As bloggers, there's a lot of things you need to know. And if you're really serious, you'll find yourself reading about it...

Four Reasons Why Publish What You Learn


As bloggers, there's a lot of things you need to know.

And if you're really serious, you'll find yourself reading about it, endlessly.
There's how to create compelling content, SEO and especially, on how to get smarter on blogging.

It's because you want your audience to read and learn something useful and entertaining, yet informative. It's one key to keep them coming back.

The good news is that most of successful bloggers do this, too.

Furthermore, today we'll dig deeper to one of the most important piece of advice that most experts always tell to beginners, not only in blogging but also in life: Publish (Apply) what you Learn.

Last week, I stumbled upon on an article in Smashing Magazine, a popular web design community site. Its headline "Publish What You Learn", which is somehow different to their other posts, hook me quickly. This is because it reflects to what I'm doing in this blog.

So here in this post, I'm going to add up to that topic, from the insights of a beginner in blogging and why it's worthwhile to publish what you learn. . .

Teaching Makes You Better a Student 

"Teaching is a great learning tool as well. So even if you are getting started in an area, you're helping yourself by writing about it as well."
~ Move the Web Forward
With the endless source of information in the internet, we can't deny that we're also in "information clutter" age. To cut through this, the web needs teachers. Maybe you're thinking "But I'm not an expert".

Teaching others doesn't mean you have to be an expert. Teaching is providing safety and context by sharing what you learned based from your experience. By giving what you know, you learn and expand your knowledge at the same time.

That's why the best teachers teach as part of their own learning.
The good thing is, you establish expertise as time goes, through helping others by using the web resources.
Here's a simple story that I read from a teaching newsletter that triggers me to publish what I learn.

Aaron wants one of his sites to rank high in the search results. But he didn't have much money to advertise it so he studied SEO. In his little rant site, he blogs about his experience and stuffs he learned. In that blog he take notes of what he'd learn in that particular subject. He didn't actively promote that blog but it somehow rank high in search engines.

One day, an artist found his site and ask him to help optimize his art site to rank near top. Aaron said no at first but the artist kept pushing so he agreed.

After that, lots of clients want to do business with him.

Today, Aaron Wall is one of the premier SEO experts on the internet today. He's known for SEO book and interactive learning site (

Learn from Your (and Other's) Mistakes

We always hear this good advice. And it's very true.
If you're a newbie in blogging, you're hesitant to try something new especially if you still haven't read about it.
You fear that someone may criticize you. If you found yourself in this scenario, get over.

Instead, keep in mind that mistakes are temporary. But you should take a quick action if you made one. If one of your post is proven incorrect, "Update" it. In addition, write a post about it. Be aware of those mistakes so you'll avoid to repeat it.

If mistakes made you stop, look outside and see what others are doing. Learn from other's experience. And if you found yourself that you become a critic, use it in right way.

Use your critical thinking to lead you to boost your self-esteem and creativity then start to create.

Now, you're not afraid of mistakes. Instead, be afraid of the day when you're not satisfied with the post you wrote last month.

Comments Encourage Collaboration

This is one of the great gifts of blogging.

You're in a continuous conversation with other people by commenting in your own and other's blog. Personally, if I find a post is insightful, I also read the blog comments and share my thoughts, especially if I have something to add valuable.

In a marvelous book, Content Rules, it says that the concept of creating content is like a campfire. You start the bonfire with your content then your readers add sticks to the fire by sharing their thoughts. Until it leads to collaboration.

Through exchanges of thoughts, ideas and opinions, the content goes further. Mostly, you can witness it in authority sites. But if you're beginner, try to join their conversation by leaving intelligent comments. Then share what you learned in your blog. Invite your audience to add to the bonfire you created.

Just Do It!

Nothing will happen if you don't take any action. Ideas are cheap if there's no action. Successful bloggers succeed because they published what they learned. They teach and learn from their mistakes to become better. They listen to their audience that keep their bonfire burning. So what's stopping you?
Publish what you learn today!

How About You?

Can you add to fire up this bonfire?
Let's learn from each other by filling up the comment form below. . .

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