Friday, 16 September 2011

It's A Long Way Up

Today marks the third month I've been blogging, but no, this post isn't all about that. It was bad enough that I talked about my second month anniversary, and I'll try not to bring up the matter of the life of this blog again until the sixth month, and full year.

The main aspect of this post is how tough it can be to get started up, and how you just have to stick with it. Mostly blogging. One reason I have so many followers is that I followed a lot of blogs, and they followed me back, but now a lot of those blogs are no longer running. Either they didn't get enough of what they actually started their blog for (typically money but I'll spare you my money troubles), they got bored, or they just didn't have enough readers for them to consider it worth their time. This typically means that they were not writing for themselves. I don't exactly write for myself all the time, but I like to think I will keep this stuff going.

When I did first start writing this thing I had one follower, Jesse. Soon I added my sister to those ranks, but I don't think she reads it that much anymore (not necessarily a bad thing), it took a while to really get things going. I've seen blogs come and go, and I'd like to be one that stays.

If you're starting out a blog, then keep at it, it could be worth it in the end. If you've been going for a while and not really got many readers or anything yet, just keep at it. I have myself some dedicated readers who really read pretty much everything I put up, because, for some odd reason, they like it. I'll never fully understand why, but I think them for it, I really mean it, thanks for all your kind words, and just for reading my pathetic words.

When I started this, it was kind of an experiment, but it's gone to be more of an experiment now, it's not even one any more. It's something I want to do, and really, those kind of things don't happen often. Outside of games I want to play at least.

Keep doing what it is you do, and eventually, if you stick at it for long enough, you'll get the things you wanted. It's just sticking with it until then. Like me losing weight, I have a long way to go, but I should stick with it, until I get the results I want. Of course, getting the results you want is no reason to stop!

So, my blogging goals?
1. I don't mind not earning enough money for this to sustain me (that's a very very rough task and it would take ages) but I wouldn't mind having some to give my dad for putting up with me, and for some things I class as things I would consider things I want. I differentiate well between wants and needs to.

2. I would like to be able to have so many readers and commenters I have trouble replying to them. Partly because I want to know if I would still do it, and also I would like to have that many people reading me. I just ran into a blog run by a guy who posts every day, and has been doing so for 2 years. He also has nearly 2000 followers. God I would love that.

3. I want to change the way people think if I can. At the very least, I want to make them think. I want them to consider what I write, I want them to think about it. Maybe even learn a thing or two.

4. Most people today aren't that fond of the written world. This depresses me. I want to give people something they want to read, something they would have fun reading, and most of all, something that makes them want to read more.

In fact goal four and three have no definable end. So I will never actually achieve my goals, which means that I won't ever stop just because I've reached them.

51 comments:

  1. when I started blogging I have one follower-Dwizzt (my top commenter), that's because he's my friend, so definitely don't have a choice but to bear with my nonsense, read my post and correct them at times (because I'm pretty bad at English)..
    also, the reason I blog is to really take notes of my last year in college and document each day of my life and to improve my writing..(so far, I don't think I'm improving and that saddens me..T_T)
    second, monetary reasons..damn! knowing through blogging you can earn, excites me but later I realized, nah..it's not working..I'm not earning at it..but that's okay..
    the most important thing here is that, I'm having fun sharing everything to everyone :)

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  2. I've had my blog going for about a year now. And It's just as terrible as day one, just with a few more people. And no goddamn money yet. Then again, I posted like once, and resurrected it after several months of inactivity. Because I am a champion of suck.

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  3. @Mai Yang I've seen much worse English from actual English people, you're good with it :) All that matters is that you have fun ^_^

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  4. @Generally Disgruntled lol more people need to be reading your stuff. That's one of the biggest shames of this whole business. People who post utter garbage interspersed with cleavage get more views than folks like your fine self.

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  5. In opposition to all of the people commenting here, including yourself, I must say I almost make enough out of the blogging thing for a living. I guess that is the main reason I keep at it, even if it sounds sad. I plan on starting another blog soon though, which will be about music. I want to start making own music since my one goal in life is to become a musician (no, I don't want to become a video game developer, lol)
    I'd definitely be more dedicated to that one and surely not for commercial reasons

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  6. @NeonSounds good :) I think I'll just stick to the one blog I'll cram everything in. My commercial success has been going downhill, but things can go down as well as up lol. I envy you for being able to make a living, and maybe one day I'll be able to hit those myself, or at least find a way I can make a living while accommodating for just who I am. Blogging could, and still might be, a way to do that.

    Good luck with the whole music thing though :) I'm technically in 6 bands myself lol

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  7. Lmao, 6 bands
    Instrumental? Synthetical? Or what kinds?

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  8. Also, nice pun in the title, lol
    I just noticed now

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  9. Sorry for spam, but you may delete this comment
    Since you love ranting, go rant about overused annoying phrases like epic, etc. Mostly about epic. God my hate on this word is epic

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  10. @NeonWell there's six so there's a lot of everything lol. I only knew of 3 actually, good job Jesse's with me so she could tell me just how many lol. We're going to make at least one of them work.

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  11. @Neonlol I wasn't aware it was a total pun. Ah well. I can do a rant about that, I'll try to get it in, but I myself tend to overuse words. I'll see what I can do :)

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  12. Why? Why do we have the same thoughts? hahaha Yes I'm jobless and Blogging gives me money to spend on leisure lol. The living part is off out there. Patience is a Virtue. I end up not posting as often as I could. Because of Circumstantial happenings (I recently just had a dog). And those electricity outages internet outages. And I have to admit I get lazy sometimes too until probably I get 20 comments on one post. out of 100+ followers only 10% comments. Even though I said I will comment back they just end up not commenting back after I did. I guess initiative is the problem.

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  13. @Dilordlol I think I have a higher percentage of commenters but not that much higher. I want most of my money to go to my dad for putting up with me not having any money really. We have the same thoughts because great minds think alike :P

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  14. I'm not earning a single cent from my blog.. I'd love to, but I don't think NOW is the right time. Maybe someday.. but not now. Hehe..

    I started writing blogs because of curiosity and boredom. Yep.. I was curious as to how people are able to do that - connect with people, share thoughts, etc.. I was also bored, since I've got nothing better to do at home. I'm a bum, you see.. An earning bum. Lol.. (taking care of a small family-owned business) Blogging is way better than watching TV all afternoon.

    I would love to have a thousand followers, too.. But I prefer to have readers than just followers. We all know the "I follow, you follow back" rule, right? It's good strategy, really.. to gain some traffic. However, as an author of a personal non-earning blog, I prefer to have a reader who leaves comments, not just a follower who follows my blog but never visits back. .. Hmm.. I know you get my point. hehe..

    I love the 3rd goal.. I wanna change the world too. Some would think, it's futile.. but no.. I believe that words are powerful weapons. I will change the world, one reader at a time. And besides.. the pen is mightier than the sword.. right? :)

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  15. @LeahHehe it took me a month to get ads up, and even that might actually have been too soon. That's true. I have done a post about just why I blog lol, the reasons have changed though. At first it was mostly because I thought "Well, why not? I have opinions to share on things, and so I might as well have a blog". The reasons haven't changed a great deal, I'm still just trying to spread a message, it's just that no one is sure what it is :P LOL I massively prefer readers to commenters too, usually I do differentiate between them, so my apologies there ^^ I want as many readers as possible. But just because a person isn't leaving a comment doesn't mean they didn't read it :P (though I always try to leave a comment). One person can change the world, I'm just trying to change people, give them something to think about or entertain them. I wanted to be entertaining but thought provoking. The pen is mightier than the sword but I still own both :P

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  16. @Mark Oh, you;re so right. There are a lot of readers out there who just read.. they seldom leave comments. I call them "my silent readers".. lol. I appreciate them too, of course. :D

    Oh good for you, you own both!! hehehe!

    Great evening, mark. :)

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  17. @LeahI'm right about everything. Except the previous statement. lol. Last night was a great evening for me, have a good evening yourself ^^

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  18. damn, three months with over 100 blog posts and all of them are really long and well written. You are the most prolific blogger I've known.

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  19. @Linux and Life Thanks but I'm far from the most prolific blogger I know ^^


    Never even gotten a damn blog of note -_-

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  20. Nice post dude! I have 94 followers, and a lot of them seem to like my posts too and it's an awesome feeling knowing that people enjoy your posts. I've been blogging for just over a month now (:

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  21. Want to keep going with this 'till you die? Me too. We should form some sort of alliance for dedicated bloggers or something. I don't think the blogosphere has that yet.

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  22. My first blog didn't worked out because it was too specific, so a month later, I stopped and made a new one which had a pretty broad subject. Now I can blog anything about my hobbies and even help out some people about videogames.

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  23. @FangI think either that, or I run out of ideas/time. Though I suppose if time becomes an issue I can always cut back on the posting. I think there is something like that, and we're already part of it, or we just don't know what it is yet :P

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  24. All very good reasons to blog! If you keep on blogging I'll keep on commenting on your blogging!

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  25. I've also found the key to blogging is to makes your goals, and follow through with them. My personal goals are quite a bit simpler than yours 1)just have somewhere to post random stuff I find so I don't forget.

    2) Since I'm back in school, I figured blogging would help me start writing again. Properly!

    Anyways, I keep it up my good man. I'm glad to see your last two goals as well...having a goal with no end in sight is a good thing (as is a positive outlook on our world)!

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  26. @Kid Shuffle It's bad enough I have goals, a positive outlook, especially on our world, is not about to happen any time soon lol.

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  27. blogging can be awesome fun, but sort of a chore sometimes too, I try not to burn myself out with this and remember that it's a fun hobby, not a job.

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  28. I started blogging because of boredom and too much free time.

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  29. @MRanthrope Aye, if I earned enough to start considering this my job (though right now I kinda consider it a very low paying job >_>) I don't know how I'd get, but they say when you really enjoy your work, it's not a job anymore.

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  30. Occasionally I go through blogs I follow and find all these that started off so strong and then just stopped. One can only guess why they did, but you can be sure the reasons they started must not have been right.
    It's a shame really, there were some good ones too.

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  31. Like most things in life, the hardest part is to get started and get used to it. Perhaps stop blogging is not a bad thing if you figure out you don't like it, or if you take a day or two off, it's not the end of the world because sometimes you need clear your head.
    I admire your will to keep writing long thought posts every day, and judging for the passion you put on them, it looks like you are sticking with this for a long while. So cheers sir, i hope there a lot more Mark's rambles to come.

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  32. @Hasidic Plumber You flatter me with your kind words good sir.

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  33. I agree with Leah, I would much rather have 20 followers that participate then 200 that are just faces on the gadget.

    I started it because I couldn't write enough in a facebook status - and a friend of mine has an amazing blog so he kind of inspired me. I have never promoted it anywhere, still amazed that anyone reads it.
    Now I spend most online time here and hardly ever look at fb too.

    I guess it does depend on why you do it. I'm not after fame (some bloggers seem to want that as much as money) and I have no adverts.
    The blogs I hate are the ones that have no real content, just reposted vids, music or maybe two sentences, but so many adverts the page takes 2 minutes to load. Clearly just doing it for the money.
    For what it's worth I think you might stand a chance of making something - your blog has great content and the adverts aren't in your face.

    I think the most important thing is to enjoy it.
    More and more I find myself thinking "I'll blog about that" for all sorts of reasons.

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  34. The money part of Blogger is just a bonus for me. A lot of the blogs I followed a few months ago have discontinued due to their Adsense getting banned, which shows what they were really after and kinda cheapens the point of this blogging thing. If you wanted to earn money I'd say either get a real job or put enough effort into this to make it worth the money you want to get out of it. Me? If my Adsense got banned the only thing change you'd notice was the sudden absence of ads on my blog. I'm not here to get thousands of Followers and thousands of dollars, I'm here to get readers.

    If you don't mind, I think I'll turn this comment into a blog post as a sort of mission statement.

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  35. @dirtycowgirl Well like I said it took me a month to even put ads up in the first place, and I have half noble reasons for doing it. I want to be able to give some money to my dad while I'm not even on welfare, this place is my lone source of income and I'm at an age where I could do with some, if not for me, then for the other people in my life. I'm on the fence on fame lol, I've never really considered it, but seeing as I'm not parading myself around, I guess I'm not going for that. I wouldn't mind being noticed a bit more as a blog though, not in real life. Thank you for the kind words ^^ and you kind of inspired me to make a post but then I remembered it was something I'd already covered lol. Oh well.

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  36. @Henry Well I just went into the money on another comment :P I don't mind at all what you do with the comment, it is technically your intellectual property lol. If anything I would need to ask YOU to use your comment :P I think if I got banned I'd be dejected, and depressed but I'd still try to keep going. I went a month without ads before I can go on without them too. But a real job? That's a long ways away for me sadly.

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  37. @Mark: I just re-read my comment. The 'get a real job' line wasn't meant as a jab at you. (^_^;;)7 That was directed at those bloggers who are just out to get adsense monies.

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  38. @Henry Hehe I gathered as much. No worries. I agree really, it'd be nice to see more people doing it for the hell of it. I really liked a blog that was going not too long ago, that closed because the adsense was banned.

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  39. I started because I wanted them monies... I still do, but I realised, that if I wanna do it properly, that it's gonna take some time.. sadly I don't have enough of it lately.

    Don't know how neon did it so fast. :/ I suppose people like UT3.

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  40. those are good goals. It's fun to watch a blog's progression. I started back in June, and have been growing pretty rapidly myself.
    My main goal is to sell books.
    I want to sell enough books to never have to work again.
    oh..I can dream can't I?

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  41. Also you seem to have mistyped the post title.. it should be "It's a long way to the top if ya wanna blog and roll".. :|

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  42. Great read, and some nice goals you have there!

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  43. @Bob LOL I'm not sure how Neon did it either, I guess that the UT3 does bring in the traffic :) I also am ashamed I missed out on that title opportunity. I've been thinking all day of the song It's A Long Way To The Top If You Want To Rock And Roll because of this post too.

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  44. @The Lunatic Pope Sadly my friend writing books is work.

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  45. You know, not making too much money might be a good thing. Creativity decreases a lot if you're offered money for it. The little money blogs do bring in may actually strike the balance between incentive to continue and reduction of creativity.
    Anyways, you deserve every follower and we appreciate your thoughts. Including your goals, which appear to be rather similar to mine.

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  46. Good luck with your goals for the blog.

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  47. wow! these comments right here just filled up my boredom :D

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  48. Goals chock full of optimism, sweet yet a tiny bit sappy.

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  49. @Astaroth That is a pretty good point really. When one earns enough money to get buy doing something they tend to coast. They just put out whatever junk they can because they know people will still watch or whatever. The Simpsons is a good example of this. Plus I have put up some crap before lol. I'd like to think my creativity wouldn't dwindle, but everyone's creativity does eventually. Thanks for the kind words though :)

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  50. @ShawOptimism? Damn that's the total opposite of what I go for.

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  51. a friend of mine once told me "you don't even earn a cent from blogging" who cares? I enjoy what I do

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