Today, I decided to do something that I have never done before. And so here I am, participating in the Blogging Insights hosted by Tanya. I came to know about these series all thanks to a post by my fellow blogger Sadje.
The question for the day is:
What are you learning (or are you still learning) from your blogging experience?
In the 5+ years that I have been blogging, I have learned a lot! Let me share a few pearls of wisdom.
- Nobody likes typos or posts that have extreme horrible grammatical errors. Personally, as a perfectionist, it is one of my worst blogging nightmares.
- Always proofread before you hit ‘Publish’. Do not skip over as if you are reading a really intense page-turner! You might end up missing a few typos in that case. Read slowly and carefully.
- Patience is very necessary indeed, especially when WP’s own block editor can be such a pain in the neck. Yesterday, I returned to blogging after a long while and in a matter of a few minutes, the block editor had successfully managed to drive me crazy with its weird ways!
- Master the art of creating pingbacks. This technique can be really helpful if you are participating in prompts and challenges. (In case you are wondering what a pingback is, you might want to check out these posts – 2 Easy Ways to create pingbacks in Block Editor! – The Desktop version, How to create pingbacks in Block Editor! – The Mobile version)
- Shorter posts might tend to bring in more engagement. Emphasis on the word “might”. But that being said, it’s always better to stay true to your roots and let your content shine, no matter how lengthy or short it is!
- Blogging is not just about writing. You have got to read and engage with other bloggers too. There is a vibrant community of helpful, inspiring and sweet bloggers who are just waiting for you to join their network.
- Do not hesitate to reply back to comments. The comments section is a great way to connect with other bloggers.
- Whenever you feel stuck, prompts can come to your rescue. Being a flash fiction writer, prompts have really helped me to get the writing juices flowing every time I felt stuck.
- As a rookie blogger, I was obsessed with stats. But later on, I realized that numbers don’t really matter. What matters the most are the intangible assets like
- a) Valuable comments that people leave on your posts. You know, the kind of comments that boost your confidence and bring a smile to your face every time you think about them.
- b) Building a network of bloggers who inspire each other.
- c) Making even the slightest bit of difference through your creativity.
- d) The sheer joy that comes from unleashing your creativity and letting the words flow.
- e) So on and so forth!
- Explore and discover more blogs that you find interesting. There is a certain thrill that comes from discovering new blogs and bloggers. And, of course, keep engaging. Don’t ever stop engaging.
- If block editor drives you crazy or if you want any info on anything technical, WP’s forums and guides will definitely come in handy.
- And last but not the least – Keep writing!
I guess that’s enough advice for a day.
How long have you been blogging? What lessons have you learned along the way? Is there any particular advice you would like to share? The comments section is all yours for the taking.