Have You Been to Blog Island?

 

blogisland 

I was living on blog island.

And it sucked ASS.

What’s blog island?

What’s more important than what it is, is how you get there.

To get to blog island, the first thing you have to do is start blogging.

And you do all the regular stuff that they say bloggers are supposed to do.

You figure out all the basic stuff like:

… all that sort of beginner blogger stuff.

And people start to notice you.

Then you make a left turn at My Poo Don’t Stink Avenue, and suddenly you’re on Blog Island.

Maybe you stop responding to comments on your blog. Not because they’re too many, but because you just can’t be bothered.

Or perhaps now that you’re becoming a BFD, you don’t see the point of stooping to comment on other people’s sites anymore. After all, you paid your dues right?

And why have a blog roll? Linking out to other people’s sites is stupid right? Because then you can hold them captive! Forever!

Could be you get such good results from blogging that you stop and use the excuse that you have all this work to do.. (Yep. That one’s about me. And not in a pat-self-on-back way…)

Blog Island is the place you end up in when you stop doing the things that made you a successful blogger in the first place.

Like…

Writing about other people you admire . and linking to their posts.

Or being passionate about something, then writing about it with every drop of that passion.

Or reading your favorite blogs, and linking to your favorite blog posts.

Blogging is as much about consuming, commenting on, and linking to great content as it is creating it. All 4 activities work symbiotically together to turn you into a great blogger whose posts are read by actual humans.

Stay off blog island. No excuses.

10 Replies to “Have You Been to Blog Island?”

  1. @Alice,

    Well, I’d say start with a manageable plan. For example, I started off this blog with daily text posts, and now that’s what people expect from me – most importantly, what I expect from myself. It became overwhelming, considering I have three other blogs and a handful of new clients.

    Instead, I could have thrown in a few shorter posts, done an audio, some video… you get the picture – I should be doing whatever I can to make the workflow easier on me, without entirely abandoning my mission.

    Because if you don’t what happens when, for reasons good or bad, you need new clients? It’s the equivalent of saying to a suitor that was interested in you “hey, I know I ignored you for two months, you still want to go out now?” If you’re lucky and they really, really like you – you still have a shot. But if they didn’t get a chance to know you in the first place?

    ACK-ward.

    @Renny,

    Hm. I was saying that blog island was a Bad place. And if you’re commenting on other blogs, you’re not treating your blog like an island… so ??? 🙂

  2. What a great introduction to Blog’s Island! …. and you know what: I live there! 🙂

    The greatest way to meet people, getting to know them, make friends and share about our daily life – from all over the world. This interaction and knowledge helps to build down cultural and religious barriers and even more; the more you share, the more you get.
    It’s just like Networking; A Givers Gain.

    If you like to explore my spot of the island – about Norway and the Nordic countries, you’re always welcome over 🙂

  3. How can you not go to blog island though? You’re supposed to blog to increse business. So what happens when you have so much business that you have less time. What do you do?

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