[Blogging Mindset] The “Big” Secret2 min read

“The secret is in the line.”Charles Bukowski

When you first start blogging, it’s all too easy to daydream yourself into chronic procrastination. After all, you’re not where you want to be, so why not spend a few hours each day thinking up of all the ways in which becoming a blogging superstar is going to enhance your life.

At the same time, there are so many technical aspects, from themes to plugins to formatting, to images, to sharing videos… it’s easy to spend most of the time taking care of such stuff.

Then there’s the sheer quantity of available resources. Just think of how much time it would take you to read all the articles on this blog alone. Then the comments, to get a feel for what folks want or have tried.

It’s all too easy to forget what really matter when it comes to blogging.

What is that, you ask?

The Word

This is it.

We, as bloggers, often forget that we must produce work. We must write. Sometimes, we get anxious about it, sometimes we feel lazy, but the truth is that we must punch those damn keys and add one word after another, and then publish said words on our blogs.

That is it.

The “big” secret to blogging is to write.

To produce so much work, that you do not have time to care if people read it or not, or who reads it, or what they think or have to say about it.

Let your words go. Write them, then let them go.

Abandon them.

Write, write, write.

That is all it comes down to, and I am shocked that so many bloggers focus so little on this aspect.

They either network too much, which translates into spending an awful lot of time on other people’s blogs, or they focus on adding pretty images (a lot of them) or paying a hundred bucks on a WordPress theme…

I know this because I have been there. And I have been overly protective with blog posts, stories, novels, ideas… but the thing is that you will never know how good an idea is unless you release it into the wild, so to speak.

Also, it’s stressful to imprison ideas like this, inside your brain, waiting for someday, not realizing that someday does not exist in any calendar…

Yes, maybe we’re all guilty of judging books by their covers, but ultimately the words contained within matter the most.


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  • Elisha McFarland

    Well said! Writing is the key to defeating writer’s block ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Susan

    Thanks for encouraging us.

  • Nick

    This is my focus now, just keep swimming forward and hopefully improving!

    • Cristian Mihai

      If you actively do your best to improve, you will improve. No need to hope for what you can work for.

      • Nick

        Yeh true, I should go into with the attitude that with work the improvement will be a foregone conclusion ๐Ÿ’ช

  • Hilary Tan

    I network way too much. Although I donโ€™t use social media, I use WordPress. I use the reader A LOT. I read other peopleโ€™s posts, comment on them, and engage in communication. A LOT. So much so that other bloggers knows me as the blogger who comments more than she posts content on her own blog!

    • Cristian Mihai

      Hi Hilary,

      Blogging is all about being able to balance content creation with content consumption.

      Yes, networking is essential, but so is consistently posting quality content.

      • Hilary Tan

        โ€œConsume less, create more.โ€ I have this written down in my journal as a reminder. Thank you for replying! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Cristian Mihai

        My pleasure, Hilary!

  • readergirl26

    This post summarizes how I changed my thinking from my first blog to my second blog. On my first blog, I tried to do everything from the start, but I did not focus enough on writing well. As a result after about a month or so I become discouraged, quit enjoying it, and ultimately deleted my blog. With my current blog Crack a Book (or Two), I am focusing on building up good writing before I worry too much about the other aspects of blogging. As a result, I am not discouraged, still enjoy blogging, and am starting to get some followers.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Blogging is a balancing act. It’s all about getting stuff done, doing our best, while also trying to network with other bloggers.

      We must also balance quality with quantity.

  • Mary

    This was very eye-opening, I will definitely just try to focus on writing now above all and just let all my words go.
    Fantastic post!

  • ThriveOn35K

    Thanks for the reminder. That is the second time within the last week or so that you’ve emphasized getting the writing done. Type and then type some more. That is the key and the rest will come.

    • Cristian Mihai

      If we don’t get stuff done, it’s as if we didn’t even start at all. The end product matters.

  • Amorina Rose

    Absolutely. I am making a real effort to do just that but its hard. Good post

  • ptrikha15

    Very well said and explained briefly!

  • anticsinstigator

    And the writing is the therapeutic part. Write on! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Siddhesh

    Great post! Thanks a lot for the determination and motivation to write and not to care about all the worldly things! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‡

  • cheriewhite

    Awesome post. I try to balance writing and networking as evenly as I can. I love to write because of the cathartic and therapeutic benefits it brings. Also, when I write, I feel like I finally get to have my say in things. I couldn’t ask for anything better. Have a great week.

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