I have had a blog now for a number of years, and I always enjoy going to it and pounding out a couple of thoughts. I have a pretty decent following and get regular feedback, and I really have a lot of fun in the process. A friend of mine came to me a few weeks ago and wanted to know how to write your own blog, so I gave him a couple of suggestions that have helped me along the way that I was hopeful would also help him.
The first thing I told him about a blog is that there really are not many rules at all. To write your own blog requires hardly anything from you except consistency. I have found that the biggest determinate as to whether a blog succeeds or fails is whether or not the blogger makes regular updates on at least a weekly basis. The fact of the matter is that failing to blog for even a couple of weeks will put readers off, because they don't want to expect something that is not going to be there and they will not believe that you are serious about actually writing a blog.
One of the most important things to remember if you want to write your own blog is to write about something you like. In the process of beginning my blog, I read many other bloggers and tried to ascertain their level of enjoyment about the topics they were covering. Invariably, the ones that had high traffic and a good fan base were the ones where you could really tell the guy loved talking about his topic. If you don't really enjoy your topic and are just doing it because you think it sounds cool or makes you look smart, you are far less likely to stick with it, and most of the time readers can tell.
Another big thing if you are trying to write your own blog is to allow for the fact that not everybody is going to agree with what you say. Some people will actually get on from time to time and make some pretty harsh comments. It is important not to get overly offended by that, because that same person could come back a few days later and say something very complimentary or even apologize for what they said before, and you still have a loyal reader. An important thing to remember is that not everybody thinks the way that you do.
It is not difficult to write your own blog unless you make it so. I have been writing one now for a number of years and will continue to do so because it is fun, and I love what I am writing about!
My wife and I invested in a zippered mattress cover about 10 years ago when we bought our current bed. We did so because we were led to believe by the salesperson that it would really save us a lot of money and aggravation in the coming years. I was skeptical, but the cover was not that expensive, so I went ahead and bought one. Now I am very happy that I did, because I have seen how having a zippered mattress cover has really benefited us.
One of the biggest problems with mattresses is that they eventually become very heavy. They do this because of skin flakes, perspiration, dust mites or whatever else they fill up with. With a zippered mattress cover, you can pretty much avoid these types of problems, because it is specifically designed to keep out such nuisances and allow your mattress to stay light and clean. For anyone who has ever had to throw out a mattress that has been slept on for a decade or so without a cover, it is not a pretty sight!
Another thing that a zippered mattress cover does is prevent any type of staining from occurring on the mattresses. I am one that likes to surprise my wife with breakfast in bed from time to time, and invariably something gets spilled. With a zippered mattress cover, we do not have to worry, because we know that nothing is getting through that cover and that the mattress below is safe and sound. For me, personally, I would much rather wash some sheets than try to figure out how to clean a mattress stain.
I have noticed another benefit of the zippered mattress cover, that it seems to cut down on static electricity build-up that occurs when the mattress and box spring rub together. I remember before using the mattress cover how I would sometimes get a serious shock from trying to turn the mattress or move the bed. Now, I might get a tiny zap, but it is nothing compared to the way it used to be, where I would actually have to wear work gloves while moving my mattress because I would get jolted otherwise.
A zippered mattress cover has a number of benefits that one may not expect. I have bought one for every mattress in the house at this point and would not have a bed without one. It has dramatically lengthened the lives of our mattresses and kept them in pretty good shape. It may not work the same for everyone, but for us, it was a great investment!