Day #6 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge held a barrier I didn’t expect. The assignment was to read some of the best blogging advice ever written. I am the quintessential non-fiction consumer and I love blogging. This should be easy. But it wasn’t.
When I was in college, I met a woman who collected pigs. Later I met a woman who collected roosters. The idea of collecting something intrigued me and sounded fun — but I couldn’t think of anything I liked enough to collect other than gold jewelry, and that was an expensive proposition.
Eventually I came up with the idea of collecting watches. It was jewelry on the cheap. (Obviously I wasn’t going for a Rolodex collection.) I had dressy watches and casual watches. Sporty watches and elegant watches. I was on my way to having a watch for every holiday and even had a political watch (a Bill Clinton watch that ran backwards — and I wore it enough that I got used to reading it).
About a year into my new hobby the first watch battery died. Followed by another and another. And another. It was then I realized watch collecting was going to be a high maintenance hobby. I ditched it and began looking for another.
A number of months later — before the advent of Amazon —Sam and I left a bookstore laden with over $600 worth of books. He looked at me and said, “Honey, we collect books.”
All that lead up is to let you know that I love reading. I mean, I really love reading. Especially technical books, business books, self-help books, parenting books, education books, religious books, philosophy books. I love just about any non-fiction book every printed and a few fiction works as well.
Give me a leather chair by a fire and a cup of steaming cocoa (and some peace and quiet) and there’s just about nowhere I’d rather be than there. With a great book that is going to change my life.
But reading in front of the computer screen? Not so much.
So although I was really looking forward to getting the information from all 27 (!) of these jam-packed articles that Rowse had assigned — I was not really looking forward to spending hours in front of the screen. I can’t read them from my Kindle. And the iPad isn’t out yet. So I suffered through it. Wah wah. Poor me.
Once I got over the resistance, I was well-rewarded. This is a grand collection of blogging information and ideas from the likes of Jeremy Shoemake, Maki, Chris Brogan, and others. And this addresses one of my pet issues. If you’re trying to find a way to be an ultra-successful blogger, find out from those who already are, not from someone who started blogging a year (or two) ago and really, really, really wants to make a lot of money (from you).
Of all the blog posts, the most helpful were those by Seth Godin. I’ve been reading his books for years. (My favorites are: The Dip and Small is the New Big. He’s genius at innovative thinking, which puts him ahead of the curve.
As much as I love to read, I had to be nudged into this assignment because the venue isn’t my favorite. But trust me on this, new blogger or seasoned, you’ll learn a lot. This is a gold mine of blogging goodness. It’s worth every minute.