What are you going to do in 2020 to push your blog to the next level?
Are you killing time or seizing it?
Do you focus on the opportunities or the adversities?
What are you doing to make the most out of this brave new year?
Now’s the time to think bold, to aspire, to fight, to become the blogstar you’ve always knew you could be.
That’s why I’ve decided to share with you 10 ideas to get you started on your journey towards the top of the blogging world.
1. Don’t aim for perfection. You won’t reach it.
There’s something terrifying about placing your words and ideas out into the world. What if they aren’t the right words? What if the readers don’t understand what you wanted to say?
There is no such thing as perfection.
A blog post is never completed, only abandoned.
Even the best blog post ever started out as a mediocre first draft. Even the worst blog post ever can be improved by a few more edits.
Writing never ends. There’s always more that can be done, but should you?
In the world of business there’s a term: minimum viable product.
A product with just enough features to satisfy early customers and provide feedback for future product development.
In other words, do your best, with what you have. Then let it go. Listen to the feedback. Worker smarter and harder on your next post.
2. Accept the fact that you’re going to suck. At least sometimes.
Once you’ve gotten rid of your fear of perfection, you can allow yourself to suck. That’s great because we all suck from time to time.
As the cliche goes, the master has failed more times than the novice has even started. If you fear failure, you also shut yourself from progress.
Accept the fact that at least some of your content will be bad. It’s no big deal. You can always improve.
Sometimes, when I’m punching those damn keys, I feel like a cow walking on ice… but if I keep at it, the writing starts to flow. I write better and better. I feel like it, I gain more clarity, a better sense of what words to use to better translate my ideas and thoughts.
No one writes a brilliant first draft. No one ever will.
3. Show up. Every single day.
If you want to be successful as a blogger, you have to show up every single day. It’s as simple as that.
If you work at it every day, you will get better.
Even if some days you won’t feel like it, even if some days you’d much rather be doing anything else, you have to show up.
4. Write your truth, even if your fingers shake against the keyboard…
Going to share with you a harsh truth: if you’re struggling to grow your blog, odds are you are gutless.
You are afraid to write about the things that truly set your soul on fire, you are afraid that you’re going to piss someone off.
You need to write your truth, the way you want to, even if your fingers shake agains the keyboard.
5. Write the kind of articles you like to read.
If I had a penny every time a blogger told me they read blog about different topics than what they blog about, I’d have approximately two dollars…
You need to write the stuff you most like to read.
It’s as simple as that.
Don’t blog about what you think is cool, or what you think will get you women, or make you money, or earn you the respect and admiration of your family.
Blog about what you most enjoy to read.
6. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
This is the Internet, have some fun.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re not laying a gold egg, you’re just typing some words on the digital device of your choice.
If writing a certain blog post feels like a chore, you should maybe stop working on it. At least for a little while.
If you feel the need to procrastinate, ask yourself if there’s something you fear or are angry about.
Maybe you’re trying to write something that you wouldn’t want to, but think it’s going to be popular. Deep down, you feel like selling your soul, and thus you want to avoid doing the work for as long as possible.
Blogging is supposed to be fun. Have some fun!
7. Cultivate a a sense of curiosity.
Children are curious about everything in the world. They are seeing everything for the first time. They are eager to assume the world, to test its limits, impatient to learn, to live, to love, to fall and to pick themselves up.
You need to cultivate this sense of curiosity in yourself too.
Read everything you can, watch all the documentaries and movies and shows that you want to, listen to podcasts, songs, interviews…
Feed your brain with as much information as possible.
Travel, fall in love, get your heart broken, volunteer.
Stand up for something.
Go out there and do things, expand your universe, and you will grow as a blogger.
8. Don’t think, just write.
You write your first draft of any article with your heart. You write that first draft to get it all out.
Don’t think, just punch the damn keys.
There’s plenty of time to edit afterwards.
Don’t think about target audiences, about formatting, about finding the perfect images or videos.
Once you have it all down, put it away for a while. Resist the urge to tweak it. Even if you feel like that first draft is crap. Especially then. Wait a few days before you return to it. Then, when you return to it, you’ll be able to see if it’s magic or not.
9. Be an artist of blogging. Always.
Write in such a way that your readers will fall in love with you.
Genuinely try to seduce us with your words, with the facts you share, make us fall in love with your brain.
Try to write in such a way that we can feel what you feel, that we can catch a glimpse of your light, that we can better understand ourselves.
10. Write for just one person.
And it’s perfectly acceptable if that person is you.
Thinking about target audiences, tags, keywords, and all that nonsense will take the soul out of any blogger. It’s exhausting.
Write for your ideal reader, the one person who’d love your article, the one person you’d genuinely want to read your words.
Write with just one person in mind. If they’re real, you’re lucky. If not, you can make them up.
Write for just one person, and you will find there are an awful lot of others who care just as deeply about your words.
If you’re not enjoying the success you wish for, now is the time to take massive action.
Change your approach.
Change your mindset.
Change your niche.
Change your writing style.
Find your voice.
And if you don’t know where to start, start by asking yourself this simple question:
What are you going to do this year to take your blog to the next level?