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Dear Young Architect Friends,
I don’t agree with most traditional mainstream blogging advice out there.
I look at blogging through a lens that’s very similar to the one I look at architecture through. I think to the untrained eye, writing a blog and being an Architect both sound like a lot of fun, and they couldn’t be that hard.
And they are a lot of fun.
But they’re also a lot of effing work, and they certainly aren’t for everyone.
What most people don’t realize is that being an Architect is 20% designing, and 80% running around making sure it gets built as it’s designed.
What most people don’t realize about blogging is that only 20% is spent actually writing, and 80% is running around and finding readers for your blog.
There’s one piece of blogging advice that I do agree with and that I really took to heart from day one:
If you’re going to write a blog, pick a schedule and maintain that schedule at all costs. It doesn’t really matter if it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, as long as you maintain a regular schedule.
This is because both the readers and Google start asking, “Is this blog still alive and relevant?” A blog that doesn’t get updated gets forgotten and dies.
95% of the blogs on the internet die a boring, silent death because the blogger didn’t spend any time finding people to read it, so they just stopped updating it regularly.
Young Architect is almost 2 years old, and I have consistently held to updating the site once a week with a new post, and I have run around like crazy holding people’s hands to come read those posts. About 2 months ago after I quit my job, I came up with this crazy idea:
All I want to do is write new content for my blog. Wouldn’t it be cool if I wrote and posted a new blog post every single day during the month of November?
So here we are on November 21, and I’m exhausted and excited. For the past 3 weeks, I have been hustling extra hard to keep up with this self-imposed, ridiculous challenge. I thought I was really well-prepared, but in the first week, I quickly blew through my entire queue of blog posts.
This whole month, I’ll manage to get a few days ahead, and then I’ll fall a few days behind. OK, I’ll admit that I’ve posted a few entries and back-dated them, but nevertheless, all the work has been getting done.
I haven’t written this much in such a short, intense period of time, since I blogged every day about bicycling across America. I really like these aggressive writing schedules, and hitting the publish button this frequently is gratifying.
Late last night, I was working on several upcoming posts for next week, and I had a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel. I took a moment to look back, and I realized that since the month began, I have posted 25,000 words on Young Architect. That’s pretty awesome; especially when you consider the book I spent 6 months writing last year was about 30,000 words.
Here is a recap of the November Blog Post Surge so far. I’ll add the other posts after they are published.
There’s one piece of blogging advice that I do agree with—and really took to heart from day one:
1 – Review of Kaplan ARE 4.0 Study Materials
2 – Young Architect’s October 2015 Photographs
3 – Five Other Young Architect Bloggers!
4 – The Amazon Architecture Student Program
5 – Cheezy Architecture Videos
6 – How Will We Live Tomorrow?
7 – Special Interest Architects – Architecture Intern 101
8 – My Role During the Early Years of My Architecture Career
9 – Don’t Take the SPD Exam Until You’ve Read This!
10 – How to Pass The ARE on Amazon
11 – Gifts and Toys For Architecture Students
12 – Should I Wait For The ARE 5.0 Transition?
13 – Saving Time With Some Simple Computer Tricks
14 – Young Architect on The Business of Architecture
15 – Architect’s Guide to Getting Mentally Clear – 18 Tricks
16 – Why Are Young Architects So Unhappy?!???
17 – Don’t Start Studying for BDCS, Until You Read This! Seriously!
18 – 7 Must-Have Architect Tools for Under $10
19 – The January 2016 ARE Boot Camp
20 – An Inspiring Young Architect Story
21 – Your reading this post now.
22 – Architecture is a Practice
23 – Preparing For Your First ARE – AIA Portland Lecture Jan 13th 2016
24 – The Architect’s Postmodern Thanksgiving!
25 – The 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition
26 – Architecture Gifts for Kids
27 – Architecture Puns!?!
28 – The 2015 Top 50 Architecture Books
29 – The 2015 Young Architect Holiday Gift Guide
30 – The ARE Candidate’s Holiday Wish List
Since I spent so much time writing new content in November, the month of December will be all about doing the deferred maintenance which I neglected to think about in November.
January will be a very busy month. Everyone is going to be discussing the ARE 5.0 Transition and how they can get the ARE out of their life in the New Year. Did you hear I have decided to run 2 sessions of the ARE Boot Camp in January 2016. Since I purposely keep the group small, both sessions I ran in 2015 sold out and I had to turn people away.
Thanks for reading, subscribing, retweeting, sharing, talking about Young Architect and just being awesome. The Young Architect audience is what keeps me motivated and excited about keeping this blog going. If it wasn’t for all of your support this blog would have died a slow pathetic death a long time ago.
Michael Riscica AIA