I recently ran across an article from 2008 by my friend, Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today called “If I Could Start My Blog Over Again….” It made me think about what I would do if I could start over again.
In August of 2005 I sat down to write my first few posts for a new blog, Plagiarism Today. It was my first attempt at a blog and at the time, it was viewed more as a side project than anything big.
Yet, with time it grew, not just in terms of readership, but also in terms of the amount of time I spent on it. First becoming my primary site and then a full-time business. Currently, I spent about 60 hours a week on PT-related issues and am very stunned by what the site has become.
However, with this experience came a lot of lessons, many of them hard. Some things I did well from day one, many things I did not. Though I’ve been able to go back and fix many of my mistakes there are some I haven’t and probably never will.
Still, if I could do it all over again, there are many things I would change. Here’s a list of five of the more important decisions that, if given a second chance, I would not repeat.
My mind went back over the past almost 25 years of websites and blogging and I started to think about all the things that went wrong, and what I wish I knew before I started blogging.
I’m working on a series of blog writing and how to blog articles for WordCast and this article made me really think back over the years.
I’ve done a lot of things right, luckily, floundering away as the industry grew around me. I also screwed many things up and misjudged things that became unexpectedly successful.
If you’ve been doing this a while, I’m sure you’ve similar thoughts. If you’re new to blogging and online publishing, there are plenty of things you wish you should know now, before you get yourself into hotter water.
What would you do if you could really do it over again?