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.

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  • 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

    Michael,

    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

    Michael,

    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
    Gareth

    • 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.
    Debbie

    • 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

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