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  1. Share awesome videos. Share stupid videos. But not too many of either.
  2. Don’t fill your sidebar with tons of random stuff. Awards. Links. Blogrolls. Calendars. Etc. Etc. Keep it clean and tidy. An overwhelming sidebar overwhelms people right out of your blog.
  3. Make your blog navigable. Look at my menus above. People can get where they need to go easily.
  4. Respond to your readers. You don’t have to respond to every comment, but let your readers know that you’re reading their comments and comment as often as you can.
  5. Follow through on your commitments. If you tell someone you’ll do something, do it.
  6. Use your own original content for almost everything. If you base the brunt of your blog on other people’s stuff, people won’t have a real reason to follow.
  7. Use other people’s content too. Really viral videos or images can bring you great traffic if you find them early enough. Just keep it to the best and make it infrequent.
  8. Use stock photography when you need to. It’s not that expensive. I use depositphotos.com.
  9. Turn your blog into a physical book every year. Do it for you. You’ll never sell many copies of it. But you put a lot of work into it, and copying and pasting into a book is a few hour project at worst. Then, use createspace.com to put it together. Do it for your posterity. Do it so that you have a physical reminder of the work you’re putting into your blog. Do it because it’s cool to have a book with your stuff inside.
  10. Rerun old blog posts once in a while. When you go on vacation, rerun some of your best stuff. And tell your readers that it’s a rerun.
  11. Respond to harsh comments on your blog posts (if you respond at all) with humor or sarcasm. It reminds people that you’re too cool to absorb them.
  12. Flip off the rest of the world once in a while. When the pressure and the extremists start pushing you into hard corners, write posts that tell them off, or put out Facebook/Twitter updates that tell them all that you don’t care and to get lost. It’s curative and necessary sometimes.
  13. Blog about your moments of stupidity and your fails. Trust me. Readers don’t want to hear how perfect your life is all the time.
  14. Love your readers as much as your friends. Readers are the lifeblood of your blog. Don’t forget who keeps you in business. Also don’t forget that they have 50 million other blogs to choose from.
  15. Don’t expect your friends and family to read your blog. In fact, go out of your way to make sure they know that you don’t give a crap if they ever read it. People are always apologizing to me for not reading my blog. I always tell them, “I hope you don’t! I promise you have better things to do than that!”
  16. Don’t expect your significant other to read your blog. I know you are very tied to what you put out there, but it doesn’t mean that they appreciate it or care about it. And that’s okay. Blogs aren’t for everyone.
  17. Don’t sit around watching your numbers. It’ll drive you crazy. I very rarely know how much traffic I’ve had or how many ads have been served. I just work on making good content and wait for my check to arrive.
  18. Don’t be boring. There’s a reason why there are 50,000,000 blogs and only a few thousand that anybody knows about. Most of them are really boring and safe and uncontroversial.
  19. Don’t revisit old topics eternally. That gets boring in a hurry.
  20. Share more life stuff on social networks and more writing on your blog. I now share my photo albums and galleries on Facebook, not on my blog. People like seeing it there, it bombs on my blog. I don’t know why.
  21. Blog about the things that give you stomachaches. Most of my biggest posts were things I wrote and was really scared to share.
  22. Know that it’s okay to change your mind about things sometimes. As a human being, your position on different topics can change. That’s okay. Sometimes we find out we’re wrong. That’s okay, too. Don’t be so prideful that you keep fighting for something you no longer believe in or care about.
  23. Be okay with your numbers dipping. They will dip sometimes. They will dip big sometimes. That’s part of blogging.
  24. Be okay with yourself. You are the only one that should be authentically happy with the person looking back at you in the mirror.
  25. If the blogging community comes after you, ignore them. Sometimes the blogging community is petty, and mean, and immature. Don’t get sucked in.
  26. Remember that no storm lasts forever. If you do something stupid, or even if you don’t, and people attack you for it, breathe. It’ll be over soon. “Today’s newspapers line tomorrow’s rubbish bins.”
  27. Run your blog like a business. If you want to make money from it, you will have to run it like a business. It’s okay to make money for your work. It’s okay to be rewarded for your success. If you start growing a big following, other bloggers will try to make you feel bad about this. Know that they’re hypocrites and that you don’t have to work for free.
  28. Create a podcast. If you don’t know how, Google how to do it. It takes a few minutes to turn your blog posts into podcasts each day, and some people will really appreciate it. I held off for more than two years of people asking me to do it because I thought it would be a huge pain in the butt, but it wasn’t.
  29. Learn skills that will benefit your blog and your creative. I taught myself CSS. I taught myself how to tweak certain bits of code. And now I can do really cool stuff on my blog, like the “me currently” section in the sidebar.
  30. Admit when you are an idiot. Sometimes you’re an idiot.
  31. Laugh when you are an idiot. Because, well, sometimes we’re all idiots.
  32. Give your readers a place of refuge from the stresses and doldrums of life. Life is stressful enough with the pressure to be perfect everywhere else. Give your readers a place they can come and feel okay with themselves every single day.
  33. Dance often. No matter what, make time to dance. Everything else has a way of falling into place if you do.

Hope this list helps any of you who are blogging or who are trying to build a social media presence. See you tomorrow.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Do you blog? What’s your blog? What have you learned as you’ve gone? And, do you follow other blogs too, or just mine?

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!