Three Years of Blogging

Pete Springer—Blogger, teacher, friend, and creator of shenanigans.

On March 15, 2019, I took my maiden blogging voyage, not knowing what I was doing. I’d hardly classify myself as an expert, but I have a lot better idea of what I’m doing now than when I started. What began as an experiment to see if I could set up a blog has taken me on a three-year journey.

People start blogs for all sorts of reasons. For many, it’s an opportunity to grow their business. For me, it was as simple as having a place to exchange ideas and thoughts with people who enjoy writing and conversation. Other forms of social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are fine and serve their specific purposes, but I find far fewer trolls lurking about on blogs. I see blogging as a model to society about how we should treat one another with respect and dignity.

One of the most pleasant things I’ve found since I started blogging is all the friendships I’ve made with people, not only across America but in different parts of the globe. WordPress tells me I’ve had views from people in 97 countries since I started. (I’m somewhat skeptical there have been that many.) Remarkably, I’ve not had one view from Russia during that time. That statistic alone makes me appreciate freedom of speech.

After starting a blog, we quickly learn our “followers” list is an artificial number. Some follow with no intention of ever revisiting our blogs. My best guess is they follow with the hope that we’ll turn around and do the same. As one quickly learns, that isn’t humanly possible. If I follow your blog, please take that as a compliment because that means I think it’s worth spending part of my day with you.

The people who respond to my posts are far more important to me than raw numbers. I enjoy conversing with people, whether it be in person or online. Many writers tend to be introverted, and while I like my privacy, I’m an extroverted person. The pandemic has been challenging to everyone, but I think it’s tougher on guys like me who enjoy being around others.

I organize a monthly retirement lunch with my retired colleagues. I’ve missed not being able to gather with friends. I’m hoping to get that off the ground again next month as we seem to be in a much better place with Covid.

Whatever your interests, it’s likely other bloggers share your passions. It’s just a matter of finding them because they’re out there. I’ve learned to be more selective about the blogs that I follow. Here is my unofficial list of qualities that I look for on a blog:

  1. Engaging content I like bloggers who write about new and fresh topics. Writing about things that everyone else is doing gets stale quickly. It’s a similar comment I’ve read several times from literary agents as I begin to explore the world of publishing. What makes your story or blog unique?
  2. Thought-provoking material Similar to the first, these writers bring up interesting angles and have intriguing ideas that get me to think and often lead to lengthy responses. These are the bloggers I am excited to see a notification from in my in-box because I know it will be worth time well-spent reading their articles.
  3. Humor Laughter is part of my day. One of the qualities I find most appealing is a good sense of humor. It’s a common denominator in many of my closest friends. Part of that quality involves the ability not to take oneself so seriously and to be able to laugh at ourselves. Many studies show that laughter is healthy for us, but I already know that from my own experiences. Laughter takes our stress away, and what could be better for our physical and mental health than that? If you can make me laugh, there’s a good chance I’m going to be a regular on your blog. Even in a serious piece, there are often opportunities to inject humor.
  4. Make me feel something Writers/bloggers must make me experience emotion when reading their material. If I finish a book or blog post and feel nothing, the writer has missed the mark with me. I want to identify with the writer or main characters in some way. These emotions can range, but I want to feel empathy, happiness, sadness, surprise, interest, awe, amusement, joy, admiration, or excitement through their words. We connect with people through human emotions, and writing is one way to do that.
  5. An environment that fosters kindness The people I avoid in my daily life seem to always be in the center of drama. It’s almost as if they aren’t happy unless they are stirring the pot or fighting with someone. That’s not the way I want to go through life. Fortunately, most blogs are ones where people respectfully exchange their thoughts. One of my favorite sayings is “Let’s agree to disagree,”—the notion that we may not share the same opinion, but we respect the rights of each other to have different beliefs. I am usually on Facebook a few minutes most days, but nothing turns me off quicker than those who resort to name-calling and insults with anyone who disagrees with their opinions. We have a responsibility to be respectful toward others because our children watch and learn from us all the time. If someone takes the time to leave a comment, it’s important to acknowledge their thoughts, even if we disagree.

I have no idea if I’ll still be here next year (that’s the plan), but I want to thank all of you for three wonderful years.

167 thoughts on “Three Years of Blogging

  1. It’s wonderful to see all these comments, Pete. It says you’re an engaging person with a wealth of friends (online and real), and I’m happy to be counted as one.
    Happy blogaversary, my friend!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 21, 2022 — 12:37 pm

      Right back at you, Jacquie. I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons by reading some genres I don’t typically choose. I hope you saw my review for Twilight’s Encore. Don’t think I’ll ever write romance, but you do it quite skillfully, and your stories are entertaining.

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      1. No, I hadn’t seen it yet, but thank you!!

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      2. I made you blush! That’s so sweet 🙂 Thanks for the awesome review, Pete. As you know, self-doubt is a writer’s greatest enemy, but reviews like you gave make the effort worthwhile {{hugs}}

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      3. petespringerauthor March 22, 2022 — 11:00 pm

        It is a curious phenomenon that some people have overinflated egos of themselves while others constantly question their abilities. Humans are complex individuals. Self-doubt seems to strike in most professions, but particularly in ones where people are creating something. I’ve read the same from songwriters who have written beautiful songs but question whether they can catch lightning in a bottle again.

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  2. Happy Anniversary, Pete – I think you’ve really mastered the art of producing engaging content. Toni x

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    1. petespringerauthor March 22, 2022 — 7:57 am

      I try to come up with things to write that interest me hoping they’ll also be stimulating to those who read my posts. It’s a pretty simple formula, and I’m grateful to have people engage with them. I’m curious what genre your next book will be from.

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  3. Great post. I also feel same about blogging.
    And congratulations 🎊.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 22, 2022 — 8:02 am

      Thank you, Amruta. I’m glad to be part of such a friendly and supportive community.

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  4. Congratulations on three years of blogging, Pete. You are doing a fabulous job and your topics are always inspiring and inspirational. I’ve been blogging since 2007 – eight years on my sailing blog “It’s Irie” and the other seven on Roaming About! I agree with all your statements. Finding a balance for me is the hardest thing, especially now with very limited internet.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 22, 2022 — 2:34 pm

      One of the most challenging parts of your life for me would be the limited internet. Next to sleeping, my second most popular activity these days is spending time on the computer. A lot of that time is writing-related rather than mindlessly surfing the net. You still manage to post regularly, so you make it work somehow. It’s been fun following your travels, and I’ve met a couple of your traveling friends through your blog.

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  5. I have to admit, writing on WordPress has become a little stale for me, and I find myself wondering what I should post next. But the list you’ve included here has reminded me what I need to include in every post, particularly something humorous that makes people feel. I keep forgetting that writing is about performing, sometimes, and it’s not just a journal entry—something that I already have an outlet for.

    Thanks so much for this, Pete, and congrats on your third year strong!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 22, 2022 — 6:10 pm

      Happy to have recently crossed paths with you, Stuart. You’re writing is entertaining, and your insights are often spot on. Sorry to read about your bout with Covid.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 23, 2022 — 7:26 am

      Thank you, rober_tent. I’m surprised how many people I’ve gotten to know in the past three years through blogging.

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      1. Hi, Pete… I am blogging one week ago and I hope to know many people too. Step by step.

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  6. I’m late to the blog (hey, my birthday is March 15, I’m recovering 🙂 ), so we’ll always remember each other’s special date. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years for you, because I remember when you began. I was intrigued from the very beginning because you delivered (and still do) on all five points you list here. And they are RIGHT on. Congrats, and I’m betting on you being here in a year, as well. Hope so!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 23, 2022 — 4:13 pm

      I knew right away I was all-in with your storytelling style, Pam. Plus, I can’t get enough of your grandmother stories. 🤣 I might have to write a new book—They Call Me Grandma.😎 See you next year and all the times in between.

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      1. haha. Hmmmm, now you’ve given ME an idea! 🙂

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  7. I love your list Pete. And wow, these 3 years have whirled by for sure. I remember when you first began blogging and I learned about your blog at Sally’s blog. Happy Blogoversary! 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor March 26, 2022 — 8:42 am

      It is a little mind-blowing that I’ve been at this for three years. I’ve met many people through Sally’s blog. I’ve met so many great people through blogging. It’s a much friendlier atmosphere than other forms of social media.

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  8. Happy blogiversary! I follow your blog for all those reasons. Why are all the teachers I know such amazing, decent people (don’t answer that; they -and you- know why 🙂 ).

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 7:45 am

      Okay, I won’t answer. Just know I’m here restraining myself. 🤣

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  9. Very nice article and thanks for the inspiration 😀

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    1. petespringerauthor April 26, 2022 — 10:15 pm

      Thanks, Doctor.

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