10 Bad Habits Preventing You from Becoming a Successful Blogger

Ever since starting The Art of Blogging in 2018, I’ve been receiving tens of emails daily from readers looking for writing advice or to ask questions about blogging.

The truth is that success oftentimes is the by-product of developing the right habits. But at the same time, it’s all too easy to fall prey to some bad habits.

That’s why I decided to share with you 10 bad writing habits holding you back, followed, of course, by what you should do to address them.

If you desperately seek approval from everyone else, it will soon feel like the best way is to stop writing altogether.

Keep in mind that you can’t please everyone, and that blogging is an art, and art is always subjective.

If you find yourself wanting approval for everything you write, let it go.  Realize that perfection does not exist. Write your story the way you want to, and if there will always be someone who’ll say bad things about your content, you might as well have fun.

Writing on the internet is supposed to feel real to the reader, not be perfect or loved by everyone. Don’t lose that magic through your need to have your work edited/validated.

It’s not enough to write. You’ve got to share your words with the world. Good or bad, you need to get that feedback from others.

You are not a blogger just for punching those damn keys, but also for clicking on that Publish button.

We’re all scared. Writers write, while those who wait are called waiters. Or something like that. Be scared and do it anyway.

Whether you have 0 followers or a million, worrying about it will make you less productive and less enthusiastic about your work.

Checking your follower count and treating it like a competition leads to all sorts of problems down the line.

This one is easy: Forget about followers. The number you have doesn’t matter. Focus on being useful and sharing your thoughts, ideas, and learnings. Focus on just one person; your ideal reader. Write with one person in mind, that one person who’d most have to benefit by reading your post, that one person you’d be proud to have as a reader.

Focus on the one. Be grateful for each and every single individual who invests time and effort to read and interact with your content.

Yeah, this sometimes happens. Some folks copy your blog posts word for word and post them as their own. It happens.

I think that there’s one issue here: you think you are laying a gold egg. You think ideas are rare, a finite resource. The truth is that ideas are pretty worthless.

It’s not the ideas or the words, but rather the passion. Can you run out of passion? Can someone else steal that from you?

The inevitable cannot be avoided, but you can tell yourself that you can always write more, better stuff. You’ll never run out of things to write about.

Also, if your work is good enough to be stolen by someone else, that’s a pretty strong indication you’re doing something right. Right?

Folks lose enthusiasm when their third blog post doesn’t go viral, or when they don’t earn enough money to quit their day jobs after six weeks of blogging.

They want the world, and they want it now.

Being able to delay gratification is one of the ingredients of success.

Also, keep in mind that the first thousand blog posts suck. They have to.

Little by little, a little becomes a lot. One blog post at a time, one reader at a time.

You focus on the task at hand, and you give it 100%. Day after day after day. One word after another. That’s what matters most in the beginning.

It’s not the platform, it’s not the keywords. It’s not the tags or categories. It’s not some damn recipe, something you can copy and replicate over and over again.

Blogging is an art. It is more about feeling than it is about cold hard facts. It’s about the personal, the stories, the way you connect to others.

Blogging is an art. It is more about feeling than it is about cold hard facts. It’s about the personal, the stories, the way you connect to others.

It’s also about consistency, about being able to relate to those who most need your words.

Everyone, including me, has a different approach to blogging. Some are more organized, some prefer to go with the flow.

Also, it’s not the laptop you write on, not the software, not the time of day, or the chair you sit on. It’s not rocket science. You just have to sit at your desk and punch those damn keys.

Don’t overthink the process. Don’t worry about the process. Don’t try to think of what you are doing as this semi-religious thing. The muse finds you at your desk, if you are willing to put in the time to punch those damn keys. It’s as simple as that.

Okay. You might be worried about pissing off friends or family, or maybe just someone on the Internet.

Maybe you’re watering down your content, not saying what you really feel in your heart to be tru because you don’t want to get negative comments.

Write your truth even if your hands shake against the keyboard.

Pretend that these words are the last you will ever write. Wouldn’t you be brave enough to write the truth? Your truth? No matter who you’d piss off?

Relying solely on just one aspect of blogging is never a good idea. If all you do is network, your content will surely suffer. If all you do is create a lot of content, there’s no time to promote it.

If you do not make friends in the online community, no one reads your stuff.

Blogging is a balancing act. Much like walking on tightrope, you have to devote time to producing content, promoting it, and interacting with fellow bloggers, and, of course, replying to your readers.

I didn’t earn a dollar for the first eight years of writing.

As soon as you focus on money and expect to be paid, you start trying to find ways to make money instead of finding ways to produce better content.

You’ll make money from your blogging when you’ve helped enough people. That’s it.

If you focus on the impact you have on others, the money will come. Focus on money, and it will feel as if the money is always running away from you.


There are many bad habits you can adopt as a blogger.

It has taken me almost eight years to get this far as a blogger, and still feel like just getting started.

Also, keep in mind there’s no replacement for hard work and showing up every single day day.

Now go out there and punch those damn keys!


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33 thoughts on “10 Bad Habits Preventing You from Becoming a Successful Blogger

  1. Hard work of course even though you don’t have to break a leg. But showing up every day is the single most difficult thing to do. I was reading yesterday something about habits: as you grow older, it becomes harder and harder to change habits. A message for our youngsters 🙂

    By the way, thank you. I broke the 1000 daily visitors mark 2 days ago. You contributed to this success!

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  2. When I first started my blog in 2017, I was so worried about what people would think and if anyone would care. And I tried so hard to get people to like me. But after I let that go and just had an attitude of gratitude and shared what was really on my mind with the idea of helping others not feel alone things started to pick up. People can always tell when you are not being sincere even through the way you write. Thank you for a great post.

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    1. Hi Rose,

      There’s got to be a balance. Writing for the sake of sharing ideas with readers, helping them understand some topics, change their lives around, or even be entertained, is a great way to do it. Worrying about what they might think, or trying to please everyone, always ends up in frustration. The goal is to figure out a way to have fun while adding value to other people’s lives.

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  3. Most of these I didn’t really feel applied to me. Having been disapproved of for most of my life, it doesn’t keep me from doing what I feel strongly about. I’ll say what I believe is true. Tact has never been my strong point. 😉 I’m not afraid of plagarism. If I happened to find out that it happened, I’d be more flattered than annoyed.

    I do tend to over-think things. I mostly use my iPad and bluetooth keyboard at a coffee shop for blogging. Other times I use my Linux Mint laptop. Then I struggle with where to store my drafts and other writing. Initially I didn’t want to store my work on my device but in the cloud so that I’d have access to my work on either device. Recently our internet has become unreliable so now I’m thinking I need to keep my stuff on the cloud, on my iPad and on my laptop! Talk about over-thinking!

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