It doesn’t matter it you’re a teen or a senior citizen (see Linda Abbit’s post on the 108 year old blogger). Anyone can have a blog.

Today’s “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW) is written by a 14 year old from Syria. He blogs about blogging.

In his post titled: What Does It Take To Be Successful?, he nails it. To quote him on “perseverance” (in blogging), he says

….Although all the posts and time will eventually lead to a successful blog, they are not enough alone. What is needed is constant posting, interaction with your readers, marketing, and a bit of patience. Slowly you will begin to see the results of your hard work and feel glad you endured any obstacles to reach your current position.

From his post, “Everyone Makes Mistakes – No Exceptions” he shares these words of wisdom:

Instead of taking the negative comments as insults, I started taking them as guidelines, good suggestions, and the best motivation boosts I could get.

Not only does he share his views on basic blogging, he shares his opinion on ““Internet Ideas That Won’t Make You Rich”.

This young man is well on his way. He understands the concepts of blogging and providing posts that hold value.

His blog is Rajaie Talks, and obviously, he is Rajaie.

Join me in welcoming Rajaie to the BWAB community.

Hello Rajaie!

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  1. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, you’re right Barbara…. “This young man is well on his way.” Another excellent choice for NBOTW. Fantastic!

    Davina’s last blog post..260+3 Blog-to-Show β€” How Did You Choose?

  2. WOW – What a talented young man, and what maturity, especially in relation to how he handles negative comments. Rajaie has a bright future.

    I’m really loving the blogs you showcase in NBOTW.

    Leanne Magraith’s last blog post..Has Money Diminished the Value of Hard Work?

  3. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    I love Rajaies’ blog, Barbara.

    It is really well written and he already has begun to get a lively community going.

    It really does prove the point that age is no barrier – whether young or old -to acheiving your dreams and being successful.

    If you want to do something in life – whether 18 or 81 -then just go for it! πŸ™‚

  4. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Davina,

    He’s good, isn’t he? I’ve been monitoring his blog in my reader for some time now, and I knew he would be a great choice.

    Hi Leanne,

    Isn’t that brilliant how he handles negative comments? I don’t think I could be that calm about it.

    Just so you know, Leanne, I started the NBOTW series in January as a way to pay it forward. I try to find blogs that are less than 4 months old. It helps new bloggers feel like they’re being heard and also helps them to build community.

    Hi Scott,

    I, too, noticed he has the beginnings of a great community. It’s not often we see teenage bloggers. He won my heart with his mature outlook on life and his value based posts.

  5. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! What insight for such a young man! He’s bound to be succesful with his open mind and learning ability! Congrats Rajaie!

    A great choice for NBOTW, Barbara! And thanks for the link re Olive Riley. She certainly deserves it!

  6. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Linda,

    As I was reading Rajaie’s “About page”, I was reminded of Olive Riley, blogging to the ripe old age of 108. I have a feeling Rajaie won’t mind sharing the spotlight with Ms. Riley.

  7. RibeezieNo Gravatar says:

    Great words of a wisdom from a fine young man! Welcome to the Blogging Without A Blog community Rajaie!

    I appreciate your optimistic outlook. It’s something we all should have as we go through the growing stages of our own blogs (it’s not always easy. It’s a journey, but a fun one if we can embrace it’s challenges).

  8. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara

    Rajaie is really a smart blogger and he got some really great tips about SEO and page rank

    check out his post
    How I Got A PageRank 3 In Less Than 2 Months

    Sunil Pathak’s last blog post..How to Encourage Your RSS Subscriber to Visit your Blog

  9. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    reads like a smart kid that i can learn from. thanks for the find Barbara.

    Natural’s last blog post..A Fish Out of Water, Literally

  10. How cool, Ragaie! You inspire me.

    Barbara – nice find. Thanks!

  11. Rajaie has it all going on, doesn’t he? So much focus and wisdom for such a young man. Enough said to make me go over there and check his blog out.

    And Olive was very inspirational. People who live to such a ripe old age and continue to evolve leave me in a state of awe. My husband’s grandmother painted with watercolours her whole life, then at 90 thought it was time she worked with oils! She was also still playing cello at 97, so age really doesn’t have to mean much in life.

    Thanks for putting us onto an inspirational young man, Barbara.


    Kelly@SHE-POWER’s last blog post..Does Evil Lurk Inside Us All?

  12. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Such a young soul and bright. Rajaie is going to be around for a long time and my bet is that he will be successful before he gets out of high school. Thanks for sharing.

  13. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! I wish I had that much wisdom when I was 14. My daughter actually started blogging way before I did. I think she was also 14 or 13 at that time. Then she started writing short stories and at the age of 18 she has quite a following.

    I guess wisdom does not necessarily come with old age…

    chris’s last blog post..I’m Back

  14. Hi Barbara,
    I have to laugh because when I saw the title of your post, I thought this would be about older bloggers! I’ve been looking to connect with some “older” mommy bloggers and I was excited to see who you profiled LOL!

    Rajaie is a find! what amazing writing skills; I’ve seen many resumes and cover letters from college graduates that were not as well-written. The Syrian school system must do a very good job!

    I’ll be heading over there to check out his blog!

    Ann at One Bag Nation’s last blog post..Does Being Productive Mean β€œdoing more work”?

  15. Age really doesn’t matter–even Jonathan Fields’ 6-year-old daughter has a blog!

    Rajaie, congratulations on getting started so early. You’ll definitely be glad you did.

    Hunter Nuttall’s last blog post..Blog Mastermind Reopens, And The Secret Of Blogging Success

  16. VeredNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Rajaie – welcome! I’m amazed that you are so young. Your blog is written in a very mature voice. Good luck with everything!

    Vered’s last blog post..Powerful Men, Half-Naked Women (Best Shot Monday)

  17. JayNo Gravatar says:

    Good for him! How nice to see such a young man working on improving his communication skills and making a mark for himself. It makes me think he probably has sufficient drive to succeed in other areas of life too! Kudos!!

  18. I would really like to thank every single one of you guys for all the kind words you have said.

    I especially would like to thank Barbara for featuring my blog on her NewBlogOfTheWeek series, thank you.

    As for handling the negative comments, you guys have just inspired me to write a post about that πŸ™‚

    Rajaie AlKorani’s last blog post..The Giant Subscription Experiment

  19. Rockstar SidNo Gravatar says:

    I am a reader of Rajaie blog πŸ™‚ A good guy flourishin in Internet biz…

    Rockstar Sid’s last blog post..Things which keeps you away from blogging

  20. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    I just stopped by his blog and it looks great. I love young people filled with initiative and a love for learning.

    Marelisa’s last blog post..Creating Your Dream Life: Practical Intuition

  21. @Rockstar Sid, thank you Sid πŸ™‚

    @Marelisa, thanks.

    Rajaie AlKorani’s last blog post..The Giant Subscription Experiment

  22. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Everyone,

    Thank you so much for giving Rajaie such a warm welcome. That’s what I love about all of you, you extend your arms out to new bloggers.

    Sunil – Yes, I read that one too. It’s good, hey?

    Hi Rajaie,

    You’re welcome! It’s been an honor to showcase you and your blog. You’re an inspiration to many, and proof age doesn’t matter. You’re doing a fabulous job.

    Now I can stop watching you from afar, and start commenting on your great posts. See you soon. πŸ™‚

  23. Barbara, looking forward to seeing your comments over at my blog πŸ™‚ Once again, I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome!

  24. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    How wonderful! Such a great blogger – at 14 years old – and wise it seems too. I know I couldn’t have tackled it at that age. Sounds like he is well on his way to great things. I’m very interested to see just how far he goes.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Do You Want to be Great?

  25. Jennifer, hehe, I am also interested in seeing how long I will last πŸ™‚

    Rajaie AlKorani’s last blog post..The Giant Subscription Experiment

  26. Extremely well written! Very clear and concise. I have sent Rajaie’s link off to the Urbane Lion, since he’s the techie in the partnership.

    Urban Panther’s last blog post..Please, just throw it out

  27. Wow! I’m always impressed with hardworking and gifted youngsters. Rajaie sounds very articulate and mature! Way to go, Rajaie.

    Sara with an “h”‘s last blog post..Sarah And The Big Scary Clown Dilemma.

  28. @ Rajaie – hello all the way from Las Vegas, USA. You seem like a gifted individual. You seem well on your way to becoming an entrepreneur.

    So what is it you want to do for a living one day?

    John Hoff – eVentureBiz’s last blog post..Allowing Readers To Subscribe To Your WordPress Post Without Commenting

  29. Barbara –

    This young man reminds me of another young blogging rock star – Techguru Shankar. Both have so much of wisdom at such a young age that it can’t help but to feel awe and inspiration from these sources of vibrant energy in the blogosphere.

  30. Oh boy…this little bugger is putting me to shame….LOL!!! Seriously, he is pretty good. I’d have to gear my 7 year old girl up. Instead of discussing about fairies and what not on her site, it’s time to get serious!

    Evelyn Lim | Attraction Mind Map’s last blog post..Confess Your Secrets

  31. HarmonyNo Gravatar says:

    I feel so connected when I read words from around the world. Thanks Barbara for presenting our new friend. Welcome!!! And keep writing!

  32. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome and congratulations on this honor Rajaie! You have a real knack for writing, keep up the great work.

  33. Rajaie’s sentiment on perseverance is compelling. I like it.

  34. Barbara, you’re really good at keeping me busy, aren’t you? Yet another good blog to subscribe to, LOL! I really can’t complain about boredom anymore, can I? Thanks again … this is great. πŸ™‚

    Irene | Light Beckons’s last blog post..Ask Why

  35. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi again my BWAB community of friends.

    Thank you for all of your kind words.

    To see you all come together and share your support for Rajaie warms my heart. Blogging can be lonely at times, but with all of you reaching out to the new bloggers I showcase, as well as to each other, I know no one in this community will ever be alone.

    I am blessed!

    Thank you all.

  36. Al at 7PNo Gravatar says:

    I just went over to Rajaie’s site. I think we got the next internet millionaire in the making! Keep up the great work Rajaie.

    Al at 7P’s last blog post..Jump Right In!

  37. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    Looking at your 2 bloggers above certainly makes one think over the expression that “youth is wasted on the young!”


  38. “So what is it you want to do for a living one day?”

    Hopefully I will be making enough money online, if not, something to do with business and computers πŸ™‚

    Rajaie AlKorani’s last blog post..Do-Follow Blogs List Released

  39. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Rajaie,

    I’ve no doubt, whatever you choose, you’ll excel in it. πŸ™‚

  40. I have been a subscriber to his thoughts since a month or so now. The young fella really have it in him and knows what it takes to be successful in the blogosphere. I only hope that he doesn’t concentrate too much on this that his studies are affected. He’s only 14 so…

    Good luck Rajaie!


    Ajith Edassery’s last blog post..Technorati Love Game – Give and Take!

  41. Hehe, I hope so πŸ™‚

  42. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Ajith,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    Yes, we’ll all have to encourage Rajaie to concentrate on his studies, as well. πŸ™‚

  43. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I am so delighted to read this savvy bloggers ideas and good suggestions. I have always heard that the peak of imagination is about age 6 and that the peak of creativity is about age 65, and it makes me wonder about what amazing creativity will flourish in the Internet world and in such already knowledgeable minds? Oh what fun to contemplate. Thank you for sharing this great post.

  44. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Welcome to the BWAB community!

    It is fun to contemplate isn’t it? If creativity peaks at 65, how fun would it be to read blogs from elders too?