#56 – 23 Mar 2016
I don’t know for sure if this is just me, a minority or, if most bloggers struggle with blogging at some point in time of their blogging life.
Some Blogging Finding
Now this is interesting. How many blogs do you think exist in the internet world?
- Quora said there were 152 million blogs in 2013
- Statista quoted Tumblr’s total blog accounts at 279.3 million in 2015
- WordPress statistics in 2014 – 76.5 million blogs
- Marketing Profs said 2 million blog post are written daily. Wow!
Aside from the above, I believe hundreds of thousands, or even millions of new blogs are created daily. I can’t personally verify those statistics. But you got the point? Around the globe, every day, every hour, every minute while you were awake, sleeping, working or doing nothing, someone is creating a blog, writing or posting a blog post.
By the sheer number, this is quite astonishing. For every niche, there are easily millions of blogs writing contents for it. How on earth is one blog different from another? How do you differentiate yourself? How does your blog even get found in search engines if you do not engage actively or market aggressively. The competition is steep here.
What I Discovered about Blogs and Blogging?
This is where I found some interesting bits to it. While surfing for information with Google toolbar, I came across a few blogs that appeared on the first page, right out of my search keywords. Naturally, I would click to read if the contents were relevant to I’m looking for.
Some of those blog articles would be relevant to my search, and the contents are authentically written, not rehashed or spun. Most of all, I can sense the enthusiasm and excitement of the writer. But, that’s about it. Most of these blogs are dated 2-3 years back, and have 3 to 4 other articles that aren’t related to my search key.
When I looked at the post date between the first and last blog post, I saw that they were approximately 2-4 months apart. The postings stopped there and then. Sadly, though these blogs are still existing online, they have long been abandoned by their owners. Many are self-hosted domains, not even free blog accounts like WordPress, Blogspot or Tumblr. It shows the domain names were renewed yearly despite inactivity.
As I read the Bloggers About page, I realized most of the time, the blogger started the blog with loads of passion, and had every intention to grow and serve it’s targeted niche and community. Somewhere along the way, they gave up. I’m curious to know what has exactly gone wrong with these bloggers? Why did the flame of passion and enthusiasm died down without even given the opportunity to spark? I wouldn’t take being busy as a valid reason. What were they struggling with?
My Personal Struggle with Blogging at Empower Your Life
I’ve reasons to empathize with these bloggers. After all, I’ve gone down this route many times. My blog, EmpowerYourLife.co was started in end 2009. Then, I was using my personal domain name christineang.com (I’m still keeping this domain name, but it will redirect to empoweryourlife.co). During that time, I left my corporate job and was very passionate about starting a personal development blog, helping myself and others grow, and with every intention to become a life coach.
Then, I got too busy with property investment, attending seminars and courses. The blog got grossly neglected. I don’t even write a single post for months on end. When I visit the blog once in a while, it was to find fault with the blog design, theme, fonts, colors and every other thing with the blog.
I’ll try to improve it by adding plugins, playing with HTML codes, but rarely got down to writing or posting any articles. I couldn’t remember how many times I have changed the design, colors, look and feel. Looking back, I realized I was doing unproductive things that do not contribute to my blog’s growth at all.
And when I got down to writing something, I’ll find fault with the length, I’ll struggle with finding an image to match my contents, I’ll be overly concern if others think the content is crappy, or I just want to rewrite and rewrite the whole contents thinking it’s out of context. In the end, nothing got posted.
Fortunately, despite not posting on the blog, I was still writing a lot, thanks to and I realized my passion for writing is still ablaze. I’ve been writing on the sideline. Means I write whenever a thought hits me. I write away furiously with notes app on my mobile phone, maybe just a few bullet points, short paragraphs or even a few hundred words at a time.
Yet, these articles didn’t get to see the light of day, mostly because I didn’t get to edit and post them after that. The good news is, out of the 100 or so articles I’ve accumulated, half of them are ready-to-post articles, with 50-60 articles requires more contents and editing.
After a few years, I begin to realize my struggle with blogging and rationalizing to move on. I can’t and have never gave up writing and helping people when they call. My passions have become a calling, it seems. Here’s my take:
- There’s No Perfect Article. Obviously! Make sure the contents stays in context with the title, ensure that the writing is spell-checked and grammatically correct. This is what I consider an ethic of a blogger.
- It is Alright to Make Mistakes. Practice makes perfect. I make it a point to read lots of articles from other bloggers to learn the attraction and stickiness of their writing.
- No Articles are Too Long or Too Short. It doesn’t really matter even if it’s short, so long as the contents provide values.
- Don’t Waste Time Finding the Perfect Picture. There are lots of creative commons pictures in Flickr and other sites. I like to use pictures I’ve taken on my own whenever it’s relevant to my contents.
- What If Nobody Reads My Blog? Don’t be disheartened. I’m posting my creations. If there was one person who reads and finds them valuable, that’s all that matters.
- Aesthetic vs Functional. There’s no end to it. Rather than perfecting the look, it’s easier to get started and make changes along the way as your style evolves.
- Serving a Purpose is Most Important. Whether the contents serve to educate, entertain, create awareness or provide information. It must serve the purpose it was intended for the reader.
- Focus On The Needs. Of the reader of course. While I write based on my personal experiences and learning, it is targeted to those in similar situation. I hope that they can find comfort, and be inspired.
- Embrace Criticism. Positively and with a grateful heart and move on. It’s a learning process.
Today’s gratitude lesson:
I’m grateful for not giving up my passions
Read the rest of #365 Gratitude 2016 here
#365 Gratitude 2016 is my personal challenge to write one gratitude journal a day for 365 days, begins 28 Jan 2016.