Grammar buffs routinely wretch at my “seat of the pants” writing style.
Blogging purists scoff at my “write for fun” approach to blogging.
I am about as orthodox as a Steph Curry, 30 footer, off balance, twisting jump shot but I know how to maintain my reputation.
Many of my beaten down blogging buddies cannot say the same.
Beaten Down Bloggers
I had to write this post. Because recently I’ve spotted a growing army of battered, beaten bloggers. Held hostage by their unhealthy obsession with maintaining a solid online rep.
If you’re terrified to lose your blogging rep or if you are trembling at the thought of receiving a 1 star review on Amazon or if you feel tortured by a negative, biting, scathing comment, you’re beleagured. Butchered by your belittling little mind, you can’t possibly succeed online if hamstrung by the anchor of obsessing over your rep.
Bloggers who worry incessantly about how people perceive them lack the energy, passion and fun quotient that the superstars emanate.
Example: your’s truly. I blog for fun. I blog with passion. I blog with ample energy. At least I think so.
I could not possibly blog from a care-free, free-wheeling, fun space if I became insanely infatuated with my reputation.
Why don’t I care much about what people think, say or do in response to me being me? I act in line with what I value. So critics don’t upset me. And my fan base grows and spreads the word more fervently because they value what I value.
1: Act in Line with Your Values
I value having fun. I value blogging. I value traveling. So all day long, through my blog and social media accounts, I have fun inspiring folks to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. I deviate not from that fun. Because I value having fun.
I will never lose my blogging reputation if I act in line with these values. If however, I stepped outside of this value channel, I tread into murky waters. My fans will question me. My readers will wonder why I’m doing what I’m doing. I may damage my rep a bit.
Act in line with your values. What is your predominant blogging intent? Are you blogging for fun? To free yourself? What niche do you cover? Act in alignment with your values. Be genuine. Be authentic. Be honest. Be real. If you stay aligned with your values you will maintain your rep with ease.
2: Don’t Convince or Convert Critics
Trying to convince an unclear, unhappy critic in an effort to maintain your blogging rep is like trying to convince a monitor lizard to go on a vegetarian diet.
Ain’t gonna happen.
I have observed monitor lizards in tropical locales like Bali and Thailand. All meat. All the time. If they’re eating green it’s a frog or lizard carcasse.
Attempting to convert a critic into a fan to keep your rep is similar to trying to sprint uphill while towing a Sherman tank with your teeth. Waste of energy.
Stop trying to convince unhappy, unclear, secretly admiring people. Appeal to your fan base.
Check out Adrienne Smith’s blog: Adrienne Smith Dot Net
She focuses all of her energy on her fans and friends. Naturally, these fans and friends promote her aggressively, bolstering her online reputation.
Your loyal readers fan flames under your brand. If you give ’em your energy.
Ignore critics. Love your fans. Appreciate your friends. Brand advocates will trumpet your blogging message to the mountain tops. Email your readers with gratitude. Promote your readers. Comment on your blogging buddies’ blogs. Happy, loyal, appreciative friends are the cornerstone of a wildly successful blog and brand.
3: Don’t *Worry* about Your Blogging Reputation
Jedi mind trick, in effect.
I formerly fretted like a freak over negative comments on my blog. I fought critics. I worried like mad about getting 1 star reviews on my Amazon eBooks. If anybody said anything nasty about me I felt like said critic took a pin to the balloon that was me. 1 little pin prick; balloon pops, I became deflated.
A few years later I became even more worried about maintaining my blogging rep. I had a bigger name. I was more well known. This time, I swelled up to the size of a blimp. Full of hot air. When someone came along and appeared to sully my blogging rep with a critical comment or review it was like the critic popped the blimp with a railroad spike. I was devastated. Hindenburg-type disaster.
Finally, I went all Jedi with it. I did not worry about the very thing I wished to guard: my reputation. I knew that using a low energy motivator would bring me a low energy outcome, rep-wise. So I took care of what I could take care of – namely, me – and released the critics, and any sick obsession with manipulating circumstances to craft a sterling reputation. I had faith that the right people would support me. I also had faith that critics wouldn’t hurt my rep because their negative energy was all about them and had nothing to do with me.
Don’t worry about your online rep. Because worrying is a negative energy. Centering your blogging reputation on a foundation of worry is like building a 20 room mansion on a bed of sand. Because every negative review and snarky comment will eat you alive. The end result: your blog and brand will become….bland. No flavor. You can’t be your authentic self if you worry what people think of that self.
Follow tip #1. Follow tip #2. Acting in line with your values and devoting all of your energies to your rabid fans will dissolve your fear of criticism. Eroding that fear slays your blogging reputation-related worries.
What tips can you add to this list?
How do you maintain your blogging reputation?
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.
I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.
Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.
What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.
Go with What You Know
When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.
But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.
But Is It Worth the Time?
One of my favorite check up blogging activities involves asking if some blogging action is worth the time. Someone may ask me to do something to benefit them. Sometimes, I do it. But often, it is not worth the time I would put into the action. Why? My time is precious. All time is precious. Thinking how a specific action leverages your presence in a specific amount of time gives you clarity in making a decision.
Someone may ask me to guest post on a blog completely out of my niche. Is it worth the time? Almost always, nope. But even if I do it once I likely never do it again because I only have so much time daily to work with, and I cannot spend 1 second trying to connect with an audience who has zero interest in what I have to offer. Just my gig. I have too much to do daily, to do anything otherwise. The secret for any new blogger is to learn this time posture tip and to put it into action before your schedule gets filled with clients and speaking to customers and creating and connecting. New bloggers believe they possess all the time in the world but this ain’t true. New bloggers need be as ruthless with their time or else other people will trample all over their time.
Imagine if someone asks you to self-publish an eBook on an unknown platform because the person enjoys reading eBooks on the platform. Would it be worth the 3 hours it took to write and proofread and ship the eBook to put it on a platform for one person? Nope. Waste of time. But you would be surprised at how many new bloggers or struggling bloggers make this foolish decision, choosing to waste their time for one person with weird, exotic tastes. What WOULD be worth your time? Write the eBook, self-publish on Amazon and gain access to an audience of hundreds of millions of people. This is smart use of your time because 3 hours of work gives you access to millions of people. Do you see why I promote my Amazon eBooks all day long?
Speaking of, buy my eBook:
because this read melds perfectly with the topic of this blog post. We need turn down or release certain online partnerships that do not resonate with our blog, brand, schedule and overall energy. I released a few of these over the years because I was not resonant with the gig. Accepting out of a sense of guilt, or, loss of opportunity-money, would have completely wasted my time. I would have needed to own that one, big time, because if you say “yes” to an opportunity you do not vibe with, you waste time every split second you engage with the business partner, or, in the business opportunity itself.
Check your value filter. What do you most value? Before you do anything with your blog, ensure this activity aligns with your values. I value writing to help people, I value promoting my eBooks and I value promoting my course, too. Which is why you see me guest posting here and on a gazillion other blogs while publishing 5 or more posts to Blogging From Paradise these days. I spend time on what I value to help more folks, to succeed and to have fun enjoying the ride.
Do the same before you decide to engage in any blogging activity.
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