Whether we have 100 or 100, 000 readers, we all write articles by placing one word after another. We all have the same number of letters available to us, the same number of words in the dictionary.
Yet, it’s not the words we use, but rather the habits we cultivate, that most influence our success as bloggers.
That’s why I am sharing with you a few habits that are going to revolutionize the way you approach blogging as an art, as a craft, and as a business.
1. They Write Down a Bunch of Ideas Every Day
Be honest. Do you actively search for ideas? Do you write them down? Daily?
As a blogger, your job is to come up with as many ideas as possible. Notice that I did not say “good” ideas or “great” ideas or “unique” ideas. Just ideas.
Write down as many ideas as possible. Among the dozen or so ideas that you can think of during the day, at least one of them will be worth turning into an article.
You don’t just stumble upon great ideas. You come up with a lot of lousy ideas in order to free your mind of all the clutter, in order to come up with that one brilliant idea.
2. They Listen to the Feedback They Receive
How often do you look at your stats in order to better understand the topics your readers most like to read about? How often do you go through your posts to see which ones are the most engaging? What type of content triggers your readers to comment?
Extremely successful blogger don’t just try to add value to their readers, but they become aware of the content their readers most like to read. And then they do their best to deliver. No, no. They do their absolute best to over-deliver.
The feedback you receive can be used to draw the roadmap you need in order to grow your blog and your audience.
3. They Focus on Habits Not Goals
These are my daily blogging habits:
- From 5AM to 9AM I write at least two blog posts, edit them, format them, and either schedule them or submit them to publications.
- From 9AM to around 1 PM I network, write down ideas, headlines, and introductions, and I read an awful lot of stuff, listen to podcasts, or watch a movie.
- From around 2–3 PM, after I’ve had a nice nap, I write some more. This time it’s spent either creating something to be published, or simply having fun, writing down more ideas, reading, listening to music, watching movies, feeding my brain with infographics and such.
I have a few blogging goals as well, including growing my Medium audience to over 10,000 readers by the end of the year and going back to earning $10,000 per month, but my daily focus is not on my goals, and how far I am from reaching them, but on the habits.
I do the work, and I do my best to make the process of doing the work as effective as possible.
This has helped me go from 0 to something like this:
Extremely successful bloggers focus on the daily habits that allow them to reach their goals.
There are two requirements for success:
- Clarity of purpose.
- Freedom from outcome.
Goals offer you clarity of purpose. You know what you want, why you want it, and what you have to do to get it. But if you obsess about your goals, about your progress, you are not going to be free from outcome.
Success is not hocus pocus, it’s simply the ability to focus.
And for most people, their goals become an internal voice directing their daily actions, and for this reason they are quite stressed. No. Forget about your goals. Think about them once a month or once a week, but spend your days focusing on the habits that allow you to reach those goals.
4. Their Favorite Word Is “Progress”
If you want to endlessly struggle to create content, focus on perfection.
If, on the other hand, you want to become extremely successful, focus on progress.
The trick is to focus your energy on becoming 1% better today than you were yesterday.
You’ll never be able to write a brilliant first draft, but you can certainly write a draft that’s far better than the one you wrote yesterday.
If you make progress your daily habit, you will begin to treat writing differently. It’s quite a liberating feeling. Becoming better requires skill, becoming perfect requires that you try to hold the world on your shoulders.
Don’t try to be perfect, try to be better.
5. They Are Not Afraid to Change What Works
Probably the most overlooked habit, the most controversial… I didn’t want to give this advice, but…
The recipe for blogging success is constantly changing the recipe, even if the results are favorable.
It makes sense to change something that isn’t working, but something that works?
Well… the logic behind this is that you don’t know what works better than your current strategy until you try.
Yes, a lot of bloggers are afraid to experiment this way, because they are terrified they might lose it all, that their readers will abandon them.
The truth is that there’s always a better way to do it, a better way to share your ideas, and a more engaging way to create content.
Do not be afraid to experiment, to change even the things that seem to work, because you will never know what strategy you might use that will prove to be twice as effective at growing your audience.
These were a few often ignored habits of extremely successful bloggers. They are not easy to implement, I get that.
It takes a lot of practice to be able to get a sense of what your readers most want to read from you, and even more experience in order to understand why.
It takes a lot of time and energy to write down ideas on a daily basis, and it takes a lot of mental effort to focus on doing the work, rather than obsess about your goals. And it takes insane amounts of energy, time, and courage to work towards becoming a better blogger on a daily basis, while doing your best to experiment even with the recipes that seem to work.
Oh, and I didn’t even use the word “impossible,” so even though it’s not easy to implement and develop these habits, they are far from impossible.