What Publishing 500 Blog Posts Taught Me About Rocket Science

Building a successful blog only requires two steps. Earning a living doing what you love requires two more steps. Publishing 500 blog posts taught me this and more.

A couple of weeks ago, we crossed over a big milestone here at Think Traffic. There are now over 500 blog posts published on this site. 500!

I don’t know how many bloggers out there have published 500+ posts, but I’ll guess it’s not many (compared to the hundreds of millions of blogs that have been started), which is a shame because it’s impossible to publish 500 posts without accomplishing something significant or even life changing.

For me, publishing 500 posts has helped attract an audience of 100,000+ unique visitors here per month, which directly led to building the little 3-person business now known as FizzleCo. My life and career has literally changed because I published my first blog post in March 2009, and kept publishing every month.

I didn’t write all 500 posts. I wrote 348 of them. The rest were written by talented guest authors and the other 2/3rds of FizzleCo, Caleb and Chase.

Publishing 500 blog posts also taught me a lot about rocket science. Well, not exactly. Mostly I learned that blogging isn’t rocket science. Let me explain.

Blogging isn’t rocket science.

Let’s get this out of the way first. Blogging isn’t rocket science.

Here’s my 2-step formula for building a popular blog:

  1. Publish useful stuff.

  2. Attract an audience.

Rinse and repeat. Do this until you have a big following. It might not take you 500 posts, or even 50. It depends on how useful your stuff is, and how hungry the audience is.

This might sound glib, but it’s true. There is no magic to building an audience through blogging, or podcasting or video-ing. The trick is in figuring out how to create truly useful stuff.

If what you publish is useful enough, getting the word out is easy.

Then, the 2-step formula can be expanded to a 4-step formula for building a successful business:

  1. Publish useful stuff.

  2. Attract an audience.
  3. Make and sell something your audience is willing to pay for.
  4. Grow your business, repeating steps 1 through 3.

Some people start businesses at Step 3. I prefer to start with Step 1 because it lowers the risk of building something no one wants.

The simplicity of publishing and growing an audience (and likewise growing a business) has become clearer and clearer the more I’ve published. This above all is what I’ve learned from publishing 500 blog posts.

But of course, there’s more to know than simply “publish useful stuff.”

5 Other Things I Learned Publishing 500 Blog Posts

Engagement > Traffic

This probably seems like a weird statement for a blog with the word “traffic” in its name. Honestly, I didn’t always understand this myself. It’s so easy to get caught up chasing vanity metrics.

If you’re blogging to ultimately support yourself doing what you love independently, as an artist, coder, writer, freelancer or other creative type, raw traffic numbers are meaningless.

What matters is whether people are really listening to you, how much influence you have and if people will trust and like you enough to hit the buy button when the time comes.

A hundred true fans is worth more than a million social media shares.

Epic ≠ Long

There’s useful, and then there’s epic. To stand out from the flood of media and content we’re all swimming in daily, average content isn’t going to cut it.

You have to write things that make people think. Inspire people. Change lives. Create value. Blow people away with your usefulness.

But epic doesn’t mean long. The perfect length for any piece of writing or video or audio is the length it takes to make a lasting impact and change your readers’ lives. Sometimes this will take 4,000 words. Other times it will take 446.

It’s hard to be useful without being different.

Whatever topic you choose to blog about, chances are there are plenty of other blogs out there already on the subject. When a new visitor stops by, they’ll be asking themselves “why should I spend any time on this site, when I know there are other great sites out there already?”

To make your useful stuff stick, people have to stick around long enough to digest it. If your site doesn’t seem unique enough, your visitors will move on before even giving your ideas a chance.

Useful can mean helpful, entertaining, educational, inspirational, motivational or all of the above.

This is something I’ve learned more recently from publishing The Fizzle Show. The show is 50% useful tips for starting and growing an independent business, and 50% inside jokes, mediocre impressions and fatuous cultural references.

Yet we’ve gotten a more heartfelt response to the show than almost anything else I’ve ever been a part of. Listeners have been saying things like: “Hands down, my favorite podcast. Ever.” and “This podcast has been one of the best things I’ve come across in a VERY VERY long time. These guys are great. They balance great meaty material with humor, and the whole thing has a great organic flow.”

Being useful is great, but being useful AND entertaining, that’s a home run.

Your work will suck, and you have to fight through it.

In the beginning, your work won’t be very good. Most people quit because it’s so painful to publish work that you know isn’t very good. It’s embarrassing and the only way to get better is by producing a huge volume of work.

If you keep blogging and keep working to serve your audience, you’ll eventually find your voice and start attracting true fans.

But getting through the first couple of years is the real challenge, because what you make when you first start out probably won’t be all that good.

As Ira Glass says in this beautifully illustrated interview clip, the only way to get good is to produce a lot of work. And to me, the easiest way to produce a lot of work is by focusing on things you really care about.

Our full 500+ posts are available in the archives.

If you’re new here, I suggest starting with these:

If you had only 1 or 2 pieces of advice to give someone based on your experience publishing so far, what would your advice be? Tell us what publishing blog posts or videos or podcasts or anything else has taught you in the comments below.

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  • http://www.greig.cc James Greig

    Wow, 500 posts already, nice work!

    I think my top tip for anyone getting started blogging would be to write every day. Even if you’re only publishing a blog post once or twice a week.

    Work that writing muscle baby! (I like to do it first thing in the morning).

    I keep multiple notebooks with ideas for blog posts (one by the bed, one in my bag, etc) and then draft blog posts simultaneously. This means that on days where I’m not feeling inspired to write, I already have something sitting there, ready for me to chisel away at… :)

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Yes, absolutely, great advice James. I wrote nearly every day for the first year at least. I didn’t always publish what I wrote, but throwing some work away is always part of the process for me too.

  • http://www.bloggerdoc.com Amal Rafeeq

    Hi Corbett,
    Way to go mate. 500? Wow! I’ve been reading from Think Traffic for a long time and I think it’s time to go back in the archive and dig up some old posts.
    Congrats on what you’ve achieved! You’re killing it here in the Blog-O-Sphere dude.

    And I thank you for all the awesome posts and podcasts. Keep going.

    Cheers!

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Thanks Amal, always happy to be in the Blog-O-Sphere ;)

  • http://convergenceinthecommons.com/ Deborah Owen

    The most important thing I have learned in the few months that I have been writing articles for my blog is to imagine that you are writing for one specific person. Who – exactly – is your audience/reader? What is he/she struggling with? What concerns does he/she have? What keeps him/her up at night? What would really make his/her day? Or week? Or even month?? Try to give it to him/her! There are some great courses in Fizzle that talk about this very thing, and they have been extremely useful.

    I have also been working this through in my mind recently, but I am finally understanding the idea of marketing as “building long-lasting relationships with people”. As Tim Grahl says, you want to be “relentlessly helpful”. And as Michael Hyatt says, “give with an abundance mindset”, believing that there will always be more where that good stuff came from; don’t hold things back. Once you have developed a relationship with your audience, and they know, like, and trust you, as Ray Edwards says, you “exchange value for value”, meaning, you give away great stuff. Eventually when you ask someone to buy something if it is right for them, they are happy to give you value (money) for value (good stuff).

    I’ve been doing my homework! And you guys here at Think Traffic – in the podcasts, in the blog articles, and in Fizzle itself – are part of my daily information “diet”. Thanks!!!!

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Oooh, I really like that “relentlessly helpful” line, that’s great. Thanks for sharing the questions as well, that’s a useful list.

      You have definitely been doing your homework Deborah! Nicely done. I look forward to seeing what emerges from all this learning.

  • http://webdesignerarsenal.wordpress.com/ Jotpreet Singh

    Yep, you definitely summarised these points very well. I guess building some awesome content that people will love is the first thing on the path to setup an awesome blog.

  • Kurt Schmitt

    Congratulations! 500 posts is a lot of work! It’s not rocket science, but I’d be willing to bet that there are a lot of blogs out there with 500 or more posts that don’t get enough traffic to create any momentum.

    So there’s more to it than that, of course. Since you asked for input…

    1) If it suits your niche, use social media. With Facebook for example, you can create 100 posts in 20 days. By then, you’ll have so much marketing intelligence that you’ll know what kind of content your audience wants.

    Within 30 – 60 days, you’ll have a big enough audience that you can send hundreds of highly engaged visitors to your site and test the waters.

    2) Let your visitors create your content. Of the 1200+ pages on my site, more than half were created by my visitors (I’d love it to be 95+%).

    For the most part, these are not guest posts or business listings where the person submitting the information wants a link back (although there is some of that as well).

    About 90% of them are just people who want to share or need help from the community. And… they’re more invested in your site than most of your readers. They share with their friends, creating a groundswell and bringing your influence to people who otherwise would not have found you.

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Thanks for the additions Kurt, good stuff. I especially appreciate the uniqueness of idea #2. I’d love to hear more about how it’s implemented.

    • Kurt Schmitt

      Hi Corbett,

      There are various ways to implement a user generated content site (or partially user generated content). Pure UGC (YouTube), UGC as a social network (Ning, Facebook), or mulit-author sites could all qualify.

      My site is single author, but I allow visitors to post in various areas of the site. Sometimes it’s promotional content. For example, crafters and artists can show off their work and leave a link to their sites or Etsy shops, and authors can tell us about their latest books.

      I monetize that with ads, but I could charge for basic or premium listings as well.

      Mostly, though, it’s just “regular” people who either have something to share, or need some help. For example, I have several question and answer invitation forms where people can leave a question and get a response from either myself, the community, or both.

      For some of the questions, I answer them myself and then others will chime in with comments. Other times, I can just ask the community for input.

      Many bloggers think they’re building community when they get a lot of comments, but it’s a whole different story when the post itself is created by a visitor, and that visitor then gets responses from other readers.

      It’s a similar idea to a forum in terms of the interaction, but much cleaner, more controlled, and without the potential spam. It also has the added benefit of maintaining the same site structure as you would if it were a “regular” site or blog, so good content is surfaced easily.

      From the technical side, my site is done with SBI! and their Content 2.0 feature. I simply add invitation forms to various pages on the site, and people post.

      For your readers that can only seem to crank out 1 post per week, it’s a great way to speed up content creation. It’s taken me a total of less than a half hour to publish 4 posts today, because all I had to do was edit and approve them.

      For the questions I have to answer, it takes longer, but almost never more than a half hour per post. Compare that to many hours or even days when writing a post from scratch, and you start to see the tremendous benefit.

      For content I create myself, I also often use Facebook to start the content creation process, not only letting my fans tell me what content they want to see, but I have them provide most of that content for me. Facebook has been either directly or indirectly responsible for at least 50 pages of content that has been added to my site since January 1 of this year.

      You don’t need to use the same platform that I do to make this work. There are some UGC or guest post plugins that would work. I haven’t tested it yet, but WordPress and Gravity Forms should do just fine, and I’m looking into using that combination to either start a new site or build out a subdomain with at least 80% UGC (the other 20% will be largely money posts).

      I’ll be happy to detail this more for you in another format if you like.

  • http://www.launchalegacy.com Michael Knouse

    First off, congratulations on 500 blog posts! That’s a huge achievement. And great work with Fizzle…I simply love the show and can’t wait for the weekly episode to hit my inbox.

    As a newish blogger, my advice is to just get started…NOW! Don’t wait. Don’t wait until things are perfect, or for when you have more time, or when you have completed one more online blogging course.

    Just start. I wish I would have started sooner.

    The momentum will build as long as you are providing valuable content to people.

    The second thing I would say is to write about something you care deeply about. This sounds simple but there are a lot of people writing on subjects because they think it’s what people want to hear. If you aren’t freakishly obsessed with your topic, take a step back and start blogging about a subject that you absolutely love.

    Thanks for putting your work out there. I love what you’re up to and it always strikes a chord with me!

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Thanks Michael! Great advice on just getting started. Of course, after that not quitting is next on the list ;)

  • http://microblogger.com Jim Wang

    Your work will suck until you get better at it and the only way to get better is with practice (ask any golfer – everyone starts off absolutely horrible at it). I was a terrible writer in high school, as most engineers stereotypically are, and if you told me my career would involve a heavy dose of writing then I’d call you crazy. But over the years, after a ton of writing, it’s become second nature. I may not be great at writing but I no longer suck at it. (That Ira Glass interview is great)

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      I’m glad you brought this up from an engineer’s perspective Jim. I think so many people just think “I’m not a writer” and give up, especially technically inclined people. But anyone can improve dramatically with a year’s worth of practice.

      That Ira Glass interview is so perfect.

  • http://cyclehacker.com Fraser

    Awesome post as always Corbett.

    I purchased your Start a Blog That Matters Course some time ago and used it to set up my most fulfilling project to date. It was tough to get it going, the content of the course was so relevant though I just had to follow it through, believing that by putting my soul into something, the results would take care of themselves. It’s still early days and you feel very vulnerable to start with, however, it’s a topic i’m passionate about and that’s the key to sustained motivation, to keep pushing on.

    I post every week so it’s going to take me almost 10 years to reach 500 posts of my own, which really puts into perspective how far you have come in such a short time.

    Well done!

    I’ll always be very grateful you found your passion.

    Fraser

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Congrats on the progress and little breakthroughs Fraser! I’m so happy to have been a guidepost on your journey in some small way. Thanks for the flattering feedback as well, I’ll take it :)

  • http://www.gotchseo.com/keyword-research/ Nathan @ GotchSEO.com

    This is super inspirational! Your dedication is much appreciated and very motivating to say the least :)

  • http://www.swimuniversity.com Matt Giovanisci

    Congratulations! 500 posts is HUGE, and EPIC! You’ve inspired me today to reach that goal. When? I don’t really know yet.

    I’ve heard time and time again that the key is to write everyday. In my niche, that can be difficult but not impossible.

    Starting today, I will be writing one draft post every single day for the rest of the year. Some will be short, some will be LOOOONG, some will be infographics, some will be videos, and maybe, some will be audio :-)

    No matter what, even if I’m hungover, even if I’m sick, even if I’m sick of being hungover, I will write a draft post every single day to one day beat your 500+ posts, Corbett. Slow and steady wins the race.

    Thank you for this very very inspiring post :-)

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      OK Matt, challenge accepted. I want regular reports on your progress. Writing every day isn’t easy, but once you get in the groove you shouldn’t have a problem. The first few weeks will probably be the toughest. Good luck!

  • http://www.wildwomanswolfpack.com Anne Michelsen

    Wow…500 posts…you rock!

    I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is just to get over “posting anxiety” and dive in and write even if I don’t have a clue when I begin a post just where it will go. Tapping into that writing muse!

    And then beating off the internal nay-saying demons that want to convince me it’s not good enough, and going ahead and hitting that “publish” button.

    And taking one more step and shouting it out.

    Simple, basic, I know. But seriously, publishing a post is a risky activity. What if your idea is really stupid and makes you look bad? What if someone writes a nasty comment? Or worse – what if no one notices at all? Ouch.

    Blogging is pushing me to build up my little internal cheerleading squad. Each post is still a hurdle, but those little “Yes, you can do it!” voices do get stronger every time. :-)

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Wait, you have posting anxiety? I’ve never heard of that before… kidding of course! Yes, absolutely, this is a fantastic point. That little resistance to pushing the publish button is enough to stop some of us dead in our tracks. Thanks for bringing it up, posting anxiety is definitely something to watch out for and overcome. It does get easier with time, as you get to really feel like you know your audience.

  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/ Ryan Hanley

    Corbett,

    Congratulations on 500 posts… that is an amazing accomplishment for any website. I recently passed 200 posts on my site and I’d have to say I really appreciate you sharing the Ira Glass interview.

    That is right where I am now. I know I can do better, but up until recently I didn’t know what better looked like. Now I do… a brand is forming… trust is forming… but it will probably take another 200 posts before I really figure it out.

    …and the scary part is, I look forward to that journey.

    Here’s to another 500 posts…

    Hanley

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Congrats on the milestone! 200 is no small feat. If you enjoy the process, the next 200 should be easy.

  • http://www.9mmpr.com Alex Moscow

    Build a support network.

    Going it alone is tough. You need people who can pick you up when you feel like giving up, help you push through blocks both mental and physical and kick you up the bum when you start to coast.

    I find that listening to Fizzle helps to keep my head on straight and more importantly not take what I do too seriously. Sometimes it’s easy to forget to have fun and you guys certainly know how to have fun.

    Something that brings all of this stuff together for me is Steven Pressfield’s book, the War of Art. It’s helped to remind me why I’m doing what I do, given me the confidence to do it and provided that all important kick up the bum to get things done.

    A book, by the way, that I would never have discovered unless I listened to Fizzle.

    Thanks Chase!

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Great addition here Alex! I know I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for a few key supportive people in my life, especially other bloggers.

  • http://energymatch.ca/ Ekaterina Ramirez

    Corbett,

    You’ve done a great job here! ThinkTraffic made me a better writer because I didn’t put my whole self into blogging before reading your stuff.

    Now I think about it like that – with your content either you are changing someone’s life or you are wasting someone’s life.

    I used to hate writing. Really hate! I had to overcome it somehow and what helped me is

    (1) focusing on connecting to human beings and showing up as my true myself
    (2) convincing myself that I’m a great writer, just didn’t have an opportunity to discover that yet = Leo Tolstoy soon to be found. :)

    So for me it’s not so much about the volume of work produced.

    Right before writing, I literally force myself into a state of mind of “it’s easy. just do it. give your best here.”

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Watch out Tolstoy! Thanks for contributing here, I love what you said about changing vs. wasting.

  • http://ArtofAdventure.Net Adventure Insider

    Think Traffic has been an ongoing source of encouragement. Courage to move forward and inspiration to try every day.

    Mary Anne Radmacher said it this way. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”

    Thanks for the quiet voice at the end of the day.

    Congratulations on the 500, and good luck on the next 500.

    Adventure Insider

  • http://formyourfuture.com Josh @ Form Your Future

    Hey Corbett, I’ve been reading a lot of your posts lately and reaching 500 posts is quite an accomplishment! Your blog has been highly influential on my business and I by putting the techniques that you talk about to use, I’ve seen immediate results.

    I like how you mentioned that “EPIC” does not mean “long”. I’ve actually have trouble writing long posts, because my brain constantly wants to “cut the crap” and make my posts simple and straight to the point. For me this seems to be best and personally I have a hard time staying focused on long posts unless it’s written from an incredibly artistic writer.

  • http://www.justynarombalski.com Justyna Rombalski

    WOW! I have goosebumps. HA! and I’m slightly a little teary. This is so amazing, thank you for sharing this post and CONGRATULATIONS!! You and your team rock.

    I’ve been dabbling in blogging since about….a year ago and I’m finally feeling myself diving in completely, fully, deeply, and I’m scared as hell but at the same time have a good feeling about the things to come. In this one post I’ve just read everything I’ve been wanting to hear for a year. You’ve just made sense of all the struggles.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration and for continuing to share your wealth of knowledge and experience. IT IS MUCH APPRECIATED!

    <3, HungryTyna – Justyna

  • http://www.enwealthen.com Jack

    500 posts. Wow.

    My two tips so far:

    1) Start your mailing list immediately.
    I definitely got off to a slow start here

    2) Experiment with everything, but especially monetization
    You never know what methods will resonate with your particular readers. Never assume.

  • http://www.momchalant.com MomChalant

    I totally agree with being useful, yet unique. That was my biggest fear in starting a mommy blog – there are thousands of others out there. So of course, I had to find a unique niche other than being a mommy blog. I had my son as a teenager so teen pregnancy/parenting has become my unique aspect of having a mommy blog, and turns out, I have yet to find another teen pregnancy/mommy blog.

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Great job finding a unique space to own, it’s not always easy.

  • http://www.scrapbookobsessionblog.com Erika @ Scrapbook Obsession Blog

    Congrats Corbett and thanks for sharing your valuable experience!

    Mine is just a hobby blog – slowly monetizing it here and there – but I have 1000+ posts.

    1. Write about your passion and you’ll never dread the blogging task. Every day, I can’t wait to write and wish I had more time to do so. (Darn day job, LOL).

    2. Choose an authentic voice and viewpoint that sets you apart. There are thousands of blogs about my hobby but few that share my voice/viewpoint.

    3. Be honest.

  • http://Www.dresschickeepitcheap.com Sharron

    Hi very very useful info as I plan my fashion blog launch next Monday. My main focus and idea is to be creative unique and thanks to you “write epic shit!” I know that I have something different and I will concentrate on that and keep my audience in mind and not just talk about “me”. Thanks so much!

  • http://www.myInnerG.com Justin McClelland

    This post was spot on today. I needed to read this. Volume, volume, volume, is the only way to truly refine one’s’ craft. I definitely need to remember this when I go thru my frustration phases.

  • http://www.amybronwenzemser.com Amy Bronwen Zemser

    Hi Corbett,

    This was a great post — thank you. I started my first blog less than a month ago, after a year of intense reading about blog-building. (I have spent hours on your site.) I post every single day, rain or shine, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays I post twice. My total as of today is forty posts. It helps that I’m an author by trade, but even for me this kind of writing schedule is extremely intense. My writing has improved exponentially, though, and I’d like to suggest to anyone beginning a blog to write frequently, maybe even every day, as I do. It’s okay if the writing isn’t perfect. But the mere act of hitting the “publish” button will still make you careful; it will still compel you to proofread. I only have twenty or so subscribers at this point, but I believe they are faithful, and I also believe that if I stick with dedicating myself to providing good content, that good things will come my way. Thank you again, all of you, for providing such useful and inspiring content. I think about the information your site provides daily, and I’m excited to see what you guys do next. ABZ

  • http://www.annieprovencher.com Annie Provencher

    Wow! Way to reach such a huge benchmark! Definitely proves there’s truth in what you’ve been writing all this time;)

    I really like the point of this post too: it’s not rocket science; just a few, simple things to do over and over again. Like you said – rinse and repeat.

    Keep up the awesome work, Corbett & Co!

  • http://www.aftermotherhoodwhat.com.au Gabrielle/After motherhood, what?

    Congratulations on reaching an outstanding milestone.
    I’ve been blogging weekly for under 20 weeks and so far am loving it ( i.e. loving the sound of my own voice!)
    Tip 1: I trick myself by keeping my iPad beside me as I read the weekend newspapers in bed. If something piques my interest I just jot a point down in the notes section. Then, as I write the first point, I think of another point, and then I launch into an unpunctuated stream of consciousness. Because I’m in bed and its the weekend it can’t possibly be classified as work so it takes all the fear out of it. When blog day comes around, I spend my time finessing it. Voila.
    Tip 2. I write about what moves me within my genre, as opposed to what I think what might move my audience. That way I am confident that every word is authentic.
    Happy writing, fellow bloggers.

  • http://www.traderrach.com/ Rachel Hunter (TraderRach)

    Congratulations on your great milestone.

    It certainly takes practice and a lot of time to impart my knowledge on my forex trading blog. Hopefully in time I’ll get quicker. You’ve given me some encouragement, thank you.

    Cheers Rachel

  • http://inspiretothrive.com Lisa

    Congratulations on 500 posts – that is an accomplishment! I found this so inspriing that epic does not necessarily mean long posts either. And I LOVE your Rinse and Repeat quote! I find it sad that many bloggers quit before they even reach their 100th post. I don’t think they realize the work and that they cannot go it alone either. Here’s to another 500 posts Corbett!

  • http://www.costaricaguy.com scott bowers

    my last post was #601. my first post was on July 3rd, 2008.

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  • http://www.lauraraisanen.com Laura Raisanen

    Hi Corbett,

    Congratulations on 500 posts, that is huge!

    I think it can be quite difficult in the beginning when you still may be an insecure writer and are trying to drive traffic to the blog at the same time, when you’re not even confident yourself that your stuff is going to be useful to anyone. But like you said, it does get easier and you do get better, just keep at it. The only real way to fail is to quit.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Laura

  • http://studenomics.com Martin

    Damn, I’m jealous! You’ve done more with 500 posts than I have with 800 posts on my main site.

    My one piece of advice is to keep track of every thought that it hits your mind. You never know when you’ll stumble upon some amazing idea.

  • http://www.businessrepublic.net Omar Zenhom

    Great post Corbett! Such good, practical, applicable advice.

    Personally, I found that with every post I work on, the better, the faster, clearer my message gets. I think if someone told me that at the start, that alone would motivate me to start writing more often. Not being too concerned with how many people read the post or commented and just seeing it as a professional development exercise.

    Through the process you really start polishing what you are as a blog and a who you are as a writer. That’s probably the best thing you get out of it. The large audience you build along the way isn’t that bad either.

  • http://www.designingachampion.com Matt

    You guys are great! I have really been enjoying the podcasts, and I am trying to catch up on reading more of these 500 posts.

  • http://www.mymoneydesign.com/ MMD

    500 posts is an incredible accomplishment! Nicely done. One thing I can say about your writing here: I never get tired of listening to your constant encouragement to challenge yourself to write better and create better content. I’m over 300 posts strong and still feel as though I’ve got a long ways to go to live up to the standards of this blog. However I don’t really care how many posts it will take me to get it right. I do feel like exercising my writing muscles little by little with each post will eventually get me to where I want to be.

  • http://newinternetorder.com Azalea Pena

    Corbett, Congrats on making 500! What a milestone for your blog indeed. Your post was such a good read. It was inspirational and motivating. It was made more special because it came from a man who achieved success through blogging. So, thanks for sharing what you’ve learned along the way and we can all just hope that we’d get where you are someday.

    But just my two cents on the article… I know it doesn’t take a genius to create blogs and attract a hungry audience. But still, it requires thinking out of the box most of the time and most writers have to brush up on that (myself included). We can’t all have it easy right? Nevertheless, fighting through the “suckiness” of it all is one trait every blogger should have. And I believe, many bloggers have decided to just quit in the middle of the battle.

    Toughen up guys! We can do it!

  • http://designyourownblog.com marianney

    Wow Corbett, 500 already?? That’s amazing.
    I’ve only just launched my new blog 2 months ago but I’ve already developed a little following using a lot of the things you’ve taught here and in the million dollar blog project.

    I’m starting out with step 1 and 2 and moving onto 3 soon.

    I have actually learned a few things however. Although I do feel like my posts aren’t written all that well yet (I have trouble finding stories to tell to hook people in), I find that my tips and advice, coupled with sharing other people’s stuff constantly is what is resonating with people. I don’t have to produce it all myself, I just share.

    I’ve also been working on building relationships with other bloggers and that has served me well so far also.

    Thank you for ask your incredibly useful info as always, I can’t say it hasn’t been a key factor in where I am today.

  • http://www.webdesignandcompany.com/ David at St Louis SEO

    I have learned more in blogging about subjects, than I have in school. The amount of research it takes to do a quality blog post is remarkable. Glad to see another quality article here. I read the whole thing. I’ll be sure to share, as this gave me a new outlook on my personal blog. Thanks!

  • http://Jupiter-labs.com/ Maria Haase

    Congratulations! This is an epic mile stone. I’m about 10% there, but I’ll get to 500 one day :) I’ve been lurking on your website for quite a while now and I just love it. I love your humor and your approach. You guys are having fun and it shows!

    • Corbett Barr

      Thanks Maria, glad to hear it!

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