This is a blog post about blogging: how original.
But really, it is original… that is, original research by Andy Crestodina of Chicago-based Orbit Media Studios.
As was the case at least a few times before, I was one of those who responded to this year’s survey. The results from my answers, as well as those of 1,095 others, are linked below. It’s an excellent overview — with fascinating trends and clarity on what tends to work most effectively (measured by the subjectively termed “strong results”).
Having created well over 500 posts in a decade-plus, my pace has slowed considerably (as you can tell by clicking on the month-by-month archives on the left side of this page). At the same time, I have been getting better at reviewing, updating and in some cases re-purposing old blog posts. (Hey, there’s no such thing as plagiarizing yourself.)
A few other observations from my experience:
*It’s remarkable how many links get broken over time.
Be sure to clean ’em up on your website, as I strive to do on mine. Spot a broken link or some other problem on this post, or anywhere else on my site? Let me know at email@example.com. In fact, I have blogged about the power of kindly alerting folks to these types of boo-boos.
*A few years ago, I added “Related Posts” at the bottom of each post, to guide visitors interested in digging deeper on a topic.
I have also “back-filled” many of the posts from over the past 11 years or so. It’s a continual process and I chip away at it, little by little in 10 to 30 minute pockets of time. Speaking of time, did you know I have included the word “time” in over 20 blog posts, including this one about disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte?
OK, enough about me and my precious hyperlinks. To learn about the latest trends in the world of blogging, just click on the image below: