Are You a Beginner in The Art of Blogging? You Need to Read This Post!4 min read

I remember having an audience of zero. I remember having no readers, no traffic, no connections, no experience, no plan, no strategy, and no idea what to do.

Another thing that I remember from my early days of blogging is that I felt like success was far from reach.

I remember reading popular blogs, and I couldn’t even imagine that their results were even something that could be attained. It looked like magic, the way they shared their experiences and inspired people to take action, and in return they’d receive hundreds of comments.

It was hard to even grasp the fact that these big-shot bloggers were once at zero too. Just like me.

But they were, and I’d like to share with you a few tips that are going to help you if you’re facing that heartbreaking zero in terms of audience.

Don’t chase the numbers. Chase the experience.

I wrote a few posts about being obsessed with gaining more followers. The truth is that you’ve got to enjoy the experience of blogging.

Do you like to write? Do you like to share your writing with strangers who live half a world away? Fantastic. Focus on that.

Enjoy the experience of blogging when no one reads your stuff. Write as if you are already an extremely popular blogger.

Enjoy the journey, because if you want, you won’t enjoy the destination.

Writing is cathartic. Getting your thoughts out of your head and onto the page will make you feel good, really good. Focus on doing that, take the joy you feel from doing it, and use it to fuel you until you turn that 0 into a community of engaged readers.

You just have to keep punching those damn keys.

You can’t fathom how much better you’ll get if you just keep punching those keys.

This is the real shortcut to becoming a successful blogger: to consistently produce quality content.

There’s nothing else to it.

And in case you don’t feel that’s the case, I have a few questions for you:

  1. Are you consistent? Do you post at regular intervals? Truly?
  2. Do you always publish the absolute best content you can create, or do you sometimes share “meh” blog posts as well just because you want to stay consistent?
  3. How’s your mindset? Do you feel like sharing your writing with the world is a privilege or a chore?
  4. Are you waiting to have a bigger audience in order to share your best ideas with the world? Or maybe you’re just waiting to sell them to said audience once the time is right. If so, why would anyone want to subscribe to your blog if you’re holding on to your best ideas?

The toughest battle is getting from 0 to 100.

The most difficult is to reach those first hundred readers. Or the first hundred comments. Or the first hundred paying customers.

The learning curve to this blogging thing is quite steep. It feels like an uphill battle.

And that’s why most bloggers quit within their first few months.

When you feel like giving up, remind yourself of the view from the top. It gets so much easier, and the view is quite breathtaking once you get there.

You’ve got to trust the system.

Here’s the thing about blogging— it’s a pure meritocracy.

The thing is, as a beginner, you often see it as unfair.

The system is designed in such a way that the best bloggers get the most attention. They command the respect and trust and admiration of everyone.

But, ask yourself, would you invest your time watching a 2 hour movie made by someone who’s just now learning how to use a video camera? Probably not.

Most readers don’t want to invest by subscribing to a blog that has no audience. There’s no proof that they are good. And I’m not talking about the quality of your content, but about the social proof that others are enjoying your content.

No one respects you if you’re at the bottom of the food chain. That’s why you need to work twice as hard when you’re just starting out, and you’ve got to trust the system; you will be rewarded after you pay your dues.

Patience is a virtue. No, really, it is.

No matter how good you are, success takes time.

It just does.

Think of the times you became instant best friends with someone. You’re lucky if that happened to you even a couple of times.

But most often, it took you some time to figure out whether you liked someone enough to be their friend, whether they were trustworthy enough, or whether they were authentic enough.

You just need to be patient.

But don’t just wait around for success to come to you. You got after it. With everything you got.

Don’t just walk on your path to success, because you will be run over by all those who are sprinting on their way to the top.

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 “Are You a Beginner in The Art of Blogging? You Need to Read This Post!4 min read

  1. Nice blog on blogging. I would emphasize strongly ones personal goal or desire to blog and how THEY personally measure success. For me, it is not to have un-countless Followers always clicking on my POST and tapping that “Like” to give me that feel-good moment about myself as when it was deeply meaningful in the time of AOL to hear that “You’ve Got Mail” to make one feel relevant or noticed. Blogging for me is extremely personal but if others come across my work and find something to enrich their lives in some way, then I have been successful on two counts: 1) Getting that out of my mind our soul which I needed to and 2) impacted someone’s life to give broader or deeper meaning to it or evolve them. I very much prefer Quality over Quantity and do not desire to be a “Blog Whore”, no offense to anyone, just to have the masses fawning over me for profit or to make me feel good about myself. I really enjoyed this post as I found it thought-provoking. Apologies for the rather lengthy comment and thank you for following my work. I sincerely hope it is worth it for you.

      1. You’re welcome.
        The social proof part is quite accurate.

        I am a new blogger, with just 225 followers.
        Of these, 25 followed me by just reading the post where I told I had reached 200.
        That’s surprising, but makes sense 😃

  2. Thank you so much for this post! It has led me to consider my blog, how I write my posts, etc. Being only a middle schooler, I internally debated for a long time whether I should not say my age, because people don’t want to hear from some random kid (I mean, they don’t really want to hear from any random person either, but if you are an adult and you have a career in your niche — or even if you don’t — it’ll likely be easier to gain followers and readers). In the end, though, I decided to include it, because — and I guess this might sound kind of ironic with my blog being anonymous, but my readers not knowing my name doesn’t really matter — I don’t think I should hide things like my age. I just hope it doesn’t also determine my capability.
    Anyway, I am very thankful for this post. As soon as I saw the title, I opened it. It has very good advice, and I’ll be taking this with me for probably the rest of my time blogging.

  3. Hi Christian! This isn’t the first post of yours that I’ve read, and it won’t be the last! I’m always hesitant to spend money on anything that might be found on the world wide inter-universe for free, but have been strongly considering your boot camp for some time, and with this weekend’s code, think I’ll finally commit to it! Thank you for that extra incentive in this more-free-time-than-usual COVID-19 world!

    Also, at the risk of incurring a bit or wrath, might I make a suggestion on your post? In the following phrase, I believe there to be a typo/grammatical error (but also know that sometimes grammar is in the eye of the beholder, LOL!)…

    “But don’t just wait around for success to come to you. You got after it. With everything you got.”

    I think it might be meant to say, “You go after it.”

    I look forward to following your work!

    1. LOL! My comment has an error as well! That should’ve read, “…at the risk of incurring a bit OF wrath,” vs. “or wrath.” Silly fingers.

    2. You are right about the typo. My bad. Fixing it right now. These things tend to slip on you, no matter how many times you re-read your post.

      Also, about the bootcamp. I know that feeling. I too am the kind of person who exhausts every possible site/forum/YouTube channel in search of the free content, and I only purchase something that I can’t find otherwise.

      That’s why this Bootcamp is constantly being updated with new information, that’s why I am trying to come up with the kind of advice that can’t be found anywhere else(more along the way of an artistic approach to blogging), and that’s also why I am offering this written feedback to those who enroll: that’s something you can’t find on the web for free, because it’s me reading your blog and offering you feedback.

  4. I think that’s extremely impressive, and very generous of you (in regard to both your time and your skill). Seeing that you include future updates and/or material with the initial purchase is a brilliant way to push somewhat-hesitant users past that final finish line towards purchase. I am proud to say that I am your newest boot camp grunt! *Wink and a smile!*

    1. I sent you an e-mail.

      Also, thank you for enrolling.

      And about the updates: I think it fun to be a sort of investment. Yes, if you purchase today, you ge those updates, like The Art of Blogging E-Book for free, but the price for new clients increses a bit with each update.

      So you paid $99 for the course. At the end of May, after 2 new updates, it’s going to be $199 for those who purchase it then.

      It’s something fun for me to do, and I think it makes those who purchase early on (and who trusted me early on) a bit more proud to have purchased.

  5. I just got my first 100 likes, comments, and followers! This is very motivating! Best believe that I’ll keep punching those damn keys!

  6. Thank you for this post, I am in that position right now, i just started my blog a month ago, I still haven’t hit that first 100 comments or likes or followers but I will. Thanks again, that was very helpful

  7. Another uplifting and inspiring post, but so true. I really found it difficult to reach the 100 followers and posts, but the more you blog the easier everything gets. Just as you said 🙂

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