Here, at The Art of Blogging, we try our best to write about various techniques that should enhance your blogging, while also being aware that even though there’s a bit of craft in every art, not everything comes down to following a bunch of rules.
Truth be told, it took me a long time to figure out the techniques that I write about on this blog. I built a blog to over one hundred thousand readers without being aware of most of them, the same way I learned English by watching movies, TV shows, and reading a lot.
So, what’s the deal? What does this all mean?
Well, read on if you’re curious.
DESIRE > TECHNIQUE
How bad do you want to be successful as a blogger? Do you kind of want it? Do you rationalize that it does not matter? Are you just another blogger?
Desire trumps technique every single time, the same way you can probably think of someone who isn’t very smart, isn’t very talented, yet is wildly successful at whatever it is they’re doing.
Because they want it. More than you, more than me, more than anyone else around them.
I started my blog tired, angry, alone, broke, sick, sick and tired of being me. That was my motivation. I was literally hungry, and even though I didn’t know much about blogging, I wanted it bad enough to go after it as if my life depended on it.
Ask yourself, How bad do you want it?
And be honest when you answer.
Maybe you’re not getting the results you want, because deep down you don’t want this bad enough.
2. INTUITION > TECHNIQUE
What does your gut say? Did it feel right writing that blog post? Did it feel right to edit it that much? Or to publish it without even reading it over once? Hmm…
I’d say that we all intuitively know what to do. What’s the right course of action. Most often, we are good at telling others how they should act. Well, listen to that same voice, not the inner critic, not the voice of fear, not the one of doom, not the one that wants to be liked by everyone else, no matter the consequences.
Listen to that friendly voice who knows what’s best for you. Not the lonely voice of despair, but the one who is oftentimes buried so deep, among all the information we store in our minds without even being aware.
Use those gut feelings when blogging.
Blogging is a balancing act.
If it’s all heart and soul, you risk losing your mind. If you approach it like a dead body to be dissected, you’ll get lost in stats that don’t fulfill you and wonder what’s wrong with your writing.
Don’t be the boring teacher, but rather the cool kid at school who throws those amazing parties everyone wants to attend.
Desire and intuition can help you figure things out. Don’t be afraid to express yourself, don’t be afraid to acknowledge and use them both.
Even though failure is a real possibility, if you really want it, admit it. Use that feeling in our favor, to punch those damn keys, to write about stuff that matters to you.