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Keith Robinson’s Asterisk is 3 years old: What’s he learned from blogging

Keith Robinson is a Seattle writer, designer, artist and publisher with a background in user-centered Web design, Web standards-based development and Web content. He does some wonderful work out of Phinney/Bischoff Design House.

As proof he doesn’t sleep, Keith publishes Asterisk, one of the better blogs I subscribe to. Unlike most blogs, including mine, which act as clearing house of information on a niche topic, Asterisk is provoking and practical original content on Web design and development. I get a half a dozen good comments to my blog’s posts in a month. Keith may get a dozen to one post in less than a day.

In honor of the 3 year annniversary of Asterisk, Keith posted a long list of things he’s learned from blogging. You can check out the full list on the site and add your own by commentting. Here’s some of the ones I liked best and have learned as well in the last year plus of blogging.

  • The world is both bigger and smaller than I’d ever imagined.
  • There is great power in words.
  • Making a mistake and being called on it can be one the best learning experiences you can have.
  • You really can meet cool people online. And many of them are not so bad in person either!
  • It’s easy to mix up “it’s” and “its”. Same goes for “your” and “you’re”. Oh and “too” and “to”.
  • Don’t trust spellcheck.
  • Blogs are great for marketing and PR if done the right way. (emphasis added)
  • The world is full of passionate people.
  • Storytelling is one of the best ways to convey a message.
  • Defensiveness makes you look bad.
  • People I’ve never met care about me, and I care about people I’ve never met.
  • Links are a new form of currency.
  • Blogging is a great way to express yourself.
  • Blogging is a great way to manage knowledge and lessons learned.(emphasis added)
  • Most people are more positive than negative.
  • Some people actually can make a living blogging. Imagine that.
  • A well-placed f-bomb can go along way.
  • Everyone has a bad day.
  • Crankiness comes in waves and effects many at once.
  • Popular doesn’t always mean good.
  • The best way to become better at something is to keep doing it.
  • Comments make great content.
  • Conversations are a great way to communicate.
  • You’ve got to love what you do to do it really well.
  • People actually do read Web content.
  • Making an ass out of yourself will get you lots of attention.
  • Censorship is lame.
  • Perfect is the enemy of the good.
  • Clever writing can be frustrating.
  • If you step away from it, the blogosphere will still be there when you get back.
  • Asking a question is a great way to get a response. (Obvious I know)

Great list Keith. I’ll have to remember to keep coming back to it. And one of these days I’ll have the honor of meeting you around Seattle.

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