Joost de Valk is an authority in the blog world. I wanted to get some blogging insights from him to share with people wanting to create a blog.
Here’s the interview I did with Joost:
How and why did you start your blog?
I was doing a lot of coding and wanted to share that with people.
In the beginning that coding was mostly CSS and HTML stuff, I did a lot of CSS3 previews which I later split off into its own site, css3.info.
How much time do you spend working on it and what are the usual tasks?
A LOT of time. From writing blog posts to doing link building to coding on my plugins, it takes up hours and hours of work.
What is the best lesson learned that you’d like to share with people who want to start blogging?
Just do it. Find something you love to write about, start writing and never stop, but make sure to keep on improving yourself.
What is your best advice on how to grow your blog?
First of all, don’t focus on the numbers but focus on the quality of your readers. In your particular niche there just might not be 10s of thousands of readers available.
Second: guest post on other, related, blogs, be active in the comments on other blogs, write stuff that people will want to read, build stuff that people will want to use.
In other words: do something cool and tell people about it.
What is your biggest achievement and the biggest mistake as a blogger?
Biggest achievement purely as a blogger is probably my WordPress SEO article. That’s been so popular for so long now that it’s almost ridiculous. As a coder, they’re my WordPress plugins.
My biggest mistake… I’ve made a few I think, especially in the beginning. I did some undisclosed paid posts back then and some other stupid things, like selling links, I now wouldn’t ever do again.