How To Be A Wise Blogger

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I will admit, that even though blogging is not rocket science, it requires a lot of a person’s time and effort to do it effectively (No one really gets it right the first time around).

As time passes, you will acquire various types of blogging gems β€” bits of pieces of wisdom that applies to blogging.

The funny thing is that these blogging gems are not complicated; they are quite simple (You may even chuckle a bit when you realize how simple they really are).

So, without further ado, it is disclosure time!

Learn From Your Mistakes

Hey, I have made lots of mistakes in the past (I am not ashamed to admit that to you).

The most important thing is that I have learned from those so-called negative experiences.

Now, in order for us to learn from our mistakes, we must become aware of them; which usually involves us learning them on our own, or someone else pointing them out to us.

On my former blog on Blogger (which is now defunct), I made these horrible mistakes:

  • Posting too often.
  • Not using the appropriate tags for my blog posts.
  • Publishing thin content.
  • Not proofreading my blog posts before publishing them.
  • Concentrating most of my efforts on acquiring an impressive Alexa Rank.

What are some of the mistakes that you made in the area of blogging?

And, did you learn how to overcome those mistakes?

Be Of Service To Your Blogging Community

The sooner that bloggers learn that they are all part of a blogging community is the better it is going to be for them.

And, since you are part of a blogging community you might as well be of service to them; which can be done by doing the following things:

  • Passing on what you have learned to the newer generation of bloggers.
  • Reading the blog posts of your fellow bloggers in its entirety.
  • Leaving your fellow bloggers valuable comments in the comments thread section of their blog.
  • Sharing the links to your fellow bloggers’ blog posts via your social media accounts.
  • By encouraging bloggers to keep on blogging whenever they feel like quitting.

Realistically speaking, the blogosphere would be a much nicer place if all bloggers considered being of service to their blogging community.

Do you have the best interest of your blogging community at heart?

Remain Grounded

One must never let popularity go to their head (Despite the fact, that other people may view them as a blogging celebrity).

Unfortunately, some people get all carried away with the following things:

  • Receiving a high number of incoming views.
  • Receiving a large number of likes.
  • Receiving a huge quantity of comments.
  • Acquiring a massive amount of followers.

Dear friend, never allow your soul to be corrupted by those things that I mentioned (And, the best way of doing that is by remaining grounded).

For the record, it is okay for you to appreciate your blog receiving a large number of incoming views, more likes than average and a fully loaded comments thread (Just do not let all of the fame that you received in the blogosphere go to your head).

One can simply perceive those things as the perks of publishing content that is valuable to their viewing audiences from around the world.

Treat Everyone With Love And Respect

The way in which we treat each other is important.

And, why is that the case?

Because no one loves to be mistreated.

We all want to be treated with love and respect.

My blog post, Be Respectful To All Bloggers, highlights the manner in which all bloggers should be treated.

Always remember the old adage, “What goes around, comes around.”

So, it would be a wise move on your behalf to treat others in the manner that you wish to be treated.

Never Abuse The System

What am I referring to by urging you to never abuse the system?

I am referring to the following things:

  • Abusing the Like button by pressing it without reading other people’s blog posts.
  • Leaving generic comments without ever reading the content that was posted.
  • Playing the “I follow you and you follow me” game.

Be genuine in all that you do.

It would be a waste of your time and your energy to engage yourself in such childish tactics.

Besides, people who abuse the system do not last long in the blogosphere.

Take Great Care Of Yourself

Bloggers need to take great care of themselves because their blogs will be inactive without them.

People can take great care of themselves by doing the following things:

  • Getting an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Exercising on a regular basis.
  • Finding the time for prayer and meditation.
  • Eating in a healthy manner.

Are you taking great care of yourself?

For the sake of your well-being, I truly hope that your answer was a, “Yes!”

And, if your answer turned out to be a, “No,” you might as well begin this very moment because taking great care of yourself is important.

Wise people never neglect their well-being!

Take Great Care Of The Electronic Device That You Blog On

In today’s world, people use the following electronic devices to blog on:

  • Laptop computers.
  • Desktop computers.
  • Tablets.
  • Smartphones.

The better we treat those electronic devices are the longer they last.

We can add longevity to those electronic devices by:

  • Keeping them far away from extreme heat or cold.
  • Making sure that they receive regular security-related updates.
  • Using them in an environment that is dust-free.

One of the most annoying things is wanting to update your blog and being unable to do so because your electronic device is nonfunctional.

So, please take great care of the electronic device that you blog on.

Make Sure That Your Blog Is Easy To Navigate

If a person came across your blog and they liked what they read, they will want to find more of your reading material on your site.

And, where is the best place for a person to locate that?

By checking your archives, of course!

Now, while this makes a lot of sense to most people, some bloggers do forget to add the “Archives” widget to their blog (That is a pity because those bloggers missed out on the opportunity of readers perusing additional blog posts that they are interested in).

As a rule of thumb, make sure that people can easily find:

  • Your “About” page.
  • Your “Contact” page.
  • Your “Commenting Policy” page (That is provided that you already have one).
  • Your “Frequently Asked Questions” page (This is important for those who run a business-related blog).
  • Your “Archives” widget.
  • Your “Categories” widget.
  • Your “Follow Button” widget.

Wise bloggers have made it a priority of theirs of making sure that their blogs are easy to navigate.

Is your blog easy to navigate?

Make Sure That Your Fonts Are Legible

Have you ever visited a blog and noticed that the fonts were way too small for you to read?

The majority of us would have said, “Yes,” to that question.

Realistically speaking, if the fonts are way too small for a person to read, they are not going to stick around to peruse your blog post; they will leave and probably never return.

It is advisable, that you do not use fonts that are smaller than 12 pixels.

A reasonable size for fonts would be around 16 pixels to 18 pixels.

Do keep in mind, as people age, smaller fonts become difficult for them to read.

Are the fonts on your blog legible?

If you answered, “Yes,” all is well in regards to the size of your fonts.

If “No,” was your answer, you will have to make things right by increasing the size of your fonts.

And, what does all of this have to do with being a wise blogger?

A lot, my friend!

It is all part of making sure that your words of wisdom can be easily seen by everyone who visits your blog.

Make Blogging Fun For Yourself

I will be straightforward by saying, “Everyone loves to partake in things that are fun for them.”

Therefore, it is only fair, that you have a bit of fun with your blog by:

  • Publishing blog posts that are based on topics that you are genuinely interested in.
  • Changing to a blogging schedule that is more suited to your needs (In regards to this one, it would be wise to inform your readers of the changes that you made to your blogging schedule).
  • Utilizing a new modern-looking theme (This would be great for those bloggers who have not changed their theme in ages).
  • Having the willingness to learn all you can about blogging.
  • Interacting with bloggers whom you love.

Now, those were merely some examples of things that bloggers can do to make blogging fun for themselves.

As a matter of fact, every blogger should find methods of making the blogging process fun for their own self.

Why?

Because there is a high probability of them remaining interested in their blog once the fun is involved.

Do keep in mind, that people lose their interest in blogging when it becomes burdensome for them (And, bloggers can lift their spirits by adding a bit of fun to their blogging process).

Wise bloggers know how to have fun with their blogs.

Are you currently have fun with your own blog?

Final Thoughts

As you have learned, the path to being a wise blogger is a simple one; the journey involves:

  • Learning from your mistakes.
  • Being of service to your blogging community.
  • Remaining grounded.
  • Treating everyone with love and respect.
  • Never abusing the system.
  • Taking great care of yourself.
  • Taking great care of the electronic device that you blog on.
  • Making sure that your blog is easy to navigate.
  • Making sure that the fonts within your blog are legible.
  • Making blogging fun for yourself.

By the way, you will have to put all of those things that I mentioned into practice if they are to be of value to you.

And, thank you for reading!

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115 thoughts on “How To Be A Wise Blogger

  1. Renard, I consider you to be the Yoda of the blogging community. Your advice never feels forced, you always make it your own and easy to relate to. Thank you, I will take your advice on board πŸ’š

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  2. I’ve come across some blogs where they font colour didn’t show up very well against the background colour. Having a blog that’s illegible is an easy way to keep visitors from returning!

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  3. I like these tips, Renard, thank you. I’m guilty of publishing before proofreading at times, and I sometimes publish and then re-edit a poem, not realizing that someone has quickly commented on it, mentioning specific lines of the poem. I always feel bad when I realize it happened. I have to pause, maybe let it set for a day as a draft before publishing it. I also post at random times, I’d like to start publishing on a schedule so readers can anticipate when a new post is up.

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    1. I’m guilty of the same. No, I don’t write poems, but I often have second thoughts or find better photos or mistakes, so I edit my shit a dozen times after it goes to press. And then I see already one or two likes and I’m like WTF? How can ppl read so fast?

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  4. These are simple but pretty powerful tips. I can already see a one mistake I am making, posting too frequently. In fact, just today, I was in that lull where didn’t want but then FORCED myself to. Should recalibrate. I like taking care of oneself as the best tip.

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  5. Hi Renard! I just came across your post and I must say it was inspiring! I literally just started my blog today. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but feared of jumping in. I love to write and after the death of my mother a few weeks ago, I decided to just start and lose my fear. It actually goes right along with the book I am writing, my first book. Anyway, thanks so much! Here is my blog if you want to check it out: goodbyefearhellolight.wordpress.com
    Cheers!

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    1. 😐 My condolences on the passing of your mother.

      Also, it is nice to know that you overcame your fear of starting a blog by creating one of your own.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  6. What are some of the mistakes that you made in the area of blogging?

    Worrying too much about how people would react. It’s silly. No matter what you write, there will be somebody who doesn’t like it. Nowadays I just write what I want and figure it’s for whoever does like it, whether that’s few or many. And some posts I didn’t expect many people to like have actually been popular.

    Ashleyleia’s comment is on target. I don’t see many blogs where the font is too small, but I do see some with an irritating or distracting background.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Most bloggers usually worry about what others think about their writing when they are new to blogging.

      The truth is that we cannot please everyone. There will always be those who hate what we wrote as well as those people who loved what we wrote.

      Texts against distracting backgrounds are counterproductive.

      Thank you for dropping by my blog and sharing your perspective!

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  7. Hi Renard! I’m guilty of not taking care of my device. I need to do better. I tend to leave my laptop laying haphazardly around the house. It’s had plenty of near misses with spilled drinks and toddler shenanigans.

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  8. After a change of layout I always make sure that the font I’m using is readable even by those idiots who use cellphones to read blogs. But that’s all. I regard everything one does on so-called “smart phones” a last ditch effort, an emergency, not a real permanent solution. My blog is done on a desktop computer with 24″ screen and I automatically assume it’s consumed the same way. I already regard typing the blog on a 11.6″ netbook when I’m on travels, a bad compromise. Rather do it right. Because why not. :/

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  9. “Abusing the Like button by pressing it without reading other people’s blog posts.

    Playing the β€œI follow you and you follow me” game.”

    I’m guilty of these two. For reasons.
    I see the Like button more as a “Hey, I was here and saw your shit” confirmation, a generally polite thing to do.
    And. although I always claimed I don’t care about how many ppl, are reading my stuff and I would go on blogging even if I was the last living person on earth, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to see some gravatar pics below my posts.

    The “follow you follow me game” is silly, yes I know. But I feel I have to click on Follow once you are following me. Even if your blog is of no interest for me personally.

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  10. Some good points here, though I fail at several hurdles, probably most on posting too often. As host for a daily prompt, I feel it only right to participate myself, so that’s 2 posts. Come alternate weeks, I host another prompt and again participate so that’s 4 on that day, then I amalgamate my daily prompts into one, so that’s actually 5. I do both daily and weekly challenges and enjoy them, but the time factor is crucial. Being retired, I can spend as much or as little time on my blog as I like. Everyone is different, and I like to comment on the bloggers I follow. My reader is full, sometimes with as many as 10 posts from one individual depending on topic or content.
    It’s good to have followers, comments and likes, but of those three, to me the comments and feedback are most important. I respond to all comments and acknowledge those who join in my prompts. Do as you would be done by and all that I guess, but then it’s only polite if someone has taken the trouble to respond to something that you generated.

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  11. All great tips for all of us out there in the blogging sphere.

    I appreciate that you included “taking care of yourself” as one of them. Even though it may seem at times, we’re sitting at the keyboard and typing like we’re on autopilot, the truth is we’re not.

    We need or at least I need my mind to be sharp and my body to feel as good and refreshed as it possibly can be. Being tired or having my mind cloudy makes writing a challenging chore at the best of times. Taking time away from the computer to pray, meditate or whatever exercise for the soul you employ is vitally important as well.

    Tied into prayer and meditation, is taking care of your mental wellness is right up there in terms of self-care as well. Depending on what your blog niche is, your mental wellness could be the most important component as well.

    Thanks for posting Renard.

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        1. Hello Renard! This is an excellent post! You cover not just the act of blogging but also include other aspects of blogging that I don’t think most people think about such as, taking care of the β€œtools” of blogging such as the computer/smartphone and ourselves (physically, emotionally). This is such a healthy and well rounded way of looking at the experience of blogging. No wonder you have build such a wonderful community of bloggers here! Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

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  12. You’re right when you say that many of the tips in this may even make you chuckle a bit when you realise how simple they really are, Renard.

    The most import ones for me are keeping blogging fun and looking after your electronic devices. I read so many complaints in comments from people who often blame WordPress for bugs and errors when it is themselves who cause errors because they have not downloaded the latest updates from WordPress or software for the device they are using. And if it’s not WordPress they are blaming, it’s often the new Gutenberg editor.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Making blogging an activity that is absolutely filled with fun is of paramount importance.

      And, a lot of bloggers do neglect the electronic devices that they blog on; they end up blaming everything else except themselves when things go wrong.

      Thank you for dropping by and for sharing your perspective, Hugh.

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  13. Thanks for sharing these tips. I like the way you put them. I am also a strong believer that your blog must be fun to you in order to make it fun for others. The feeling you write with is the same your audience feels when they read.

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    1. πŸ™‚ You are most welcome, Ngumabi.

      Also, I am pleased to know that you are a strong believer in having fun with the blogging process.

      Thank you so kindly for reading and commenting!

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  14. Well done! I so enjoyed this. I wish I could’ve read this when I was first starting out. I’m terrible with widgets! I must do better at that. πŸ™ƒ. Take care, suzanne 😊

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      1. Thank you Renard 😊

        You write so beautifully about blogging. Have you ever done a post about the ins and outs of commenting? It’s a whole world unto itself and sometimes still boggles me a bit.

        At times do you reply = you’re welcome – my pleasure – 😊 – a simple β€œlike” – or any of the above?

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        1. πŸ™‚ Well, Suzane, I did tackle that topic as a guest blogger on someone else’s blog a few years ago (It is a pity that blog of theirs is no longer online).

          In regards to commenting, I have said, “You are most welcome,” to people.

          However, I do not use generic comments such as, “Nice post.”

          Why?

          Because spammers are in the habit of using generic comments.

          I would prefer the reader telling me exactly what it was that made it such a nice post for them to read.

          Commenting is simple; think of it as communicating with another person (But in the case of blogging, it is in the written form).

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  15. Another wonderfully insightful post Renard, l have said this before, l say this again – l would be surprised if you didn’t produce a top notch post – and this is superbly informative – blogging the continuous learning curve.

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  16. Thank you, as always such great and helpful content. Sometimes I take notes on all the gems you drop I really appreciate it. The self-care aspect for me is a definite no, sadly I have been stretched so thin I haven’t prioritized self-care time. You are correct because my blog has definitely been a casualty of my heavy work life. It’s sad because writing is such a great outlet. I don’t know how to add tag-lines or widgets. I am learning that tech stuff is not a strength and sometimes maddening. I think if I’d add anything it would be -be patient with yourself because it’s not as easy as it looks lol!

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    1. πŸ™‚ You are welcome, Elizabeth.

      Now, in regards to learning how to use widgets on WordPress, you could find that information on Google.

      Also, never take self-care for granted.

      Do enjoy the rest of your day!

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  17. Renard, as always… “Bravo!!!” I was really struggling up to a week ago with trying to keep up my own postings and feeling guilty for not being able to keep up with reading my fellow blogger’s works. It finally hit me due to a migraine that lasted nearly two weeks… Why am I adding this type of pressure and guilt? I’m only human for crying out loud!
    That’s when I started scheduling and setting my own limitations and pacing myself.
    In one week’s time, what a difference that all made. I now have more time to read, and I now enjoy posting my series once again without the added pressure.

    One major pet peeve you did bring up was the bloggers that purposedly hit the “Like” button like at a gun range. My attitude is this… Don’t bother coming on to my site if all your going to do is “Fake Out a Like”. That irritates me to no avail because I would never do that to a fellow blogger especially after I know the work that goes into writing. It’s not only disrespectful, but it’s just plain rude.
    Thank you once again, for another brilliant post!!!
    God Bless you!

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  18. Lots of helpful tidbits here. The one about font size resonates with me. I’m no spring chicken. and the itty bitty sized prints and weird colorations are difficult for my poor old eyes to read. Personally,I think the most important things for bloggers to do is to RESPOND to comments and to pay reciprocal visits to other blogs. The give-and-take is what elevates the blogosphere to a caring community.

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  19. Fantastic advice! Something interesting I learned when I worked for the provincial Public Library and Literacy office years ago was that some people struggle to read fonts such as Times New Roman. So I always try to keep my fonts simple (even on Resumes and Cover Letters) so all people can read it.
    I’m so happy you touched on Self-Care. I don’t think it matters what profession you’re in, if you aren’t practicing self-care I think you’ll ultimately suffer (along with the quality of your work).
    Thank you for this in-depth description on how to improve your craft. As always, your post was highly educational for me 😊

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  20. I have read many posts related to blogging advices, but I must admit, your post is the best, with any doubt. You have covered the minute, essential details that we forget to ponder upon. Great job! Bravo!🌸

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  21. Solid advice as always.
    Blogging means community!!!! There is always another person at the other end of the screen and if you take that into consideration, it helps keep you grounded as you remember the things you did not like on some blogs and try not to make the same mistakes on yours; and just like if there mistakes you wished people pointed out to you, you should also help out your bloggers.
    A lot about the blogging world is based on reciprocality you get what you put in…
    ~B

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  22. As always, great advice. Can i add that keeping liquids from electronic devices is important too. We all think it will never happen to us but spilling drinks on our laptops does happen.

    Also, easy font to read is key, I remember when ppl used websites with green backgrounds and red text. I shockingly found one similar recently with a yellow background, blue text that was so very small.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Keeping liquids far away from our laptop computers is all part of taking great care of the electronic devices that we blog on.

      Also, I expect website administrators to have good taste in fonts and backgrounds. I hate it when I cannot read what was posted.

      Thank you for your valuable input, Ari!

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      1. Sorry. I’m thanking you for the many helpful tips you offered. I know you think I didn’t read it all, but I did. Twice. I never thought about how important it is to keep the body up and running in order to think and function well. I’m 73 and jogged for many, many years and my brain and body functioned great. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get out and walk the dogs, eat healthier, and get my act together. So, thanks!

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  23. So many great information! It is very true! Blogging can become burdensome sometimes and we need to be able to keep going but also having fun! Being part of this community is awesome πŸ™‚ Everyday we can learn new things πŸ™‚

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  24. Feels good after reading this post. As I have been analysing how the blogging actually works, this article has cleared a lot of doubts. Thank you so much for such a wonderful post. Been a pleasure to read it.

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