72 bastard monkeys dug ice picks into my back.
Or at least it felt like that.
I tried twisting out of bed. Pain. Wicked, brilliant pain.
I yelled for Kelli to help me up. She lifted me up by the shoulders, gingerly shifting me so I could use the restroom.
2 days earlier the source of my agony transpired.
Newbie Blogger Mistake and Bali Motorbikes
We cruised along the road in Bali on a motorbike. I saw a street dog who had been clipped a few minutes prior, mangled paw dangling, sitting by the side of the road.
As I shook my head at slopping driving – irony alert – I made the biggest motorbike mistake you can make. I took my eyes off of the road.
A split second later I noted a box truck that spun out in front of me. Why would a box truck spin……OOOOHHHH SHIT!
Black out. Then I woke up not being able to breathe. Eyes popping out of my face like the character from Total Recall, it took me 20 seconds to find my wind. Then the pain set in. Then nausea.
By making a newbie motorbike mistake of taking my eyes off of the road – even though I was a bit of a motorbike vet – I missed spotting the oil slick in front of me. Eyes off the road, I hit the oil slick around a tight curve and flew Superman style, hitting the ground chest and shoulder first.
After periods of excruciating pain I eventually recovered a week later, being fully on bed rest for the 7 days span. I sport a shoulder scar to this day.
My newbie motorbike mistake could have cost me my life.
These newbie blogger mistakes will cost your blog its life unless you own, embrace and
dissolve these boo boos.
Benefits of Correcting these Errors
Correcting these mistakes cuts your learning curve by eons. Or years.
- build your blog on a rock solid foundation
- leap frog common new blogger errors
- get on the straight and narrow to developing your expert status
- develop an invaluable fearless streak
Let’s address these mistakes to help you feel the relief of overcoming these common boo boo’s.
1: Trusting Amateur Blogger – or No Blogger – Advice
This one is pretty dumb.
I speak to bloggers who nod at my 10 years of pro blogging advice. Then they turn around and listen to their spouse, or dad, or someone who has 0 years of pro blogging advice, and trust them implicitly, while my decade of experience goes out the window.
If you wanted to invest your nest egg for retirement, would you trust a garbageman or investment advisor with 10 year’s of experience?
Listen to the guy who picks up the phone to do big money deals all day; not the dude who picks up banana peels all day.
Follow the advice of professional, established bloggers. Do not follow the advice of people who have zero experience blogging.
Amazing that I have to write this, right?
2: Cover Every Topic Known to the Universe
I once spied a blogger who covered about 32 topics.
I shit you not.
Me, thinking: “So…what do you do?”
Multiple Niche Blogger: “Well….I am into affiliate marketing, network marketing, making money online, internet marketing, alien marketing, minkie whale breeding, self help, personal development, personal hygiene, taking things personally, drop shipping, dropping deuces and a few other niches. I do a pretty shitty job with each, because, well, one human being cannot master 45,543 different topics, and of course, 1 human being would master 1 topic well (see any successful person in life) but in the same regard, I fear letting go all these niches, so I figure, why not cover more bases than Barry Bonds or Justin Bieber after he hit puberty?”
New bloggers, pretty, pretty please, do one thing well.
People love specialists.
Generalist? Nah, folks tend to see them as jagoff’s of all trades, master of none.
3: Unreal Expectations
5 minutes ago I just watched Kyrie Irving and the Celtics defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
I followed Kyrie’s career since he was a junior at St. Patrick High School here in New Jersey. He practiced an unbelievable number of hours as a high schooler. He estimates that number to be 10,000 hours before he was 18 years old.
Of course he is one of the best players on earth. But he had to practice some 20,000 hours or more, before he became one of the best players on earth, in his mid 20’s.
He makes millions and millions of dollars because he put in 10,000 to 20,000 hours of basketball practice. All that practice helps him do things with the ball nobody else on earth can do, from his insane dribbling to fabulous shot making ability.
What makes you as a newbie believe your blogging skills are developed enough as newbie, who has barely practiced, to make a cent through your blog, today, or, over the next 6 months?
You begin making a few bucks when you get really skilled after you diligently practice blogging and you earn a full time income after spending years blogging, practicing, creating and connecting for thousands and thousands of hours.
When you become a highly skilled blogger after thousands of hours of practice, money will find you easily. Not after 5 hours of practice, but after thousands of hours, which takes years.
4: Cowering to Fear
I know this journey feels scary guys.
Being a newbie 10 years ago, I feared publishing posts to a chorus of crickets. Then I feared people finding my blog and criticizing me.
Success found me when I followed my passion and dove into my fears, again and again and again and again.
When you face a newbie blogger fear, be with it. Feel it. However scary, the fear energy dissolves if you will just feel it. Do not turn around when faced with fear. Most new bloggers do this and struggle for years on end, all because they allow fear to bitch smack them, versus being with the energies, eating a dooky sandwich, and moving forward from a more loving, more fearless, more inspired, more successful energy.
Have you fallen prey to any of these new blogger mistakes?
What tips can you share for defeating these devilish newbie blogger demons?
What other newbie blogger boo boo’s can you share?
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