The Most Underrated Blogging Technique Ever2 min read

Today I realized that it’s become a task of epic proportions to read all the content I wrote about blogging. All the steps, the habits, the guides, the shortcuts and growth hacks.

I’m not saying it can’t be done, I’m just saying it would take a lot of time.

And then there’s the billion other articles from all the other bloggers who share blogging advice, tips and tricks.

This, in itself, is not a bad thing, but it can be if you use it as a clever way to procrastinate.

The truth is that there would be no point in sharing advice on blogging if people understood that 90% of blogging success comes down to only two simple steps. The other 10%, it’s about the myriad different strategies and techniques, about developing a dozen or so different skills.

But 90% of blogging success, and the part that most beginners should focus on exclusively comes down to these two steps:

  1. Sit at your desk.
  2. Punch the damn keys.

That’s it. That’s the whole thing. That’s all it takes to become a successful blogger.

It’s simple, but it isn’t easy. Oftentimes, we do everything in our power to avoid these exact two steps. We’d much rather watch funny cat videos on YouTube, go fishing, read a book, or run errands.

Before I wrote this piece, I told myself that I’m kind of too tired to write a new article. I decided to network instead. Actually, I just read a bunch of articles. The voice inside my head told me that it would be best to take it easy. I can certainly write something tomorrow. Why not order some food and Netflix and chill the day away?

But instead, I sat down at my desk and I started punching those keys.

The real secret is that you must punch the damn keys whether you feel like it or not. You must do it today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that. Build up momentum and keep punching those damn keys.

Don’t sit around waiting for inspiration, for some tactic, or one of your posts going viral.

Just do the one thing that is going to move you towards your goal of becoming a better blogger: write something.

That’s it. There’s no magic, no inspiration. You’re not laying a gold egg, you’re just writing a bunch of words on an electronic device.

We can talk about strategies and growth tactics until they plant us in the ground, but doing so won’t make it that articles magically appear on our blogs. At some point, you have to sit in your chair and just punch the damn keys.

29 Comments

  1. That’s a good one, you just read my mind. Well, am just gonna keep punching them keys.😊😊

  2. So true…and it gets easier and exciting when you find your writing voice for the blog or book or whatever you are creating.

  3. That is so true! sometimes our minds use all sorts of excuses to get us to think we don’t have what to write. But you’d. be amazed how once you start typing, words just seem to flow! Amazing post right here!

  4. Possibly underrated, yet a good point, Cristian! 🙂

  5. Well truly said, instead of procastinating we just need to sit down and punch those damn keys👍

  6. Love this. Some days I really don’t feel like writing and I know that’s going to show in the content I create. So yes I could push myself to punch the damn keys as you put it – but if the result is not up to the usual quality is that worse than giving it a break for the day and coming back fresh the next day?

    • The truth is the content won’t be as bad as you think. Your brain is trying to trick you into postponing the work you don’t feel like doing, and once you start to rationalize, one of the most pertinent excuses is the fact that the writing will suck. It won’t.

      After 15 minutes of forcing yourself to do it, you’ll actually feel inspired.

      Motivation and inspiration are not the cause of action, but quite the opposite.

  7. For somebody who is new to blogging like me, it is really very helpful. It becomes very overwhelming when so much of information is available. Somehow the consistency is underrated

  8. why is it so easy to just not sit down and punch the keys!?!?! Thank you for this advice and now I am sitting down and punching the keys!

  9. I agree.. sometimes I spend so long thinking about what to write and how to write it that I never actually get around to typing it out!

  10. After reading your blog post, I ended up typing up half a blog post tonight. I also screenshot your rules so I won’t forget them. 🙌

  11. Nothing but FACTS!! Then it gets easier with time.

  12. you read my mind! I decided to do just that yesterday, and I’m starting to make a routine to help me do just that.

  13. Thanks for this. Punch the damn keys is a slogan that will move all f us to the next level indeed.

  14. Harsh truth 🙈 Good message though and definately something I need to be more consistant with.

  15. You are so writing! I’m new to blogging and trying to build up my blog library currently, and this is the best advice I’ve seen! Thank you <3

  16. Too true! You have to be yourself and just write. If you are doing what you love, then you are successful!

    -B 🌿 (new blogger)

  17. Well said or rather well written! Thank you! I will try my best to just punch those damn keys.

  18. Simple advice, but I think it just might work…

  19. If I’m not in a mood to write, I’m surely gonna refer to this post. Such a motivation ✨

  20. Good article, straight to the point!

  21. Yes!! straightforward and no beating around the bush I love this!

  22. So true! Thanks for sharing. I try to make a mantra of it so I keep at it ☺️

  23. I agree that sitting down and punching keys is the right step for most bloggers starting out, the world of blogging has changed and just writing isn’t enough anymore. At least that’s my opinion. Being heard over the noise of the internet has become the challenge that I think holds most bloggers back.

    Now I’m going to go back to punching keys until my fingers bleed.

  24. Very good post. I’ve heard the best way to get chores done around the house is to determine to write. I love writing- just punch the damn keys! I love it, thank you.

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