The 5 Surprising Lessons From Three Years Of Blogging

The only rules that really matter

Barry Davret
5 min readJun 3, 2019

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There are two sacred rules when it comes to blogging (or any other kind of writing). Rule number one states, “never be boring.”

That sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people violate it. The second rule requires more explanation. I’ll share it later in this story.

Beyond the universal rules, there are inconvenient truths you need to accept in order to achieve success. We tend to focus too much on how things should work, and not enough on how they do work.

This list focuses on reality.

It’s the result of hard-fought lessons from over three years of consistent blogging. This list is not all-inclusive, but it reveals what’s most important and clears up common misconceptions.

1) The other law of supply and demand

My economics professor from decades ago once asked the class a trick question about the law of supply and demand. Everyone could answer the basics of how one could affect the other. But then he asked a question that stumped us.

“Where does demand come from in the first place?”

It comes from supply. Nobody demanded an iPhone before there was a supply of iPhones. Supply precedes demand.

You can apply this to your writing too. Nobody demands to read your work if there is little or no supply.

You need to create before anyone buys what you make. If you’re successful, readers will demand more of it. Sure, you can create too much supply. Like everything else, there is an optimal level of production.

Let’s zoom out and take supply and demand to the next level.

Competition helps all of us. Don’t fear an influx of other writers, some of whom might be more accomplished. If you play on the same field, it forces you to up your game. Your audience also benefits from exposure to higher quality work. They spend more time reading, sharing and spreading the word.

I don’t know what kind of stories you write. Nor do I know who reads them, but I can tell you what type of reader reads your blogs. It’s someone who reads other…

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Barry Davret

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