It’s important to mark your milestones. It’s been 6.5 years since I began this blog. I’ve written over 570 articles and so far the site has had over half a million hits.
You may have had much more than I, or you may just be starting out and have much less. No matter where you’re at, even if you don’t get many hits, or if your blog exploded after the first post, sit back and enjoy the precious moments.
I remember when I wrote my first post that got over 30 comments. I remember starting a lot of controversy and losing a few friends over some of the articles I’ve written. (Those were the days!) 😆
I remember when I was still running WordPress 1.5 when it was outdated and my blog was severely hacked. I lost all my hits and almost had to start over.
You’d be hard pushed to find a personal development blog that’s been running longer than this one. (I only know of one).
I’ve seen so many bloggers come and go over the years. I’m not sure if they discovered that blogging was not their passion, or whether they were just disheartened from the early results.
The key point is, wherever you’re at, know that you’ve done an amazing thing. Even if your words have reached only a handful of people, in my opinion, it’s been worth it.
I like to think of my blog as a success story. Even if these words have only touched 1% of the half a million hits, then to me it’s been a resounding success.
I fully intend to still be around when I hit the 10 year mark and certainly intend to reach the 1000 article mark and it isn’t just for the sake of reaching that number. It’s because that I live each day and learn something new and this vehicle allows me to easily share those learnings.
If blogging is new to you and you’d like to begin one, don’t just do it for the fame. Do it because you genuinely feel like you have something to contribute. Do it because you truly you want to provide something valuable to others.
Find a way of doing whatever you do from your heart. Don’t write about subjects that don’t resonate with you. Even if it’s obscure, if it doesn’t follow the status-quo, If it goes against what all the successful bloggers suggest, if you think it’s worthwhile, just go ahead and begin.
Don’t expect success automatically. Don’t just assume that because you have a great idea it will be become popular from the offset. Not a single blogger I know had that kind of experience.
For every single one, they worked hard, narrowed their focus, practised, experimented and built their brand over time.
There have been months where I’ve written 30+ articles and other times where I’ve written as little as 2. I don’t think there’s been a single occasion when I’ve wanted to quit blogging though.
I was hooked from the offset.
There were times when I felt like my well was dry, that I had nothing to write about. Usually those periods passed quickly. Over the last 2 weeks I almost haven’t been able to stop writing and I have about 30 titles in draft that are awaiting completion.
Don’t give up! Keep going because you never know where you will be a year from now.
Here’s to another 6.5 years and 500+ articles! 😉
Amit Sodha – Editor and creator of unlimited choice.