D is for…Desiderata

Go anonymously amidst facebook and twitter, and remember what power there may be in lurking.

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all bloggers.

Post your opinions regularly and clearly; follow all the blogs you can, even the dull and plagiarised; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and ranting bloggers, they’ll just bring you down.

If you compare your number of followers to others, you may become a pain in the ass; for always there will be more popular and less popular blogs than yours.

Enjoy your awards as well as your drafts.

Keep interested in your own blog, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of the internet.

Exercise caution in your traffic sources; for the internet is full of paid-to-click scams.
But let this not blind you to what search optimised content can deliver; many bloggers strive for high adsense returns; and everywhere life is full of new ideas.

Be yourself. Especially, avoid copypasta.

Neither be cynical about the comments you get; for in the face of the nameless hordes of the internet it’s nice to get to know people.

Follow tutorials from those that have gone before, diligently adding tips as your experience grows.
Nurture a good group of followers to shield you from sudden dips in traffic due to changes in search algorithms.

But do not distress yourself with thoughts of being banned.

Many fears are born of caffeine and insomnia.

Beyond a regular posting schedule, be gentle with yourself… we all have real lives.

You are a blogger of the universe, no less than the Huffington Post or Mashable; you have a right to post when you feel like it.

And whether or not it is clear to you, visitors will find your blog.

Therefore be at peace with your provider, whether Google or WordPress, and whatever your page views and click rates, in the noisy confusion of your reading list keep peace in your soul.

With all its spam, piracy, and deserted blogs, it is still a beautiful internet.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

G

(originally posted on my other blog…but it seemed perfect for D)

29 thoughts on “D is for…Desiderata

  1. Your post on D definitely deserves A+.
    @T.Rogerthomas – I may have around 500 is they are really my followers I should get 500 comments per post. Same with me, I may be following around 500 but I dont like or read all of them 🙂

  2. This was great, there are many out there nothing more than a bit of fluff, but then there are a few you can get to know an it makes everything worth while. Wise advice indeed.

  3. I read this ages ago, the original poem i mean. It is always good to have perspective, i only started blogging last year because it was a requirement of my degree. But i like posting my ideas, though i must admit replying to even ten or so comments can be time consuming but fun.That is a nice peice of advice though wrapped up in a poem.

  4. Okay G, this one's perfect. Taking blogging advice to a bit of a new level. Quick, to-the-point, no-nonsense.
    Don't agree with one thing though:
    "follow all the blogs you can, even the dull and plagiarised; they too have their story."
    I won't easily follow blogs if they don't interest me, sorry. ):

  5. wow that was deep. i think we are like some how connected through consciousness. I post about improving myself and you post of ways to improve. so awesome. u my friend deserve a guiness for good friday and holy thursday.

  6. Hey G,
    That was brilliant and an excellent take on it all. You sir, are the epitome of what I consider to be the finer attributes of a sharing, caring, blogging community. Or something like that 🙂
    Have fun with the um challenge that continues to amaze with further awareness of the alphabet….
    Gary

  7. Y'know, it's good to be That Bastard. There's this generally accepted thing amongst just about everyone who meets me IRL that "That Bastard is the exception to every rule."

    I'm loud on my blog. I rant…hell, not just on my blog but EVERYWHERE. I don't inexactly compare my follow numbers to other blogs as I do simply wish to expand my reign of power and influence to other-

    I mean, wish to expand my followship.

    …you heard me.

    Still, some pretty good words to live by here, yeah.

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