7 Lessons Learned by Writing Over Three Thousand Blog Posts8 min read

Three thousand blog posts published over eight and a half years of daily blogging…

I’d say it’s a decent amount of content. Could I have written and published more? Sure. More is always the answer when it comes to how much work one can do. I could have written better posts, developed my projects better…

But the truth is that my writing has developed a lot since I wrote my first post on this blog, back in April 2012.

I’ve also learned a few other things that I’d like to share with you.

1. Most of My Articles Are Awful

Looking back, reading articles I’ve written in 2013–2015, most of them are just bad.

Articles that I had to write and publish because I was trying to adhere to some dumb rule of consistency (an impossible one that required me to publish at least 2 different articles a day on 3 different blogs).

Articles I rushed to publish because I had not enough mental clarity to properly discuss the topic.

Articles that, well, were badly written, riddled with typos and errors, formatted in a way that that it all looked like a neverending chunk of text.

Heck, even the articles I was most proud of, the ones that got thousands of likes and hundreds of comments, the ones that I wrote under the effect of the muse, made me feel like I could have done better.

Of course, there are two main reasons for this:

  • The articles were indeed bad.
  • I had progressed in such a way that I could no longer relate to or even appreciate my own writing.

After eight years of blogging, it would have been troublesome, to say the least, to read some of my first articles and notice no progress in terms of quality or writing style.

Count on skills to develop over time, and also count on not being able to relate to (or be proud of) most of your creative output. It is what it is. Failure is the path of any creative endeavor, and we never quite manage to create something perfect, so we just give up and click publish.

2. I Switched Niches a Few Times

When I first started in April, 2012, I was writing book reviews. Yes. I was a book reviewer at first, even though I had no natural inclination towards reviewing anything.

There’s an art to that, and I won’t dwell too much on the topic, but it requires, among a keen eye for detail and killer taste, an almost superhuman ability to write in an entertaining and fascinating manner.

After a couple of months of reviewing books, I began writing essays about art and the creative process. About writing, but without giving advice or trying to preach.

Then I wrote a (mostly) inspirational article about my journey as a writer, ever since I wrote my first story when I was 14 years old. It did extremely well, and it made me realize that I both enjoyed writing and sharing inspirational articles.

That’s when I changed my niche yet again, deciding to write about motivation and inspiration, and a couple of years later I was writing about self-development, self-help, and success.

Sticking to a niche, no matter what, is guaranteed to lead to burnout and creative bankruptcy.

As we accumulate knowledge and skills, the topics and ideas we want to write about change. Our notions change. It’s natural.

I began by sharing blogging advice on The Art of Blogging, but also wrote an entire series of articles on mindset —  a bit of inspiration, a bit of motivation, and some psychology and persuasion techniques thrown in as well. Oh, and the occasional wake-up call as well.

Do not be afraid to slowly shift towards different niches, or to write about related topics. It’s how the journey is supposed to be.

3. Inspiration Is the By-Product of Consistency

I can remember whether most of my articles were written under the effect of inspiration or not.

And do you want to know the truth?

I can’t tell the difference between what came easy, what felt like strolling my fingers across the keyboard, and what I had to force myself to write, what I had to struggle for.

If you’ve been blogging for some time, you must have faced this urge to only write when inspired.

Don’t.

Write according to a schedule, according to a clear content strategy, and write in order to reach your goals.

Inspiration is a myth. It’s what happens to you after you do countless hours of work.

The more you work, the more inspired you feel.

The thing is that ideas come from connecting the dots. It’s that easy. Ideas come from past experiences, books I have read, conversations I have overheard. The obstacles I had to overcome.

If you look in the dictionary under the word “procrastination,” you’ll likely find an old photo of me.

I only used to write when I felt like it. Not for the past 5 years or so. I write because that’s my routine, because showing up is half the battle.

I show up, whether I feel like it or not, and when I look back at my content, I honestly can’t tell the difference between what I wrote under the inspiration of the muse, and what I had to force myself to sit down and write into existence.

4. The Best Way to Do Great Work Is to Think and Act Like a Beginner

I went through a dark age of sorts. Two years during which I felt that blogging was a soul-sucking endeavor. It was painful.

The truth?

I thought there was nothing more to learn.

That was a lie, and just when you think that you have reached the top, that’s when everyone else starts to surpass you.

A beginner’s mindset is key not only to get to the top but to stay there as well. The world wide web is a fast-changing environment.

The only way to keep up is to always be on the lookout for opportunities, to always approach blogging as a novice, willing to learn, to adapt, and to overcome difficulties.

Otherwise, you will become irrelevant in about 2 to 3 years.

5. The Most Fun I Had Was When I Was Experimenting

Experiment. Not everything that works for other bloggers works for you or me. It’s okay if you write something new and different and your post only gets 16 views.

You can always recycle content. After all, if you have a few main themes, you’re bound to tackle them a few times. If it’s a topic you care deeply about, you’ll be writing about it more than once.

This is something most bloggers forget to do after a while.

Experimentation is how you develop new skills, figure out a niche that’s better suited, or engage other parts of your brain.

Experimentation is how you connect the dots or how you develop a different writing style.

So, don’t be afraid to experiment.

When it comes to blogging, you can certainly change even the things that aren’t broken.

6. Going Viral Is a Curse in Disguise

I launched my blog on April 22, 2012. I published daily content. The first article of mine to go viral was on the 5th of June, 2012.

And, yes, it felt great, and, yes, I did work harder and managed to take advantage of this opportunity over the following months and had a few more articles go viral, but the truth is… it all happened too early in the game.

It’s not that I didn’t appreciate what had happened, it was that I didn’t know how to replicate it.

That’s why I say overnight success is not worth it.

Focus on the incremental improvements, on metrics that you understand and can replicate if you want to.

Don’t try to win the lottery or rig the system, but try to understand the game and play it so well that you can consistently publish content people want to read.

7. Being Popular Does Not Automatically Mean You’re Liked, Respected, and Admired

Anyone can become popular these days. Well, almost anyone.

But the truth is that we live in a world where influencers with millions of followers fail to sell even a few t-shirts.

Popularity does not mean money, and popularity doesn’t mean you are an authority in your niche.

The numbers don’t lie, but they aren’t telling you the whole truth either.

The road to 1,000 true fans is far more difficult than just getting a thousand people to scan through your articles.

A lot of people will like, few will share, and even fewer will buy.

If you want your work to feel meaningful five years from now, stop chasing the numbers, and focus on sharing work that positively impacts the lives of your readers. Engage with them. Interact with others in your niche. Be a part of the conversation that goes on in the community.

Don’t focus on numbers, but rather on the strength of the connections you make and on the quality of the content you share.


In the end, there’s something else I learned.

There are some aspects of blogging that can’t be reverse-engineered.

In order to fully understand and internalize the most important lessons from writing and publishing over 3,000 articles, you have to write and publish 3,000 articles yourself.

Sometimes, there’s no substitute for first-hand experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Punch the damn keys.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

58 thoughts on “7 Lessons Learned by Writing Over Three Thousand Blog Posts8 min read

  1. “It’s okay if you write something new and different and your post only gets 16 views.” – I needed to hear this. Thanks for encouraging newbies like us, Cristian. 🙂

  2. Wonderful read for an upstart blogger like myself. The ‘procrastination’ bit is something I could relate to – the longer you dwell on something, the less likely you’re going to do anything about it.

    So everytime I get an idea for a blog, I make sure to get started on it immediately before the drive fizzles out. It’s helped me so far. 🙂

  3. Thank you, Cristian. Great words. And congratulations! I thought long and hard before I started a blog. With a little research and reading some of your posts, it was quickly obvious to me that it’s a commitment for the long haul. That is, in your time, creativity, to yourself and to your readers. We don’t expect to make deep friendships overnight, so why think it will happen with our blogs? Good relationships take time to build.

  4. Thank you for sharing your advice! I am currently in a writing rut. My wife and I just had our fourth kid born and I have been running low on sleep. The one constant I have been making an effort is to read daily even if it only a few minutes.

  5. Yes, successful blogs are built one post at a time… and the issue of “success” is in the eye of the beholder, right? It’s not just about numbers!

  6. Im new to blogging too, and I find inspiration when I travel which I do not so often so I also write less. I wish I could get more inspiration too.

  7. ‘Have fun. Enjoy writing just for the sake of it….’ I love this part, but I am interested in what made you publish your first post? And what’s kept you going for the years after?

  8. This post is just like a morning breakfast to me, it’s quite inspiring. Thank you for sharing, I have been on and off blogging for about three and a half years now, but fully back Gods willing’ and with articles like this, there’s no turning back. Thanks

    1. Thank you for taking time to read my content.

      Well, the idea is that you must be consistent. Don’t focus on how many posts you publish, but on keeping a schedule. Post less frequently, but consistently.

  9. Beautiful illustration. For a growing blogger like me, it’s such an inspiration. Thanks for writing. And all the best all your future posts.

  10. Was able to relate to your post very well. I recently moved towns and settling in took time and it was time away from blogging. I only had personal experiences to put up and was hesitant putting them up. Thanks for giving me an insight and injecting a dose of inspiration. ☺️

  11. Great post as usual. Also, as a Russian American whose first language was Russian, your English is very good. Especially since as far as I know you still love in Romania and have not had the benefit of immersion. Best wishes!

    1. lol! live* in Romania…though I sincerely hope you love there as well. I really hope the West stops stealing your publicly trained youth and leaving your hospitals short staffed. Apologies if my politics annoy you. And take care.

      1. No problem. It’s always great to see somebody really learn a language without actually being immersed. I’d love to learn German and Chinese but I’m thirty and it’s definitely going to take a lot of work. Your success gives me hope.

  12. Great post! Captures the essence of the inspiration of a blank page, the struggle and joy of finding words that articulate something that has meaning. Love the “more you work, more you get inspired” comment.

  13. I would say for most of us who write, there is a sense of deeper purpose. It’s good to remind ourselves of that when we start feeling sorry for ourselves because that “viral popularity” is not coming our way. And yes, I completely agree about inspiration being a myth!!

  14. God I really needed to read this. I am always waiting for inspiration and it has hindered me from doing what I love, writing. Also, I have to fight you on a point. If you look up procrastination in the dictionary, you’ll see my face, not yours! 🙂

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