The #1 Thing You Need to Succeed As a Blogger4 min read

With a headline like that, you’re probably wondering what is this most important, phenomenally crucial, aspect you need to make it as a blogger.

If you’re like most people, you probably think it’s:

  • creating fantastic content
  • understanding SEO
  • networking a lot with other bloggers
  • being aware of some shortcut or growth hack

Nope, it’s neither one of these.

The number one, the most important ingredient, the determining factor of your success as a blogger is this:

Mastering your mindset.

Seriously, without the right mindset, you won’t become a successful blogger.

Nothing works unless you’re willing to do the work. No tool will help you unless you have the enthusiasm to show up and get stuff done.

Because here’s the thing…your mind will determine whether you truly believe that you will be successful or not.

Either way, your belief will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Your brain is designed to align your life to fit your beliefs.

Read that again…your brain creates your reality based on what you believe in.

So if you don’t believe you can become a successful blogger, you won’t ever become one. And I can’t help you. The courses won’t help you. The tutorials won’t help you.

But if you believe deep down that you can, you will. It’s as simple as that.

So, if you want to the results, you need to first adopt the mindset that you are a blogstar. Or, at least, you’re way on your way to becoming one.

Your fate lies not in the stars, but in your hands.

I know this all sounds like a bunch of clichés, but the truth is that your mindset determines your attitude. If you think your niche is overcrowded, or that you’re too late to the game, or that you need a ton of money to spend on ads to promote your blog, well… you’re not going to show up every single day, right? You’re not going to punch the damn keys, you’re not going to share your truth with the world.

The way you act when no one gives a damn about your blog will determine if anyone, someday, might give a damn about it.

Look, I get it. We put a lot of emphasis on the technical. On replicating some formula, some strategy. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 3 years. Helping other bloggers develop strategies that help them write better content, grow their audience, and monetize their blogs.

But, you see, more often than not, they give up long before they even get to see if those strategies work. They give up because they don’t feel like doing the work, because they don’t feel like showing up at their desk, sitting down, and punching those keys.

If you believe you can, you will try until you can.

Do you know what makes the difference between a blogger who consistently publishes content, grows a community around their blog, and manages to earn a side-income and one who struggles to get even a few likes on their articles?

Mindset.

That’s it.

Some are willing to do the work that no one seems to be in the mood for. Some are so enthusiastic, actually, to do the work that they keep showing up, day in and day out.

That’s all it takes.

If you know nothing else about blogging, about life, then you should know that if you take care of your mindset, if you figure out a compelling mission for your blog, a vision that drives you to show up every single day, then you will become successful.

And it’s mind-boggling how few people are aware of this. How much time people spend searching for a perfect guide, some secret, some shortcut.

There is no substitute for inner fortitude.

Let me repeat that, in case you missed it: there is no substitute for inner fortitude.

When you have the right mindset, it will show in your writing, it will show up in the way you interact with your readers and fellow bloggers, it will show up in the amount of energy you put into your blog.

Develop the right mindset, and you will become unstoppable.

The Universe seems to be testing our commitment.

How bad do you want it?

If you never asked yourself that question, if you do not know the answer to it, then you’re closer to giving up than you might think.

And no how-to guide is going to help you.

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  • JanBeek

    Perseverance is key to many things – maybe even most things – but we must be sure we are persevering in the right direction for right purposes, right? I blog for fun. My 240+ followers are enough! I don’t want thousands! I wouldn’t be able to keep up. You know what I mean?

    • JanBeek

      Six months later, with perseverance, my 240 grew to over 400 followers. Interesting though, the comments have not increased exponentially. I’ll keep checking in on your advice and asking more engaging questions to try and get more feedback. Thanks for reposting this, Cristian.

      • Cristian Mihai

        Not just asking questions.
        Here, most of the posts that received a lot of comments didn’t ask questions at all.

        The post has to make people want to comment. Has to make them feel something.

      • JanBeek

        Thank you for that clarification. Let me try that today.

  • Imtenan

    I can keep blogging,not a problem..
    but what to do with despair..
    with seeing the views number increase by only two..(and it breaks your heart)
    how to wipe the tears my friend..

    Great post,thanks for sharing.

    • Cristian Mihai

      You needs to keep going, no matter how slowly.

  • olehippies

    I believe what you are saying because at first I was getting no comments, even my sister would text me instead of commenting on my blog. I did not give up and I am starting to get some comments now.

  • Monika

    I actually want to read that hard work works. It’s encouraging, it’s motivating, it gives a purpose.
    Shortcuts are cool, but people don’t enjoy things that come too easily.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Hard work always, always, always, always pays off. Without an ounce of doubt, it pays off. 99% of what I am as a human being is solely the result of the hard work I put into stuff, not my intelligence, not my friends, my parents, or me being lucky.

      • Monika

        Keep doing great job!

  • Sue

    This is so true, but it is also about ignoring those self-doubt niggles that come after reading blogs that make your tiny efforts seem paltry and senile. Keep believing,

  • Brenda Renwick

    Yes, I’m beginning to realize this. Blogging is exhausting because it’s so labor-intensive if you want to do it right. Research, reading, writing, editing, finding appropriate media and links to related sites, etc. It’s taking up all my time, and I still have a house to clean, pets to care for and cuddle, and a hungry husband to cook for. Speaking of which, my husband has become a little jealous of my blogging.

    • Sue

      I feel for you. I am fortunate as I only have myself to look after but it still eats up my time. Hang in there and you will reap the rewards.

  • mdela72754

    Reblogged this on Maria De La Rosa and commented:
    Perseverance – that is it! Because if you stick with it – one thing will lead to another- you will learn, grow! It helps that I enjoy the process, learning, getting new ideas; getting to know different types of people, building relationships! If I focus on the results, it becomes very hard to be patient and persevere. My past experiences have proven that to me.

  • theultimatepsyche

    Hey, thanks for you post! 🙂 This seems like its being published just the moment I need it.

    Thank you again for your piece of advice earlier today on another post!

    I have another question if thats okay 🙂

    I publish blog posts once a week. Usually every Monday morning, but have now shifted that to Tuesday morning, just to test if it makes a difference in terms of readership.

    I’m thinking about publishing posts now every two weeks, as I would like to invest a lot more time into perfecting my research for my posts and wordings.
    I also want to start a podcast series for my blog and I feel like I would have more time and less pressure if I publish every two weeks.

    Do you think this approach of publishing every two weeks is better? Or shall I stick to weekly posts?

    Quality over Quantity. Thats all I’m thinking.

    Would be great to get some more advice from you.

    Thank you as always, appreciate your content.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Quality over Quantity. The age old dilemma.

      I say quality AND quantity at the same time. Blog as often as you can, while doing your best to write the best post you can.

      It’s up to you.

  • Justine

    I really like this piece of advice. It’s also true for many things in life.

  • Stevie

    Not many admit this, but a key for me to actually read a blog post is that it is SHORT. Thanks! 😉

    • Betul Erbasi

      I think this is something most people subconsciously know and can’t admit.

  • keckjjen

    Perseverance, the perfect word for me today! Thanks!

  • Tayla Harter

    I love this! I’m sick of seeing ‘how to’ guides when it comes to blogging! The passion and drive should be there if not why are you doing it? For the wrong reasons I guess! I love blogging as a place for me to re write my stories and speak what’s on my mind and if no one reads it that’s fine because it’s the perfect creative outlet for me and I enjoy it. Starting a blog should never be with the full intent of money and success it should be because you love it and that’s when I think you will truly succeed!

  • glenmckenzie(justabitfurther)

    As in life, those who hang in there and persevere over the long run always come out on top. If nothing else, you have the satisfaction of knowing you gave all you had and stuck it out. That is a gift in a world that seeks instant gratification. Great post. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience.

  • lifeofaleopard

    I just started up just for personal use and thoughts that come to mind … not really sure how this blog thing works just one day last week went on and started putting my thoughts to text … hopefully someone out there reads it and connects to it

  • Taylor

    yeeees!

  • keniwrite

    Sure, the way forward is to keep on blogging no matter the number of views and likes. Thanks ……please keep this coming…it is so encouraging

  • Living Simple and Natural

    Thanks for the encouragement ❤️ I’m definitely not going to let the minimal views stop me ☺️

  • hannaheileen

    I love this and needed to hear this so badly. Recently I feel my blog has been at a stand still even thought I put so much time into it. This is the message I needed to just keep working hard.

  • pkadams

    It’s way more difficult than I expected to get people to read it . Even my husband will click LIKE without reading it!

  • Teachers On Fire

    Awesome advice. I’m a firm believer in this: that hard work done well and consistently pays off 100% of the time. I started a podcast in mid-March 2018 and I think many of the same principles apply in that space as well.

    I’m new to your blog but really enjoying your encouraging posts. Do you have a podcast? It looks like maybe you started one about art in 2017 but gave it up.

    If you decided to do a podcast on blogging you could count me in as one committed listener!

    • Cristian Mihai

      Yes, I did for like one episode. Never got the hang of it. Don’t know.

  • Raney Simmon

    Agree because even though it can be frustrating at times when a lot of people don’t read your blog, I know I’m not planning on giving up anytime soon.

  • avivahana

    Thankyooouuuu!! :”)

  • autumngirl

    Unbelievably true advice, good things come to those who go and get them, can’t just sit around hoping some miracle is going to occur and we’ll wake up with thousands of followers!

  • sippingcupsofinspiration

    Reblogged this on Sipping Cups of Inspiration and commented:
    Another great piece for Bloggers, Thanks to Cristian Mihai. Check his blog out for more informative blogs.

  • momlifewithchiari

    ‘There is no substitute to hard work. And no how-to guide is going to help you.’
    I agree! How bad do you want it, and how much are you willing to sacrifice to help you achieve what and where you want to be?!
    It’s work, but I believe we can all get there. It’s all up to us, up to you.

  • Mercury the Scribe

    As a writer, this is the number one thing you gotta keep in mind. Don’t write to be famous, write because you love to write and realize there is nothing that will make up for sitting down and getting out the words. And most of the time there are no rewards but perseverance is the key because if you stop, then that’s the end of the road and you’ll never get to where you wanna go.

  • Express the Gabbiness

    Thank you. I needed this today. It’s really hard sometimes to find the time to write and keep producing content, but you’re right hard work and perseverance are the key ! I’ve started my blog a little over a year ago and your post have been the most helpful in having me stick to it. 🤗

  • retrodee

    Yep, I don’t know why some people just abandon their blogs. Of course, some might have a valid reason, but many seem to lose interest or feel like they should have overnight success. I love writing, so I keep writing. But sometimes I feel uninspired, and that is part of the challenge. Inspiration is the KEY to writing, but it’s not always there! Perseverance to me means working hard even when you don’t feel like it and when inspiration is nowhere to be found.

  • Judy Westerfield & Peggy Arndt

    Yes, perseverance is the key to most endeavors. I wold add that it helps to pay attention, to learn from what you do so you do get better. But nothing happens if yo don’t keep at it.

  • Mama Buzz

    You’re a great advisor and you are humble in spirit. Keep up your wonderful posts.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you so much. Not sure about the humble part, but I will keep on blogging anyway.

  • trithisworld

    Thanks for sharing. It’s tough. I (& many others I’m sure) put a lot of effort into our work to feel there’s not much engagement. I do it because I enjoy it though, I’m learning and it keeps my mind busy.

  • Rachel

    So true. I’ve always said that the best way to teach yourself how to blog is to just do you and keep going. A lot of trial and error is involved, but if you work hard and are dedicated enough, it’ll work out. Great post.

  • adenemustribalgirl

    I do believe in Perserverance. It is such an important trait to have in entrepreneurship. Thank you for sharing this reminder about a true trait that seems to be overlooked at most times.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Perseverance is a trait one can use in any endeavors of life.

  • TheIconicHustler

    This so awesome. Persistence. Lack of caring about others judgement. And most importantly believing in what you are doing and why. If you love it, it doesnt matter how many likes or follows you get and eventually you will gain an audience which makes it even more exciting!

  • Annonymous

    This is great! Made me want to continue writing even though I haven’t seen results yet. Thanks for a great post!

  • Asha K

    great post!

  • Mizou

    I totally agree with you ! Thanks for such uplifting post!

  • Howlietzer

    “The Universe seems to be testing our commitment.” You nailed it on the head. I’ve had an epiphany recently. I have these big dreams, but I have not been doing what is required to achieve them. I believe that now I am ready to pay that price. Better late than never!

  • Cici's DeLUCKS

    Very well-written and super informative! Everything you stated is 100% accurate. I saw the word, “hustle” in your title, and I was instantly drawn, haha. Nobody knows the true meaning of hustle more than a New Yorker😂

    • Cici's DeLUCKS

      Especially for me as a new blogger just starting the game, perseverance is key! I stay motivated and determined, continuing to post daily, seeing what my followers’ interest are so I can make captivating posts, despite me getting only 4-6 likes a day, 1-3 new followers a day. But hey, it’s 4-6 likes and 1-3 new followers more than what I had yesterday.
      Thanks for this post! It got me motivated!

  • Susan

    You go, Cristian. Keep telling us like it is.

  • positivelymemonika

    Great post! Very helpful, eyes-opening and truthful. You won’t get the results if you won’t work hard for it.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you! And, yes, what isn’t acquired through hard work won’t last.

  • Willie Norwood

    Read this post and began again to write my blogs. Thanks for the insight and the ignite!

    • Cristian Mihai

      My pleasure, Willie!

      I am glad that this post of mine has inspired you.

  • Jared Whitinger

    Awesome post! Perseverance is critical to success!

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you, Jared!

      And, yes, nothing seems to work for us unless we are perseverant enough.

  • Winnie Malinga

    Thanks Cristian. I call it ‘Grit’ meaning perseverance over the long haul! Every good thing in life must be built unwaveringly.

  • lauralin

    I needed this today. I’m not a niche blogger and often wonder if this hurts me but I like the versatility of my topics and hope that I provide a little something for everybody. Blogging is a new format, more relaxed than journalism yet not quite as creative as novelling. I like the freedom and the prospect of providing food for thought. But a year into it I find myself sometimes wondering what the heck I’m doing. Your posts manage to keep me encouraged while also providing useful tips. I thank you for what you do.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you so much for the compliment!

      There’s so much to learn about blogging, networking. Never ask yourself if you know what you are doing. That’s not the goal. The idea is to always learn, evolve, overcome difficulties, find new challenges, and explore as many ideas and topics as possible.

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