If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I usually use all lower-case letters for my headlines. Why?
Well, at first it was just a style thing. I did it to be different, unique, artistic. Then I started thinking about it philosophically. I decided that the real goodies are in the post, not the headline, so I kept headlines in lower-case.
I used to only use black-and-white photos, too. But I started adding color about six months ago. I’m growing.
Keeping a blog is like watching your baby grow. I remember when my daughter Annie was an infant. I don’t miss changing dirty diapers, but I loved holding her and rocking her to sleep. Then she became a toddler. I’ll admit. I get all emotional when I see cute little three-year old girls now. It’s such an adorable age. Annie’s going on eight. That’s hard to believe. She’s growing, and so is my blog.
Some people want to start a blog and immediately get professionals to help them make it look and read perfect. I’d rather watch mine grow and savor each moment. And yes, there are some advantages to growing your blog slowly:
1. You learn the ropes. By keeping it real and doing it yourself, you learn the ropes. You learn both the writing and technical aspects of blogging. As I continue to blog, I’m slowly learning more of the technical programs and functions. By learning these things myself, I’ll be able to fix them later if needed.
2. You learn your topic. Being the primary writer of my blog, I’m forced to think, study, practice, and learn more about my main topic: writing.
3. You learn about yourself. As I blog regularly, I learn more about myself. I learn which posts work well and which posts are duds. I learn more about my own writing style and choice of topics. I learn what others like, too. The bottom line is growth. By consistently writing my own material, learning about the technology, and making subtle changes from time to time, I’m growing my blog. It gives me something to look forward to.
I’ve recently grown a little more. I’ve added music and podcasts. I’ve added new headers, and a link to my book, A Train Called Forgiveness, on the sidebar. I’ve also updated my blogroll. Since adding Feedly, (which I love and highly recommend), to my iPad mini, (which I also love and highly recommend), I’ve discovered a bunch of new blogs to read. In the future, you might see more reviews of articles, examples from, and links to blogs like Lifehacker, Stereogum, Thought Catalog, Writer Unboxed, and Unclutterer to mention a few. It’s just another way I’m growing danerickson.net. I’ll continue to change my blogroll from time to time. I also have my “bloglinks” page where I keep some of my all-time favorites.
As for using upper-case letters in my headlines, I know all the professionals do. I know I could. But I’m not quite ready. After all, nobody wants to watch their baby grow up too fast.
Question: What kinds of things are you doing to grow your blog?