The Real Truth About Blogging

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The blogosphere is filled with more than five hundred million blogs.

What does that mean for an aspiring blogger?

It means, that an aspiring blogger will need to find effective methods of getting their blog seen by the masses.

And, since there are countless blog posts published on a daily basis on the world wide web, bloggers will need to stand out (The blogosphere is heavily saturated with blog posts).

Luckily, there is hope for each blogger and they would be provided with a fair advantage if they learned the real truth about blogging.

Newbies Can Benefit Greatly By Learning The Basics Of Blogging

A lot of newbie bloggers ventured into the area of blogging without ever knowing a single thing about it.

Although it is possible for a blogger to learn the proverbial ropes of blogging along the way, they can produce a much higher quality blog post by learning the basics of blogging.

All the newcomers to blogging can benefit greatly by:

  • Learning how to write a blog post.
  • Learning how to use tags correctly.
  • Learning both off-page and on-page SEO.
  • Knowing the type of audience that they are creating content for.
  • Knowing how to customize their favicon from day one.
  • Knowing which blogging platform is most ideal for their type of blog.
  • Learning how to develop their writing style and voice.

All of those things that I mentioned are freely available on the world wide web and if a blogger wants to take things to another level, they can participate in a paid blogging course (Preferably one that was designed by a well-trusted blogging expert).

Beware Of Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing

All bloggers should know that there are people who make a living by preying on the ignorant ones — people who know absolutely know nothing about blogging.

These scammers pretend to be blogging experts and SEO experts.

On a positive note, there are authentic people that offer services pertaining to blogging advice and SEO (The onus is on the blogger, to acquire information about the person whom they intend on doing a business transaction with).

When in doubt, hold on to your purse or your wallet tightly.

It Takes Time To Build An Audience

It is naive for a blogger to believe that they can acquire success overnight.

In most instances, it usually takes a little more than a year to build a readership of a reasonable size.

A friend of mine once mentioned to me, that they had to wait two years before their blog gained the desired attention.

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that success will vary from person to person and you might not have to wait that long in order to acquire a readership.

I have witnessed a lot of short-lived blogs — blogs that were abandoned in the timeframe of three weeks or less.

It takes a whole lot of tenacity and patience.

If you give up on your blog in the early stages, you will miss out on the opportunity to build an audience. 

You Will Fail At Blogging If You Have Doubts About Your Ability To Blog

Dear friend, it is imperative, that you possess an unwavering belief in your ability to blog.

You can work your unique style of blogging magic by bravely putting into practice, the things that you learned about blogging.

If you make the mistake of allowing doubt to seep into your consciousness, you will end up doubting your ability to blog (And, in all honesty, it will work against you).

Do keep in mind, that people who do not have faith in what they are doing will perform their duties halfheartedly. 

So, do you strongly believe in your ability to blog?

Do Not Blindly Believe Everything That You Are Told

A blogging expert once said, “The worst thing that a blogger could ever do is set up their blog on WordPress.com.” 

Huh? I found that statement to be most offensive because I blog on WordPress.com.

That blogging expert added, “Anyone who is serious about blogging should use WordPress.org.”

Apparently, he was not aware of the fact, that WordPress.com is filled with serious-minded bloggers.

I will admit that one is granted more freedom on WordPress.org because the blogger is free to customize their blog to their liking. They have complete freedom to:

  • Choose any plugin.
  • Choose any widget.
  • Utilize any theme.
  • Monetize their blog from the beginning.

However, those of us that blog on WordPress.com, can:

  • Count on the Happiness Engineers to handle all of the security aspects (Which is something that does not take place with WordPress.org; users are responsible for their own security).
  • Blog without ever worrying about updating the version of WordPress along with the plugins and widgets.
  • Choose any theme; whether it be a free or a paid one (Despite having limitations in customizing it the way that we truly want it).
  • Upgrade to a top-level domain.

It is no big secret, that WordPress.org is the most ideal version of WordPress for doing business (Nothing truly beats the advantages of having a self-hosted blog).

However, it is my belief, that personal bloggers can have a positive experience on WordPress.com (The WordPress-hosted version).

There is no rule that states, that personal bloggers should set up shop on WordPress.org (In spite of some personal bloggers having fun and making money there).

By the way, if I wanted to start a business-related blog, I would set it up on WordPress.org.

Why?

Because it is best suited for conducting business.

But, I will gladly admit to you, that I have no regrets whatsoever of creating a personal blog on WordPress.com.

What many of the blogging experts do not mention to you is: that blogs do fail on both WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

And, of course, there are bloggers that have successful blogs on WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

It all boils down to the expertise that the blogger possesses.

One needs to be a bit tech-savvy in order to set up their blog on WordPress.org (The learning curve is a much higher one).

Whereas, any newbie can create a blog of their own within a few minutes on WordPress.com.

For the record, WordPress is not the only place in which a person can have a successful blog.

People can also set up a blog on:

When it comes to blogging platforms, we are filled with choices and of course, there would be those that would be superior to others where business-related blogs are concerned.

A person who wants to set up a personal blog without monetizing it is free to utilize any blogging platform that they desire (They should not have the cause to feel ashamed for not using WordPress.org).

I would also like to point out, that if a person would like to try out blogging with the intentions of finding out whether or not they have an aptitude for it, they should experiment with WordPress.com first.

And, why is that the case?

Because WordPress.org is for those people who know exactly what they are doing (There is no room for mistakes on WordPress.org and a person should not have to pay for hosting in order to find out that blogging is not for them).

In spite of WordPress.org’s superiority, a person still needs to know which is the best hosting provider for their blog as well as which is the most appropriate hosting package for their blog.

Everyone knows that no two hosting providers are alike; therefore, if they make the mistake of choosing the wrong one and the wrong hosting plan, their blog will suffer the negative consequences.

I have heard many nightmare-related stories about people’s hosting dilemmas.

As always, anyone who wishes to go in the direction of WordPress.org should do some research on the various hosting providers before choosing one to host their blog.

Quality Will Always Surpass Quantity

Everyone likes to peruse high-quality blog posts.

And, search engines like Google and Bing, love high-quality blog posts too!

The truth is that high-quality blog posts take longer to produce than subpar ones.

There are people who fill their blogs with blog posts that are of no value to anyone (Their blog archives are filled with rubbish).

For the record, I am not discouraging anyone from filling their blogs with a large number of blog posts; if the person can publish them without compromising the high-quality, they are free to add as many as they like to their blog.

Here is an analogy that most of you would be able to relate to:

Shanice is a horrible cook; she invites you to eat as much as you like but due to the distasteful food, you have lots of trouble clearing the contents on your plate (After you have tortured yourself into consuming her food, she offers you another plate of food and you politely decline her offer).

Gillian, on the other hand, is a superb cook. She offers you a plate of her flavourful food and you gobble it all down with ease.

Whose food would you rather eat, Shanice’s cooking or Gillian’s cooking?

Gillian’s cooking, of course!

Dear friend, the same thing applies to blog posts. We would rather read a high-quality blog post than punish ourselves severely by reading numerous blog posts that are of subpar quality.

What Works For You This Year May Not Work For You The Following Year

You may have figured out all of Google’s algorithms.

But, guess what?

It is all going to change the following year.

Google is always modifying their algorithms (And, that makes it hard for those people who like to engage themselves in Blackhat SEO techniques).

Also, Google modifies its algorithms with the intentions of providing a better service for those people who use their search engine to find whatever it is that they are looking for.

Social media networks; such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are constantly changing their algorithms (So, some of the things that you did this year to dominate their organic search results may not work for you the following year).

Social media networks have evolved (And, they will continue to evolve).

They have created it in such a way, that people would have to pay their money to advertise the links to their posts; which enables them to reach a wider audience.

The Incoming Traffic To Your Blog Will Fluctuate

It is a fact, that some bloggers dislike it a lot whenever they have noticed that the incoming traffic to their blog has decreased.

The reality of the situation is: that a blogger’s incoming traffic will fluctuate; there will be times when it is going to be low and there will be times when it will be high.

Some bloggers have noticed a decrease in incoming views during the Summer period (That can be rectified by publishing Summer-related blog posts).

By the way, bloggers can also apply the same technique during the other seasons with the intentions of keeping the incoming traffic to their blog high; for example, when Christmas comes around, they can keep their readers entertained by providing them with Christmas-related blog posts.

Besides, if you have made it a habit of yours of providing your viewing audience with high-quality blog posts, there is a high probability of the number of your incoming views increasing once again.

Also, the smartest thing that you can do to take your mind off of your low number of incoming views, is to ignore your stats for a while and focus all of your attention on creating the type of content that your viewing audience love.

You Will Need To Be Skilled In The Area Of Time Management

You and I both know, that we do not have all twenty-four hours of the day to compose a blog post.

Even those bloggers that are retired need to spend each minute of their time wisely (This is where time management comes in).

From a realistic point of view, a portion of our time will be spent on:

  • Doing chores.
  • Shopping for groceries.
  • Buying shoes and clothing.
  • Enjoying the outdoors.
  • Socializing with our friends, family, relatives and business associates.
  • Walking the dog.
  • Working a specific number of hours at our place of employment (If we are unemployed or retired, we are free from the proverbial rat race).

In order for us to get our quota of blogging done, we will need to:

  • Keep distraction at a minimum by temporarily disabling the notifications that we are bombarded with; such as those from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, SnapChat, Instagram, etcetera. 
  • By creating a to-do list on a nightly basis.
  • By scheduling the blog posts in our editorial calendar.
  • By jotting down the ideas that come to us in our digital notepad or the old-fashioned notepad.
  • By creating specific goals for our blog.
  • By planning an outline for our blog post (Which helps us in the area of focusing on the points that we intend on making in our well-written blog post).
  • By letting our family members know that we would be working on putting together a blog post within a specific time-period (That is done with the intentions of they not disturbing us during the content creation process). 
  • By working with an actual timer.

All bloggers should take into consideration, that if they wait for the so-called right time to create a blog post, that time will never come; they need to grab the time by its figurative horns in order to bring their quota of blogging into fruition.

Final Thoughts

As you have learned, there is actually more to blogging than meets the eye. To have a fair chance of success, bloggers will have to:

  • Learn the basics of blogging.
  • Be fully aware of the fact, that there are fake blogging experts as well as authentic ones on the world wide web.
  • Keep in mind, that it takes time to build an audience.
  • Have an unwavering belief in their ability to blog if they want to do well in the area of blogging.
  • Refuse to blindly believe everything that they are told about blogging.
  • Always remember, that quality blog posts are more appreciated than a high quantity of subpar blog posts.
  • Continue learning new things because search engines, SEO and social media networks are always evolving.
  • Be fully aware of the fact, that the incoming traffic to their blog will always fluctuate.
  • Be skilled in the area of time management.

Oh, a blogger certainly has their work cut out for them.

And, there is a lot that actually takes place behind the scenes.

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And, I hereby invite you to follow Renard’s World.

Thank you for reading!

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98 thoughts on “The Real Truth About Blogging

        1. 🙂 Yes, ten years is a long time.

          My blogging journey first started on Blogger.

          You had me a bit worried for a moment when you told me that you were unable to reblog this content (I can clearly see that the reblogging process worked for you).

          Did you refresh the page before pressing the “Reblog” button?

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  1. My old blog took two to three years to get established, but this one much sooner.
    I have no regrets using WordPress.com free domain. But I do regret paying a year on it when upgrading. I shall stick with my free domain on WordPress.

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      1. It was how WordPress sneakily put their prices up. They announced about 3 months after I done it. Too much for me who blogs personally and not for profit. So with not being able to afford what it would go to later, that was it
        So I felt it was a waste. I think WordPress should have highlighted this proposed cost in the small print. I would have never done it if they had, like other companies. It made me furious, which I blogged about, not long after discovering.

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        1. 😟 Oh, that sounded like a very horrible experience for you.

          WordPress is not the only company that raised their prices.

          Other hosting providers are known to hike their prices up.

          The low price, in the beginning, is to reel people in.

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          1. Yes, I agree everyone puts everything up, but when I once used a paid website years ago, (not blog related, but business), they had in the small print of what it would go up to. So I already knew what it would go up to the following year, right from the day one. WordPress should do that. I would never have paid had I known true price from day one after reeling me in.

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      1. Then again, I think a lot of people go too far in the opposite direction and try to post multiple articles a day; that causes them to burn out rather quickly. I myself would never be able to do that given my short game reviews tend to be 3,000 words long.

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        1. 🙂 Ah, another valuable point.

          Ironically, a lot of the newbie bloggers are burning themselves out by posting numerous articles that are around 250 words.

          It takes a lot of commitment combined with an expertise on a subject in order to produce an article that comprises of 3,000 words (Much less multiple of those within the same calibre multiple times a day).

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  2. Just found your site. As a fairly new blog, appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts and experience. Originally our blog was born as a tool in our design box, yet it has taken on a life of its own. It’s therapy at times!

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  3. Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now and enjoy writing and meeting different folks. I started writing every day for a month and couldn’t keep up with it. Lol. Now it’s only once a week.

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  4. May I add a blogging tip to your thoughtful post? It’s a simple one: pay attention to any suggestions you receive from your readers. As you know, my blog contains hundreds of spinning polyhedra. When I started my WordPress blog, the spin rate was pretty fast — too fast, really — and then I got a request to slow down the spin rate from one of my followers. I did as he suggested, and it helped my blog tremendously. It’s easier to see detail on something that’s spinning more slowly.

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    1. 🙂 Michelle, I am glad to know that you learned something new when you read this post of mines.

      I had a strong feeling that a lot of people did not know what a favicon was (Which is why I mentioned it).

      Thank you for your valuable input!

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    1. Never give up. Think who you are writing or blogging for, then write the content appropriate for them.

      Write it, and the readers will come. 🙂

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  5. I’m glad you included the blog-advice scammers in this post. One of them e-mailed me, claimed to have done an analysis of my entire blog, and found 14 errors there (misspellings and such). For a fee, they offered to tell me where these errors were, so I could fix them.

    14 errors in a single post would be terrible, but the same number of errors on an entire (large) blog is another matter altogether. I kept my money, and correct past writing slip-ups as I find them.

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  6. even though I’ve been blogging every day for over four years, I still consider myself a newbie, so all this information you provided is quite helpful. Look forward to reading more of your posts. thanks!

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  7. This has been a great read, and a very insightful post to the blogging world. It has helped me a lot, most particularly my doubts with wordpress.com and wordpress.org. I had the notion that to be successful in blogging, I got to go to the .org one and build a site.

    However, I did try building a .org site years ago. Fortunately, it was on a freehosting (but that had a lot of issues because of that). In any case, the worst that I had encountered with that experience was the spam. I did not know then how to secure the site against spammers, and now my comment moderation box is swamped with spam.

    It’s true, with wordpress.com, there are limits. But at least you don’t have to worry about a lot of the technicalities. The most of your worries would be what to vlog.

    I also agree about blogging being a long game. Building an audience takes time. A new blog would rarely be able to garner a huge following overnight (unless they are an old blogger with an established audience that built a new blog about something else).

    Thanks for the article. Have a nice day.

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  8. I started blogging since last year on wordpress.org but already change my main domain three times. Big mistakes from my side. Now I hope I am sticking to this as I’ve been keep blogging but my problem is although I pick to write quality posts over quantity, this doesn’t pay off. Not yet at least. Some of my blog posts are complex with over 3000 words and “SEO always on green” but despite having little over 30 quality blog posts, I never got to have more than two search results per week. It is depressing, I know. I hope just time will tell it if I am going to fail or not in what I love to do: to write photography guides (because I love photography)

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      1. I will not give up for sure. Yes it is a good point to experiment a bit more with long tail keywords, and the problem may be the lack of backlinks to my website, therefore search engine don’t recognise my website as being one with good authority

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  9. the person who started the school of thought that using a wordpress.com site shows you are not serious needs to be found and talked to, its probably one of those wolves in sheep’s clothing trying to digital experts.
    but i guess it all depends what your blog is about and if its tied in with a business or you want to monitise from the start, and even that is overrated unless you have formula and not just having your site littered with adverts which could even affect your readership as too many pop display adverts put off some readers
    When you were stating the advantages of wordpress.com you also left out something very important the never having to worry about hosting and downtime, your site will exist forever until you delete it or you violate WordPress conditions
    on the other hand when you self-host, if you do not pay up you will one day find your site gone with all its data especially if you deal with a cheap hosting company run by fly by night hosting companies not to mention getting readers is a lot harder than in the wordpress.com community.
    I have friends who migrated to self-hosting who complain that their old wordpress.com sites even though dormant get more traffic than their self-hosted sites
    ~B

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  10. This is a great post and exactly what I needed today. It’s been a rough blogging week, but I have to remind myself that I’m still pretty new being only 18 months into my journey. Thanks for the good advice and reminders. Blogging is definitely a marathon, but I’m learning every week how to run better.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your blogging experience. It is very helpful to hear from a blogger with experience and a good following. I also have my site on wordpress.com and like this host a lot. I can focus on writing, rather than learning code. Great to meet you. -Rebecca

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Mathew.

      SEO is important, but a person should not go overboard with it.

      You can search for someone reputable online — someone who can give you an in-depth rundown of SEO.

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  12. Phew!! Finally l got to the bottom the comments Renard, l started yesterday morning, joking aside, another excellent post filled to the brim with wonderful tips to help us all – marvelously done my friend!

    Time to share the love on 🙂

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