Unlike most bloggers who experiment during their first few months to see if blogging is right for them, I had to gain traction as fast as possible.
I HAD to build a platform for my writing, to earn an income. Yes, I wanted to inspire people, to change the world, but I was also extremely passionate (and motivated) to not starve to death.
To be honest, because English was not my native language, I wasn’t sure I could express my thoughts and emotions in a way others could relate to.
Also, I wasn’t sure what to blog about, so I kept writing reviews. I then switched to writing about the creative process, about art, inspiration, writing, and self-publishing.
Fast forward seven years, and I know blog about life, motivation, self-help, and personal development. I also blog about art, the creative process, and, of course, about blogging on this neat blog called The Art of Blogging.
Of course, during this long, long journey I realized there were a lot of factors that contributed to my success.
And I only wished that I did these things early on to speed up my success on blogging.
So if you’re serious about blogging, here’s what you have to do:
1. Feedback is essential
And, yes, I know that a great deal of you are having trouble with that, but let me tell you: no feedback is also feedback. Possibly the worst kind of feedback.
And, yes, most bloggers have such fragile egos that they do not want feedback. The rationalize the negative feedback they receive by lying to themselves that they only blog for their own self-gratification (which defeats the purpose of having a blog on a public platform to begin with).
But the thing is, if you always shield your ears from people’s feedback, you will never know what you can do to get better.
So appreciate the feedback, good or bad. Realize your shortcomings and correct them.
2. Network with like-minded bloggers
Unfortunately, it took me a while to figure this out.
No matter how good you are, if you do not engage with other bloggers, it will be like writing into a void.
After dropping comments on other bloggers’ articles (usually similar to mine), I gained a lot of new readers — not only the bloggers themselves, but also some of their readers as well.
As a result, I got even more feedback that helped me improve my writing.
3. Learn, learn, learn
It’s not only crucial that you learn as much as you can about blogging as a craft, but also about your niche of choice, because it allows you to become an expert in your field, but also because it feeds your passion.
If you grow complacent, blogging will start to feel like a chore.
Never stop learning, never stop trying out new ways to improve your blogging experience.
4. Use social media
Yes, I had created social media profiles from the very beginning, but I did not take full advantage of the opportunity of social media.
This is something I struggle with to this day.
It’s not enough to simply share your content. You must interact with potential readers, to share content that is different from what you share on your blog (but still related to your niche)
5. Feed your brain
When you read, you have more to say.
You connect seemingly unrelated dots.
Never, ever, ever underestimate the importance of feeding your brain.
I read, I listen to podcasts and such, and also watch seminars, speeches, or documentaries. I try to absorb as much information as possible.
That’s my list. What about you?
What are some things you wished you’d done to speed up your success on blogging?