Blogging Week Wrap-up

I know I said I’d write about different blogging platforms, but I decided against it, simply because I haven’t tried them all, so I would have wasted your time.

Truth be told, we can spend a lot of time dissecting and analyzing how blogging works, or how it should work, but the thing is that if you’re passionate about it, if you’re enjoying yourself, you’re doing fine.

Like always, it was a pleasure writing these posts about blogging, as it was reading all your comments. That’s one of the most impressive things about blogging; we’re talking about a very young community, but incredibly vivid.

This exchange of information, opinion, and funny pictures is what makes blogging so great. Maybe that’s why you should try to remember, at least from time to time, that there’s one thing all other blogs lack. And it’s you. Your opinions, your ideas, your voice. If you write like yourself, you’ll be successful. There’s no reason for me to think otherwise.

But then again, how do you measure success? What does it mean to be a successful blogger? It depends, I guess, on what are your goals. But regardless of your goals, you should never forget that you’re asking for people’s time (and money sometimes). Give them something in return, offer them valuable information, crucial insight, and be as genuine as you can.

Don’t hide behind a virtual wall.

Whether you earn money or not, blogging is a sort of business. You have to invest something if you want to get something in return. Yeah, it might not be money, but you’re still investing time. You know, the time you spend writing, the time you spend replying to comments, or the time you spend choosing a nice theme for your blog. Or the time you spend photographing cats.

I’d say success isn’t measured by how many visitors or followers you have, or how many comments you receive. Success is measured by how content and proud you are with your blog. If you feel you’re doing something right, don’t stop. No matter how hard it gets.

62 comments on “Blogging Week Wrap-up

  1. an excellent post – I agree with you that if you are enjoying yourself, you are doing fine

  2. Thanks for keeping it real!

  3. Anything that you have put your best into should make you feel good.

    Satisfaction should start from your input.

    I feel fulfilled when I write a post to my taste. Blogging is a way of expressing our thoughts, feelings and experiences. There is really no hard and fast rule to it.

    Finding fulfilment is our endeavors should precede followership and monetization.

    They are fruits that grow with effort, time and consistency.

    That's what I think!

    Lovely post!

  4. marylandis says:

    Thank you for this series. I'm a relatively new blogger, and a throwback to the generation before computers even, so it has been a challenge. Nevertheless, I do have a passionate interest and something to say as well as a book to sell. And even though it is sometimes discouraging because building a following seems so slow, I do enjoy writing the blog and you are very encouraging!

  5. Excellent thoughts. I definately agree with what you have said. This also rings true with the reasons for starting my blog. You can read my post, What Harold Taught Me About Writing, and see some of the same ideas, that as readers we all want the time we trade for reading to have been worth it.

  6. colormusing says:

    Your posts about blogging have been so helpful, particularly in reminding me why I started my blogs in the first place– not to gain followers or get comments, but because I believe I have something unique to offer. Thank you for the encouragement to stay focused on that!

  7. Abrielle Valencia says:

    Great insight on the measure of "success". I agree with your point of view. I also believe that inspiring others can measure how successful you are as a blogger. Yes, most of us write from our point of view, but if it helps others in any way, that's a bonus! I truly enjoy reading your blogs. :-)

  8. Inspiration knows no age! Another, as usual and "Featured" great post. Thanks!

  9. Me says:

    I don't blog to make money (I am not that good a writer), I simply blog because I want to write down things that make me "feel" something, a memory, how a picture or some music makes me feel, thoughts, opinions… stuff like that, and hopefully some people that read make a connection with that and jot a reply… likewise that is what I like to read in return.

  10. Thanks. I'm having one of those "Is my talent worth the effort?" days. But, can't stop writing. Know it will get better.

  11. Thanks so much Christian. It's very reassuring to think that being proud of your Blog and getting satisfaction from it is more than enough reward. It's not a competition.

  12. dietriotgirl says:

    Not only great blogging advice, but great moral advice.

  13. Justin says:

    Reblogged this on Development Ninja and commented:
    Some insightful thoughts for those of you that have just started out blogging…

  14. Dieu says:

    This post is encouraging. I have a decent amount of followers, but for the most part, I don't always get many views or comments (maybe 20 views a day), but I keep on blogging for myself, and because I know that I'll get better at writing. It's like I'm using blogging as a platform to evolve as a writer, and yes, the positive feedback has helped. But now I'm finding that just having a blog (whether people read it or not) is enough of a motivation to keep writing rather than just having it all on scraps of paper about my house.

  15. Thanks so much for the blogging tips this week – I learned a lot and appreciate your taking the time to share your ideas and suggestions! Really helpful…be the change.

  16. That was awesome, I like how you put blogging into the proper perspective :) – it isn't about numbers, or money, or getting 'stuff'… it's about doing something you love and hopefully touching hearts & reaching people in the process…

    Thanx Cristian

  17. Excellent post–you embody everything that you teach and share-thank-you

    melanie jean

  18. Lucky Strike says:

    Thanks for giving me hope for the future and making my day. Laurent

  19. Great "feet-on-the-ground" advice, but also encouraging!

  20. nextphasemom says:

    Although I terribly new to blogging I so relate to what you just written.

    My first couple of posts came pretty easy but the last post I was playing to the infamous 'key word search' and it wasn't as fun to write. So while I do want readers and ultimately a biz but I have to enjoy the process.

    Thanks for your post.

  21. arnoldthearmadillo says:

    Theres not much point if its not fun

  22. I LOVE the last paragraph. In other words – 'To thine own self be true.'

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  23. utesmile says:

    I love mey blog and never thought I would like it as much as I do. Also from a generation who grew up without computers, so I am proud that I can manage a blog. Your posts are very helpful and encouraging, thank you!

  24. Well said! Blogging gives us a sense of connection and community as well as a means for creative expression. And as far as I'm concerned life isn't worth living without the latter.

    I look forward to reading more of your work!

    With Aloha,

    Sabrina

  25. It's exactly true what you say. If you blog about something you are passionate about, the time and work you invest in it, you WILL get it back.

  26. Excellent message! You give me hope for my blogging ;)

  27. Thank you for another great and encouraging post! I am passionate about writing and I am having a good time, – so I guess all is good! :)

  28. You are too young to be so wise! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and perspective; I am truly grateful.

  29. free penny press says:

    Well said.. I don't show on my blog the # of followers nor do I show whom I follow..If I only had an audience of 5 I would still post the things I do. I try to post honesty, informative and the occasional funny pone piece. Thanks for the great reminder on why we are all here blogging to our hearts content!

    Lynne

  30. Excellent blog my friend. :) Hope is all you give to us.

    I do apologies for my absence. I've been feeling a little under the weather. But now, I am feeling great and back to reading blogs and blogging again. :)

  31. shreejacob says:

    Thank you! Ultimately it should be about how we feel when we are investing the time on blogging! I shall honestly say that just reading that last paragraph has made me feel a lot better! :D

  32. Yes, that question is how lol. I find and found that I may write all to my hearts content but all these sites to pay for your "campaigns" confuse me to aggravation. I just learned to blog…. Tell me the secret!

  33. Be yourself and be passionate about what you are doing. Best advice you have given thus far.

  34. Couldn’t agree more, Cristian! Great post!

  35. Gypsy Bev says:

    i enjoy writing about my travels and the events that I visit. Think it is a great way for me to record interesting parts of my life for my family in the future if for no other reason. And I dearly do enjoy writing!

  36. createeng says:

    Spoken like a successful blogger! Your post truly inspires me. Keep up the great work!! :)

  37. Great advice! Thanks for such an amazing series of posts!

  38. Loved this post, every word rings so true! Thanks for the share

  39. “If you feel you’re doing something right, don’t stop” — good advice, especially for writers who aren’t earning anything from their writing.

  40. To thine own self be true -thanks for the great (blog) reality check post.

  41. Di California says:

    Yep, great advice. I loved the post

  42. tchistorygal says:

    I love the comment, "Success is measured by how content and proud you are with your blog." I do love statistics, and they are part of what makes me proud, as are the wonderful comments, and the time I take to write the articles. But if I stop and compare how many visits, or comments I have compared to another blog, then I get sidetracked from my contentment. So I think it all goes back to being contented and proud of what you are creating. No one is telling you how to do it or what you are doing wrong or right unless you let them. So you are what you make yourself.

  43. markkolier says:

    People ask me about the 'diverse' subjects about which I blog and why I don't focus only on marketing – I tell them – because I like it and because I can write about whatever I want. Thanks for bringing that point home.

  44. I have really enjoyed this series on blogging. Wonderful tips and guidelines for how to get started. Thanks again!

  45. Thanks so much, Christian, for this series of blog information! Appreciate your time, knowledge, and generosity!

  46. agreenmoon says:

    Totally agree that we need to be enjoying ourselves! I think this comes through in writing whatever the topic. The great thing about blogging is that it is an opportunity to express yourself and put some ideas out, I always hope that this might make other people think too whether they agree with me or not. I started my blog to practice putting together my thoughts in written form and to share all the wonderful things I learn about as I go along, I never thought about 'traffic' before, its not a motivator for me but I have to admit being a bit pleased when I see that people have liked or read my posts!

    I like how your blog brings so many people together.

  47. Thank you so much for this post! Often times I forget what the purpose is behind blogging and if it even makes a difference to anyone in this world (other than myself) and if I could just be putting my time and energy elsewhere…but then no matter how discouraged I feel in the moment I remember why I started in the first place: because I love writing. And my blog stats, amount of followers, or the comments that I get (or don't get) will never change that. I really needed this reminder today. Thanks!

  48. Doc says:

    The truth shall make you free. Your absolutely right there is only one you and only one meet. My passion! My vision!

  49. Straight down the line – Cheers

  50. I used to look at my stats. I don't any more. I'd rather focus on what I have to say and how to say it in the most effective way possible. Thanks for verifying that I'm on the right path.

  51. Yes. Yes. Yes. One thousand times yes. Thanks for being out and about!

  52. You just draw me in all the time. I love your post!

  53. Rachelle says:

    Dieu, I also find that the schedule I have chosen for posting to my blog keeps me motivated to be disciplined. And that is a reward in itself if we are trying to improve at writing.

  54. Áine Warren says:

    Very true. I definitely currently consider my blog to be a success – it is not only providing me with feedback and varied perspectives from my readers, and the exciting rush of having other people read my words and look and my photographs and resonate with them, but it has helped my writing beyond what I thought possible. And yes, I definitely feel I invest a certain amount in it to achieve that success. I'm so glad I decide to give blogging a proper go, it's been a real eye opener!

  55. klippsjournal says:

    Bogging has been around before Facebook and Twitter. The very first respectable one was The Well. Then came Blogger and Moveable Type which created Typepad. These were the days of Seth Godin and Kevin Kelley, whom we should all be following today. I appreciate your enthusiasm for blogging, but I had to add my correction and I do hope you don't mind. I'm going from memory because I'm in a hurry, so this is my recall of what happened. Incidentally RSS feeds came as a result of the need to get your blog out there, like we do with the share button and we uses RSS news aggregators to read any updates from the blogs we kept up with. The one that stuck is Google Reader. Keep on writing excellent posts. Best Wishes.

  56. Storkhunter says:

    Another great post. I completely agree with you that you have to be proud of your blog. The minute I feel that my blog is a pressure I will know I'm doing something wrong. And the readers and commenters are awesome

  57. pommepal says:

    I agree blogging should be because you want to, but seeing those "likes" sneaking onto posts and getting comments drives me to put up more. I initially started, 3 year ago, just as a way to record my travels and put on photos for family and friends to see where we were. Now I am addicted and spend a lot of time writing posts and reading others blogs. I have long since given away watching the TV…

    • Gypsy Bev says:

      That made me smile as I too started blogging to share my travels with family and friends. TV is a thing of the past here as I just enjoy writing and reading other blogs as well. Nice to know there is someone out there a lot like me!

  58. Aww, that's real nice :)

    Great post. Sorry I don't have that much to say.. ^_^a

  59. Hi, I completely agree with you :

    I’d say success isn’t measured by how many visitors or followers you have, or how many comments you receive. Success is measured by how content and proud you are with your blog. If you feel you’re doing something right, don’t stop. No matter how hard it gets'.

    Doing my blog I am first fowling my heart my passion for children and crafts, this is my priority and I am happy with that.

    I love to have more audience , but first I need to nurture my content.

  60. Andrea Kelly says:

    This is great advice :) Thank you for the reminder!

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