The Most Important Blogging Lessons: Advice From 18 Veteran Bloggers

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As part of our tenth anniversary Selfiebration extravaganza this year, we chatted on Twitter yesterday with a few of the speakers for BlogHer's 10x10 Project: Alexandra Rosas, Deb Rox, Doug French, Kelly Wickham, and Shannon Rosa … and a bunch of bloggers who joined the conversation.

They talked about why they blog, how blogging has changed in the 10 years since the first BlogHer conference, and the best advice they could give to new bloggers. What they said was heartfelt, and inspiring, and funny, and just so damn quotable that I had to share it.


WHY WE BLOG

Blogging clarifies and unmuddies who I am. With every post, the outline is clearer. This helps me speak out IRL. —Alexandra Rosas (@GDRPempress)


WHY WE BLOG

I love that blogging affords me the opportunity to continue to learn abt others' lives, perspectives. —Arnebya Herndon (@whatnowandwhy)


WHY WE BLOG

Since I started blogging I've realized I can be angry about things in the world and have it matter. I am not alone.—Dresden (@DresdenPlaid)


WHY WE BLOG

Announcing my divorce was brutal. But it made me shed my anonymity and launched a flood of support for both of us.—Doug French (@mrdougfrench)


WHY WE BLOG

10 years ago, my real life friends had rejected me, I found my community through blogging. It saved me.—Casey Carey-Brown (@lifewithRoozle)


WHY WE BLOG

Blogging over the last 11 years has brought me through depression, cancer, addiction. Given voice for change. —Elan Morgan (@schmutzie)


WHY WE BLOG

Blogging has helped me see how I create my life and world. —Suebob (@ItsSuebob)


WHAT HAS CHANGED

I hesitate to say


WHAT HAS CHANGED

For me, the biggest change is how much I think about blogging. It is always in the back of my mind in every situation. —Diane Lang (@MomoFali)


WHAT HAS CHANGED

I don’t think blogging has lost its soul; I think it has evolved. Like everything does. For instance, I don’t use 8-track tapes. —Shannon Rosa (@shannonrosa)


ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

Don't wait to get discovered. Discover opportunities you can create for yourself & others. —Ann Imig (@annsrants)


ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

Write your passion, find your voice, don't be afraid to edit post-publishing.  The BEST is when someone sees the light, changes an opinion and re-writes. It's freeing. —Kelly Wickham (@mochamomma)


ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

You don't need to be on all social media channels. Just do a few really well. —Jessica Rhae‏ (@JessicaRhae)


ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

Kindness matters. On the internet. In life. Approach your interactions with kindness. —Karen Ballum (@sassymonkey)


ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

The best thing is new bloggers don't need advice. They kick down new doors. We need to watch them. —Deb Rox (@debontherocks)


ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

The thing I found introducing myself to bigger bloggers: sometimes they already knew who I was b/c I commented on their blogs. —Rita Arens (@ritaarens)


ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

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ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

Oh, one more important piece of advice for newbies. Your WORST posts will get the most traffic. Don't worry. It's normal.—Neil Kramer (@Neilochka)

Tune in to @BlogHer on Thursday, June 19 at 1PM Eastern to talk with Katherine Stone (@postpartumpr) about blog anniversaries and finding your path.

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