To put in bluntly, blogging is not rocket science (Even though there are people who would like you to believe that it is).
I will admit, that no one really masters the art of blogging the first time around since it is something that people gradually learn and get better at as time passes.
As a matter of fact, anyone can get better at blogging (Provided that they have a genuine desire to advance themselves in the area of blogging and that they are willing to put the things that will greatly enhance their blog into practice).
The biggest irony is that these things are simple — things that bloggers rarely take into consideration.
At this point, I have certainly aroused your curiosity and I am going to delve deeply into those things that bloggers rarely take into consideration; so without further ado, it is time to let you know what they are.
1.) Time Is Of The Essence
Yes, it is true, my friend. Time is really of the essence where blogging is concerned.
And, why is it that time is of the essence when it comes to blogging?
Because we do not have an entire day (twenty-four hours) to sit down at a computer (or to utilize a mobile device) with the intentions of composing a blog post.
From a realistic point of view, our time is spent handling the things that life sends our way.
Even those people who blog for a living are known to spend portions of their time doing the following things:
- Liaising with their clientele.
- Promoting their blog posts via social media.
- Creating and selling their very own products.
- Finding innovative ways of attracting new readers.
- Finding time for their chores.
- Spending quality time with their friends, relatives, family and associates.
Bloggers have to be well-versed in the area of time management.
So, my friend, it would be in your best interest to compose a blog post quickly and that can be brought into fruition by doing the following things:
- Researching your topic in advance.
- Creating an outline for your blog post.
- Writing first and editing after.
Highly skilled bloggers are capable of completing the draft copy for their blog post (as in the case of long-form content) in approximately two hours’ time or less.
By the way, if you happen to be one of those bloggers who are unable to complete the draft copy for their blog post in one sitting, you can do it in small chunks within the period of thirty minutes; this method can be carried out a few days a week (In the end, you will have a completed draft copy for your blog post).
2.) Scheduled Blog Posts Work In Your Favour
In my blog post, 7 Ways To Blog Like A Pro In 2019, I highlighted the importance of being consistent.
And, guess what?
Scheduling your blog post for a particular day at a certain time (for example, every Tuesday at 9:00 AM) is a form of consistency.
If you are one of those newbie bloggers who does not know how to schedule their blog posts, Schedule a Post, by the WordPress Support Team will provide you with the necessary information.
I have adopted the habit of scheduling my blog posts.
And, what is the reason for scheduling my blog posts?
Because, it helps me to remain consistent (And, scheduling your blog posts will also help you to remain consistent).
3.) You Must Be Able To Live With What You Posted
Before you press the Publish button, ask yourself this question: “Am I willing to live with what I have posted?”
If you have said, “Yes,” to that question, it is okay for you to press the Publish button.
I strongly advise against publishing blog posts that you are unable to live with.
Even though there is the option of deleting blog posts that you are unable to live with, someone (or some people) may have gotten access to the cached copies of those blog posts via Google.
So, as a rule, never publish anything online that you are unable to live with.
4.) It Is Not Mandatory To Go With A Popular Niche
I will admit, that your blog has the potential of acquiring lots of incoming views by the very act of choosing a popular niche.
However, it is not mandatory for you to go with a popular niche.
You can create your own niche (Provided that you are genuinely passionate about your chosen niche).
And, it is okay for you go with a popular niche (Provided that you are sincerely passionate about it).
Trouble arises when you choose to go with a popular niche for the sake of popularity and you lack the passion for that niche.
How long do you think that you can survive in the blogosphere publishing blog posts that are based on a niche that you are not passionate about?
Chances are, that you would not survive long in the blogosphere. You will eventually grow fed up of your blog and abandon it.
Always remember, that passion has a huge part to play where the longevity of your blog is concerned.
5.) You Need To Stand Out
Countless people blog on a regular basis; therefore, as a blogger, you will need to stand out.
The good news is that you can stand out in the blogosphere by:
- Publishing epic content on your blog.
- Publishing content that can be found nowhere else on the internet.
- Publishing content that provides a solution to a problem that someone (or some people) are currently faced with.
- Being a guest blogger on a blog of a reputable blogger.
- Practising what you preach.
- Being of service to others.
Dear friend, those are some of the best ways to stand out as a blogger (And, you are more than welcome to put those suggestions into practice).
6.) You Need To Discard Limiting Beliefs
Psychologists have known for ages, that our beliefs can either free us or imprison us; it is the limiting beliefs that work against us.
Here are some examples of limiting beliefs:
- I will never be a fantastic blogger.
- I do not think that people are interested in my blog posts.
- I will never make any sort of progress in the area of blogging.
To acquire success in the world of blogging, you will need to replace those limiting beliefs with limitless beliefs.
Here are some examples of limitless beliefs:
- I have the potential of becoming a fabulous blogger.
- Once people become aware of my blog’s existence, they will become interested in it.
- It is possible for me to make lots of progress in the area of blogging.
For the sake of your blog’s growth, discard all of those limiting beliefs at once!
7.) Your Audience Can Make You Or Break You
A blogger’s audience usually comprises of their fellow bloggers, readers who found their blog via a search engine, people who came across a link to their blog via social media, friends and family; therefore, we must prove to those people that we truly appreciate them; which can be done by doing the following things:
- Remaining consistent with our blog.
- Responding to the comments that were made in the comments section of our blog in a polite and professional manner.
- Publishing amazing content.
- Being an exemplary blogger.
- Being authentic.
Failure to put the above things into practice could result in people unsubscribing from your blog and readers from around the world losing their interest in your future blog posts.
8.) You Need To Develop A Thick Skin
Some bloggers are known to experience psychological pain whenever a person (or a group of people) disagreed with what they posted on their blog.
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that everyone is not going to agree with what you posted on your blog.
So, do not feel badly because someone (or some people) disagreed with the message in a blog post of yours.
Also, some people tend to do away with blogging whenever they are confronted by a troll on their blog.
Dear friend, you should not have the cause to abandon your blog (Especially when you have clashed with a troll).
A simple remedy is to manually approve your comments; that way, the troll will be unable to cause chaos in the comments section of your blog.
You can develop a thick skin by doing the following things:
- Refusing to take things personally.
- Not allowing people to get to you.
- Learning to handle criticism from others.
- Realizing that rude people possess lots of emotional baggage.
Having a thick skin will help you to survive in the blogosphere.
9.) You Need To Be One With Simplicity
I am one of those people who adore a simple and clean-looking blog theme; those that are distraction-free and comes with fonts that are easy to read.
Why have I chosen a simple and clean-looking theme?
I chose it because it allows people to peruse my blog posts easily.
Another form of simplicity is putting across your content in a manner that is easy for most people to understand.
Whenever I share a Linux-related blog post with my viewing audience, it receives lots of views, likes and comments.
People can relate to the content because I made sure that it would be easily understood by people of all educational backgrounds.
If I were to use a technical term, I would break it down for the reader by telling them the meaning of the technical term or I would provide a link to the technical term (The reader can do their part by clicking the link; which would forward them to an article that gives them an in-depth knowledge on the technical term).
The problem with most Linux-related articles on WordPress is that they only cater for the people who already understand the workings of Linux; they are not relatable to those people who are outside of the Linux community.
Your blog post does not have to be complex like a Ph.D. thesis.
If you want the majority of people to understand what you have written, put it across in simple language.
10.) You Must Possess The Willingness To Improve Your Blogging Skills
If you have ever compared your first blog post with your most current blog post, you would clearly see that you have made improvements in the area of blogging (You probably cringed when you glanced at your first blog post).
Thankfully, most bloggers have that inner desire to improve their blogging skills.
A person can sharpen their blogging skills by doing the following things:
- Taking a blogging course.
- Purchasing an eBook that is based on blogging from a reputable blogger.
- Taking free advice from reputable bloggers online.
- Practising what they have learned about blogging on a regular basis.
Dear friend, you were meant to grow in the direction of greatness; therefore, improving your blogging skills is part of your growth process.
While blogging may not be a proverbial walk in the park for you, it is possible for you to get better at it (And, that can be done by taking the ten points that I made into serious consideration).
You deserve to be a successful blogger (And, I genuinely want you to do well at blogging).
By the way, if you found this blog post helpful and you think that it would be equally helpful to other bloggers, you are more than welcome to share it with them via your social media accounts.
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Thank you so kindly for reading!