[Blogging Mindset] It’s The Bottom That’s Overcrowded3 min read

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.


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  • Ingrid

    Thanks for the words of encouragement – I’m up at 5am every day writing posts before everyone else wakes up and I may be going slightly mad but it is starting to pay dividends. No pain no gain I guess!

    • Cristian Mihai

      That’s the spirit, Ingrid. Keep punching those keys.

      • Ingrid

        Sleep is for wimps!

  • liveterspoejst

    Something I want to thank you for, is that ever since I started blogging and following you, you are always talking about how har blogging is. So I started out knowing that it is hard, and I will thank you for that. I have never thought it would be easy, and therefore I will not get easily dissapointed. thanks!

  • Kajal

    Your writing is worth commenting and appreciating about the way you force me to feel the emotion behind.

    I was depressed four years ago when few people started making me feel all wrong about my choices and the way I used to study. The small achievements vanished when I was depressed with all the rudeness surrounding me. Writing was a great escape to me and still is. After completing my first novel, I decided to start blogging. It is worth the try and I seem to be enjoying it.

    Following passion, producing quality and inspiring others while putting your uncountable seconds is difficult to explain. I think it is where the strength of your writing lies.

    Thank you so much.

  • Noreen Young

    I guess I have to work even harder. Thanks for the words of wisdom and boost!!! Running a business,family and doing this is not easy but I do LOVE writing when I can and appreciate my followers.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Hi Noreen,

      One trick I do to keep myself motivated is this: I ask myself, “Is there someone out there who does more on a daily basis than I am?”

      If the answer is yes, I work harder because I know it can be done. What didn’t kill someone else won’t certainly kill me.

  • Hilary Tan

    There’s a saying to outwork everyone else if you want to succeed at something. I definitely believe it, and you’re living proof! 🙌

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you for the compliment, Hilary, but there are plenty others who are outworking me, crushing me actually. But I am working on closing in the gap.

      • Hilary Tan

        I agree. We can’t get too comfortable. In the back of my mind, I know that other people are going to outworking me right now, and I’m working on changing that. I haven’t quit yet because I’m aware of what needs to be done in order to succeed. I might be slow at this craft, but I’ll get there eventually.🐢

  • Poorwa Vishwakarma

    Thanks for this inspiring post. I started writing blog, two months ago. I used to wake up late in the morning, but now I wake up between 4:30 to 5am and work on my blog and I really love it. This post encouraged me a lot. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

  • Dima Basilia

    Another newbie here; I like this post a lot… One because it speaks a reality that maybe not everyone will agree – we clamor for fame; Two, it asks me if I do want to continue doing what I just started.
    (P.S. Will be taking my time to write next time … till your next blog!) 🙂

    • Cristian Mihai

      Deep down, we all want to be acknowledged. Maybe not fame, but to be admired and respected, and for our efforts to be appreciated.

      And I think that’s what everyone should think. No one thinks they can become a pro athlete after running for a mile, yet everyone thinks they can hit it big by writing a few blog posts.

      • Dima Basilia

        Ah! Right~ ‘acknowledged’ and ‘respected’.

  • Walks Across

    I want to say thanks for your perspective. I am willing to acknowledge that I am writing for myself and have enough ego to send it out, just in case, it helps someone else. Not looking for a big hit or “ success”” but hope I don’t suck, either! Is there room for me at the bottom- I think so and that’s okay. I am that twice monthly blogger and I love your advice for what I do produce.

  • just plain joe.

    I empathize with just about every aspect of this post. It is so true, for me, at least. I have started and stopped so many times. Why can’t I??? How come they??? Yep. That was me. I have stuck with it this time and also realize that it takes time. patience is something that until this blog I am running now (APFE), I did not have. Plus, I am doing it for me – hoping that I can share it with others in the process. I had an inverted view to that every other time. Thanks for the words! I will hang in there, LOL.

  • JC home

    Thank you for the words and advice. Daily blogging is hard but so is success. If success was so easy to attain, we’d all be driving Jaguars! I’ll start punching. I’ll share more. I promise.

  • The Irrational Economist

    Thank you for the piece of advice- it’s gold. I have a new blog (just finished scouting for ideas and setting up a site -and am 2 posts in, not much , but it’s a beginning all right). I find myself reading, writing, editing, re-editing and finding myself readers late into the night when everyone else has gone to bed- it’s also a quiet time when I can focus without being disturbed by anyone or anything. Sleep can wait for me to finish what I started.

  • mamanaparis

    Thank you for the hard truth, needed that and congrats on your hard work

  • dashboardimage

    Honest, astute and excellently-written. Yours is an invaluable blog to follow and undoubtably you have earned what you’ve unceasingly worked for. Now, excuse me if I exit the elevator and climb some stairs!

  • Bosede Luyomi

    Thank you for your honest and much needed constructive criticism. Sometimes, it is so hard to juggle normal life with writing a blog everyday. Some days, I am even too tired or drained from school to write anything meaningful. But, the bottom line is this: work hard, don’t be lazy and never give up.

  • charity1958

    You are exceptionally insightful and wise. I am one of those ever so often bloggers, and I recently started to blog again, and I am enjoying it. It is my therapy! I have noticed that people will like what I have to say, but I don’t get any comment, which alerts me that I must punch those keys more often. I would love to have that interaction with readers. Thank you for sharing.

  • Eromonsele Emmanuel

    Two posts before Morning! I really want to get to that level soon enough but how do you always get motivation to write?

    • Cristian Mihai

      Motivation is a fairytale.

      I rely on discipline, not motivation or inspiration. I do what I have to do, whether I like it or not, because I have made myself a promise to do it.

  • James L

    “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”


    Everytime I write and post I always remind myself no one owes me anything!

    It took a while to realise that, but when I stopped dwelling about attention (or lack of…), I could put more energy into the grind.

  • Diane Reid

    Thank you for being honest and encouraging all at the same time.

  • bigskybuckeye

    Cristian, there is a lot of truth to taking the stairs instead of the elevator . . . true with writing and just about anything else in life.

  • lovelyshawn

    Another great article with valuable advice and encouragement.

  • Anna

    What a wake up call post! Harsh, direct and full of truth. I love it! I always want to work harder after
    reading your posts.

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