Investing in My Daily Blogging

Today’s post represents 1,536 straight days of daily blogging.

While it has certainly required an investment of my time, it has not really required much of a monetary investment. The annual cost of having my own web site has been about $200 per year, which is less than 60 cents per day.

I think it’s only natural to want to get better at things that are important to us, but when I look back at my past four years of blogging, I have not really done much to try and make my blog better.

I hoped that by writing every day, my writing would get better; maybe it has, maybe it hasn’t.

I hoped that by sharing my blogs on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter that I would get lots of engaged followers, creating a community of engaged readers who would comment on my posts. That has certainly not happened.

That’s not to say I haven’t met some wonderful people online through my blog who have been kind enough to comment frequently on what I have written.

One of those people, David Kanigan, was even kind enough to offer a comprehensive set of recommendations about my blog when I asked him for advice.

But I’ve come to the point where I recognize that if I want to be a successful blogger, I need to commit to learning more about the art and science of blogging.

So when I came across Cristian Mihai’s 0 to 5K Program for improving my blog, it seemed like it was created with me in mind, and I made the decision to sign-up for the program. I’ve also ordered Cristian’s book, The Art of Blogging, which just came out this week.

This represents my first monetary investment directly related to improving my blog, and I am excited to get started.

I just got my first assignment from Cristian, and it was to share my three favorite blog posts with him which he will then critique.

Given that I’ve written over 1,500 posts, picking three as my favorites was not easy.

There were a few I recalled as having enjoyed writing, and to trigger my memory for others, I went back and looked at what posts got the most comments (i.e., more than one). I started creating a list, and my first cut included 22 posts. For those who may be interested, here are those posts. Feel free to read any or all. After the list, I reveal the three that I sent to Cristian for his review.

How a Scottish Shower Is Helping Me Become a Man

Who’s Your Clarence?

I’m the Clarence Thomas of Barbershops and Hair Salons

A Peaceful, Easy Anniversary

What If???

A Welcome Distraction from Blogging

It’s the Little Things

That’s Not Like You (with credit to Seth Godin)

Finding Joy in the Little Things

Who Said Allowing Comments on a Blog Is Risky?

Congratulations Patty B!

10 Things I Love about My College Students

My Mom and the Ouija Board

The 7 Lessons I Learned at Graduation

A Few Things I’ve Never Figured Out

Why Can’t Everyone Be Like David?

The Businessman and the Fisherman – What’s Your Perspective?

Great Customer Service vs. Personal Responsibility

How My Twitter Following Went from 250 to 253 in Just One Week!

Think Bigger, or Think Smarter

A Different Type of Marriage Vow

Kids Say the Darndest Things

And which ones did I pick as my three favorites?

How a Scottish Shower Is Helping Me Become a Man

A Different Type of Marriage Vow

The 7 Lessons I Learned at Graduation

I’m looking forward to working with Cristian to improve my blog. I’ll likely provide periodic updates of what I’m doing to achieve such a goal, but hopefully, my readers will start to notice improvements without my prompting.

*image from cristianmihai.net

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