5 Habits of Successful Bloggers

Success reads pretty much like a recipe. You can describe it as a number of habits. Simple, right? Yes. Simple. Not easy, but simple. And most people expect easy and simple.You shouldn’t.

But these habits make the difference between successful bloggers and somewhat successful ones. Or ex-bloggers.

1. They are consistent.

Consistency is key here. This is not the hundred meter dash, it’s a marathon. Successful bloggers have a schedule and stick to it. Forget about writing brilliantly. Have a schedule and stick to it no matter what.

You don’t have to post every day. You can do so every other day, every week… it doesn’t matter. What matters most is that people can rely on you. Readers know what to expect, know when they’re going to get more content.

Being predictably reliable is one of the surest ways to get readers to keep coming back for more.

2. They feel deeply about the subject matter of their blog.

No human being on this planet managed to please everyone else, so don’t even try. Don’t try to write what’s popular, don’t copy other folks who are doing well. You’ll just water down your own voice.

Do you know why people read? They want to feel something. They want to feel a part of something greater than themselves, they want to feel inspired or even get angry.

So write what you feel strongly about. Yes, some people will hate it, some will disagree, but it will all make for great dialogue in the comments section anyway.

If there’s something that makes you cry, that elicits this kind of reaction from you, write about that. You’ll need courage to do it, but if you don’t have the guts for that, maybe blogging isn’t for you.

3. They offer one of two things: information or entertainment.

People read blogs for information on topics, for information they can use for various skills, or for entertainment. Because it makes them laugh or smile or inspires them to act or think in a certain way.

Successful bloggers know this and use it to their own advantage. They don’t blog about their daily chores, about stuff no one cares about. Unless you’re incredibly famous, no one cares about your day to day life.

But even though you’re not incredibly famous, everyone one wants to read something that they can relate to, that adds value to their own lives.

Ask yourself: is what I am blogging adding value to other people’s lives? What am I accomplishing with this blog?

People will come back for more, if they learn something new from the stuff that you write.

4. They are not afraid to take a stand.

Because successful bloggers feel deeply about the subject matter of their blog, they are not afraid to tell it as it is, even if this is going to piss some people off. If they feel there’s something wrong with something, they say it. They have opinions and articulate those opinions, without regard to what others might feel or say.

The written word has long been used to give voice to those who had none. To help the oppressed against the oppressor. To give hope and courage. To give meaning to one’s life. To find meaning and translate it and give its powers to other people.

You can’t do that if you’re afraid to take a stand, if you’re afraid of someone from far away disagreeing with you. On the Internet.

5. They know it takes time.

It takes time to become good at this. It takes time to develop an audience. It takes time to develop a unique approach to blogging. It takes time.

Successful bloggers know that if they invest the time, they’ll have the results.

Failure is temporary. But so is success.

On a final note, I’d like to say that no amount of failure is ever fatal. Intelligence isn’t fixed, so neither is talent. We’re just a bunch of skills, and we can develop those. We can evolve at a rate that just scares Mother Nature. But we still can’t do it overnight.

That being said, success is also not final. You reach the top of the mountain… at some point you’ll have to come down.

Ups and downs… that’s what every successful blogger has experienced, that’s what the successful blogger knows to expect.

Ever changing like the seasons, like day and night, it is an inexorable law of life.

So expect the good days, knowing full well there will also be some bad days ahead as well.

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19 comments on “5 Habits of Successful Bloggers

  1. What a great massive and timely encouragement to me. Thank you so much.💝💝

  2. I never thought that I’m doing these things for 5 years.

  3. aloathersguide says:

    #4 still gives me fits at time. I know what I write about isn’t always popular or even interesting to those who aren’t on a healing or writing journey. I feel sick inside when I hit publish some days and have to step away from the computer.

  4. A timely comment, as I am “celebrating” five years of my blog and was wondering what to say other than just using it as a puff piece, so a set of comments like this is good to bounce ideas off of.
    Tx

  5. Something I am learning now…you have to put in time. In the beginning, I would post and just wait for people to follow or respond. You have to be active. Great post!

  6. mexploring says:

    Great points, and I like your writing style in this post. Kinda “don’t try to please everyone” approach. And what resonates with me the most is why people read – for feelings. we do so many things for feelings – and fail to see it somehow! and this is what blogging is to me – doing it for the sheer joy of doing. Hoping that someone may find his feeling in reading.

  7. Ochman says:

    Great post. I would add “You get what you give”. What I mean is that if you contribute valuable input and commentary to other blogs, you will find that people will also contribute to your blog. Ultimately, passion must be the fuel to consistent delivery of valuable blogs.

  8. Thanks for the inspiration! As a new blogger, I needed to read something like this.

  9. TN says:

    Since i finally took the first step to start blogging, this post made me smile more than the sandwhich i just ate!
    Thankyou and keep up the inspirational work.

  10. Rekha Sahay says:

    nice suggestions.

  11. lynny16 says:

    This was a great read. I just started my blog about 3 weeks ago and I keep beating myself up because my audience isn’t growing fast enough. Thank you for this advice; I have to remember that it will take time.

  12. Good post. Thanks. I like the part about being passionate about something. After all, that’s what attracts us to people. the same is true about blogs,

  13. Thank you for this post. I am new to blogging and it is hard to start off. This gave me a lot to think about. Very helpful.

  14. KJ Smith says:

    Thank you for this article. It was very helpful and inspiring.

  15. Great tips!! I’ll definitely have to work on posting on regular basis! Life get’s hectic, but by planning and prescheduling, I’ll try to keep it up!! xoxo Sarah

  16. Thank you for posting this. The tips are a great insight.

  17. K.M Loughlin says:

    An honest read, gives me hope for my writing!

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