Most bloggers are about as aggressive as a glass of warm milk.
The majority of bloggers proceed with the boldness of a milquetoast.
A shocking number of bloggers are as committed as the average Hollywood marriage.
Scouring the “blogging” keyword on Twitter with my eagle eyes, pouring over the blogging scuttlebutt, I am floored by a 4 word phrase that seems to be all the rage these days. Especially as New Year’s Resolutions are pondered, followed for a minute, then broken the following minute, said bloggers possessing the attention span of a puppy following a butterfly.
Please remove this 4 word phrase from your blogging vocabulary immediately:
“I should start blogging.”
Should Goes to Shit
I have never met a successful person in any walk of life who “should-ed” their way to success.
But I have met many folks who failed to do anything of note, coasting to their crappy endings on a cloud of fluffy, hazy, totally unclear should’s.
Imagine if a prospective pro basketball player said when he was in high school, “Ya know, I should be a pro basketball player. Maybe I will get around to that.”
Seriously; think that one through. I have followed the high school, college and pro basketball games for the past 35 plus years of my life. The “should” crowd may have talent but fizzles out during high school, or college, because you cannot succeed with anything unless you have passion, heart, persistence, and a flat out love for your craft that inspires you to commit 100% to your craft.
Most Skilled Player on Earth Because He Practiced Honing His Skills Like a Machine
Most basketball players who delude themselves into thinking they can make the NBA as high school players soon learn that being not too committed results in a mediocre amateur career. Meanwhile, guys like Kyrie Irving practiced 10,000 hours before they were 18 years old, living, breathing and sleeping the game, and guys like Kyrie and Kevin Durant and Lebron James become the best players on earth because they commit 100% to being the best basketball players on earth.
Kyrie’s work ethic is legendary, even among pro player circles. This is why he is likely the most skilled player on earth, able to do stuff with the basketball that nobody else does.
He did not “should” his way there.
I did not “should” my way to becoming an Amazon best selling, pro blogging, island hopping dynamo.
I have given years of my life to blogging. I have written millions and millions of words. The end result: look at my blog. Look at my sidebar. This is the commitment it takes to be a known commodity in your niche.
Blogging Cannot Be an Afterthought
Seeing these Twitter bloggers – or alleged bloggers – makes me chuckle. These cats honestly believe that their “Yeah, I should give blogging a shot,” type attitude will potentially lead to a successful blogging career. If said blogger gets lucky. As if success in blogging is a game of chance.
Blogging cannot be an afterthought. This gig cannot be a “should”, virtually zero commitment, casual, chill, totally lazy, horse shit activity that you will maybe get to, this week or next week.
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Why can’t you take this casual, passive attitude to blogging?
Bloggers like me will eat you alive.
Not Literally Because I Fast Intermittently
Or because I do not operate competitively, but creatively, when a prospective blogger wants to learn about blogging and sees the name Ryan Biddulph pop up on 460 guest posts on Blogging Tips, and 500 blog posts on the Huffington Post, and on hundreds of guest posts on a wide range of authority blogging tips blogs, and when the folks see me blogging alongside billionaire celebrities on Positively Positive, and when they see me writing 126 eBooks and commenting thoroughly on top blogs in the blogging tips and travel blogging niche, and when they see me featured on:
- Fox News
- Jeff Bullas Dot Com
- John Chow Dot Com
- Matthew Woodward Dot Com
- Neil Patel Dot Com
- Smart Blogger Dot Com
- Pro Blogger
among hundreds of lesser known but rocking sites, and when they see me and my friend Alonzo Pichardo release 6 YouTube chats that are nearing 250,000 views collectively, and when we release a test podcast and it registers 41,000 plays on Sound Cloud in 3 weeks….when a person interested in blogging sees me being as omnipresent as a demi-god in the blogging tips niche and you being non-existent, being a “Yeah, maybe I should do blogging” kinda person, and me being a “I will passionately devote 6-12 hours a day for years, every day, giving my freaking life to blogging, living, breathing, eating, sleeping and pooping blogging, because I am 10,000% all in committed” kinda person……who’s going to garner the lion’s share of attention in the blogging tips niche?
The full on committed person who builds his life around blogging and appears in 10,000 places at once?
Or the “Yeah, come to think of it, I should blog,” person who bought a domain and hosting, but is not even a passing semblance of a blogger?
Of course, me.
I outshine most folks not through luck, or even hard work, but because I give much of my life to the passion of blogging, hone my writing skills, build my networking skills and allow my fun to pull me directly into and through my fears.
Where Your Attention and Energy Goes, Grows
If you should blog, you devote about 2% of your attention and energy to blogging. Wishy-washy, pussyfooting, and of course, you see no blogging growth, because when your attention and energy goes, grows.
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But if you choose a blogging niche you feel passionate about, making the blogging work, your reward, you will be all in, fully committed and you betcha you will devote 80% of your 90% of your attention and energy to blogging, and that 80-90 number will grow your blog like a stinking weed over the long haul.
As my man Big Daddy Kane said, “Ain’t no half stepping.”
Either you are all in with blogging, committing to learning, practicing and mastering this skill called blogging, virtually every day, for years or you are not all in, and say things like “I should start blogging.”
Be all in by picking a blogging niche you feel passionate about.
Be all in by falling in deeper love with blogging every day.
Yep, be all in by surrounding yourself with kick ass, inspired bloggers.
If you are all in you will live your wildest dreams through blogging.
It has to happen.
Maybe not next year, or maybe not 3 years from now, but you will eventually live your most spectacular dreams through blogging, if you are all in, fully committed and completely willing to give much of your life to blogging.
Trust me folks.
The fun and freedom you experience as a full time, established pro blogger is worth the commitment.
Are you all in?
Or are you still afraid to commit to blogging?
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