This Is What Twelve Years Of Blogging Have Taught Me

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 β€” 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.

Why?

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.

Why?

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:

  1. Seven Monthly Computer Maintenance Tasks You Should Be Doing by George Cox.
  2. 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).

Final Thoughts

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!

83 thoughts on “This Is What Twelve Years Of Blogging Have Taught Me

  1. This is great. I’ve tried blogging several times over the last 20 years, mostly temporary projects so the blog would stop when the project was done. I’m focusing on a more long-term blogging project at this point so these lessons are incredibly helpful to me. Just started so I have no advice to share, just here to learn.

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    1. πŸ™‚ I truly hope that you stick with blogging; it is fun and it is quite easy to learn.

      Thank you so kindly for visiting my blog, for reading this blog post and for leaving me a comment.

      Do enjoy the rest of your day, Hezaasan.

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  2. Yes, I have lost count on those who gave up blogging because they focused on numbers, or because comments were not happening as they liked, when it was just early days into their blogging journey.
    The most important is to enjoy what you blog and to interact.

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  3. Hi Renard, wow, I didn’t realize you have been at it that long. You are right about followers – so many of mine are now new as many left the blogging industry altogether when they didn’t make enough money or life changed for them. I plan on blogging even when I retire someday πŸ™‚ It’s fun and gives me something to always learn along the way. I’ve always blogged on my desktop except when I had a nature photo blog, I could do that from my mobile device. Enjoy your weekend Renard.

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  4. 12 years! Oh my, you should be a SME in WP now. I am glad to have found you here and I always find interesting to read your posts as it never miss to say useful information for bloggers like me. ✌️

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  5. CongratulationsπŸ₯³ for achieving 12 great year of successful blogging. Really loved reading your post. Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips for new bloggers. 😊😊

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  6. Me too, I started twelve years ago. Not on this blog, though. I’ve changed blog several times. My oldest blog now, is eleven years old and yes, you and I follow mutually there @}}- My oldest blog has very much remained a diary. A diary is a great day to share your thought of the day, or your reply to today’s news. It’s my joy, to see it resonates with others.

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  7. Congratulations for the 12 years of blogging. I agree we should enjoy our blogs irrespective of the stats. I am being very honest here I love to hear comments from people as it motivates me. As of now all the comments that I get is from people whom I already know and I am really looking forward to have some WordPress bloggers to follow me and interact with me.

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  8. Congratulations Renard fo blogging continuously for more than 12 yrs.
    A tough feat indeed!
    #1.True blogging bar is rising for seniors in general and newbies in particular- a tough challenge indeed!
    But people should not take it as intimidating.

    #2.We are all in the process of learning and we should accept that some body is always more quicker than us…..a common observation in any field.

    #3.Regarding followers….it reminds me of co passengers in our train journey.So.e travel with us through out.Some disembark at certain times.

    #4.I have noticed some of the bloggers being restless and extremely disappointed, because of no comments or likes in their posts.
    Sadly they are forgetting the fun parts.

    #5.This advice I felt is the most important, that is taking care of electronic devise.
    If is damaged one feels as if their hands are cut off .
    The two articles you mentioned are really helpful.

    #6.ha ha .I had many smiles about the blogging rules by the professional bloggers.
    True what you said.
    One is beter off by not treating these rules as the Holy Gospel!
    Each blogger learns in his/her own way as the blogging saga continues.

    It reminded me of two expert doctors not agreeing on line of treatment though the disease is the same or two lawyers arguing differently for the same point.

    #7.Never give up.Yes.Let not blogosphere be an intimidating world.one must do one’s best.

    Thank you πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  9. Dear Renard, congratulations on your 12 years of blogging! One more year, and you could be Bar Mitzvahed – LOL
    Your experience is now benefitting many, and I, for one, admire you for your efforts on behalf of the blogging community.
    Quick question: I am finishing a guest post, but the new editor does not have an option to submit for review. I am hesitant to press “Publish” – what if I mess up your blog, G-d forbid? What do I do?

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  10. Congrats on twelve years and what a wonderful accomplishment, Renard! You make excellent points for those of us in the blogosphere. IMO, blogging should be fun and not work. It’s an excellent way to use our creativity and polish our grammar skills. Most important is interaction with followers and not stats. And even more important is to not give up!

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  11. I can really relate (and second) to having 200 close friends that do visit from time to time compared to several thousand that you have never seen nor heard from since the registry!
    This last group conducts something they believe to be free global marketing, but – it won’t work!
    I have been there! Today I have reduced my number of followers down to only 3% of what I had 3 years ago, but even so, my traffic volumes of today are twice as high today as it once was!

    What would improve our blogging world would be it WordPress made it possible to tag one’s blog to certain interests, hobbies, etc.and publish a register open to all! How much easier our blogging lives would become!

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  12. Wow! You surely did gain lots of blogging wisdom over the years! Congratulations on the longevity!
    and you are soooo right, blogosphere is a smorgasbord of specialties πŸ˜€

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  13. Awesome things that blogging has taught you over the years. As for me, blogging has taught me how to relate with people from all over the world on the blogosphere! I was wondering Renard since you mentioned SEO, could you blog about some SEO tips that could help bloggers on wordpressdotcom?

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  14. Excellent content, quality write up and 12 years dang!! You’re an oldie!! Mind you l didn’t host a blog in 2008 but l was managing forums – like a bunch of kittens that lot!! Great post Renard πŸ™‚

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    1. πŸ™‚ In spite of blogging for twelve years, it is not my blog’s anniversary. The twelve years of blogging included the timeframe from when I began with previous blogs to this present blog.

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