5 Things That Other Experienced Bloggers Do Not Tell You

I have a very strong feeling, that if some people knew exactly what blogging entails, they would have said to themselves, “Blogging is certainly not for me!”

Yet, people looking in from the outside (specifically those people who have never blogged before), wrongfully believe that blogging is a figurative piece of cake.

It is only when people start a blog of their own, they begin to realize that there is more to blogging than writing.

So, without further ado, let us find out some of the things that experienced bloggers do not mention to other bloggers.

1.) You Run The Risk Of Having Your Work Stolen By Others Every Time That You Publish A Blog Post

Yes, my friend, it is true. You run the risk of having your work stolen by others every time that you publish a blog post.

Unfortunately, there are people who will cut and paste your article and publish it on their website (This happened to me in the past; a blogger on WordPress.com published one of my blog posts word for word on their blog; I requested a DMC takedown notice and the stolen blog post was removed from the offender’s blog).

Also, back in the year, 2019, a scraper site by the name of Tygpress was publishing a huge quantity of blog posts from many of the people that blogged on WordPress (My blog post, Tygpress Scraped The Living Daylights Out Of WordPress, highlighted Tygpress’s wrongdoings and it also mentioned the steps to take if you discovered that your work was stolen).

The sad thing was that when some of the bloggers found out that their blog posts were being published on another website without their consent, they deleted their blogs on WordPress.

So, please be aware of thieves — unscrupulous people who would not mind stealing your content.

2.) You Are Competing With Artificial Intelligence

It never crossed your mind that bloggers are competing with artificial intelligence.

The artificial intelligence that I am referring to is article spinning software (And, the scary part is that there are lots of them out there).

What does the article spinning software do?

An article spinning software rewrites someone’s blog post without it losing its original message.

Article spinner software tends to make it difficult to figure out if your blog post was stolen because:

  • It rearranges words.
  • It substitutes words by using other synonyms.
  • It uses an article or many articles, dissects them and merges them into one new article.

Some people use article spinning software because it can churn out an article way faster than a human being.

3.) There Will Be Days When You Do Not Feel Like Writing A Blog Post

Now, in spite of writing every day, there are those moments when I do not feel like writing a blog post.

Whenever I write an article in a word processing program and delete it afterwards, it is done merely as an exercise — a form of daily exercise that keeps me mentally fit.

Whereas, whenever I am putting together a blog post, I always think of my viewing audience.

I do not feel any added pressure when I write as a form of mental exercise because I know that I am the only one who is ever going to read what I wrote.

In regards to writing for my viewing audience, I tend to think, “Is this good enough for them to read?”

Okay, everyone is different!

Other people may not feel like writing a blog post because:

  • Sitting down at a desk to write a blog post is a gruelling process for them.
  • They lack the inspiration to write a blog post.
  • They are in a lazy mood and would prefer to play a video game or watch a movie on Netflix.

One of the things that any blogger can do is to write more than one blog post at a time that is most convenient for them; this would provide them with the option to pick and choose which blog post that they would like to publish on the day that they do not feel like writing a blog post.

4.) There Will Come A Time When You Will Ask Yourself If You Should Continue Blogging Or Quit Blogging Altogether

Dear friend, the truth is that finding the time to blog can be challenging due to the fact that the timing is seldom perfect.

Also, there are various circumstances that can cause a blogger to seriously consider whether or not they will like to continue blogging.

People contemplate whether or not they would like to continue blogging when:

  • Things get a bit hectic at their place of employment.
  • They are having issues with their marital life.
  • They are studying for their university degree.
  • A family member dies.
  • They are plagued with some type of illness.
  • Their blog does not live up to their expectation.

Yes, all bloggers will have to face the question of whether or not they will like to continue blogging at some point in their lives.

The answer that they give themselves will dictate whether or not they will abandon that blog of theirs.

5.) You Will Encounter Technologically-Related Issues

Technology can be a figurative pain in the buttocks because there are times when technology will be a bit buggy or fail to stop working; which are things that can frustrate any blogger.

It is only when you set up a WordPress account of your own, you end up finding out the hard way that:

  • You are unable to press the Like button on someone else’s blog.
  • Grammarly does not work with the Block Editor.
  • You are unable to log in to your WordPress account when the Happiness Engineers are doing upgrades.
  • Your WordPress mobile app keeps crashing every time that you open it.

Technologically-related issues are the worst (It is a pity that experienced bloggers do not go out of their way to warn us about them before we join WordPress).

Final Thoughts

So, to recap, experienced bloggers, do not tell us the following things:

  • We run the risk of having our work stolen by others every time that we publish our blog posts.
  • We are competing with artificial intelligence.
  • There will be days when we do not feel like writing a blog post.
  • There will come a time when we will ask ourselves if we should continue blogging or quit blogging altogether.
  • We will encounter technologically-related issues.

The downsides of blogging are quite depressing.

Thank God/Goddess for the positive aspect of blogging — the things that make blogging worthwhile.

100 thoughts on “5 Things That Other Experienced Bloggers Do Not Tell You

  1. Hit 4 a few times, and you know about my most recent bout with 5, LOL.

    I had to talk another blogger into just taking a break earlier today instead of quitting. Glad she listened as she’s very talented

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  2. Hi Renard, I think the most challenging ones for me have the technical aspects of the blog. I have someone I’ve hired but it still gets me flustered when things don’t work like they should. They are days I don’t feel like writing and I let them pass. It comes back with a little break 🙂 Great points here Renard.

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  3. Hello Renard! Another informative thoughtful post.
    I can tell you that my blogging is NOT the same as it was when Purrince Siddhartha Henry was alive. I really enjoyed blogging as him & the other cats before him: Nylablue & Mingflower (Yahoo 360/Multiply).
    After P SH left us I seriously had ‘a think’ about blogging. I’d received some nasty & vicious comments about his illness & untimely death. I was literally ‘virtually destroyed’. You luckily missed that dark time back in August of 2018.
    After I adopted BellaDharma I gingerly restarted the blog.
    I’ve had 2 challenges blogging as BellaDharma: 1) feeling nervous about what my Followers are thinking about me & 2) BellaDharma’s personality was so buried it has been difficult to ‘capture’ her true personality.
    As an Animal Blogger, the ultimate goal is to be able to blog (speak) as the animal & interpret the world from said animal’s point of view. So it has been an entire 2 years since BellaDharma joined me & we are still a work in progress….I lost some Followers. I gained some new Followers. And there are that core group who stood by me from 2005!! Most of the ‘originals’ no longer blog but they still look forward to reading BellaDharma’ss posts & seeing her photos. And there are those VERY CLOSE Bloggers who are more like family who continue to encourage me to keep on Blogging!
    As for technology….well you know I am not looking forward to Block editor as it confounds me 150%. So I hope WordPress will let us ‘oldies’ continue with Classic Editor…..we are just a bunch of 4 legged owners who enjoy Blogging…fingers crossed we can keep Classic.
    Thanks again for a great post! You also have been an inspiration to me with your posts about Blogging!
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen & **purrss** BellaDharma

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  4. Great article. I was not aware of #1, so I’m a little taken aback. I think what bothers me the most is there’s nothing I can do about it. On some of the blogs I visit, I’ve noticed the author types their copy write on their articles. Does this help or matter?

    Now #3 I deal with a lot. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. I used to beat myself up about having to reblog a post. Today, I’m at peace with it and feel lucky that I have something to reblog.

    So far, #4 hasn’t even come to mind yet, but I’m sure it will someday. Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. 🙂 You can think of the Copywrite displayed on a blog as a warning; one that says indirectly, “Do not use without authorization!”

      But, guess what?

      That does not stop certain people from stealing your content.

      Thank you for sharing that with me, Paula.

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  5. Eye opening post. Though, first two points gave me shock. For the rest, I am dealing and surviving some how. I am happy to get a platform to write and learn from all the people whom I have met on WP.

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  6. I’ve never heard of article spinning either. I definitely have buggy issues and get great satisfaction when I work something out myself.
    Thanks for another great post Renard 🙂

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  7. “wrongfully believe that blogging is a figurative piece of cake.”

    But it is. It really is. To paraphrase Hemingway: You just sit down at the computer and start bleeding.

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      1. I don’t know, and neither do I care, what that old dork H-way was referring to but this quote makes it clear that writing is hard. And I don’t think he was talking about bleeding fingers but about bleeding out internally, having your brain and your mind sucked dry.

        It’s a funny quote anyway. And they say Americans don’t get sarcasm. Well, at least one got it right.

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  8. 😮 I didn’t know people would steal posts and use as their own words – how did you find out? 😳

    My job is busier currently 🤨😕 I miss blogging like before. But I don’t want to stop… this really has been helpful to me personally, and I really love the community!

    Hahaha yeah sometimes the technical issues are frustrating – but ya know happens – nothing is perfect… everything has hiccups here and there

    I love blogging ❤️ I am still new though and don’t really follow any rules or do any certain way… is more like a online diary for me – like I’m writing to friends 😊

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    1. “online diary”
      Exactly! That’s what a blog (weblog) initially is. Nowadays it’s spruced up with more or less fancy layouts, option to add photos, almost like a little publishing tool. In the end it’s still your personal log.

      And don’t let anybody tell you differently.

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  9. I have never heard of the article spinning software. How does even work and how do you detect it? Thank you for this. I am just starting my blog and now, I am thinking same. Like, is blogging really for me?

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    1. 🙂 There are various types of software that let people know the probability of an article being spun by an article spinning software; however, they are not 100% accurate.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  10. Thank you for sharing the information….quite valid points to consider…it’s certainly not fair to steal someone else’s work…I only hope that I don’t have to face it some day. Is there a way out? Please let us know.
    I’m finding Blogging really interesting.

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    1. 🙂 If you had clicked on the link, “Tygpress Scraped The Living Daylights Out Of WordPress”, you would have been provided with information pertaining to the steps that you need to take if you discovered that someone stole one (or many) of your blog posts.

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  11. Totally agree with everything you said here. And I’ve also experienced the “joy” of having blog entries stolen word by word. Sad but true.
    At the same time, the positives far outweighs the negative side of blogging.
    Cheers,
    H.–

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  12. Thank you Mr. Moreau. I didn’t know about the spinning software, so that was news to me. You listed 5 things and 3 of them were unexpected, so that was a nice twist. Keep on blogging sir!

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  13. I was one of those that got caught up in Tygpress! To date, the site has been suspended but that doesn’t mean harvesting posts is not happening elsewhere. We are all vulnerable to plagiarism even though our work is copyrighted. It’s concerning but we shouldn’t give up because of it.

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  14. I have an advantage in my objective for writing my blog, and that is to share the lessons God has taught me over the years with as many people as possible. If someone were to “steal” my work and post it on their own blog, that person would actually be helping me in that cause – although it might be tricky, considering how many of my stories involve my unique family situations and details.

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  15. You know, Renard, you write really well. 🙂 On the basis of this article I can’t tell that you ate clear-thinking, original and passionate about what you do. So yeah -well done and keep up the great work. By the way – are you a robot? 😉

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  16. So weird to hear someone put this out here, because I feel like if I say it myself, it will sound like I’m complaining about nothing. What’s happened in my case is that a subscriber will recreate my post, using the same phrases but with a different story or media, without understanding what motivated the original post. They’ll notice that readers had a conversation with me. Seeing that, they cynically decided they should copy that for “likes”. Usually, I ignore them, but I decided to comment on one such post recently. The blogger contradicted himself in his responses to me and other readers trying to “cheer him up”, not realising he was expressing deep emotional distress. I bet he’ll never try that again.

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  17. ✔ Stealing the hard work?- It’s heart Wrenching.
    ✔ With Spinning software in action-agony multiplied.Total helplessness.Accept the reality and move on because life goes on…and life has to move on…
    ✔ All of us experience Writer’s block.Self patting the best way to get encouragement.
    ✔ It’s OK not able to blog at a stretch,but don’t stop or deactivate blog,because someone from somewhere is always going to be benefited from the hard work we did…..yeoman service.
    ✔ Technically related issues…yes…it’s a perennial source of irritation….we have to live with it.

    Thank you Renard for bringing the awareness/

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  18. Thank you …I heard that once your work is posted–it’s like copy writing your stuff if your name is on it. So I feel safe blogging with my name next to my post. As someone blogged my posts are my personal diary and that’s what I love about blogging. The technical aspect is a drag–my blog is so simple it needs help. But my words get out there.

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  19. Like today, I definitely do not feel like blogging and I want my last blogpost to catch some air first. I’ve seen one of my photos stolen and I did a rant in the comments. Fortunately, I haven’t been a victim of stolen articles tho.

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