It’s hard to believe 2008 is coming to an end.
It’s even harder for me to believe five months ago I started this blog, and so far I’ve kept up with it. I’ve resisted the idea of having a blog for a long time. As an avid blog reader, I never thought I’d have enough to say, or the skill to write a blog. Also, it seems like everything under the sun has been said by other people already.
In July I reserved 8164.org to start my blog on Tao Te Ching translation, and planned to write a few web design related posts as a filler. I didn’t think I could maintain a subject restrictive blog, I’d eventually run out of things to say, or maintain several more focused blogs at once. Funny how things turned out to be the opposite. I found myself ended up writing more about design than Tao. Lesson learned: Tao is lived, not talked about; I love design more than I thought.
There are two blogs that served as an inspiration to me. I basically modeled my writing after theirs. My former coworker and friend Jeff Atwood’s Coding Horror, and Modern Capital by “Mid-Century Mike.” If you check out their blogs, you’ll notice one thing in common: they write about what they’re passionate about, and they keep at it. Their writing pace is not affected by how much traffic they get, or what kind of comments they get.
If I have to give anyone an advice on blogging from my limited experience, I’d repeat what Jeff said in his article “How To Achieve Ultimate Blog Success In One Easy Step”
When people ask me for advice on blogging, I always respond with yet another form of the same advice: pick a schedule you can live with, and stick to it. Until you do that, none of the other advice I could give you will matter. I don’t care if you suck at writing. I don’t care if nobody reads your blog. I don’t care if you have nothing interesting to say. If you can demonstrate a willingness to write, and a desire to keep continually improving your writing, you will eventually be successful.
Is my blog successful? Yes! But it has nothing to do with the traffic or RSS#. It is successful simply because I picked a schedule I can live with(1-2 posts a week), and been consistent about it. Also I try my hardest to write original content. In doing so, I’ve discovered my love for writing, and learned something new every time I wrote. More importantly, I’ve learned the most from readers who shared their thoughts and critiques. Sometimes I think the comment section is far more informative than my own writing.
A big Thank You. Have a safe holiday break, see you in 09.