What It Really Takes to Get Your First Thousand Readers

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!

Great!

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.

Wrong.

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.

Answer?

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.

34 thoughts on “What It Really Takes to Get Your First Thousand Readers

    1. Indeed.

      The irony is that most of the struggle is just when you’re starting out. When you are both enthusiastic and terrified, and you’d want some feedback. That’s when no one gives a damn about your blog. And a lot of bloggers quit, which is a damn shame because it’s such a beautiful journey once you get that initial momentum going.

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  1. THANK YOU CRISTIAN! This a big push a lot of bloggers need. For the past three years I have been on a handful of different blogging platforms, writing different content throughout the years, and listening to my audience. In the business world the consumer is the most important subject in any organization. Without the consumer feedback there will be no improvement. If there is consumer feedback and businesses do not listen, well, guess what, there is no longer a consumer to help. The blogging world is the exact same thing: produce content you believe in, listen to your readers, and find a happy medium that makes your blog right for you and right for them.

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    1. Exactly. The consumer is the reader. We write in order to be read. We are selling our blog posts, demanding time in return. A lot of bloggers aren’t aware of this, and they act all entitled as if someone’s got the obligation to read their stuff just because they wrote it.

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  2. I’m glad I came across this. I originally started my blog as a place to store my work and short stories until the I attempt to get them published, and if it got some feedback along the way, well, then that’s great. Like some other folks though, I can easily get wrapped up in the “validation” that comes with clicks, likes, and follows. I told myself when I started that I can go slow, (no real pressure financially), and to focus on becoming better at what I enjoy doing. When someone reads a story or essay that I wrote, however, and then compliments me on it, I go right back to the old ways. Maybe there’s a line on the wall that will tell me that it’s okay to relax now. Maybe not. Time. Time. Time. “It just takes time”, I tell myself. Well then, okay; time I have.

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      1. Oh, and that blog yesterday defaulted to some format that did not allow me to separate the subtitles from the text. And the text was a totally different font from the one I generally use. I could not for the life of me get back to my block editing. Hopefully today I’ll figure that out. WP keeps me challenged!

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  3. Very well put.

    The 1st step with any improvement in life (changing of the mind) is always the hardest part. After you convince your brain to say, “That change thing you were talking about, that’s a pretty good idea,” then comes the 2nd most challenging part: making it a lifestyle change.

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  4. I’m so glad I have found this blog. you’ve made me realise that it’s ok to take the pressure off and enjoy the process, make mistakes, learn from them and to work on quality content rather than statistics. Blogging is a journey rather than a destination. Thank you.

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  5. “Write each post as if it’s your last.” This is great advice, I for one don’t want to read something rushed out for the sake of it. I was saying the other day to a friend that I was glad I was finally getting some views on my blog due to putting out all of what I perceive to be my best so far, only problem is, I’ve run out of content to write about 😂

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    1. Hi Nick,

      You will get more ideas to write about. Go out there and live. Read. Interact with other bloggers in your niche. Feed your brain, and you will come up with more ideas to write about.

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  6. Love your posts, another great read. Those early days are the best time to experiment. I’d rather learn what works and what doesn’t whilst I have 250 subscribers than when I have 25k!

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    1. Thank you, Joel!

      And, yes, you’re right. Most people want the numbers, so they don’t learn from their early mistakes, they don’t experiment, and ultimately, they don’t enjoy the process.

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  7. Give your best content for free.

    That is what I do every time with my blog “Foreign Love Web”.

    The good thing about my blog is talking about what I want to talk. There are no rules or limits. I do not have to say what others want or expect me to say. I can freely be myself and express my thoughts, ideas, and emotions through my blog. It feels great. I accept any results that I receive whether they are positive, negative, or both.

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