!    The benefits:  It’s a great devotional practice to ask God what made the day marvelous.  And, as a writing instructor, I can testify that daily blogging helps a writer master concise sentence structure, vivid verbs, and varied sentence patterns.  Bloggers tend to excel in gaining immediate buy-in and promising payoff in the title of the blog alone.  Students who blog write better papers.  They learn how to build a brand. 

    • Rachel Lance

      What a great prompt and life habit to write about God’s marvelous gifts. I couldn’t agree more that writing daily builds such important muscle. Thanks for the great comment.

  • http://peanutbuttercupmoment.tumblr.com/ TJ

    I’ve only been blogging since August, and I do it specifically to encourage some of the people I work with, but I’ve found #1, #5, and #7 of your list applies to me.

    I’ve also learned some discipline through it.  I didn’t exercise regularly like I should because it only affects me, but I’ll blog because it might affect someone else.  Seeing that I can do something on a regular basis, though, has encouraged me to start exercising a little more regularly.  I’m not there yet…but at least I’m going in the right direction.  =)

    Even though I started off doing this to help someone else, I think it’s helped me even more.  I look at blogging as training ground for whatever God’s gonna do with me next.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Great point about gaining discipline through blogging. It does help to create a nice routine and discipline if you’re being consitant. Keep it up TJ.

  • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

    What have I learned? I think it’s all about relationships and conversations, not content. Content is important, but not as important as the relationships. 

    • Rachel Lance

      You named an important facet to nearly all of social media. The relationships are so, so important.

  • http://www.tillhecomes.org Jeremy Myers

    I just passed the 1000 post threshold a month back. Whew! It felt good. 

    One reason I blog is because I learn while I write. If I am not sure what I think about a subject, it helps to get it out on “paper.” Then, it helps to post it online for others to weigh in on, because maybe even though I look at it from one perspective, others can point out something I missed. 

    I think I have learned more about Scripture and Theology through the last 1000 posts than I did in Bible College and Seminary

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       That is awesome Jeremy. Congratulations on passing the 1,000 post mark!

  • James Perkins


    I sincerely thank you for your encouragement, wisdom, and love for your craft. Your blog has inspired, informed, and propelled me to greater levels of productivity and intentional leadership.

    Thank You

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, James. Thanks.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Mike! I blog to express myself and I find this exercise mentally satisfying. And, blog is a beautiful tool to communicate with my  team members. And, today is blog is one of the easiest available meduim to build one’s platform in this noisey and busy world.

  • Gareth


    Just wondering how you feel about blogging when you take  time off? Do you miss it? Or, do you enjoy all the extra time you have?

    Many thanks

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I actually enjoy the time off. It gives me a little creative space to think without the pressure of writing. But, like most vacations, I am glad to get back to “real life.” Thanks.

      • Gareth

        Thanks for your response.

  • Debbie

    Michael, I appreciate you and Gail so much for many reason. Thank you, both. Anyway, I have a question…I am seriously considering starting a blog. When I comment on other’s blogs I often get encouraged to consider writing and blogging and when others hear our story and my passion for God and His involvement in our lives I get the same encouragement from many sources (including complete strangers)…Here’s the problem…I’m (blahahha) years old and not so tech smart (understatement) I am overwhelmed and confused by how to even START…what would you recommend? For example a seminar or website or….

    I realize this is a big question (and it makes my head hurt) but if you get a minute just sort of “point” in a general direction…even that might help :) .  

    Thanks for ALL your effort in blogging. I appreciate it.

    • http://timewithtracy.com/ Time With Tracy

      Hi Debbie,

      I think it’s wonderful you’re thinking about starting a blog. Regarding where to begin, Michael has a great post on the topic in his archives http://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-start-a-blog.html

      I also think this is a great place: http://goinswriter.com/starting-from-scratch/

      Jeff Goins is a fantastic source of information on writing and blogging.

      Go for it!

      • Jim Martin

        Tracy, I’m glad you not provided the link to one of Michael’s posts but also mentioned Jeff Goins.  You are right, he would also very helpful for anyone who is about to begin blogging.

        • Debbie

          Thanks Jim, I’m heading to Jeff Goins…in fact I believe I receive emails from him…hmmmmmm….better get reading!!!!

      • Debbie

        Thanks Tracy…I will be sure to check those out.  I really appreciate your input!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Debbie. I would just go to WordPress.com, set up an account (it’s free), and get started. It’s pretty easy.

      • Debbie

        Thanks Michael…deep breath…ok!!! You have been an inspiration I must say. 

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Be brave. There is zero consequence for messing up. You can’t break anything. ;-) And you will learn a ton in the process.
          Don’t get frustrated if you get stuck. Just keep hacking your way through the underbrush until you see daylight. That’s basically how I have learned what I have learned!

    • Rachel Lance

      Debbie, you can do it.
      Wordpress is very user friendly and there are tons of resources you can tap into. Check your local library for classes or one-on-one training, it’s becoming a popular offering.
      Don’t fear keep you from sharing what God has put on your heart.

      • Debbie

        Arrrggg…Rachel, you would mention the “God has put on your heart” thing…I have really been praying about this and He is taking me one step at a time…but perhaps He’s doing a little pulling and I’m doing a little “step planting” :)  

        • Rachel Lance

          Debbie, if you have a message to share then I know you can handle the tech side. Start with small steps – look for online and local tutorials and people who can get you up and running. There are many, I promise! Please, please don’t hide that lamp under a bushel!

  • Cherry Odelberg

    Overwhelmingly, blogging has helped to clarify my thinking (#1). It has also provided a treasure trove of content for my other writing (#5).  With regard to other writing; my blog provides a place to write commentary in first person, where online news writing requires second person.  So, I can do a clipped, straight forward approach to an event, and then give my personal, human interest take on the same experience while musing on my blog. 

  • Dawn Ford531

    Thank you Michael.  I’m printing this now and putting by my computer.  It will serve as a reminder keep going, even when I don’t want to!!!

  • http://www.love-laugh-learn.com Deanna

    I’m just grateful to hear that at times you have felt like you hate writing, and other times you love it! 

    Writing can be so hard that I question if it’s worth it sometimes too.  I try to push through those feelings, believing that writing can teach me to be more determined, more transparent, and more resilient than I am now. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       I agree Deanna. It is encouraging when you hear that you’re not the only one who feels that way, even the big dogs do.

  • http://www.myendlessdiscoveries.blogspot.com/ Shannon

    I just started my blog http://www.myendlessdiscoveries.blogspot.com in December 2011 and am finding it VERY interesting indeed!  It wasn’t as hard to get started as I imagined, however I have already hit those days where, as you said, “it is hard to string two sentences together” :).  I am glad that I have taken the plunge and look forward to seeing where this blogging journey takes me…….

  • randygravitt

    I can relate to all of these reasons. I write my blog for others and yet I benefit more than any of my readers. Thanks for the post & the reminders!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Randy, I think we all go through the stages of blogging that you and Michael have experienced. It’s a roller coaster ride for sure!

    • Jim Martin

      Randy, I have thought much the same regarding my blog.  I think I probably benefit (through the writing and thinking) more than anyone else.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Thank you for your continued commitment to your blog Michael. Because of the content you have created, I have grown so much. Thank you.

    I’ve learned, as a blogger, that it’s not always rosy. There are days I don’t want to write or respond to comments.

    But I’ve also learned that there are people out there who want to hear what I have to say. That I’m able to impact the lives of others. And that people are looking for someone to inspire them.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Joe. I appreciate the encouragement!

  • http://sidekickgraphics.com/ George Gregory

    I’ve found blogging (and following others) immensely rewarding. I’m learning so much from following others’ posts, and find them a constant source of encouragement; writing blogs myself  has helped me articulate my thoughts, and I’m seeing a synergy  develop out of the inputs I’ve had from so many wise people and my own two bits’ worth. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts!

  • Tinaleeluvsmusic

    I learned you’ll have supporters & haters in every crowd. They are both essential to your blog. Supporters help you keep producing by appreciating your work. Haters help by keeping you on your toes about what you’re writing, & how you’re presenting it. I’ve learned to appreciate both types of readers(:

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colon DeLay

    Blogging has had so many purposes for me, but now I’m starting to offer spiritual guidance/soul care to bloggers, and encourage –both the personal and spiritual kind–before and during the process of creating the creature we call the blog.  

    Even in Christian circles, too often blogs have been nasty places of venting, division, and vitriol. In fact, just like journaling, fellowship, or community are indeed spiritual practices, so is blogging. In that light, sometimes we need step back to gain needed perspective so to be intentional about how and why we do it.

    I appreciate most the collegial aspect to blogging, and the friends I’ve made. True blessings!

    • Jim Martin

      Lisa, this sounds like a great vision for your blog.  I just went to your blog and really like the tone and feel.  I wish you the best with what you are doing.

  • ST2

    See what you did! Thanks for the inspiration to do this,  http://sturner2.net/, day one. While I have much to learn about the format and some decisions on the frequency, today was a good start. Thanks again.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Wow!  Congratulations on getting off the starting blocks so quickly.  I loved your first post!  

      You may want to check out Michael’s podcast on 10 Ways to Generate More Blog Traffic.

  • Mreynolds

    Hi Michael, I blog, post interviews with top high profile CEO’s like Dan Cathy, Joe Scarlett, Rick Frost, (would love to include you in that list), publish “hot tips” every week for my subscribers, do a monthly newsletter and monthly webinar–like you I like to write and agree with the benefits you listed. I haven’t been doing it as long so just getting to the book! I agree with you that I learn from the blog as my audience does–maybe more–not just about how I feel about something but also about what really resonates with others. You know you have hit a hot spot when the comments and feedback keep coming! Since I thrive on continous learning, as you most probably do, blogging is a mechanism for teaching and learning in one fell swoop!

  • http://timewithtracy.com/ Time With Tracy

    Everyone is thrilled to have you back, Michael! I like what you said about content that can be easily digested. I like to think of an effective post as one that I can read while standing in line to board a flight, and then apply to my life when the plane lands. You have mastered the easily digestible post.

    The joy for me in starting a blog has come from renewed relationships. I’ve lived in 10 different cities in my life. Old friends, former colleagues, and students I taught a decade ago read my blog. I’ve learned that writing is a great way for me to remain connected to their lives and encourage them from a distance.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Great point, Tracy!  It’s amazing how blogging eliminates the geographic barriers to community.

  • Debracelovsky

    I’m new to blogging, and I agree with you about how it helps clarify thinking. It also imposes writing discipline when you state how often posts will appear.

  • Sydney Avey

    I started blogging to build up a body of work I could direct people to and to build up my writing muscles. I wanted to see if I had the discipline to maintain a writing life. I  formed a picture in my mind of my audience:family, friends, neighbors and strangers; a rainbow of believers and a handful of non-believers; the occasional tourist; young and old; liberal and conservative. I learned how to explore sensitive subjects without offending people unnecessarily. I still have a lot to learn! 

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Sydney, you have touched on a key to great writing (and speaking) missed by many … “know your audience”.  Visualizing your audience can turn good writing into great writing!

    • Jim Martin

      Sydney, your practice of picturing your audience is great!  What a great discipline.

  • Arlen

    How inspiring. Thanks for being a great example of sharing your humanness candidly.

  • http://sprocketswife.blogspot.com/ rubberbacon

    When I first became a mom is the time my blog really got focused and functional, I found a group of experienced blogger moms who became my cheerleaders and a constant source of inspiration.  They got me through the early days when everything was so confusing and hazy.  That daily feedback was invaluable and I’ll never forget it!

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      So true!  Isn’t it amazing how blogging actually provides community for those with 24/7 jobs (e.g. moms)?!  

  • http://candelierious.blogspot.com Lis

    I love that blogging is a form of memory-keeping and for all my family out of the country to hear what’s going on in my life and watch my little one grow up.  Blogging tells my story–it helps me not to feel alone, as well, when I read of others going through similar situations.

  • http://johnweirick.com/ John Weirick

    Blogging benefits  are similar for me: clarity of thought and communication, honing the craft, and facilitating meaningful conversations. 
    Thanks for pouring into it.

    • Jim Martin

      John, the first benefit you mentioned is true for me as well.  Writing has helped me clarify my thinking regarding a number of issues.

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com/ Charles Specht

    I’ve been learning some of these things as well from my blog.

  • Ngozi Ngadi

    I am a new blogger, I got interested in blogging because I like to share my life experiences. Also commune with the people from different speres of life. It opens new avenues to pursue my dreams, vision ans
    discover new potentials of my capabilities.

  • dee

    i started a blog but couldnt make it look very interesting as i dont know how so its kinda fell on waste ground , i see so many interesting blogs and i would like ot have one ….. hellllllp

  • http://twitter.com/NinaAmir Nina Amir

    Blogging has given me an author’s platform and a speaker’s platform as well as content for a book. In fact, I blogged a book and landed a book deal for that book with Writer’s Digest Books (How to Blog a Book). I also self-published another book based on blog content (booked a blog), and plan to continue repurposing blog content and blogging books. It’s given me a way to express myself and get read–important for a writer. And it gives me feedback…and that all important messaged you want from your readers: “You made a difference in my life.” “What you wrote touched me…changed me…inspired me.” What could be better? And even though my blog(s) are not huge in terms of traffic, I have more readers to my blogs than I might ever have buyers of my books. That’s awesome.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      What a great testimonial on how to use your blog to help people!  

  • doug_eike

    I have learned that the creation of a plaform is a long-term project and that it’s worth every bit of the effort that goes into it.  Blogging is fulfilling in many ways, including giving me hope that I can make a difference.  Thanks for the insights!


    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Hey Doug,
      Thanks for the link to your blog.  I just subscribed.  I loved the article about 10 things to give away, especially the wrap-up story.  You have a writing gift.  Thanks for sharing it! 

      • doug_eike

        Hi John,
        I’ve done the same, and I thank you for your kind words.  I’m in awe of your having posted 1000+ articles.  This one’s wonderfully written.  You’ve set the bar quite high.  Thanks again!

    • Jim Martin

      Doug, I have learned the same about it being a long-term project.  I have been blogging for eight years.  It has been only within the last four years that I feel like I found my voice.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewstark andrewstark

    Great list of points, and as you say it’s just gloried self publication. If you have something to say then you don’t need to get approval from an editor, you just shoot from the hip. If you have something good to say people will listen, and if all you do is rant then people will stay clear.

    Keep up the good work you’ve done here.

  • http://messymiddle.com/ Amy @ themessymiddle

    I am fairly new to blogging (only 6 months) so I have much to learn! But one thing that I’ve learned is that it provides me with a sense of control that I don’t have in my present job — and I mean in a good way. I can control the timing, tone, and message. This is one aspect that I hadn’t anticipated — I find that through blogging hope is returning. Might sound sappy, but it’s true!

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Wow, Amy!  What a great realization that blogging provides hope.  That makes sense as it’s an opportunity for many of us to share our own ideas in our own voice.  That’s something that does not happen in every work environment.  

      Great perspective! 

  • http://joyfulmothering.net Christin

    I have learned how many people want to hear what I have to write and it has been humbling. The primary benefit is that I have learned a great deal about myself.

    Sometimes I don’t know what I really need until I begin to write out my “problem”. Then a solution presents itself and I share it with others. It’s a win-win.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      So true, Christin!  It’s amazing how we find our own solutions simply by writing out the problem!  Then hitting Publish allows us to share it and help others.  

      Great point!

    • Jim Martin

      Christin, I suspect that many of us underestimate how much we have to offer others.  You are right.  It is very humbling when others want to read what we write.

  • JustinFosterTEE

    Michael this is right on point for me right now. As I’m struggling to get my consulting business off the ground, this hits home with me. Ultimately, I want to impact people’s lives, build my business and open new doors. I’ve been trying to discern my beat approach and have been a bit intimidated by blogging, but this sounds right on point. Thanks for the boost and I look forward to more on how to incorporate this SCORRE method into this (you mentioned in past post) at the upcoming conference in GA.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Hey Justin, 
      It’s great that you’ll be at the SCORRE conference.  See you there!

      • JustinFosterTEE

        Thanks John. I’m certainly looking forward to it.

  • http://www.betterbusinessgrowthfaster.com/ AJ Perisho

    Great post!
    I have come to enjoy blogging.
    I hope to make a difference for someone with my efforts.
    Time will tell if my mission is achieved.
    Thanks for sharing :-)

  • Jill Porter

    I am very new at this, but I would have to say that I have a lot more to say than I thought I would I am inspired by the stories that people are sharing by blogging. Everyday I cry over a post from someone that has touched me heart by sharing a little about their life.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    What I have learned is that you should stay positive in your blog.  No one wants to hear you whine, cry or grind your personal axe.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      So true.

  • http://twitter.com/definingmoves Rachel Yates

    I am very new to blogging, but your comments really resonate – especially the one about the love hate relationship with writing. It’s good to know that people still struggle with it even after 1000 posts.
    My personal lessons are:1. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. Waking up to see a zero on your site stats page is a miserable way to start the day. Waking up to see 50 pageviews, happy day.(Can you tell it’s a new blog??)2. It’s inexplicable. After 6 months of posting, I still can’t predict what will make everyone sit up and take notice. But I love that this very conundrum gives me the freedom to write about pretty much anything.3. People are really, really kind. When the mainstream media focuses on all that is going wrong in the world, it’s come as a huge surprise to see how many people offer comments, share the pages and generally cheer you on, just because. It’s the quintessential ‘paying it forward’ moment, because they are people that I have never met, and am unlikely ever to.Thanks for such great content – I’m now off to read “How to write a blog post in 70 minutes”..

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  • http://www.NexTwelve.com Jer Monson

    I am surprised at how generative blogging has turned out to be. I hesitated to start blogging in earnest for several years because I feared I would run out of content; however, in the few months since I’ve started blogging consistently, I have had more ideas than ever. I suspect it’s because actually committing to the process has caused me to start viewing the world through the lens of my blog, and thinking more critically about how I can package relevant insights in such a way as to add the most value to other people. It’s a lot of fun, and I am hopefully expectant for my future as a blogger!

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I totally agree with the clarity of thought benefit.  I started blogging by writing book reviews.   This helped me to capture my thoughts and ideas, and retain what I read much better.  I still write reviews/summaries for every book I read for that reason.   I may not publish them all, but I still write them.

    Another thing I’ve noticed I gained from blogging for three years now is that I write better than I did before.  The level of improvement will keep growing, I’m sure.

    And a lot of what I do in the blogging aspect of my life is inspired by what I read and discuss here.  This community has played a large role in helping me find and define (and continue to do so) my blogging voice.  Thanks!

  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    I’ve learned so much from blogging. Probably 50/50 from my experience over the last year and from all the various blogs I’ve read and followed.

    Some things that bubble to the top:
    – Importance of respectful discussion
    – Time management
    – Structure

    I’ve benefitted tremendously from the blogging community. There are some great men & women out there whose writing challenges me daily. I’ve even met a few in real life. Turns out 1 actually lives in my neighborhood!

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us all. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    All of your reasons are either ones I am experiencing as a relatively new blogger or am looking forward to in my blogging future. Great to hear what has worked for someone to confirm what I am doing and to encourage for keeping going.

  • Dorie Lim

    I agree! Packaging information so that it’s easily digested is a great service and gift. “He who knows it best, says it the simplest!” I’m a dietitian and it’s a confusion of info out there. Thanks for your blog. It’s a great tool because you do good work!

  • Lbk_rvr

    Thank you for sharing. Gives me something to think about. Maybe I should learn to blog.

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  • http://twitter.com/SeizeTheSummit Andy Castro

    I am a baby blogger. But in my short time at it I’ve had to learn to: Take notes at any moment for new ideas. Stretch my thinking. Clarify my thinking, and learn to put in readable form. It takes work but it is rewarding.
    Thanks for your blogs.

  • soulstops

    I have been surprised at the friends I have made. It is like we are pen pals. I was not expecting that level of connection when I started blogging. It makes blogging fun and more meaningful to me.

  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    Michael, your posts have really proved helpful for me in social media. Thank you! I’ve been blogging for years, but your insights have offered a much-needed refinement. 

  • Jean

    I have learned that I can.  Simple enough, but true.  Two or three years ago I would never have thought this.  I started attending Northwest Christian Writers Association with a friend of mine (benefit at first was being able to use the carpool lane to get there) and began doing some writing of my own.  It gives a voice for all of those visuals God speaks into my life.  It is an inexpensive creative outlet.  I could continue, but I won’t.  Blogging, who knew?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shari-Lynne/100003094764831 Shari Lynne

    Wow..I have learned so much in just 7 months of blogging:
    1.  I didn’t know what a blog even was before I started blogging
    2.  I didn’t know you could make a little $$ off of a blog
    3.  I didn’t know there were so many nice people in the bloggy world
    4.  I never knew you could actually comment on things..that’s a new concept :)
    5.  It has also helped me to be more focused in my purpose
    I could go on and on..but I am having sooo much fun blogging..that’s the most important:)
    Thanks for the great article!

  • http://henryfiallo.wordpress.com/ Enrique Fiallo

    Thanks for sharing Michael. I love a lot of things about you, but the one I love the most is your willingness and ability to share your experiences. You are most generous and I have learned much from you. What I have learned from my blogging, is that I underestimated just how much I love sharing my thoughts and ideas with others, and that the words really flow and the passion grows as I totally forget about building readership and a following, and just concentrate purely on the writing (your friend  Jeff Goins  also taught me this!). Thanks again for your generosity and unselfish sharing.

    Enrique Fiallo

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Enrique. I appreciate you saying so.

  • Alyjefferson

    Love this article. Blogging has helped me walk out of depression.

  • Raj Paulus

    I love Blogging! Almost as much as I love eating chocolate! I find that blogging forces me to look at life and string experiences together. As I take my readers on a journey, I discover as much, maybe more, than they do, about keeping things in perspective and valuing the greater things during this short trip on earth. http://WWW.insearchofwaterfalls.com is my Blog name, because I am always in search of the “waterfalls” of life… 

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  • http://www.mikeoates.com Mike Oates

    Great post! Michael, How do you come up with so much content each week?

  • http://frankviola.org/ Frank Viola

    Michael, your blog is one of the most inspiring and instructive for fellow bloggers, and this post ranks high on the inspiration chart.

    I resonate with all 7 points, but I’d add 3 more:

    1. as an author, my blog provides a venue for me to answer questions about my books. Both from inquisitive supporters and from skeptical critics. I’ve even created a special FAQ page on the blog for that very purpose. I wish every author had such a venue for their readers, as I’d love to pick the brains of the people I read.

    2. blogging gives me a medium to push the limits on innovative experiments. For instance, the “one word monologue” … the “two word monologue” … the “$25,000 give-away” … “rant and rave day” … and “the what if question” were all fun and successful experiments. I like the flexibility that a blog affords to test new innovations.

    3. blogging has given me a platform to learn from others. I often marvel at the comments from readers. They add a great deal to my thinking on various subjects, and I’m always learning new things from them. 


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      These are great additions, Frank. Thanks for sharing them!

  • http://www.christopherneiger.com/blog Chris Neiger

    Thanks for the encouragement Michael, your posts always motivate me to write!

  • Dpaine

    Before I started blogging I had a part of me that believed I was not a writer. I had another part that felt that while I was good on my feet I was not good on my seat.

    Blogging has taught me it is not the position or posture of my body but the perspective and perseverance of my spirit. By doing it I learned I can do it.

    I also felt that if I wrote no one would read what I wrote. By blogging I learned that it was not about others reading what I wrote but about me writing what I think as a way of sharpening the focus and shaping the delivery of creative thought. Blogging helped me to be self affirming, self authenticating, self defined, and self designing.

    Blogging has helped me to see the role of “affirmative action”. As I write I feel internal affirmation responding to my “internal critic”.

    As I blog ” I am”

  • Mscott647

    well, I feel as if I am entering this discussion a bit late. I stumbled upon your blog, Michael, as I was googling tips on how to blog more efficiently. I since have signed up for the Sat emails which have been great, so thanks and keep up the good work. :) I started my own blog about 6 months ago. It was a step of faith, and still is as I continue each week. I think it sometimes teaches me more than it does my readers. It has been a wonderful experience though!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. Welcome!

  • dyuhas62

    By all means, clarity of faith! Every time I write, I grasp how high and wide and deep is the love of Christ because whatever I write about, it always comes back to Him.  In this way, I am always encouraged and strengthened to persevere.

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  • http://www.galyab.com/ Beth

    This was great to read. Very encouraging for a (late) starter. Thanks!

  • http://www.geekywriter.com/ Romy Singh

    Hi Jon,

    I too fall in same category. My blog also thaught me million of lessons that my teachers forgot to teach me. And the major ones you mentioned above.

    My belief is ” In our world everything teaches us some lessons anyhow, but the only difference is we don’t realize many of them. And the one we realize push us further towards our goal. ”

    So learn form everything and polish your skills more. The more lessons you have the bigger you get. :) thanks for wonderful and insightful article.

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    I started blogging almost 3 months ago.  I have difficulty finding time in writing and there are times that I want to stop my blogsite …this post inspired me so much to keep on going.  Thank you Mr. Michael Hyatt.  May GOD bless you always..

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  • http://www.trainupthechild.org/ Sheilahdaws

    Thanks for this.  A friend sent it to me.  I am at one of those points when if my blogging is doing any good.   You helped me realize it is even if I am the only one benefitting from it.

  • http://www.rebekahruthbooks.com/ Rebekah Ruth

    Well Michael, I have to thank you for many things. A friend followed you on twitter and when I was looking to publish my novel a couple years ago, he told me about WestBow. Two years later…my book is published, I’ve been blogging for about 8 weeks and I joined Twitter yesterday. All of this is either directly or indirectly due to your influence and for that I thank you! I was a very reluctant blogger (and that goes for Twitter now, too) but I have already learned so much. I process my thoughts by writing and until now, those thoughts have always been safely tucked away in my journal. But I’ve learned that vulnerability is a gift that we give to others. Everyone wants to know they are not alone. So I’m enjoying being real and vulnerable and encouraging others along the way. I’ve also learned that my mother is not the only one reading (phew!). Thanks for being real & transparent. You have inspired me and I know God has an adventure planned for me.

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  • http://joanneellison.com/ Joanne Ellison

    I began blogging a year ago and find like Michael that it enables me to untangle my thoughts. I run a community wide ministry and am trying to find ways to expand my “tribe” or following beyond my local community which is in itself growing. Would love some ideas how to drive traffic to my blog. 

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