I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again.  The first year of your blog is the most critical.  The first 6 months is the hardest.  This is the time that a lot of beginning bloggers get discouraged, and they end up deleting their blogs. Then they create a new blog, and the cycle starts all over again.

tired and lazy anime girl

Why does this keep on happening?  Of course there are many factors, and they’re different for each blogger.  But I think that one of the main reasons is discouragement.  In “I Regularly Take Breaks From Blogging And Why You Should, Too”, I discussed the huge influence of disappointments and insecurity in driving many bloggers to terminate their blogs within a year.

Fix Your Blogging Habits

l think that deleting your blog to create a new one on the same topic is a big waste of time and energy.  Don’t blame the blog title or bad luck for your blog’s failure; although I agree that these can be valid reasons, too.  Creating a new blog every time you feel discouraged is not the answer.  The solution is fixing your blogging habits.

Why should I fix my blogging habits, you ask?  I’m not even getting paid, you say?  If you’re not interested, then by all means, stop reading this post and carry on with your current blogging habits.  But don’t complain when nobody’s reading your posts.

So what constitutes good blogging habits?  I’m going to talk about that some other time, but I think that they’re different for each blogger.  I suggest you start thinking what good blogging habits YOU want to adapt.  For this post, I’ll focus on the benefits of good blogging habits.

6 Benefits of Good Blogging Habits

1. Regular Updates
Your blog is updated regularly, which means that there will be more content available to be indexed by search engines; which means MORE VISIBILITY!!!  More posts also means that your readers will have more to read; which means that they spend a LONGER time on your blog.

2. Obtain Loyal Readers
You’ll steadily build loyal readership and, ultimately, great friends who encourage, motivate, and support your development as a blogger.


3. Improved Writing Skills
This goes without saying. How many times have you heard about this one? But it bears repeating. Unless you are 100% pure photoblogger or vlogger who don’t use the written word often, regular blogging plus good blogging habits WILL improve your writing skills. And of course, you will also learn by reading posts by other great bloggers who have far superior writing skills than you.  I know because I learn a lot reading from great writers.

4. Quality Posts in Less Time
As you become used to writing for your blog, you’ll gradually find that you need less time to complete a polished post compared to when you first started blogging. I took an entire month to plan and outline everything in my blog before I even created it. I worked my ass off for the first 3 months of Fujinsei, writing posts like a madwoman. Afterwards, I found it easier to write posts compared to those first 3 months. Now I often have entire posts already written in my head, including the images, even before physically writing them. I rarely stare at a blank page now, and all I have to do is type because most of the time, I already know exactly what I’m going to write.

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5. Informed With The Latest News
Good blogging doesn’t only mean good writing, but building good relationships with fellow bloggers. By taking the time to read posts by other bloggers, you’ll be updated and informed about the latest happenings within your area of interest. The most common is by reading your peers’ posts. But you know what? Once you become really great friends with other bloggers, sometimes you don’t have to take the effort of going to their blogs and reading their posts. Once you become really great friends with other bloggers, they’re the ones who are going to take the extra mile to inform you about the latest news. How cool is that?  And yes, this kind of awesome, smart, and nice people still exist on the Internet.  Suprise, surpise.  So don’t ignore other bloggers. Befriend them, and then treasure the relationships you build with them.

6. Incredible Sense of Accomplishment
Blogging can be one of the loneliest and most frustrating endeavours in this hyper-connected society that we live in today.  However, if you successfully maintain a positive mindset, good blogging habits, and keep on building healthy relationships with other bloggers, blogging CAN feel damn rewarding.  I’m not talking about material rewards.  I’m talking about the delicious sense of accomplishment and pride you obtain by developing from a completely naive wannabe into a respectable blogger.  Be proud!  You worked hard to write those archive of posts.  Remember the frustrating first blank page?  You worked hard to steadily grow that follower list.  Remember that you had zero?  Never deny yourself that sense of accomplishment.  You deserve it.

kageyama and hinata yatta - haikyuu

Of course, there are many other benefits of good blogging habits, but these 6 are the most important personally for me as a blogger.  I dedicate this post to all beginning bloggers who are still finding their way in this vast and often scary blogosphere.  I hope that you get to experience the sense of accomplishment and pride that I’m talking about and more.  And as always, don’t forget to have fun.

That’s all for today, folks!  Have a great weekend.  Cheers!

-Arria Cross

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Published by Arria Cross

Blogger at fujinsei.com since 2014. Currently a webnovelist. Check out my work "His Genius is a Superstar".

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  1. Wow I found this post so useful, I do have a bad habit of losing interest when I start new hobbies or projects. But I love anime and writing about anime and knowing that it will get easier the more I do it helps me feel more motivated for the future of my own blog thanks

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    1. I’m glad that you find this post helpful. That’s what I’m hoping for. Yes. Most of us run out of enthusiasm and motivation after a time, but if you persist and try to enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll still have the energy to keep on going on. And yes, I’ll guarantee that it’ll be easier in the future. Keep at it. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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    1. Aw, thank you very much. And welcome to WordPress! Well, yes. I understand the feeling of initial lost and confusion. I was like that, too. Feel free to message me if you need any help or just want someone to talk to. I may not always reply right away, but I will as long as you’re nice. 😉
      Anyway, I hope that you enjoy blogging here with the rest of us. Happy New Year. Cheers!

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  2. Reblogged this on Precious Walker and commented:

    This really helps me a lot. I always always always gets discourage but thanks to this I no longer thought that way. MUST READ especially to BEGINNERS like me 😉

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad that you find this post helpful. I don’t consider myself as a “veteran” blogger, but I know how it feels to be a first-time blogger. I hope that by posting these blogging tips, I can ease some of the frustrations that many beginning bloggers experience, even for just a little. Thanks for dropping by. Keep on blogging. Cheers!

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  3. Hi, thank for the tips. Yeah I’m the kind of blogger who get discourage or bored very quickly and stop blogging for a while then come back (as oyu can see in my current blog >_<) Actually my problem is to find good topic hehehe

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    1. I think that taking breaks are important. It’s like charging your empty batteries, so that you can return to blogging again. But I think that it’s admirable that you still return to blogging again and again without totally giving up and deleting your blog.


  4. Wow, I’ve read quite a bit of your blog and I do feel like i’m learning from you and other bloggers! Thanks, I haven’t really felt discouraged yet, in fact I feel very energetic and excited with my blog. Not being cocky, I do believe I have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but so far, i’m enjoying myself and the blog. If you could take a look at my blog and give me any tips, I would very much appreciate it! 🙂 Thanks again!

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    1. Hi, thank you very much. That’s good to hear. Good for you. You’ve only been blogging for 2 months, am I right? That’s about the time that you feel the most energetic. I don’t want to sound like a fortuneteller of bad tidings, but the worst is yet to come. I hope that this post will help ease that coming burn-out when you do experience it. Although I hope that you won’t (that’s rare, though).

      Anyway, I took a look at your blog. If you can just drop me your e-mail via my Contact page, I would like to talk to you about what I think of your blog in a private conversation. But if you’re alright corresponding via public comments here, that’s fine as well. Anyway, just let me know. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!


  5. This is a fine, succinct way of summing up the specific problems new and inexperienced bloggers face. I know I restarted a new blog after I lost steam and took a hiatus. In retrospect this post would have been useful to me back when! Anyhow, networking and tidying up your writing toolkit is a process, isn’t it? And some people are more sociable than others too

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    1. Thank you. Well, I wouldn’t be able to write this post without firsthand experience, so you’re not alone. I’m just drawing from past experience, so that I can help new bloggers to avoid the mistakes I did back then. I’m glad that you find this helpful. That’s what I’m aiming for in writing my blogging tips series. Indeed, it’s a process. It can be enjoyable or frustrating, or both. It depends on the mindset. I hope that you find it enjoyable. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Keep on blogging. Discouragements is just a phase. Cheers!


    1. You’re welcome. And thanks for dropping by, Matthew. Indeed, breaks are very important. I also agree that it’s good to be careful in the things we write because the words we write are our voices on the web. It defines what others perceive us. And yes! Meeting new people is one of the most exciting things in blogging. Hope that you keep on blogging. Cheers!

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      1. You’re welcome. I try to visit as much as I can but sometimes there are things that get in way. Still, I wanted to check out this topic. I like how you broke things down. Cheers ^^

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  6. I love reading about your blogging tips! At the moment it’s really hard for me to find time to write posts with a full time job, organising conventions and my personal life in general. Finding a good balance is something that I really have to work on.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad that you enjoy my blogging tips. I see. I hope that you find a good way to balance everything out in the future, so you’ll enjoy blogging more. Thanks for dropping by. Hope that you keep on blogging. Cheers!


    1. Hi Chrissy! Thanks for dropping by. Indeed, habits need to be made for consistency; although I’m also guilty for slacking off now and then. But it’s okay.

      I’m glad you liked this post. Thanks for your kind words. Keep on blogging. Cheers!

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  7. I know one of the issues I have in my blogging is regular updates. I just need to pick a regular time, like weekly or bi weekly and stick to it. I haven’t been on my blog since last year I think. So I have my work cut out for me, but I plan on using your tips to help.

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    1. I think that updating your blog regularly is one of the most common causes of unsatisfaction to many personal bloggers like us. I suggest that you take even just 1 day of a week and write as much as you can and juse use the schedule function on your editor for future posts, so you don’t have to feel pressured to log on your blog all the time. Hope that you keep on blogging. Cheers!

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      1. Thankfully I have started doing that and it really does take the pressure off of trying to put something out after you know you haven’t posted for weeks. I’m try to work on branching out and adding more content in the different categories I have on my blog.

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  8. The number 2 I have to agree with the most. I posted writing on other sites, but never got any comments or discussions going. But when I was here, granted it took two months, but once it did communicating became really fun with responding to comments. It got me more motivated to write more posts and try to think of more means that would get people to talk about it.

    Nice post in general btw 🙂

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    1. I agree. Having regular discussions with your loyal readers who eventually become your blogging buddies is one of the most fulfilling aspects of blogging, in my opinion. Discussions are not only entertaining, but they’re also educational. I’m glad to hear that you’re more motivated in writing more posts to start more fruitful discussions. Keep it up and thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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  9. I love you for all the blogging tips! It’s quite useful for a newbie like me that gave up on my blog 2 years ago because it was lonely to realize certain things. ;W; But it was I that was at fault for that, for refusing to interact with other people and other blogs. And I’m really happy to have come across this blog and you, Arria-sempai! And of course all the others too that made me learn so much in such a short time! Thank you!

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    1. Oh my gosh. I was just called a “sempai”! I didn’t know it feels this good. (^_^)

      Anyway, you’re welcome. I’ve experienced those, too. I’ve had several blogs before this one that made me discouraged. I took what I learned from those previous blogs to do a better job here now. I’m glad to hear that you find my blogging tipcs useful. Interacting with other bloggers also took me quite a while to learn, and it’s one of the most enjoyable aspects of blogging. We learn a lot from each other. Here’s to more blogging years to come. Keep it up. Cheers!

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    1. I try to plan my posts in advance, but that doesn’t always happen. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way of preparing blog posts. What works for me may not work you and vice versa. I think it’s important to do what you’re comfortable with, right? Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Hope that you keep on blogging. Cheers!

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  10. Thanks for all the tips! I’ve only been blogging a month, but sometimes I definitely feel a tad discouraged – but I’ll definitely persevere and keep all your fantastic tips in mind 🙂

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    1. Oh, a month! Wow. I’m glad that you get to read this post then, especially that you just revealed that you’re starting to feel a little discouraged. I hope that you get past that phase and keep on enjoying blogging . Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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