Maturity can be looked upon as being well-developed mentally and emotionally.
You and I both know, that maturity does not always come with age (For example, there are grown adults who possess the mindset of children).
Unfortunately, there are bloggers who behave in an immature manner; you might know of a blogger who behaves immaturely (For your sake, I hope that you are not a blogger who has the tendency of being immature).
When it comes to blogging, having a mature mindset will help you to avoid:
- Starting a fight with someone online.
- Thinking that you are always right and that everyone else is always wrong.
- Believing that you are superior to other bloggers.
- Being a selfish blogger.
- An unwillingness to learn anything new.
- Believing that other people are stupid for not reading your blog posts.
Immature people can be somewhat of a nuisance; especially when you have to deal with them online on a regular basis (And, that is the main reason why a lot of people try their best to avoid them).
So, I have decided to share with you, the traits of a mature-minded blogger.
1.) Being Respectful Of Other People’s Opinions
In reality, you are not going to agree with everything that you read on other people’s blogs.
And, there will be a portion of people who will have disagreements pertaining to the material that you posted on your blog.
Disagreeing with another person is not necessarily a bad thing; the real issue here is the manner in which we handle disagreements.
If you disagree with what someone posted, you can share your perspective in a diplomatic manner via the comments section of their blog.
It would be wrong to be verbally abusive towards them (And, being verbally abusive towards other bloggers in the blogosphere is unacceptable behaviour).
Always remember, that everyone is entitled to express their opinions via their blog.
Mature-minded bloggers are respectful of other people’s opinions.
2.) Having The Willingness To Share What You Have Learned
It is a sad fact, that there are people who are unwilling to pass on what they have learned to others (It is as though they enjoy the idea of people being ignorant).
In my case, I enjoy sharing what I have learned with my fellow bloggers (The blogging advice that I shared freely on Renard’s World is proof of that).
Why should I see them making the same mistakes repeatedly when I can provide them with helpful solutions?
Have you ever shared anything that you learned with your viewing audience?
Mature-minded bloggers are always willing to share the things that they learned with others.
3.) Not Allowing The Haters To Be The Cause Of You Abandoning Your Blog
In the past, a woman almost gave up on her blog because someone said to her that they did not like her writing.
Unfortunately, the internet is filled with trolls (And, trolls are immature human beings).
Never allow a troll to discourage you from blogging.
If they do not like your writing or your blog, that is their problem.
Do think of all the people who enjoy your writing; they will miss you dearly if you abandoned your blog.
Besides, mature-minded people will never allow haters to make them abandon their blogs.
4.) By Not Being Afraid Of Hard Work
A lot of people wrongfully believe that blogging is ridiculously easy (The biggest irony is that some of those people would have quite a difficult time blogging if they were to start a blog of their own).
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that we all have our strengths and our weaknesses; for example, writing might be an easy thing for some bloggers, while the proofreading process is an absolute chore for them.
And, there is also the part about creating content for one’s blog on a regular basis (Which is something that some bloggers are horrible at).
Also, one must be good at promoting their content on social media (And, believe it or not, one needs to know the best time for sharing content on the various types of social media platforms).
Mature-minded bloggers are aware of the fact, that blogging involves a lot of hard work and they are not afraid to face it (It is something that they have to undergo in order for them to have a successful blog).
5.) Knowing That The Blogosphere Does Not Revolve Around You
For the record, I am not being harsh. I am simply stating that successful blogging actually involves regular interaction with your blogging community (I highlighted this fact in my article, 8 Things That All Bloggers Should Consider Doing).
If you try blogging solely without interacting with your fellow bloggers, your blog is going to fail miserably!
The British poet, John Donne, once said, “No man is an island.”
What does it mean?
It means that you need to be part of a community in order to thrive (And, in this case, it is your blogging community).
Mature-minded bloggers never forget the importance of interacting with their blogging community.
6.) Knowing How To Spend Your Time Wisely
Most mature-minded bloggers are great at time management; they usually find the time to:
- Do their quota of blogging.
- Spend valuable time with their loved ones.
- Take care of their health.
- Do their daily chores.
- Enjoy their life.
Mature-minded bloggers are usually the type of people that live a balanced lifestyle.
Are you spending your time wisely?
7.) By Not Selling Out
We are all aware of those bloggers that do sponsored posts (For the record, there is nothing wrong with doing sponsored posts; the nightmare comes to life when the blogger does a review that is dishonest).
A large percentage of bloggers are not fortunate to have their blog sponsored by a major corporation and some of those bloggers are afraid of losing the extra incoming cash (Which is the reason why they do the type of reviews that the corporations want — the type of reviews that make those corporations look good in spite of discovering flaws with the products that were reviewed).
Authenticity involves telling the truth. Therefore, mature-minded bloggers will not make the mistake of selling out to corporations.
Dear friend, your readers are relying on you to tell them the truth.
8.) By Not Feeling Discouraged Whenever The Traffic To Your Blog Is Low
It is also a sad fact, that some people become despondent whenever they discover that the incoming traffic to their blog is low.
In reality, the incoming traffic to a blogger’s blog will fluctuate; there would be those days when their blog will receive a large number of views and there will be those periods when their blog will receive a small number of views.
I am going to use a beach as my analogy; you and I both know about the ebb and the flow of the tide — whenever it goes out, it comes back in (Dear friend, the same thing applies to your blog).
So, the next time you see that your stats are low, know to yourself that those stats of yours are going to be back up again.
Mature-minded bloggers never feel discouraged whenever the traffic to their blog is low.
The good news is that most bloggers will become mature-minded bloggers (They achieve certain degrees of it as the time passes).
Mature-minded bloggers view blogging differently than those immature bloggers.
As you have learned, mature-minded people are:
- Respectful of other people’s opinions.
- Willing to share what they have learned with others.
- The type of people who will not allow the haters to discourage them from blogging.
- More than willing to engage in hard work — the type of hard work that leads to them having a successful blog.
- The type of people that are community-oriented.
- The type of people who spend their time wisely.
- The ones who will not sell out to corporations.
- Never discouraged whenever they see that the incoming traffic to their blog is low.
I do hope that bloggers make the transition from being an immature blogger to a mature-minded blogger.
Thank you for reading.
And, please feel free to check out my blog, Renard’s World, for more amazing content in the near future.