The first step in blogging journey

This week Dr Tanya has asked our impressions about this quote;


“The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.“~Jeff Jarvis


I made an account on WordPress to read Tanya’s blog because I couldn’t comment on her posts unless I was signed in. But I never visited any other blogs before I suddenly started to write my first blog post, almost 4 years ago.

So although this advice is good, I never followed this course. What I did was find bloggers whose posts I found interesting and started following them. Gradually I build up my blogging portfolio. I think the first bloggers I followed were Fandango, Rory, Paula, Marilyn, Tressa, Suzi, and a few more who have left WP now. What I learned about blogging was from reading the blogs I followed and experimenting with different genres. I found that poetry worked the best for me when I wanted to say something succinctly. My blogging friends gave me the courage to try my hand at writing short stories too.

In summary, I think we all take different paths to learning about blogging and not one way is the right one. Do what suits you the best.

Written for Blogging Insights- NF # 52, hosted by Tanya



49 thoughts on “The first step in blogging journey

  1. Agreed. I began my first blog “cold” because other writers had them. I simply continued my Usenet snark there, but I eventually changed my approach and began to get more “real,” along with sharing poetry and flash fiction. That style works best for me now and I no longer enjoy fanning flames 🙂

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  2. I say I started ‘net’ life with joining a free book exchange site. Then I got into blogging for myself – about ten years ago. Mostly I learned through my own errors what I liked to do. I have clearly stated that I follow few, but try to reply to all. At times others question if what they are doing is ‘right’ and I always relpy – ‘Do what is best for you.’

    At one point I had several blogs going… I find it much easier to manage one these days 🙂

    Different is just that different… neither good or bad. We need to do what works best for us 😀

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  3. I started blogging because I love to write. I didn’t read any other bloggers. After I saw some interesting comments on my blog, I’d follow back. The past two years I have enjoyed reading many bloggers such as you. The blogging experience is so much richer now.

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  4. There was a time when I had two blogs that I wrote at least three times a week. I stopped one of them because it was a lot of work to write. I still post at Patrica’s Place but I don’t have a set schedule I just write when the spirit moves me.

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  5. I don’t remember how I found your blog, probably from a challenge or something, but I’m glad I did.
    It’s a bit of trial and error getting started and feeling comfortable with the blogging process. I know it took me awhile. Some give up too soon if they are not an instant success. It’s also a two way street with liking and commenting to get to know your followers. Eventually we seem kind of like family and friends here on WP. 🙂

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  6. It is always someone who encourages to start up. I do wonder where some people just up and disappear to without a final goodbye especially if you know they have been sick.
    I only write occasionally and let my photos do my talking 🙂

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  7. I had a go at blogging back in the days that Friendster was still a thing. But it was mostly just nonsense teenage stuff and poetry here and there. When Friendster closed down their doors, I found WordPress. I used it as the layout was the same from the blog option in Friendster. I didn’t know what to write about and ended up closing those first 2 blogs. I started with poetry again after a couple of years and joined the post a day challenges that WordPress had. That’s how I built my audience and that’s how I came upon the blogs I’ve followed. I learned a lot from reading other blogs. I made new friends by doing so too 🙂

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  8. I find your posts very inspiring, Sadje, and I found your blog through Rory’s blog. I started blogging when I retired because I wanted something to do to stay relevant plus I enjoy being creative. My blog has gone through a few changes and I am happy with it now. I find I favor reading and writing poetry more than other types of writing. I learn a lot by reading blogs and enjoy the blogging community and feel they are like family.

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