How to Be a Boss at Blogging When You Have 0 Followers

Sometimes I like to pretend I’m a photographer. Mostly with other people’s cameras. And the results are oftentimes… not as bad as you’d expect.

I do not research the subject, I do not take classes, I do not read about photography, I do not actively aim to become better.

Yet, somehow, I am becoming better with each photograph I take.

And I wondered why.

Wouldn’t you?

Here’s an odd fact about me: I am an artist. I have been writing for fourteen years now. I love art. I love artists. And beautiful art has made me cry far more often than real life ever did.

This belief of mine works for me in all artistic fields. I don’t feel much pressure, just the desire to have fun, to enjoy myself, to take part in the ritual of creation.

I see beauty and I want to capture it, recreate it, change it, share it with the world.

It’s not the knowledge, you see, but rather the skill. And I believe that it’s not what we acquire but who we become that influences our results.

It’s all about mindset.

“It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

Yeah, knowing the techniques and being a great storyteller matters, but it all comes down to self-confidence.

If you honestly believe that you’re a great blogger, you’re going to write a killer blog post on a napkin, or if you think of yourself as a great photographer, you’ll make do with a three year old smartphone. The same way folks who are into fitness find a way to exercise, even if they’re stranded on a tropical island with only two coconuts and a volleyball.

I am pretty sure you’re thinking something along the lines of, “It’s easy for you to say this, but I do not have any followers.”

Let me ask you a question: how do you define success as a blogger? Who told you that you have to have a certain number of followers or that you have to earn a living out of it in order to call yourself successful?

What if there was a new consensus regarding success as a blogger: you must punch the damn keys and do your very best to produce great work, even if you have 0 followers. Especially if you have 0.

If you have 50, you’re already a blogging god.

Gary Vee talks a lot about Macro and Micro levels. He’s stated that he did a lot of interviews that got 50-60 views long before being on CNN and becoming a big social media star.

And I believe this is the kind of attitude most bloggers simply lack.

In other words, some people get excited to write their best content even when no one is reading them, while others are secretly waiting for some day when they’ll be Internet famous to write their best ideas into existence.

That’s about it.

There was this post on Tumblr about a woman who had lost a lot of weight. She then noticed her husband was more affectionate towards her, and this made her sad, because she thought it was all about her looks. Then she noticed how people acted differently around her: joked more, were kinder…

It took her a while to figure things out: it was her who had changed. From the moment she first looked herself in the mirror to when she went to sleep, she felt different. She was happier, more alive, more confident. Smiled more. Wore different clothes. Her attitude towards herself was different, and thus the attitude of others.

People were simply reacting to the way she perceived herself.

If you believe nothing else of my posts, if you take just one thing, let it be this:

Mindset is everything.

If you have the right mindset, if you are self-confident, self-reliant, fueled from within, clear in your intentions and purpose, free from outcome, social pressure, or setbacks, then you will turn those 20-30 followers into thousands, even more, in no time.

That’s why the advice is to write for yourself. Write the kind of content that you’d love to read, because you must enjoy yourself while doing it, and not because someone else likes to read it (or needs to or would pay good money to).

Do you know why we make jokes? Say or do stuff we find funny?

Most people would assume it’s because you want to make others laugh. It’s not. You make jokes because you find them funny, because saying that one-liner out loud makes you feel good. It elevates your own mood, and that’s the only goal.

The same goes for blogging. Develop the kind of mindset that enjoys the art of blogging:

  • Looking for inspiration anywhere you can find it
  • Siting at the desk to write.
  • Having a schedule
  • Interacting with fellow bloggers
  • Reading other blogs

The numbers game is going to mess with your head

When I first started blogging in April 2012, I was unstoppable. I’d blog every single day, even though I got 2-3 likes per post, some twenty odd views a day.

It didn’t matter.

I knew success was just a matter of time. Luck, also, but I knew that the harder I worked, the luckier I’d get.

But the thing is that the more followers I got, the more I lost track of the importance of just one reader.

My words became diluted somehow. I lost a great deal of clarity.

What do a hundred thousand people want to read? What do they care about? They come from some 200 countries, they speak vastly different languages, have different customs…

Blogging is all about two people: me and you.

That’s it. I write what I want, because I enjoy writing, because this is my passion, and because I want to do this until they throw dirt on top of me, and you, the one reader, the person who is reading these blog posts, who comments, who takes the time to like the content, or share it, or print it out…

If you can get excited about the act of writing a blog post, and then get even more excited with every single like, comment, or follow, then you’ll be successful as a blogger.

If not, there’s no knowledge, technique, trick or tip that will help you become successful.

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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.
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269 Comments

  1. This was wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with me. Although I do know the importance of working on and loving your self first. It is good to be reminded. How are we to able excite a reader if we don’t learn anything new and aren’t excited ourselves. Great advice. I’m glad I found your blogs.

    • I am quite glad that you found my blogs.

      And I think self-love is something we must constantly work for and teach ourselves. It is not like riding a bike — something you learn once and then know forever. Self-love takes a lot of practice and being careful with the information we get exposed to. Oh, and the people around us, of course.

      Once again, thank you for your words. You made my day a lot better.

  2. Thanks for your blog post as it rekindled my heart of writing. As from your experience, I write for the love of writing. Even though, my heart would want followers. Though, in actuality writing didn’t matter of that kind of attention. It was a heart to heart with you and the inner need to write!

    • Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed reading my post.

      There’s this quote I like. Can’t remember who said it though. That you must maintain the same enthusiasm you had when knocking on your first door even when knocking on your fiftieth door.

      Keep punching those keys and loving every minute of it, and the readers will come.

  3. Reblogged this on Silent Chapters and commented:
    I cannot agree less with this…

    The power of the mind. Thanks for this piece.

  4. Great insight and wisdom. I especially love the Zig quote!

    It truly is about the mindset. Thanks for the motivation.

  5. Very inspiring post. And I am curious how you can write one article a day. That’s awesome!

  6. I love how clear and concise your writing is. Very inspirational and insightful. Thank you for this piece!

  7. This is a really great post, especially when reading as a new blogger… thank you for posting

  8. Wow, superb post. I really like your mindset and I’ll keep it in mind. Thanks a lot for sharing the wisdom!

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    Rachelle - HelloMyFriends

    You’re so right! I enjoy writing about the content I share. The numbers should not matter! Thank you for this.

  10. Cristian! How did I miss this one? I loved it ❤

    I didn’t even realize it was you writing it. This blog has your passion and emotion and personality. Not that the others don’t. It just seems like a different voice. This one is more personal than the other posts I’ve read from you. I enjoy and learn from all of them, but this one. I really connected with this one. Thanks!

  11. Yet another amazing post, you’re always so truthful and honest and it really shows in your posts, it’s almost as if anyone reading it can see how much effort you’re putting into your blog – and clearly, it’s paid off, amazing post.

  12. Yup, it’s all about you and me and developing a relationship with your readers. It’s all about finding your passion and writing to touch others with it – while clarifying it for yourself. It’s such a learning process. Thanks for being such a consistently effective teacher, Cristian.

  13. I am a God then with 55 followers after 4 months, I guess this is.good

  14. I’m on the same boat. I started blogging two years ago, but things didn’t work out so I gave up. But now I’ve promised myself I won’t give up no matter what. I guess success, sometimes, depends on how badly you want it.

  15. Such a good reminder! I had a blog in the past that was cringe-worthy – I was trying to write for other people. Now I write for myself and smile at every post 🙂

  16. Wow! So inspiring! You just hit the point! I really love and enjoy your posts. Thank you.

  17. I’m loving your site! I’ve been blogging for about three weeks now, and I’m finding a lot of great info, inspiration, and motivation in your words! I’m having fun writing what I like, how I like it and I’m reveling in every single like and every single comment! Thank you!

  18. Very encouraging post, gives a lot of hope..it is always difficult to start out, thank you for sharing!!

  19. Everything in this post is so true. Loved reading this, it’s eye opening to new ‘bloggers’ like myself.
    I blog because I love writing and wanted to get back into writing regularly, but sometimes I’m refreshing the stats page all day when I post. Reading this has made me realise why I started writing again – for myself!

  20. Definitely write from the heart and be true to yourself. This is the reason I keep going, it’s my passion and i love it. Whether there is 2 or 20 followers. Thanks for sharing

  21. Love this, so much energy and absolute truth. Thanks for sharing!

  22. excellent post man. perseverance and vision (a little luck helps too…)

  23. Totally agree with you, I love to write even though I only have 2 followers. Thanks for your encouragement.

  24. Wonderful perspective and motivation to keep writing. I’m new to this and have worried about followers.

  25. I’m so glad I subscribed to you, literally churning out ace cards

  26. with that, I am following you now 🙂

  27. Once again, this is wonderful advice. Thank you!

    I’ve had my travel blog for a few years now and, although I know I’m not consistent enough, I really wish my hard work reached greater audiences. Nonetheless, because I do it for myself, I will continue. Thank you for reminding me about why I started my blog in the first place!

  28. What an inspiring post!

  29. This did inspire me !! being a new comer in this world of blogging . Thank you 🙂

  30. Fabulous advice well worth remembering! 😀 Thanks for being such a great encouragement time and again.

  31. I love this! It’s always about our mindset! If you love what you do, others will see that and gravitate towards you. I love your analogy about telling jokes. Perfect.

  32. I really enjoyed this post! As a new blogger, I don’t know what I am doing most of the time, but I try to write about things that have meaning to me. My hope is that eventually, others will enjoy what I write, and also that I improve over time and find my groove 🙂

  33. Reblogged this on Richard Farley – Author & Humorist and commented:
    Some great thoughts about a healthy blogging mindset.

  34. Very inspiring and motivational post. Thank you for reminding us to keep on keeping on.

  35. When you say write what you want to – it gives me assurance. I can’t be anxious all the time figuring out what the world wants to read

  36. I really enjoyed this post. “Write for yourself” – that’s what I do, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that’s the best way to blog 🙂

  37. “If you can get excited about the act of writing a blog post, and then get even more excited with every single like, comment, or follow, then you’ll be successful as a blogger.” and we all said AMEN!!!

  38. Very true! Everything depends on us! Everything is how we see it! Everything is in our mind!

  39. Absolutely good points!

  40. This is one super post. I enjoyed myself when I first started blogging and came up with great contents because I didn’t bother much about the follows and stats and what the reader wanted. But at a point, when I realised that I needed to get more views to my blog, the pressure and worry found me. Ever since I’ve been worried and concerned about the future of my blog. This post is a consolation as well as inspiration to the likes of me and a reminder that I should relax and enjoy myself doing what I love and interact with others bloggers. Success will come. Thanks, Cristian.

  41. great word of encouragement there- thank you

  42. Thanks, hope to know more.

  43. Another great post. Very well said.

  44. Heyy! Been loving your blog posts! I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. Check out my recent blog post for the rules!

  45. Tell ’em Christian you are the artists in this writers workshop

  46. I feel like the title alone applies to me and was made just for me😂 Great post, Christian! I likes 👍

  47. Love this! So inspirational and motivating! If 50 followers is a God, at just over 1k, I must be supreme ruler already! Heck yeah!!! Go me!!! Your positivity is contagious!

  48. Thank you for the fabulous post!

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