I wasn’t sure how to feel when I saw the notification from WordPress that Social Bridge is now ten years old.
I thought they must be wrong but then remembered how I started in 2011 a few months after my father died.
It’s been a tough ten years in lots of ways but also one filled with moments of great joy, new discoveries and fun.
If I were back again, here are 10 things I would say to beginner blogger me:
#1. You will meet many fascinating people through this and many who you will count as true friends.
#2. You shouldn’t ever focus on statistics as they mean very little in terms of the overall quality of the blogging experience. Quality far outweighs quantity.
#3. Realise that blogging is a social activity and is not all about what you write. It’s as much about reading other blogs and commenting.
#4. Don’t be afraid to take blogging breaks if other things get in the way but be sure to let readers know you are taking a break and haven’t been kidnapped.
#5. Don’t take blogging too seriously. Life is far too short for that.
#6. Be open to the fact that your blog posts may trigger unexpected feelings in others and do your best not to offend.
#7. Treasure those who take the time to engage with you. This is valuable time they could have been using some other way.
#8. Be prepared to engage with people who are going through rough times and who have the courage to say so.
#9. Don’t try to be someone you aren’t. It isn’t sustainable long term in blogging
#10. Don’t publish a post when you are very unsure about whether it will offend. Let it lie for a while and re-assess it in the cool light of day. Blogging isn’t about upsetting or getting upset. It’s about sharing.
Thanks to all of you who have made this 10 years so much better than it might have been. You are treasures and I really appreciate you all and love how unique you all are.