10 Crazy Things I Did In My Earlier Days Of Blogging

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Those of us that have been blogging for quite some time would always remember the crazy things that we did in our earlier days of blogging.

People who are just starting out in the area of blogging are known to carry out some insane behaviour — the types of things that are not conducive to successful blogging.

Thankfully, a lot of us have learned from our dreaded mistakes and have made a vow to never repeat them.

I am going to share some of the crazy things that I did in my earlier days of blogging with you (That way, you will know not to waste your time doing those things).

1.) I Wrote A Week’s Worth Of Blog Posts In One Night

Oh, I really did some unusual things during the period I had my first blog on WordPress.

Back then, I felt inspired to write a week’s worth of blog posts in one night (I was filled with lots of energy that particular night; I decided to use the time wisely since I was unable to sleep).

Many years ago, blogging was much simpler; the average blog post was around three hundred words (A blog post that comprised of five hundred words was considered a masterpiece in those days).

What did I do with a week’s worth of blog posts?

I scheduled them of course!

I wanted to make sure that I had a blog post to share with my viewing audience every day of the week.

For the record, there is nothing wrong with publishing a blog post every day of the week if you are a prolific writer; however, it could backfire on you if you are weak in the area of writing and your imagination is not as fertile.

There is an old saying, “Never overdo a good thing!”

Even though I was capable of writing a week’s worth of blog posts in one night, I missed out on sleep (And, no one should miss out on their sleep).

Dear friend, we need our nightly quota of sleep for the following reasons:

  • It helps us to remain alert the following day.
  • It helps to boost our memory.
  • It helps to strengthen our immune system.
  • It boosts our energy-levels.
  • It helps to repair the damage that is caused by stress.

Bloggers are human beings and human beings need their sleep in order to remain healthy.

Therefore, it is an unwise decision to do away with your quota of sleep.

You can create content for your blog when you are well-rested.

2.) I Wrote A Few Of My Blog Posts During The Commercial Breaks

Most bloggers would never think about writing their blog posts during the commercial breaks (And, thank God for that because I do not think that they should).

In the past, I kept my smartphone or my laptop computer nearby whenever I watched television; I did it so I could work on the content for my blog during the commercial breaks.

Some of you might be thinking to yourselves, “Oh, that sounds like a good idea.”

But, I would say to you, “Creating a blog post during a commercial break is a bad idea!”

And, why is it such a bad idea to create a blog post during commercial breaks?

It is a bad idea because:

  • You cannot continue when you are deeply inspired (You are forced to stop writing when the commercial breaks are over; that way you will get to watch the remainder of the television programming).
  • You risk forgetting what it is that you were going to write when the commercial ended.
  • Your trend of thought changes; thus changing the entire outcome of your blog post.
  • Your focus is shattered.
  • You are unable to fully enjoy the television show because a part of your mind is eager to engage itself in blogging.

The better approach would be to write your blog post before or after your favourite show on television.

Also, your creativity will flow freely once your mind is solely focused on creating content for your blog.

3.) I Gave Up WordPress For Blogger

Back then, I was not truly satisfied with WordPress; it was buggy every time the Happiness Engineers were performing upgrades.

I knew that Blogger was less problematic because my first blogging experience was on that blogging platform.

Also, I was eager to find out if Blogger had improved.

By the way, Blogger is in no way a figurative walk in the park (A person has to work extremely hard to acquire a decent readership when they are on that blogging platform).

I enjoyed using my own unique-looking blogging themes (users are allowed to upload blogging themes if they are not satisfied with the ones that they are provided with by default) and it was also a pleasure to experiment with various widgets and comment hosting services like Disqus.

Despite having lots of freedom on Blogger, I eventually returned to WordPress.

Although I have no regrets of going back to Blogger, I am happy to be back here on WordPress.

Why?

Because WordPress is community-oriented and the themes on WordPress are SEO-friendly.

To put it bluntly, “WordPress is in a class by itself!”

For the record, WordPress is not perfect; glitches still happen whenever the Happiness Engineers are performing upgrades (It is something that I have learned to live with).

4.) I Used To Get Carried Away With Stats

When I first started blogging, stats were important because I viewed it as an indicator of my blog doing well.

The downside of relying on stats is that you tend to be a bit hard on yourself whenever you discovered that the number of incoming views is not to your liking.

Today, I do not focus my attention on stats.

Instead, I focus my attention on creating content that is of high quality (The by-product of high-quality content is an increase in my incoming views).

Do keep in mind, that focusing one’s attention too much on stats, has the potential of making a blogger very unhappy (Especially when one notices that they did not have as many incoming views as they would like).

You are better off publishing content on your blog for the sheer fun of it.

5.) I Once Believed In Maintaining A High Alexa Rank

Alexa is a subsidiary of Amazon (It is not to be mistaken for the virtual assistant that was created by the same company).

The Alexa that I am referring to is the one that collects data on internet browsing behaviour via a toolbar.

They also had an Alexa widget that bloggers used to display their Alexa ranking (It was retired back in October 2016).

The Alexa widget slowed down the loading time of one’s blog (And, that was a bad thing because Google penalized websites and blogs for loading slowly).

The Alexa toolbar that people added to their web browsers also slowed down the loading time of most of the pages on the internet and most of all, it provided users with bogus statistics.

And, why was Alexa’s statistics bogus?

Alexa’s statistics were bogus because one’s Alexa rank was heavily dependent on other people having the toolbar installed on their web browser (The more people who visited your blog with the Alexa toolbar installed on their web browser, the better your Alexa rank became).

If a blogger wants to monitor the incoming traffic to their blog, they might as well use Google Analytics (Which is a million more times accurate than that bogus Alexa ranking system).

It is a sad fact, that some of the websites that provide people with online auditing, tell bloggers and website administrators what their current Alexa ranking is.

In the early days of blogging, some of the top bloggers used to mislead the newcomers to blogging into thinking that they needed to install the Alexa toolbar on their web browser and install the Alexa widget on their blog in order for it to do well (That is one of the worst blogging advice that was ever passed on to people who wanted to have successful blogs).

To gain a better understanding of the Alexa myth, I highly recommend that you check out Adam Connell’s article, Why Worrying About Your Own Alexa Rank Is A Waste Of Time.

6.) I Accepted Guest Posts In The Past

In the past, I featured a lot of guest bloggers on my first WordPress blog (It was a good thing because it allowed a lot of bloggers to gain a bit of exposure).

However, featuring guest posts on my blog worked against me due to the following reasons:

  • I still had to proofread those guest posts that I received (Correcting spelling and grammatical errors turned out to be extremely time-consuming).
  • Some of the guest bloggers were putting forbidden links to products — the ones that they were getting paid by other companies to promote.
  • I had to email them whenever someone commented on the blog post that they had contributed (One of the rules that I specified was that they were responsible for responding to the comments that were made by the visitors to my blog).
  • Occasionally, a guest blogger would steal a blog post from someone else on the internet (I later found out of the atrocity when I saw the same article word for word; which turned out to be credited to someone else).

I was green in the blogosphere; therefore, I was unaware of the risks of accepting blog posts from various bloggers.

There are genuine bloggers who will adhere to the guest posts rules; while there were other bloggers who saw an opportunity to abuse the system.

As far as I am concerned, I am better off by not featuring any guest posts from bloggers.

I will stick to writing and publishing my blog posts (It requires less hassle to do so).

7.) I Stored A 3000-Word Blog Post On My Smartphone’s SD Card And Lost It

I did a lot of blogging in the past via my smartphone; it was convenient for me at the time because I used to blog on the go.

Back then, I used to store the drafts for my blog posts via my smartphone’s SD card (That method worked out well for me until my smartphone’s SD card became corrupted; it resulted in me losing a few draft copies for my blog posts; including the one that was comprised of three thousand words).

How did I handle the loss?

Oh, I took it rather well. That day, I made the vow to never store any of the draft copies for my blog on my smartphone’s SD card.

Today, I store them via my computer or a highly reliable cloud service.

My time is precious; I will not waste it by composing a masterpiece to lose it in the blink of an eye.

For the record, I am not the only blogger to lose a blog post (It happened to other WordPress bloggers too; they were creating a blog post from scratch via the WordPress Editor when the catastrophe took place).

Everyone who has ever lost a blog post will always remember the disappointment of seeing it vanish for eternity.

8.) My First Set Of Blog Posts Never Contained Pictures

When I started my first blog on Blogger (which was somewhere around 2009), I never added any pictures to the first set of my blog posts; my only concern at the time was the texts (I certainly came a long way).

Today, I would not even dream of publishing a blog post without a picture.

Pictures are important because:

  • They make a blog post look more visually appealing.
  • Blog posts with pictures tend to get more social shares.
  • They help the blogger to acquire traffic via image search engines.
  • They are good for SEO (That is provided that the image has been optimized for SEO).

Blog posts tend to look incomplete without pictures; which is why you must use at least one of them.

Also, it is very rare to come across a blog post without a picture in these modern times.

9.) I Spent A Lot Of Time Promoting The Links To My Blog Posts On Twitter

Now, it is okay to share the links to your blog posts via your Twitter account (The problem is when you spend half of the day doing it).

In the past, I received lots of incoming traffic from Twitter.

Back then, I shared the links to my blog posts on Blogger on an hourly basis (It was done via the help of Buffer).

Nonetheless, I was spending way too much time on Twitter (I was on the verge of becoming a full-blown Twitter addict).

Strangely, Twitter shadow banned me when I returned to WordPress; the time when I was utterly keen on sharing the links to the blog posts of my fellow bloggers on my Twitter account.

A little while after I published, I Have Been Shadow Banned By Twitter Again!, I ended up deleting my Twitter account.

Today, I am most happy without Twitter; I replaced it with Gab (You would be pleased to know that I am not addicted to Gab; it is one of those social media networks that I use approximately twice for the month).

Getting shadow banned by Twitter the fourth time was a blessing in disguise.

Addiction to social media networks can be a bad thing (And, a lot of time and money has been invested in getting people addicted).

10.) I Became Addicted To Blogging

Well, addiction to blogging can be a good thing or a bad thing (I dealt with it thoroughly on my blog post, Is Addiction To Blogging A Bad Thing?.

When I was on Blogger, I used to update my blog multiples times a day (I was able to get away with that sort of thing because Blogger does not have a WordPress Reader like WordPress; therefore, it was utterly impossible to annoy a fellow blogger; it was possible to update your blog one hundred times a day without anyone in your Blogger community finding out).

Did I update my blog on Blogger one hundred times a day?

Hell no!

I updated my blog on Blogger about nine times daily.

How did I manage such a thing?

At the time, I did lots of music reviews. All I had to do was:

  • Tell my readers what I thought about the music track when I first heard it.
  • The record label that the artiste was on.
  • The position that the artiste had reached on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Who produced and wrote the music track.
  • Whether or not, I believed that the artiste possessed longevity in the world of music.
  • Provide a YouTube video of the music track that I reviewed.

I was quite good at it.

Back then, I took the easy way out by doing music reviews (I enjoyed them because I was able to do it in less than two hundred words).

Well, it was perfect for the music-lover who did not want to do much reading.

But in my heart, I knew that I was a writer and that I was doing myself an injustice by producing thin content.

Thankfully, I have learned over the years, that it is all about quality and not quantity.

Final Thoughts

So, those are some of the crazy things that I did in my earlier days of blogging.

What about you?

What are some of the crazy things that you did in your earlier days of blogging?

Please feel free to share those embarrassing things with me via the comments section of my blog; I am willing to read all about it.

84 thoughts on “10 Crazy Things I Did In My Earlier Days Of Blogging

  1. Done the blogger wordpress swap a few times. Also done the posts without images. All sorts of daft things. I still do daft things. Making content since dial up day’s. Guess I’m addicted to being creative.

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  2. Definitely Number 4 back then. I was even happy about 10 views per day, or 100… and unhappy when a day was bad. I checked stats in hourly intervals lol. I think every blogger goes through this. And it’s bad, because it takes away the time where content could be written, designed or where could go outside taking photos for the blog… whatever is more productive.

    Today I tell newbies that they should stop watching stats, because of that reason. High focus must be on the things that make you happy, and that might benefit the blog too. And the irony is, as soon as people understand that, their traffic is increasing gradually… because it’s that, no content, no traffic. More content, more traffic. Super simple. It’s all about time and content… sticking with it, instead of watching stats and being unhappy.

    I think this is the number one reason why so many people give up. They have high expectations in the very first months of starting a blog.

    And then there are those, like you and me… who understood… it’s all about fun, about sharing your ideas, knowledge, arts or whatever we want to do. And with that, in the long run, there will be traffic. Because we don’t give up.

    Today it appears funny to me that I once was happy about 100 daily views… that’s about what I get every 10 minutes today lol. It’s just a side-effect of learning the lesson we both learned… and add the time factor to it, like blogging for years and never giving up… that’s all.

    That’s why I always preach people should stop listening to SEO’s. It’s a lot less complicated. It’s like you said, you just need to publish something on a regular basis. It’s good to know some SEO, but traffic, backlinks and whatever is nothing more than bla bla bla if the person doesn’t write anything at all or not enough.

    It’s the most important lesson for bloggers… People can watch stats all day, and do SEO all day… but nothing will happen if they have a blog with just 20 posts. It’s the one and only lesson that will make a true difference if understood. And we understood 🙂

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  3. I think probably every blogger has experienced at least half of the “crazy things” you mentioned. That’s part of the blogging experience. You post, you learn, you change, you grow.

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  4. I’m just so happy these things never happened to me. My journey was the other way round as I started on Google’s BlogSpot but left that evil empire for WordPress. In fact these days I try to stay away from everything Google as far as possible. Still addicted to YouTube tho. :/

    I don’t have guest bloggers but co-bloggers who are responsible for their own content and publish their stuff by themselves. Save me a lot of labour and gives them the needed freedom.

    I never cared about stats. From the first day on I was of the opinion I’m doing it for myself and will probably go on writing a blog even if I’m the last living person on earth.

    We kicked out or TV years and years ago, so no blogging during the commercials. When we watch movies or series we do that, when we are on our computers we do just that. Media consumption and creation are, like, totally different things and should never touch. I’m blogging for fun, am not on the run.

    Multiple posts every day is what I do since years. Sometimes I let one or two days pass without blogging (we have lifes to live afteralll), and sometimes I release 6- 8 posts a day. I guess my record is 10/day. It’s fun. 🙂

    I really don’t have a smartphone asnd even if I did I would never ever use it for blogging. Blogging I do at the workdesk in my study – my happy place – on my desktop computers. Also I write, add photos and publish in one go. Never store anything, can’t lose nothing. I blog to

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    1. *Shit! Accidentally hit send button.*

      I blog to blog, not to see the world burn.

      I don’t care about stats and social shit. Only looking at my stats and use them for the blog in my years-end posts or at other milestone blogstories.

      Photos are a must! From first day on I was very interested in layout and illustration of my blogs. Words are just a byproduct. I treat my blog like a magazine, so journalistic principle kinda apply. A photo says more than thousand words, and I’m not very good in English anyway.

      Also my magazine-style blog layout kinda needs at least one photo to show at the endlessly rolling “title page”.

      Blogging is not an art-form, it’s just a quasi-pseudo-creative outlet that makes me happy. It should never ever turn into stress or pressure or a burden. I don’t set myself deadlines or goals or anything, really. So far it’s going well …

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  5. No. 7 sounds painful. I once lost all of my blog posts while editing my blog theme but thankfully I write my drafts first on a writing app then edit the final post on Blogger. From then on, I make sure that I back up all of my posts lol.

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    1. 🙂 Yes, losing all of one’s post is painful.

      And, where Blogger is concerned, it is always wise to do a back up procedure every time you are editing your blog theme or uploading a new blog theme.

      WordPress users have it easier; they do not have to worry about those things.

      Thank you for your valuable input, Rasya!

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  6. Great post. In reference to annoying people in the WordPress reader when you update your posts does it show up anywhere? I always wondered that cos however many times I proofread I always find mistakes once I have published and I tend to correct and update quite a bit.

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    1. 🙂 In spite of all posts showing up on the WordPress Reader (provided that you do not exceed a certain number of tags) when the “Publish” button is pressed, making corrections via updates will not make the blog post show up a second time because the original post was set and released for a specific time.

      The only thing will happen is that it will ping search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etcetera (And, they do not like to be pinged if there are no amendments to a post or new entries to a blog).

      So, you do not have to worry about annoying people in the WordPress Reader.

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  7. I used to be so disturbed about my stats when I first started blogging but now I don’t even look at it, I just do my best to create quality content and move on… great post Renard

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Beauty.

      I am pleased to know that you do not worry about your stats and that your main focus in on creating quality content for your readers.

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  8. The only thing you’ve done that I regret doing is looking at stats. I don’t get much incoming traffic to my blog, and that’s okay. However much I’d love more, definitely used to want it(!), I’m blogging for myself.
    I think guest blogging is worth it. Especially for my first blog (I’ve now 2 blogs), I want that blog to be full of guest posts (it’s about reasons to live, each post being a new reason, I’d love to have others reasons). I think guest blogging depends on what the blog is about, whether it should be done or not.
    Love, light and glitter

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  9. Alot of good insights there. I believe it’s better to learn from other peoples’ missteps than your own also.

    I’m definitely going to look into Gab. I’m not at all happy with twitter. Far too political and clique-ish.

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  10. Number 2 was very relatable. I thought I was the only one who did that. But I didn’t write in commercial breaks, I would write while watching the show/movie and yes it does backfire. Either I miss the show or I write complete gibberish… great post though!

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  11. I’m definitely guilty of stressing about my stats ! But I’m gonna take your suggestion and focus solely on quality of content and the joy of just writing ! As always, thanks for writing !

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  12. Good stuff, Renard, as usual. My Linux blog is only about 6 months old, but my other blog is much older…like I left Blogger in April/May of 2004 (don’t remember how old it was) and have never had any regrets here at Word Press. Yes, good tips and advice!

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  13. This was super interesting to read and some of them made me giggle! Cool to see what’s changed over the years, like the Alexa widget, as I only made my WordPress account this year and am a newbie! x

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  14. Hi Renard during my initial days of blogging I don’t know to use tags and I was worried about stats. I use to check my stats frequently.
    With time I overcome these crazy things. Glad you wrote about this topic 😊

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      1. You are welcome Renard. I even tried my hands with fiction one short story in another blog. But I couldn’t complete it but I don’t know whether that’s a mistake or not. Only time will tell 🤔

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  15. This is so helpful as usual thankyou and sadly i have done at least a few of them too. Oops. It is so great to have someone show us newcomers the path they took and even the beginning of your journey. I appreciate the honesty greatly. X

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  16. I don’t see no.1 as that big of a problem. Most people write a million posts back to back when they start and just post them right away, and THEN they run out of ideas. Sure, you lost a bit of sleep one night, but then could sleep in the other 6 nights.

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  17. While It is crazy to write posts during commercial breaks… it also makes you super time efficient! Would you post the link to some successful guest posts you’ve had on your blog over the years? Looking for inspiration to start doing those on my own blog.

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  18. It’s strange. I don’t think of myself as a blogger at all. Blogging is just something I do as a read on my phone. If I find something interesting, I’ll post a snippet and comment. The posts that get a lot of views (relatively) are ones I’ve written myself. But, I only do that when I have something specific to say or to share. It seems to work for me thus far, although I might be posting more than I should this year. I might dial it back a bit more next year.

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    1. 🙂 Maybe, you could work on not being so bothered by the outcome of your stats this year.

      One of the hardest addictions for bloggers to overcome is checking their stats multiple times a day.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Florence.

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  19. Another top notch post Renard, l think in truth we all make mistakes from our days in blogging, but as many have already said – without the mistakes we wouldn’t learn. Of course as you have also said it helps to know those mistakes so you do learn.

    I have been blogging for roughly 23 months, l still consider myself a noob, and probably will be for many many more months to come – but like both cheese and red wine, supposedly as we age we learn more – the more we learn, the more we recognise what works for efficiency for the readership, for the community the more you learn about your own writing style, your blog personality, the more you understand time, the followers, their turn ons and their turn offs, the more you can tweak how you as an individual with a developing style learn more about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses.

    Blogging is as hard a job as you the blogger makes it to be, it has always got to be fun for you first and foremost, when it loses the fun, you may as well walk away. Mistakes oh they can be terrible, but is also all part of the fun, it and they help to fine tune who you are.

    I am happiest when l am learning and even when mistaking – excellent post 🙂

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  20. I think at some point in the 13 1/2 years since my very first blog post, I did almost all of those crazy things — except for Twitter and losing a 3,000 word post on my iPhone’s SD card. I’ve never composed a 3,000 word blog post.

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