[Blogging Mindset] Five Extremely Valuable Tips for The Modern Blogger4 min read

On my journey to becoming a full-time blogger, I have had my fair share of ups and downs. I have tried things that worked and things that have failed miserably.

Along the way, I have learned some valuable lessons when it comes to developing a proper mindset.

Here are the 5 most valuable lessons I have learned in my seven year journey.

1. It is not the destination, but rather the way you travel towards your destination that truly counts.

Having a successful blog is something I’ve always wanted, but early on I lacked the patience to work and work and work until it happened.

I wanted it all know. I wanted to go to sleep one night and wake up to thousands of notifications as one of my blog posts went viral. I wanted to earn money while I slept.

What I did not realize at that time was that I would miss the most important part of all, the journey itself. The beginning and end are nowhere near as important as what we experience and accomplish along the way.

It sounds like such a terrible cliche, but it is true.

It all comes down to evolving, overcoming obstacles, failing over and over again. It is all about growing through the issue of having no readers.

Instant success teaches you nothing, and that, in itself, is a big problem. If you do not know what you had to do to become successful, you cannot replicate your success.

So never forget, the journey is far more important than the destination.

2. Hard work always pays off.

Blogging takes a lot of time, commitment, and persistence. What makes it even more difficult is the fact that you are investing a lot of time and energy into something that does not show clear results.

The progress is invisible, and it might trick your mind that it is non-existent, which is why you should keep in mind that hard work tends to pay off the moment you feel like giving up, when you can’t take it any longer.

3. Networking is half the battle.

When I first started blogging, all I wanted was to write. To share my ideas. To inspire. I did not want to spend time reading other people’s content, or commenting, or stuff like that.

Needless to say, I only got about 500 views during my first month of blogging. Almost no comments at all.

Over time, my mindset shifted to the point where making friends and networking became one of the most important of aspects.

If you want to be successful as a blogger, you must realize that you need to build genuine relationships with your readers and fellow bloggers. Otherwise, you’ll most probably be writing in a void.

4. Focus on doing what you love.

Here’s the thing: blogging is a lot about doing things that you might not enjoy. Sometimes it’s about formatting a post, or networking with others, or having to write guest blogs, or having to write for free, or having to focus on headlines.

Of course, you should focus most of your energy on what you love doing. What is that one aspect that you love doing more than anything else? Do that. If it’s writing, do it. If it’s networking, do it.

The idea is there has to be a balance, and you have to also work on those aspects that you don’t enjoy as much.

5. If you do not give, you shall not receive.

I’ll admit that when I first started blogging seven years ago, my main focus was to make money as fast as possible. That was it.

The problem with that mindset was the fact that I was trying to reap the rewards before providing any value.

This, in turn, made me bitter and remorseful. As most folks tend to become over a short time blogging. They want stuff they haven’t earned, or they feel entitled to having thousands of readers after just five blog posts.

Providing valuable content to your readers on a consistent basis is key.

By focusing on providing value first, you will no doubt be rewarded for your time and efforts. It takes time, but pays off in the end.

Mindset is almost everything. If you do not know what you want, why, and how to get it, you will never have it.

Also, mindset takes time to develop. It takes time to learn what you should do, expect, or think of yourself and others.

If you’d be 100% honest with yourself, you’ll probably notice that there are times when you want it know, or you feel entitled to a form of success you haven’t worked hard enough for. It happens. To all of us.

The key to developing a proper mindset is figuring out what thoughts help you, and what thoughts don’t. Feeling angry that the world has yet to acknowledge your brilliance or being impatient because of it hinders your ability to focus 100% on what you have to do.

Yeah, mindset is that important. Get your mind right, and you can have anything you want.

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.

45 thoughts on “[Blogging Mindset] Five Extremely Valuable Tips for The Modern Blogger4 min read

  1. I’m not sure I agree that hard work always pays off. Talent has to be factored in also. No matter how hard you work, if you don’t have a certain amount of talent you will never be a professional football player. The same holds true for writing.

    I can teach a person to write adequately, even well. But if they have no talent they will never be great, at writing or football.

    Mind you, sometimes mediocre can be successful – a few politicians come to mind…

    1. I used to think that talent was more favorable than hard work, until I read the book Grit by Angela Duckworth. If you want something bad enough, you can achieve it, regardless of talent. Plus the value you receive for the grit you endured over a “natural talent” who did not work nearly as hard as you is worth waaaay more. 🙂

      1. Hard work can bring success in some areas, but talent remains important. And sometimes hard work can’t overcome other limitations. I will never be a German scholar. I started learning the language too late. Even with Gladwell’s 10,000 hours of practice, it isn’t going to happen.

      2. It’s not just about hard work, it’s what you are working hard at that truly matters. That’s the trick. You need to work hard at becoming better, but in order to do that, you must first believe you can.

        Believe it or not, you will never be a German scholar not because you started learning the language too late, but because you don’t believe you can, so you are not putting the required time and effort. A self-fulfilling prophecy, if you will.

      3. It is a matter of balance. At my age the only way to become proficient in a new skill requires 25 hours daily. There just isn’t that much time available when you factor in time for eating, sleeping and other necessities.

      4. I see this all the time. My expertise is in the field of Bonsai. There are certain techniques and tricks you can teach people and they can practice that until they do it perfectly. The problem comes in when they have to apply it in a creative setting, like the display of a Bonsai tree. You can teach and learn the technical stuff, but if you do not have the talent or feel for the creative part, you are stuck.

    2. Wonderful point, Lorne.

      You are absolutely correct in saying that one can work very hard and not achieve a goal of being a professional player themselves, however, talent doesn’t always have to come in the form of the activity in which they work hard in. The pivot could be that they use the hard work and become a coach to others. The mindset of it all is what truly matters.

  2. Mindset is definitely the foundation for any goal in life. Blogging and making a living from it requires a super determined and balanced mindset because, like you said, it requires a lot of time, commitment and persistence, especially compared to vlogging.

  3. Great advice! There are too many people who want instant success without putting in the work. To turn blogging into a career, it is not enough to love writing. You have to puts hours into your craft to appeal to your audience.

  4. Great article, I am only halfway there, maybe less. It takes time to shift the mindset. I am working on it and blogs like yours are helping a lot. Thank you 🤗

  5. Lovely advice. I’ve had blogs in the past and tried so hard to keep content of a specific theme that I ended up growing bored of writing it.

    This time, after a few years of reflection, I’m doing it more for me. Writing content that I want to write. I’ve named the blog after me to be more personal. I’m investing time in reading other people’s content and engaging. I know I won’t gain followers super quickly, and that’s ok. I’m happy building slowly and just getting the content done!

    1. Hi Rachel,

      Well, when writing on a certain topic, it can get exhausting or boring pretty quickly. And I think the trick is to keep things fun. To connect some seemingly unrelated dots (from other fields/topics), to write some personal stories that somehow relate to your topic, to write different kinds of posts (how-to, list posts, etc.). It’s all about having fun!

      And, yes, patience is essential. As long as you get some new followers each time you post, it’s okay. As long as engagement levels increase, it’s a sign you are progressing.

      1. Having fun is the key! I’m less worried about how well posts perform if I’ve genuinely enjoyed writing them. Hopefully that will come through in my writing…

      2. I write for myself first. That could be part of why my blog is slow to take off, but if I do not believe in what I do and have fun at the same time, then how can I expect others to be interested and have fun as well.

  6. This was so helpful and motivating… your perspective actually made me take a hard look at myself as a new blogger who wants to be super successful, thanks for the reality check!

    1. My pleasure.

      Self-awareness is a damn superpower. You need to be honest with yourself, know your strengths and weaknesses, what you are willing to do, how much you are willing to sacrifice, and why you do what you do.

  7. Just began the process of developing a blog. My goal is not to generate millions of dollars with advertising added to my blog. My only goal is to help folks get to know me better and share my book about a young father trying to navigate through the death of one of his children. My book is called “A Gift…Only Borrowed”.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

      If we do not develop the mindset, we won’t develop the habits that allow us to succeed. If you don’t think you can, you don’t even try.

  8. You are amazingly! The way you put your words together is more inspiring than anything I’ve read before to get inspired. Thanks! And please keep doing what you do.

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