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Three WordPressers Making a Splash
We love celebrating the achievements of those who use WordPress to share their talents with the world, so here are three recent success stories we thought you’d enjoy. If you’re thirsty for more in-depth profiles of WordPressers and their accomplishments, be sure to browse through our Discover features.
Modern love, modern families
Jerry Mahoney has been documenting the ups and downs of gay parenthood for years at his blog, Mommy Man (which also inspired a book by the same name). Last month he added another accolade to an already impressive list when his essay “Mom/Not Mom/Aunt” was featured on the New York Times’ Modern Love podcast, narrated by none other than Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) March 24, 2016
While you’re at it, be sure to read Jerry’s recent — powerful — post, “Why I Put My Family on Display.”
Pushing a hallowed artform into the present
Harmony France is a Chicago-based theater actor who’s had enough of the body-shaming and narrow-minded casting decisions she’s been subjected to in her decade in the industry. So she took to her blog to express her frustration — and her hope for a better future for performers:
Theaters wonder how to stay relevant; how not to die off once their main audience literally dies off. This is how. We need to start casting in a way that looks like the world that we live in. Casting predominantly white and male is antiquated. It doesn’t fly anymore. If we don’t change with the times, we will become irrelevant. And worse, it’s UNCREATIVE in a CREATIVE art form. We have so many more types of stories to tell with so many more different types of people. Let’s do better.
A book you’ll want to judge by its cover
If you’re like us, you may have wondered what Matthew Ramsay — the chef and food stylist behind PornBurger — has been up to. And why it’s been so long since he shared any new, extravagant, gravity-defying burger creations with the salivating masses.
Well, the answer is here:
Ramsay’s been hard at work on a new “cook-and-look” book, PornBurger: Hot Buns and Juicy Beefcakes, which is now available for pre-ordering (the official release date is May 17). That’s quite a bun-to-blog-to-book success story.
What achievements have you and your blog been celebrating lately? Leave a comment to let us know.
Great stories Ben. In my case, I started writing because I had extra time and felt that I had to somehow express myself in topics that interested me. My blog topics are multiple but kind of repeat themselves and for me if I only get one visit I feel successful. It does not take much, it is all about perspectives.
Well, man, there’s been so many. Writing about BBQ every week, naturally I get fed well. So that’s been nice. Being freshly pressed was fun for about a day. Love the sponsors we’ve hooked up with over the years. But I’d say the greatest thing we’ve achieved in blogging on wordpress, is just getting meet all matter of interesting, wonderful people from all over the planet. That’s the real gold right there. And that’s why we do what we do. Amen.
I’m very much still a ‘newbie’ blogger like Lisa above ^
The greatest achievement I’ve had so far is some supportive comments telling me how much they like my posts – I review books & film/tv adaptions of books, as well as some other creative writing bits. I recently passed the ’10 Followers’ Milestone and I’d really love to hit 20 soon 🙂
I’ve been blogging ‘deliberately’ on a daily basis since December of last year and just published my 250th post today. It’s taken a while to begin to figure out what works and what doesn’t and I’ve learned to accept that some days views are way down. I do look at other blogs that have over a thousand followers and wonder how long it took to get to that point. I post my photography, with a short inspirational quote as well as a brief summary about the photo. My biggest inspiration is when someone comments back that the photo or story made a difference in their day. https://edlehming.wordpress.com/
I’ve been blogging for over six years, have 175 followers. I think that’s because of my Conservative slant-always looking for fellow conservatives. I’ve enjoyed doing the Photo Challenges, and I normally have something in my archives for most subjects. I am thrilled to have a number of professional photographers following my blog.
I just started blogging recently out of interest or just a love for writing, and my most recent post happened to reach a friend that I haven’t seen or contacted in years. She contacted me and told me that she had also been going through a rough time and my writing has inspired her to be a little stronger. I guess that is the biggest paycheck writing has ever given to me 🙂
The comments that I am reading here are so encouraging. I am a blogging newbie and yes….I also love getting a “like” or a comment on a post. I sometimes feel like I am raising a child with my blog the way I watch over it. Some posts resonate with people and some do not. I am really enjoying the journey.
I was stoked to get 1000 viewers last month and hoping to do so again this month! The biggest accomplishment, though, is that writing this blog has helped me stay committed to a healthier lifestyle. I started a cleanse to cure food intolerance and allergies and 3 months in my allergies have lessened, I have more energy overall, I have a more stable mood, I know what triggers certain reactions and I’m inspired to cook up tasty healthy creations all the time just so I can share them. It’s been a blast! Come check it out if your interested in super delicious recipes that are natural, healthy and scrumptious!
This might sound a little strange, but the biggest achievement for me lately has been resisting the temptation to monetise my blog. I’ve been getting requests to write sponsored posts on an increasingly frequent basis. It was easy to say no to most, but a couple of recent invitations really made me consider my options. After much thought, I turned them down and decided once and for all not to accept any invitations. I’m grateful for the opportunity, but in this world of $$$ it feels good to say it’s not for me.
But I also gotta feel bad for myself. I started writing an inspirational blog (inspireyourself912.wordpress.com – Inspire Yourself) but, I think I ain’t getting any support. It’s not that I’m being impatient and desperate, but to go a great distance, you need fuel. Similarly, even I need motivation. But even then, really happy to see others progressing! Keep going, Folks!!! Cheers!
Really good to see there are new bloggers like me out there, the blogging community is very supportive and I have been getting good responses and feedbacks on my design blog, these simply make my day! Whenever I browse through other blogger’s posts, I get so much of inspiration for my own works, there is so much to learn from people around you. Happy to be a blogger, it’s an achievement in itself.
I’ve read all these comments and indeed, they are all great accomplishments. I think mine has been in finding my voice in a world where I thought it wasn’t valued. I had always wanted to write but I let my fears and insecurities get the better of me. I’m over that now and am so happy to have pushed passed my fears.
The comments here are very inspiring. It is good to know that I am not alone experiencing this blogging life of ups and down and more downs sometimes. This really make me to continue and grow, learn from all the successful bloggers what works and what does not work. I am on my 16th Blog post today. My viewership improved when I connected my blog to my Facebook page and received more followers and readers. However we must be honest, at times we may follow but not necessarily read. Nonetheless, the journey must go on, consistency tends to lead to excellence.
My blog is nearly 6 years old and I have 2129 followers. I think about 2000 of them are fake followers (like DirtySciFiBuddha) or only followed me because they hope I will follow them. They have never liked or commented on a single post and I certainly don’t get anywhere near 2000 readers when I put up a post. As a measurement of anything, the number of followers is next to useless.
For reasons of time and access to the Internet, I had not been as committed as I had envisaged. But, I think I have found a way around them and I’m beginning to enjoy the experience.
I write on developments in the socio-political space of Nigeria from a solution proffering perspective and I hope to raise citizen awareness about civic engagement with my posts.
I feel fulfilled with every view and comment I get. It means to me that slowly but surely, my messages are getting across.
I also just entered the fresh new world of WordPress. I realize my site is not the usual, although I have writing capabilities, I would rather use it for broadening horizons. I give recommendations for movies, music, television, books, artists, games, and soon more! I am constantly adding to these lists. I would love to start experience other member’s sites along the way!
It’s my third week using WordPress, I focus on charities and non profit organisations. I started the blog after realising how much the third sector needs a digital marketing strategies. So I use videos to explain marketing ideas. It’s really a new experience to work on something and wishing nothing in return. I don’t have many followers but I’m still happy to be able to give!
I’m one of those people who always wanted to write but never did. I always found excuses not to write: my writing sucks, I don’t know what to write, I had to study for a med school exam (maybe that last one was a legit reason). I just started blogging last week, and I can’t believe how many people started liking my posts and giving such great and positive comments!
I’m sure some of you feel this way too, but sometimes it’s such a great feeling to have someone listen to you. And here, I feel like everyone is genuinely listening. I know that because I find everyone else’s stories fascinating as well.
I left home at 17, and heard a voice say: “Now, you will write a book.” I’m now 71. They say those who do,do; those who can’t, teach. I teach writing at a university in Abu Dhabi. I have never had the discipline to sit and write my dang book. I started a blog about a year ago, and have SOMEHOW managed to write a post maybe once a week. I did not develop discipline. I developed followers who inspire me to keep at it. What inspires me is when they say things like: “this post brought tears to my eyes.” Of course, I was writing humor…but still.
I have been blogging for a few years, but it really kicked in since over a year getting more visitors, like and comments. And that actually happened at the same time as my art work in my photography took a turn to a different approach, it became the love of sharing, since than the numbers have increased amazingly. So my advice for beginner bloggers is, just find the love of sharing, and you will be on the path of success, readers will recognize that.
I’m somewhat of a blog newbie. I started my blog back in 2012 but had a bunch of setbacks, tried again, had more setbacks, started yet again and felt like I should give up blogging. Well in the last couple of months I’ve been being more consistent with posting. I blog about various things like books, TV/film, inspirational messages, mental health, it varies. I feel successful with just writing posts and seeing at least one person saw it. I don’t believe I have any comments yet but whenever I get just one that’d make my day. I just saw I did reach 20 likes so that’s something to celebrate. Also, I’m loving the encouraging and uplifting comments here.
I’m only about 2 weeks old on WordPress. I started blogging for a class, and I’m really enjoying the experience! I love that it’s a way for me to express myself, and the likes and comments really help keep me inspired. Everyone has been so welcoming and sweet in the WordPress community. I’m excited to keep going! I have a very down to earth, relatable health/fitness blog. Give it a gander if you feel!
Happy blogging ❤️
I’m new to blogging, and didn’t think anyone would care about what a nineteen year old has to write about. All of that changed when just one person told me they liked my post and encouraged me to keep writing. I realized I am passionate about writing and inspiring others. It was nice to feel like I’m getting a little closer to figuring out what I want to accomplish in my life.
I am new to blogging and have a lot to learn. I have written all of my life, but mostly for myself. I kept journals for each of my five kids as they were growing up-when they did, I kept writing. I write about the extraordinary beauty of my simple life on the remnants of a farm. I have no clue how to proceed, how to become “successful” in the blogging world. I do know I want to write whether “success” follows or not. My mission is to comfort, heal and inspire any one who visits my “rabbit patch”. Best wishes to everyone. We are all in it together.