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What Blogging is All About?

What do you do as a blogger? What is blogging anyway?

If I had a penny for every time I heard this, I’d be living in Maui and doing yoga on the beach and basking in the glory of Mother Nature’s sea turtles, humpback whales and spinner dolphins everyday, but you know what, I’d probably still be blogging!!!

My lovely readers here are a mix of bloggers and non-bloggers and I think this post will be relevant to both of you:

  • My blogger readers will have somewhere to send people who ask them this question and they will do a sanity check with no qualms in correcting me in what I forget to include here.
  • My non-blogger readers will get a glimpse into a day in the life of a blogger and perhaps be inspired to come into our world or keep a very long distance. Either outcome is possible here.

So what does a blogger do anyway?

A blogger creates fresh, original content that is consumable by the masses at no charge! (Yes, we are crazy generous and we know it!)

So yes, a [good] blogger primarily creates content, which you hear referred to in many ways such as blog posts, blog articles, web articles, web copy, content, web content, blog content. This is the stuff you read on a blog page and it all appears in reverse chronological order with the archives dating back to whenever the blogger started this incredible creation journey.

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We write for you. We offer you information in digestible and delicious bites about something that is of interest to you. Whatever your interest and passion may be, there is a blogger out there pouring that same exact interest and passion into new, fresh, content for you. All you need is your [real] best friend and today, we all have the same one, the one we cannot live without, the one and only Google.

We, bloggers, bring you authentic and genuine content. We do this for free, as in completely free of charge and obligation, every day, all year long. We create this original content from the depths of our hearts and it flows even from the exhaustion of our fingertips. We put it up on our blogs for you to consume at your leisure, now, tomorrow, a month down the road, whenever it should strike your fancy.

This content creation part, which can often take up ridiculously long amounts of our time and effort, drives all of us crazy at one point or another — pro bloggers have been known to admit to this on live “radio” (podcasts!) – because creating something new and refreshing and original over and over — and over, as you can imagine, is not easy. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and write just one single polished, entertaining, juicy, and original paragraph about a topic of your choice for 10 days straight and report back to us here.

To a blogger, there are two types of people in the world: the ones who read her blog and the ones who don’t. The sexiest and sweetest thing you can tell a blogger is that you will subscribe to her blog and the kindest thing you can ever do is to share her blog posts, which you immensely enjoyed, with someone else (instead of forwarding those stupid, ridiculous chain emails with complete rubbish, forward a blogger’s newsletter with information that may actually change someone’s life for the better.).

We watch your reaction like a hawk: Do you like it? Do you share it? Do you leave us a comment? Do you do something differently in your life and then take a moment to tell us so that we feel an unspeakable fulfillment for a few moments? Or do you arrive quietly, read quickly, and leave?

Still, no matter what that reaction may be, no matter how silent our readers may be, or how tiny the human circles that share our content, we turn around and do it again the next day.

You may call it insanity. We call it blogging.

Content creation continues to be the king and queen of the process, it is the golden nugget in a blogger’s life and it is the single contributing asset to a blogger’s rise and fall, when all is said and done.

A blogger’s life is a very busy one and a blogger’s work is never done. For those of you with an intense curiosity about our world, I will give you a glimpse into mine.

A Day in the Life of a Blogger:

1. Create fresh, original content a few times a week for your own blog.
2. Use images that truly compliment your content or use Flickr’s Creative Commons photo gallery to use a unique touch to your blog post.
3. Research other blogs with similar content and sites with great reference material and linking from your blog posts.
4. Establish your online presence on all social media — Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook- platforms and learn the best ways to use them.
5. Keep up with all the dynamic changes on each of the social media platforms, at a minimum.
6. Update your credits page with all your media and major mentions and all the guest posts you have written.
7. Share your content on social media, encouraging conversation and
8. Manage comments, spam, compliance with your [implied] policy, and reading and replying to each one on your own blog.
9. Guest Blog at least once or twice a month by creating fresh, engaging content for another blog.
10. Reply to comments on every guest post that you write.
11. Engage with every single reader who contacts you or asks a question.
12. Run the back-end such as your publishing platform, your plugins, your design, your code, smoothly. This changes all the time if your blog is growing at any rate.

13. Start with the right hosting company please, something you cannot afford to mess up.
14. Fix problems with your website. This one can go from 5 minutes a day to 3 hours a day. It just depends.
15. Optimize your top pages, top blog posts and your services and product pages.
16. Research every opportunity that comes your way such as advertisers and promotional inquiries and deciding which works best for you at your current stage of blogging.
Communicate with your peer bloggers and support each other.
17. Build relationships online and offline with your community and always be ready to do something for your blogging community.
18. Use Skype or other phone services to do a phone or video interview with those new relationships.
19. Give interviews — in fact, accept every single interview no matter how big you ever get and always give as much value to that audience as you can.
20. Beta test for plugins and work with developers to test applications on your site.
21. Support your community by following other blogs, by sharing your knowledge and giving to your fellow bloggers.
22. Endorse the products that you use and love and trust and use an honest strategy to tell your audience about it.
23. Establish consulting services with your blogging knowledge and any other skills and experience to help others.
24. Set up your newsletter such as Aweber, learn how to maintain it, and be smart and sincere with your email marketing strategies.
25. Set up and maintain a Facebook fan page, understand that some people only use Facebook but can still benefit from your message.
26. Set up a strong LinkedIn presence and engage in groups and provide value to conversations.
27. Prepare for each consultation with your clients by doing serious prep work and post follow-up.
28. Educate yourself
constantly with free webinars, online courses, and tons of other material in your niche and about blogging, business, and marketing in general.
29. Do the books especially if your blog is your business and if you have set it up as a business.
30. Take care of the legal stuff like Trademark, set up an S-Corp or LLC or a sole proprietorship and find an accountant for your taxes.
31. Attend conferences at least once a year and learn the latest and greatest as well as build new connections.
32. Speak to a group about your expertise or share your story and prepare well for that speech in advance with everything you got.
33. Set up a podcast and expand your audience and your brand by reaching people who prefer an audio medium.
34. Track your stats using Google Analytics enough to know which direction you are headed, be sure Google can find you, where your referrals are coming from and what is happening on your site. Then make smart business decisions based on that.
35. Collaborate on projects with other bloggers such as a fun eBook  — Life Lessons project was a collaboration of 108 bloggers — or on another creation.
36. Create your own products; this can be in the form of an epic product with audio interviews, worksheets and a guide book or a Kindle book or an e-course or a video series or many other things. This one can take the most amount of time in bursts but once it is done, it gains the blogger credibility and potentially income.
37. Do it with enthusiasm and passion and excitement because no blogger can survive, much less, thrive without it.
38. Everything else that I surely forgot in the list that keeps on growing :)!

Listen, this is not even all of it and if I were to tell you how much time and effort goes into each of these single lines, your jaw would drop and you would run fast and far from the thought of ever becoming a blogger. But there is a reward, a sense of fulfillment, and a giant dose of blessing that a blogger feels for creating that content and sharing it with the world. It is inexplicable and just like chocolate and Italian gelato, you must taste the experience first hand before knowing what I am talking about.

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Wooh, I am off my soap box, my darling and patient readers, but please, don’t leave without telling me what you think?

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  • John Kowalski

    Is that all? Only 38 things? :)

    Thank you for a glimpse into the world of a blogger! As a dedicated reader of several blogs, I completely appreciate all that you bloggers do. The content, the inspiration, tips, tools, etc., it all helps me personally and professionally, and offers valuable insight and fresh perspectives on applicable topics.

    Thank you for all that you and other bloggers do, us readers greatly appreciate it, so keep up the great, and meaningful work!

    John

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Actually there are another 900 sitting here but I ran out of steam ;)!
      Oh John, each of these take a long time and I am constantly making my processes and workflows more and more efficient. It is the hardest work I have had to do and I’ve done some crazy stuff. There is a lot to manage because so much is possible. It’s wonderful and overwhelming … but more wonderful so we keep doing it. No worries on us going away. Glad you are enjoying the blog.

  • http://jakyastikblogs.blogspot.com Jaky Astik

    That is fun, isn’t it? Blogging to me is fun and casual enjoyment as I learn and explore things I love..especially web, personal development and life!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      So much fun, Jaky, and it just doesn’t stop! I think it used to be all fun and games for me but then I gave up my corporate life to do this full-time so it’s a lot more now. Nice of you to stop by.

  • Alice

    Brilliant article, some very interesting ideas here to define a blogger’s life. Especially like the “what to do” list! Thanks for this, A ;-)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Thank you, dear Alice. So glad this can act as a reference for you. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for your comment!

  • Chris Rg

    Thanks for this info,
    its always great to know whats new and whats going on around the world of blogging, I’m keep a check now on your new posts and will be back soon, thanks again xxx

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Chris, a *lot* is going on in the world of blogging. Come back anytime and check things out. It is never a dull moment around here. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Tom Sorhannus

    Oh gosh, Farnoosh, you almost put me off blogging :-) How to find time for all of this? But maybe I can add another point, especially for new bloggers: You don´t have to do it all at once, but start by taking it step by step. Ok? :-)

    There are a lot of good tips in your post! Thank you very much!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Tom, no one can put you off. You are a rebel and you know it! I just had to make a case for all the hard work we do around here and details always paint the picture better, don’t you think?
      THANK YOU for adding a brilliant perspective. No, it does not have to happen at once AT ALL! In fact, I’d love to see someone who does it all at once. It’s lovely to see you back around here, thanks for stopping by.

  • http://www.kararane.com kara rane

    hi Farnoosh~
    with All that Work,,,no wonder bloggers don’t have time to get outta their pajamas! :))
    & completely agree,,especially with #2 – (and you can also use credited artwork -photography, drawings, collage, illustrations- as pics. and send some love to the original image creators by linking to their art + websites.)
    thank YOU*

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Kara, too funny. I happen to be in mine still and it is 9:20, well into my morning. However, I must say that I am brushed and groomed and have taken the time to eat something ;)!!
      Yes, you can also use a lot of work and credit others – a very common and great practice to help other artists get exposure while you showcase their work that matches your blog post. I choose to do all of my own photography but I have rarely seen that so it’s definitely uncommon (and a lot of work!). Thank YOU for stopping by.

      • http://www.kararane.com kara rane

        Farnoosh~
        that is totally cool that you are the photographer + writer,,, nice work!

  • shea

    Thank you for writing this blog. I am one who enters and leaves silently, but always with the energy and passion of your words.

    This time I am writing because I would like to start a blog, but one that is an expression of my writing, and not to promote my business. For this, the posts would not be as frequent, and wonder if “non-professional” blogs can have a looser rythym. What are your thoughts on this? I am an everyday philosopher.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Shea, you are very welcome. I am so so happy you chose to say something and honestly, so long as you get something out of the blog, that’s all I wanted to know.
      I can help you start a blog and figure things out and if you want to do it just for fun, that is perfectly fun and super awesome. I think you will find that blogging fits the life of a philosopher, thinker, writer, very smoothly and it is a great outlet for thoughts and feelings and philosophies, in your case :) So go for it and let me know if I can help you.

  • http://www.onelovemeg.com Meg | One Love Meg

    Wow, the world of a blogger. I think I am lacking in some areas. Sure seems like a lot of work…but oh so fun! :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dearest Meg, it’s a crazy happening world. You have a lot of this going on your blog and you can choose to do as few or as many as you want. The recipe is not the same for everyone. Thanks for stopping and saying hi!! Hope the raw vegan is going well for you. Still?

  • http://www.deliberateblog.com Melody | Deliberate Receiving

    Good God, I’ve never seen it laid out like that! I sometimes kind of feel like a bum, because I make my own hours, but a bum who works A LOT. This explains it… Ha! I’m glad you included a point about having fun and staying passionate. That’s the main ingredient in not making this seem like work, at all.

    Hugs,
    Melody

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Melody, sorry I didn’t mean to scare you or anyone off – but gosh, there really is SO much that goes into the world of blogging, especially as a professional, and I try to do them all, which is why I don’t have a life recently. Fun, I need to remind myself of that one, especially in the summer sun before it’s gone. Thank you so much and keep at it. Lovely of you to stop by.

  • http://jonathanfigaro.com jonathanfigaro

    Nothing great was created without enthusiasm, i heard this before. And it only stuck to me as I started to created my masterpieces. I think that success means putting your life into your work and making everyday count. NO matter if you’re a blogger or a teacher. Just work at your dreams as much as you can. Put your mind to it and you can achieve something beyond you, me or this entire world.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Jonathan, yes that is a very famous quote and I like it too. “Putting your life into your work and making everyday count” – well said. Thank yo for the vote of encouragement today. I can’t agree more on all of it.

      • http://jonathanfigaro.com jonathanfigaro

        :) Thanks for having me. Being apart of your blog has always and will always be a pleasure.

  • http://betweenthetemples.com Chris Harris

    This post is so true… I have only been running a blog for a couple months and I must be doing at least 50% of what you mentioned and doing more as each day goes by.

    Its a drug ;-)

    Excellent post!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Chris, 50% is a LOT and doing it all takes time and patience and relevance – it may not even be relevant to everyone to do everything here. When I was 2 months into blogging, I was probably doing 10% or 20% of this stuff, maybe less. And it’s a good drug, no? Thanks for stopping by.

      • http://betweenthetemples.com Chris Harris

        I counted off the items on the list and I would say do about 22 of the items listed- but not all of them on a daily basis.

        The biggest hurdle I am trying to overcome is writing on a daily basis. The items I do almost daily would include research on several different areas and getting ideas. I am not as focused as I want to be, but I suspect it will get better as I get more things done and settle some other business not related to the blog.

        I look forward to talking with you soon.

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Chris, that is an INCREDIBLE start. It’s very encouraging and I sincerely hope you take it as huge encouragement. I am very excited for your great start.
          As for the writing habits, that is a tough one. I have a section in the free ebook – writing manifesto – on establishing a writing habit. Sometimes, different things work for different people but you also don’t have to write *everyday* – try every other day or just increase the current frequency slowly and you will see progress. Good luck and let me know how else to help you.

          • http://betweenthetemples.com Chris Harris

            Thank you Farnoosh… I am absolutely taking your comments as encouragement. In the few messages and comments we have exchanged you have been an immense help and support. I am glad I decided to get in touch with you.

            • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

              Chris, I am so happy to hear this. You had better stay in touch and keep blogging! Things will surprise you in a very good way when they start picking up real momentum. Let me know how else I can help you and if you wanna have that 15min chat next week. Talk soon!

              • http://betweenthetemples.com Chris Harris

                Count on it, I can’t get the blog out of my head.

                I am working with a talented friend of mine on a logo. As well I am going to change/upgrade my theme, I have narrowed my choices to Thesis and Flexsqueeze.

                I will be in touch this week about that chat.

                • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

                  Excellent progress. The beginnings are so exciting! Keep it up and ping me for the chat when ready, Chris.

  • http://www.wombatphilosopher.com Andrew Hill

    Ok Farnoosh, I’m counting 1, 2, 3… Well, I think I can say that I’m starting to establish a blogging habit that includes maybe fourteen of your 38. Only 24 more to go! Though, I am glad to say that I am off to my first blogging conference tomorrow – the Nuffnang Blogopolis in Melbourne, Australia. So it’s looking good for No. 18 and No. 32. Thanks for the mountainous list – I’m lacing up my climbing boots right now.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Andrew, your first conference sounds very exciting. I didn’t realize you live in Melbourne. We are headed to Australia in November and very excited. You have 14 of these down. Believe me, that is incredible. It took me a long long time to get to this list and I admit that not all of this applies to everyone. Best of luck at the conference and thank you for stopping by.

    • http://wombatphilosopher.blogspot.com Andrew Hill

      Hi Farnoosh,
      Late spring is a great time to visit Australia. Are you planning to visit Melbourne? I’m heading the other way, for a quick visit to San Francisco, maybe a little earlier than your trip to Oz.
      Thanks for your encouraging reply.

      • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

        Dear Andrew, we *know* that is the best time to visit your beautiful country. Melbourne: So many reasons we want to come to Melbourne so at this time, it is a maybe as we will be in Sydney then heading to NZ. And of course, keep up your blogging habits. I am sure we will cross paths someday. All the best.

  • http://learnit2earnitwithlynn.com Lynn Brown

    Great information you put together here Farnoosh. I didn’t realize so many aspects of what we do when we blog. I consider my blog the hub of my business. It is the go to place for everything, but then has ideas and suggestions to take my readers and visitors into others areas, such as videos, articles, other social sites.

    Appreciate you taking the time to gather this information. It is a great checklist of sorts too. Looking forward to sharing this with my fans, followers and clients.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Lynn, there is SO much to blogging on a professional scale and I must say this is most of it but there are still things that I may have left off. Hub of your business = that’s a great way to look at it. There is a difference, I think, between people who have a blog to support their business and people whose blog is their entire business. Yours is both, I think you have a lot of ideas and resources and it is growing too. You are most welcome and thanks for sharing the post. Nice to see you here!

  • http://www.imjustsharing.com Mitch Mitchell

    Wow, very comprehensive list Farnoosh. Course, I’m thinking most bloggers probably haven’t done the first part of #31, though I did because I own my business, but the 2nd part I hope they have.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello dear Mitch and welcome here. Oh this one did take a while to put together, I am so glad it is useful. And you are absolutely right. I asked around and no one said that they have done the Trademark but I went through it because I didn’t want to risk losing my name and it is my business too now. I am glad you agree that part is important! Thank you for stopping by.

  • http://jwitcraft.com Jeanie

    Oh dear. *looks at her blog + her soon to be launched site and cringes*

    May I add a few more?

    39. Learn the rules of the blogosphere well so that you can break them to fit you.
    40. Don’t be ashamed of yourself for blazing a new trail
    41. Paraphrased from Pam Slim–Starting a business or blog will be the hardest thing you do next to engaging deeply in a relationship. It has a tendency to force you to work on you, despite kicking and screaming.
    42. We blog to share our lives, and mustn’t forget that we need life to blog.

    *off to tackle exercise and blog set up for new site now. :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Jeanie, hi darling! You may add as many as you wish, especially since I lost steam and didn’t add the rest, I am sure there are more I forgot to add.
      Thank you so much for adding the intangibles and adding more of our blogging community culture to the mix.
      #42 is my favorite!!! Good luck with your projects. Thanks for saying all this.

  • http://10stepstofindingyourhappyplace.blogspot.com/ Galen Pearl

    Oh, man, I had no idea what I was signing on for when I started my blog. I started it to generate ideas for a retreat I was leading, and before I knew it, the blog had a life of its own. A very fun life. I can’t believe all the interesting people I’ve met, like you!!

    I do many of the things on your list, but not all. I’m still in the technology dark ages, I don’t advertise, and I am not trying to make this another career. And yet, it’s more than a hobby. Finding the right balance has been very important for me, and as time goes on, I seem to be getting better at that. Great post!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Galen, you do many things that work brilliantly for your blog and no one has to do all of these – this list is very long and comprehensive and it’s really for a professional blogger, which is my true journey. Technology can be frustrating and sometimes a colossal waste of time for a time that could be used toward writing and creation. Stay true to your path and I know exactly what you mean about the difference between hobby and career but it’s neither because you are somewhere in the middle. Enjoy it and thank you for stopping by. Yes, meeting people is one of the greatest benefits. Maybe I should do a post on all the benefits of blogging (BOB :))!

  • http://www.aprovadimamma.net Marica – Aprovadimamma

    I think I’ll just print it all down, glue it to my kitchen wall or on bedroom ceiling, and keep reading it as a mantra when I feel all down and ask myself “why am I doing this?”. T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U! A new follower of yours from Italy

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      A friend from Italia? That makes my day. Hi Marica. Go ahead and print it, I shall be proud to be displayed on an Italian kitchen wall. Indeed, why are we doing this? I don’t know. It drives us. It fulfills us. It inspires and motivates us. I am doing it until those things stop. Welcome and glad to have you here. Grazie mille. Ciao! :)

  • denise

    Great article. As a new blogger, it gave me some things to think about. Thanks.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Denise, happy to hear it and welcome to the world of blogging and thanks for your comment.

  • http://win-with-1.com Alison Moore Smith

    Great list. I was looking for “sleep” but, as I suspected, it wasn’t there. :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Sleep? Are you kidding? With a list of 38 things to do just for blogging? :) No way, Alison. No way! (Too funny, nice to see you)!

  • Sal Greco – Surfer Lifestyle

    What a cool post Farnoosh…

    My favorite part is that you placed “create” as number 1.

    As soon as you make CREATING your number 1 priority… Everything flows from there!

    Surfs up,

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Totally. Creation is our main job and the core of what we do here as bloggers. It will remain as number one. Thanks for stoping by, Sal!

  • Sandra / Always Well Within

    Farnoosh,

    I love this list because it’s so concise. It’s really a terrific reminder checklist. I would add “take a regular digital sabbatical” at the end! Because we all need balance. You really put your all into everything.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Sandra, thank you for stopping by. Oh that is a great advice. I was doing more of a “to do” list but I wonder if with the sleep suggestion before your comment and then your comment, if maybe I should do things that a blogger *should* be doing to survive this list :)!! We all need the balance and I have less of it lately but I still meditate to keep sanity. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Rashmie@MommyLabs

    Dear Farnoosh,
    This is not just a peek into a blogger’s life but it is a quick guide for us bloggers to see what we are doing, what we are not and what we should. Awesome. And, I echo your thoughts – that for all the free content that we bloggers provide, we so look up to the comments and ‘likes’, ‘forwards’ and ‘shares’ from our readers. It is the community and connection that keeps us going more than anything else. So, when a reader reads and leaves quietly without so much as saying a ‘Hi’ or a ‘like’ it does not feel good. But then, he/she has indirectly helped me by adding to the “page views” and getting me close to my “best friend” google – who then introduces my blog to more readers. :)

    Out of those 38 invaluable tasks that you mention, I don’t do 12 (many of these related to product creation/consulting etc that I absolutely want to do, thanks to your inspiration!) and I do some more (some which you do too, I know) that add to the work! Like –
    1. I do all photography myself for every single blog.
    2. For my parenting/art/craft blog, it is in fact what I teach my child at home, what art/craft we create together that is the content of each post. To be able to share those, I take pictures at every step of the creation process!
    3. We host collaborative projects and then share each blogger’s project through a visual compilation using a tool called – Mc Linky. This tool allows you to visually catalog each project and link back to it. So, you don’t have to create bulky PDFs
    4. We invite non-blogging readers to participate in those projects by actively inviting them to share their stuff on our blog Facebook page.

    And hey, I would like to mention that couple of days back, when my blog’s hosting services were due to expire, I switched to Blue Host. This was on recommendation through your blog. I will send a formal mail to you because I want to give credit to Prolific Living for this.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dearest Rashmie, hi and thank you for adding more to my list and for sharing your passionate thoughts around blogging and our silent readers. I know that it is just hard for some people to take the time to say what we wish they would – and the worst part, I think, is how most of my friends and family rarely ever stop by or comment and I am just used to it. I have changed my expectations with the world ;)! But anyway, as you and I know well know, that does not stop us from pushing forth with our blogging journey.
      Your projects are so so fun and Pari will grow up to treasure these memories and remember them for the rest of her life. I can’t imagine having a childhood like that. So much color and joy and fun and creativity. Enjoy it and thank you for sharing it with us!
      THANK YOU for signing up with Blue host through me. I sent you an email about that for when you get a chance.

  • Patrick

    Farnoosh, this is really wonderful stuff here, I hope any new blogger finds this first when they do a search “starting a blog” on Google.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Thank you Patrick. I am very happy that you think so and yes, that’s a good SEO goal for me, thanks :)!

  • Bimal Shivaji

    Hi Farnoosh,
    I have been reading your postings for about a month now. I guess I never commented until now. I am doing so now because you take so much time off your busy schedule to reply to each one. And when I read that you expect more and more comments, well I thought I should let you know that I am your regular reader now. I know this is a couple of days late. I did’nt get a chance to check as I log in from my office.
    Thank you so much for give us a peek into your daily life.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Bimal, thanks for taking the time to say something today and I am very happy that you have been reading. I do not “expect more and more comments” – I simply wish that more of my readers take the time to communication so it’s not the same. I have no expectation from my readers, because as you see, I have never stopped blogging even if there were no comments :)!
      I am very happy that you read and enjoy the blog and thanks again for your first comment here. Very kind.

  • Elle

    Simply perfect. I wouldn’t add a thing.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Thank you Elle! Thank you so much.

  • http://www.noahgarcia.net Noah Garcia

    There sure are a lot of components to blogging. Trying to balance blogging, family life, full-time job can be challenging, yet worth it. It takes passion and dedication. What do you think?

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Yes of course dedication and passion are the core of it. Without them, who can go through this list day in and day out? You are absolutely right and balance is not easy at all – I never had it when I worked full-time in the corporate world and I had to choose to go one way or another. I chose this. My passion won over my rationale ;)! Thanks for your comment, Noah. Keep blogging!

  • http://www.flipflopcaravan.blogspot.com Kelly P

    Since you are watching like a hawk for a reaction, here is mine…this post was beyond refreshing to read! As someone who (most of time) hangs around those of the non-blogging persuasion, I often find it difficult to discuss blogging with them. They just don’t get how much time and effort it takes! Also, the list is a great smack upside the head – highlighting some things I know I should be doing but haven’t gotten around to yet or have been slacking on. So that was me taking a moment to tell you I liked it (re: loved) so that you feel an unspeakable fulfillment for a few moments. Commented. Tweeted. Feel fulfilled.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Kelly hi! Thank you so much for your comment, and especially because it is your first time commenting here. You are awfully kind! You made my day! It is so hard to make others understand our world and that’s ok – I have totally accepted it. Take your time tackling it all, it has taken me about 2 years to get here and I am still grappling with them ;)
      You are so kind for giving me the exact fulfillment you mention, thanks and do come back anytime!

  • http://www.ashmenon.com Ash Menon

    I think I haven’t yet hit my stride as a blogger, so it’s a bumpy, ongoing takeoff right now. My worst mistake was ignoring my blog for a while, only to come back and realize that a glitch had completely killed my site for months. The climb up the ladder is a lot slower when you’re doing it the second time, sigh.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Ash, I saw this come through and had to reply. It is STILL bumpy for me. Trust me! Some days, I feel like nothing is happening and it’s not going anywhere and I seriously get the blues. So what, you ignored it and now you are back? You will hit your stride again. Maybe look at the foundations first? See what you might want to build on? Choose just a few of the most important foundations to work on? Anyway, let me know how I can help. I definitely work 1:1 with bloggers to close the learning curve (which was a long one for me, geez, and still is) so tell me if you might be interested …. either way, do not give up! Thanks for stopping by.

      • http://www.ashmenon.com Ash Menon

        Wow that was fast! :) I’ll definitely let you know if I make that choice, and thanks for offering!

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  • http://experiencelifefully.com Adrienne

    It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, right? ;)

    I’ll definitely be bookmarking this as a reference, thanks Farnoosh!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Someone with a lot of patience and perseverance. Warriors like us, Adrienne. Thanks so much for stopping by and your new photo is gorgeous!

  • http://blog.stephbond.com Steph Bond Hutkin (Bondville)

    Totally classic. I was laughing out loud by the end of your article. We all do that don’t we! It’s a career of love, that’s for sure :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Steph and welcome here to prolific living. Oh yes, it is a laughing matter, alright. I look like a crazy maniac doing all this work but it is a labor of love. What can we do? Happy to meet you! And thanks for your comment.

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  • http://sleve.wordpress.com/ Steve LeBlanc

    @Farnoosh:
    What an awesome list of things that a blogger does. This list is both descriptive and proscriptive. Much of the other advice I’ve read is summarized here. Great job.

    And it’s overwhelming, given how little I do of these things. The great thing is that I can pick any item to start to integrate, and just add more as I can. Nice to have it all laid out this way, a post I can return to again and again. My biggest problem? I need to post more often.

    You’re outstanding at #8, Replying to each comment. Great work. Thanks for making the hard work easier, or at least more graspable.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello Steve, welcome to Prolific Living! Thank you so much. So glad you enjoyed this. Are you also a blogger?
      Do *not* be overwhelmed please. This is a list that has accumulated over 2 years and it has grown slowly and trust me, not all of them apply to every blogger. I meant to inspire, not to overwhelm.
      Posting regularly gets debated a lot and you hear a lot of different opinions. I really think the more you post, the more it benefits you on every level so long as it is a top notch quality post, it is something you want to do and do not do out of a sense of obligation and it resonates with your overall blog message.
      And I am so glad you enjoy the communication. I would not miss out on a single chance to talk to my readers so blog commenting is the best way to talk to you. Please come back again!

  • Negar

    All of your hard work is definitely appreciated!!! I want to shadow you one day! ;)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      It’s been overwhelming lately so thank you for the support. It means a lot, dearest Negar!!!

  • Kathleen Waters

    Dear Farnoosh,

    I think I was Kathleen Colombo when we were working together. I envy your courage, and relate to your perspective on Corporate America. Now that both of my oldest daughters are in college (Penn State), I am in an MA program to earn a degree in Applied Christian Orthodox Theology. Not sure what I’ll do with it (i.e. how I’ll use it for income) however it’s fulfilling to me now.

    I got married 5 years ago, and my “baby” is now 8. My family is just doing so well!

    After I was “reorganized (it happened only to me, so it was a nice way of saying “fired”), and after I was demoted, I changed my name a few times to re-brand myself. Now co-workers call me Kate Waters. :-)

    Congratulations on your success! Looking forward to keeping up with you. It was so nice to hear your sweet voice on your podcast this morning!

    Fondly, Kathleen

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Kathleen, I remember you very well. It is a wonderful surprise to see this comment from you. Thank you for the honest update here. I have no doubt, not even one, that you will find a way to put your passion to work for you. It may take some time and some creativity and a lot of effort, but you will do it with the kind of energy that will surprise you, because it’s fulfilling.
      I am very happy for you, and particularly happy that you are now outside the corporate walls. Thank you for your kind wishes. And for listening to my podcast. That is very encouraging. All my very best to you, and please do keep in touch.

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  • http://www.freelancewritingblog.com Ruth – The Freelance Writing Blog

    All of this indeed, Farnoosh. Plus my ‘day’ job as a freelance copywriter :-)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Ruth, ah that’s right – freelance copywriting is a separate job …. I just think of you as a superstar entrepreneur :)!

  • http://learnit2earnitwithlynn.com Lynn Brown

    Whew! I am exhausted reading the list, but you sure did cover it well Farnoosh. It is amazing all the parts to blogging or keeping up with a site that helps others to learn, grow and communicate. Thank you for sharing your Top 38 Things and now I have a checklist to give to my VA …. time to delegate for sure!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Thank you for coming by, Lynn…. no, don’t be exhausted. Be inspired :), even if exhaustion is part of the game. Delegation: there is a place I need to work harder…. so good to see you, Lynn, and hope you are doing wonderfully!

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  • http://themarginalwriter.wordpress.com/ Jon Becker

    What a great article! As a new blogger, this is so informative, speaking to my emotions AND my intellect. Thank you!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Jon, you are so welcome, and I love that phrase – that it spoke to both your emotions and your intellect. Very happy to hear it and happy blogging!

  • http://www.turkishcoffee21.com Isela Peavey

    Brilliant posting. Remember to keep up the superior work.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Thank you dear Isela, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Ivy

    Hi Farnoosh,

    I greatly appreciate the time you have taken to shed some light on this journey.
    It seems a bit overwhelming, but I can’t wait to put my own blog into production. With your guidance, of course. :)

    Blessings,
    Ivy

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Thanks Ivy – yes it’s overwhelming but also extremely rewarding :)!

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  • Lillian McKendry

    Dear Farnoosh,

    I googled “what does a blogger do?” and found you right away. Thank you for the super information. I appreciate your willingness to share and help others.

    Keep up the good work!

    Lillian

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Lillian, wonderful. Glad to help. Feel free to share the post. Thanks much.

  • http:/livealifeofgratitude.blogspot.com G Angela

    Brilliant Post ! am happy to read what you write, I found so many things that I am not doing, I started blogging to share my experiences and also learn from others – you are definitely very inspiring and I admire the hard work and your perseverance, I need to learn so much from you.

    I appreciate your generosity, and thanks for motivating me, hoping to take small steps, simultaneously responding and exploring to what is my primary purpose in life ! in my own situation. Thanks again for sharing !

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Angela, you are so so welcome and don’t worry about what you are not doing – ask yourself if that’s something that is applicable or that would be useful to your blogging journey? These are just a list of suggestions that work for me. So happy that this was inspiring to you – thank you so much. Stay motivated. This is a great journey! Come visit again anytime.

  • Kalaya

    Thank you so much for all of the hard work that you do! Curiosity brought me to this article, but I found it very interesting. I have been “sneaking” around your site for a little while now and have definitely found myself intrigued. Thank you again

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Kalaya, thank you for your kind words. Stay and enjoy what you see here. I am happy that my efforts are worthwhile to you. Thank you for leaving a comment and come back anytime, Kalaya.

  • http://immenselysocial.com/ Lori Hil

    I have begun to call myself the curator for awesome content rather than a blogger! I talked about that in my post Bloggers Wear Many Hats! It is so true and work that is never done, but it has immense rewards like internal sanity by sharing your thoughts. Thank you!