On my recent days off I have spent a lot of time on my blog and have been reading quite a few posts from other bloggers, looking in particular at posting rituals of a wide variety of blogs. I like to see how everyone is different and how blogging works for them. Whether this is once a week or five times a day, posting frequency depends on the kind of blog.
However what I have noticed is there are certain blogs that have posted rather frequently (at least once every 2-5 days) that have seemingly just put and end to posting. The ones I noticed seemed to be relatively new blogs that I guess trialed out this whole WordPress thing and decided to call it a day. This is a big shame.
We all feel that we have a story to tell. And we do. The problem is when we set up a platform to share those stories we feel the little effort it took us to do so deserves the world’s attention immediately. This isn’t the case for everyone, some people just get bored of the repetitive nature or just move on to other things after realising this isn’t for them. But some bloggers quit after finding out that gaining a following and traffic doesn’t come overnight.
How many blogs don’t you know about? Most of them. WordPress has tens of millions of websites and the reason we don’t know about them isn’t necessarily because they are bad. Some of them will be for sure, however the main reason is because there are just so many of them out there.
They say if 99% of people think you’re ugly, 75 million people find you attractive. That is a hell of a lot of people that would be happy to call you theirs, but it isn’t easy to find those people. We have to put the effort in, leave our comfort zones and get out there. The chances that those 75,000,000 are knocking on your door are incredibly slim, life isn’t that easy. But it isn’t too difficult either, it just takes time and effort.
I was going to say it takes patience, and although this is true I didn’t want to use that word. I am not really a fan of the phrase ‘good things come to those that wait’, as it promotes reward for laziness. Good things come to those that want good things to happen, usually by action. Wealth doesn’t come by being patient enough to see the day, and blogging success doesn’t come by hitting the publish button and expecting people to read it. Readers like bloggers commitment. They like to know the routine of upload as to know when to expect new material. Readers like bloggers that don’t expect everything handed to them and acknowledge the time and effort that needs to be put into writing. Bloggers that set up a site and expect overnight success are doomed to fail, and this is true in almost every aspect of life.
What I love about blogging is that writing has taught me this and helped me understand the path to success isn’t an short one. I have a long way to go but a long road still has an end. Turning that car around isn’t going to do anything but take you back to where you were before, and there must have been a reason to start that journey in the first place.
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