In this discourse, I want to impress the subtle aspects of blogging many taken has for granted. Apparently, I have observed that many come ill prepared as they go on their goal of problogging. Monetizing is their immediate concern, and this is their first mistake! They have completely forgotten the crucial elements that will lead them to that end.
Being effective at what you do must be the first area of concern. Every blogger needs to develop the most important aspects about themselves. One needs to have the right attitude to triumph; attitudes that will give you the edge in facing the challenges inherent in the pursuit of success.
Once you have fine-tuned your character to the call of blogging you must resolve to cultivate the following elements to seal your effectiveness.
Passion for Writing
A blog is a form of communication and one must be comfortable with its medium — writing. Don’t go on building your own blogsite if you have difficulty expressing your thought in words. Your posts will be your signature, it will make or break your career as a blogger. It would be wise to develop this skill first — patience is crucial on this one. Many bloggers don’t stay long because of this handicap. Don’t be one of them. Although the alternative of hiring a writer is tempting, there are subtleties only you can express.
In my experience, to be comfortable with writing, you must incorporate it in your daily habit. It may be hard at first but don’t be discouraged. Your mind will cope up and the day will come when you can do it effortlessly. Read good books to develop your understanding of semantics; then practice to write diligently until your thoughts are one with words.
I don’t mean to deprecate on this aspect. Blogging requires intelligence. No, of course not the above average I.Q. many highly regard. By intelligence I mean the deepness of understanding, the level of acumen one applies in dealing with people, situation and contingencies of life.
Intelligence plays an important role on tapping your inner reserves of creativity; by its lack you won’t be able to effectively implement your goal. Prioritize on developing this necessity, it’s very important that you do this. It will greatly alleviate your overall performance in life.
An excellent way to develop your intelligence is by espousing the company of good books — yes, books again! It’s your single most available source of wisdom that will provide you with the necessary insights about the realities of life. Experience, though the greatest teacher, is not as convenient compared to the ready source of timeless knowledge abound in a great book.
Respect and Trust
It takes time and effort to gain the trust and respect of people. But any kind of respect is fragile, and you have to have that will to keep persevering if you want to continue being respected.
Unfortunately, some bloggers are employing detrimental ruses to take advantage of other people. This kind of character may succeed for a while, but will eventually be the victim of their own selfish acts.
Blogging is about connecting with people; of being sensible to their needs, desires and aspirations. To gain respect and trust, you must affect your genuine concern. Don’t make the common mistake of pushing your brand to your reader’s throat. Instead, think of how you will address their needs. Extend your hand. And perhaps in gratitude, they may reciprocate by considering what you are offering.
Wisdom of the blindfolded archer
What do you think will happen if a blindfolded archer fires his arrow? Of course he will miss the mark; his inability to see the target displaces his aim. In blogging, as well as in any other pursuit, one must see his target clearly. The metaphor of the blindfold represents the challenges of everyday life — failure, discouragement, bogeyman, criticisms, fear, anxiety, bills, frigid wife, unfaithful husband; if you allow these on your mind you’ll never hit the mark no matter how much you aim.
Life will unfold the way it has to. Don’t waste your time brooding — heaven and earth will not concede to you. Clear you mind of anything that will mire you further in despair, see straight ahead and lock on your target. Live each day with the effort of going one step closer to the bullseye.
Embodying thy uniqueness
This is a very neglected virtue among many. We always seek conformity: afraid to express our true self. Everybody seeks to be someone, not realizing that they can be somebody in their own way. Many bloggers aspire to be the likes of top bloggers in the blogosphere — unaware that these prominent bloggers rose by embracing and trusting their own uniqueness.
Ubiquitous is the criterion that a good blog possesses uniqueness. However, many failed on this account simply because they are stifling their own distinctiveness. Remember, your uniqueness is your asset; find an appropriate use for it. Don’t be wobbled by criticisms as long as you’re not doing anything wrong.
To anchor this principle I want to ask you what would happen if Einstein had allowed himself to be swayed by the mockery of his time? Certainly, this world as we know it could never be the same. His uniqueness embodied in all of his works had made him the greatest scientist of all time.
Oftentimes as we go on through our daily activities in life, we never give any thoughts about engaging our self to things that will bring advancement to our life. We always settle in the status quo and prefer laziness over the prospect of developing our self. Many bloggers are trying to be what they are not. But it only takes a distinctive blogger to rise among the top. Be one of them.