Discover

What a week last week was.

For those of you who don’t know, my blog post “Reflecting on Four Years of Blogging” was featured on WordPress Discover last Monday.

I’d like to thank Cheri Lucas Rowlands for making it possible, and for making my heart skip a few beats when she sent me the email back in June informing me it was going to be featured.

There are goals I’ve given myself for this blog that I don’t really talk about. That being said, I’ll tell you one right now.

WordPress used to feature blog posts on Freshly Pressed. Somehow, I ended up on there three times. And then it went away and Discover took its place. When that happened, my goal became to be featured on Discover.

I didn’t know how I would do it, just like I didn’t know how to get featured on Freshly Pressed. I just told myself that I’d try and make every blog post better than the last and if it were meant to be, it would happen, somehow.

Well, this past January I was included in a post on Discover with other bloggers, to provide my digital diet for 2017.

That was great, but my goal still remained. I wanted to be featured on Discover for a blog post I wrote.

It wasn’t so much of an ego thing, as it was me setting a goal that would ensure I didn’t get complacent with this blog. I used it as motivation.

Also, I really wanted that Discover image on the side of my blog. It looks cool.

So then the 4th anniversary of my blog came up on June 23rd and I wrote a reflection of what the last four years here have meant to me.

Then I put it on Twitter and the rest is history.

Between the comments on the Discover page, as well as the post on my own blog, I’ve heard from hundreds of people.

To be told that I was inspiring other bloggers – especially new ones – to write from the heart, and not worry so much about being perfect, is still too amazing for me to comprehend.

When I started this blog, I had no one giving me advice. At the time, I wish I did. I wish someone told me I wasn’t tagging my posts properly.

I wish someone told me to relax and stop writing as if it were a university essay.

I wish someone told me that blogging would get easier and people would care, despite what the three views and no likes on my stats page told me.

I wish I knew that stuff and a whole lot more. But I didn’t. I was a fish out of water and two months in was featured on Freshly Pressed, still unsure of what I was really doing.

I wanted people to know my blogging struggles when I wrote my 4th anniversary post. I wanted to be the person that gave advice because I know how desperately I needed it and never got it.

This place isn’t about views or likes, it’s about the strangers that become friends.

If you’re a new blogger and are feeling discouraged, I’m here to tell you not to. Keep writing. People can’t read your blog if you don’t give them something to read.

Seek out other bloggers. Find people you connect with. Build that bond.

I love sports. I don’t really follow that many sports blogs. Of course, I like to follow blogs that are about things that interest me, but I like following blogs that are about things I don’t know about, just as much.

It’s a free education if you think about it.

Also, many people have told me that they’re struggling to find a niche/theme for their blog.

I had a niche. It lasted for two months and I got bored.

The theme of your blog is you. That means, you can write about anything you want. Even if you are a makeup blog, or a book blog, or a music blog, or a sports blog, or a food blog – if a day comes where you want to write about a funny encounter at the grocery store, DO IT.

You don’t need a niche, you need your voice.

More than I look for blogs that interest me, I look for bloggers who have a story to tell. I look for bloggers who are telling a story through their words.

I look for bloggers who talk so passionately about something, I can’t help but pay attention, regardless of the topic.

I’m not vegan, but I followed about four vegan blogs in the last week because they caught my attention and are teaching me things I never knew. Also, food pictures.

You’ll be shocked to find out your “audience” can be absolutely anyone.

So, where do I go from here?

The short answer – to sleep.

The long answer – I’ll keep writing. There are a lot more blogging goals to cross off.

When I was featured for the first time in September 2013, I struggled afterwards. Sure, I posted a bunch of things, but internally, I felt like I had peaked. I felt like nothing I ever wrote again would be as good as my featured post.

That bothered me for a long time.

And then I realized that the best blog posts I’m going to write are about things I haven’t experienced, or thought of, yet. I needed to give life some time to unfold, so I could know what to write about.

That’s why I don’t really know what my next blog post will ever be. Life needs to happen first.

I already know of about three topics for blog posts that I’ll probably write at some point over the next few years, but I can’t write them until then. I don’t have all the facts. I don’t know what the order of the words in those posts are yet.

Until then, I’ll be here trying to make you laugh, think, cry, spit water up, or cause a scene in public.

At some point this week, I want to share some “blogging tips” with you but they aren’t going to be the cliche things you’re used to. These are real tips. They are things I’ve noticed new bloggers do/not do, that are hindering them.

I want to help. So be on the lookout for that post. It won’t be called Blogging 101, but it might be called Blogging 202, or Blogging 307 because I like random numbers.

Lastly, welcome to those of you who are new here! Grab a name tag and a pizza slice and awkwardly join a conversation. Also, feel free to take your shoes off and stay a while, this is a Canadian blog after all.

Thank you for all your comments, support, and love. Thank you for making me feel like I’m making a difference, while I sit in a dark room and stare at a screen during the middle of the night.

I’d pinch myself to make sure this whole blogging thing is real, but I’d look like foolish.

Goodnight.

Twitter – @CappyTalks

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About Paul

This is the part where I'm supposed to write something interesting about myself and you'll read it and think, "That's not that interesting." So let's not do that and just think about pizza instead, on the count of three. One, two, three. Donuts. Now, wasn't that interesting?
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58 Responses to Discover

  1. I am look forward to that blog! You’re awesome Paul

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  2. Angela says:

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!

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  3. Oh good on you! You’ve come so far and it’s such an inspiration for someone new at blogging like myself. Since becoming a mum, I have sadly lost a few friends due to lack of contact socially. So I decided to open up a blog to write my heart out because it can get quite lonely at home with a baby! I absolutely love writing and sharing my experiences. And what makes it even better, is that the blogging community is really supportive. People do read and they do comment!

    Looking forward to future works from you Paul! 🙂

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  4. I’m pretty sure I found you from that January Discover piece. I’ve always been glad I did. You’re one of my favorites. Congratulations on having one of your own works on Discover. It is well deserved.

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  5. Quinn says:

    Good job Paul! You’re right, the sticker does look good. I might have to dig mine out and stick it on too…

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  6. Aarti says:

    There are indications out there which suggest that each one started as no-one to some-one or nothing to something… Your blog is one such indication. I appreciate you being honest and your words just flow so smooth.

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  7. lauraashurst says:

    Hi there,
    I’m very new to this blogging game (i.e.two blog posts!) You have encouraged and inspired me to stick with it.
    Thank you so much.
    Laura 😊

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  8. TeeVee says:

    It really is an amazing feeling to not be worried about the likes and whatnot. Just being able to write what You think is an important skill because in this age, so many people have tremendous troubles opening up about themselves. It’s so so crucial to give a clear platform for that voice inside Your head. I love this, thank You so much for writing this!

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    • Paul says:

      Thank you! It’s just so much easier to write when we’re not thinking about how each word is going to be received by an anonymous reader on the other end. I’m glad I could inspire others.

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  9. You’re blog makes me want to be a better person and a better writer and WHAT. ARE. TAGS?! You’re an inspiration. And I’ve began to notice that connecting with other writers is my goal now…as opposed to stalking my non-existing stats page. To my surprise, there are more people reading than I thought (thanks to texts and Facebook messages and NOT to the likes or comments on my posts). I know I’m A LOT to take in as a writer so thank you for your support! Looking forward to this adventure! Happy Monday new blog-friend!

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    • Paul says:

      Thank you Ely (can I call you that?)! Haha “what are tags”. And this is why I wanna write a post later this week to help bloggers like you! Tags are topics like “life, food, humor, etc.” that you add to your blog post (on the side of the editor thing) that make your post visible to people in their Reader when they search to read about those tags. I hope that made sense haha. Thanks for finding my blog, you add a whole different energy to it which I enjoy!

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      • Absolutely! Lol so long as I can call you Captain Paul! Deal?! And I did do some researching on tags… it’s the same concept as hashtags on IG… type in those key words and connect with people who have similar interests type of thing. I’m totally getting it, one day at a time now if only I can figure out these damn MENUS!!! omggg!

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      • Paul says:

        You may call me that! Ah menus are tricky. You have to first create categories which can be done under “Posts”. And then you go to Menus and drag the category over. It’s a lot of trial and error, mainly error lol

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    • Paul says:

      Btw, may I follow you on instagram?

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  10. YOUR BLOG* for fox sake. Ha.

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  11. donsevener says:

    I find your blog interesting and entertaining. I’m a pretty new blogger (don7er.com) and find I look forward each day, or whenever, to writing and sharing what’s on my mind. I’ve had few comments to posts, but just from family and friends. Even so, I tell myself a.) at least somebody is paying attention, and b.) it’s not about them, it’s about me — writing because I want to express some thoughts, rants, and cleverisms.

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    • Paul says:

      That’s a good mentality to have! Keep reaching out to other bloggers, like you’ve done here, and slowly but surely people will become aware of your blog. It’s a process, but it’s worth. Best of luck!

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  12. rebbit7 says:

    Having followed you these last few years, I’m proud that you’ve come so far. It’s truly an honor to get discovered on Discover (pun intended), and your posts deserve the recognition. I look forward to more of your posts in due time– keep on writing!

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  13. Paul!! Can you please quit taking words out of my mouth? You said it so well, once again! I can’t wait to see what stories I experience as time goes on and then what I come up with to share with you all! Super excitedly proud of you and a wee bit jealous of your feature 😉 I too am writing for the day that mine gets read and loved!!

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    • Paul says:

      That day will come! Just keep writing and thinking positive thoughts…(that’s my only advice because I don’t know why I’ve been featured 4 times other than that).

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  14. If you’re a new blogger and are feeling discouraged, I’m here to tell you not to. Keep writing. People can’t read your blog if you don’t give them something to read.

    This is my pillar from today onwards…..thank you so much sir

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  15. Yoly says:

    Congrats !!! I’m so happy for you.

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  16. ellem63 says:

    The badges really do look cool on your blog page! Thank you for the encouragement you give.

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  17. This is the second time your blog has touched me so I want to share something..
    I am an introvert sort of person and don’t easily connect with people in real life.. however I was told I write well by those who I could connect with..so like most introverts I turned to blog space for finding a way to let my thoughts off..but I quickly realised that even the things I thought were best penned by me had no views here..so just like you i also didn’t have a good experience.
    But since then I have found that reading is as much fun as writing here..to know that other people have similar struggles and unusual way out helps me in carving my way as well.
    And of course, you are correct in saying that the niche of blog should be the blogger..I have already done that mistake.. trying to make the niche as what I write and not what I am.
    I am glad you got featured.. that’s how I and many others who needed the guidance came to know of you..keep it up.. wishing you even more success in future.

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    • Paul says:

      Hey! Thank you so much for this comment. I know it’s tough trying to find a footing in the blogging world and get views and likes. Just remember, if a post didn’t get views it doesn’t mean people didn’t like it, it just means they maybe didn’t see it. To change that, keep doing what you’re doing and reading other blogs and reaching out to people and that way, they will know about your blog and be compelled to read your posts. Don’t give up. Thanks again!

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  18. 🙂 My favorite one is “I wish someone told me that blogging would get easier and people would care, despite what the three views and no likes on my stats page told me.”

    It’s so true 🙂

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  19. Ariel Lynn says:

    Congratulations!!

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  20. Very much looking forward to Blogging 307, it’s gonna be good. On another note, I know I already congratulated you but that wasn’t on WordPress and for some reason that matters. Congrats on getting featured!! You’re so unapologetically you and that’s awesome and exactly what draws people in, so keep it up 😀

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  21. Laura says:

    Oh my…this. With all the feels. I’ve dropped off the grid, we’ve been on the move so much this summer, & I missed the awesome news about Discover. So, so excited for you! My deep dark secret when I started was that I wanted to be on Freshly Pressed, but that ship’s sailed. I guess I need to shift aim, huh?

    I always love reading your posts. What you’ve said here hits the nail on the head: we’re not niche(s?), we’re people with voices. And you almost always make me spit something out while laughing.

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    • Paul says:

      Haha I’m glad to hear that, as long as you don’t choke! Thanks for the kind words, you’re one of my best supporters and I really appreciate. 🙂

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  22. Barb Knowles says:

    Of course I love this. I, too, am trying to improve my blog and also have the goal of having another post featured. I also have the goal of having more views than last year (a goal every year) because it tells me I’m writing more often and more people find my posts interesting. As I follow posts that I think are interesting and make me laugh or make me think. Great post.

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