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5 Ways to Re-Frame Blogging Critics

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You may be quaking in your blogging boots at the prospect of being criticized.

For the first time.

For the 100th time.

During lean days I had an intense fear of critics. This fear manifested as both a genuine hate for critics plus I allowed the fear to prevent me from guest posting and blog commenting and opening blogging income streams.

I largely conquered this fear to build a rocking blog and brand.

Follow these 5 tips to re-frame blogging critics.

1: They Fear You Filter

Criticism is fear, manifest.

A critic is predominantly afraid.

Either filter criticism as some person’s fear that they project as criticism – the truth – or take criticism personally – illusion, or, not true – but make no mistakes; your filter determines if you are unfazed or crushed by criticism.

I recall feeling destroyed for weeks by critics nearly 8 years ago, during my newbie blogging days.

Now, almost all critics and their criticisms have zero effect on me. Water off a duck’s butt. Because it is not their criticism, but their fear and pain, screaming out, and their fear has nothing to do with my love and fun.

2: Do Not Fight

Fighting critics is the easiest way to get caught up in their fears. And to acknowledge you agree with critics.

Don’t fight. Don’t take sides. Just beam love at a fearful, hurting person.

If you’re having fun and spreading love you do not criticize. Only unhappy, fear-filled people are critics because the only reason you pick people apart is because you do not love yourself.

Hug these folks. Cyber-wise. No need to engage. Just smile and send ’em love, to both free yourself of their energy and to help them love themselves more, so they can uplift and inspire more folks.

3: Gain Clarity

If someone appears to leave a negative review on one of my eBooks or attempts to skewer one of my blog posts I can simply see the illusion – their fears have nothing to do with me – or I can gain greater clarity in my stance.

Example; if someone tells you your blog is garbage, you either feel unaffected by the criticism because you are having fun, spreading love and helping people, so your blog rocks. Or you get angry at the critic, showing you agree on some level that your blog is garbage. You want to feel those negative feelings about your view of your blog to gain clarity.

This process is unpleasant. We all love to roast critics. Few wish to thank them for giving us clarity.

I am grateful for fearful people who attempt to criticize me. Shows me where I can get clearer, if they annoy me, or where I am fully clear, when I am completely unmoved by a critical point of view.

4: Profit by Solving THEIR Problem

Solve your critic’s problems. Profit.

Example; I’ve had clients who felt unhappy with my work.

Because I knew my work came from an energy of fun and love it was rocking work.

If they clung to some FEAR about my work – manifest as unhappiness or not being satisfied – their chosen FEAR has nothing to do with the love and fun energy I injected into my creation.

I can profit by writing an eBook (seen below) or building an entire course about the topic. Or I can tailor my blog consulting services to address fear-based problems critics suffer through which hold back their blogging growth.

5: Create to Dissolve the Hate

If some critic seems hellbent on destroying me – which is impossible, anyway – and if I lack clarity in my delivery, I may secretly harbor hate toward critics. Most bloggers do, at some times.

Address these human moments by feeling and releasing your hate. Then, create.

Even if you don’t feel the hate it always helps to create something useful, inspired and valuable for other folks. Servants prosper. Servants make money blogging. Servants move their attention from fear to love.

Create!

The eBook

I wrote an eBook to help you deal with blogging critics:

How to Turn Harsh Blogging Criticism into Sweet Blogging Profits: 11 Tips

Your Turn

How do you filter criticism?

Ryan Biddulph inspires you with his courses, 100 plus eBooks, audio books and blog at Blogging From Paradise.

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Ouch.

Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

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