Blogging is part art, part craft, part business, and part social media. The truly successful blogger is oftentimes a bit eccentric, passionate, and usually writes about what is meaningful to them.
But how do they do it? How do they keep focused on the task at hand and succeed in a world full of distractions? Are there certain rules to being an artist of blogging?
The illusion of a blogger as someone who sits around all day and only punches the damn keys for half an hour late during the night is keeping a lot of aspiring bloggers from becoming successful.
An artist is obsessed. An artist lives and breathes his art. His desire to create something out of nothing consumes him, drives him to work tirelessly.
The truth is that an artist of blogging make enormous sacrifices.
That’s why I have written these 10 steps to becoming a true artist of blogging. Keep in mind, this is about creativity and productivity and not networking or monetizing your blog. After all, the most important part of blogging is to blog.
1. Avoid distractions!
Not only is it incredibly easy to get distracted but it’s a common pitfall. Once you tumble down the rabbit hole you’re not only going to lose valuable time but you’re in for some information fatigue.
At the same time, aimlessly scrolling through social media feeds triggers a dopamine high.
If you want to be a true artist of blogging, you must avoid distractions at all costs.
2. You need daily goals.
Have can you hit a target you do not see?
Without goals, you will never, ever become successful.
It’s as simple as that.
Maybe you like to stick to a certain number of words written every day, or maybe it’s about the time you invest. Maybe it’s about finishing a blog post, setting a deadline for a book.
The idea is that you need targets, you need clear goals, and you need to move towards completing them on a daily basis.
3. Schedules are essential.
Here’s the thing: an artist is also an expert at balancing the time he spends working on their craft and other stuff.
If you do not have a schedule, you are not going to reach your goals. If you do not reach your goals, you’re not going to be successful.
Remember: you are not a blogging machine! If you do not live, you’ll soon run out of stuff to blog about.
4. Punch the damn keys!
Let this be your mantra! Something to remind you of who you are. Something to keep you on track.
Punch the damn keys!
5. You are the blogger!
If you’re serious about being a blogger then you need to think of yourself as more than just another blogger. One of many millions.
You need to figure out what is unique about you, what sets you apart, and use that to build the confidence you need in order to become successful.
6. Do not give in to self-doubt.
If you want to be an artist of blogging, you must confront your own negative emotions. These emotions can range from feelings of inadequacy through to guilt, hopelessness, anger, regret, frustration and feelings of depression.
So it’s important that you do not listen to the critic within.
Remember that doing the work is what saves you. That’s it. You are not laying a gold egg, you are just punching those damn keys.
7. Never, ever, ever procrastinate.
One way to fail at blogging is to do everything else instead.
Procrastination is a symptom of fear. Keep this in mind. You do not feel lazy because of the task at hand, but rather because you feel that you cannot accomplish it or because you feel the reward won’t be worth it.
8. Be patiently impatient.
Here’s the funny thing: blogging is a marathon.
It’s all about the long run. It’s all about taking an awful lot of small steps. It often feels like crawling. Sometimes it feels like standing still. Especially when you’re just starting out.
But the truth is that extremely successful bloggers act as if this is a sprint. They work as if the world will end tomorrow. Yet they do so every single day, for years and years.
They do not get discouraged. They keep punching those damn keys!
9. If you do not read, you cannot write.
To become a better blogger, a true artist of blogging, it’s important to be an avid reader.
The goal is to consume as much information as possible. You never know how you’ll be able to connect the dots.
If you want to stand out, you must know the sort of things that most don’t.
You should also take an interest in the world around you. The best bloggers out there take an interest in all sorts of topics outside the main topics of their blogs.
10. Passion means to suffer.
“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” ― Mark Z. Danielewski
This might prove the least popular advice on this list.
If you are truly passionate about blogging, you will do everything you can to become successful.
It’s as simple as that.
Keep in mind that words are powerful, and some folks are willing to die for their words, which also means that they’ll do everything they can to live for this passion of theirs.
You need to write with passion about what sets your soul on fire.
Otherwise, you will struggle. A lot. It won’t feel worth it. Any of it.
An artist of blogging is determined. That is it. They care. They genuinely care. They know their words mean something to others, they know that one word after another is power, and they are brave enough to punch those damn keys so they can nudge the world in the right direction.