Friday 5: 5 Blogging Lessons I Have Learned!

FRIDAY 5 | | June 26, 2009 at 8:24 pm


Blogher is a month away but the blogging talk is filling the air. First I was excited about the conference and then the word got out about the parties at night. Can you believe some evenings have 5 or more parties? Then there are public parties and some private ones (ooh the tension mounts as to whether you can get invited to one). To top it all Mommy Niri got accepted to join the Ford Ride and Drive program, you will have to wait until I find exactly what that is before I can tell you. If that is not exciting enough there is even a tattoo discount for Blogher attendees…dare I?

All of this other talk is making me forget about the business of blogging, which is what I was going to focus this dose of the Mommy Niri Friday 5 series. I know I am no expert and neither do I profess to be but I will share what I have learned so far:

  • Share, share, share. How often do we as parents tell this to our kids (or maybe you just say it once, and it is just me yelling it at the top of my head) but I find so many bloggers act as if you are going to steal their thunder. Relax guys, there is a lot to go around, and more will come around if you pass it around. I have tried to ensure I pass on a new contact to someone I feel who could use it.  By sharing I don’t mean giving to some top person to be nice to them but by giving a beginner a chance. @AudreyMcClellan once responded to a question I asked about an event “Let’s make a pact, we will share whatever we know of events.” and that reminded me of the reason this Mom Generations mom is so successful.  While speaking about sharing, learn to spread the knowledge. When you have good tips, share them. @babySteph shared an excellent post on asking for sponsorships.
  • Cut the dead weight. I have learned to remove all things and people around me that bombard me with negativity. It takes a lot of energy to write (I won’t go on saying I work hard on the blog, most bloggers do so it is superfluous to state) and the last thing you want is people around you that bring you down. It is hard enough to believe in yourself to cut through some comments laced with (hidden) meaness.
  • Don’t just look up. I know some people who just try to speak to the people in the high rungs and ignore people they deem “smaller” people. It is important to hear others and not always think of being heard only. On many ocassions I have been speaking with a college student to later find out she works at some big company and I get in on an amazing project. Big people can get small and small people can get big. Bloggers like @katjapresnal and @BarabraJones are highly sought after people in the blogging community yet they make you feel right at home.
  • Read between the lines. Or just read the lines (in your email/twitter, etc). Too often good opportunities are embedded in a long email. Many people have a tendency to skim email which is a mistake. I would never have had such wonderful adventures as Flying in the Up chair as part of the Disney/Pixar promotion had I not read all my email.
  • Keep talking. So often we fail to communicate. I am guilty of it too like everyone else but I think I make a tighter attempt at it. Some people think I am really fast while some think I have nothing to do hence I reply quickly. I believe in dealing with my inbox fast so things don’t pile up and eventually get ignored. Always great efficiency of time to get the reply done so the other person is parsing the information and you can move on. People don’t mind these things being late or some project getting messed up, they care about not being told.
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