Blogging never spared the rod….thank God.
I learned some lessons the hard way over years. But facing tough times made me the blogger I am now. Thank goodness, I faced adversity, forcing me to abandon bullshit blogging strategies to make way for the truth.
No need to learn the hard way, my Young Blogging Padawans. Cut your learning curve. Avoid my nightmares. Seize these truths…..now.
1: Successful Blogging Is Generous Blogging
Success flows to generous bloggers. BUT…most bloggers think only of helping themselves. Hence, blogging hell.
People ask to guest post on my blog. But never helped me before pitching. No generosity. No guest post. Struggle. Failure.
- promote bloggers on your blog
- promote bloggers thru social media
- comment generously on blogs
- open your blog to guest posting
Make friends. Succeed. Be generous. Give. Expect nothing. Look for nothing in return. Get connected. Succeed.
2: Successful Blogging Takes Time to Manifest
- more time
New bloggers get slapped the fuck upside the head about 6 months into blogging. Most expect to be featured on TV; or at least, to rake in $5000 a month, at that point. 2 visitors daily tosses cold water into thy face. Wake up call. Being generous for 2 to 3 to 5 or more years yields a full time income.
Move timelines from months to 2, 3 and 5 years. Relax. Gonna be here for a while. Good things take time.
3: Blogging Is a Skill Yielding What You Put into it
All skills take practice and time to develop. Blogging is a specialized skill. Observe a new blogger; most have no practice, no experience and virtually no skills. Observe me; I have 10 years of blogging practice.
Newbies though, and struggling vets, often learn the hard way: if you put little time and energy into blogging you never develop skills….meaning, you could own your domain and hosting for 10 years, but if you only spent 50 to 100 hours practicing blogging during that decade, your blogging skills will suck.
Spend 2 to 5 to 10 hours daily:
to develop the fine-tuned blogging skills that make ya a star.
4: Blogging Is Scary and Frustrating Sometimes
You only succeed by wading into mild or deep fears, feeling that shit, growing through the energetic muck, and, proceeding. Of course, most humanoids resist or avoid fear, learning the hellish lesson that every time you duck a fear, you regress, your struggles and failures grow exponentially, and you will eventually quit, the more fears you duck.
Follow your fun. Into your fears. Happy, successful bloggers spend significant time dancing outside of their comfort zone.
5: Free Blogging Platforms Destroy Your Reputation
I smell fear every time I visit a blogger using a free platform. Fear of spending money. Fear of committing. Fear of branding. Fear of designing, customizing, all that jazz. Naturally, me, and most bloggers and most readers close the blog. Not good. Little traffic. No profits. Fear, manifests as failure.
Invest in a domain and hosting. Own your blog. Brand and monetize effectively. Blog intelligently.