This is my last post for 2018, so whatever you are celebrating, whether it’s Christmas, Chanuka or something else, I wish you happiness and wonderful memories with your family!
I know I haven’t written many blogs, though I think I’m getting better, and Tom’s ideas have helped – any and all feedback is MOST welcome, please comment or email me!
Part of Rule #6 is to keep writing it you want to “go viral” – and maybe write lots of short posts first…
Here’s some smaller rules I can infer from Tom’sRule #6 – he’s suggesting short blogs are around 300-400 words as a good guide for length, and I think that’s great!
He calls these short blogs “silver bullets” – tiny bites of important information! Great idea! Especially as he’s suggesting these might be liked and reshared by people – OMG, that’s awesome!
He’s also supporting Medium as a great website to build your online audience, with Rule #7 – and I have to agree that Medium provides me with lots of thinking!
Again, I’m adding my spin-off rules – that you should comment on other people’s blogs EVERY DAY – maybe 3-4 comments each day…
I have to admit, I started this with 1-2 blogs, of people I respected, and, what with end of year here in Australia, I’ve let that slide a bit – so I’ll have to restart this myself in 2019.
Rule #8 suggests that you’ll be reposted by other people – and that’s a great way to spread a consistent message of something you think is important – if it wasn’t, then you wouldn’t have written that post!
Tom Kuegler’s last Rule – Rule #10 – is really a revisit about GRIT – and Angela Duckworth’s ideas about persistence – which is fabulous – reading or hearing something repeatedly, even just twice, means this is important!
Tom’s saying that until you’ve written around 500 blog posts, you’re unlikely to see anything (any benefit) that’s obvious?
Maybe, except I’m thinking you’ll see how your own writing has changed, if you look back on your first post? I know this post today is very different from where I started, and I’ve NOT written anywhere near 500!
Even Tom acknowledges that repetition and perseverance are important – by ending his list of rules with: “here’s to blog post # 1.”
So, I’ll end this post with a tiny quote, that came with some coffee from a local Coffee Shop in Sydney:
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will!” (Maybe that’s a 2019 NYE resolution – but WHO keeps them!)
Yes, writing blog posts is mostly about writing – and you might not see any fruits of your labours for a while – but you will win out in the end, just keep on doing what you are passionate about!
Have a VERY Merry Christmas, and wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and successful 2019!