Stop lying. To yourself. To others. In the comments section of your blog. On other people’s blogs. In your about page. Stop lying.
“I don’t care if people read my stuff or not.”
“I blog for me, myself, and I.”
If that were true, you’d be writing in a notepad. Or several. Hiding them away under your bed or in a closet. But you’re on the world wide web for a reason, and that reason is to be read.
But no one reads your blogs, so you have to lie. And I’d use that terrible, terrible cliche that the road to hell is paved with lies and good intentions and adverbs, but the truth is that lies are the bricks that help build hell here on earth. A kind of hell that you have to live with for the rest of your life.
So, yeah, stop lying to yourself.
The first step in solving any problem is recognizing you have one.
You have no readers. So what? I didn’t have any readers when I first started blogging.
But you have to admit that you are writing in the hopes of someone reading your words.
We all do.
And it’s okay.
Average always has an excuse (or several) as to why it’s not great. Great is too busy being humbled by the struggle to even have an opinion about its own greatness.
Most bloggers are afraid. They are afraid they’re not as good as they have to be in order to have the success they want.
In other words, they’re not who they want to be, and this fills them with dread.
The thing is, you can always become. Better.
Do not settle. Do not make excuses. Do not feel sorry for yourself. Do not find reasons as to why someone else is succeeding and you’re not.
If it were easy…
Everybody would be doing it.
Yet, somehow, they don’t.
Most folks who purchase gym memberships never go to the gym more than a few times. That’s such a sure thing that the pricing of memberships is influenced by it.
Now, let me ask you: how many people do you think give up blogging altogether even after having enrolled in one of my programs?
Be honest with yourself. Tell yourself where you want to go, and write down what you need in order to make that journey a reality.
Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy the journey, because the destination won’t be as exciting as you can make it appear inside your head.
It’s okay to want readers. It’s okay to want to monetize your blog. It’s okay to want to sell stuff to strangers over the Internet. It’s okay to want views, comments, and shares.
And, truth be told, if you don’t have the guts to admit this to yourself, if you do not ask, what kind of answer do you think you’ll get?