I’ve been interviewed on quite a few occasions by other bloggers and podcasters in the past 12 months and there is one question I get asked time and time again:
‘What would you do differently if you had to start your blog again?’
It’s actually a good question in my mind and is one that I’ve used myself from time to time when in conversation with more experienced bloggers and webmasters.
As a result when I was thinking about a series of posts that I could run while I take a couple of weeks off as paternity leave I thought it would make a great ‘one question interview’ series.
So I quickly emailed 30 or so fellow bloggers (mainly longer term and fairly experienced ones) and asked them to have a go at answering the question. I told them they could answer it with one line or an essay and could tackle it any way they wish.
The answers have rolled in over the past couple of weeks since I sent the request. Some have had said that they have too much on their plates to participate, a few others have not responded – but what will follow over the next two weeks will be the replies of those who responded.
Some loved the question, others found it harder to answer. Some submitted two or three versions before being happy with what they’d written while others sent one liners. Hopefully the results when read together will help those of us in the start-up phase of new blogs to not make the mistakes of those who’ve gone before us.
If you didn’t get one of my emails asking for you to participate – please don’t be offended. I was pretty random with who I sent them to and just because I didn’t officially ask you to participate doesn’t mean I don’t want you to. In fact consider this your official invitation!
What would YOU do differently if you had to start your blog again?
Tell us in comments below or write your own post and think leave a URL below. I was going to make this an official ProBlogger Group Writing Project but I won’t be around to collate all the links – so we’ll leave it as an unofficial one. I’m looking forward to reading your answers on my return.
But in the mean time – over the next couple of weeks you’ll see the responses of my interviewees – I hope you enjoy them.
update: See the responses of those I interviewed here.