Renard Is Changing Things Up A Bit

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Those of you who read the headline for this blog post are probably thinking, “Huh? What changes are Renard going to make to his blog?”

I can assure you that those changes are going to be good ones ― the types of changes that will benefit both the visitors to the blog and the owner of the blog (Those are changes I should have made a long time ago).

So, without further ado, I am going to let you know what those changes are.

I Plan On Publishing Blog Posts More Often

Publishing content once a week was fun; however, I felt as though I held myself back by limiting myself to publishing blog posts on Renard’s World weekly.

In addition to the blog posts that appear on Saturdays, I plan on adding a random blog post (or two) during the other days of the week (Hey, it is my personal blog; therefore, I am free to do anything that I want with it).

The biggest irony is that I used to publish blog posts daily on Renard’s World in the past (By the way, I have no intentions of returning to that old habit because I enjoy spending some time away from my blog; doing so allows me to have time for the other aspects of my life).

Besides, personal bloggers are known to publish content on their blogs as often (or not as often) as they like.

I Have Removed The “Reblog” Button From My Blog

You are probably aware of the existence of people who are in the habit of only reblogging other people’s work.

For the record, I have nothing against someone who does the occasional reblog and still finds the time to write their own blog posts.

What I find a bit distasteful are those so-called bloggers that only fill their blogs with reblogged content from others.

I feel that having the reblog button on my blog will only encourage those reblog addicts to reblog the living daylight out of my blog posts (That is a bad thing because I want them to learn how to write their own blog posts and publish them on their own blog).

There Will Be No Guest Posts Until Further Notice

Yes, I am putting the guest blogging project on hold until further notice.

I will like to state for the record, that my guest bloggers have been splendid.

However, these people have blogs of their own and I genuinely believe that they should not undergo the unnecessary burden of creating content for their blog and finding the time to create guest posts for Renard’s World.

Also, everyone is up to their throats with the goings-on of COVID-19 (And, that, my friend, is quite a handful in itself).

My team of writers need rest and recuperation like everyone else (And, they are deserving of it)!

All Comments Will Now Be Held For Moderation

When I first launched Renard’s World back in 2018, I had set comments to be automatically approved.

Today, I have made the decision to manually approve comments.

Why have I chosen such a drastic change?

The drastic change in regards to comments is due to some people violating my blog’s Commenting Policy (Unfortunately, there are some people who are hell-bent on breaking the rules).

I do not want people:

  • Placing the link to their blog’s homepage in the comments thread of my blog.
  • Placing the link to a product that they are trying to market in the comments section of my blog.
  • Fighting with other commenters because their point of view is different from theirs.
  • Cussing like a sailor in the comments thread of my blog.
  • Being disrespectful to me and others via my blog’s commenting section.

Ninety-nine percent of the people that comment in the comments section of Renard’s World have respected my blog’s Commenting Policy; it is the one percent that has proven themselves to be very problematic.

By the way, I am in no way insinuating that you need to agree with me or with anyone of my commenters; I am stating that if you must disagree with me or anyone of my commenters, you need to do it in a respectful and diplomatic manner.

I want my blog’s commenting section to be a safe place for all commenters and the best way of doing that is by manually approving comments on Renard’s World.

I Will Be Dealing With A Wider Range Of Topics

One of the nice things about managing a personal blog is that the author is free to choose a niche or go nicheless (Most of you already know that I have chosen the nicheless path from day one).

Unfortunately, many people have gotten the wrong impression about Renard’s World; they wrongfully believe that it deals solely with blogging advice; I can assure you that is not the case; I have dealt with other topics in the past.

I will venture deeply into other interests of mine; such as:

  • Technology
  • Entertainment
  • Philosophy

Hopefully, those topics should dispel anyone’s belief about Renard’s World being a blog that strictly deals with blogging advice.

Let it be known that I am not giving up on publishing blog posts that deal with blogging advice; I am simply adding more topics to the proverbial mix.

I Will Not Be In A Position To Follow Everyone Who Follows My Blog

Now, do not get me wrong; I am deeply appreciative of the number of people that are following Renard’s World.

The difficult part is finding the time to follow the blogs of those people that chose to follow Renard’s World.

Have you ever tried to follow the blogs of each person that followed you?

Those of you with an extremely large following knows that it is something that is difficult to do; the most that you can do is to check out a small percentage of the blogs of the bloggers that follow you whenever you are online; which can result in many weeks, or in some cases, months before you can truly visit them all.

Lucky are those people that have a small loyal following because they are the ones who can interact with each other without burning themselves out.

Truthfully speaking, I would be doing myself a great injustice if I followed everyone who followed me.

Final Thoughts

I wanted to give you a heads-up; you deserve to know my reasons for changing things up a bit.

I would also like to thank each and everyone one of you for your loyal support.

Thank you for reading!

105 thoughts on “Renard Is Changing Things Up A Bit

  1. I like this Renard. It’s always perfectly fine to change your direction (or reiterate one haha). And even more fine to let people know about it! Anything you post about is well done so I’m excited to see what’s coming!

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  2. These are wonderful changes, Renard, I would like to see you in my inbox more often. I’m sorry that you’ve got some jerk comments, never a nice thing to have to deal with. I believe that the reblog button should be removed for the reason you stated, I see this as nothing short of content theft, a bad idea from WordPress!

    My site has less than three hundred followers and I’m fine with this, it makes it much easier to stay in touch with a few bloggers. I have that few very loyal followers that visit each day too.

    I don’t moderate comments right away as I always read them anyway and remove the links and anything else that I don’t want on the site. I look forward to the changes, Renard!

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    1. 🙂 Yes, Liz. I know that you are one of those bloggers who moderate their comments (And, I have a strong feeling that you have no regrets of ever doing so.

      Thank you for the kind sentiment!

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  3. I haven’t had the reblog button for the past couple of years, but people can still share a post within the WP Reader. It will be interesting to see if you see a change in frequency. I haven’t come across a way to turn off sharing within the Reader.

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    1. 🙂 Wow, no “Reblog” button for two years.

      It would be nice if the Happiness Engineers adjusted the Reader to reflect what was among our sharing buttons. From an ethical standpoint, one should not have the option to reblog someone else’s blog posts if the blogger’s “Reblog” button was removed.

      At the moment, there is no way to remove it from the Reader.

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  4. Your decisions are very wise and well-taken, Renard. I truly enjoyed being a guest writer for your blog, but as I indicated previously, I needed a hiatus. With that said, I breathe a sigh of relief because I have other opportunities and my plate is quite full. Plus, I am thrilled to see you taking more control of your blog.

    I don’t like the reblog feature either. Many bloggers seem to do nothing but reblog the works of others. If I want to share another blogger’s work, I set up a post featuring their work. I also moderate my comments and delete those that hijack my comment section with their link or anything that is inappropriate.

    I look forward to reading more of YOUR posts, Renard!

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  5. It might not quite be reblogging but when I first started my old cricket blog, I couldn’t believe how many people blogging about the same subject, just copied and pasted from the well known websites and maybe bothered to change the title!

    I also chuckled when you said “Those of you with a big following…”. I don’t!

    Looking forward to whatever material that you present!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Jeff.

      I would not refer to it as a new schedule because, in addition to my regular posts on Saturdays, I would be posting randomly during other days of the week.

      Do enjoy the rest of your day, my friend.

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  6. Sometimes all we need is a change! I definitely not like it when someone is commenting on my posts saying: “please follow my blog” 😓 Good luck Renard and happy blogging 😉

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  7. As a new blogger, I find all that you say and are saying now, helpful in figuring out what blogging involves. Thank you for sharing this and looking forward to reading more.

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  8. These are great changes, Renard. Thanks for letting us know. I loved your idea of commenting guidelines. I feel like I should incorporate a similar one in my blog too. There are a lot of people who simply leave comments with a link to their blog and a request to follow or read them with absolutely no mention to my blog post at all. Editing them and cutting the link out or sending them to spam is the only way. I usually such comments to spam. But some people are relentless. They keep on leaving comments. Manually approving is the best way to ensure that only quality comments end up being published.

    I’ve come across many bloggers who only do reblogs. It’s a good thing that you’re encouraging them to actually write something by removing the button.

    When there are too many followers, it’s hard to interact with, read and follow each and every one of their blogs. Looking forward to the new era, Renard.

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  9. Very very wise ideas Renard!! I know 2 ‘re-bloggers’ on WP & at first I was flattered but then I realized this was becoming a habit…not so much ‘bad’ but not right…if that makes sense??
    And you are right that with 5,000+ I doubt you can follow all your Followers! I DO appreciate when you pop be to visit BellaDharma & myself, but do not EXPECT you are there weekly either.
    If I ever posted our blog link it was only for your convenience…I do apologize tho’.
    And finally I can’t follow all my followers & they number 120 or so…it is impossible to even follow 40 blogs daily. I have my core 25 & my 2nd group of 10 & 5 ‘indie’ blogs I follow…that is enough for me!
    Congrats on the changes!
    Sherri-Ellen & **purrss** BellaDharma

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  10. I like that I have a few followers that I also follow and we have developed a friendship. Besides those who have become “friends” I do follow a few others because I enjoy their writing or gain ideas from their posts. I have read some advising that I should follow people to get them to follow me. Never understood that thinking. I only want followers who enjoy my ramblings and I only have time to read those that I enjoy or benefit from. That is why I check your posts (not always but often) because I do gain ideas from your writing.

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  11. All these sound like good changes Renard, and I always look forward to your posts. I took the reblog button off long ago and then found out it could still be done from the reader. I wish wp would eliminate that feature or at least somehow make it so it could only be done with the permission of the originator of the post.

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  12. All good reasons Renard. I don’t blame you for awaiting for moderation if you get insults. I have not received any as yet! I’m not aware of people reblogging my posts, maybe I should remove this.
    Happy blogging for you anyway

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  13. “Gordon Gekko: The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. … Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.”

    …. that aside Renard …. change is good too – time to get all gung ho with a new look and a great philosophy of get up and go 🙂

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  14. Just be frank, please … did I do something wrong? Did I break the rules? I didn’t mean to cause conflict. Is it my fault?

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  15. Truthfully, I’m saying, whenever I need a help regarding my blog and blogging, I search for Renard’s world.

    I support you. 😊

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      1. Have a question, Can we change the url of the post on wp subdomains?

        A few days ago, one of my post ranked on Google. Although, I went down within a week. In between, I republished the post, the url “ date” changed. It started showing “ Error 404 ”.

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        1. 🤔 WordPress subdomains are kind of tricky. The date is part of the URL; hence the reason for getting an “Error 404” after it was republished.

          If you were on the self-hosted version of WordPress, you would have been able to do a “301” redirect.

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