[Blogging Mindset] Write Until Your Hands Hurt. And Then Write Some More.

“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”

Steven Pressfield

When you’re just starting out, you probably aren’t going to be that good. Okay, let’s face it: you’re going to suck. Big time.

I’m not telling you this to put you down in any way. But you’ve got to be aware of the fact that when you’re a beginner blogger, you are going to publish a lot of lackluster content.

It’s just the truth of the matter.

But how do you get better at blogging?

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The Art of Growing Your Audience in 2020

Today we’re breaking down all of the best ways to get more blog readers, turn them into avid fans, and the smartest ways to take advantage of social media to build an audience for your blog.

This is a rather extensive list of the 25 best ways to grow your audience in 2020, so if you wish to download the post, you can do so below:

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The most common question I get from fellow bloggers is, “How do I get more readers?” 

Honestly, I’d like to tell you that building a community around your blog is as simple as writing great content, the truth is that growing a blog is a bit more nuanced than that.

Getting more readers for your writing takes a lot of dedication, time, and energy.

It’s not just about content, but also about community.

The strategies I’m sharing with you are the culmination of 8 years of trial and error growing my blogs to over 180,000 engaged readers. These are proven tactics that I still put into practice myself — and cost little more than time, hard work, and a bit of creativity.

Without further delay, let’s get into the best strategies on how to grow an audience for your blog in 2020.

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Take These Four Simple Steps. It's All You Need to Do to Build an Audience

Blogging is defined as the act of writing for an audience. As much as we’d like to deny it, no audience, no blog.

But how do you build one?

How do you find readers? How do they find you?

Most bloggers I interact with struggle with this. And it’s heartbreaking, because one tends to lose the motivation to blog when no one’s reading.

No motivation quickly becomes no inspiration.

And once you’ve become creatively bankrupt, the sensible thing to do is to quit.

I don’t want you to quit. That’s why I’ll share with you four simple steps to build an audience for your blog.

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Did You Choose the Wrong Topic for Your Blog?

Admit it. You’ve asked yourself this question at least once since you started to blog. Maybe even twice.

Perhaps you ask yourself this question every single time you write your heart out, only to get little to no traffic. No comments. You’re not getting the kind of feedback you were hoping for when you decided to blog about your topic.

To make matters worse, you’ve done all the things popular bloggers say to do, like publishing great content and commenting on other popular blogs and getting accounts on Twitter and Facebook, but no matter how hard you work, no matter how many different techniques you try, nothing is working.

So you ask yourself…

Where did I go wrong?

Is it possible that you have chosen a topic for your blog that no one gives a damn about?

Are you simply wasting your time trying to keep your blog alive?

Well… let’s find out.

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What Do You Have to Do to Get More Comments on Your Blog Posts?

It’s kind of frustrating, isn’t it? Having to scroll for a minute and a half through hundreds of comments on some posts just so you can say what you thought about it.

It’s even more frustrating when your own posts aren’t getting many comments. Sometimes it’s a comment or two. Sometimes none. Occasionally, it seems Lady Luck smiles upon you and you get a few of your readers to say something.

But never dozens or hundreds of comments like some of the other blogs out there.

Maybe it’s all about luck, maybe there’s some trick, some tactic, and you can’t help but wonder…

Am I doing something wrong?

What can I do to get more comments?

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Don’t Chase Followers. Make Friends

Take a good look at this picture. It shows the map of all the folks who read this blog.

It’s a fun statistic. On the same page, you can see a number of other stats: the number of followers, shares, comments, page views…

Traffic, they call it.

Numbers.

But that’s you, if you come to think about it. One of those numbers is you. If you’ve commented a few times on my blog posts, your name appears in another statistic as a top commenter.

Are you a statistic? Just a number?

Aren’t you an actual person?

Aren’t you just like me? Like the person who commented before you?

Yet, somehow, it’s so damn easy to forget that our followers are real people.

And that’s when you make all sorts of mistakes. And that’s how you screw up. Big time.

No, You Don’t Have to Post Every Day to Be a Successful Blogger

We’ve all heard it before: being prolific is the best way to become successful as a blogger.

It’s all about posting a lot of content as often as possible.

But is it?

Maybe you feel as if churning out one post after another is taking the joy out of writing.

If so, I have some great news!

No, you don’t have to post on a daily basis to become successful as a blogger, and if you’re just starting out, it’s probably the wrong strategy to employ.

Why?

Read on to find out.

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The Single Greatest Blogging Tip Ever

If you are passionate about your blog, if you want to reach more people, if you want to feel proud whenever you hit that publish button, then you most likely have spent hours upon hours searching the web for the secret to blogging success. Maybe you’ve invested in e-courses, books, and maybe even booked a one-on-one session with a blogging expert.

But, you know, the answer is simple. It’s straightforward. It’s so common sense that most folks mistakenly believe it’s bullshit.

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So You Want to Be a Blogger? Here’s What You Need to Do

You dream of spending your days sharing your words with the world. Working from coffee shops and maybe even your couch. Sounds like a dream, right?

Well, there’s more to it than just writing some words and clicking publish. I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned over the past seven years since becoming a full-time blogger.

A few of these lessons are really simple, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy. Ready? Here we go. Continue reading “So You Want to Be a Blogger? Here’s What You Need to Do”