I am going to be brutally honest with you.
If you’re reading this article, you probably want to grow your blog. You want your words to matter, you want more readers, and you want them to engage with your content!
You also have to idea how to get more readers, and you’re probably getting a. bit frustrated by this.
Well, what if I were to tell you there’s no secret? No shortcut? No magic formula?
What if I were to tell you there’s no recipe for success?
What if I were to tell you that all it takes is for you to change your mindset?
Change your expectations, and you will become a successful blogger.
It’s all about gaining momentum.
Do you know when it’s most frustrating to be doing something?
When you’re just starting out. When you’re learning a new skill.
It feels terrible. Ask anyone who decided to start working out, or changed careers.
Change feels terrible, especially when we are the ones who are trying to change. It feels like an uphill battle. We feel like being tested every single minute. We want to quit. We start looking for shortcuts and hacks.
If you’re reading this article, you probably know all about these feelings.
What you don’t know, though, is that once you gain a bit of momentum, you’ll start feeling amazing. You can feel yourself change, becoming who you want to be.
But you’ve got to get past that moment of despair when all you want to do is throw in the towel.
Resist the urge to quit, and keep punching those damn keys.
Know that from 0 to 10 is the most difficult battle you will ever fight in the blogging world.
Those first ten people who decide to follow you, even though there’s no proof that you will stick around, there’s no community to interact with.
After that, it’s a lot easier. To get a hundred readers, to get five hundred. To get to a thousand.
You’ve got to keep punching those keys. Consistently.
You achieve success by being disciplined. By doing the work, over and over again, even when you don’t feel like it, even when you don’t see any change.
After all, no one starts building muscle after their first gym workout.
That’s why it’s important to make the following deal with yourself: be okay with the fact that there’ll be no results for the first 6 months of blogging.
For the time being, just punch those damn keys, work on your craft, and do your best to deliver the best content you are capable of creating.
You’ve got to go after them.
You get your first thousand readers by going after them.
Figure out who your ideal reader is, where they spend their time online, and go after them.
This means going on social media, Quora, forums, whatever.
This means commenting on the most popular blogs in your niche.
This means doing guest blogs, interviews, building relationships with other bloggers.
This means respecting each and every single person who takes the time to read your content and comment.
Write each post as if it’s your last.
Most beginners tend to save their best ideas for later, when they’ll be more successful, or in order to sell them in the form of an e-book or course.
Give your best content for free. Right now.
Write your best ideas.
You would be waiting until you’re old to have sex, right?
Well, write each post as if that could be the last thing you ever publish on your blog. Write with passion about the things that set your soul on fire.
Give your best, and the world will somehow reward you. And when it seems like there’s no reward, remember these words of mine, and give your best anyway.
You’ve got to experiment.
This is one of the most underrated rules of growing a blog.
I see a lot of bloggers who do the same thing over and over again for 7 or so years, and they have 54 readers.
And they are oblivious as to why they’re not successful.
They kept doing the same thing over and over again.
You see, you need to experiment, because most times you’re not aware of what you’re doing wrong. Even if you do read a lot of rules and whatnot, most times you won’t see it.
If I had a dime for every blogger who told me that they do exactly all the advice I give them, but somehow aren’t successful…
Experiment. A lot.
That way, when you do get it right, when you do fix what’s not working, you’ll see results.
And you have to not want a thousand readers.
Stop wanting it so damn much. Stop being a slave to statistics, stop checking your notifications every two damn minutes.
Stop begging people to read your blog.
Stop commenting just, so you get folks to visit your blog.
Stop publishing “meh” content just so you get a few more views and likes.
The more you want it, the more it seems as if it’s running away from you.
Let go of this desire of yours, which transmits the fact that you do not have it, but rather have this certainty ingrained in your brain: you will get to a thousand readers. Sooner or later.
It’s not a want, a lack of, but a certainty that you will.
In other words, if you want a thousand readers, you’ve got to treat your blog like an art.
You’ve got to act like an artist. You’ve got to focus on doing the work, and doing work you love, and doing it with patience, and having fun interacting with like-minded individuals.
Enjoy the process.
If you don’t, you won’t enjoy the destination.That’s, if you manage to reach it. Because most who don’t enjoy the journey, never quite make it to the top.