6 Warning Signs You Need To Move Up In Blogging Circles

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  July 18, 2017 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 6 minutes read

Doha, Qatar.

 

My old blog was online as frequently as Haley’s Comet blew through.

 

Yet none of my old school readers *ever* emailed me about it.

 

I was a total idiot for ignoring the problem. For sure. But something seemed fishy.

 

I didn’t expect much from a throng of crickets and 4.5 (one short person read my blog) sentient beings in meat suits. But a heads up would have been nice.

 

Then it dawned on me: American Idol was probably on. No; the thankfully more than 4.5 folks probably tolerated terrible hosting with their blogs and saw my frequent down time and “snail on pot”-type load speeds as being normal. Or natural.

 

Damn. Reality check. Time to upgrade my circle of friends and confidants. At least if I wanted to succeed online.

 

Because I’d never rock it out if my blogging circles were struggling, failing bloggers. I could learn how to fail from them. No problem. But that wasn’t my end goal. I could also master the art of tolerating horrific web hosting. But that wasn’t really my gig, either.

 

I love my old skool blogging buddies. Honest. But it was simply time for a split. I had to surround myself with successful, thriving bloggers who would offer honest feedback, clear, cogent advice and who would help lift me to new heights.

 

Note; I do love all of you berry, berry much. If you have been around my blog since day 1 please send me an email, I will fax the Vatican your candidate form for being canonized.

 

Why Move Up In Blogging Circles?

 

When you surround yourself predominantly with successful bloggers or loving, caring bloggers on the come up you will succeed more quickly.

 

These folks will lift you up. Versus trying to bring you down. Or having little interest in your success, because they are too busy living in survival mode.

 

Let’s dive into the red flags.

 

1: *Everybody* In Your Friend Network Worships You

 

One of the coolest things I have seen with Blogging From Paradise is that my blogging friends tell me to:

 

  • write more eBooks
  • step it up and post daily
  • KEEP GOING!

 

I recall Rob Cubbon saying, after I wrote and self-published How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging, that I deserved to write another eBook. I heeded his feedback, wrote a 2nd eBook, then freaking flipped out and wrote, and self-published 126 eBooks.

 

During the old, lean blogging days, all of my circle mates praised me and worshiped me, almost making me believe that I was ready to walk on water. I did appreciate their awe of what I did, deeply (during my crazy volume blog post publishing days), but nobody ever egged me on to do more, or to step it up.

 

Now they do. Which is one reason why you see Blogging From Paradise.

 

Note: *please* keep the praise coming too guys. I love you. I appreciate you. This is just a reminder that you want a few folks in your blogging friend circle to say, “You wrote 126 eBooks? When is #1000 coming out?” Not that I will write 1,000. Or 127. But it just plants a seed for possibility, expansion and increased growth when you get that type of inspired, prodding love, that we all need sometimes.

 

2: Blog Growth = Stagnant

 

My old blog ran into some serious stagnation issues. Growth seemed as aggressive as a glass of warm milk on my blog.

 

I wasn’t learning proven traffic building strategies from my network. Sure as hell wasn’t picking up cutting edge insights.

 

No way I blame my blogging circles during those days. But I’d continue to regress, and stress, and be under duress….unless….I took a permanent recess from my old school blogging contacts.

 

If your blog:

 

  • traffic
  • comments
  • email list subscribers
  • social shares

 

seem to stall, or plummet, don’t slay yourself, or your friends. Gently own your struggles then honestly assess whether your blogging friends are capable, skilled mentors who routinely put out sizzling content that can boost your traffic and comments and social shares into the stratosphere.

 

If they can, awesome. Keep ’em around.

 

If they cannot, open your eyes. Let go relationships you have outgrown to make room for new, exciting, prospering friendships.

 

3: Everything You Do Blogging-Wise Feels Comfortable And Easy Peasy

 

I genuinely love what I do.

 

But sometimes I feel about as comfortable as wearing meat underwear while running through the Serengheti by a pride of lions ringing a dinner bell screaming, “Come and get it!”

 

I do stuff that scares me. Like when I published my first Facebook Live video a few months ago. Or when I wrote and self-published my first eBook. Or when I created my first blogging course.

 

You should feel pretty damn uncomfortable from time to time with this blogging bit. If you feel comfy cozy virtually all the time move up a few blogging circles to befriend folks who offer you shining examples of sprinting outside of their comfort zones.

 

4: Ya Ain’t Stacking That Scrilla

 

Pretty easy to see this one. During lean years I made mendicants look like millionaires.

 

I gradually noticed my friend circle was kinda in the same boat. Struggling financially. Making little or no dough through their blogs.

 

In order to build a full time blogging career for yourself it makes sense to surround yourself with many successful, established, full time, professional bloggers.

 

Learn from the best. Hang out with the best. Befriend the best.

 

5: When Wacky Stuff Happens To Your Blog None Of Your Tribe Alerts You

 

See this blog post lead in.

 

If your friend circle doesn’t alert you because they think it’s normal or no big deal to have a blog that loads as slowly as a tortoise after smoking 45 joints, you need to move into new, more prospering friend circles.

 

Or if your friend network is so busy with their own issues that they don’t take 10 seconds of their time to email you when your blog crashes, it’s time to let go the familiar to make room for the new, exciting and prospering.

 

Some friends may assume:

 

  • you know of your blog crisis or….
  • other readers already notified you

 

but if you receive no emails or social messages from your community after a big time blogging emergency, note this red flag and move into new blogging circles. You need more folks around you who are on the ball.

 

6: You Never Ever Ever Receive Criticism

 

Way back in the day nobody ever said anything bad or nasty about me or my blog.

 

It was like I had bribed folks never to let out a negative peep. The reality? I was so firmly ensconced in my comfort zone within familiar, quiet blogging circles I never faced the resistance you *will* face when you move up in circles. By exiting your comfort zone.

 

When no one knows you, no one can criticize you. Pop up on the radar a bit and a few critics will pop out of the woodwork, offering their pea-sized-brain drivel from the peanut gallery.

 

Watch out guys. If you never ever get a snarky comment, nasty remark or dingbatish email, you better move up in blogging circles. You should face some resistance from time to time because this means you are growing. And if you bullshit yourself into thinking you are so clear on your pure intent that you never get criticized, even the Dalai Lama has harsh critics. His Holiness ain’t ducking critics. You ain’t either, when you leave your comfort zone to work your way up in your niche.

 

How To Move Up In Blogging Circles

 

  • face, embrace, feel and release deep fears around your self-worth, self-consciousness and loss
  • blog predominantly for fun
  • dive into your deep fears….again
  • write 1000 words daily in a Word document for practice, then trash the document
  • guest post on top blogs from your niche
  • write 2-3 paragraph, personalized comments on top blogs from your niche
  • interview top bloggers on your blog
  • promote top bloggers on social media

 

Your Turn

 

How did you move up in blogging circles? Did it feel awkward? Uncomfortable? Do you need to move into new blogging friend circles?

  1. Andrea Torti says:
    at 8:50 am

    After all, are blogs so different from human relationships?

    Some of them find a way to keep growing and evolving, some crash really bad, and some other simply fade away…

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:54 am

      Exactly Andrea. We foster some bonds – those friendships based on love – and let go other bonds – those friendships based on fear – as we grow, evolve, and do things more for fun, from a space of love.

  2. Hassaan Khan says:
    at 11:57 am

    Hi, Ryan!

    It’s a thought-provoking blog post, though. Not only does it teach me to strive for better, but it also makes me realize to challenge myself once in a while.

    Well, my takeaway is that don’t be afraid of taking risks, and at least, try. Like reaching out to an influencer, asking a top blog for a guest post, etc.

    Thanks, Ryan, for infusing a little bit of inspiration into our minds.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:57 pm

      I dig the way you frame this Hassaan πŸ˜‰ Because it is the core of the message. I deeply feared reaching out to established bloggers for a long time. I feared I was not on their level, they’d criticize me or would ignore me. Diving into that fear proved…..I was wrong πŸ™‚

  3. Raushan kumar says:
    at 12:55 pm

    this is a great thinking related to blogging and our human life. nice article thanks for sharing this.
    but blogging stuffs are much differ then our life. so i don’t think its relates too much.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:53 pm

      It kinda does Raushan. Only because human beings are the driving forces behind our blogs πŸ˜‰ Blogging mirrors life, too. But sometimes we see a disconnect because we forget real human beings are behind the screens, commenting on our blogs, retweeting our posts, buying our products and hiring us for our services.

  4. Ben says:
    at 1:15 pm

    Andrewa Tori I agree with your idea that they are maybe the next evolution of how people will connect. They will be able to feel pain, happiness, and joy all in the same post. Unlike facebook which has one mood usually, happy thoughts, blogging is more about reality.

    Ryan you are my circle of 1 friend in the blogging sphere, but you know what you need to start somewhere. Thank you for continue to support me. You are still the best investment I have made in my blog.

    We are the average of the 5 closest people in our life and the same applies to blogs. Your blog will always be the average of the 5 closest blogs you follow and work with. Don’t let that zero on your test score in high school kill your average in blogging. Add a no brainer to it with Ryan.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Ben πŸ™‚ I am grateful we connected. We really are the average of the 5 people we are closest with so if bloggers feel like they are struggling, connect with a handful of inspired bloggers, help them out, and the sky’s the limit. All I have done through my blog has happened through and because of my friend network.

  5. Saikat Roy Chowdhury says:
    at 3:59 pm

    It is really important to have a good blogger circle around a blogger.Luckily i have some medium level successful blogger friends who always help me to improve in blogging and criticize me like my competitor..!! that really help me.From this perception i think human life and blogging are related with each other.

    Thanks Ryan for sharing such a post.. ?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:27 pm

      Good deal Saikat. I feel our friends lift us up when we pick loving, caring folks to surround ourselves with πŸ˜‰

  6. Matthew Kaboomis Loomis says:
    at 4:03 pm

    Ryan!

    This is a nice little in your face wake-up call. Kaboom. Love it. πŸ™‚
    My critics tend to lurk in the shadows of email. They send me their opinions, which I enjoy reading. Occasionally they’re actually productive while many are, as you said, “pea-sized-brain drivel.”

    One thing that’s fascinating about this topic is finding the fun in blogging while also doing “scary” things, getting out of our comfort zone as you said.

    Ryan, how do you, in your thought process, tie these together? How do you enjoy and have fun while at the same time do new things that you’ve never done before that scare the crap out of you?

    Matthew

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:38 pm

      For me Matthew it is really about honoring my intuition above all else.

      That small, still voice sends ideas to me. Ideas that sound fun to work on, to work with, to dive into. But every single time, even though these ideas feel fun to me, fear seems to be that evil twin that pops up with the fun. Sometimes the fear is tiny. Other times, it is the scare the crap out of you fear you speak of πŸ˜‰

      When something scares the crap out of me, I tend to dive in. I lean into it. Maybe not 100%, but I go there. And I keep diving in, when faced with those deep fears. It’s like a skill we develop, by diving in, again and again, knowing that all that really scary fear is just our mind trying to keep us comfortable, and safe, and secure.

      I’d suggest meditating a little bit Matthew, unless you are already doing so. Meditating expands our awareness around our feelings, and it helped me see that fun comes with some fear at times. And at other times, the fun seems tiny and the fear seems overpowering (wouldn’t that be cool to do, and a little exciting? BUT I AM SCARED TO DO IT! LOL, that type sensation), and it’s in those moments where that little fun seed usually leads us into a miracle type, brilliant, genius space, if we fan the flames under it by diving into outright terrifying situations.

      Thanks for the question dude!

      PS….I was scared as hell when you first asked me to guest post, even though it seemed like it would be really fun to do. Full fear transparency LOL. Ditto with Zac Johnson asking me and ditto with Enstine and ditto with many of the invites I received to guest post, when I acted on them for the first time, writing and tailoring and submitting my first guest. Now it’s all good. FUN and simple and easy peasy. But that first time, I was terrified. I have all the boldness of a timid church mouse at times hahaha πŸ™‚

  7. Gabe Burkhardt says:
    at 8:37 pm

    Howdy Ryan!

    I’m a brand new follower here, and still in the “rookie” stage of blogging, but have definitely caught the bug.
    I’m also in the deep end of the “blog growth=stagnant” end of the kiddie pool, and hoping to find someone that can teach me how to swim. I think I’m about ready to stop treading water and learn to dive in! (It must be summer, I can’t resist the swimming analogies).

    I’m not sure where to look for more experienced blogging circles, but here feels like a good place to start.

    Cheers

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:23 pm

      Welcome Gabe! Great to see you here πŸ™‚

      This place is a good spot to start networking with experienced bloggers. I’d look through the comments section, click through to other blogger’s posts and see what they are up to. Read a post or 2. Post a comment. Spend most of your time reading and comments on posts that are related to your niche but it helps to get to know bloggers who are commenting here as we have a group of high energy gems.

      Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  8. Kathleen says:
    at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for the great insights. I am always looking for new ways to develop better blogs for my website. Your advice is simple but makes sense. Every day I learn more though great information like yours.

    Thanks.

  9. Vishwajeet Kumar says:
    at 10:09 pm

    Hello Ryan,

    Every blogger must have their blogging circles. I also have my blogging circles where I connect with fellow and expert bloggers like you. Its help me to increase my productivity and also help me to grow my blog. Great Post, Thanks for sharing it with us all.

    Have a great day πŸ™‚
    Vishwajeet

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:15 am

      Ditto Vishwajeet. Thank you for being an inspired dude from my blogging circles. You are a great friend and bright light πŸ™‚

  10. Shantanu Sinha says:
    at 1:15 am

    Hello Ryan,

    That’s the wake up call for all the bloggers. It is hard and fast rule in the blogging world that we should have better friends circle who can lift us up whenever we are heading into a wrong direction. I loved how you said ” no big deal to have a blog that loads as slowly as a tortoise after smoking 45 joints” just thinking what would be the situation the tortoise
    must have been.

    We should push our selves to challenges, they prepare us for the more threating storms that would come into our blogging phase after all blogging is all about having fun and taking risk. But accepting the challenges take us to whole other level.
    And our friends are those who too help us to push ourselves when having a terrible night mare.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:14 am

      Amen brother. Shantanu, you are growing so quickly. Thanks for the wonderful comments you post here and on Blogging Tips my friend πŸ™‚

  11. Manish Kumar says:
    at 2:31 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Awesome Post!

    Yes, being criticized is a sign that you are making progress.

    Criticisms and personal attacks don’t have to be legitimate or even coherent. In fact, many “rants” that visitors will leave in your comments section are just that: rants. They are often emotionally driven and they don’t make much sense when you stop to think about what’s really being said.

    Sometimes, of course, criticism is warranted and the points being raised are legitimate. In that case, you can let the critic become your best friend.

    But people can post negative comments for all sorts of reasons. It doesn’t even have to be about you or your article. It could be that they’re just having a bad day and decided to take it out on you.

    Come to terms with this first, and it’ll be a lot easier to know when to respond and when to walk away.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:12 am

      They are often emotionally driven and they don’t make much sense when you stop to think about what’s really being said.

      Excellent Manish. So few folks get that we are mirrors; if someone criticizes us in a nasty way, they are just unhappy and fearful about something they see in themselves. Has nothing to do with us. And tough to grasp, but 100% of the time it has nothing to do with blogging. It has to do with fear, some fear critics hold to, that we reflect back to them.

  12. Susan Velez says:
    at 4:56 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Great post and while my blog is still fairly new, less than a year old. I am working hard to develop good blogging circles. It’s definitely been a lot of work, but I’ve been following your advice and I can see my blog growing.

    I agree you have to get uncomfortable at times. If you’re always in the comfort zone, then you’re not growing.

    It’s not easy putting yourself out there, but it’s important, especially if you want your blog to grow.

    I need to put some more of your advice into action. Thanks for sharing these tips, I know that most of us need to hear them once in a while.

    Have a great day πŸ™‚

    Susan

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:10 am

      You are growing so quickly Susan. My blog was a horror movie after a year πŸ˜‰ 3 years too LOL. But sticking to fundamentals – even when you feel bored or frustrated – is the way to go. Always.

  13. Lisa P. Sicard says:
    at 5:13 am

    Hi Ryan, this one made me chuckle. I do have a blogging buddy who is always pointing out my errors publicly – at first I was a little taken a back by it but I know he means well and like you say here you need people to look out for you, right? I’ve had a few others over the years DM me on Twitter or email if I had a typo that was blaring out. I loved that.
    It’s like having your own editoral staff around you.
    I recently did a video on my recent post and I was scared to death. I still don’t like looking at it. I am going to do Facebook live soon, as Donna Merrill challenged me.
    (I’ve just been at a digital marketing training session for my day job, 2 hours away, so my days have been long and I need to look refreshed first, lol).
    Thanks for the tips, honesty and encouragement Ryan!!!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:21 pm

      Hehehe Lisa I know your buddy πŸ™‚ Cool too how you gracefully filter feedback. I look forward to your FB live videos; scary as can be at first, for me too, but with persistence you will feel more and more comfortable recording and sharing with your buddies. Just a video here and there and you feel more natural, more relaxed and you will be happy to put that first one out there πŸ˜‰

  14. PWD says:
    at 7:29 am

    Good blogging depends 50% on you and 50% of who reads your blog and who you take inspiration from. It is you who have to decide whether a person is healthy for your professional career or not. If a person your genuine blog buddy, he will motivate you to do more and more, rather than just worshipping the sand you walk on. Be with the ones who will assist you, motivate you to be better with each passing day.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:18 pm

      This is good advice PWD. Surround yourself with uplifting folks by making a conscious choice to do so.

  15. Larry Rivera says:
    at 10:28 am

    Hi Ryan, I have been thinking about my blogging friends for awhile. What you are saying is very true! Birds of a feather flock together as they say. While I believe getting involved with blogging is simply one of the most rewarding things a person can do online. I also feel that over the past 10 years give or take a few years so many online marketers pushed blogging as a way to the promise land that there are gazillion blogs out there in cyber space that offer no real value to anyone.

    This article comes at a cross roads in my blogging life. Thanks for the swift kick in the butt.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:16 pm

      I noted the same trend Larry. A high volume of marketers presented blogging as a get rich quick type activity, when it is nothing of the sort. Leaving these folks behind for higher energy people marked a huge turning point in my career.

  16. Sue Slaght says:
    at 12:48 pm

    Well if feeling uncomfortable and fending off lions is part of the success I seem to have that piece covered Ryan!Facebook Live you say. We do a lot of short videos on Facebook that do really well for us. Maybe its time to step up the game. Thanks for the push Ryan. Likely just what I need.

    Sue

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:14 pm

      Whoa Sue! That is some courageous stuff. You got the uncomfortable thing down cold and seeing your huge, loyal community I sense those shot videos on Facebook are working for you.

  17. Domonic Mongello says:
    at 1:00 am

    I love your blog Ryan.

    I have been living in Pattaya Beach Thailand for 14 years… loving it.

    Your blog post are for real.. love it.

    peace/dom

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:51 am

      Thanks a bunch Domonic πŸ™‚ I would love to see Pattaya. 14 years? Awesome! If we do move anywhere and settle in, Thailand is A1 on our list now. We adore the place.

  18. Prosper Noah says:
    at 2:59 am

    Hi Ryan,

    WoW Post here. I believe firmly in blogging circles

    They happen to be buddies who share thesame thoughts as you and would definitely help grow your blog as you do same.

    Its a WIN WIN!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:47 am

      Thanks Prosper. Our blogging circles determine our direction in life. Always. Same deal with our life circles, meaning those folks we befriend offline.

  19. Prince Akwarandu says:
    at 5:14 am

    Hi Ryan,

    You killed it hard this time. However, I’m learning the power of network blogging from you. You’re a great buddy to follow. Shout out to your family and friends. Keep moving!

    It’s been said that to be successful you must not fail to keep successful people as friends and/or networks. This is so true and you spilled what it takes in this well articulated piece.

    I love the line “When you surround yourself predominantly with successful bloggers or loving, caring bloggers on the come up you will succeed more quickly.” This is the pure truth a d nothing less.

    Thanks for sharing, Ryan.
    ~ Prince.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:46 am

      Yep Prince that has been my experience again and again. When I hang with high energy bloggers all else falls nicely. I learn how to network. How to make friends. How to create content. How to grow my email list. All from the Blogging Big Dawgs πŸ™‚

  20. Ron Pickle says:
    at 5:43 am

    Great points Ryan! In blogging, as in life, it is important to be alert and to know when it is the time to go high up the value chain and nothing better than getting in touch with top notch people of your niche, make connections and seek their advice.

  21. Juan Pedro says:
    at 2:41 pm

    Great Blog, great post.
    Just came a cross your blog and is really good, already bookmarked
    IΒ΄m starting on blogging so your tips and info are very helpful.
    Thanks a lot for sharing

  22. Elvis Michael says:
    at 4:06 pm

    “write 1000 words daily in a Word document for practice, then trash the document”

    The above made me laugh, but it’s so true. Just let go. Just start your engines.

    And getting uncomfortable is perhaps the best advice given here, especially when you receive criticism (even if the comment is not so pleasant). I’ve learned quite a few lessons over the years — and yes, criticism stings at first. But if you don’t learn something from it, you’re clearly not adapting the right mentality to blog long-term.

    Keep writing,
    Elvis

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:17 pm

      Good one right Elvis πŸ˜‰ Writing and trashing is one way to gain detachment from your writing. As for receiving criticism is has freed me like no online practice. Exposes my blind spots. Not my weaknesses, but those areas I felt unclear on. The stuff that was holding me back. Super comment and will do buddy.

  23. Donna Merrill says:
    at 1:04 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Moving up those blogging circles were scary at first. I kept on thinking to myself that my comments and shares would sound silly. Then I talked that low self esteem from back in the day out of my thick head lol. People are people no matter how much they have achieved and not only can I learn from them, but put my two cents in too.

    Moving up in the blogging circles I create is a breeze now. Sometimes David will tell me “you know who you are talking to? …. That’s a huge marketer or blogger!” Me: He’s a down to earth guy. You see, it is all getting to know others and engagement. Plus that good old law of attraction helps when we set our minds to it.

    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:02 pm

      This has been my experience Donna. When we befriend all these rocking bloggers we see they are human, and down to earth, normal folks. Just like all people. It’s all about letting go the fear of reaching out and connecting. After that, all things are a breeze and you will skyrocket up in blogging circles.

  24. Abdul Muneeb says:
    at 3:25 am

    I agree that everyone should have blogging circles, thank you for sharing this πŸ™‚
    – Abdul Muneeb

  25. Ashutosh Singh says:
    at 10:11 am

    Hi,
    I am new to here and Awesome post I like that.
    I heard a line from many people that ” when you been criticised from some one it means you are progressing up”. I think every Blogger must have their blogging circle. It is very useful.
    thank you

  26. DNN says:
    at 3:06 pm

    Ryan,

    I know your blogging game is mad sweet. You have the evergreen content marketing game all in you. From time to time, even DNN needs a friendly push. Stop on by sometime and check up on me too, as we can keep each other encouraged for content marketing and affiliate revenue success. πŸ™‚

  27. Antionette Blake says:
    at 3:11 pm

    Connecting with other bloggers, commenting and sharing their posts is one of the best ways to move up. I need to guest post on other sites to get more exposure.

  28. Alf says:
    at 4:36 am

    After all, are blogs so different from human relationships?
    Some of them find a way to keep growing and evolving, some crash really bad, and some other simply fade away

  29. Jerry Schrader says:
    at 8:22 pm

    I enjoyed your article, I generally handle the onsite and design/development aspect of SEO for my agency, and let the team handle the blogs, but this is very interesting. I will be reading more. Thanks!

  30. Adnan Shaikh says:
    at 6:32 am

    Hey Ryan,
    I read your blogs regularly but this time I want to thank you by commenting here, your articles have always taught me something and they always make sense.I appreciate all your hard work.

  31. Sarah Kim says:
    at 6:51 am

    This is so spot on! The #1 is especially true. This goes for outside blogging too– you should never be the smartest one in the room!

  32. Natalie says:
    at 9:19 am

    I love this! I’ve been trying to change the focus of my blog over the last year or so from me just churning out content to building that brand, social media channels, and more relationships with other (awesome!) bloggers. Doing so has opened many doors and–hopefully–started to allow me to push this thing further down the path I want to go down rather than just being out there on internet. And I completely agree about the negative comments: those not-so-perfect comments I’ve gotten from others have helped me rethink everything from spell checks to how to navigate my blog. While they’re not sunshine and rainbows, they DO help me every time! Keep doing what you’re doing, Ryan! πŸ˜€

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:11 am

      Building up a rocking friend network helped take me from just being another blog online to where I am today Natalie. Especially with my old blog. I had so many ups and downs but the friends I made back then taught me how to do blogging right. Thank you πŸ™‚

  33. Ezekiel Oluwafemi says:
    at 6:43 am

    This is interesting Ryan, 126 books.
    I wish I can write that.
    Thanks for this update. Sure your 1000 is coming………….

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