[Blogging Mindset] The Snowball Effect

There are two different ways to approach blogging.

One is to sprint. Your enthusiasm fuels your inspiration. You punch the damn keys. You write, write, write, publishing one post after another. You interact with other bloggers, you try to take advantage of any guest posting opportunity, blogging award, or challenge.

But then you run out of steam. You cannot maintain momentum. You are tired. You give up.

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The System I Use to Write Over 100 Blog Posts Every Month

Most bloggers struggle with getting their writing done for one surprising reason: they approach writing as the act of creating something out of nothing. It’s the main reason you want to bash your head against the keyboard.

In fact, writing the damn thing should be the easiest part of content creation.

Once I realized that you can’t create something out of nothing, I could wake up at 5 AM, have a sip of coffee, and sit down to punch those damn keys until my hands hurt.

No more time wasted staring stupidly into the abyss of a blank document, no more cursing that blinking cursor thing.

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The #1 Thing You Need to Succeed As a Blogger

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:

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:

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Would You Pay to Read a Blog Like Yours?

There’s so much information easily available for free right now that most aspiring bloggers struggle to attract enough readers.

The issue? They are writing mediocre content that does not inspire, motivate, or add value.

How to fix this issue? Simple. Write the type of content that others would pay to read, the type of content that provides actionable steps towards solving certain issues, or the type of content that is so engaging as to make one rush for the subscribe button.

In other words, you must be so good they can’t ignore you.

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If You’re Struggling With Your Blog, This is Your Wake-Up Call

Stop lying. To yourself. To others. In the comments section of your blog. On other people’s blogs. In your about page. Stop lying.

“I don’t care if people read my stuff or not.”

“I blog for me, myself, and I.”

Lies.

If that were true, you’d be writing in a notepad. Or several. Hiding them away under your bed or in a closet. But you’re on the world wide web for a reason, and that reason is to be read.

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You Could Use a Hack to Get More Readers, But…

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Eight years ago, when I first started blogging, there was no limit on how many blogs you could follow on WordPress.com during a twenty-four hour period. Or how many blog posts you could like.

To be honest with you, I had a lot of fun with this for a while, but then I figured that it was not worth the effort.

Why?

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Are you Creative [Enough]?

Would you like to be more creative?

I’m only asking because it’s really not as hard or mysterious as you might think.

One thing that prevents many people from boosting their creativity is the notion that creativity is somehow determined by intelligence. Another is the idea that creative people are born that way.

In truth, research shows that once you get slightly above an average I.Q., intelligence and creativity are not related. So you could be a genius and display little creativity or have fairly average intelligence and wield amazing creative powers. Continue reading “Are you Creative [Enough]?”