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Blog Exercises: Things I Wish I Knew When I Started

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.“9 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started.” “6 Things You Need to Know Before You Begin.” “The 10 Lessons You Need to Know Before You Take that First Step.” “What I Wish I Knew Before I Knew.”

These titles show up in my feed reader on a regular basis. In this blog exercise, it’s your turn to share what you wished you’d learned before you had to learn it for your specialty.

These types of articles do multiple things for your site and for your reputation.

  • They establish you as an expert. You know how this industry or subject matter works. You’ve broken it and lived to tell the day. You are the one they want and need when they go looking for an expert.
  • You know what you are talking about. By sharing your history and lessons learned along the way, you show your readers that you know what you are talking about. You talk the talk and walk the walk.
  • You are a mentor. You serve as an example to others. This is how this industry works and I’m the one to come to when you need to be shown the path of enlightenment.
  • You have history with the subject. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. We’ve been around the block. The ability to look back and reflect upon your “years” of experience speaks to that experience. You have been through the wringer. After X years of toiling, struggling, beating whatever it is into shape, you have seen it all. Now is your chance to share a life-time of experience.
  • You are an educator. Learn from me. That’s what that topic says. I’m here to show you the right way to do it. Learn from my mistakes. Don’t do what I did.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Take a look at your subject matter and gaze into the past. What would you have wished you knew before you started? What lessons have you learned along the way. Blog your top X things you wish you’d known before.

We’ve blogged about mistakes we’ve made and what we learned from those mistakes. This is bigger.

It is literally a blog post that answers the question, “If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently now that you know.”

If you publish the post, remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task and learn from you, the master of your specialty.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.

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  1. Posted August 31, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    This posting was really interesting to read, and i am inspired to get my blogs more concise to be a testiment of what my passion is for helping people live there wildest dreams through taking chances. As I am new to blogging guess I will look back and try to avoid feeling this way because you lay it out real well continue to be inspired in your blogging.

    • Posted September 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      Glad to help. Looks like you started your site here on in 2011 and haven’t done anything with it. Hopefully these blog exercises may help ignite the fire and passion again. Thanks.

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