What Does Eight Years Of Blogging Get You?

Blog of the day once againOne of my favorite thought leaders Mitch Joel is reflecting today on 8 years of blogging…

Eight years ago on this day in 2003, I started Blogging.

Here’s some basic info about what has transpired in eight years here at the Six Pixels of Separation Blog: over 2700 Blog entries, over 20,000 comments and over 270 audio Podcasts. If you have read or listened to only one percent of all of that content, you’ll know that both acknowledging this milestone or speaking about the numbers (how big/how many) is not my style. But, when I woke up this morning and saw the date notification in my Outlook, it gave me pause. It wasn’t a sense of pride or accomplishment, either. The only question that continually popped into my brain was: was all of this Blogging worth it? And, the answer is obvious: yes.

Yes it is.

Starting this Blog was (and still is) without the question the single most important thing I have done in my professional life. It has changed me. It has changed the way I learn and grow and it has changed how I think about the world (and business and marketing and media and beyond). In spending some serious time soaking in this anniversary, I listed out why Blogging was (and still is) the smartest thing I have ever done.

Follow the ‘via’ link if you’d like to hear the rest of his perspective. Want to start blogging? Comment or ‘connect’ to discuss how this applies to you and your organization…

Want to blog better in 2011? We’re here to help!

“For those of you who want to take your blog to the next level in 2011 perhaps you’ve stepped up to the Post a Day or Post a Week challenge, we’ve got your back. From now on, we’ll be offering tips on blogging best practices to help you produce high-quality content, boost your readership, and make the most of all the fabulous WordPress.com features. Here’s a handful of resources to get you started: Want to blog better in 2011? We’re here to help. — Blog — WordPress.com.”

Jag, Inc. can get you up and running fast! Comment or ‘connect with me’ so we can talk about how this applies to your business…

3 Questions to Ask When Planning Your Website

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The following is an excerpt from “Make the Website Work: The Small Agency’s Guide to Creating Effective Marketing Sites for Themselves and Their Clients,” Mark O’Brien’s forthcoming book to be published in 2011 by Rockbench. O’Brien is the president of web-development firm Newfangled.

You’ve heard from O’Brien before.  I interviewed him last October for “Five Web Development Myths Debunked.” And on Feb. 10, O’Brien will present “Cure for the Common Website: Using Personas to Boost Site Performance,” right here at MarketingProfs—$129 well spent, free for Pro members.

O’Brien says planning a website is hard to do, and most people miss the mark because they jump right into “doing” before giving enough attention to the planning. He suggests that the next time you start a web project, try starting by asking yourself these three questions:

  1. Who am I trying to attract?
  2. What do they want from my website?
  3. What do I want from them?

These deceptively simple questions will get you started on the right track for planning your site and the criteria by which you’ll measure its success for years to come.

We develop on WordPress and these three questions came just in time for the new website we’re building!

Have fears? Overcome them now (via The Daily Post at WordPress.com)

I’ve been reading all the comments here, and many of your posts. I’ve seen some of the same fears and concerns come up. Here are some answers. I’m afraid to publish: Most bloggers quickly discover the opposite feeling: they desire to have more people reading what they’re writing. For most bloggers, there aren’t that many people reading what they publish. It’s not like the entire web is sitting around, waiting for you to push the button, just so t … Read More

via The Daily Post at WordPress.com