70 Things I’ve Learned From Writing 1000 Blog Posts.

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Oct 21, 2013

This is my thousandth post.

My thousandth.

I can’t really get my head around that number. There are few things, short of bodily functions and actions taken to sustain my existence, that I have done a thousand times.

Oh, and I’ve apparently taken 34,000 photos, too.

I mean, doing a thousand of anything is a lot. I’ve struggled over writing a thousand words, before. Ask me to do a thousand sit-ups and will laugh, heartily, for so long that it will grow really, really awkward. So you can imagine that a thousand posts (from someone who can’t spend five minutes on the internet without wandering off to Zappos to look at shoes, or checking Facebook to see which of my friends have dressed up their pets in hats) is kind of a miracle.

I’m trying to make sense of all of it. To look back on these last thousand posts and figure out what I’ve learned, what the point of all of it has been. It’s gone to my head, of course, like most things do. I’ve now declared myself some sort of authority on the whole blogging topic (though really, a more apt way of putting it would be this: If I can do it, anyone can).

And so, to commemorate today, I’ve compiled a 70 things I’ve learned from writing one thousand posts. I was going to do a thousand things I’d learned, but … ugh. That sounded exhausting. And then I tried to make it one hundred things I’d learned, but I couldn’t come up with enough of them without repeating myself and then I started looking for boots online and … what was I talking about?

Oh, right. My thousandth post. Welcome to it. Here’s what I’ve learned since I started the blog, 999 posts ago.

  1. Pick the right topic. Choose a subject that you will be excited about in a few days, a few months, a few years. Make it something that you can write about day in and day out. For me, it was travel. And my husband. And the pursuit of cupcakes.
  2. If you’re stumped on a name for your site, enlist the help of a friend. They can offer valuable feedback, and point out embarrassing double entendres or potentially awkward domain names.
  3. If you are seriously about blogging, buy a domain name and host your site there. Building a huge blog following on a domain you don’t own (like on a wordpress.com or blogspot.com account) is basically like doing a bunch of repairs and upgrades to a rental car.
  4. Your first few posts will probably be awkward. That’s okay – it takes time to figure out something new. You weren’t great at walking or talking when you first started doing those things, either. Like everything else, the more you blog, the easier it will get.
  5. Determine the voice and tone of your writing. Is it serious? Lyrical? Humorous? Whatever it is, make it true to you (writing in a voice that isn’t your own is exhausting and it will eat at your soul. It’s like putting on a fake accent for days on end). Once you know who you are as a writer, then you can deviate and try new things (which leads me to my next point …)
  6. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Write haikus. Make lists. Add speech bubbles to photos. You won’t find out what works without discovering what doesn’t.
  7. Are you in it for the money? If so, then you should probably stop blogging right now. There’s very little money to be had in this field. Write because you love it.
  8. Stop trying to make things go viral. If it does happen, it will be totally unpredictable and shocking, and will often have no correlation to how much work you put into a piece. This is my most shared post. It took me about 20 minutes to write.
  9. Get on social media. If you are anything like me, it will feel awkward and overly-self-promotional. But Twitter, Google +, and Facebook are some of the key ways I drive traffic to my site. If you want people to read your blog, you need to be willing to share stuff with your network.
  10. Sometimes, you will find you have something important to say that has absolutely nothing to do with the main topic of your blog. And that’s okay.
  11. Not everyone will like you. This is true in life and blogging. But people have an easier time telling you that they don’t like you on the internet.
  12. If you are proud of what you’ve created, then that’s enough.
  13. If you are afraid of running out of things to say, then talk about the fact that you are afraid of running out of things to say.
  14. The best way to get over writer’s block is to write. Sit and type something. Even if it doesn’t make any sense. Even if you are just transcribing the lyrics to a song. Just type. And eventually, the words will come.
  15. “Bash it out and tart it up.” Nick Lowe said this, and it’s one of my favorite quotes for mornings when I feel like I can’t come up with anything clever or beautiful to write. I’ll just lay down the bare bones of a post now, and make it pretty later.
  16. Did you hate your last post? Then write another one. Hate that one, too? Then write another. That’s the beauty of a blog. You always get a second chance. And a third. And a fourth.
  17. Typos don’t make you a idiot.
  18. You can write a post for just one person, and still find that a lot of people want to read it.
  19. Publish regularly. It doesn’t matter if it’s once a month or once a day, find a schedule that works for you and stick to it. And be sure to tell others that you update your blog regularly – this will make it that much harder for you to slack off.
  20. Take more photos that you could ever possibly use, record more details than you could ever possibly need. You can always discard them later.
  21. When you have a good idea far from your computer, write yourself a note. My home is littered with scraps of paper that Rand and I have scribbled on. We’ve learned to check with one another before throwing them away. “Is this important?” “Yes. That’s the start of the next great American novel.” “… on the back of a Safeway receipt?” “Yeah.”

  22. Seek out inspiration. If you want to be funny, then read something funny. If you want to be poetic, read something poetic. If you ingest enough wonderful things, you might be able to spit up something that’s pretty darn wonderful yourself.
  23. At some point, you’ll spend hours looking for something online. A guide, a piece of information, some help about some topic that’s pressing on you. And if you don’t find it, you need to sit down and write the post yourself.

  24. Haters gonna hate. Even Socrates had his critics (and they made him drink hemlock poison, so really, you got off easy.)
  25. Be patient: building an audience takes a loooong time. After two years of blogging, I had about 100 visits a day. That was it. I kept at it because I love writing, not because people were reading what I wrote.
  26. “The first draft of everything is shit.” Hemingway said that. HEMINGWAY. He was one of the greatest American writers EVER and even he wrote a shitty first draft. Just keep that in mind.
  27. The next time something truly disastrous happens, remind yourself that it will make a great post. Thanks to the blog, I almost enjoy it when our flight gets delayed, or I hop on the wrong subway, or have a terrible customer service experience. Almost.
  28. If someone steals your content, congratulations. You’ve made it.
  29. There will always be someone better than you. Someone whose words will render you speechless with their beauty, or breathless with laughter. This is part of the human condition. Accept it, and keep chasing them, because that’s what artists do.
  30. You will look back and be mortified by at least 20% of everything you’ve written. That’s good. You need to make mistakes first, so you know what to avoid later.
  31. Study your working environment, and find out what’s best for you. Maybe your best ideas come at night. Maybe they strike you first thing in the morning. Maybe you blog best while sitting on the couch, eating cookies, and simultaneously browsing the clearance section on Anthropologie’s website.
  32. If you’ve decided to mimic another artist’s style in a post, be sure to link to them. This is the difference between an homage and looking like a copycat.
  33. Accept that some days, writing just ain’t gonna happen. Go for a walk. Or read a book. Or eat a cupcake. Or two.
  34. Sometimes, someone calling you on your bullshit can lead to amazing things.
  35. If everyone said they liked it, you wouldn’t believe them anyway.
  36. Bad is better than boring.
  37. Done and mediocre is better than unfinished and brilliant.
  38. Rage can be a great source of humor.
  39. Don’t underestimate the ability of a snack to vastly improve your writing abilities.
  40. You will eventually have to delete something beautiful. Accept it, and get used to it. Because eventually, something even more lovely will come to pass.
  41. If 20 people love it, and one person hates it, you will inevitably focus on that one person. There’s nothing I can say to stop you from doing that, because I do it, too. I just think we all need to take a moment to realize how irrational we’re being.
  42. You are probably at least slightly more talented than you think you are.
  43. Accept that you will, either due to human or computer error, lose a post. You will have spent hours crafting it and -poof- it will vanish. The best way to deal with this, I’ve found, is to stomp around doing your best impression of The Incredible Hulk. “GAAAAH! GERALDINE SMASH.” “Did you lose a post, sweetie?” “Yes. Geraldine lose post. Now rageful.”
  44. Editing requires perspective. Give yourself enough time to let a post rest for a few hours (or even a few days) and revisit it later. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to evaluate your work honestly when you’ve had a break from it.
  45. Accept that most posts will never feel perfect. Sometimes, you just have to hit publish.
  46. Don’t worry about connecting with your audience; the only thing people can’t relate to is insincerity. The innerworkings of your heart, the thoughts that creep into your head before you fall asleep, the middle school celebrity crush you had? We’ve all been there. Trust me.
  47. If you have an idea, and you lose it, don’t fret. Lost loves, forgotten ideas, the lyrics to a song you can’t quite recall: they all come back.
  48. If you keep getting distracted by the allure of the internet, try disconnecting from it. Write a draft in a word document, or in a notebook. You’ll be amazed at how much you get done when you aren’t wandering off to reddit every ten minutes.
  49. Sometimes the photos you choose dictate the post. Sometimes the post dictates the photos you use. Neither is wrong.
  50. No matter how old you are, you have a lifetime of experiences and stories to draw from. Toss in a few anecdotes from childhood – you’ll find that it makes an otherwise thin story that much richer.
  51. If you cry at your own work, or you laugh at it, or you do some weird hybrid of the two where you’re laugh-crying – that’s probably a good sign.
  52. Life isn’t black and white, so don’t expect your blog to be, either. Not every experience will be all bad, or all good. Not every vignette in your life will be perfectly poetic, or entirely disastrous. If you want to be real, include all the details, even the ones that don’t fit with the narrative.
  53. Self-deprecation is funny; self-pity is annoying.
  54. Spell-check on its own is not enough. Try reading your post aloud, slowly. Make changes accordingly.
  55. If you are struggling with an explanation, or a phrase, try explaining it to a friend. Whenever I get stumped, I turn to my husband and say, “I just want to explain x on the blog. How sometimes it can be a little bit y, but most days it’s totally z.” And just like that, I’ve done it.
  56. Don’t underestimate the power of doodles.
  57. It’s okay to take a sick day.
  58. If your productivity is truly struggling, set a timer: give yourself one hour to produce as much content as you can. And then, with little time to rehash and obsess over every sentence, write.
  59. This is a leftover tip from journalism school, and I still love it: if the first paragraph of a post is holding you back, then start with the second paragraph. Then you can either write your lead paragraph later, or realize that the second paragraph is a perfectly okay place to start.
  60. Really long, numbered lists tend to be crowd pleasers. Just saying.
  61. If you find yourself rambling, try approaching a post like you would a thesis paper: start with a topic sentence, an intro, some supporting paragraphs and evidence, and a conclusion. It sounds formulaic, but if you tell an interesting story, no one will mind.
  62. Remember that nothing you write on your blog is private. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it online.
  63. If you want a site that looks professionally designed, then guess what? You are probably going to have to hire a professional designer.
  64. It’s entirely acceptable to link to your own work, or previous posts, especially if they are relevant.
  65. The criticisms that hurt the most are usually the ones that you secretly believe yourself.
  66. Love stories don’t just happen between beautiful people in movies – sometimes they happen to squishy mortals with imperfect skin and crooked bottom teeth. Shockingly, most people are not horrified by this, but instead, are entirely delighted to read about such real-world romances (possibly because they, too, are squishy mortals).
  67. Stop trying to be deep. Stop trying to elicit an emotional response from your readers. It will feel heavy-handed or manipulative. Just tell your story – often times, that’s enough.
  68. It’s okay to admit that you are wrong. It’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay to say, “I don’t know,” and then go watch a couple episodes of Home Makeover: Extreme Pantries.
  69. Don’t feed the trolls. Seriously. Getting into a shouting match with haters on online will make you feel better for about 1/10th of a second. After that, you’ll end up feeling much, much worse for having sunk to their level. (Note to self: please heed this more.)
  70. Laugh at the fact that you’ve said, time and again, that you could never write a book. But here you’ve written a novel’s worth of posts, day by day. Just something to think about.

Leave a Comment

  • In the least creepy way possible…I think you’re my writing spirit animal, your effing hilarious!! As a new blogger (but long time follower) this post is particularly helpful to me so thanks for both the hilarity and information!

    • Everywhereist

      I have always wanted to be someone’s spirit animal.

  • Congrats on making it to 1000!

    That’s nuts! 🙂

    • Everywhereist

      I know! It’s totally crazy. I can’t really believe it, either. 🙂

  • kristina

    Ha! You managed to weave in a clip reel. I love it. I love this list, and I think you need to start that book.

  • ayesha

    Great post! Thanks for the entertainment and inspiration. Cheers to 1000 more!

  • Dan

    Great list. So true, so inspiring. Congrats on your 1000th post!

  • I find it very hard to believe that you only had 100 followers a day when you were two years in. As soon as I found you I went back to the beginning, and was in LOVE with those posts too. Brilliant and funny from the beginning. Plus, now you’ve made my 135/day seem kinda ok and not as shameful as I was thinking they were, so, thanks!

    • P.S. Just wanted to tell you that you’re my inspiration when I have trouble writing. I even copy your posts to my desktop so I can read past ones when I’m traveling on the boat and/or don’t have internet.

      • Everywhereist

        Fact: Rand read this comment on his phone while we were sitting at the couch, and he made an audible “Aaawwwwww” sound. Clearly, we were both very touched. 🙂

        • Now I just made an audible “Aaawwwwww” by knowing that Rand “Aaawwwwwed” me. 🙂 Haha.

  • Jodi

    #70 is the best one of all…

  • The “just start writing” step is a big one. If you actually sit down to do it, it’s starts to seem a lot easier than you might have thought. I’ve noticed that if I start with the first few sentences of something, even if it’s absolute garbage, I’ll want to write the next few sentences. And if they’re absolute garbage too, I’ll keep manhandling them until they’re no longer garbage. Then I’ll pace around the room for a while, go back, and do the same thing again.

    Once this process gets going, it seems to be self-sustaining. Like a snowball rolling down a hill in those old cartoons. And by the time it gets to the bottom, it’s an unstoppable juggernaut of lyrical witticisms and poignant social commentary. At least, that’s what my ego tells me.

    • Everywhereist

      It’s true: writing is very strongly influence by inertia. 🙂

  • Lots of wisdom here. You have a book in you that’s for sure. I plan to memorize the whole darn thing.

  • You and your blog are so amazing and inspirational! The fact that you were only getting 100 hits a day after two years give me and my travel blog hope. Thanks for everything!

  • Dawn Shepard

    Congratulations on 1,000 posts! I think a lot of this info is helpful for anyone who creates anything. Great work!

  • Kotogirl

    Always enjoyable. Thanks for # 42 and 65. Looking forward to the next 1000!

  • Deb

    well done madam!

    • Deb

      By the by…which post surprised you the most?

      • Everywhereist

        Hmm … that is a REALLY good question. It wasn’t so much surprising, but I’d say that one of the most interesting blog experiences I had was writing about Irish history, and the Troubles. I learned so much from the experience, and I found that the comments were quite positive, considering how heated an issue it is.

  • Kim

    Holy crap that’s a lot of writing! I must say this list came in very handy tonight as I’d been hovering over the publish button on a 1,000+ word post that started as a photo post. Thanks for all of your hilarious posts, looking forward to the next 1,000!

  • Love #42.


  • Congrats on 1000 posts! I celebrated my 1000th post last April with a big party consisting of only purple foods. I had the same sentiment that there are very few things in life that I’ve done 1000 times. Love the list.

    • Everywhereist

      OMG. The cake. The cake you made for that party. SO AMAZING. Congrats on reaching the milestone yourself!

  • 1000 posts! That’s amazing! You know, you’re right about the bad things that happen to you: they really do make for hilarious stories. =)

  • I discovered your blog right around the time Steve reared his ugly head (pun completely intended). That’s when I went back and read some of your earlier posts. So, in addition to pulling for you — just as a fellow member of the human race — as a blog reader, I was also hoping they wouldn’t accidentally remove the snark area of your brain along with Steve. At this point, I think it is safe to say that your snark lobe emerged unscathed — along with your quirky view of the world.

    And now for the mushy part: You have also served as an unwitting blog mentor for me. I am also a trailing spouse who decided to start a travel blog. (I honestly wasn’t copying your idea. I hadn’t even discovered your blog when mine was born). Your blog showed me that in the blogosphere, it’s ok to veer from clinical reportage into allowing one’s personality to peek through. (BTW, I know that one ought not refer to oneself in the third person lest one sound pretentious (and ridiculous), so I will stop that right now!) Some of my most popular posts (and most positive comments) have been the ones where I wondered if I was getting too personal. (And why did over 800 people look at the photo of me in my mother of the groom dress on Facebook? That was just plain weird.)

    I have no doubt you have another 1,000 blog posts in you because your existence on this planet will continue to provide irresistible material — and now that Bill Bryson seems to have stopped writing about travel, there is an obvious void waiting for your book.

    Write on!

  • Congratulations on 1000 posts!

  • “51. If you cry at your own work, or you laugh at it, or you do some weird hybrid of the two where you’re laugh-crying – that’s probably a good sign.” Haha this is good to hear because I often find myself laughing out loud or tearing up as I sit alone in my apartment writing, and then I realize I probably look like an absolute lunatic. Also, (31) cookies. Yes. 🙂 Nice job on the 1000 posts, that really is quite an accomplishment!

  • Congrats on your 1000th! I love your posts and the one thing that makes me type out your URL everyday is that I know 90% of the times, there will be a new post here 🙂

    All the best for the next 1000!

  • Really inspiring, 1000 posts is a lot. I should be honest, i just found your blog through Twitter and this is the first post i read. Now I’m of to check the 999 other posts. Really well done.

  • One thing I noticed that pervades all through your post is, the advice to be honest. And it so easily reflects in your writing. Congrats on your 1000th post! 🙂 Love the way your writing flows so naturally, without seeming to have any ulterior motives but to share your experience to help others. Keep up the good work!

  • Congrats Geraldine, big fans of both you & Rand. Epic milestone!

    Which post do you think surprised you the most which the amount of pageviews/shares?

    • Everywhereist

      Definitely the Bavarian foods post that I mention above. I still can’t believe how much attention that post has gotten.

  • I love this. You touch on a bunch of things that I’ve been mulling throughout my own (short, at this point) writing journey. Thank you! And congrats 😀

  • Jay

    1000 is certainly an accomplishment and I am happy to be following along on your writing journey. I find our humour similar but you have a way of putting it in written words that is exceptional. Seemingly mundane stories have me laughing out loud and yet you still seem to surprise me with great one-liners when I’m least expecting it. It’s a difficult thing to blend travel, snark, life & stories in such a way that feels genuine and interesting but you continue to knock it out of the park.

    Here’s to another 1000 posts – and my fingers are crossed for a book.

  • Chloe

    “There will always be someone better than you. Someone whose words will render you speechless with their beauty, or breathless with laughter. This is part of the human condition. Accept it, and keep chasing them, because that’s what artists do.”

    yeah im quoting you at you… yeah thats a little lame of me… and a little corny… but go with it…
    you should know… that you are the someone who has something interesting to say and you are the someone who i would like to be a little more like!
    Keep it up and congrats on the big 1000 🙂

  • You have seriously just made my day! As a new blogger, I found inspiration and solid advice in this post. I can’t wait to read the next 1,000!

  • I don’t blog on the reg (on the reg, that’s how kids these days are saying it, right?) but found many of your truisms cross over into my world…. painting. My rule – just because you started it, doesn’t mean you have to finish it (painting, blog post, boring book, sock organization) letting these things go frees you to move on to greater things. My handwritten book of family recipes is about half full and that’s OK, my mother loves it as is.

  • Lizzie

    Yes! To number 70.

  • Beth

    As an dedicated reader of your blog since 2010, I want to say Congratulations! You inspire me to think about blogging myself. Haven’t done it yet, but you never know.

  • Congrats on hitting an amazing milestone, Geraldine. 1,000 posts seems like one of those too-distant goals the self-help gurus like to advise us against. But your way of nibbling away at it, one awesome bit at a time, makes it seem a lot more attainable. I have to say, though, the way you make it seem so natural and effortless is infuriating to the rest of us squishy mortals.
    I know I’m not the first to say you really should be writing your own Great American Novel. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn you’ve already been working on it for some time. If/when you get around to it, I predict it’ll be every bit as inspiring and hilarious as your blog… I know I’d buy it.
    Meanwhile, like many others, I’m looking forward to enjoying the next 1,000 of your peeks at humanity’s quirks, your introspective tidbits and your personal reflections, heavily salted with great photos.
    Great list, by the way… a perfect roadmap to blogging success.

  • That’s awesome! 1000 post congrats! I can relate to many of the things you mentioned.

    The one that gets me the most is how you tend to focus a little more toward the negative comments when you have plenty of positive ones! Im the one who says focus on the people who like what you have to say BUT it is something about that one!

    I appreciate the list. Its on point to what im sure most of us face.

    Take care

  • Congratulations on being old! 😛 May you have a thousand more posts filled with love, good cheer and more cupcakes than you can eat.

    • On a more serious note and adding to a comment earlier, what post did you find toughest to write? Would be great to know how you got through writing it.

  • I am sooo glad that I found your blog a little over a year ago. It has inspired me on countless occasions to keep writing. I read your blog like Oprah eyes cupcakes. One thing you didn’t mention is your complete lack of ads, which adds a level of integrity to your blog that most other viral blogs do not have. 🙂 Congrats on 1,000.

  • Janet T

    I was trying to remember when and how I found your blog- guess it doesn’t matter, but I think I’ve read almost all of your posts and I tend to tell my husband about them, so when I start a sentence with “Geraldine said….” or ” Rand went….” he doesn’t think it is weird at all- which is kind of funny to me. Congrats on 1000- I look forward to the next 1000. Your food pictures always make me hungry- even if it is something I would never in a million years eat (gerbil, guinea pig, hamster? I always forget which is which)

  • Elizabeth


    Oh, #27. My team has a saying that car trouble only happens the week of our major conferences (to which we are driving, naturally). It’s eerily clockwork-like. We do our best to laugh it off and tell ourselves that it will be great inspiration… later.

  • #17…i see what you did there. 🙂
    congrats on the 1000th post! you, my friend, have got it going on…here’s to 1000 more!

  • Whoa, so much awesomeness, I had to take a break at #29 and then again at #46, but I got to the end! Yay! And congrats on your 1,000th!

  • R

    #27: So true! Do I need to feel guilty about the fact that I sometimes wish weird things happen just so I can write about them? Congrats on your 1000th post!

  • Congrats on number 1000! I’m still, oh, 592 posts away from achieving that feat. I love your tips here, although I have to say arguing with trolls does make me feel better, once I’ve chased them back under their bridge. Immature but true. And you’re totally write about the professional designer thing. I managed to delete every single comment on my blog ever when I tried the design thing myself. After curling in a ball and rocking back and forth for an hour or so (“I have no comments! People will think I’m a loser!”), I found myself a designer and have since yet to have a major blog blunder, in terms of design anyway.

    Also, point 56 is totally making me want to play Doodle Jump on my phone, even though I currently have the ‘Add New Post’ tab open on WordPress. Oops.

  • Wow!! That’s a lot! And this inspires to work more and more when you see that it can make you more confident and you start write better =)

  • Patti

    Your blog imspires and amuses me everyday! Reading it has become part of my morning ritual before starting my job. Congratulations on your thousandth post! Keep up the great writing!

  • I’ll be referring back to this list, thank you:). I did thousands of post on my old livejournal, which only my friends could see… blogging on a public platform is so different and makes me feel like a much higher standard is required. I’m up to 130… hope I make it to 1000. Congratulations – I’m looking forward to your next 1000:)

  • Many many MANY congratulations. I adore your writing and your blog, and I hope I can get to 1000 quality blog posts myself one day.

  • CONGRATULATIONS! Please don’t go into retirement! 🙂

  • Thanks for the tips and congrats on writing 1000 posts. I find that your blog is one of my go-to s when I’m having writers block. 🙂

    Write on!

  • I just might print out #37 and put it on my wall.

  • Well said. Wisdom earned.

    My no. 1 blogging tip is to write with your pants off, and then put them back on when you edit. This is non-literal, and an interpretation of Stephen King’s “write with the door closed; edit with the door open”. It’s just funnier because it involve pants – which are WAY funnier over here across the Atlantic because they AREN’T TROUSERS, they’re much more critical.

    But there’s another thing about the non-panted writing analogy: pantless, you feel exposed. If you’re hitting Publish and you’re not feeling that something in your post is just a little too much of yourself out there, something you care about a bit too much, something you feel insecure about, something that’s a little too honest…then your blog post isn’t as good as it *could* be.

    Feel the breeze whip around your nethers, every time.

  • Yas

    I’d just like to say that I absolutely adore your posts and your adorable/sweet/touching/inspiring relationship with your husband 🙂 You’ve inspired me to start my own blog, paying special attention to #27 and #45 and I sincerely hope #42 is true.

    Your posts always brighten up my day and I’m so very glad that I stumbled on to your blog by accident (when I was randomly searching for dessert on the internet).

    So, congratulations on your 1000th post! I look forward to more delightfulness (is that a word? I hope it is, or if not it should be) from you.

  • This is the best blogging tips list I’ve ever read. You are the best!

  • I blog everyday since 1998.

  • Dorian

    Bookmarking this. Thanks Geraldine for the best and most sincere post ever. Someday…

  • Congrats on 1000 posts! Like so many other bloggers, I have also learned a lot from you – and enjoyed every moment. Thank you.

  • Brilliant! I’ve read this twice already and I’m sure I will read it again. #5 really was what I needed to read. Thanks for being so awesome…and loving cupcakes! 😉

  • Maya

    Congratulations, Geraldine! I’ve read your blog regularly for the last two years and I hope you never stop writing. I love your easy style and the genuineness of your writing. Reading your posts is like talking to an old friend.

  • Olivia

    What a great post! You have a new follower starting with your 1000th post lol. These tips are great. Your humor is very similar to mine, but you put it on paper perfectly. Nice job, I’ll be using these tips.

  • Absolutely bang-on list! Some of them I can relate and for most of the rest of them, you’ve inspired me! You may have your reasons but I aint surprised that post of Bavarian food gathered so many ‘hits’ – it’s deliciously written 🙂

  • Wil Reynolds pointed out that you only had 69 comments…. I thought I should fix that for you. Now your 70 things blog post has 70 comments. 🙂
    #relief. All things are right in the world once more.

  • Wow. Great post. Very insprational and you’ve hit the nail on the head over and over.

    My fiance and I have been traveling and blogging for the past ten months and reading this put new wind beneath our sails. Is so nice of you to share. To see the perspective of a seasoned blogger such as yourself is invaluable.

    Thanks so much!

  • Great stuff Geraldine. I’ve featured this on the Travel Writing 2.0 blog as a break from our regular interviews.


  • Typo doesn’t make you A idiot. (I laughed)

  • I was transfixed by your post. I think I’m ready to write now…

  • Somehow, you just made me cry. I too am blogging since a long time, and posts like these encourage me to keep giving my best! 😀

  • Geraldine, thank you so much for writing this post and for taking us on all of your adventures. Lesson #25 really brightened my day. I’ve been publishing my website for two years and am tracking right where you were at this time – even with also being named to the Forbes list of websites for women. Good to feel that if I just keep working, there’s only one way to go – up!

  • I seriously aspire to write as many blog posts as you have, that’s a real accomplishment. I’m new to the blogging world, but I can’t wait to have as many places and things to talk about as you have! What’s your favorite post that you’ve ever written? There’s got to be a few favorites after writing so many!

  • Hi, I’m new to your blog and just found this post…it sums up everything I feel about blogging! It had be laughing out loud in a crowded cafe! #25, 27 and 43 resonate with me so much! I’ve been going with my site for about 3 years and I’ve just realised I’ve done about 500 posts which amazes me!

    anyway, great post, and congrats on the 1000th!

  • Congratulations on this milestone.
    I am no where near this feat in my blogging but…am so excited to write about the lessons I have learned thus far.
    You made me laugh about haters and Socrates and his hemlock poisoned drink and the part about the Incredible Hulk grunt and scream when one looses a post.Hahahaha!
    More power to your writing and keep it coming!

  • Love this post! Gave me a similar Idea (which I will credit to you if it gets published). I’m sure your like us and could write a list of 1000 things you’ve learned but you covered some great ones here.

    I like:
    “If you want a site that looks professionally designed, then guess what? You are probably going to have to hire a professional designer.”

    We’re looking into a designer as well.

    I would add one that I think has helped to keep readers on our site:
    Use H1, H2, H3, Bold, Underline, Colors… anything that breaks the page up and makes it appealing to readers with a short attention span. That’s why lists do so well!

    Thanks for this post, I appreciated it and learned from it

  • Loved your post! I’ve written exactly 5 blog posts, and it’s easy to forget that everyone had to start somewhere. Thank you for your advice and your honesty. You’re an inspiration!

  • Eve

    Great, helpful post! Thanks for making me laugh!

  • Wow, 1000 posts! That is truly amazing. Suddenly I wondered how many posts I have written so far. 163, it turns out. What a tiny little number! I feel like I’ve been doing it forever and it’s only been 163 posts?! Everything you’ve written here is so true and I do cringe a little when a new blogger tells me they’re hoping to fund their travels abroad with their blog. I don’t know how to tell them that’s not going to happen because they seem so full of hope. If it’s not for the love of writing and community, then there’s little hope of getting what you want out of blogging. I am amazed every day at the things I learn and the people I meet and the creative muscles that are exercised because of my humble little blog…it most definitely is not about money.

  • I started one blog a couple years ago posting stories and pictures of my travels. I didn’t spend the time I needed to get it going in the right direction. So I have started another blog at http://www.travelcatscribe.com. With your tips listed above I hope to be more successful and focused on what I love to do – writing and photography! Congrats! A thousand posts is quite an accomplishment. I look forward to following you. 🙂

  • J. Allyse

    I can’t believe I’ve read 1000 posts (are they really ALL in the archives?) I’m a lurker, on this blog and in life generally, an observer more than a commenter. My only other comment was on post 500. My daughter keeps asking me WHAT I’m reading, and why I’m so interested in a stranger’s life. Perhaps because I connect in many ways? (Firefly, Pride and Prejudice, South Africa (my husband lived there for two years), Germany, Italy, Ireland (born German/Irish, married Italian), David Strathairn (I think Sneakers was the beginning of it for me), cookies, so much more …) Or perhaps because in all my lurking (and reading – your book was fabulous) you no longer feel like a stranger? Or maybe it’s because you are quelling (temporarily) my unrequited wanderlust. But mostly, I think, because you are so genuine. Whether sincerely funny, educational, indignant, angry, sad, wondering, dismissive, puzzled … you always seem to be you. Your writing is easy to read, genuinely poignant/humorous/everything. You have a unique gift in your ability to be so many things so honestly and I have loved getting to know you. Thank you.

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