The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Bloggers8 min read

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For instance, how does a baby learn to walk? Do they do it perfectly from the first try?

Of course not.

They fail. Over and over again.

Learning, you see, is not about getting things right, but about failing in all possible ways until you figure out the one way that works.

Well, when it comes to blogging, I’ve done all the mistakes possible. From the lousiest content strategies to developing some awful habits. After all, there are a couple blog posts on my main blog that have been republished 5 or 6 times because I didn’t feel like writing something new.

So, yeah, I’ve been a highly ineffective blogger for the better part of seven years, but this has taught me that knowing what not to do is a lot more valuable than knowing what to do.

1. They focus too much on the wrong things…


Because rather than focusing on creating content that I can be proud of, I was obsessed with growing my numbers and stats by using all sorts of social media gimmicks and tactics.

A highly ineffective blogger never, ever, ever gets the basics right. They have a beautiful website, but no content. They are masters at networking, but there’s nothing on their blogs to convince a one-time visitor to subscribe.

They build a large following, but they have nothing of value to sell, so they never earn quite enough from their blogs.

2. They only write when they feel like it.

After seven years of daily blogging, guess what? Most days I still don’t feel like writing. I don’t.

And the truth is that you are a fool if you think waiting around for the muse to show up is a good way to spend your time.

3. They spend more time thinking about blogging than they do blogging.

They call their procrastination research or something. I don’t know.

4. They are afraid to publish their blog posts.

Ineffective bloggers are so afraid that their words suck, or that they’ll piss someone off, that they are reluctant to even publish their blog posts.

Punch those damn keys, and work on your craft every single day. That’s what every successful blogger before you has done.

5. They’re all over the place.

What is your niche?

Who is your ideal reader?

What is your blog about?

What are your goals?

Why do you even blog?

The ineffective blogger is all over the place. They don’t have a clear goal, or a niche, they just write what they feel like when they feel like it.

They have so many ideas that, excuse me, they start behaving like idiots.

If you want to be effective, finish what you start. Because truly successful bloggers do it and do it and do it until they get the job done.

6. They are too in love with their ideas.

Newsflash: ideas don’t matter. Not even great ones.

Only execution matters.

What if someone steals their idea?

What if someone steals their blog posts?

Creativity is diminished by being overly cautious, frustrated, and feeling as if your idea is something to be guarded.

A scarcity mindset will ensure just that: scarcity. Creative bankruptcy.

7. They think too much.

They just worry too much.

They think that there’s got to be something called “the best way.” They might look for a shortcut. They might even use Google to try and find one.

And they think and they think and arrive at all sorts of bizarre conclusions. Like I did a few years ago when I thought there was nothing new to learn about blogging.

Can you guess what happened?

Everyone else outworked me, outperformed me, and I ended up not knowing what was going on.

If you think too much, your work will suffer the consequences. If you manage to actually write something, because odds are that you will waste your time either being paralyzed by fear or being too complacent by a false sense of superiority.

Don’t think, just write.

Stop thinking, wondering, daydreaming, guessing, plotting, trying to read the minds of your readers, worrying, and just punch the damn keys, because that’s what effective bloggers do.

Effective bloggers do the best they can with what they have, and then they hit that publish button, and while everyone is reading their content and comment and whatnot, they are busy working on their next blog post.

I also believe that highly effective bloggers know the importance of learning about their craft.

That’s why I encourage you to enroll in this free course of mine here.

Tens of people have enrolled in the two days since its launch, and they are saying wonderful things about it, such as:

I follow several “blog” marketers, and I’ve read countless articles, some books, as well as listened to podcasts. This is the best work I have read! It’s definitely my blueprint now. Of course, it covers general things that are covered by many, however, the format and crisp concise writing and layout is a tool for building my blog.

What do you need to know about this course?

This course focuses on the tools and resources you need to master the basics of blogging. It’s easy to go through, it’s as clear and concise as possible, and it’s going to help you on your blogging journey.

What is included in this course?

This course offers the following content:

What To Blog About? – In this lesson, we’ll talk about niches, about finding a clear purpose, and taking advantage of your passion.

Figure Out Your Why – If you know your why, then you can withstand any how.

How to Write Your First Blog Post: The Only Guide You Will Ever Need  – Trust me! You won’t need anything else to write a great first post.

[BONUS DOWNLOAD] Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Inspiration – 99 ways to help you come up with ideas for blog post.

Strategy: You Need a Plan – If you do not know what target you need to hit, and how to do so, you won’t ever, ever hit it.

Tutorial: From 0 to 5,000 Followers – In this tutorial you will be learning how to get your first five thousand readers.

How to Monetize Your Blog – Learn the various monetization options and tactics that are available.

Consistency is Key! Content is King! Networking is Queen – What you need to do in order to keep growing your blog.

The Ultimate Blogging Checklist – Not sure what to do? Download this blogging checklist to make sure you’re on the right track.


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.

33 thoughts on “The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Bloggers8 min read

  1. First I didn’t know my national language Urdu how to write when I was second class (about I was 6). I started to write the letter to my sister who was at my own home. I wrote that “How are you? What are you doing?” Like these sentences in broken Urdu. Thus she kept laughing and I was learning. Now I am using this method with English. Reading articles, stories and news these all helping me

  2. You’re a damn good marketer! The way you link many different blog posts into your current one, also seamlessly integrate the message about the course is simply amazing. I’m awed by you.

    1. Thank you! I don’t think I do that well when it comes to marketing my content. Interlinks… yeah.. I do that, so folks can read more relevant information, if they want to.

  3. I have two issues: saving the money to upgrade and tags. Writing content is not a problem but then I always have to think about categories and tags. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Great post!

      1. I already have an established social media presence. Due to that, merchandise was requested and created. So the upgrade I am wanting is either the e commerce upgrade or simply the upgrade where I can monetize my blog. But that will take some time. Why monetize? As a MilSpouse, blogging and my merchandise site are things I can take with me anywhere we are stationed. Though I don’t expect to become rich by any means, it’s would be nice to have a cushion when things are super tight. You know like gas money. 🤣

      2. The WordPress e-commerce upgrade is kind of expensive. Not sure it’s worth it. You could look at other options, such as Shopify or, what I use, Ecwid. They’re pretty cool.

        Also, if you just want to put ads on your blog… well, unless you have an insane amount of traffic, it’s not worth it. Not anymore, at least.

      3. That’s what I was thinking as well, in regards to ads. My conundrum is that many read my blog published on twitter or facebook. I’m just starting to bring that content here but with less emphasis on my personal politics. In other words to have a variety of all the things I enjoy specified to a day. Blah blah blah. So do I put the ads on here, where it will be seen by few, yet still seen by thousands on my other platforms?
        I have so many questions but also realize you have a course, which I’m also saving for! 🥰

      4. Then don’t put ads. I think, if you want to monetize that way, a far better option is to sell advertising directly to your readers. You earn more by doing that.

      5. It’s something to consider. You could call them sponsors. They sponsor you, and in exchange, you link to their blogs, or mention them at the end of a blog post. Something like that.

      6. You’re welcome.

        And, yes, it’s not complicated at all. I use Ecwid to sell the same type of advertising directly.

        Here, take a look:

        You can do something like that.

        Also, another thing I noticed. So, I have the Premium upgrade, bla, bla on all my sites. And this allows for something called Simple Payments, and you sell stuff right from WordPress. Well, the issue with that is that it does not show when people are reading posts from the WordPress Reader. Or from The WordPress App. And it sucks big time. Lost quite a lot of customers because of that. Just something to keep in mind. I don’t recommend using WordPress’ Simple Payments.

      7. Also look into Society6.

        I used Redbubble a few years ago, and I wasn’t too pleased with their products. T-Shirts, I mean. The fabric was… meh. After a few washes, there wasn’t much left of my t-shirt. But this was a few years ago, so they might have solved their issue by now.

        Ecwid is pretty inexpensive. I pay something like $17 a month. And you get something like 100 products, I think. And discounts, discount codes, stuff like that. Pretty neat.

      8. Where were you when I started? Lol! For what I’m creating at the moment for my niche, Redbubble works fine. However I did notice, like you, the t-shirt issue. Only my concern is with sizing. But definitely checking out Ecwid later today. Thank you! You’re amazing !

      9. Thank you!

        Well, if redbubble works fine, there’s no point in spending a ton of $ on a WordPress Upgrade for E-Commerce. I mean, I know it’s ideal to integrate it all under one roof, but I am doing just fine by having an e-store in one place, another site to host courses, so…

      10. It’s like you said in the course, about being all over the place. Granted that was directed at blogging. However, that’s also my life. Military life. I’m not an “all over the place” kind of gal. 🤣 I think you’re correct though. I’ll stay with Redbubble for now and concentrate on my content. My goal is to not write long posts on fb anymore. No one reads. Ugh! But if you write something with a link, they will. 🤷🏻‍♀️ people make no sense.

      11. Hahaha! Yes. That’s why it’s essential to experiment. Try different things out. Different kinds of content.

        I’d say that Facebook is kind of big on video nowadays. Don’t know. Don’t use it that much.

      12. That’s where I started many moons ago before there was a livestream option. As the years have gone by, the more attention spans shortened. Long gone are the days when people would actually read. Now a status needs to be read in a minute or less & have a whacky gif linked to it 🤦🏻‍♀️ hence why I came here

  4. This is a great article. I’ve been blogging for over two years now. I had connected with an audience after six months initially, but really only from my facebook friend base. I stopped for about 6 months to redesign the site, but kept the same content. Then I became very inconsistent in my posting. I’m starting to think my content is far too broad which has prevented me from really finding a targeted audience. The content made a great deal of sense to me, but not sure it was truly connecting with readers. Perhaps concentrating on answering your questions above can help. Thanks!!!

    1. Consistency matters a lot.

      Also, try to stick to one or two topics, and make sure they are addressed to the same target audience. Because if you post content that someone doesn’t care about, even if you post content they want to read, most folks unsubscribe and go follow a blog that only posts what they’re interested about.

      And when you’re trying to decide on a target audience, think of an ideal reader. Who is the one person who has most to benefit by reading your blog? Why? And how can you better help them?

  5. I basically just write from what I’m being told to write from the Holy Spirit. Most of what I write is not even known to me until I go back and reread it. If you can believe that? But that’s what happens and its where I get my inspiration.

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