Rude Comments

I have a question for my blogger friends.  Have you ever gotten rude comments on one of  your blog posts?  If so, did you respond or just ignore it?

I’ve had a few on my blog.  For example, I have been called an idiot and I was told my blog is full of useless drivel.

I just ignore such comments.  If the person had some constructive criticism, then I would pay attention.  However, saying mean things to people while hiding behind a computer screen is something a coward would do and it has no effect on me.

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Blogger Beware

As a blogger, I have managed to get myself into some interesting predicaments.  Some of these were done on purpose and some happened by accident.  The end result, I survived and I had interesting topics to write about.

The strangest things that happened to me in order to get a blog post:

  • Fell out of a moving vehicle
  • Covered in poison ivy
  • Swarmed by mosquitos (I do mean swarmed.  They looked like a thick black cloud surrounding me, my dog Blue, and Gwen.)
  • Cracked a couple of ribs
  • Ate fried frog legs (That may not seem like a big deal to some people, but I really struggled with it.)
  • Had a close encounter with a copperhead snake
  • Had a close encounter with an alligator
  • Touched a live shark
  • Accidentally trespassed into someone’s house (It was truly an accident and it was very embarrassing.)
  • Admitted my personal failures
  • Told embarrassing stories about myself
  • Ripped a hole in one of my tires and ended up stranded for an hour
  • My Jeep sank (like the titanic) into a mud hole, until the mud was even with the running boards
  • Ran into freezing water on the first day of the year (Poler Bear Plunge, it was a blast)

If you managed to get into weird predicaments as a blogger, share your experiences in the comment section.

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The Golden Rules of Blogging

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There seems to be an endless number of rules on how to become a successful blogger.  At times, the rules even contradict each other.  A few of the more common rules are:

  • Always self-host
  • Post at least once a day
  • Pick a niche and stick to it
  • Be personable
  • Optimize keywords in every post
  • Build an email list

How important how these rules?

In his book, “The Golden Rules of Blogging,” Robin Houghton takes a look at the most common rules.  He explains their origin, level of risk involved in breaking the rule, and discusses the pros and cons of each rule.

Robin Houghton also tells the reader the validity of each rule depends on what you want to achieve with your blog.

Blogging & Tweeting Without Getting Sued

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I was searching for books about blogging on Amazon when I found Blogging & Tweeting Without Getting Sued by Mark Pearson.  I was intrigued by the title and decided to read the  book.

Here are a few important points to keep in mind when blogging:

  • Criminal and civil laws apply to bloggers and bloggers are treated the same as media companies as far as the law is concerned
  • You should never forward or repost material that you have not reviewed and verified
  • Libelous material may be defended if it is in the public interest, but this is a hard point to prove and any signs of malice will destroy your defense
  • Think about the consequences before posting a negative blog about an individual or a company
  • Anonymity is not guaranteed on the internet
  • Blogging any confidential information about other people is illegal

Blogging Success

How do you determine if your blog is successful?  Is there a certain number of followers you are trying to achieve?  Do you base it on the number of people that visit your blog each day?  Do you consider your blog successful if you post on a consistent basis.

I have pondered these questions and I don’t have a clear answer.  It is hard to control how many followers or visitors you have, so using stats to determine your blog success can be a bit difficult.  However, consistency is easier to determine and it may be the best way to decide if you are reaching your blogging goals.

What are your thoughts on the subject?  What does blogging success look like for you?