Your Blogging Career?

Please share a brief history of your blogging career –

From what lead you to start?

Has your motivation changed since starting?

What has the experience been like?

Have you learnt anything?

Has your writing style changed?

Are you planning to write a novel or are you already published?

What advice would you give to a new blogger?

And please don’t forget to mention some of the highlights along the way – such as the people you’ve met, things you’ve learnt

and please get creative about your presentation, do it in your favourite genre?

please give an abbreviated summary in the comments section
or if inspired make it a post and link it back …


  1. Namaste Calm Kate 🙂

    ~ My Blogging Career ~ By ~ Dewin Nefol ~
    Would you mind if I left a line?
    A line or two aligned as rhyme?
    Aligned as rhyme in answer to,
    The questions set here by you?
    My blogging career – ’tis my 5th year,
    My how the years have flown!
    I’d like to hope during this time,
    My writing’s improved, matured, grown.
    What led me to start? Hmm let me see –
    A Druid suggested it’d be good for me:
    “Why not write a little poetry,”
    “You’ve an affinity for words,” said he,
    Yes indeed, my motivation’s changed,
    As to the topics through which I’ve ranged,
    But now my storyteller’s heart remains,
    Travelling with Wizards across distant plains.
    I’ve greatly enjoyed the experience thus far,
    Meandering a pathway towards my Star:
    She a muse forever bright,
    Guiding me onwards day and night.
    In every way I learn each day:
    Writing’s a crafted art!
    A labour of love, a passionate play,
    IF words flow from ones heart.
    I’d like to think my style’s improved,
    But one can never be sure,
    I love what I do and do what I love,
    And hope my poems never bore.
    I am already self-published,
    My book’s The Wizard Of Wands,
    An adventurous 5000 line poem
    Shared with a Sage of whom I’m fond.
    My humble advice to a new Blogger:
    Be courageous bold and brave!
    But be advised it’s addictive,
    You’ll not cease ’til sunk in your grave!
    The people I’ve met are second to none,
    ‘Tis they who make Blogging fun!
    Whose company encourages one on and on –
    Along one’s path back to the Sun.

    Thank you for sharing your Blog so generously Calm Kate. It’s been a pleasure to have met you 🙂

    Live in Love, Go in Peace, Namaste 🙂


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      • Namaste Calm Kate 🙂

        Thank you for such a kind and generous reply 🙂 If not for your gracious invitation to participate I’d not have had opportunity to meet you. It’s a pleasure for sure Kate, thank you.

        A radiant Sunflower chosen as a gravatar motif speaks volumes about the person you are 🙂

        Brightest Blessings. Namaste ❤


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          • Namaste Calm Kate 🙂

            It’s mandatory for Welsh Wizards… but then again so is expressing truth 😉 I’m appreciative of your invite and delighted to have met you, thank you.

            Sunflowers are amongst my favourite plants, no doubt inspired by a liking for the poetic artistry of William Blake. As such I’ll leave you a poem of his…

            ~ Ah! Sunflower ~ By ~ William Blake ~

            Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
            Who countest the steps of the sun,
            Seeking after that sweet golden clime
            Where the traveller’s journey is done;

            Where the youth pined away with desire,
            And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
            Arise from their graves and aspire;
            Where my sunflower wishes to go.
            Enjoy a pleasant weekend. Take care in all ways always 🙂

            Namaste 🙂


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  2. I’ve blogged in the past about my foray into blogging in 2005 on Xanga. Then when Xanga changed so much I had friends invite me to WordPress in 2011. It’s definitely been an interesting and joyful experience!
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…those roses are so regal and beautiful! 🙂

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  3. It’s a great community supporting your work. The thing I’ve learned is to be dedicated, don’t run after hits or making money but make it a passion. I want to write a novel as well. But, blogging got me the opportunity to write for some web publications as well. That’s the cherry on cake! Of course, there are lots of politics among bloggers but trick is to keep working honestly and don’t be dampened by it. For me, content comes first and hits don’t really matter.

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  4. Inspiring what you write.
    I fell ill, I had to stay in bed, so I started to write about my thoughts, past trips, about everyday life. I wrote for myself, but it inspired me so much that I keep writing and sharing thoughts with others. I’m glad that I met you, Kate.

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  5. Where are your answers Kate?
    You already know my answer to your first question. I started blogging for a space to write my reasons to live. To focus on the reasons why yes, instead of why not.

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  6. Kate:

    I started blogging in late 2015 because I wanted to start writing about the experience of buying a sailboat before I did it, then I wanted to keep the blog going while we (hopefully) prepped and followed through with our aspirations of sailing away on a cruising boat. Now, three years later, we’ve sold our house, put all our stuff in storage and live full time on a cruising sailboat waiting to leave in Oct of this year. We live on this small boat with our two kids and Great Dane and I write about this life. Lots of other folks have blogs and vlogs detailing the same thing, but I think we have a unique family perspective on doing this. We travel with our kids always and we continue to adventure even with kids. I also write about other than boating stuff occasionally, but it’s mostly adventure travel based as I used to do alot of adventure sports related travel. thanks for raising these questions, might also be a great post idea for me. If you’re interested in reading more of my blog, we are:

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  7. you can read my answers here:

    Or, you can also read it below:

    Question 1: what lead you to start blogging?

    Answer: it might be funny to say this, but joblessness made me start blogging about 7 years ago. Since I was young, I liked writing, but didn’t really have any direction, or know what to do, or where to start; however, the internet changed my life after I acquired my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but was jobless. During that time, I always browsed the internet for the fun of it, till one day when a strong thought compelled me to type these words on Google: “how to make money by writing”. Every blogging-related experience I’ve had since that day has made me happy to have Google-searched that popular long-tail keyword, and follow it up with consistent action, persistence and patience.

    Question 2: Has your motivation changed since starting?

    Answer: Generally, it hasn’t. There have been us and downs on my personal blogging platforms whenever I do freelance writing work, but my motivation for both self blogging and freelance blogging has always been between moderate and high, even when I mix the 2 together.

    Question 3: What has the experience been like?

    Answer: challenging but rewarding ($$$); interesting, self-satisfying and entertaining. I earned my first $10 (in 2012) from blogging on a website. Since then, I’ve written — and even edited — for quite a number of websites and clients. It got to a point where I started earning not less than $1000 per month. You might know exciting it is to earn such an amount of money (which you might say is little) while living in a poverty-stricken and corrupt African nation. If you convert $1000 to Naira, you won’t get anything less than 320,000 Naira; A lot of Ph.D holders (and probably even professors) in my country don’t earn that much.

    Question 4: Have you learnt anything?

    Answer: I’ve learnt a lot: grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Also, I’ve learnt how to be more patient, work with time, and accept good criticism.

    Question 5: Has your writing style changed?

    Answer: My initial writing style has changed a bit because the rules and high degree of diversity on the internet has compelled it to. I’ve observed that there is/are way(s) the internet works. If what you’ve known from the onset isn’t in line with it, then you may have to change and adapt to its tune (one example is SEO) in order to succeed on it.

    Question 6: Are you planning to write a novel or are you already published?

    Answer: I am planning to write books after I get a domain, publish a lot on it and start earn good money. This will make me reduce or stop freelance writing/blogging for clients, and concentrate on my own thing.

    Question 7: What advice would you give to a new blogger?

    Answer: It all depends on what the new blogger wants to achieve in blogging. It’s unlikely we’ll have the same goals. Does the blogger want to blog inconsistently or consistently? Or does the blogger want to blog for freelance purposes (clients), or for their own blog? Whatever the person wants to do, the person must have passion, and be dedicated and disciplined to “work within his/her own pace”; remember: “within his/her own pace”. Don’t try to mimic other people’s work ethics.
    However, I want to advice: if you want to be a great blogger, then you must take the bull by the horn: be hard-working, be regular in writing/posting something valuable, learn from good criticism, reject bad criticism, always update your knowledge of words/use of grammar (there’s always something to learn), and always interact with your fellow bloggers via their blogs, especially if their blogs are related to your areas of interest.


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