It took me an awful lot of time to blog like me.
I am writing these words after having published over three thousand blog posts across three different blogs. Eight years of writing words on a daily basis.
Whether I felt like it or not.
The bitter truth of blogging? It’s easy to think that you’re getting a lot done. It’s easy to think that the world’s unfair, and that you tried everything, and that those who are successful just happened to be lucky.
What’s not easy is admitting that there are people out there who want it so much more than you do, who are willing to work more than you even think possible.
I write two blog posts before everyone else wakes up. Every single day.
How many blog posts have you written today? How many words? How focused were you while writing each one? Did you do it with intention? Did you punch those damn keys? Did you try to provide us with the absolute best that you can possibly offer?
If the answer to that last question is no, then why are you complaining about finding yourself at the bottom of the food chain?
I get e-mails every day from bloggers who find it terribly unfair that, even though they have been blogging for x amount of time, they have yet to become popular.
Well… they never realize that the world ignores you only if you’re not good enough. They never realize that they haven’t put in their 10,000 hours, they haven’t invested the time, the energy, the blood, the sweat, and the tears to actually be so good that we can’t ignore them.
I am amazed by how entitled those who crowd the bottom of the food chain are sometimes. They want it now, they want their fifteen minutes of fame after having written a few mediocre blog posts.
You’re not entitled to any attention. You are not entitled to our time, our comments, our shares. You either deserve them, and you earn them, or you don’t.
How can you know if you deserve them?
Well… if you don’t have our time and attention yet, you need to work harder.
Nobody cares. Work harder. Punch the damn keys.
Because those who are at the top have sacrificed a lot to be there. They have stopped looking for an elevator to take them there and have decided to take the stairs instead. One stair at a time.
If I had a dollar for every time I had to crawl up those stairs…
Becoming great at something requires focus. Dedication. Commitment. Sacrifice. If it doesn’t hurt a bit, it’s not a sacrifice. If it doesn’t hurt a bit, you don’t want it bad enough to deserve it. You just kind of want it.
A lot of people blog once every 2 weeks, and after six blog posts they ask, “Where’s my million dollars? Where’s my million followers?”
You don’t have a million followers because you haven’t created the type of content that adds value to a million people. You’re just not good enough.
You could be good enough to reach the top, to help a million strangers, and I honestly hope you will become that good. But you’ve got to take a good look in the mirror each morning before you reach the top.
It took me an awful lot of time to blog like me. And more tears than I ever dared count. And through it all, after having to crawl one stair at a time towards blogging success, I still wake up each morning and write two blog posts before everyone else wakes up.