Why Every Aspiring Writer Should Start A Blog
I have previously written about my favourite post in 2019. The choice of that post was based entirely on what I liked about it and the effect it had on me.
I’m going further by presenting to you the top 5 posts on this blog for the year 2019. But this time, the choice is based solely on the posts with the highest number of likes by my wordpress readers.
Thanks to the blog’s analytics, the ranking has already been done for me automatically and it is my pleasure to run through it with you:
I hope you will find some new gems as you review the five most liked posts in 2019 with me:
This post ranked at no. 2 in 2018, but it climbed to the first position in 2019.
In that post, I shared my personal experience regarding how blogging has contributed to my personal development in several ways. I’m convinced that anyone who has blogged for at least a year could identify with some of the points highlighted in the post.
And if you are someone that has been dragging your feet on starting a blog, reading that post might motivate you to launch your blog without further delay.
This post was at the top of the ladder a year ago in 2018 before being displaced to the second place in the year under review. It compared the issue of racism in America with that of tribalism in Nigeria.
America has the biggest economy in the world and Nigeria holds the ace in Africa. Beyond that comparison, there is another parallel that can be drawn between the two giants.
While racism exists [in America and everywhere else] as a result of differences in colour of the skin, tribalism [in Nigeria and in other places] hinges on differences in birth-roots. The post recognised that both racism and tribalism are common societal evils that must be dealt a decisive blow in order for us to have a better world.
This post became a new entrant into the top 5 hall of fame during the just outgone year. You will find the tips in the post to be very helpful in your blogging experience, most especially if you are a new kid on the block of personal blogging.
You can learn from those ahead of you in the blogging world without having to repeat the inevitable mistakes they had to make while they were just starting off. For instance, I found that having a blog is like having a baby; you have to nurture it, feed it regularly and ensure that it remains healthy.
This 2018 third-position-ranked post remained popular in 2019 (although a little less than it was in the year before). I want to believe that no blogger hates having followers. And you don’t want to be the author of a blog that no-one wants to follow.
So if people are not following your blog, there must be some reasons they are not doing so and they are worth finding out. The post is my personal take on why I don’t follow some blogs.
From no. 4 position in 2018, this post moved a step down to no. 5 in 2019. But that does not undermine the importance of the central message of the post: we should find reasons to forgive offences because they will surely come.
Those who have not known how to forgive offences have not known how to be happy. You erode your capacity to be happy if you refuse to forgive those and anyone who offend you.
I hope you enjoyed going through the review of some of my most liked posts in 2019, like I did?
However, you would appreciate the fact that the purpose of the review is not to give myself a pat on the back or to blow my trumpet. Rather, I just want to highlight some of the most liked posts in order to expose them to more readership.
I must add that doing the review has done me a personal good. I could see that most of the these top posts under review were published in the year 2018 and none of my posts in 2019 made it to that hall of fame.
More so, from my little beginning in 2015, this blog has done progressively better each year till 2018. But the onward trend was not sustained in 2019.
And that’s a humbling realisation for me because it shows that I will have to up the game in the nascent year by publishing more posts that enrich the reading experience of my wordpress audience.
Let’s stop here and look forward to what lies ahead for us in the blogging journey of 2020. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to leave a comment.
A few people have had cause to ask me, “Victor, are you making money from your blog?” The simple answer I always gave is “No.”
When I started this blog, money making was never part of the objective. And it isn’t till this point in time.
But that does not in any way suggest that I am totally against monetising the blog. I am simply saying it is not part of the plan, at least not yet.
You may be a professional blogger, but I am not. So how you see blogging may not be exactly how I see it.
Writing this blog is a hobby I engage in outside my full time job. And like I already stated, I am not making any income from it.
My bills and those of my family are taken care of from income from paid employment. So what is in it for me in this blogging journey?
I would say a lot: more than I had initially anticipated and definitely much more than time and space would allow me delve into in this short post.
From the outset of my blogging journey, I wanted to share my thoughts on the issues of life with anyone who would care to read. I was convinced that what I had to share could make life better for someone out there – one way or another.
To a large extent, that objective is being achieved. The feedback I get from my readers and critics alike convince me of that.
And for that I’m very grateful and also very encouraged to keep the blogging flag flying higher. As you can see, I am not about to quit on my blog mission.
However, beyond sharing my thoughts and being a blessing to my readers, blogging has become a journey of personal developmentfor me.
By that I mean my life has been improved in many ways since I took up blogging as a hobby.
I have learnt new things, improved on my writing skills, acquired new skills, met and interacted with different kinds of people from different places around the world – including avowed atheists.
I have inspired some people and I have also been inspired by many other people.
I have defended my faith, read several insightful posts, gained vast knowledge in many areas of life and so on and so forth.
And I am still developing!
Now you have an idea of what I have been talking about!
Right? Yes, thank you.
In a subsequent post, I will expasiate on some of the many ways blogging has helped my personal development. Thank you for reading.
In what ways has blogging been helpful to you in achieving personal development goals?
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