I ask you, my humble readers, a lot of questions, motivating you to think about how you blog, why you blog, and what your blog is for. Now I ask you a very important question.
What have you learned from the blogging experience?
So, what have you learned?
What have you learned about web design, web development, blog administration, and the administrative side of blogging? Have you learned more than you want to know about CSS, XHTML, accessibility, web standards, PHP, PHPMyAdmin, MySQL, layout, structure, and are little bits of code dancing in your head?
What have you learned about browsers that you didn’t want to know before? Have you learned about how they are different and similar and what works and doesn’t work in web page design? What have you learned about how they help, or hinder, your blogging and Internet experience? Have you improved your web browsing and blog reading through your browser, discovered the magic of feeds, and found other helpful tools for your browser, an integral part of accessing your blog and the web?
Have you learned some shortcuts to make the process easier? Little tricks to make your Internet browser or feed reader gather the information you want to blog about and research faster and easier? How about entering information into your blog? Any tricks in the process, or maybe with the blog web page design or administration panel structure and layout that makes the whole blogging experience much simpler?
What have you learned about writing a blog? About finding stories and things to write about? About digging through Digg, del.icio.us, Yahoo News, and Google? Is it easier or harder to keep finding things to blog about? And when you find it, how do you keep track of what you want to blog about and your research notes?
Do you find that you usually write off the top of your head or are you spending more time researching your blog posts? How much time do you spend researching and checking your blog post data and facts? Or do you even check? Is it important to check?
What have you learned about your language and the way words come together to make your point and express yourself? Has your writing improved or slid even further downhill?
Has your thought process about what you write and how you write changed at all? Do you feel yourself writing more about cultural, political or worldly issues, or more about yourself, your life, and your perspective of your life?
How has your blogging changed since you began? Was it all about the pretty website and pretty words and now it’s about the serious words no matter what the site looks like? Does the flow of ideas and writing posts come easily or much harder since you began? Is it easier or harder to confront your Write Post screen?
Do you feel inspired by the blogging experience, and want to blog more, or is your interest starting to wane? What do you think helps keep you blogging?
What have you learned about the blogging process itself? From blogging and from reading other people’s blogs? What do you think the “state of the Blogosphere” is today compared to when you started? What do you think of your competition? Is there more or less?
And most of all, what have you learned about yourself through the blogging process? Has blogging helped you “find yourself” or become “more centered”? Has blogging improved your communication skills, satisfied some need for attention or fame, or added some new element to your life?
Maybe even ask yourself if blogging changed you or you changed blogging?
So, answer the question. What have you learned from the blogging experience?