How to Stop Being “The Invisible Blogger”4 min read

Have you ever felt like the invisible blogger?

You work hard on your posts, pouring every ounce of emotion, creativity, and insight you have into them. You select the best photos and graphics to go with them, submit your blogs to various outlets, share them on social media, do your best to network with fellow bloggers.

But it’s like no one even sees you.

Other bloggers ignore you, your social media pages resemble barren wastelands. None of the few people who do visit your leave you a comment, telling you to keep going, to thank you for doing such a great job.

It’s like you’re invisible… and you wonder if there’s anything you can do about it.

Well, the good news is, yes, of course there’s something you can do about it. And this post is going to do just that: provide you with tips and tactics that will have you reaching new highs in terms of traffic and engagement.

Do not be boring

What is it that makes our education system to be considered so boring?

As a matter of fact, very few teenagers like to go to school. They’d rather be doing just about anything else, and it’s not because they’re lazy, but because school is both overwhelming and boring.

You’re forced to spend the entire day learning stuff you couldn’t care less about.

Are you the teacher? Are you one of those teachers that no one ever liked?

Yes, it’s information that people want. And not just valuable information, but presented in such a way that is also considered entertainment.

It’s fun and informative. That’s what most people would say about their favorite blog.

Now, be honest. Are you the teacher? Are you a bit too serious? All work and no play? Are you forcing us to read thousands of words of information we don’t want to know about?

Why do people read blogs?

People read blogs for a lot of reasons, but it mostly comes down to three main reasons:

  1. To be informed: they want to know stuff, to learn a particular skill, to gain insight.
  2. To be entertained: they want to smile or laugh; to feel something. Emotions are at the foundation of 99.99% of what we do in our day to day lives
  3. To connect: they want to find like-minded individuals and network with them, to share ideas and thoughts and experiences.

But there’s also a fourth reason: blogs are a form of escape. Something to avoid boredom, an excuse to procrastinate, to forget about the fact that we are adults for a while.

After all, how many of you are reading this post from your workplace? Aren’t you supposed to be working?

A great blog provides all of it: allows us to avoid the responsibilities of adult life, while learning a thing or two, laughing at some witty remark, and being able to discuss our thoughts on different topics with other people.

Why are you invisible?

Most likely, because you think that you’re supposed to become a teacher, when in reality, that’s just a small part of being a blogger.

Your main job is to capture your reader’s attention, and to do that, you need to entertain them, to make them feel something.

That’s why writing about what you’re passionate about is crucial.

Think of it this way: what are the people you’re most drawn to? Friendly? Free? Funny? Passionate?

Why wouldn’t it be the same in the world of blogging?

I know, I know, it’s not easy to do so. I often get sidetracked myself, assuming the role of teacher, and becoming this grumpy old man who’s all business and no fun. It happens.

For instance, there’s this post: The Ultimate Guide to Blogging. Lots of effort, time, and mental energy put into it. Yet it didn’t get much attention.

It’s supposed to be a condensed version of what to do to be great at blogging, yet few people read it.

There’s a lot of valuable information, yet there are a lot of other posts that have done a lot better, for instance 9 Mistakes that Will Screw Up Your Blog. Thousands of people have read it in the first few days.

If you’re just starting out, you’ll find this a bit depressing. You’ll never be able to predict which posts will be popular, because sometimes you forget that you’re not a teacher, but rather an interesting diversion.

Take the fun out of your posts, and it will be as if you didn’t even write them.

How to stop being invisible

Write what your readers want to read. Simple.

I know it’s a difficult truth to accept. And it’s paradoxical. You should write what you want, write like yourself, write what you love, yet…

You need to find a common denominator and also write what people want to read.

If you want to be a successful blogger, you need to find the overlap between what you want to write and what the people want to read. It’s a process every writer goes through, and you’re no different.

Accept that you have to add value. There’s no way around it, and the day you stop providing value is the day they stop reading.

So figure out what is it that your readers want, and give it to them in an fun and interesting way.

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.

109 thoughts on “How to Stop Being “The Invisible Blogger”4 min read

  1. It is good to write about what people want to read as you rightly said. But at the same time, one has to write what he or she is passionate about. Isn’t it? I guess it makes sense to balance the two sides though!

    1. Agreed. I started blogging for fun, and if it ever becomes stressful, I’ll know to take a step back. But I’m also trying to start a small business…so I think it makes sense to balance the two, as well!

  2. Good advice, so thank you. Although, all of this is based on the premise that you’re writing for others – not yourself. Granted – even those who aren’t in it for the attention still may eventually get sucked into the stats game. But essentially, if you write for yourself, you’ll be happy even with a small readership.

  3. I agree that balance is the key. It is impossible to open a store and sell only what you love and think you will be successful, or a restaurant which serves only food the owner loves. The difficulty for me is figuring out what the reader wants, and how to not sell out who I am. As a travel blogger and writer the market is oversaturated with people writing almost exactly the same type of Top 10 Things To Do/See. If that is not the type of writing I want to do then I must accept I won’t be in that high readership category?
    Thank you for your post. I have some serious thinking to do now about who my reader is and what they are looking for.

    1. I think that when writing in a niche that seems to be overcrowded, that in itself proves to be an opportunity. If there are a lot of folks blogging about a topic, it means that there are a lot of readers interested in said topic.

      If you can come up with a different approach than other bloggers, then you can become popular fast.

  4. Good post! I can relate at times. I sometimes need to loosen up a bit and have more fun. Just be me on a page! I just read all these blogging books and I feel like sometimes I have to my ducks in a row in terms of proper spelling and grammar in my posts, not posting too much, enough interaction, etc. But good reminder to not lose sight of what’s important. 🙂

      1. Thanks. I am happy that I am not the only one. I find from blogging over a year, a few mistakes are overlooked for creativity and interest in what you are writing. Other bloggers know if you are feeling your post or not. You know? 🙂 Good luck and keep going! 🙂

  5. We have a tendency to enjoy brevity and ‘listicles’. I have never been excited to read the ‘ultimate guide’ to anything. But give me a list of things to do/not do and I’ll be all over it.

  6. Great stuff! Thanks for guiding since I have just started with my blogs and yes I’m one of those invisible bloggers 😅
    So, thank you so much 😊

  7. Great content!! Myself being very new to blogging was looking for some good guide of how to become a good blogger. It was of great help to me!! Thanks a lot!! 🙂

  8. I would like to add few points to your post. You can ask your readers, what do they want to read on your blog. Try to give personal touch to your blogposts instead of keeping it dry and formal.
    If possible organize quiz, free give aways, contests and encourage your audience. Try to cover trending and relevant topics in your blog posts.

  9. These are good reminders for me. I seem to get stuck somewhere between the vibrant technicolor of creativity and the black/white self judging-critical-thismustbeperfect-ie BORING content. Thus, I have 8 drafts that I just can’t seem to let go.

  10. I have read several of your posts on blogging. Hopefully they will help me to get going with my blog again. I have had several but nothing that seemed to get much attention. My latest is called Different Trails if anyone is interested. Thanks again for the encouragement.

  11. Great insight here. I feel like this is often a struggle of mine. I do my best to be interesting and fun and bring my personality out through my words hoping people will enjoy my work. I invite anyone to check out my page and offer any feedback you have. Always looking to learn!!

  12. You inspire me and I am sure others to improve our blogs. I think the great takeaway is that people want to read about people, not just mine for information. Where we can, we should remember to balance this focus in our blogs. You have reminded me to share more about me, and not just the prime subject of my blog.

    Thank you Dr. Blog

  13. “If you want to be a successful blogger, you need to find the overlap between what you want to write and what the people want to read.” Yep, this is what so many of us struggle with — and most don’t consider. Great post.

  14. I don’t think I’m being a teacher on my posts, but I seem to be invisible. I cannot figure out for the life of me why this is. It’s so frustrating I’m ready to quit! I had a blog on WordPress under a different name a few years ago and had all sorts of interaction and followers for the same content I’m posting now. (Changed my studio name) But now it’s like I’m talking to the wall. My posts aren’t being seen and if they are, nobody engages. I’ve tried to write more words, less words, more imagery, less imagery, use hashtags, etc. But nothing works. What’s up with this? Do people not read blogs anymore? Has blogging become passé? Seriously! I need to know what has happened since I’ve been gone cause I’m about to throw in the towel. 😕

    Thank you for all your informative posts btw. 👏🏻

    1. Hi,

      Sometimes it’s not at all about content. Imagine writing the best stuff ever written, but you just print your words out and then place them in a box under your bed.

      That being said, readers won’t find you. It’s necessary that you go out and find them. Try to figure out the most popular blogs in your niche, and then interact with those bloggers. Comment on their posts, study what they do. Then ask them if you can post on their blogs, or if they’d like to work with you. Something.

      Readers don’t magically flock to great blogs.

      1. The most popular day for blogging seems to be Friday. Especially the morning so if you post your best stuff then you will get more readers. It is as Cristian likes to say all about “punching those damn keys”.

      2. Your blog seems to just be a shop to me and people generally go into blogs to read articles. Try Patreon as I think that’s more suitable for you. Blogs have moved on since you last had one and you haven’t kept pace with developments. Sorry if this seems a little harsh.

  15. I have many issues preventing my blog thing from being popular but I attest this isn’t among them not a single post of mine is in anyway informative. My issue is more I try to be entertaining yet I fail at this goal.

    ECHO ECHO

    1. I believe since you used to live in the uk your sense of humour is probably lost on Americans which is where you now live. People don’t appreciate a dry, witty sense of humour anymore.

      1. That’s true but I tend to find it still occasionally hits the mark when hidden amongst a serious narrative which is why I’m a semi serious writer!!
        ECHO ECHO

  16. Good advice, Christian. I’ve found as a hobby blogger that people really do love to be entertained and have a way to escape for a few minutes. Although my followers are loyal and active (I’m amazed at how many comment on every post), my readership really spikes whenever I do a Puppy Cody post. Who doesn’t love adorable dogs? And who doesn’t love silly posts? It makes me feel good to know I’ve brightened up someone’s day.

  17. The last part really struck gold with me. I caught up to a topic everyone in my area was taking about and I skyrocketed. I do feel a bit of pressure to be funnier or more entertaining but I’m just putting it aside for now, focusing on what I actually enjoy doing. I do just have one critique to this post, it felt like I had read the first part somewhere else almost word for word (especially the teacher part, that could have used a different metaphor). So that’s something to consider.
    Other than that it was a very well written post that I really enjoyed, so thank you for it. 🙂

  18. So often, I see people approach most things in life as if some formula will hold the key to their ultimate success. However, from what I have experienced it all boils down to three P’s: Passion, Purpose, and Perseverance. Well said!

  19. Points considered.
    At present, some of my articles have not been noticed for so long. I had no choice but to expand our reach, especially with another audience.
    Thank you so much for this. This article deserves an award.

      1. I think that would be writing articles that specifically caters about them.
        Another thing is to touch the emotion of the targeted audiences. Something that will make them realize that they should act on it, or make them nostalgic.
        Or I have to improve my existing recipe articles.

  20. This post is adds so much value. I would say being an invisible blogger is step two of becoming a blogger because step one is finally deciding to create a blog. Ha ha

    We start feeling less invisible with time as we we start getting the hang of it and following these tips definitely helps!

  21. You base your advice on the assumption that teachers just drone on and that children hate school. This is an old-fashioned idea. Sure, kids are under increasing amounts of pressure to succeed, and many teachers are also under pressure to hit unrealistic targets and take on more admin tasks but……
    I am a teacher and the most satisfying part of my job is the emotional connection that you describe as important. Making that connection. Listening to young people as they form their ideas about the world. In my 18 years as a teacher, I have seen young people achieve amazing things.
    I agree with all your advice about how to make a successful blog but your school analogy is weak and based on an old assumption.

    1. My point exactly.

      You tried to “teach” me something, but ended up boring me to death with “facts.”

      Children don’t hate school. Humans hate being told what to do, what to think. Like you just did.

  22. Good one, Cristian. I am constantly mystified by the high proportion of bloggers, even very young people, who assume that their role is to tell me how to live my life. (I can figure that out for myself after 79 years, pretty much.) I can see they are struggling to do what is expected of a blogger… and that very expectation is an iron cage. You have opened the door for us all, so thank you.

  23. PS Good teachers elicit creative responses from their students, get them thinking for themselves, as you do. Perhaps the trap is in telling or lecturing. Perhaps, Cristian, you are a good teacher 🙂

    1. Thank you, Rachel. But I do not consider myself a teacher. I am working with you towards a better understanding of this art of blogging.

      As a writes these articles, I also become aware of my own faults and flaws, or reinforce some idea or principle.

      We never stop learning, so we must always repeat the things we think are important.

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