Answering Commonly Asked Questions About Blogging

Do I love asking myself questions and answering them in a blog post? Yes, I do.

Do you like these sort of posts? What’s that, you despise them…I don’t it’s possible to. 

What’s your favourite part about blogging?

I fell in love with words and stories before a lot of things in this life. And so being able to write blog posts is by far what I love best. I get to work with cool words and occasionally tell a bad story. As much as I enjoy everything that falls within the territory of blogging, I have the most fun creating something from nothing.

What’s your least favourite part?

I don’t have a good answer for this question. Even though I complain about the little things, blogging in general is great. That said, I do feel the slightest bit irritated when my eyes become tired after staring at a screen for a long period of time. I also dislike sitting down in a chair and living a sedentary lifestyle. However, if I worked on my laziness, I could fix the latter by blogging while standing up.

What are your blogging goals?

I want to blog for as long as possible. I want to write posts I’m proud of. And I want to learn as much as I can about blogging, so I can be a better blogger. Hold me accountable, people.

What did you expect when you first got into blogging?

I’ll tell you what I didn’t expect. I did not think I’d still be blogging four years later. I never thought having a blog would open so many doors for me. I haven’t exactly answered the initial question, have I? I guess I had no expectations going in. I went out on a limb, and started a blog without any ulterior motives. I didn’t obsess over making money. I didn’t care about fame. Besides I was a bored teenager who figured I might as well share my work with the world, even if no one is going to read what I have to say. 

What’s the best piece of advice you can give beginner bloggers?

Start. Start a blog. Start that blog post. Starting is usually the toughest part. Once you bring yourself to begin, good things will happen.

Where do you see your blog in ten years?

Still alive and well.

Here’s to reading all your blog posts several years from now. And here’s to hoping you’ll get to read mine.

Get To Know The Blogger

You get to know a certain blogger a little bit better.

Why did you start blogging?

Because the yearbook team at my high school rejected me. So I had a lot of free time after school. Lo and behold, one day I was bored and started a blog.

What do you blog about?

Anything and everything I want. Blogging is something I started doing for myself. And I don’t want that to ever change. I’m going to keep writing about the things I’m passionate about. The answer I usually give people when they ask is something along the lines of I blog about blogging and writing and reading. Boring, right?

When do you like to blog?

I tend to blog at night when my brain isn’t as critical and cynical. In the morning, I’m not the easiest person to be around to say the least. My inner critic rears her ugly head all the time. But she isn’t as annoying later in the day. I think she gets tired and heads to bed.

Where do you prefer to blog?

My bed. Somewhere comfortable is ideal. Unfortunately, I don’t live in a perfect world, so I can’t have the luxury of blogging in my pajamas all the time. Guess you really can’t have everything in life.

Why are you still blogging?

If I didn’t, I’d have a gaping hole in my heart.

How do you keep blogging?

I write. I edit drafts. I publish posts. All because I need my heart to be somewhat intact.

What’s your blogging routine like?

I think about blogging almost every hour of every day. On any given day, I probably blog for a lot less than sixty minutes. I just make myself type words. Delete them. Type more. Delete a little. And when I’m done, I publish the mess I’ve created for everyone to read. Not many people do.

Did you enjoy getting to know me a bit better as a blogger? Either way, I have more blogging questions I want to answer. Maybe I’ll get around to them some day.

Confessions Of A Blogger

4 years of being a blogger means I have a lot to confess. So here goes…

I’ve never reblogged a post.

I wanted to publish my own, original content way back when I first started. And I’ve stuck by that ever since. So I probably won’t reblog anything ever.

I used to follow everyone who followed me.

I stopped after the first few months. Now I rarely follow anyone. With blogging, I’m extreme when it comes to everything. There’s just no in between.

I wanted to quit from time to time. 

I have no intentions to stop posting right now. Besides, I’d give up a lot before I’d give up blogging.

Confessing is liberating.

My Blogging Journey

One evening after school in 2013, I started a blog. I was only 15 years old. At the time, I had no idea how much this decision would change my life.

I created this blog on April 1st, 2013. I published my first post on April 2nd. And I haven’t looked back since. 

I had no idea what I was doing at first. All I knew was that I enjoyed writing, so I thought blogging wouldn’t be too bad. I’m happy to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised. This experience has exceeded my expectations. 

I still remember brushing my teeth one night in 2013 and being so excited. Excited I published a blog post that day. Excited for what I’d write tomorrow, the day after, etc.

For some reason, 15 year old me wanted to try to publish a post every day. I still attempt to. It hasn’t always been easy. But I like the challenge. 

Early on, I blogged for myself. I wrote posts I wanted to write. I felt passionate about what I created. 

Blogging brought me more joy and happiness and satisfaction than I ever experienced before. 

But then things changed. I wasn’t as excited anymore. I didn’t feel as happy, as satisfied.

I spent less time blogging. I put off working on posts until later in the day.

It took a lot of time for me to figure things out. I did plenty of soul searching in the past couple of years.

There were times I wanted to quit, give up. Stop blogging completely. I used to wonder why I even started, why I ever bothered.

I don’t know how many times I’ve said I wanted to take a break from blogging. But every time I tried to go on an extended hiatus, I kept coming back to this blog.

I pushed through it. The doubts and fears. The failures and mistakes.

I learned along the way. I hope I never stop learning. 

Those tough days and hard times made me appreciate the good ones that much more.

When I first started, I took things for granted. Things like comments, likes, followers. I didn’t think twice of it.

But then the comments and likes and followers died down. It bothered me more than I’d like to admit.

I became obsessed with numbers, stats. I didn’t get why people weren’t liking or commenting as much.

At some point, I realized I was taking more than I gave back.

For the first few months, I isolated myself. Imagine a young girl blogging on an island.

I didn’t reach out to other bloggers.

But when I finally started to interact and connect with people, I fell in love with blogging all over again.

Whenever I felt uninspired or not motivated in the least, I would read blog posts from bloggers I followed. I used to follow everyone who followed my blog. Nowadays I follow bloggers I genuinely like and look up to.

I saw such great content from everyone else and felt inspired to create good content. Not just for other people but for myself.

Slowly, I stopped caring about stats. I checked the number of views and visitors less frequently. I disabled likes for my posts.

I wanted to care about the content I created. I’d rather care too much than not care at all.

I told myself to focus on the journey, not the destination. Work hard. Work smart. But also I kept reminding myself to trust the process. The results will come.

I’m not a patient person. Blogging has helped me delay instant gratification for long term satisfaction.

Besides, I’m fortunate enough to be able to read and write and blog. Sometimes I don’t appreciate how lucky I truly am.

19 year old me is still just as stubborn as 15 year old me, perhaps even more so. Still, blogging made me let down my defences. Little by little, I opened my mind to new things and different people. 

I’m not the same blogger I was way back when I first started. I like to think I’m better.

All this being said, I can’t imagine doing the last four years of my life without blogging.

I wouldn’t be the human being I am today if not for being a blogger. 

In spite of all the bad or maybe because of it, this has been such an incredible journey.

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart and the deepest archives of this blog, thank you so much.

What I Love About Blogging

What don’t I love?

I love the community. Bloggers are the best. Other writers inspire me to tell my story. Every reader motivates me to read more. 

You all push me to be better, do better. Seeing such great content every day makes me want to create good content.

When I first started back in 2013, I didn’t expect to love blogging as much as I do. I thought it’d be fun. But I also felt like I’d probably grow bored of blogging. 

How wrong was I.

Being a blogger is hard, difficult, challenging. But it’s worth the pain and sweat and tears. And then some.

I love my own excitement at the mere thought of working on a new idea. I especially love the satisfaction that comes after I publish a blog post. 

Creating is fun. Coming up with ideas and executing on them will never get old.

I’m 19 right now, but I hope I’m still blogging when I’m 91. I also hope you’ll continue with me on this insane journey. I’d love nothing more.

Blogging Advice I Don’t Follow

I know I spew a lot of advice on this blog. But I don’t always follow my own preaching. So how do you expect me to follow someone else’s blogging tips?

Below I share what some bloggers say you should do, why I don’t do so, and how I justify being such a rebel.

Have an email list.

I don’t care to build one.

First, if I don’t care to do something, I won’t do it, much less to the extent I should. Second, selling or promoting something isn’t my goal as a blogger. Third, no one deserves to be spammed with useless emails from yours truly.

Have approximately 15 tags per post.

I can’t count. 

For the record, I’m a dancer. I only need to count to 8. Also, I swear I saw someone, somewhere say to include around 15 tags per post. Not 1. Not 50. About 15 give or take. Surprise: I’ve published posts with only 3 tags and some with way too many. I put very little thought into tagging like I do with many things.

Have an introduction and conclusion.

I’m lazy.

Sometimes I’m too lazy to come up with an introduction. And those rare times I’m not, my willpower to write a conclusion is non-existent at the end of my blogging session. This post is no exception.

A Q&A About Blogging

I answer questions about my personal blogging process. Feel free to do the same.

What do you blog about?

I get asked this all the time, and I never have a good answer ready. I blog about writing and blogging and reading. How meta of me.

When do you blog?

I make blog graphics in the morning, and I usually write and edit posts in the evening or at night. I don’t stray too far from my routine unless I have a good reason too. Aren’t we all creatures of habit?

Where do you blog?

Most often in my bedroom or in the living room. But I’ve worked on my blogs in many places. Buses, classrooms, restaurants, etc. You name a location, I’ve probably worked on a blog post there.

How do you blog?

I blog on my phone a lot more than I used to. But I’ve done plenty of blogging on my computer as well. Occasionally I’ll write drafts of my posts out by hand and type them up later.

Why do you blog?

This is the million dollar question. I blog for a lot of reasons. I love blogging. I enjoy the process very much. I want to get better and improve as a blogger. Four years later, I’m still learning so much every single day. Blogging helps me discover more about myself. It’s fun and challenging. I like interacting with other bloggers. I could keep going.

Happy blogging!

How To Be A Happy Blogger

Honestly, I have had my share of ups and downs as a blogger. But I like to think in the past few years I was happy more often than not. At least happier than I would’ve been otherwise.

Here’s what I try to do in order to be a happy blogger.

Blog.

The days I blog are good. The days I publish a post are better. But the few and far between days I don’t do any blogging are beyond frustrating. I feel bad for not being productive. And since now I’m so used to getting a blog post up, I feel weird when I don’t.

Don’t compare.

We’re all at different places on our own unique journeys. It’s not fair to compare yourself to someone on a different path in life than yours. 

Connect with bloggers.

Blogging can get lonely at times. So it’s nice to be able to interact with others going through similar things. That said, you don’t have to be on and connected all the time.

Stay true to myself.

Easier said than done. Still whatever you do, don’t force yourself to be someone you aren’t. Don’t change who you are to fit in. Don’t do it.

Stop sweating the small stuff.

I used to stress over every little thing when it came to blogging. Everything had to be flawless or perfect. Now I’m a bit more laid-back. It’s done wonders for my mood.

Go forth and be a happy blogger!

Why I Don’t Always Hit Publish

I try to post every day, but I don’t hit publish if…

  • a post isn’t ready yet.
  • I’m not proud of what I’ve written.
  • the poem, story, etc., begs to be longer.

I have more reasons, but the above three are my main ones.

My excuses include:

  • I’m tired.
  • I’m lazy.
  • I’m uninspired.
  • I’m not motivated.
  • I’m horrible at managing my time.
  • I’m amazing at procrastinating all day and posting at night.

I’ll spare you the rest of my excuses.

Blogging isn’t easy. It never will be.

What You Should Know About Blogging

It’s not for everyone. If it was then everyone would be a blogger.

People quit. When you want to quit, remember why you started. Why you made a blog in the first place.

It’s tempting to start a project and abandon it. Creative individuals have tons of ideas and not enough time to pursue them all. Try to finish what you start. Finish your poems and stories. Finish your blog posts.

Bloggers have goals. Hold onto yours. Make goals. Meet them.

Everyone starts with a fire inside. Keep it alive. Make sure the flames burn brighter and hotter with each passing day.

    Some days you’ll hate being a blogger. Wonder why you even started a blog. Question your entire existence. Other days you’ll love every second of it.

    Bad days happen.

    Blogging isn’t easy. But anything worth doing never is. It’s hard. It’s challenging. 

    It hurts.

    Very bad days happen too.

    All your work is worth it. Hard work pays off. Not always immediately but eventually.

    Pay your dues. And people might start paying you. But don’t blog solely for the money. If you’re looking to get rich quickly and easily, look elsewhere. There are millions of other ways to make a lot of money in a short period of time.

    Life happens. Forgive yourself. Don’t forget about yourself. Your beliefs and values.

    Also, blog posts don’t write themselves.