Oh, the time has certainly flown. I can barely believe that I started my first blog on Blogger back in the year, 2008.
During that time in the blogosphere, I learned a lot of things — things that I am more than happy to share with my fellow bloggers.
So, without further ado, it is time to delve deeply into what I have learned about blogging in the past twelve years.
The Blogging Bar Is Always Rising
Yes, my friend, the blogging bar is always rising.
Back in 2008, bloggers treated their blogs as an online diary.
Today, blogs are places where:
- Bloggers have lots of fun with daily prompts.
- Bloggers publish their delicious recipes.
- Bloggers educate people about blogging-related topics.
- Bloggers publish marketing-related blog posts.
- Bloggers publish poems.
- Bloggers share their long-form content with their viewing audience.
- Bloggers keep their subscribers abreast of the latest technology.
- Bloggers provide their readers with advice on how to save money.
- Bloggers publish music reviews.
- Bloggers share movie reviews with those people who love to watch movies.
- Bloggers share their lovely-looking photographs with their viewing audience.
- Bloggers highlight the books that they have read and enjoyed.
Believe it or not, that list is merely a proverbial drop of water in an ocean.
There are blogs that specialize in all sorts of things.
Now, in regards to you raising the bar with your blog you can:
- Make it a priority of yours to proofread your blog posts before pressing the publish button.
- Go the extra mile to create an amazing blog post.
- Always look for ways to improve your blog.
You can think of raising the bar as being your personal best.
Everyone Learns At Their Own Pace
We are all aware of the fact, that everyone learns about blogging at their own pace.
Here is something to think about: Two people would have been blogging for a period of three years and one of the two would know more about blogging than the other.
Dear friend, the truth is that in spite of those two bloggers blogging for the same time period, one of them might be a quick learner.
By the way, one should not be ashamed of themselves for being a slow learner. The most important thing is that they are learning.
The most that you or I can do is to learn at our own pace.
All Of Our Followers Will Not Stay With Us
I never let the number of followers on my blog go to my head.
Because some of my blog’s followers would have:
- Abandoned their blogs.
- Been following way too many blogs than they could actually read.
- Learned what they can from me and moved on.
- Logged in to their WordPress accounts once in a Blue Moon.
On a positive note, there would be a bunch of followers who will always be loyal to me (They are the ones who would find the time to peruse my content on Renard’s World).
It is better to have two hundred people that interact with you and your blog regularly than to have two thousand people that do not interact with you or never finds the time to read your blog posts.
It Is Always Up To The Blogger To Make The Blogging Process Fun
Hey, if the blogging process was not fun for me, I would have wiped my hands clean of blogging.
The fun part involves:
- Coming up with new content for my blog in a timely manner.
- Interacting with my fellow bloggers.
- Keeping myself abreast of new blogging techniques.
- Keeping up with the latest SEO trends.
Where blogging is concerned, the fun will differ from blogger to blogger.
Have you made the blogging process fun for yourself?
Always Take Superb Care Of The Electronic Device That You Blog On
People blog on:
- Their desktop computer.
- Their laptop computer.
- Their tablet computer.
- Their smartphone.
Whichever electronic device that we have chosen to blog on, it is imperative that we take superb care of them.
Because taking superb care of them will help them to last longer.
These two articles will give you an idea of some of the things that you will need to know:
- Seven Monthly Computer Maintenance Tasks You Should Be Doing by George Cox.
- How to Make Your Tech Last Longer by Brian X. Chen.
Always keep in mind, that as a blogger, you are heavily reliant on your chosen electronic device to blog on.
A blogger without an electronic device to blog on is akin to a taxi driver without having access to a working vehicle to do his job.
Blogging Rules Should Not Be Treated Like The Holy Gospel
You and I both know that there are blogging experts that disagree with each other.
The various blogging advice that circulates on the world wide web should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The truth is that some of the blogging advice given by others may not apply to you and your blog.
My article, Six Blogging Tips That I Ignore, explained to readers how I truly felt about those blogging tips.
Dear friend, the wise thing to do is to follow blogging advice that resonates well with you.
In the end, you should know what works for you as well as what does not work for you.
So, where blogging advice is concerned, choose wisely.
To Never Give Up
Starting a blog is easy (Anyone can do it).
However, only a small number of people will continue blogging.
Some bloggers give up because:
- They realized that blogging involves a lot of work.
- The number of incoming views to their blog is small in the beginning.
- Their blog posts received a few Likes when they just started out.
- People hardly left a comment of their own in their blog’s comment section.
The truth is that it takes a while for a new blog to gain momentum.
It is a sad fact, that too many bloggers are impatient; they want overnight success.
Also, if you keep on blogging diligently, you will eventually see the desired results (The timeframe for achieving success will vary from blogger to blogger).
So, my friend, those are the simple (yet effective) lessons that blogging has taught me in a period of twelve years.
What lessons have blogging taught you during your time in the blogosphere?
I would love to read your answer; it can be made via the comments section of my blog.
And, as always, thank you for your loyal support!