96 Lessons I Learned After 8 Years of Blogging

Today, I’m celebrating eight years of blogging.

Eight years.

In case you missed the previous post (and the free download with my best blog posts, you can find it here.)

Anyway. I want to share with you the lessons I’ve learned during my blogging journey. One for each month I spent blogging.

And, yeah, that’s me in the picture.

  1. If you want readers, then you need to consistently produce quality content. That’s it.
  2. Every day you keep punching those keys, thousands of others quit. Keep writing. It will all be worth it soon enough.
  3. If you do not feed your brain on a daily basis, you’ll soon run out of things to blog about.
  4. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. Take care of your mindset.
  5. Inspiration is for amateurs. The real blogger punches those keys whether he feels like it or not. The trick is to show up. That’s 90% of blogging success right there.
  6. Being consistent is probably the hardest part of blogging. If you can master that, you will achieve success on at least a modest level.
  7. Consistency beats talent, luck, and even quality. Just keep punching those keys.
  8. Overnight success is a lie. I spent eight years writing before publishing my first blog post.
  9. Most content out there actually is mediocre. If you produce quality, you’ll stand out.
  10. Networking matters. A lot. If you do not interact with others within the community, no one will know you even exist.
  11. If you’re not consistent, your readers won’t trust you. If they can’t trust you, they won’t subscribe to your blog.
  12. There’s no such thing as a brilliant first draft.
  13. At some level, we’re all scared of what people will think of our writing. It takes guts to click the publish button.
  14. Authenticity matters an awful lot. Write your truth. Even if your hands shake against the keyboard.
  15. If you don’t have the guts to write the type of content you want to write, you’ll never be successful.
  16. There are a lot of way better bloggers out there. Good. Follow them. Learn from them. Buy their stuff. But never, ever put them on a pedestal. They’re only human after all.
  17. Going from 0 to 100 readers is the most difficult thing you will ever do. Everything else pales compared to it.
  18. The goal is to be so good they can’t ignore you. If you are that good, people will e-mail you to give you money, to advertise their products, publications will ask for interviews or to feature your content.
  19. It doesn’t matter how many times you edit a post, you’ll still have typos. Don’t become a slave to perfection. Rather, you should aim for progress.
  20. Nobody gives a damn how many followers you’ve got.
  21. If you think that giving others advice on how to blog is a shortcut to gaining readers fast, you’re in for one hell of a surprise.
  22. No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. Build genuine relationships with your readers, and you will be successful.
  23. Headlines and introductions are everything. They’re 90% of the battle. Learn how to write them, otherwise you will lose readers before they even figure out what your blog is all about.
  24. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Always strive to work harder than you did the day before.
  25. Great content by itself is not enough. You have to learn how to market and sell yourself.
  26. One of the surest ways to quality is through quantity. The more you work do, the better you become.
  27. Some rules are meant to be bend, others to be broken. But you have to be aware of them.
  28. The reader is always right.
  29. Always aim to publish the best thing you ever wrote.
  30. SEO isn’t a thing anymore. It used to be. But not anymore.
  31. You probably have a time of day when you write best. That’s when you should write. (For me, that’s early in the morning and late at night).
  32. Good is the enemy of the great. It’s better to publish two great per week than six good blog posts.
  33. Formatting matters.
  34. The images you use on your blog posts matter.
  35. The way you reply to your readers (or don’t reply) matters.
  36. If you want to be a great blogger, you need to read a lot. If you don’t have the time to read, you cant’t afford to blog.
  37. It takes a long time to build anything — followers, subscribers, views. Anyone who tells you it can be done in a month is trying to sell you something.
  38. If you can’t write, start by using a quote at the beginning of your article. That’s what I did with hundreds of my blog posts.
  39. You can’t be crazy-productive every day. Some days I write 4,000 words in one sitting. Other days I can’t write a single word.
    Recovery is important. Perpetual productivity is a lie.
  40. Style is crucial. 90% of content out there is boring. Spend time figuring out your writing voice. There are lots of people who will love your unique style.
  41. Words are powerful. Use the right words, in the right order, and you can even nudge the world a bit. Never forget that.
  42. It’s better to pay the price for greatness than to struggle with mediocrity. The constant heartbreak of being mediocre is far greater than the pain of constantly aiming for greatness.
  43. Invest in your blog. If readers see you’re too cheap to invest in your blog, why would they invest in you?
  44. If you are just another blogger, or you’re just blogging, you’ve already lost. Big time.
  45. You only fail if you give up or blame someone else.
  46. I don’t always have fun when I write. Sometimes, I just sit at my desk and bleed for a few hours. But I do it anyway.
  47. Great content tends to divide people. If you don’t have haters, your content isn’t good enough.
  48. You can only make a living as a blogger if you provide massive value.
  49. If you’re not where you want to be as a blogger, do more.
  50. Great blogging involves great storytelling. Nobody wants to read “how to make a great resume.” But lots of people will read your story of how you showed up at a job interview with someone else’s resume.
  51. Really long articles have the potential to do really well. So do really short ones with great insights.
  52. Don’t worry about your target audience. Figure out your ideal reader. Write for just one person, not a faceless multitude.
  53. The numbers offer a cold perspective. It’s easy to forget you are being read by actual human beings.
  54. Because you are being read by actual human beings, you have an obligation to be mindful of the words you use.
  55. You need to be serious about your blogging if you expect anybody to take you seriously. If you don’t care, how can you expect others to?
  56. Be vulnerable. It doesn’t matter if they’re ten thousand miles away, people will smell the fake.
  57. If you want readers to stay, you have to give people more than they expect. And readers want to stay. Give them reasons to.
  58. It’s not about you. It’s never about you. It’s about giving value to other people.
  59. If you’re scared to write about a certain topic, the solution is simple: write about that topic.
  60. You can’t be a “serious blogger” and not be willing to pay for self-education. If you prioritize “cheap”, your blog will be cheap.
  61. Great content can only get you so far. Once you reach higher levels, your relationships and connections matter 10x more.
  62. One of the most exhilarating experiences a blogger can have is to see an article get a ton of attention. It’s like a drug. You don’t even feel hungry anymore.
  63. There are people out there who do this for 15 hours a day, every single day. Don’t aim to be like them if you’re not willing to work as hard.
  64. Expectations are the root of heartbreak. Always expect it to be much difficult than in your most positive thoughts.
  65. If you don’t like social media, don’t use it. You don’t have to.
  66. Experiment. That way you don’t find yourself prisoner of a comfort zone that you won’t be able to escape from later on.
  67. Don’t just think outside the box. Think like there’s no box at all.
  68. If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.
  69. The goal is to produce the type of content you’d enjoy reading. All else is secondary.
  70. Never, ever, ever prioritize networking over creating content.
  71. Do not stifle your creativity by trying to be original. Everything that was worth writing about has been written about a long time ago. What matters more is your voice and perspective.
  72. It’s not what you write, but how you write it.
  73. Even if you’re content is not that great, you can make up for it by being active within the community and by engaging with your audience.
  74. No feedback at all is the worst kind of feedback.
  75. If you’re worried what your parents, friends, or teacher might think about your blog, you won’t get very far. Like I said, words are powerful. But only the right ones.
  76. If you want to be successful as a blogger, you’ve got to sell your heart.
  77. It’s not just the information you share, but also the emotional undertone. What does your writing make others feel?
  78. Be as clear and concise as possible. You need to know what you want to write about, how, and why. You also need to know why someone should read it, why, how is that going to benefit them, and what they should be doing with the information you share with them.
  79. Blogging is a conversation. Sadly, most bloggers talk to their readers, not with their readers.
  80. Your choice of topics will change as your blog grows. Don’t be frightened by it. Usually, the topics that you add are related to your main topics.
  81. Some days you will feel like giving up. Don’t. Read the comments of those who love your content.
  82. If you are afraid that no one would miss you if you were to quit your blog, you’re probably right.
  83. One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor. You can always do more. You just have to figure out a way.
  84. If you think there’s nothing left for you to learn about blogging, that’s when everyone else starts to surpass you.
  85. Reaching the top is not as difficult as you might think. Staying there, on the other hand, is twice as difficult as you might think.
  86. Leaving 10-5 comments a day is one of the best marketing strategies you can employ.
  87. Post sucks? Don’t delete it. Save it as a draft and come back to it a a few weeks later.
  88. Don’t chase followers. Make friends.
  89. Patience is a virtue. It took me four years to get to 100, 000 followers.
  90. Building an audience requires certain skills. Making money from a blog requires a totally different set of skills. This is something I’m still struggling with.
  91. Share your best content now. For free. Don’t wait until later to write your best ideas into existence. It’s like waiting until you’re older to have sex.
  92. The best blog posts are about the topics you feel deeply about. When you’re crying your heart out because you feel strongly about something. That’s the type of content that you should write.
  93. Don’t blog about a certain topic because it’s popular, or because you think you’ll make money.
  94. If you feel like you’re writing the same things over and over again, don’t panic. Odds are you found a few topics you think are worth repeating. They are. Keep writing about them, to remind your readers about what truly matters.
  95. You need to be willing to fail. A lot. In a myriad different ways. That’s the nature of the game.
  96. If you’re not willing to network and promote your content, then you probably shouldn’t be blogging at all. It will just make you bitter, and you will end up hating blogging and other bloggers at the same time.

These were 96 lessons I’ve learned during my eight year blogging journey.

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102 thoughts on “96 Lessons I Learned After 8 Years of Blogging

  1. I read all the points from 1 to the 96 without stopping for a single second. I can’t say I felt good reading that. It was like you pulled my head from the clouds and put it to the fire of reality, the reality behind blogging success, and my face got scorched and burned. So I must say this is a very truthful article, because it’s as painful as all truths are, and all I can do now is say thank you to you, and also congrats on your 8th blogging anniversary.

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  2. Great article! I made my blog in 2018 as a college assignment but now I’ve decided to be frequent on it. Your post has motivated me a lot. Thank you for the brilliant information you have shared with me

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  3. As a new bloggers i have just starting out. I’ve just jumped into the online world, and no one knows anything about me and i have no skill no idea of the blogging journey set before me. All i have is a passion to want to write all over the place. Your 96 keys your gathered over eight years already are opening my mind and eyes to self discipline and endurance. Thank you Chris

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  4. It has been a pleasure to follow your blog for the past 7 years and I would like to send you my congratulations as you celebrate 8 years of blogging. May the next 8 years be the best in your blogging journey!

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  5. I opened my blog after months of being MIA and the first thing I see is this post. Thank you for this. This is very timely. Consistency is definitelt the hardest. Congratulations for reaching 8 years!! 😊

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  6. 8 weeks blogging here. Lol! I cry half the time I am writing so it was really good to see that as a good thing.
    I am incredibly grateful for your words of encouragement as well as the not so small kick in the butt.
    Congratulations on 8 years! How amazing to share that much of yourself. Something to strive for:)

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  7. Reblogged this on coach4aday and commented:
    I have been blogging since 2014 and I never have REBLOGGED another post. Well today that is changing.

    When you REBLOG it is a quick way to share posts published by other WordPress.com users. I have chosen Christian Mihai.

    This reblog offers up 96 things that eight years of blogging taught him. It contains a lot of wisdom to anyone who writes.

    Christian thanks for this wonderful post.

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  8. Congratulations on completing 8 of blogging! Reading through some of your other posts, I can only admire your writing and your resilience to keep going. Very inspiring!

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  9. What do you mean by “Leaving 10-5 comments a day is one of the best marketing strategies you can employ.”
    Also, 8 years!?! I’m talking to a master.

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  10. Great tips! With the small caveat that some bloggers may be happy with a handful of readers as well :-). I’ve recently started a blog to put myself out there as my authentic and vulnerable self. The step in itself took courage, but I find that with each post I’m growing stronger as well.

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  11. Thanks so much for this inspiration! I just started blogging about 2 weeks ago and was feeling like, why am I doing this? Nobody wants to hear what I have to say anyway. Obviously, self-doubt was setting in big time! But you have helped me to see that I am expecting way too much, way too soon. You have 96 great points – I would like to make it 97 by adding follow Cristian’s blog. Am looking forward to learning more from you. You have inspired me not to quit so I am off to work on today’s blog – thanks again!

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