How to Stand Out (as a Blogger)

photo-1516659257916-7be846591235Let me try this magic trick and see if I I can read your mind. If you’ve decided to read this tutorial, it means that you’ve been thinking of spending more time on your blog. Actually, you’ve been thinking about it for quite a while now.

Thinking about it. Talking about it. But not doing it.

There’s something holding you back. In fact, several somethings. If only you had more time, if only you were more confident about your blogging, if only you had money to spend on a new plan, or this great program… if only… if only…

You’re tired, stressed, busy…

Truth be told, it’s best to wait…

Am I right?

Well, sorry to break it to you, but there’s no right time, there will never be a better time than right now. Your reasons for not blogging will always be there in some form and in some combination. You will always have to face down the demons of no time, no support, no money, no confidence, no ideas, or ill health. Like the rest of the blogging world, actually.

This is the first thing you should realize if you want to stand out as a blogger: everyone faces the same problems. EVERYONE.

Sorry for shouting.

Anyway, let’s get started with a bunch of excuses/questions that have been holding you back from standing out as a blogger.

Part one: Excuses that are keeping you from standing out as a blogger.

1. What if people don’t like my stuff?

Yes. This is the kind of question most bloggers ask themselves almost obsessively. Even after they’ve been blogging for a few months.

And I get it.There are few things that feel more personal than writing your thoughts and offering them to a bunch of strangers living half a world away – maybe walking on the street naked.

Like it or not, putting your ideas out there and running the risk that someone might not like them – even hate them – is the price of entry for being a blogger, and don’t you think for one moment that your blogging heroes aren’t nervous each time they click Publish because they are.

My advice to all this?

Punch the damn keys.

This is the magic cure-all. Honestly.

Put yourself out there. No excuses. No playing it safe. To paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut, don’t try to make love with the entire world. Yes, you’ll have to deal with haters, trolls, naysayers. Everyone has to. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: if someone has a negative reaction to something you wrote, that means your writing is powerful. Your writing provoked a strong emotional reaction.

And that’s a good thing.

2. What if everything’s been done(and written about) before?

Everything under the sun has been done already.

Feeling like you’re not original enough is only natural. But it’s not just about what you say, but rather how only you can say it.

The combination of your personality, writing style, and opinions, that’s the stuff that makes or breaks a blog. The human element behind the words. The way the stories we weave reveal a little bit about ourselves.

Do you know why your favorite bloggers are your favorite?

Because you wish they were friends of yours.

That’s it. And the more you have the guts to be yourself, the more unique your content will seem to be, and the more your readers will love you for it.

3. What about other bloggers?

Do you honestly want to spend your precious time worrying about other people?

Why would anyone want to read your blog if there are others who are writing about the same topics?

If you do not have the guts to answer that question, then you should acquire it, loan it, find it, buy it, or sell your soul for it, for without the right mindset and attitude, the blogging world will feel like hell.

4. I don’t have enough time…

First of all, let’s debunk this myth of being busy: we’re all busy. And we all feel like everyone else is just kinda busy, but we’re really, truly, honestly busy. But if we all feel like that, then what does it all mean? Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Successful bloggers are just as busy as you are, if not more so, but they make time to blog. That’s it. We get what we make time for.

Simple enough, right?

So the question you should ask yourself is “How am I going to make time?”

It’s all about resolve. About motivation.

Promise yourself that you’ll either find a way or make one. Like Hannibal did when he invaded Italy.

If you want to have time, then you must make time.

If you want to stand out as a blogger, then you must want it a bit more than just about everyone else.

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