Nobody Gives a Damn How Many Followers You’ve Got

Apparently it’s easy to get zillions of subscribers to your blog – Just follow a few simple steps, work hard, and write good stuff.

I know this, because there are a ton of pro-blogging sites which are eager to dispense the wisdom of their own success whilst making you feel inferior for having less than 20,000 subscribers.

Unfortunately for many of us, the promise of multiple thousands of subscribers is unrealistic no matter how hard we try – sometimes because we work in less popular niches, sometimes because we just don’t have the available time, and sometimes because we just don’t have that magic mix of talent and luck.

Ultimately this leads to frequent disappointment among bloggers.

But the bitter truth is that blogging is not a hobby or a profession for those without perseverance. Continue reading “Nobody Gives a Damn How Many Followers You’ve Got”

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[Blogging Mindset] Emotions

It is said that it’s not the strongest fighter who wins the fight. Nor is it the one who trained the most or has the most experience.

It’s always the one who believes he can win more than the other guy. That’s it.

We like to believe in the opposite. We can measure a lot about a person, but we can never measure heart. Want. Desire. Passion.

How much soul you put into your words. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Emotions”

[Blogging Mindset] Are You The Next Blogstar?

When I started my main blog back in 2012 I knew one thing and one thing only: I would never give up.

No matter what.

I thought that I’d better die trying than live with the regret that I could have, yet I was too scared and didn’t.

While the tactics and tips and tricks that make the basis of many articles on this blog are helpful, the bottom line always comes down to the work. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Are You The Next Blogstar?”

Your Words Matter

I’m writing these words for you. Yes, you. The blogger. The writer. The artist. The one who pours his heart out on a computer, smartphone, or even on paper. The one who writes one word after another with the hope of inspiring change in others, motivating them with your life’s story, or even providing them with a smile.

Yes.

I am writing these words for you. The one who feels so alone sometimes. The one whose words never receive a comment, maybe a few likes. Sometimes it feels as if it doesn’t matter, right?

Be honest. How many times have you thought of giving up? Just delete your blog, try something else. It’s clear that your words don’t matter.

Well, I am here to tell you that they do. Your words matter. Continue reading “Your Words Matter”

Your Right to Be Wrong

For a long time I used to think being “right” was a big deal. I had to say the right thing at the right time, know the right people, read the right books, live in the right neighborhood…

I did all this not because I wanted to, but because I thought it was a prerequisite for success.

If you want other people to respect you, then you have to look and sound a certain way, right? Makes sense, if conformity is all you’ve ever been taught.

What no one tells you is the price you must pay for this. Yes, conformity gains you a certain type of approval from others, but it comes at the cost of losing your sense of self.

You have to systematically search out everything that’s a little bit “off” about you and bury it as deep as you can. You know that you can’t get rid of it — it’s a part of you, after all — but maybe you can hide it so deep that no one will ever see it, so that a world that only respects the “right” will never realize how “wrong” you really are.

Maybe, just maybe, you can fool everyone until you’re in a position of power and no one’s opinion matters anymore. Then you can be free. Right?

Umm… no. Continue reading “Your Right to Be Wrong”

Why Being Bold is Essential to Having Success as a Blogger

There are thousands and thousands of other blogs that talk about the same thing your blog does.

Read that sentence again and let it sink in for a moment. With so many blogs talking about the same topics, how will you differentiate yours from the rest? How can you come up with new and interesting angles on the same topics for both your post and your overall blog theme?

If you don’t mind being just another blog among millions, just keep talking about the same thing. But if you want to be considered a successful blogger, you have to find a way to get noticed. You have to stick out from the crowd.

How do you get noticed? You gotta be bold.

There’s no other way. Continue reading “Why Being Bold is Essential to Having Success as a Blogger”

What You Must Know About Subheads

Sometimes it goes like this: you hook your readers with your headline, and captivated them with your opening.

But somewhere along the way something awful happens…

You reader has lost interest in your blog post and is now barely scanning through, wishing to reach the end as soon as possible.

No reason to panic. There is a way out of this. Continue reading “What You Must Know About Subheads”

Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging

Unlike most bloggers who experiment during their first few months to see if blogging is right for them, I had to gain traction as fast as possible.

I HAD to build a platform for my writing, to earn an income. Yes, I wanted to inspire people, to change the world, but I was also extremely passionate (and motivated) to not starve to death.

To be honest, because English was not my native language, I wasn’t sure I could express my thoughts and emotions in a way others could relate to.

Also, I wasn’t sure what to blog about, so I kept writing reviews. I then switched to writing about the creative process, about art, inspiration, writing, and self-publishing.

Fast forward seven years, and I know blog about life, motivation, self-help, and personal development. I also blog about art, the creative process, and, of course, about blogging on this neat blog called The Art of Blogging.

Of course, during this long, long journey I realized there were a lot of factors that contributed to my success.

And I only wished that I did these things early on to speed up my success on blogging.

So if you’re serious about blogging, here’s what you have to do: Continue reading “Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging”

How to Write Incredibly Creative Blog Posts

Creativity is extremely important when it comes to crafting effective content. And, yes, content should also be useful and valuable to the reader, not an indulgent exercise in self expression.

Still, creativity is key when it comes to content that works, content that engages your audience, content that enriches other people’s lives. While creativity for its own sake is a smart way to strengthen your lateral thinking skills and to align your work with what you love to do, it’s when you create something useful to others that you add value to the world. Continue reading “How to Write Incredibly Creative Blog Posts”