Help people for thousands of hours. Gain exposure. Gain skills. Be seen as credible. Then, when you appear to be in a million places at once, people see you as a blogging influencer and reach out to you. Some new bloggers crave being blogging influencers. Impossible. Snowballs have a better chance surviving in the fiery chasms of Mount Doom than you do becoming influential as a newbie blogger. Why? New bloggers need to create and connect for thousands of hours before becoming highly successful. BUT….newbies need to do highly uncomfortable things for hundreds of hours before becoming an influencer in 6 months, per my eBook.
Let’s take a really close look at that 6 month thingee. Most bloggers deem this impossible because most bloggers terrify themselves and shudder at the thought of doing the things one needs to do, to become influential in 6 months. This ain’t no joke, folks. We are talking Tim Ferriss, 4 hour work week, highly uncomfortable stuff here. Almost no one does this stuff, so almost no one becomes influential in 6 months. The few who do, run laps around every other blogger. Imagine trying like the dickens to find ways to get past gatekeepers, in order to speak with power brokers in the offline world. Ferriss suggests doing this in his book because doing so forces you smack dab in the middle of deep fears. Ditto for another suggestion; he says to go to a public place with oodles of folks and lay down on the sidewalk. Fears arise. People will think you are nuts. Cops may arrest you. All types of head trash.
Now I am not saying you need to do these two thing to be influential within 6 months but you better do scary, freeing, highly uncomfortable things to become successful in that time frame. For other mere mortals terrified of facing their deepest fears so fast, take your time and expect to spend thousands of hours helping people for free. Then, and only then, do you gain enough skills, exposure and credibility to nail down influencer status in the eyes of readers.
Reader deem you influential. It ain’t the other way around. People see you influencing, and, deem you influential through their own perception. Nobody becomes influential by calling themselves influential. Earn that label by being a generous servant. This is how it works, My Blogging Sweetlings. Put in the time. Give. Relax. Get. Allow success to flow to you. Gain clout by giving freely of your time and talents. See being an influencer as like getting your Blogging PhD, or something like that. Earn titles. No free lunches exist in blogging. Or in life.
I worked my tail off to be seen as influential BUT I did not work my tail off to BECOME influential. Do you get it? I could care less of labels and such. I love helping people become successful bloggers. Plus, my globe trotting lifestyle – experienced through my blogging exploits – has been a blast to enjoy, too. Blogging is fun and freedom for me. Blogging is service. Labels arising because I work generously mean little to me. Sure I appreciate folks who appreciate my work but I do what I do to have fun helping people, and to free myself from my fears.
I suggest you hold a similar intent. Fall in love with the blogging process. Stop obsessing over outcomes. Cease going bonkers over blogging titles or labels. Who cares if someone deems you influential? Or, if someone perceives you as an average blogger? Get over the ego garbage. Focus instead on having fun helping people. In time, influential blogger labels surface organically, through your generous, genuine, persistent effort.