[Blogging Mindset] Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle2 min read

The advice I am about to give you is going to be disappointing. It’s not going to be an easy six-step guide to gaining more followers, or how to have readers comment on your posts.

It’s not even going to be about blogging mistakes.

No. This post is going to be about the one requirement to having a popular blog.

Want to know what that is? Keep reading.

Given the nature of this blog, and because I offer a number of mentorship programs, I get in contact with a lot of fellow bloggers. I also follow and read a lot of blogs, both good and bad.

Do you know what makes the difference?


That’s it.

Some are willing to do the work that no one seems to be in the mood for, and do it for a longer period of time, than others.

That’s all it takes.

If you know nothing else about blogging, about life, then you should know that if you keep going, no matter what, you’ll have some results.

And it’s mind-boggling how few people are aware of this. How much time people spend searching for a perfect guide, some secret, some shortcut.

There is no substitute for hard work.

Let me repeat that, in case you missed it: there is no substitute for hard work.

If you are willing to put in the time and effort, then you’ll be successful.

That’s it.

Perseverance is the ultimate secret to becoming a successful blogger. To keep publishing one blog post after another, even when no one seems to read, to comment, to care.

To keep writing even when there seems to be no progress whatsoever.

Isn’t that insanity?

Well, yes, it is.

But how else are you going to get what you want?

The Universe seems to be testing our commitment.

How bad do you want it?

If you never asked yourself that question, if you do not know the answer to it, then you’re closer to giving up than you might think.

And no how-to guide is going to help you.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

72 thoughts on “[Blogging Mindset] Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle2 min read

  1. Perseverance is key to many things – maybe even most things – but we must be sure we are persevering in the right direction for right purposes, right? I blog for fun. My 240+ followers are enough! I don’t want thousands! I wouldn’t be able to keep up. You know what I mean?

    1. Six months later, with perseverance, my 240 grew to over 400 followers. Interesting though, the comments have not increased exponentially. I’ll keep checking in on your advice and asking more engaging questions to try and get more feedback. Thanks for reposting this, Cristian.

      1. Not just asking questions.
        Here, most of the posts that received a lot of comments didn’t ask questions at all.

        The post has to make people want to comment. Has to make them feel something.

  2. I can keep blogging,not a problem..
    but what to do with despair..
    with seeing the views number increase by only two..(and it breaks your heart)
    how to wipe the tears my friend..

    Great post,thanks for sharing.

  3. I believe what you are saying because at first I was getting no comments, even my sister would text me instead of commenting on my blog. I did not give up and I am starting to get some comments now.

  4. I actually want to read that hard work works. It’s encouraging, it’s motivating, it gives a purpose.
    Shortcuts are cool, but people don’t enjoy things that come too easily.

    1. Hard work always, always, always, always pays off. Without an ounce of doubt, it pays off. 99% of what I am as a human being is solely the result of the hard work I put into stuff, not my intelligence, not my friends, my parents, or me being lucky.

  5. This is so true, but it is also about ignoring those self-doubt niggles that come after reading blogs that make your tiny efforts seem paltry and senile. Keep believing,

  6. Yes, I’m beginning to realize this. Blogging is exhausting because it’s so labor-intensive if you want to do it right. Research, reading, writing, editing, finding appropriate media and links to related sites, etc. It’s taking up all my time, and I still have a house to clean, pets to care for and cuddle, and a hungry husband to cook for. Speaking of which, my husband has become a little jealous of my blogging.

    1. I feel for you. I am fortunate as I only have myself to look after but it still eats up my time. Hang in there and you will reap the rewards.

  7. Reblogged this on Maria De La Rosa and commented:
    Perseverance – that is it! Because if you stick with it – one thing will lead to another- you will learn, grow! It helps that I enjoy the process, learning, getting new ideas; getting to know different types of people, building relationships! If I focus on the results, it becomes very hard to be patient and persevere. My past experiences have proven that to me.

  8. Hey, thanks for you post! 🙂 This seems like its being published just the moment I need it.

    Thank you again for your piece of advice earlier today on another post!

    I have another question if thats okay 🙂

    I publish blog posts once a week. Usually every Monday morning, but have now shifted that to Tuesday morning, just to test if it makes a difference in terms of readership.

    I’m thinking about publishing posts now every two weeks, as I would like to invest a lot more time into perfecting my research for my posts and wordings.
    I also want to start a podcast series for my blog and I feel like I would have more time and less pressure if I publish every two weeks.

    Do you think this approach of publishing every two weeks is better? Or shall I stick to weekly posts?

    Quality over Quantity. Thats all I’m thinking.

    Would be great to get some more advice from you.

    Thank you as always, appreciate your content.

    1. Quality over Quantity. The age old dilemma.

      I say quality AND quantity at the same time. Blog as often as you can, while doing your best to write the best post you can.

      It’s up to you.

  9. I love this! I’m sick of seeing ‘how to’ guides when it comes to blogging! The passion and drive should be there if not why are you doing it? For the wrong reasons I guess! I love blogging as a place for me to re write my stories and speak what’s on my mind and if no one reads it that’s fine because it’s the perfect creative outlet for me and I enjoy it. Starting a blog should never be with the full intent of money and success it should be because you love it and that’s when I think you will truly succeed!

  10. As in life, those who hang in there and persevere over the long run always come out on top. If nothing else, you have the satisfaction of knowing you gave all you had and stuck it out. That is a gift in a world that seeks instant gratification. Great post. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience.

  11. I just started up just for personal use and thoughts that come to mind … not really sure how this blog thing works just one day last week went on and started putting my thoughts to text … hopefully someone out there reads it and connects to it

  12. Sure, the way forward is to keep on blogging no matter the number of views and likes. Thanks ……please keep this coming…it is so encouraging

  13. I love this and needed to hear this so badly. Recently I feel my blog has been at a stand still even thought I put so much time into it. This is the message I needed to just keep working hard.

  14. Awesome advice. I’m a firm believer in this: that hard work done well and consistently pays off 100% of the time. I started a podcast in mid-March 2018 and I think many of the same principles apply in that space as well.

    I’m new to your blog but really enjoying your encouraging posts. Do you have a podcast? It looks like maybe you started one about art in 2017 but gave it up.

    If you decided to do a podcast on blogging you could count me in as one committed listener!

  15. Agree because even though it can be frustrating at times when a lot of people don’t read your blog, I know I’m not planning on giving up anytime soon.

  16. Unbelievably true advice, good things come to those who go and get them, can’t just sit around hoping some miracle is going to occur and we’ll wake up with thousands of followers!

  17. ‘There is no substitute to hard work. And no how-to guide is going to help you.’
    I agree! How bad do you want it, and how much are you willing to sacrifice to help you achieve what and where you want to be?!
    It’s work, but I believe we can all get there. It’s all up to us, up to you.

  18. As a writer, this is the number one thing you gotta keep in mind. Don’t write to be famous, write because you love to write and realize there is nothing that will make up for sitting down and getting out the words. And most of the time there are no rewards but perseverance is the key because if you stop, then that’s the end of the road and you’ll never get to where you wanna go.

  19. Thank you. I needed this today. It’s really hard sometimes to find the time to write and keep producing content, but you’re right hard work and perseverance are the key ! I’ve started my blog a little over a year ago and your post have been the most helpful in having me stick to it. 🤗

  20. Yep, I don’t know why some people just abandon their blogs. Of course, some might have a valid reason, but many seem to lose interest or feel like they should have overnight success. I love writing, so I keep writing. But sometimes I feel uninspired, and that is part of the challenge. Inspiration is the KEY to writing, but it’s not always there! Perseverance to me means working hard even when you don’t feel like it and when inspiration is nowhere to be found.

  21. Thanks for sharing. It’s tough. I (& many others I’m sure) put a lot of effort into our work to feel there’s not much engagement. I do it because I enjoy it though, I’m learning and it keeps my mind busy.

  22. So true. I’ve always said that the best way to teach yourself how to blog is to just do you and keep going. A lot of trial and error is involved, but if you work hard and are dedicated enough, it’ll work out. Great post.

  23. I do believe in Perserverance. It is such an important trait to have in entrepreneurship. Thank you for sharing this reminder about a true trait that seems to be overlooked at most times.

  24. This so awesome. Persistence. Lack of caring about others judgement. And most importantly believing in what you are doing and why. If you love it, it doesnt matter how many likes or follows you get and eventually you will gain an audience which makes it even more exciting!

  25. “The Universe seems to be testing our commitment.” You nailed it on the head. I’ve had an epiphany recently. I have these big dreams, but I have not been doing what is required to achieve them. I believe that now I am ready to pay that price. Better late than never!

  26. Very well-written and super informative! Everything you stated is 100% accurate. I saw the word, “hustle” in your title, and I was instantly drawn, haha. Nobody knows the true meaning of hustle more than a New Yorker😂

    1. Especially for me as a new blogger just starting the game, perseverance is key! I stay motivated and determined, continuing to post daily, seeing what my followers’ interest are so I can make captivating posts, despite me getting only 4-6 likes a day, 1-3 new followers a day. But hey, it’s 4-6 likes and 1-3 new followers more than what I had yesterday.
      Thanks for this post! It got me motivated!

  27. I needed this today. I’m not a niche blogger and often wonder if this hurts me but I like the versatility of my topics and hope that I provide a little something for everybody. Blogging is a new format, more relaxed than journalism yet not quite as creative as novelling. I like the freedom and the prospect of providing food for thought. But a year into it I find myself sometimes wondering what the heck I’m doing. Your posts manage to keep me encouraged while also providing useful tips. I thank you for what you do.

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment!

      There’s so much to learn about blogging, networking. Never ask yourself if you know what you are doing. That’s not the goal. The idea is to always learn, evolve, overcome difficulties, find new challenges, and explore as many ideas and topics as possible.

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