The truth sets you free, blogging-wise.
If you want to be successful and if you want to taste sweet blogging success, be free by being straight with yourself. Brilliant concept, right? Awesome concept. Yet so many bloggers refuse to accept this basic truth, lying to themselves, deluding themselves, not seeing themselves in the light of truth. I recall driving 3 visitors daily to my blog. I buried my head in the sand for a bit, wondering why I struggled terribly to drive any semblance of blog traffic, being mystified. Turns out, I barely published content and did not network at all.
Fast forward 10 years; I rarely check stats, but stumbled across the fact that I have over 13,500 backlinks to Blogging From Paradise. I pitched only 2 bloggers for guest posting opportunities. 99,99999% of those links flowed to me, without me even asking for a link or feature or mention. How? Why? 10 years ago, I became truthful with myself. I did not put in the thousands of hours of generous creating and connecting one needs put in to become a successful blogger. What formed the bridge between 3 visitors daily to my old blog and 13,500 backlinks to my new blog? The truth. I told myself the truth. The truth set me free. Turns out, if you want to be free of struggle and failure, simply doing the uncomfortable thing of telling yourself the truth makes all the difference in the world.
Be Straight with Yourself
Stop blaming people, things or circumstances for your blogging failure. 100% of the time, you are the cause of your blogging failure. But check this; 100% of the time, you are the root cause of your blogging success. WHOA! Neat concept, right? The moment you own your failure you are free to own your blogging success too because you are at the center of it all.
Never ever blame Google or your cheap readers or clients who refuse to pay you for your blogging ills. Think like a winner. Write and publish your next blog post. Write and publish your next guest post. Help someone else. Be generous. Move on. A few moments ago, Paypal released a payment for me after a 21 day holding period. I opened a new account in June. 6 months later, after many 7-14-21 days holds, for some reason, Paypal puts another 21 day hold on my cash. Did I complain? Nope. I simply sent support a DM on Twitter to ask for the status on my hold. Today, I received the cash and transferred to my bank account.
What did I do during the 21 day hold time? Publish 210 to 300 pieces of content to promote my eBooks, to expand brand awareness and to keep helping people. But of course, most bloggers are not straight with themselves, wasting time complaining about Paypal and their policies, versus spending virtually all of their time in generous service to other human beings. Check yourself up, from the neck up. Be honest with yourself if some event triggers fears and lead to complaining, whining or moaning. I have largely freed myself from blogging struggles because I am honest with myself and how I feel. Do the same if you want to experience sweet, freeing blogging success.