[Blogging Mindset] Show Up!1 min read

He wasted his wishes on wishing.”
― Shel Silverstein

If you are reading this blog post, on a blog called The Art of Blogging, odds are that you are interested in growing your audience, on becoming a better blogger, on writing quality content.

This means that you have certain expectations, desires, and wishes when it comes to blogging. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

But the truth is that the world is not big enough for all that everyone else wants.

We don’t get what we want, we get what we work for.

We don’t do what should be done, but rather what must be done. We are always define by what we are living to live for, die for, and what we can’t live without.

And these principles also apply to blogging.

How often do you show up? How often do you sit at your desk and punch those damn keys? Even when you don’t feel like it? Even when you’d much rather be doing anything else?

How much time do you waste wishing that things were different? Or in postponing the blog posts you should write? What about networking with fellow bloggers?

If you do not turn your wishes into clear goals that you act upon, you are going to break your own heart.

People don’t fail because of others or outside factors or plain bad luck, but because they fail to show up. Because they grow bitter and remorseful when things don’t get handed to them on a silver platter.

The idea is to show up. That’s 90% of success. The more often you show up at your desk, the more you increase your chances of success.


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  • Robecca

    I agree, consistently showing up is the name of the game. Thanks for posting, and a great reminder this time of the year when life gets hectic.

  • debjani6ghosh

    Useful advice once more, Cristian. 🙂

  • rulesoflogic

    Sorry, but I create literate, humorous and informative posts almost every day, but my readership levels have been stagnant for 15 months. With 250-500 MILLION active blogs getting traction without using the evil duo of Fack Fucebook and Guck Foogle is virtually impossible.

    If you build a better mousetrap the world will not necessarily beat a path to your door.

    • Cristian Mihai

      But do you network? Do you comment on other blogs? How do you think people will even find your blog if you do not interact with other bloggers? There’s no other way. Never was.

      • rulesoflogic

        Of course I follow other blogs and comment on them. When possible, I write comments including relevant blog links on websites in the main subject of my blog, automobiles.

        Bill James, the father of modern sports analytics, tweeted the main link to my blog. For two days, views were much higher than normal, but just for two days. With the intense competition for eyeballs and the short attention span of Internet users, gaining traction for a blog is very difficult.

      • Cristian Mihai

        Indeed, it is, but difficult is not impossible. It all depends on how much work you’re willing to put into it. I do this full-time, which means that I “work” at networking, spending some 6-7 hours a day doing that.

        This is something that one should keep in mind. Some folks go about blogging as if their lives depend on it, so they invest a lot of time and energy into it, and it just wouldn’t be fair to expect the same results as they.

  • The Procrastinating Mum

    I needed this today! I especially love the quote ‘he wasted his wishes on wishing’ that’s me all over.

    I’ve even just written my goals for next year.

    Thanks for a great post!

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you!

      Now, all you’ve got to do is act on those goals.

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