Going Down The Blogging Rabbit Hole

Going Down The Blogging Rabbit Hole

If you are one of those people who have chosen to start a blog of their own, you have made up your mind to go down the blogging rabbit hole.

In my case, I started going down the blogging rabbit hole when I joined Blogger (also known as Blogspot) back in 2008.

Today, I am having the time of my life on WordPress and I am still going down the blogging rabbit hole.

This so-called, “Blogging rabbit hole,” is an analogy for one’s never-ending lessons in the area of blogging. If you are honest with yourself, you would know off the bat that there is always something new that you could always learn about blogging.

As experienced as I am, I am still learning (And, from the looks of things, I will always be learning once I am involved in the content creation process).

A Lot Of Bloggers Started Off With The “Trial And Error” Method

When I first started blogging, all I knew was how to write.

I did not know the importance of tags or the other technical aspects of blogging.

I was in a lovely yet strange new world ― a digital world that I was eager to learn more about and explore.

The majority of personal bloggers have ventured into blogging without knowing much about it or what the hell they were really getting themselves into.

The only bloggers who were fully prepared for what was ahead of them were the professional bloggers (They had to know because their livelihood depended on having full knowledge of blogging and their chosen niche).

There Are Things That You Can Learn From Other Bloggers

There are a lot of knowledgeable bloggers in the blogosphere who can teach you:

  • How to write a blog post.
  • How to optimize your blog posts for SEO.
  • How to attract readers.
  • How to make improvements to your blog.

Luckily for the newcomers to blogging, there is a wealth of information that is readily available at their fingertips (That is provided that they are willing to look for it on the internet).

Also, some of us will learn those things at a faster or a slower pace than others, and sadly, some of us may never learn those things at all.

There Are Those Things That We Will Have To Learn On Your Own

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that we have to learn a lot of things about blogging on our own (Despite there being documentation available for the particular piece of blogging advice that we so desire to learn); for example:

  • Figuring out how to find our way around the Block Editor.
  • Finding our way around our WordPress dashboard.
  • Learning how to use the WordPress Reader.
  • Learning how to create a blog post via the WordPress Mobile App (Which is something that bloggers who do not have a computer do or are merely curious to find out if they have what it takes to use the WordPress Mobile App).
  • Figuring out when is the best time for us to publish a blog post.
  • Figuring out how often we should publish blog posts on our blog.
  • Figuring out how long our blog posts should be.

On a positive note, we ended up figuring those things out (But the outcome of those things turned out to be different for each blogger; which resulted in them coming up with their own way of doing things).

The Journey Down The Blogging Rabbit Hole Can Be Tiring And Depressing For Some Bloggers

It is a known fact that when some bloggers do not get the types of results they want from their blogs, they abandon them (And, unfortunately, there is a large number of abandoned blogs in the blogosphere).

Those of us who were patient enough to endure the journey got what we wanted; for example:

  • More incoming views to our blog.
  • More comments in the comments section of our blog.
  • More likes on our blog posts.
  • More followers.

But what we enjoyed most of all was the interaction with like-minded bloggers.

So, thank goodness that we did not cancel our journey down the blogging rabbit hole.

The Deeper We Went Down The Blogging Rabbit Hole, Is The More We Learned About The Blogosphere

The further we went down the blogging rabbit hole, we learned that:

  • Not everyone who follows our blog is genuinely interested in it (Some of those people who pressed the Follow button on our blog merely wanted us to follow them).
  • Not all likes are genuine (Some people pressed the Like button on our blog posts with the hopes of us checking out their blog and pressing the Like button on some of their blog posts).
  • Not everyone is friendly (A small percentage of WordPress bloggers are actually hostile; which is probably the reason why they are trolls).
  • Not every WordPress account is real (Some were autogenerated by bots).

We discover the truth about things when we journey further down the rabbit hole.

The Blogging Rabbit Hole Is Way Deeper Than We Thought It Was

Despite reaching some great depths, we realized that we have deeper to go.

So, hopefully, next year around this time, we will know even more about blogging.

The truth is that the learning process never stops; it only ends when we give up on blogging or when we take our last breath on this Earth.

Final Thoughts

There are many blogging mysteries that are waiting to be discovered down the blogging rabbit hole (The choice is ours to go deeper and discover them for ourselves).

Are you willing to traverse the depths of the blogging rabbit hole?

Or do you want to stay where you are?

50 thoughts on “Going Down The Blogging Rabbit Hole

  1. Oops pressed submit before I had finished. You do know how to write that’s for sure and some great tips. I see my followers total go up weekly but as you say auto generated bots! So not something to crow about. For me now I like the satisfaction of completing a post and seeing it up there and also interacting with other bloggers. It’s such a wonderful hobby ☺️

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    1. πŸ™‚ Do not worry, Alison. You are not the first person to submit a comment before it is finished; it happens to a lot of people.

      Thank you for letting me know how you feel about blogging.


  2. Put up very realistically. Perseverance is the key to succeed in the “blogosphere”or digging deep into what you termed as “blogging rabbit hole”. You have said everything based on your precious personal experience. And it’s genuine beyond doubt. You are a real motivation for newbie bloggers. Stay blessed Renard and keep enlightening us with posts like this.

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  3. Hi, Renard. I hope you don’t mind, but I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you. On each of your blog posts, you have a one sentence explanation of the post that shows up in Reader directly under the featured image and title. I really like this. How do you do it (if you don’t mind me asking)? Thanks!

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      1. Interesting! I add my meta description in yoast, but I always see that excerpt box on the side of the WordPress screen and it’s blank. I guess I should paste my meta description there as well. Many thanks for the tip and explanation!

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  4. I’ve been digging my way deeper and deeper on the regular πŸ˜…. The more I write, the more I love writing. There’s something special about spending some quiet time with just my laptop and my thoughts πŸ₯°

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  5. You and I have been traveling the rabbit hole for many years, Renard! I too started my journey on Blogger. It was fun but then I discovered WP. I just with that they would fix things because I still can’t leave comments and Like posts which stinks.

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    1. πŸ€” Yes, John. You and I have been travelling down the blogging rabbit hole for many years.

      What I find interesting is despite having an issue that relates to being unable to comment on blog posts, you are able to comment on mine.

      Regarding the “Like” button, I hope that the Happiness Engineers rectify your technical issue in a timely manner.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. Your welcome, Renard. I had a rather lengthy online chat with an engineer this morning. This person determined that since I use the Firefox browser, they may have updated the browser (mine updates automatically) that messed things up. The shield at the far-left of the address window has a button inside when you click it. I disabled the tracking protection for different blogs, so far, that has solved the problem. More to come on this.

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  6. I mostly learned by trial and error, however, I did take advantage of the WordPress courses when I started in 2015. I think I took every one of them. Then along came Gutenberg, which I started learning with the beta version.

    I enjoy knowing about the inner workings of WordPress and learned a lot when I did the self-hosted gig. I also subscribe to WordPress News whose articles contain some excellent tips. So, I never paid attention to the excepts and now I have learned something new. Thanks so much, Renard.

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  7. I’ve enjoyed catching up on your posts today, Renard. I’m shocked to discover the price changes in having a WordPress account. Having been on a plan before April 2022, it didn’t affect me and I was blissfully unaware of these changes, so I’m now quite concerned about how long the benefits of already being on a plan will last! Thanks for all the updates!

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  8. Thank you for the terrific tips and inspiration. Especially helpful for those of us who’ve jumped in and are learning as we go. So nice to have a helpful community of fellow bloggers willing to share tricks and how-to info. And…you seem to be the moderator and host of the best WordPress β€œtip talk” forum. Thank you! πŸ˜‰

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  9. I don’t think I have seen someone else start their blogging journey on blogger, it seems we both have been in the blogging space for many many years. Although you have actually been writing blog posts, whereas I’ve been sitting over on Tumblr with an idea with no way of executing and an oversaturated market there

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  10. I must say I am learning every day something new. I am in the process of making my blog SEO friendly. And I am learning on YouTube to be a better poet. It’s a never ending cycle of learning new skills and things. And why should it not, life would be boring if we were all perfect. Perfection doesn’t exist, we can only strive for writing the best possible post.

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  11. Absolutely, there is so much to learn when it comes to blogging and like you said, there will always be something new to learn. Thank you for continuing to share what you learn with us, so that we, too, can learn to become better bloggers 😊

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  12. I’m still learning a lot about WordPress and blogging. As a newbie, there are many things I still find confusing and it feels like I might not learn all, but I will preserve .As always, you give excellent advice on blogging πŸ‘ŒβœοΈ

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  13. Nice blog here Renard. I give you a hats off in this point “The blogging rabbit hole is deeper than we think” , of which I am in line with your point because blogging started off with a diary/journal then years later we no longer needed them we use Smart Phones now, who knows where blogging will be in the near future?πŸ‘

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  14. Great and very well written post, I have just started blogging and I too see a vast scope for learning. Many empty pages are left to turn, many other left to scribble and yet few other to publish😊

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