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?
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?
I do nothing on my own.
Everything is a team effort.
As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.
One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.
What’s It Look Like?
Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.
How to Grow Your Network
Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.
But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.
Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.
Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?
Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.
I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.
Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls
I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.
Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.
Most Bloggers Never Level Up
Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.
Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.
Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up
Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.
The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.
If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.
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