My first post was on June 22, 2006, so that makes today my blog birthday!
Please note that I recently celebrated a birthday, and got lot’s of well-wishes. About half of those people said “happy blog birthday.” Let me clarify lest you think I’m trying to double-dip – May 15th, 2006 was the day that I launched JibberJobber the career toolbox website. It is the place you go to manage your job search, personal network, sales prospects, etc. On June 22, 2006 I launched this blog. So today is my blog birthday. Last month was my web application birthday.
I started blogging a few weeks after I went to a Utah Bloggers Conference. I had just started JibberJobber and was really excited about the future, and “wondered what could blogging do for me?” I was very skeptical and concerned that (a) I didn’t have anything to say and (b) didn’t have the time.
I was sure I would be one of six people at the conference and was shocked to walk into a room of almost 200 people, some driving a few hours to get there. There was a panel discussion and then they opened it up for questions. I guess everyone else already knew everything, or perhaps they were too shy to ask questions, so I took the first question:
Why should I blog? I just started this business and don’t feel like I have time, or anything to say!
I don’t remember their answer but I do remember that night I resolved to blog, and to “do it right.” I took a few weeks to figure out my strategy, including:
- How often do I post? I knew it had to be at least three times a week.
- How long will I blog? They said that most blogs fail after 90 days. I didn’t want to start this just to fail (or quit).
- Who am I? Was I going to be Jason the unemployed guy so I could relate with my audience (but then… what if I got a job???) or Jason the wildly successful internet entrepreneur (so you can feel safe about using JibberJobber because it isn’t going anywhere!)?
I have blogged every single workday since then. I remember I missed ONE day, when I was out of town, and I set my blog software to post a pre-written post and it didn’t. I saw the day after and was bummed because my goal was to do it every single day! Oh well, as far as I’m concerned I hit the goal.
So here’s the deal. Instead of sending me presents for what I consider a huge accomplishment, I’m going to give YOU presents. Each day next week I will (drum roll) share my blogging secrets. These are things that I’ve done or seen in the last year that I didn’t want my competition to know about. These are things that I haven’t really shared with other people. I’m not promising that anyone will be wowed but I will share some of the secret sauce. Brace yourselves for what I think will be a very, very exciting week of blogging next week!
Here is the way it rolls out (I just updated the topics and links in):
- Monday: relationships
- Tuesday: branding
- Wednesday: abundance mentality
- Thursday: build community
- Friday: be wary of technology
Have an excellent weekend!