This week was the two-year anniversary of my blog. I didn’t know where I was going when I started my blog and certainly had no idea I’d still be blogging two years down the road. But I am. And as I look back over the past 2 years, a random list of things I’ve learned comes to mind.
I can now spell museum without thinking about it or looking it up in the dictionary.
As has too often been my experience with technology, when something fails it will be at the most inopportune time and require hours of Internet searching and follow-up to address.
There are so many choices for blogging platforms and tools it can be overwhelming.
I’ve learned a whole new vocabulary. e.g. plug-in, widget, SEO, blogroll, pingback, RSS feed.
Most of the people who comment on blogs are other bloggers. I think part of the reason for this is that most comment systems intimidate non-bloggers. I use Blogger’s default system. Even with adjusting its settings to the simplest possible version, it has its quirks. I’ve seen a variety of other systems on other blogs I’ve visited. While some are better than others, I have yet to come across one I’d consider ideal.
The more readership one gets, the more spam comments one receives. They are always annoying, but occasionally amusing as well. Cases in point:
Don’t you think most of the people who comment here are idiots?
I was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments. If so, how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can recommend. I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy.
Fortunately, the Blogger platform I’m currently using is good at detecting spam and doesn’t automatically publish these comments.
The various tools used by bloggers to catch spam are not infallible. Sometimes spam comments creep through. Other times legitimate comments are flagged as spam. I’ve had one or two comments from regular readers wind up in my spam folder. And I went through a period this past summer when one of the commonly used comment systems flagged many of the comments I made on other blogs as spam. I received excellent support in sorting it out, but it still took time and effort. I regularly scan through my spam folder to check for non-spam comments. However, not all bloggers, especially those who receive a large amount of spam, do that.
There are a lot more differences between British and American spelling than I realized. Canadian spelling usually aligns with British spelling, but not always. Realize is the correct spelling in Canada and the U.S., but the British spelling is realise. I started my blog intending to adhere consistently to Canadian spelling, but suspect I may have lapsed occasionally.
Did you know that aluminum is the American spelling for what the rest of the English world knows as aluminium, although Canadians are more likely to use aluminum than aluminium?
I react to my life experiences differently than before, looking for material for potential blog posts. It feels as if I’m always working. Good thing I enjoy it.
One of the greatest rewards has been the connections I’ve made. There are great communities of bloggers out there. Through membership in 2 such groups, LinkedIn Bloggers Helping Bloggers and Facebook Boomer Travel Bloggers, I’ve connected with other bloggers, learned from them, and read great stories.
Although I am getting better at editing my own writing, I still need a second set of eyes. I’m thankful my husband is a willing and capable copy editor. Oops, he just corrected me when editing this post: willing and capable and good-looking copy editor.
Blogging takes a lot of time and effort. It’s time I choose to spend and generally enjoy, but I’ve had moments when I’ve wondered if I should drop it to devote more time to my other writing. Still, I intend to go into a third year.
What’s next? I hope to have more travel opportunities to write about. I will continue to explore the area around me, wherever that is. And a re-design of the web site is in the planning stage.
As always, I like to hear what readers want to see.