If I Had to Start My Blog All Over…

July 25, 2006

What would I do differently?

There’s an interesting post by Darren over at Problogger titled If I Had to Start My Blog Again. I thought I would add my thoughts as to what I would do if I had to start my blog over again:

I would have ditched the free services and gone with the real thing from the beginning. No, there’s nothing at all wrong with Blogger. I just lost ground when I switched my blog over to Dreamhost last year. I went with the free service to start because I wanted to find out what I was getting involved with before I committed anything to it.

One advantage to starting a blog now is that there is A LOT more blogs to link to. When I started, there weren’t very many people to link to, which made it hard to get traffic. I remember having a TOTAL of 143 hits from October 13, 2004 – December 31, 2004. Yes, that’s right: 143 TOTAL HITS! I didn’t get serious about blogging until January 2005.

Other than that, there’s really not a lot that I would do differently. I’m pretty happy with my blog the way it is.

6 responses to If I Had to Start My Blog All Over…

  1. Thanks for sharing your story JLP. As a new blogger of 2 months, it’s encouraging to see that the road to building traffic is steady as she goes. I am impressed with the sites I have visited and draw strength in knowing that everyone has a starting point. I am also pleased to see that people are willing to share their experiences (good & bad) with other bloggers, lots of opportunities to learn and grow together.

  2. Brian, if you want a little advice for building traffic from someone who has just gotten into the pfblog scene, it’s ENGAGE YOUR COMMENTERS! I’m amazed how different the pfblogs tend to be from, well, all other blogs genres I’m familiar with. There are some really great pfblogs that I just can’t get into because the authors never venture into the comments, even when the thread is really long.

  3. I’d have to second what S says. Engaging commentary is the key to getting my attention and ATF gets excellent points on that score. Not just from the blogger, but from readers, as well.

  4. Miguel,


    I was just thinking that I need to do better at engaging my readers. By that, I mean responding to comments, which I don’t do as often as I should.

  5. Yes, my comment was not a slam on JLP who, as best I can tell in my short time here, does a great job of engaging commenters.

  6. You’re welcome.

    P.S. By way of clarification, that last sentence should read more coherently as… I enjoy comments not just from the blogger, but from readers as well. JLP throws the topic on the table with his thoughts, and then I love to see what others think as well, and then see his follow-up.