What I Learned from Publishing Three Thousand Blog Posts

Disclaimer: There are 2,524 posts on this blog, about 500 or so on irevuo, and 64 on the Art of Blogging. Granted, some thousand or so of these posts are advertisements, reblogs, or sponsored posts.

This is quite a random threshold, the kind that doesn’t necessarily deserve to be celebrated, but I felt like feeling grateful, so yeah… three thousand posts on WordPress.

But this is not just about me bragging. No. The idea is to write about what I learned, which is somewhat synonymous with offering you the kind of advice I wish I knew about before I set out on this journey six years ago.

I’d say that I did a decent amount of blogging. Could I have done more? Sure. More is always the answer when it comes to how much work one can do. I could have written better posts, developed my projects better…

But the truth is that my writing has developed a lot since I wrote my first post on this blog, back in April 2012. For those of you who do not know this, English is not my native language.

I’ve also learned a few other things that I’d like to share with you.

Inspiration is everywhere

If you’ve been blogging for some time, you must have faced this challenge. How do you get inspired? Where do you get ideas from?

The thing is that ideas come from connecting the dots. It’s that easy. Ideas come from past experiences , books I have read, conversations I have overheard. The obstacles I had to overcome.

Strong emotions inspire great ideas.

Did something happen yesterday that pissed you off? Good. Write about it. Explain why. Odds are that if you feel strong emotions about something, someone else will relate to you.

Maybe something about our society needs fixing. Maybe there’s something you wish more people understood about your job, your passion, or something important to you.

Sometimes, ideas just flow. It’s effortless. It’s wonderful. Other times, I’d much rather do nothing at all.

If you look in the dictionary under the word “procrastination,” you’ll likely find an old photo of me. But I do force myself to write quite often. I have to write something every day, unless I risk going mad or something.

Blogging is about living life

Blogging has also taught me that you need to do your best to find that spark that ignites your soul. To go out there and live. To get your heart broken, to try to fix yourself, to fall down, to try new things.

The more you step outside your comfort zone, the more creative you become.

Bad experiences tend to make for great stories, and some pretty amazing blog posts.

And, yes, yes, some of my best ideas come from me staring at a point on a wall until I can feel myself dissolving into it. Oh, I also think about ideas for posts. Sometimes. Other times, I just stumble upon a cute quote and that alone inspires an entire post.

Read, read, read

Obviously, it helps a lot to read. A lot. Read a lot. It helps a lot.

Nevermind.

The idea is that you should read books, other blogs, magazines, and pretty much anything you can get your hands on.

In day to day life I’m kind of funny because I was this socially awkward (to be read inept) kid at school and all I knew to do was read a lot of jokes and then tell them to other kids at school.

So, yeah. Read everything you can get your hands on. Good books, bad books, great blogs, awful blogs.

Observe

I’m not just talking about what other bloggers are doing, even though it’s important to check the competition out, to see how they write their content, how they deliver it, what posts engage a certain audience enough to make them want to comment.

But I am talking about observing life. Like being in the back seat of a car. Just… witness. Everything around you. The people, the places you have seen maybe a thousand times before… I doesn’t matter.

The more you stare at something, the more you notice.

Experiment

Experiment. Not everything that works for other bloggers works for you or me. It’s okay if you write something new and different and your post only gets 16 views.

You can always recycle content. After all, if you have a few main themes, you’re bound to tackle them a few times. If it’s something you care deeply about, you’ll be writing about it more than once.

Have fun

This is one that most bloggers forget about. Heck, even beginners forget about it after about the sixth post.

Why do something if it doesn’t make you smile?

Oh, you’ll smile when you’ll have the kind of success you’re hoping for? Not really. You’re just training your mind to be happy some time in the future, but not now.

And guess what’s going to happen when that time will come?

You won’t be happy. You’ll come up with a new day, new goal to achieve, and then you’ll be happy.

So, yeah. Have fun. Enjoy writing just for the sake of it, for the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas.

Having a schedule is important. Like really important.

Posting regularly matters a lot. Not often, maybe not as often as I do, but keeping to a strict schedule makes sure that your readers know what to expect from you.

It takes a lot of time, effort, and patience to build a community

This is the last thing I learned.

It takes more…

It just takes more to build a readership than you thought possible in your most pessimistic thoughts. It takes a lot more effort, a lot more interacting with folks, writing posts that barely get one or two comments, it takes more of everything…

Just like that cliche with building a wall. Brick by brick. Will Smith said something about building walls…

Yeah.

I guess what I am trying to say is that you can’t rush it.

Posts get written one word after another, and a successful blog is built one post at a time.


So, yeah, this is what I learned by publishing over three thousand posts on WordPress.

To celebrate this, here’s this nice little discount code: SUMMER2018.

What does it do?

Well, you get 50% off everything on my e-store. Everything? Everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s an e-book or a blogging program, or signed paperbacks, you get a 50% discount if you use that code.

So, yeah, do check out the e-store here.

Advertisements

19 thoughts on “What I Learned from Publishing Three Thousand Blog Posts

  1. I love this post. This is exactly the way I feel about writing. My blog has become my diary – I did not realise that until a friend pointed it out yesterday. Actually, maybe its more of a therapy. For or against what I’m not too sure but after a lifetime of writing about and trading the financial markets it has come as a relief to write about things which have
    greater meaning. I’m not sure I will ever become quite as prolific as you. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I agree with u… within the one month I started blogging, I learnt some of the few things u mentioned here. Blogging for me is. Meant to be fun and about my experiences put in such a way that people can understand and agree with
    Great post

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hi, I am impressed by you. My excuse has been ‘I don’t have a laptop yet’ but read your story and thought I don’t deserve such an excuse. I am playing for the long run so I have all the time to build readership and community. I am not rushing it yet! I will use my phone……and write until I have the 100th reason against writing. Thanks for your inspiration. Cheers! 🖤🇰🇪

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.