Sarah and I have been blogging for a long time. We started back in the 2000s. Neither of us makes much money from it (in my case, nothing directly, and The SHU Box just runs a few ads through an ad network, which mostly covers her hosting costs). But it’s been a fun hobby. So this episode of Best of Both Worlds talks about our blogging experiences, and what’s involved in keeping a long-term narrative blog.
We talk about some of our biggest impact posts. Sarah noted that about three years ago she posted that she was thinking of starting a podcast. She got an amazing number of positive comments, both on her blog and privately, suggesting there might be a market. I emailed asking if she might be interested in starting a podcast together, and thus Best of Both Worlds was born!
In terms of “post it and you never know what might happen,” I will vote for a post I wrote in spring 2016 that mentioned I was about to share the results from logging my time for a year. Somehow that post made it to an editor at the New York Times, who asked if I might like to write about the results for them. I did. They featured the essay on the cover of the Sunday Review section, and that led the folks at TED to reach out about doing a TED talk that fall.
Oh, and if you want to read the Dear Mrs. Patton post, there’s the link.
I really admire Sarah’s current blogging streak, which hits 100 days today. This is on top of her full time job and everything else. I have basically needed every time management tip I’ve ever written about to stay afloat these last few months with a newborn and then managing the other four kids’ home schooling and constant presence. You know me, and I’ll never say “I don’t have time.” I will say that blogging, like my physical fitness, has fallen down the priority list. I’m managing to post about the podcast, maybe about my weekend, and one other essay per week. But I know babies grow up, and even if the world has moved on to posting what would be blog posts on Instagram, I kind of like having my own site.
Please give the episode a listen. And go congratulate Sarah on hitting Day 100.