Blogging Insights — Just Do It

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Ron Dawson, a Special Educational Needs educator, psychologist, researcher, and author.

“The first thing you need to decide when you build your blog is what you want to accomplish with it, and what it can do if successful.”

I started my first blog in 2005 and I had no idea of what I wanted to accomplish with it or what it could do if successful. I just jumped right in and started writing and posting what I wrote. When I started This, That, and the Other, my fifth blog, in 2017, I still had no specific accomplishment goal or goals in mind. I just wanted a platform — or maybe a soapbox — on which to express myself.

I’m very happy with my blog and I feel that, based upon the number of visitors, views, likes, and comments my posts generate each day, it is relatively successful. What that “success” has enabled me to do is to be a part of a wonderful community of other bloggers, where we can share our stories, our poems, our photographs, our beliefs, our perspectives, our opinions, our passions, our experiences, our frustrations, and our lives with one another. And that truly brings me joy.

What Ron Dawson said about needing to decide what you want to accomplish with your blog before you start it may be good advice for some, especially if there’s a definitive niche you’re focusing on or a specific audience you wish to reach.

I don’t think, however, it’s essential for those of us who are “casual” bloggers. I say that, if you love to write and you wish to share what you write with a community of others who also love to write, you should just do it.

18 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Just Do It

  1. Paula Light January 31, 2022 / 6:53 am

    If you’re happy with your blog, then you’re a successful blogger! That’s my definition anyway…

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  2. M Jay Dixit January 31, 2022 / 7:12 am

    I agree with you, I have a similar story like yours!

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  3. Stine Writing January 31, 2022 / 7:26 am

    I agree 100% with you. I didn’t know why I wanted to blog. I think part of it was the social interaction piece, which I get. I have learned so much more though.

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  4. Sadje January 31, 2022 / 7:54 am

    Very true Fandango! The Nike tagline works for us bloggers too, “ Just do it”

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  5. Lou Carreras January 31, 2022 / 10:17 am

    I think it wonderful that some people can lay down clear track from the start, but not all of us have such tightly defined goals.
    My bog started as a tail end portion of my business. I intended to eventually start an online store. things morphed when the pandemic started, and I got Covid. My recovery started around the same time as WP started the last round of discover prompts. Being that I could neither work at my day job or in my shop I began to blog seriously. It became an outlet for telling stories.
    Is it still about my business, yet – often. Do I still intend to start an online shop – yes, eventually. the original goals are still there, but other priorities have also grown up.

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    • Fandango January 31, 2022 / 1:01 pm

      The pandemic changed a lot of things for most of us.

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    • Fandango January 31, 2022 / 1:01 pm

      No worries. I got the gist.

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  6. drtanya@saltedcaramel January 31, 2022 / 9:45 pm

    I can take heart from your experience.
    If you can continue to blog and be happy with it, then so can I without having a specific niche.

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  7. leigha66 February 5, 2022 / 3:31 pm

    You make good points. I too have no clear direction… it is not something I do to try and make money from, I don’t want to have a million viewers. I am pretty happy where I am at.

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