8 Things I Learned From A Year Of iOS Development Blogging

In 2015 I started this blog on iOS development. In this post, I will discuss some of the things I have learned by blogging for over one year.

Learning Is Underestimated

Sometimes a blog post is about a topic that a blogger is already very familiar with. However, there are also cases where you want to learn more about a topic. This does not mean you can't blog about it. In fact, this is a great way to learn something new, because in order to explain it successfully to others, you must learn it very well yourself first. Learning is one of the major benefits of blogging.

What To Blog About

It is natural to wonder whether you will run out of topics to write about. However, once you get started, new ideas come into your mind. They may arise based on something you are currently working on, or as mentioned in the previous paragraph, you may find yourself wanting to learn more about a particular topic. You may also realize that there are many unanswered questions on the various social platforms about certain topics.

There is never a shortage of what to blog about and new ideas tend to come to you regularly through various means, and what you thought might be your first few posts can change.

In reality, finding topics to blog about is not the challenge. Finding enough time to write as much as you would like to is the challenge.

Who Will Read Your Posts?

When you blog about a topic and it is accompanied by a tweet to announce the blog post, you find that many readers will have arrived from Twitter. Other readers will eventually find your post through Google searches.

Each social platform that you notify about your new post results in another set of readers. So, if you are starting to blog, be sure to post your content on other platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook, just to name a few. Join groups or channels on the other platforms and you have instant readers waiting for interesting new posts.

The Joy In Knowing A Post Helped Someone

Receiving a comment or retweet about something you posted is a great feeling. Sometimes you might question to yourself as to whether a specific topic is worth writing about. However, the key is knowing that for any topic, there is going to be someone that will be looking for exactly what you wrote, and your post will answer some of their questions. If you have an idea for a post, just write and publish it. The worst case is you learn it a little better by writing the post.

Tweeting About A Post Multiple Times

When I joined Twitter, originally I would publish a blog post, and then tweet about it. I'd cross that one off the list for tweeting since it was already tweeted about. I soon read that it was best to tweet about every post several times, with no specific limit on how many times.

People may miss your tweet on more than one occasion. Someone may be in a different timezone and only pay attention to tweets during your night hours. Someone could be on vacation and not see any tweets for a period of time. If someone sees a specific tweet multiple times, that is OK!

Tweeting multiple times also allows you to change the headline of the tweet, which can be useful if you have a post covering an array of topics and want to make sure it appeals to people with different interests.

I remember one specific evening, I sat down for a few minutes and debated in my mind whether to tweet about a blog post again. I did it, and the next morning, someone had read it overnight and left a comment on my blog stating that it cleared up a topic that had been confusing for a long time. That's a great feeling to receive such comments, and proof enough that you should continue to promote your content, because you never know who is out there looking for that information.

Your Best Post May Not Actually Be Your Best

Sometimes you write a post and are quite confident that it is a hot topic and will be very popular. You post it, and it's like everyone has left the building. On the other hand, a topic that you almost considered not writing about at all can quickly become one of your most popular posts.

The lesson in this case is similar to tweeting multiple times. Just do it. If you have some idea about a topic, you won't know exactly how popular the topic is until you publish it. A given post can also be relatively quiet, and then at a later time, be retweeted by someone with many followers, and suddenly be read by many people. Sometimes you'll see a post retweeted weeks or months after you post it.

You Can't Please Everyone

There will always be someone who decides that the post you spent a couple of hours or more writing was not worth posting, so as a blogger, you have to be prepared for that potential outcome. The good news is that for every person who may have that opinion, and possibly comment about it, there will be many, many more that will like the post and be glad that you wrote it.

Blogging Really Is Fun And Rewarding

I did not realize just how much benefit I would derive from blogging when I started.

Blogging as a means to research and learn is excellent. All of us developers find tips and solutions from others, so giving back and knowing you helped someone else is a very nice feeling.

Blogging and software development are a nice combination in my opinion, because most developers enjoy creating, and with a blog you have another outlet for creativity and delivering content.

Blogging helps you stay current with technology. You also learn many new tools that you would otherwise not use if you were not blogging. For me, one of the best and most enjoyable tools from my first year of blogging is Thrive Themes. This website is built with the Rise theme from Thrive, but I love the look of every Thrive theme, and the drag and drop Content Builder is such a pleasure to use that creating a page or post is actually very enjoyable. Buffer is awesome for scheduling tweets so you can focus on development tasks during the day. And finally, last but definitely not least, Sketch is simply awesome for anything graphical related when blogging or creating apps.

With blogging and accompanying social media communications, you stay in touch with others and meet like-minded people online that you may then meet in person at conferences in the future. It is an excellent form of networking and career development.

Blogging takes time, but the advantages are plentiful. It definitely is fun and rewarding, and also highly recommended. I am looking forward to a future post of 8 more things I've learned in my second year of blogging.

Disclosure: I build and run this site with Thrive and recommend them because I am one hundred percent happy with Thrive products. Their support staff will answer all your questions should you encounter an issue or want help with customizing your theme beyond the many easy options already provided. This post contains affiliate links for Thrive Themes and Thrive Content Builder, which means if you click through and purchase, I would receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you do buy a Thrive product through my link, it is much appreciated and I thank you for it.

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