The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging

It’s easy to get discouraged when reading about the millions and millions of other folks who also blog.

The good news?

Most of them kind of suck, because they never bother to do a bit of research, to learn from their mistakes, so they keep doing them over and over again.

What about you? Are you guilty of committing these seven deadly sins of blogging?

1. Greed

Also known as the “me, me, me syndrome.”

If every post you write is all about you, your job, your life, your problems, then you’re not going to have a good time.  It’s perfectly acceptable to write a more personal post on occasion, but this blogging thing is about providing value.

You offer others information. Maybe it’s something that helps them solve a problem or two. Maybe it even makes them laugh. Maybe all you’re providing is a cure for boredom, a temporary escape from what is commonly reffered as adult life syndrome – yeah, I just made that up. But it’s true though: if you can make the working dead come back to life with a good joke, then you’re on your way to fame and fortune.

Or so the legend goes.

The idea is that you give. You give every single day. More and more.

And then, after having given an awful lot, you get to ask for something in return. And about 1% of all those who you have given to will give something to you too.

This is mind-boggling to a lot of people. It’s like… impossible. You give 100% of what you have to offer, and get 1% back. That’s an unfair trade.

Is it now?

Because if what you give attracts enough people, you’ll be getting a lot of 1% from folks. Like a lot. A lot more than the 100% that you offer.

This also works because the vast majority of people are into coping, not thriving. They have a hard time even accepting the abundance of the world around them. They get so caught up in their own little lives that they have become sort-of like Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean:

Take what you can, give nothing back.

I can tell you that I have operated out of scarcity for a long time. Years and years, and you get into such a ridiculous state that if you’d be a bit more self-aware you’d realize that most folks have no clue if you have anything to offer, because you have never offered them anything.

2. Sloth

You know that terrible cliche that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard?

Well, it’s true.

A blog needs fresh content on a frequent basis unless you want your readers to forget who you are. They’ll think you popping up in their e-mail inbox is a spam, and then unsubscribe.

Everything is hard work, in one way or another. Take a look around. Everything that is alive is fighting to survive, competing against other species, doing its best not to get eaten.

Why would you think we are different? Why would you think blogging is different?

Because of the “do what you love, love what you do” cliche? That if it’s your passion, then it’s supposed to be effortless?

It’s not. It never is. That’s just a fairytale.

You got to work hard, and it’s going to feel like its name implies, meaning hard, and you’ll feel like procrastinating, and when you do, remember my words: “Someone else is working while you’re acting lazy and being all Netflix and chill, and then you won’t have any excuse to complain.”

3. Envy

Are you frustrated because of all the bloggers who seem to be having success? Getting comments and all that? Do you spend time reading their posts, thinking they are in no means better than you, while secretly wishing you could be just like them?

Aren’t you wasting your time by doing that?

Shouldn’t you be focusing on your own content, asking yourself whether or not your blog sucks?

Don’t know. Just saying.

4. Pride

The original sin. The most serious of the seven deadly sins. The source of all the others.

You believe that you are the greatest blogger to ever live We are lucky to even read your posts. No one can teach you, because you already everything you need to know.

What you don’t know, doesn’t matter, because it won’t work anyway.

You don’t get much feedback, not because your content is lame, but because readers are just stupid, cow-eyed folks who don’t have the intellectual ability to appreciate great blogging when they see it.

You write mostly about yourself, because, well, you’re the greatest blogger to ever live.

5. Wrath

If you have this uncontrollable rage within you, then it’s difficult to see both sides of a coin. There’s good and bad in every situation, and discussing that with your readers will make them trust you more.

Also, if your blog is all rants and hate and trashing others, that’s not going to do you much good.

The truth is that you need to be careful what kind of energy your writing transmits. Is it positive? It is helpful? Is it kind? No? Then turn off your computer and take a break from writing.

6. Gluttony

I’d define this as an excessive desire for something that isn’t that important to begin with. It’s the guys who spend half their time online checking stats and tricks to get traffic that never seem to have much fun blogging.

It seems like a waste of time and energy.

This too shall pass, as they say.

Enjoy every single view, comment, like. Those are people. They took time from their busy schedule to read something you wrote. Don’t go around looking for more just yet. Take a moment to appreciate that. It’s magic.

Then you can work towards getting more people to read your content.

7. Lust

I define lust as this strong desire that ultimately makes you miserable, because you have no patience at all. You want it all, and you want it now.

And the truth is that there’s not a blogger in the world, not even the incredibly popular, who didn’t have to go through a period of almost no feedback in the first few months of blogging.

It takes time to grow an audience, to become better at your craft.

Patience is your best friend.

And, truth be told, we screw up a lot of things when we want it too much. Passion becomes something else, something that consumes us from the inside. We can no longer enjoy the moment, because we’re anxious about this grand future we have imagined for ourselves.

 


Are you a sinner? Are you a saint?

No matter.

As they say, every sinner has a future, and every saint has a past.

And, yeah, making a blog is easy, calling yourself a blogger is easy. Writing some words is easy.

But writing the right words, in the right order, and offering them to your readers at the right time, that’s a lot more difficult than a lot of people care to admit.

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25 thoughts on “The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging

  1. Definitely great points to consider.
    One question, though. One is “positivity” so highly celebrated? Is it really just so we can forget about our struggles for a moment? So that we can get lost in a fairy-tale? I understand getting rid of toxic people in your life, but I don’t understand the blind follow of the happy-go-lucky theme.That’s just not what life is.

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    • The natural state of any human being is suffering. Not because life’s tough, but because you are aware you’re going to die. That’s a terrible thing to be aware of. Also, yes, the uncertainty of the world does contribute to that.

      Anything that helps us forget that, it’s more than welcome.

      But I believe that being positive has other benefits, such as being more productive, enjoying the little things in life, being more grateful, more calm…

      It’s not the only way to get things done, but it’s the only that can be easily sustained without hurting yourself in the long run. You can use anger, you can use hatred, most of us use fear, actually. We’re not running towards what we want, but running away from what we do not want.

      The idea is never to see life as it is. The idea is to see life in a way that serves you.

      We do not want a truth, but rather a comforting lie.

      Because the truth is that we do not know what life is, what any of this means, what are we supposed to do.

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      • I get where you’re coming from, but I don’t like wearing rose colored glasses. I’m a realist. Good or bad, I take it and use it. Whether as hope, or as a learning experience. Turning my back on the negatives and only facing the positives seems fake. A lie. I prefer the dark truth.

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        • It’s a lie that comforts a lot of people.

          What I find funny is that people who get it in this life always embrace this uncertain nature of life. They’re not that optimistic about things. They know that we know nothing, and that most things don’t make much sense unless you purposefully brainwash yourself or let others do it for you. Yet, most people cannot handle this. Cannot handle the chaos of the world around them, and choose to ignore this reality.

          There’s quite a lot to talk about this, and it ties to certain theories of mine that not as mainstream as they should be.

          People have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that their blogs should provide value to others, let alone understand that how strange the world truly is.

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          • A very interesting topic, indeed. A friend, just the other day, was telling me how they would have preferred if another person lied to them and said everything they wanted to hear. I couldn’t believe it. To me, it’s a bit cowardly.

            As far as blogging is concerned – “there’s a lid for every pot”.

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  2. Well said. The Seven Deadlies always apply, in any arena. You have a great knack for combining hard-nosed realism with a deeply positive undercurrent. And then there’s this, in the comments: “The natural state of any human being is suffering. Not because life’s tough, but because you are aware you’re going to die.” This is why I love the literature of Eastern Europe. Cheers.

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