Why you should keep blogging

Remember those first few cautious weeks of blogging? Like a fawn on stilts (weird simile? Bah, I’ve got tonnes of ’em), you wobbled into the blogging world, weary and unsure of what you would discover. Would anyone read your posts? Would people be nice to you? Would you get to sit with the cool kids? AND WHAT THE HELL DOES SEO EVEN MEAN?!

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And then the questions start: why am I doing this? What’s the point? Would anyone really care if I stopped? WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Sorry, I got carried away there.) If you are reading this and you are a novice blogger, you may be having doubts. You may be frustrated with the fact that you have few followers, no one seems to be reading your posts except your strangely literate cat, and Cosmopolitan isn’t banging on your door begging you to be their new Editor in Chief.

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Not really. You’re better than mediocre. You’re ocre.

Despite all of this, my advice is to stick with it. Hang in there. Tough it out. Climb that mountain, etc, etc. Sure, blogging can be frustrating. In my first few months, I had very little engagement and sometimes I wondered was it really worth all the effort. Then I realised something: if one person, even one person is reading your posts, it means that person has taken time out of their day to read something you have written. And that’s pretty cool, right? RIGHT? Well fine, here are some more reasons that you should stick with blogging:

Your audience will grow organically

If your posts are quality enough, people will read them. There is a virtually never ending supply of great blogging advice out there to help you with your posts, so if you’re unsure, do a bit of research. Remember: be concise, use visuals and people love cats. Also use appropriate tags so people with similar interests will be able to connect with you.

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IT’S A CAT…IN A PILOT COSTUME…

You will meet some amazing people

Whether you go out there and search for people with similar interests or they find your blog, you will meet some fantastic people who will help you grow as a blogger. Read as many blogs as you can and you will find inspiration all around you. I have met so many brilliant bloggers whom I have learned so much from. There is a pool of versatile bloggers out there; so many people have such interesting stories to tell.

Blogging is therapeutic

When you have a particularly bad day, there is nothing better than having a good rant on your blog. Or posting pictures of owls…whatever. It’s wonderful how another blogger can make you smile and really brighten your day. Even if you feel nobody is reading your posts, writing about your thoughts and feelings is a brilliant outlet for your stresses and frustrations.

It’s yours

This might sound a little silly, but it’s true. This is your own little patch of Internet. You are building a little home for your thoughts and other people are choosing to visit. Isn’t that nice? My thought-house is a little stranger than everyone else’s: there’s strobe lights and drunk owls, and people still visit. So you’re good…you’re totally good.

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This is basically my blog in a picture.

You’ll get a real sense of achievement from it

Remember that feeling you got when you gained your first follower? Good news: that feeling never gets any less special. There are lots of other achievements that feel just as great: awards, re-blogs, shares, and even competitions that you can enter. Having something to aim for will give you a real sense of purpose and it is the best feeling when you are rewarded for it. Ask any blogger; re-blogs, blog awards, shares and follows feel so flattering and really do make all the effort worth while. Sure, this isn’t what blogging should be solely about, but it’s a lovely incentive. It’s a lovely community where people are only too willing to show kindness and generosity.

That’s my two cents anyway guys. If you are having doubts, I hope I’ve helped in some way. And if you’re a blogging veteran, why not share some of your own blogging tips. Why have you remained in the blogosphere?

40 thoughts on “Why you should keep blogging

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Comment, comment, comment, and comment. That is my advice. Not just anywhere, and not just “nice blog”, but things that you found interesting, in common with you, etc.

    I love the words you used to say this is your little part of the internet. Yes! I am all over the place, serious, not, pictures, no. People know this. I own my being random and potentially absentminded. Niche blogs are great too but don’t force the issue. Be you.

    Nice blog. 😀

    • janeybgood says:

      Lovely advice! And you’re very right about niche blogs; it has to be something that you are passionate about or it will get stale quickly. Being yourself is actually the best advice really, as obvious as it may seem. Thanks for such a considered response🙂

  2. Stuart M. Perkins says:

    Nice blog…. and more! I agree that blogging is therapeutic and it’s also provided such unexpected validation for me. We all want our “stuff” to be seen and blogging has shown me that some people DO want to read what I write, they DO sometimes like it, and the cherry on top is that they sometimes actually comment. Keep blogging – everyone!

  3. weight2lose2013 says:

    OMG. Why did you say that? I’ve now realized that I have nipples as well and I’m completely distracted. Do owls have them as well?
    I remember the first few months of blogging and how disappointed I was that I had zero traffic, other than the people that I had emailed the URL to. It was then that I discovered that all my settings were on private. Duh! Anyway, I’m very happy to have started to blog, because I’ve met amazing people like you, and even had my blog name in a very awesome rap!

  4. girlseule says:

    It is such a wonderful feeling watching a blog grow isn’t it. I still clap my hands and smile every time that icon goes orange. I have made some wonderful friends as well and have already met three bloggers in real life and I hope there are many more to come! I know who I will be having a beer with when I come to Ireland one day!

    • janeybgood says:

      It really is the best feeling when someone takes time out of their day to read something you’ve written.

      Ooh, let me guess…Bono?! Haha, kidding. We’ll get ratfaced on cider. It’s all or nothing for me😀

    • janeybgood says:

      That’s good to hear! I suppose it would be easy to become disillusioned sometimes but as long as someone is reading your posts, then you’re having an effect! Thanks for commenting Shauna🙂

    • janeybgood says:

      Haha! That’s whats so wonderful about blogging. You know when you meet someone in person and society sort of dictates that we remain somewhat reserved? Well, blogging allows us to get to know the real person. And it’s really really great.

  5. SJ says:

    Wonderful post, as usual. I completely agree with all of your points. Like anything, it’s important to push through the harder parts of blogging in order to reap the rewards – and they are plentiful when they arrive.

    As for nipples, men have nipples because we all start off as women in the womb. Either that or so that they know when to put on a jumper.

    • janeybgood says:

      Haha, laughed out loud. I actually asked my biology teacher in my lovely Catholic secondary school that I attended and was promptly kicked out of class for asking. So thank you SJ, I now can put my mind to rest.
      Thanks for reading!

  6. jblondie says:

    omg…I love you blog in picture form. So awesome. I agree with every single word. Keep on, keeping on…this is your little piece of the World Wide Web. Mark it like a dog with bladder issues would mark a fire hydrant. …As for the nipples…I’m guessing it’s to make men feel inferior. THEY are reminded on a daily basis that they can’t make milk and OURS are more fun to play with.😀

    • janeybgood says:

      “Mark it like a dog with bladder issues would mark a fire hydrant.” BAHAHAHAHA! I love this🙂 And you’re so right.

      Now you’ve got me wondering what men would look like without nipples?? Oh dear…that mental image isn’t going away.

  7. amandalyle1986 says:

    These are all the reasons I have stuck with this whole blogging thing! I had a flick back through my first posts the other day and it made feel all “Awwww, look how far I have come!” I was in a pretty dark place back then, but through writing, meeting people and reading other blogs, I am in a much better place. Who needs therapy when you can vent it all out on here?😀

    Keep ‘blogging’ on! We love your blog❤

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