12 Beautiful Things I learnt From Starting a Blog

12 beautiful lessons I learnt from starting ablog

When I started a personal blog a year ago, it was part of my desires to share living ideas or appropriate thoughts in a way that would inspire or be a blessing to my readers. I equally saw it as an avenue to explore my writing potentials which I presumed I had but haven’t really explored on a very large scale before.

Looking back now, I realised that apart from helping in honing my writing skills more, I have also learnt a handful of positive personal lessons which are worth sharing.

Here are some of the beautiful things I learnt from starting a blog:

  1. The ideas or thoughts you have in your head would never be a blessing to others except you shared them.

Blogging has provided me the most organized platform for sharing my thoughts beyond my nose. If you have ideas worth sharing, it is okay to consider blogging.

I am grateful to all those who have given me the feedbacks that indicated they found my posts very useful. I found too that my writings are also a blessing to me, personally. I guess there are writers who would identify with that feeling.

  1. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert in anything before you start a blog.

I wasn’t one either! But you would never get started if you think you are not an expert in your field yet. The little you know and share can be a blessing to someone out there.

I know there are specialized blogs out there. But one thing is sure: Everyone is searching; no one has all his/her questions already answered. Otherwise, no one would be reading.

  1. You are not the best, neither are you the worst blogger.

You can easily know that you are not the best blogger out there. But on the flip-side too, don’t see yourself as the worst either. Whether as an established blogger or a nascent one, I found we are all learning to do this blogging thing better.

You may feel that others are doing it better than you are doing (which may be true). But that’s not enough reason to be discouraged. And there is room for you to come on board if you haven’t started at all. The world is waiting to hear your unique voice.

  1. Until you decide to reach out to others, you will remain in obscurity.

Blogging has been an awesome avenue for me to reach out to people across the world. Once you put your thoughts out there, both people around and across the continents can access them.

Except in my dreams, I have never been to any part of Europe or Asia or America or Australia. But people in these places are reading and following my blog. Suffice to say that but for my blog, they might never have heard about me. I reached out to people and now I have people reaching out to me.

  1. Not everyone will agree with your views but there will be someone who does.

In as much as you don’t agree with every opinion that people put in your face, it is also fair enough to expect that not everyone will agree with yours. All the same, congratulations to you if you find that you have more people who agree with your views than those who don’t.

The ‘like’ and ‘comment’ parts of my post will often have a pointer to whether or not someone liked my expressed views. So if someone disagreed with me enough to leave me a comment that states so, I would often be glad about it and would take it as an invitation for further interaction.

  1. You will meet unusual people.

Except your blog is a private one, you will not be able to limit or determine those who read it. That means anyone anywhere can find your blog and read you online except it is indexed to be unsearchable on Google for instance.

In the course of the last year, I have had some atheists visit my blog. Their visit led to a series of online interaction between them and me. I later converted the interactions into several series of new posts. This was unusual for me because up till that time, I had never had any close encounter with any avowed atheist.

  1. Negative criticisms hurt but you need not let them stop you.

I would love to tell you that I have never been negatively criticized for starting a blog, but that would be a lie. I have been harshly criticized by some people who heard that I was running a blog.

Sadly enough, as I later found out, most of such people have never even read a paragraph of any of my posts. Yet they took joy in deriding my humble efforts. Sometimes, I felt hurt by those unwarranted verbal attacks. But as you can see, I have not allowed such negative responses to stop me, neither should you.

  1. In the midst of negative criticisms, there are still some nice people to urge you on.

Such wonderful souls could be found around you, or they may also be located thousands of miles away from where you are. Irrespective how much negative criticisms you get, one thing is sure, there would be someone somewhere who would appreciate your blogging efforts and would be glad to cheer you on.

There was a time I found myself complaining that I was facing too many harsh criticisms about the fact that I started a blog, a very kind human voice I met said to me, “Victor, ignore those who criticize you harshly. Don’t let them stop you.” That advice has been very helpful.

  1. Your friends and family may not be interested in reading your blog as much as you would expect them to do.

You have the freedom to expect that your friends and family members would be the most ardent followers/readers of your blog. Unfortunately, this may not always be so, as I found out.

Most followers of my blog are from across the oceans. It appears that what Jesus said about a ‘prophet not having honour in his home country’ applies in blogging too. But that awful reality should never discourage the prophet. So why should it stop the blogger?

  1. More ideas will come to you as you write your posts.

I discovered that the more posts you write and the more you read other blogs, the more inspiration you get to write more relevant pieces. Even a preacher knows that writing a sermon becomes easier as he does it over time.

No need to worry over what to write. Just get started by writing something – anything – and more ideas will begin to flow to you as you write. (As I was writing item no 5 above, I got the idea to write another item for post of which I have drafted the title and 5 supporting bullet points). You see what I mean?

  1. One little step can open several opportunities.

Through my blog for instance, I met Edmond Saganyando, who invited me to be a contributor to his blog. Some of my blog posts have been reblogged on other sites too.

From writing blog posts I have also received the inspiration to start some other worthwhile projects. I really agree that there are limitless possibilities in blogging. You may never find out until you get started.

  1. I did it, so can anyone; even you!

Starting a personal blog was a little step I took a year ago. I could say that I am better off in so many ways now than I was before I came into blogging.

What have you learnt from your experience of starting a blog? Kindly share your story.

 

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18 thoughts on “12 Beautiful Things I learnt From Starting a Blog

  1. StrivingNigerianMom March 17, 2016 / 7:44 am

    Great thoughts on your blogging experience. Funny thing is I haven’t ever been criticised for starting a blog. In fact my family and friends were just sort of like pleasantly surprised.
    What I experienced however is that the readership and interaction you expect from family and friends just doesn’t happen like you would expect. It’s total strangers (who have become blogging friends) that let me know how some of my posts have blessed them tremendously. I guess by now I’m just so glad that at least one person’s life is being blessed by what I believe God is leading me to speak about. And for me that’s just fine.
    Thanks for the encouragement not to let anything stop me.

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    • VictorsCorner March 17, 2016 / 7:51 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience. So glad to hear you have never been criticised over your blog. That’s really great.

      Yes, you are blessing lives… We are all grateful to everyone who’s been supporting us one way or another. I really appreciate your comment.

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  2. Edmond Sanganyado March 17, 2016 / 11:38 am

    I had people questioning my salvation, others seeking my repentance, and others writing me threats for saying things they disagree with. But from the thousands of comments, I received these negative critics are like a teaspoon in an ocean. Most people are generally helpful and encouraging. I am just curious, what has been your experience in helping young people from your church or your know when it comes to encouraging them to blog?

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    • VictorsCorner March 17, 2016 / 2:26 pm

      Edmond, thanks for sharing your experience. Good to know you handled the criticisms well. And God bless those who have been encouraging to us.

      Many youths are not so open to my kind of blogging. They are more interested in news, gist, gossip and entertainment styles. But there are some who are interested though. I hope the number increases by the day.

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  3. Patricia March 17, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    You hit the nail on the head with this post! I am learning to be happy that most of my family and friends do not read my blog. It gives me the freedom to be real and to purge myself of my thoughts and feelings and air out my past. I am still careful not to expose anyone. I have seen that the more I write the more I have to write and I am finding that I just may have some talent at it. I took a short writing class and when the instructor told us to write extemporaneously, I could not put a word on paper. I could not think of anything to write and now I can’t stop.

    Thanks Victor for this!

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    • VictorsCorner March 17, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Patricia, you are most welcome and I thank you too for sharing your experience here. The points you stated in your comment greatly validate the positions I held in this post.

      Of course Patricia, you have writing talents. I know because I have been reading your posts. you can only get better.

      I particularly like your narrative style. You are able to recall events and relate them in a way that we are able to appreciate the issues… and the lessons too.

      Keep writing, because I am one of those who will be reading your posts. Once again, thank you for the comment.

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      • Patricia March 17, 2016 / 7:56 pm

        That is so good to hear. I will keep working to improve but stay true to my style. Thanks for your support.

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  4. chuks March 17, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Self evaluation is a very key tool to achieve more success. In every life endeavors, you surely will get some criticisms. Criticism sometimes is a gift for improvement. In all, I think you have done well in just one year. I encourage you to stay upbeat.

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    • VictorsCorner March 17, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Chuks, your warm comment is appreciated.
      “Criticism sometimes is a gift for improvement.” I totally agree with you because some criticisms I received on this blog have also spurred me to improve on it.
      Your advice is noted and welcome. Remain blessed.

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  5. Emmanuel Akinnubi March 17, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Beautiful piece. I have always known that you have great ideas. God bless you a million times. We would endeavor to read through your blog

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    • VictorsCorner March 18, 2016 / 5:32 am

      Thank you my friend. Good to have you here. Will be my pleasure to have you back always. You are blessed.

      Oh by the way, you are one of those I think should start a blog. I would be glad to help out.

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  6. Vincent Onyemaibi March 20, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Victor, you have really made my day as I read through your write ups. You have, in no small measure, encouraged me now. I have not started blogging because I thought it’s going to involve a lot of formalities, license and such stuffs. Please I would love your assistance to direct me on how to set up a blog. By the grace of God I believe I can write a little. Thanks my brother, more grease to your elbow.

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    • VictorsCorner March 20, 2016 / 10:49 am

      Vincent, thank you for your comment. My pleasure too that you found my posts encouraging.

      Yes, starting a blog is easy. You can do it. I will be willing to assist you to set up one, once you are ready.

      For a start, all you need is an email address, a blog name and a domain name. You can get started once you have internet connection.

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  7. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus March 30, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Loved you 12 points Victor and it’s True as we give we receive, I wrote a Post about Blogging, I will leave the link for you.

    Blogging- http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/blogging-for-jesus/

    With being Dyslectic I had no intention of Blogging, writing is not easy for me and I can’t spell but a friend encouraged me to start a Blog and when I did my thoughts just flowed even the name Freedomborn was through Prayer as the other names I chose were rejected.

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    • VictorsCorner March 30, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      Anne, I am glad you like the post. Thanks for sharing your story. I know someone will be inspired by it.

      Aren’t we glad that we are able to connect via this medium?

      Regards to that friend of yours who gave you the prodding to start blogging. God bless everyone who urges on unto good works.

      I will check out the link you forwarded and çomment too. Thanks Anne.

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  8. Smiling Notes May 25, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    I absolutely agree with all the points that you made. Had it not been for blogging, I don’t think I would have been able to make so many connections with people from all over the world. I never thought I would enjoy blogging so much. I’m not a writer but that has not stopped me from blogging and I believe anyone who wishes to blog can do so and should not doubt themselves. Glad to come across your wonderful blog.
    -Shamira

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    • VictorsCorner May 26, 2016 / 5:14 am

      Thank you Shamira for the generous comment. It’s really been a great experience blogging. Learning new things, sharing my thoughts and making connections with people from across the continents, I am loving it all. I am glad you are too.

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