How to Be a Boss at Blogging When You Have 0 Followers6 min read

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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  1. I appreciate ever follower. blogging for 1 or 1000 I am still going to be authentically me. Thank you for the advice

  2. thanks for sharing a great ideas

  3. This is awesome, you encourage me , thank you so much

  4. Cristian, I love this. Thanks menn. I’m inspired as always.

  5. I really needed to read this today, and I’m so glad I did. I just started blogging a few days ago and I have one follower: my dad, whom I love dearly. I’ve only garnered 5 likes on my blog, but I’m writing what I love to write about, not what I think people want to read. So thank you for this post. I really needed it today.

  6. This was inspiring! Thank you for creating this!

  7. I recently took up writing (started about 6 years ago) and am happy to have more than one Follower. Your words ring true in many ways. When you start anything new, you always start at zero. Some people hang around in their own back yard, and others land on a star.

  8. Great post, Christian! Honestly, this was something I really needed to read right now. I’ll be back for more!

  9. Thank you for the inspiring message.

  10. Thanks for your inspiration message, it clearly shows we shouldn’t give up even if there are no hopes.

  11. So true. You’ve got to have fun while writing so others can have fun reading it.

  12. Thank you so much for this article. I found it incredibly insightful, and I feel that it was a post that I needed to read.

  13. It is not just inspiration it is igniting the fire in us how do you do it simple but great

  14. I just encountered this post of yours, and I was delighted to read it. I’ve been following you for some time, and it seems most of your posts have a very different message: how to learn to write posts that will attract thousands of followers. It’s a message that has seduced me a few times, because what writer doesn’t want to have readers?

    I started my blog in April 2018. I came across your excellent blog soon after that. I’ve downloaded The Art of Blogging and learned from it, and I have paid you to reblog a few of my posts. According to WordPress, I have either 22 or 66 followers–go figure. I have gained a few of those followers through your reposts, and I thank you for that.

    But reading your post today was affirmation that I really don’t care how many followers I have. I write for me. I have been in love with writing since I was a child, and when I read style manuals and print articles and blogs (including yours) about good writing, I read them because I want my own writing to be the best it can be. My quest for excellence is first and foremost to satisfy me.

    I do use blog categories and tags to help other readers find me. I am happy when they do. But I would continue my blog if I had 0 followers, because I need to write for me. Reading your post today was wind beneath my wings.

  15. Thanks a lot for the inspirational message

  16. I like this post. It helped me to understand what blogging is truly about. Thank you so much.

  17. This is one of your best post ! YAS!!

  18. WOW! This is just what I needed today – it can be so discouraging to be a new blogger with a small following but you’ve put it all in great perspective. Success is just a mindset and you can be just as happy writing for 50 followers as you can for 50,000!

    Thanks for sharing, beautifully written.

  19. Thank you, this was very inspiring.

  20. Good post, Christian. I remember how excited I was when I got my very first non-family follower. It’s been fun ever since.

  21. This is me right now, “some people get excited to write their best content even when no one is reading them”. You really are a master blogger. Thank you for the wisdom Sir! 🙂

  22. Thank You for your wise advice.
    I still remember I started this blog at year 2014. Still lost and with no direction.
    From blogging only once in a blue moon, to blogging 3 times a week. Each day I learn new things from another bloggers and motivates me to share more positive energy around. From 0 follower now I have 178 followers. I am grateful that people are happy reading my sharing.

    Thank You =)

  23. This is me trying to punch these damn keys and making my time worthwhile be sending you a virtual hug and appreciation!

  24. Great post! Thanks for encouraging me!

  25. This is real ideal for my writing. Thank you for this tip

  26. Great blog post. Really helpful especially as I’m just starting on my new blogging journey. I will make sure to write for me and you 📝😊

  27. I have so many posts unpublished but designed. I was scared to share them with people. What if people make fun of me? But after reading your posts, i guess i am on right track. I need to post more and more stuff… somewhere i read the tip that start publishing your post publicly no matter how bad it is. Your skills will polish with time and after few months or years you will realize how far you have become and how good you are in writing. So yes practice makes perfect. Thanks for the post and motivation. 😊

  28. Great Let’s do it!
    I hope to reach it! And mainly, to have some shares, comments and more! 🙂

  29. Thank you. That is very insightful and helpful information.

  30. Thank you Christian. Really find valuable insights from your post. Appreciate it.

  31. Hi. This is an awesome post for somebody who is just starting out. I have just hit 60 followers, but I have 3 who regularly engage and that is what I love about blogging, the engagement with other people from around the world that you just don’t get with other creative outlets.

  32. Christine Sponsler
    Christine Sponsler

    Very helpful 😀

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