If you’re sick of me bragging about my twelve years as a blogger, good news:

I’m now in year #13.

Pretty much everything I know about blogging, I picked up via trial and error.

I taught myself HTML Rosetta Stone-style, by peeking at other sites’ source code to see how they achieved particular effects.

I also noted the way popular sites “hat-tipped” other sites when they found something juicy there, and how they thanked other blogs that linked to them.

I still strongly recommend trial and error as a learning method, especially the “error” part: there are few things more indelible than our own embarrassing mistakes.

(Even better, learn from other people’s mistakes to avoid making your own in the first place.)

However, I’m happy to pass along a few blogging tips.

These ones take you “under the hood” to make changes your readers won’t see — but will definitely notice…

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