11 Lessons I Learnt From 11 Years Of Blogging

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Its been 11 years since I wrote my 1st article. Sadly, I cannot recollect what I wrote, neither do I know which blog did I uploaded it on. However, I can tell you this much — it must have been the most awful, ridiculous, stupid and pathetic piece of writing you would ever read. And for those of you who complain that my writing today is riddled with mistakes and not up to the mark, well, allow me to embarrass myself in front of you.

At the end of this article, I will share with you the earliest blog post I could get my hands on dated November 4th 2010. So until then, let me share with you 11 FAQ’S I get from aspiring young bloggers.
Here are the most FAQ on blogging I receive:

  1. WHAT IS STEP 1?
    Step 1 to start as a blogger — is to actually start as one. Forget reading about “how to blog” or “strategies on blogging” or “how to make a blog viral”. Just join any of the free blogging site and start blogging.
  2. BUT I SUCK AT BLOGGING!
    Guess what — we all did. (some of them feel I still do). No one starts off as a professional blogger. We all started off as headless chicken in the world of blogging.
  3. MY GRAMMAR SUCKS!
    If my school English teacher could check the number of grammatical mistakes I make on my blog, she would be ashamed to acknowledge that I was one of her student. I’m pretty sure my grammar is even worse than some 11 year old kids blog. And I know this because many youngsters on my Whatsapp groups keep sending me screenshots of my Medium articles where I have made plenty of mistakes. And some of them even question my intelligence in the process (Yup — I have to eat humble pie). But here’s the deal — your blog is NOT an English Speaking Course or Module. Your Blog is an expression and extension of yourself, your thoughts and your personality. So it doesn’t matter if you make tons of mistakes.
  4. I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING WORTHWHILE TO SHARE!
    That’s what you may think. Keep in mind, everyone has a story, everyone has a tale, everyone has something to share. Even if you share 10lines — just 10, that would suffice as one blog.
  5. HOW MANY WORDS DO I WRITE TO QUALIFY MY ARTICLE AS A GOOD SEO ARTICLE?
    If you are relatively new, don’t bother much about SEO or trying to make it a hardcore quality article. Even if you have the capacity to write 100 words — start with that. However, if you still want to know how many words you should have to make it a good SEO article, you would need at least 3,500 words with the keyword being mentioned at least 20% to 40% throughout in the article.
  6. WHAT IF I COPY SOMEONE ELSE’S ARTICLE OR SOMEONE COPIES MY ARTICLE?
    People normally feel they are smarter than Google or they have found this incredible secret to copy other people’s content and get away with it. If it was so easy, wouldn’t everyone do this? Google can actually detect if you have copied someone else’s article and if that is found (and which it will be), you can be rest assured your blog/website will be downgraded and eventually be no longer visible on Google. So avoid doing anything like this. And for those who copy your content — that’s great! Nothing like having some free publicity.
  7. I HAVE WRITTEN AN ARTICLE . WHAT DO I DO NOW?
    STEP 1 — Ask ONE PERSON you know to read your article and give you his feedback. Approach this one person via a private message or email and seek their opinion. So that way, you are not only getting a view, you are also getting feedback on how to do better and some ideas for free.
    BUT IMPORTANT : DO NOT START SPAMMING EVERYONE WITH YOUR LINK!!! People HATE that. (so many idiots do it in my groups! Even AFTER warning them again and again!)
  8. ALRIGHT — I HAVE 2 PEOPLE WHO CHECKED MY ARTICLE (MOM & DAD), NOW WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
    Alright — got your 1st article? BRAVO!!! Now aim for at least 50 articles. Give yourself a target to create 50 articles. I had given myself a target of writing down 100 articles of 100 words before I created my own website. The reason being — what was the point of creating a website if I had no content on it? So your goal is to create MORE content.
  9. ALRIGHT — WHAT DO I DO AFTER I CREATE 50 ARTICLES?
    Write articles, answers & comments on Linkedin, Quora, Yahoo Answers, Medium and be a contributor on other blogs. Engage in discussions & view points. And after you have given them a worthwhile article or well-researched answer — leave your digital signature and link below in one line stating “For more articles like these — please check *insert link*
  10. WHY SHOULD I CREATE A BLOG? WHAT’S THE BENEFIT?
    Agreed, maybe you are getting a nice comfortable salary today while working for someone else. So you may not NEED a blog. But the day you are about to change your job, look for a better opportunity or market/sell your services to someone worthwhile, YOU and YOUR ARTICLES will appear on the Google Search. That is why whenever anyone asks me “Who am I?” I tell them “Google: Loy Machedo”
  11. IF THERE WAS ONE HACK, ONE SECRET OR ONE THING YOU WOULD NEVER SHARE WITH ANYONE ABOUT BLOGGING — WHAT WOULD IT BE?
    The one secret, The one Hack & The One Strategy I wouldn’t share with anyone is this — Blog every single day at least for 100 words. Consistency, Perseverance, Hard-Work & Singularity of Focus beats Talent, A big SEO budget or early luck any given day. The more you keep at it, the more you will be recognized, respected and revered for your content.
    Remember — I am a school drop out whose English sucked. If today, it is at least readable, it is because of the 1,000’s of article I shared online. And that is why today I am exceptionally successful when people search for my brand online.

I hope you have an amazing blogging experience.
Oh by the way — as I promised, given below is the EARLIEST style of my writing. Check out how terrible my writing style was (I couldn’t draft an email if my life depended on it.). The article is around 7 years old. This was at least bearable in comparison to the ones I had written when I was just started my blogging career….

Read & Enjoy (or laugh)

Loy Machedo

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What life is for me at 33 years old.

November 4, 2010 at 9:17pm

What life is for me at 33 years old.
Feels strange.
At 23 years old
I would spring up
Jump and start the day
Brush my teeth violently
Scrub my hair with all the concoction of shampoos
Run out of a hot shower into a chill AC
Look at my face in the mirror
And visualize I am a super hot hero
Admire my 6 pack abs
Because women love it
Dress up super fast
Spray all the perfume in the world to smell sexy
Gel my hair till there was no more gel for another use
Show off myself to women
as if I was a whore for sale
Drool at every female specie I would notice
And where time passed so fast
meeting one female after another
listening to their romantic talks
one after another
I would finally hit the gym
Lift super heavy weights
As much as my soft joints could take
Scream as if I was in labor
Until I would come home
Eat Arnold Schwarzenegger diet
of 12 pieces of KFC
And then move on to see which other girl
I would meet for the day
And be her guide until late hours of the night.
And as I sleep,
I would imagine the billions I would make
Because I would be what Napoleon Hill said
The next billionaire.

Ladies and Gentlemen
Welcome to my past.

At 33 years old.
I struggle to get out of bed
I brush my teeth slowly because of the damage I had done to them
Wash my bald head with one drop of washing liquid
Because it gives a better shine to it
Move out of a cold shower
So that I dont get sick
Look at my face in the mirror
And wonder who the fuck is looking back
Look at my hanging pregnant tummy
And wonder if I can squeeze my trousers back up
Spray a cheap deo that would last for hours
Look at women and scream ‘sour grapes’
Hit the gym on a treadmill moving slowly so as
not to hurt my joints
while being able to read a newspaper for today’s gossip
and look around and wonder
why youngsters are so stupid to lift so heavy
Go back home and eat a simple meal
more on salads because now Arnold is nearly dying
Then I would watch porn because at least that is more relaxing
that listening to the nonsense of a woman.
And as I sleep
I would wonder
Would I have a job tomorrow.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Welcome to reality.

Loy Machedo

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