December 21, 2005

Darren’s 18 Blogging Lessons +1–Backwards!

published this at 2:16 am

Yesterday Darren Rowse at Problogger wrote the best piece on the 18 lessons he’s learned from blogging. I was with him on every one, but our order differs. That’s the story of being ME.

I’ve frustrated everyone by being a right-brained, abstract creative thinker. Research shows that people like me get our ideas whole. So when teachers would say, “Show your work.” I didn’t have any work to show. I’d have to show the work I thought they would do. This ended up in my developing a sort of mirror image kind of thinking.

When I was an executive, my CFO was crazed with my spreadsheets. I could do the numbers, but I explained them the opposite way in. To him, the explanation was backwards. When my products returned unexpectedly well on their investments, he named my spreadsheets the Voodoo Test of Viability. So with that in mind, I offer you my own take on and rewrite of

Darren’s 18 Blogging Lessons +1 Backwards!

This work is proof that the 18 points Darren has already stated so well will return on their investment. They stand up to the CFO Voodoo Test of Viability–Liz restating them backwards. Just to kick up my personal challenge, I’ve added a Bonus Lesson at the end.

Bonus Lesson: Remember You’re Not the Only One. Help out the new guy. Just like your blog isn’t you. You aren’t the blogosphere. Nor is it likely that you will dominate it or even make a massive and lasting change in it. But if you help out the new folks who come along, you might make the blogosphere a smarter place, a community where people actually have relationships and share what they know as a matter of life.

That would be so COOL.

Thanks Darren for giving me reason to think about all of this.

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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11 Comments to “Darren’s 18 Blogging Lessons +1–Backwards!”

  1. December 21st, 2005 at 2:41 am
    Darren said

    no problem Liz. In actual fact they weren’t in any particularly order except the order it came out in. I don’t like to identify any one thing as being ‘the reason’ – nice rearrangement.

  2. December 21st, 2005 at 2:54 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Darren,
    Thanks for coming by.
    Nice to see you.

  3. December 21st, 2005 at 7:33 am
    indeterminacy said

    I think 18, 17 and 16 belong on top. If I could only blog three of these, those would be the three. 😉

    (and the bonus).

  4. December 21st, 2005 at 7:45 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Indie,
    Good to hear from you.
    I think those three are pretty important ones too. Though I’d have to say it would take me a while to figure out which three I’d pick if I had to choose three only to put on the list.

  5. December 21st, 2005 at 10:00 am
    Mike said

    I like Darren’s list. He’s done his usual great job, which is why he’d be successful at whatever he chose to do.

    People think it’s pro blogging that’s made him and that too is backwards…he made pro blogging…not for everybody, for himself.

    My favorite, though, is your add-on, Liz.

    Blogs will come and go…friends are forever.

    I met yesterday with a new friend that found me through my blog.

    Like my singin’ friends from Van Zandt say ” Help somebody when you can… ”


  6. December 21st, 2005 at 10:12 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mike,
    You’re right Darren made problogging not the other way around. Well said. He earned his place and his right to be there.

    You are my bonus lesson, Mike. You’re a perfect example of someone who does exactly that. You help out everyone–even grandmothers who are only buying $20 worth of bricks. You’re still a hero in my book.

  7. December 21st, 2005 at 8:38 pm
    Simplenomics » Blog Archive » Blogging Lessons Plus A Life Lesson said

    […] Over at Successful Blog, Liz has given us an add-on lesson to a post of Darren’s over at Pro Blogger. […]

  8. December 21st, 2005 at 8:58 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thanks Mike! :)

  9. December 26th, 2005 at 2:15 am
    unsaid said

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for sharing this and adding on. I’m a new, slightly uneasy blogger so this makes me feel more comfortable about creating my space.

    Thanks for this! Your add-on clenched it.

  10. December 26th, 2005 at 2:46 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi unsaid,
    Don’t be uneasy. You won’t make nearly as many mistakes as I in front of a BIG audience. :)

  11. January 15th, 2009 at 11:01 pm
    Blogging Lessons Plus A Life Lesson said

    […] at Successful Blog, Liz has given us an add-on lesson to a post of Darren’s over at Pro […]

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