6 Questions That Bloggers Should Ask Themselves

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Asking the right questions about blogging is a must.

Why?

Because it helps the blogger to figure out whether or not they need to make a specific change (or specific changes) to their blog.

Blogging-related questions also help the blogger to figure out if blogging is right for them.

So, without further ado, it is time to explore six questions that bloggers should contemplate deeply.

1.) Do I Still Love Blogging?

Believe it or not, there are bloggers who have fallen out of love with blogging.

And, how is it possible for bloggers to fall out of love with blogging?

Bloggers can fall out of love with blogging because:

  • It requires a lot of work to put a blog post together (And, not everyone is keen on the idea of doing a lot of work).
  • It requires making the time for (These days, people are busy doing other things that they deem as being, “Important” and blogging is not something that is high on their list of priorities).
  • It was something that they got into with the intention of finding out if it is something that they actually like (As the time passed, they realized that blogging was not for them).
  • It was something that they were unable to do consistently (Doing things in a consistent manner helps those things to be moulded into a habit).

On a positive note, there are bloggers who have remained in love with blogging.

And, how is it that they managed to remain in love with blogging?

Those bloggers managed to remain in love with blogging because:

  • They never forgot the reason why they started a blog of their own.
  • They enjoy interacting with other bloggers in the blogosphere.
  • They enjoy expressing themselves via their blog posts.

I can proudly admit to you, “I still love blogging!”

Hey, after all, I have been blogging since 2008.

What about you? Do you still love blogging?

2.) Have I Chosen The Right Blogging Platform For Me?

Now, I expect bloggers to know exactly what they are getting themselves into before starting their blog (Truthfully speaking, this is not always the case; there are bloggers who will choose the first blogging platform that they see).

No two blogging platforms are equal; there will always be advantages and disadvantages.

A blogger who has the intention of making money via their blog will have a much better chance of achieving their goal by using WordPress.org.

For the record, it is possible for a blogger to make money with their blog using WordPress.com (They will have to upgrade their package to the Premium, Business or eCommerce plan in order to do so).

Whereas, with WordPress.org, there are no limitations.

Personal bloggers (hobbyist bloggers) can use any blogging platform that they desire.

When it comes to business-related blogging, WordPress.org is the best way to go!

However, if you are the type of blogger who is not tech-savvy, and you wish to conduct business via your blog, you would be much better off with WordPress.com.

And, why is that the case?

Because the Happiness Engineers will handle all of the technical stuff for you; such as:

  • Making sure that your blog is secure.
  • Upgrading your site to the latest version of WordPress.
  • Making sure that everything works.

Those people who chose WordPress.org to blog on will have to do all of the technical stuff for themselves (And, that can be a bit intimidating for the average person).

3.) Is My Blog Easy To Navigate?

One of my pet peeves is coming across a blog that I am unable to navigate (If you have been blogging for quite a while, you would have come across blogs that you were unable to navigate).

Dear friend, where navigation is concerned, it is always wise to keep it simple.

In addition to your blog’s Home page, your viewing audience should be able to:

  • Access your recent blog posts easily.
  • Access your blog archives easily.
  • Access your blog categories easily.
  • Access your follow widget easily.

If a person is unable to find their way around your blog, they will leave it (And, that, my friend, is a bad thing).

You are supposed to be attracting readers to your blog; not scaring them away.

4.) Do I Have Something Special To Offer My Viewing Audience?

In all honesty, we do have something special that we can offer to our viewing audience; such as:

  • A skill that we have learned.
  • Our ability to entertain.
  • A solution to a specific problem.
  • Our technical expertise.

Have you figured out what your specialty is?

If you do, you can share it with your viewing audience via your blog posts.

5.) Am I Passionate About Responding To Comments?

There are bloggers who enjoy responding to comments.

And, there are bloggers who are not too keen on responding to comments.

Hey, bloggers have different views when it comes to responding to comments (It is one of those topics that people can debate from sunup to sundown).

My article, Comments Versus No Comments, will let you know what I think about that particular issue.

6.) Do I Need To Promote My Blog On Social Media?

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that social media can be used to promote your blog.

Bloggers can use the following social media networks to promote their blog:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Triberr
  • Viral Content Bee

It does not hurt to get extra eyes on your blog (And, promoting it on social media is a great way of doing that).

However, it is not mandatory for a personal blogger to share the links to their blog posts via their social media accounts.

I actually know of a few personal bloggers who do not use social media to promote their blog posts.

Now, in regards to business-related blogging, I strongly advise the usage of social media for the purpose of promoting your blog posts (Think of it as being visible where your potential customers are).

Final Thoughts

To recap, bloggers can gain clarity by asking themselves the following questions:

  • Do I still love blogging?
  • Have I chosen the right blogging platform for me?
  • Is my blog easy to navigate?
  • Do I have something special to offer my viewing audience?
  • Am I passionate about responding to comments?
  • Do I need to promote my blog on social media?

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you here once again on Renard’s World.

79 thoughts on “6 Questions That Bloggers Should Ask Themselves

  1. I still love blogging! Have two Blogs now, one from 2004 ‘n the other one is a lot younger, from 2019. Is Blogamy illegal in America?! 😉

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  2. I have only been blogging about a year and half, so I definitely still love it. I have tried to use Instagram to promote my blog, but I haven’t had much luck with that. Twitter works fairly well, and I’ve just recently started using my Facebook account for that. I am pretty happy with the blogging I’ve done. I’m a book reviewer and I love sharing books with the world.

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  3. Hello Renard, great post! For me I agree with and have done all on your list except promote my blog on social media, which at this point I have not yet decided to do! Anyway I believe that while discovering a niche to write about is important, over time we need to be open to possibilities that our blog could evolve. Have a great day!

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  4. Answered yes for all. 🙂 I started blogging way back when I was still in school on the old Melodramatic.com site. Its hard to imagine what else I’d do online but write haha, blogging is awesome. Thanks for sharing, Renard. I love your writing style too, very kind and informative!

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  5. It can be tough for me sometimes, but I feel like I’m just as in love with blogging as I was to begin with. My next review will actually be my 1,700th. Sharing that with others in real life, on social media, or on the blogosphere makes it all worth it.

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  6. Great tips as always, friend! I don’t think I’ll ever fall out of love for blogging. 🙂 It’s fun to interact with the community.
    Truth to be told, I never knew WordPress.com and wordpress.org were two different things 😅

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  7. This post is a lovely reminder for everyone that blogs.

    I certainly love blogging and I am very surprised I still do it.
    If someone said to me all them years ago, do you think you will be blogging in 10 years time? I would have said no. And here I am doing it for much longer thsn that.

    I am glad you love blogging Renard. I enjoy reading your blog posts.

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  8. Thanks, Renard. Your posts are always so clear and helpful for a quick check. What I would like to know more about, being just a five month old ( personal) blogger, is how do we get more followers, likes and comments. Hoping you’ll guide with this too. Thanks!

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    1. 🙂 Professional bloggers can earn around $500 to $2000 in a month’s time.

      I would like to state for the record, that having a large follower count means nothing if they do not interact with your blog.

      5000 page views can rake in an average sum of $400 and over.

      The amount of money made monthly will vary from blogger to blogger.

      A friend of mine only made $2.00 from his blog in a year’s time (He eventually gave up on trying to make a living off of blogging).

      Thank you for presenting me with your question.

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  9. Excellent points made, Renard. Your questions are spot on and the first question is most important. Loving what you do makes it more worthwhile and fulfilling. Lately, I’ve noticed some new bloggers where their blogs are difficult to navigate. I know it takes time to set up a blog properly but I feel it is better to incorporate at least some of the basics in a new blog. I’ve come across new blogs without a name, categories, menus. etc. The content was only a couple of quotes. I find it difficult to return the favor of following these blogs.

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  10. Great questions Renard! I still DO love blogging. I have been a bit slack as my camera is broken & not fixable. I bought 2 other cameras’ but they were too complicated for me. So they both were returned. I am waiting for a Luminex camera…I could be another month w/out a camera. Thankfully I have a series of photos of BellaDharma for next 4 weeks.
    I’m pretty sure my blog is easy to navigate. I get compliments on the look alot.
    And I always answer comments!! That is the Golden Rule for me in blogging~~always acknowledge my Followers & thank them for coming by. Build a rapport with them!
    I do not use alot of social media…I am happy with my Followers at this point. I DID make a change to the Blog’s name & my tag name. I never liked ‘LadyMew’ much & it finally hit me 2 weeks ago to go with ‘BellaSita’ & make BellaDharma & I “Bella Sisters”. Everyone likes the change so far & I even picked up a few new Followers!
    Thank you for all your guidance & suggestions & posts!
    (((hugs))) Sherri-Ellen aka BellaSita & **purrss** BellaDharma

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  11. Love the in-depth thoughts! Especially the point on continuing to love blogging (it is an endurance race!). As someone who stumbled into having two blogs that are thankfully growing, I do wish I had more carefully considered some of these big picture questions first!

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  12. Very good questions that comes from a long blogging experience…13 years is a long time 😉
    Even if I struggle with time, I am still in love with blogging because I love the community and honestly I also like working on my blog posts 😉

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  13. Great questions to ask. A lot of people get into blogging thinking it’s going to be easy and fun, which of course it can be, but it’s also a tremendous amount of work. People think writing is easy too, which in basic terms it is, but engaging people through writing and building an audience through writing is not easy at all.

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  14. I started blogging year ago. I still love it. I do have one on Instagram for books. I live them both. To be honest, I really don’t understand how wordpress works, like its themes and all. But I can’t let go of this blog now. As far as comments are concerned, I like responding to them. The reason I came here was to interact with people and share my thoughts with them, so yeah. (The only problem is that I rarely get comments).

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  15. Despite what some might think, l too am still very passionate about blogging and my blog and 2021 has been an interesting year for me. In recent weeks especially, l am very busy, but thankful that l am only now posting three times a week on the GUY blog. Although this year and more so than other years l have become somewhat cynical to certain blog styles and blogs, but that is a personal choice and opinion. Good post Renard.

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        1. 🙂 It sounds to me that you are getting incoming traffic from Bing.

          Whenever we get incoming traffic from a search engine, it shows up in the referral section of our stats.

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