4 Things to Know as a New Blogger

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  June 5, 2021 blogging tips 🕑 5 minutes read
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(Updated 6/5/2021)

 

I Googled my blog name a while back.

 

Neil Patel and his gracious feature of me – and Blogging From Paradise – popped up for a specific keyword.

 

He noted after mentioning my blog how blogging is a slow, steady journey.

 

Successful blogging occurs in drips, not torrents.

 

Did I start blogging yesterday? Nope. Last week? Nope. Last year? Nope.

 

I have blogged for 13 years. Truth be told, even though I began traveling 3 years into my blogging career, things did not genuinely click – like REALLY click – until a few years ago. Sure I struggled for years, but even if I did smart things with a generous, detached energy, crafting this life of travel and pro blogging would still take 2-4 years.

 

Nobody short cuts their way to a dream life through blogging.

 

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Sweetness comes after the slow, steady blogging journey.

 

If you are a new blogger you likely feel excitement, dread, hope, panic and an emotional cocktail of delight, doubt and dizziness that may goad you to quit before you begin.

 

Take a deep breath, guys.

 

Relax.

 

This blogging gig is incredibly worth the fun, freedom and fulfillment you will experience along the way.

 

Keep these 4 things in mind to level out, to develop a sense of peace and calm, and to begin blogging from a generous, largely detached, energy.

 

1: Embody a Slow and Steady Approach

 

Like Neil said; blogging is a slow steady process.

 

New bloggers need to know that you cannot speed up this process. Trying to speed things up guarantees your struggle and failure.

 

Create a helpful post. Connect with top bloggers via genuine blog comments and by promoting these pros on your blog and through your social media.

 

Repeat the connecting thingee 5-7 days weekly for 3 months, then 6 months, then, 2 years.

 

Create 1-3 blog posts weekly for the next 3 months, then 6 months, then 2 years.

 

Be patient. Don’t panic.

 

Slow and steady wins the race.

 

All successful bloggers you see – like Neil Patel – patiently, persistently and generously created and connected for years, never panicking and bailing on the blogging fundamentals.

 

2: Follow Professional Advice

 

I spoke to a new blogger recently.

 

He nodded as I offered professional advice from a 13 year veteran.

 

He is learning how following pro advice persistently – watching my videos, reading my posts and chatting with me – helps keep him on the blogging straight and narrow.

 

Most new bloggers rarely seek out pro advice and follow their own advice. Bad idea. Pros have blogging experience. New bloggers have little to no blogging experience.

 

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Follow 2-3 blogging tips pros. Read their blogs daily. Watch their videos. Invest money in their eBooks, courses and coaching.

 

Pros show you the way, inspire you and support you on a sometimes confusing, doubt-filled journey. Pro bloggers also cut your learning curve by years, providing you with a sense of relief and knowing that you are on the right path.

 

Follow top pros like James McAllister. Pay close attention to his post:

 

Branding Success Comes from Sticking to the Basics

 

Beginner bloggers; stick to the basics. Lay a rock solid foundation for your blogging campaign. Release urges to:

 

  • take shortcuts
  • seek overnight success
  • get rich quickly

 

because each fear leads to an impossibility.

 

Follow the fundamentals by paying close attention to seasoned, professional bloggers. Pros keep you on the blogging straight and narrow.

 

3: Check in to Reality

 

Reality check time, guys.

 

As a newbie blogger, you may have published 10-20 valuable, quality posts. Maybe you genuinely commented on 50-100 blogs.

 

You think you are a seasoned vet. But you are at the blogging baby stage of your blogging journey compared to established pros.

 

You are not an experienced blogger. Good things take time.

 

Alonzo Pichardo stresses this regularly. His eye-popping success grew over 13 years of generous, patient, persistent service.

 

New bloggers often expect to generate a full time income after a year, while doing next to nothing. Not gonna happen. New bloggers often expect to generate a full time income after a year, after doing smart stuff, persistently, patiently and generously. Usually, ain’t gonna happen guys.

 

Don’t expect anything. Focus on service, not getting. Develop the proper mindset for a newbie blogger.

 

Success will be yours but it will take time……and service.

 

Observe doctors or lawyers. Each thrives after giving years of their lives – sometimes a decade – to mastering their craft through schooling, testing, practicing and rendering professional services. New bloggers experience a less steep learning curve but still need to put in years of learning and generous service to become professional bloggers.

 

Slow down. Calm down. Take your time. Set realistic expectations to see clearly on your beginner blogger journey.

 

4: Realize that Blogging Is a Skill

 

Blogging gives you what you give blogging.

 

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Blogging is a skill.

 

New bloggers often believe they can grow their blog traffic quickly, without practicing their writing for thousands of hours.

 

Nope.

 

Networking is a skill.

 

Learning how to properly format posts is a skill. Being generous is a skill. Blog commenting is a skill.

 

Blogging is spending thousands of hours practicing the right strategies, persistently and patiently, without panicking, until you become a highly skilled blogger.

 

Blogging gives you whatever you give blogging. Perfect exchange. Unfailing.

 

If you want to live your most fun, freeing dreams, commit much of your life to blogging. Be all in, for a freeing, fulfilling journey.

 

Following tip #3 closely positions you to grasp this tip. Releasing deluded expectations grounds you in the light of truth. Focusing not on trying to get rich quickly frees up energy to be devoted to mastering the skill of blogging.

 

Do not be intimated by the prospect of learning and mastering this skill through diligent practice. Consider all skills you mastered over the years. Blogging is simply one other skill to learn and master through diligent practice.

 

Wrap Up

 

Blogging is so much fun, guys.

 

Sometimes, blogging is a bit scary too.

 

Keep these four ideas in mind to better face, embrace and release fears so you can enjoy this journey and ride out the inevitable blogging bumps on the road.

 

Resources

 

  1. James McAllister says:
    at 1:03 am

    Hey Ryan, great advice.

    In order to better understand what lessons to teach and what information my students have already been predisposed to, I’ve been studying the information that some of these ‘marketing gurus’ have put out there. In some cases, purchasing their expensive courses too. One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of them are making things unnecessarily complicated… I have no doubt that it works for them. Confuse people and they’ll come back to purchase your next product it seems. Make readers feel like there’s some secret being kept from them, and being desperate for success, they’ll buy to try and figure it out.

    Of course, you consistently lay out (and show) people what actually needs to be done.

    Once people accept that they already know for the most part what they need to do, they understand there’s no secrets, and they’re willing to put in the right amount of work with the right intentions, things will start to click. But it takes time, and you’ve got to have faith that yes, you’re doing everything you’re supposed to, even if results don’t come in the first weeks or months.

    – James McAllister

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:44 am

      What an awesome point on courses from some marketing gurus, James. New bloggers and marketers often have no idea how gurus lead them on, like a horse being goaded by a carrot, with complex and incomplete courses leading to the next complex, incomplete course that one needs to buy to uncover the next secret. Of course, fear in the minds of these gurus scares them into marketing this way in the first place. Thanks for sharing your insights.

  2. Gavin says:
    at 11:51 am

    Perfect advice Ryan, and great additional point James. I’ve ghost-written several blogs and newspaper/magazine articles, all of which were well-received and all of which were done pro-bono. I fancy myself as a professional writer, however as time whizzes on (I’m no spring chicken!) the realistic amount of time I feel it would take me to turn this into a career fills me with trepidation, which so far has prevented me from ‘putting pen to paper’. To become a professional would seem seem to be a full-time venture with a few years of very little income. At present, that is impractical for me and I’m not entirely sure how I could make it work. Would much appreciate any thoughts you may have.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:05 pm

      The key point Gavin is in figuring out why you’d want to become a professional; if you can find a reason freeing enough to make the decision than you will see the journey through to going pro. If you do not identify that reason, that is A-OK too for we all walk a different life path.

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