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Perseverance in Blogging

Posted By Darren Rowse 21st of July 2005 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 0 Comments

Duncan has a good post over at Blog Herald about that talks about perseverance in building a blog. He writes:

‘Very few people find fame and fortune through launching a blog overnight, but over time most people can build a reasonable audience, or even more, based on perseverance at blogging, literally going the distance.’

Very true words from Duncan as per usual. Consistent, regular and quality posting over a sustained period are key to building a successful blog. If you’re not in it for the long term you’re unlikely to get far as an entrepreneurial blogging.

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  • It is true that nothing comes overnight. My own blog took 2 years before I learned to hone my writing skills and my message; the result today is a respectable number of visitors. Plodders can be as successful as geniuses.

  • I agree. If you’re in it for the long term, quick hits don’t work because they disappear as soon as they’ve arrived. Perseverance is all. Funnily enough, I’ve just posted a review of a new French book on my blog which says exactly the opposite. Funny folk, these French :)

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  • I think we need to emphasize the effort you’ve been putting into blogging, Darren. Otherwise, fortune seekers will see blogging as the next ‘get rich quick’ scheme, and nothing’s further from the truth. Your ‘overnight success’ took 2,5 years of putting 12 hours/day at least, during 6 days a week. That’s a lot of effort to put into your venture. You have a well deserved success Darren!

  • tod

    Good point. Arguably, this applies to anything in life for which you want to be successful. Perseverance is the key or at least a key.

  • “The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.”
    – Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

  • Id agree with Gonzalo and say that you’re a really good example of this Darren. A lot of the Slashdot commenters really didn’t have a clue.

  • Totally agree. It really takes time to build followers.

  • I agree. You have to stick at it!

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  • In August, I will have been online seven years and it seems like 70. But the preseverence has really paid off in more ways than one. If you do what you love, you can keep doing it forever, and it will start to pay off.

  • Perseverance and a love of what you do certainly does pay off. The blog I started in a “hesitant” manner in December 2004, has taken off in more ways than one. Not the least of which was the huge bump in subscribers around the end of April this Year, which is partly attributed to Darren’s generosity in highlighting some of my work.

    Together with Darren’s generosity and the heated debate surrounding a Post on the Marketing benefits of “downsizing the fonts on a Blog” .. my readers jumped from mere hundreds per day, to a healthy average of around 2,700 daily readers — we are now about to celebrate the 3,000 mark .. and this is from one solitary Blog based on help for “increasing targeted traffic to a blog or website”.

    As far as I am concerned, Slash Dot only did Darren a favour recently — their negative views would only have increased the loyal number of subscribers Darren already enjoys — the old adage “any publicity is good publicity — rocks!!”

    You have my thanks Darren for making a positive difference to my online career.