If you look at the date difference between this post and my last few, you’ll see that I haven’t really blogged in months. This is a real shame, as I’d put a lot of effort into starting the blog and getting a routine going, but I ran out ideas and wasn’t sure what direction I should take the blog.
Then, a few weeks ago, I found out through his blog post that John Sonmez (the chap that runs Simple Programmer) has an e-mail blog course available for free that helps programmers get a blog up and running. I signed up for it straight away as it seemed exactly what I needed – a kick up the rear so that I’d start blogging again as well as help on how to stick to it and make a successful blog.
The course has covered more than I expected – it covered not just how to set up WordPress or similar, but more useful things such as how to pick a specialisation for your blog, how to keep on top of subject matter, why you should develop a schedule for both releasing and writing posts, and even why you should run a blog and what the benefits are to you personally and professionally.
I’ve really enjoyed the course – it’s definitely rekindled my interest in blogging. As I already had a blog, I did a little extra work in the first week and did a total redesign of the blog with a professional theme, as well as redesigning the Surge website.
I’ve now gone through all of the exercises and information in the course – created lists, set a schedule and so on. This final week covers getting your blog “out there”, so to speak. I have the lucky advantage of covering a niche but loved topic (F#), and I’ve noticed that just tweeting a link to my blog posts with the #fsharp hashtag gets me a surprising number of visitors. Still, the lessons in the course that cover “marketing” your blog apply just as much to me despite that – I can’t rely on Twitter for everything.
Anyone reading this post who doesn’t already run a blog should definitely sign up for the e-mail course. I know that I’m going to take the lessons with me as I develop my blog over the years. Thanks, John!