Blogging Reflections at 1192 Days

Anyone who has been on WordPress for longer than five minutes has probably come across Cristian Mihai, a Romanian-born blogger, who writes about, well, blogging.  I don’t know much about Mr. Mihai, but he has apparently figured out a way to make a living blogging.

Many of his posts are tips about blogging, and almost all of them are sales pitches (no judgment here—I do it, too) for some blogging-related product or another.  I’ve never paid for any of his courses or the like, so I can’t speak to their quality.  He does sell reblogs on his blog, meaning he re-posts another blogger’s work in order to increase that writer’s views.  I don’t endorse that practice personally, but if people are willing to pay for that exposure, they have the right.

I do, however, have a free membership to his irevuo website.  On Monday, he posted a very interesting piece about Seth Godin, one of the early adopters of blogging.  Godin has been at it for over twenty years, reaching his 7000th post on 6 November 2017.

That’s insanely impressive.

Today marks the 1192nd consecutive day of blogging.  I’m not sure which post I am on now, though it’s a bit more, as I have only been blogging daily since January 2019, and the WordPress version of this blog goes back to 1 June 2018.

One of the pieces of advice Seth Godin gave in his 7000th post rings true:

The secret to writing a daily blog is to write every day. And to queue it up and blog it. There is no other secret.

Amen.  It can be a slog sometimes hammering out posts, but usually it is a great deal of fun.  It’s also been a blast watching the blog grow over the years, and interacting with new readers, commenters, and contributors.

There are times it gets discouraging, or even a bit overwhelming.  But I enjoy the discipline of daily writing, and the opportunity to unwind with something that is also productive.  There’s a real satisfaction in creating something every single day.

Most of all, I am thankful for the community that has grown out of this blog.  My commenters have really brought the blog to life, and breathed new life into at a moment when it needed it.  Really, at a moment when I needed it.

A huge thanks, too, to SubscribeStar subscribers, and to those who have left a tip over the years.  That support means a great deal.

I am thankful, too, to those who simply read the blog.  I know financial support is not possible for everyone; reading my posts is payment enough.  If you really like them, please share them with friends.

Whatever it is that you like to do, try to pursue it daily.  It can be tough at times, but it really will reap dividends—often in delightfully unexpected way.


8 thoughts on “Blogging Reflections at 1192 Days

  1. I give high praise to those who can blog every day. I couldn’t do it though at one point, I did think about it. Given the articles I tend to write and the things that interest me, a blog site offering views on politics, human interest, religion, gaming, tech, film and entertainment and just good ole plain ramblings sounded like a great idea. The problem is writing every single day.

    I love reading, I love writing but there are times we all need a day off. There’ll be blog sites where there are several people contributing which must provide a boon to the founder. I know Neo gets help from Audre and that must really help him. Still, you have to be involved and for each day.

    Hats off to you and to everyone else who does it but I couldn’t. I just don’t have the time.

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    • Reader contributions (like yours) are a HUGE boon, and really alleviate the load. Even one guest post every week or two makes a big difference. It’s one reason I had Son of Sonnet contributing poetry (though it seems he is taking another break from that while building his Locals page).

      I find that writing in advance really helps, especially during weeks like this one, where I have a big concert coming up (tomorrow!) at school. I also find that TBT and Lazy Sundays ease the load, as I’m not having to come up with something entirely fresh every single day.

      Still, it keeps my mind sharp, and it keeps me engaged.

      You’re an excellent writer, and I think you could do well with a blog. You don’t have to write daily. When I first relaunched the blog, I was sticking to a MWF schedule. Then WordPress lured me in with their streak counter, and I was hooked.

      It can be a slog, but I’ve learned that I can turn just about anything I do into content: painting, planning a trip, taking a drive in the country, watching a movie, etc. I could probably write about doing the dishes! There are lessons to be learned from just about any endeavor. Documenting the builds of LEGO sets really helps, too.

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