100th Post – how has blogging been for you?

100th post
A year ago I set myself a challenge. After talking about social media, blogging et al, for many years and telling others to get on board, I had never done much blogging myself. I had written some guest blogs and blogged a bit for my company, but not really grasped the nettle.

So 2012 rolled around, and my New Year’s resolution was to set up my blog (originally 48yo.wordpress.com – ‘musings from a 48 year old‘). I started blogging anonymously about anything in particular. I set off like a bull at a gate, posting 26 times in January and 17 in February. I had a few pent up topics, but settled down a bit as I got into the rhythm of posting 1 or 2 times a week. I then decided to ‘go public’ and name the blog CharlieGunningham.com. And so, here I am typing away at my 100th (and last) post for 2012. 100 posts. A nice round number.

  • a third have been on managementtopics (things I have seen at work, or previous workplaces, how to improve management, advice, learnings along the way)
  • a quarter have been on “life” generally (being a Dad, attitude, behaviour)
  • a fifth have been on “technology” topics and a further fifth on “internet” – my day job I suppose, and what I am passionate about

Along the way, some generous souls have deigned to read my posts – some of them have had over 100 views each – and some even decided to make a comment (118 comments in all spread over 99 posts) and even sign up and follow my blog (38 of these people get every post I sent out in their InBox directly – God Bless You!).

What have I learned by blogging?

  1. Blogs are like catnip to Google. My various posts occupy 80% of the results of the first ten pages of Google results for “Charlie Gunningham” – I ‘own’ my name on Google, and more importantly, am in control of my online reputation.
  2. It’s not hard to start. 5 minutes to set it up on WordPress, and then 5 minutes to hook up my domain name charliegunningham.com
  3. It is not expensive. Sum total cost of my blog has been $20/year (the cost of hosting my own domain name on WordPress)
  4. You don’t need to write a lot. 15 minutes to write and complete and post including adding an image.
  5. It’s cathartic. You can get down some thoughts which also help organise your ideas in a constructive manner. You feel better for having ‘got it out’. You sometimes solve your own problems in so doing.
  6. I did not blog at work or about work (directly). I tended to post at weekends, in evenings, spare time. When the moment took me, I suppose you could say.
  7. A short post is a good one. 3 or 4 paragraphs is plenty.
  8. Always have a main image. I put one at the top, 590 pixels wide so it fitted across the page. Neat and consistent.
  9. Tagging your posts is a great way to organise your whole blog, and it creates sub-domain links (charliegunningham/internet) in Google results
  10. The wonderful WordPress apps on iPad or iPhone make it easy to blog from anywhere. I once blogged by speaking Siri-style into my iPhone and the thing just wrote it out for me. Incredible.

So I made it. 100 posts in 2012. If the Mayan calendar is wrong and we are all back in 2013, I will do some more. I wonder what 2013 will bring, blogging or otherwise.

About the author

Charlie has spent more than 20 years in Perth’s tech and startup sector, firstly as a founder himself, through to exit, and more recently as a writer, advisor and investor. Originally from the UK, Charlie worked in Singapore before arriving in Perth in 1997 to do an MBA at UWA. Graduating as top student in 1999 he set up online real estate business aussiehome.com, running it for 10 years before selling to REIWA, whereupon Charlie ran reiwa.com. In 2013, he moved to Business News to lead their digital transformation as CEO, and then worked for the federal government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program, funding pre-revenue startups and innovative businesses. He now works in an advisory capacity for multiple tech and other businesses, is managing editor of Startup News and co-host of the Startup West podcast. He also writes a column for Business News on startups. Charlie sits on the advisory boards of WA Leaders, TEDxPerth, WAITTA, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, and the full board of Rise Network.

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7 Responses
  1. Debbie Bridges

    Congratulations Charlie, and I enjoy your blogs….thank you, And Merry Christmas to you and your family. My best wishes, Debbie

    Sent from my iPhone

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