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.
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.