This is the second time I've purchased the Artful Blogging magazine. The first time I bought it was roughly 3 years ago when I was entertaining the idea of starting a blog. However, I didn't get nearly as much out of it back then as I did this time around, and it's simply because I wasn't blogging yet.
In this issue, 17 bloggers are featured along with their story of why they started blogging and what they've learned from it. I took away something from each story, but there were some things that were said that really resonated with me. Below are some things that I've highlighted.
"Inviting visitors into one's blogging world is much like welcoming them into one's own home -- a
home that hopefully reflects one's personality, is comfortable and enriching, and will leave the guest
happy or relaxed or inspired, but, most of all, delighted that they came and excited at the prospect of
"Strong design and great photos will attract people to your corner of the internet. Content will get
them to stay. But a clear vision and unique voice is what will make readers settle in with a cup of
coffee and share your URL with friends. Blogging helped me to discover who I am and gave me a
--Elise Blaha Cripe
"Find beauty in all avenues of art and life, and use your blog as a way to share and educate your
readers. When you do this, you will find that blog writing becomes a more enjoyable process for the
writer and the reader, keeping things fresh and fun."
"Your humility will work like a magnet, attracting readers. Everyone has character flaws, but very
few are willing to openly admit theirs to the world."
"more and more, I am trying to detach from the comments. I realize this cannot be my true
measuring stick for blog success and I'm trying to let go of the need for approval and a pat on the
back. It's not about flattery or ego. It's about sharing what is inside my heart. I believe only by
doing this can our words and our work truly connect with others. This must be my true barometer."
Is there anything insightful that you've learned about blogging?
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