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Newbie Blogger

Newbie bloggers, look away now. You don’t need to know this. You’re a babbling brook of sparkling innocence.

That’s a great way to be. Keep those wonder-goggles on for as long as you can.

And as for the rest of us, who have been in this game longer that we’d like to admit?

Experienced bloggers and business owners always have a ton to say to newbies. We like to believe we know it all. We’ve conquered the jungle, earned our stripes.

But maybe, just maybe, we can learn a thing or two from newbie bloggers.

What do newbie bloggers know that’s all too easy to forget once you’ve been fighting in the ring for a while?

(I know, I know, you weren’t born yesterday. Neither was I. Stay with me on this one).

Getting Ahead Isn’t Everything

Yes, if you’re a business owner, it’s vital that your business survives and even thrives.

But you don’t need to be at the head of the pack to do good work.

It’s good to do things for sheer, unadulterated joy. Follow your heart. Drop your ulterior motives and just have fun.

Instead of creating content to draw a crowd, write something that makes your heart sing. Do it because it makes you feel alive.

I don’t know about you, but feeling alive is way more important than having a piece of content go viral. (Although that feels pretty good, too.)

People Are Made of Stardust

The good folks over at the Institute of Physics confirm that stardust is what we’re all made of, saying, “It sounds like a line from a poem, but there is some solid science behind this statement” (perhaps not realising that it is a line from a poem).

We’re all fearfully and wonderfully made, as the good book says. We’re all human beings with blood pumping through our veins, with our own hopes, fears, and dreams.

Sure, other people can help you up the ladder. But remember that they’re people, and it can be just as fun to sit back and enjoy their company.

There’s stardust and magic all around. Don’t forget that.

Stats Aren’t Everything

Tracking your numbers is where it’s at if you’re serious about blogging and social media. You see what works and do more of it.

But stats aren’t everything. Chase numbers too far, and you can lose sight of why you started blogging in the first place.

Remember to take time to tune into what matters to you. Blogging is about finding the balance between doing what you care about and doing what gets clicks.

Speaking of numbers…

Small Is Beautiful

Building up a huge tribe of followers is great for your business. We’d never discourage it.

But small is beautiful, too. You don’t need a big community to have great discussions. In fact, having too many people talking can get in the way of conversation.

When you only have a handful of followers, you can get to know all of them in-depth.

Even if you’re a superstar who’s always in the spotlight, you need a small community of friends you can trust and who have always got your back.

So don’t just use social media to fuel your marketing or as an ego boost. Get out there and talk to people. Join Google Plus communities and Twitter chats. Have fun!

You Don’t Need All the Answers to Do Good Work

Blogging’s a journey. Newbie bloggers don’t always know a great deal about the topic they’ll be writing about. They figure, “I can learn by writing.” And their fresh eyes give them a unique perspective.

When you’ve been blogging on a subject for several years, you can start to feel like you should know all the answers. Many of your readers will hold you to that impossible standard.

The truth is, no one knows everything. We’re all still on the blogging journey, and we’re all learning every day.

Remember, you don’t need to know all the answers to do good work. And often you’ll do your best work when you’re stretching yourself, when you’re learning and exploring.

And while you’re out exploring, remember…

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

Truth is, if you’re learning and growing you will make mistakes.

Make avoiding failure your aim, and you’ll avoid doing anything. In other words, you’ve got two options:

  • Fail forward; or
  • Stand still (and stagnate)

There’s no point in making mistakes for the sake of it. Once you’ve learned from your mistakes, don’t repeat them. But remember to keep experimenting.

Dream Big!

When you start out as a blogger, anything seems possible. You’ll build up a huge tribe, write an eBook series, blog every day, and become the go-to expert in your niche.

Yeah, riiiiight. Right? Well, maybe.

It’s not always possible to do everything you want. But without big dreams to drive you forward, you’ll stay stuck where you are. Dreams are the fuel for your soul. They’re what get out of bed in the morning and give you your mojo.

If your blog or business is growing and you want to take it to the next level, you can always hire help. Admitting you can’t do everything yourself is part of making your dreams happen.

Curiosity Matters

Curiosity is the opposite of cynicism.

Cynicism says: “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.”

Curiosity says: “That was a pretty cool t-shirt. I wonder what would happen if I went there again?”

Curiosity keeps your heart open and pushes you to constantly challenge yourself.

So drop your cynicism and stay curious. You never know where you’ll arrive when you start chasing rainbows.

Newbie Bloggers: What do You Think?

If you kept reading, well you’re here now. So let us know your thoughts in the comments. What would you say experienced bloggers can learn from you?

Blogging Scam

You want your blog to succeed, right? How badly do you want it?

Do you want your blog to make you famous? Do you want to be somebody? Perhaps you want to be the next Brian Clark or Marie Forleo?

None of us like the thought that we’re just a drop in the ocean. We want to be more than that, right?

Scammers use what we most want to take advantage of us. That’s why they’re so effective.

So you’d better watch out.

To that end, I thought I’d best warn you about this guy.

There’s a swindler in town, and he’s out to wreck your blog. This con artist will do anything he can to derail your content marketing and destroy everything you’ve done online.

Trouble is, he’s an experienced operator. He’ll do anything he can to keep himself invisible.

And this being the worldwide web, he can operate anywhere he chooses. In fact, most of what pass for “blogs” are in his control. And they wonder why they don’t have any readers.

He pretends he’s working in your best interests. But of course, that’s a lie. He’s probably working his game on you right now. And you don’t even know it. Until I call him out. Then his game’s up.

Let’s get this guy flubbing.

What’s in it for him? If I could, I’d tell you. But it’s a mystery to me, too.

You see, he’s someone close to you. Someone you’d think would be on your side. He should be rooting for you. Instead, he’s on the take.

Are you onto him yet?

Let me tell you this guy’s name. Maybe you’ll recognize him. You’ve no doubt been introduced before. He’s called Mr. Ego.

Say, “How do you do?” politely. Mr. Ego will like that. He likes things to run his own way. And he likes to be the center of attention.

When you sit down to write your blog, he’ll have all kinds of wonderful ideas you could write about. And they’ll all be about him. Because he’s just fabulous. He wants all your readers to find out all about him.

But he’s missing a vital piece of the puzzle. Mr. Ego is several sandwiches short of a picnic.

Truth is, none of your readers give a damn about Mr. Ego. They’re not at all interested in him, his antics, or what he has to say.

Write your blog about yourself, and you’ll scare your readers away. That’s what Mr. Ego wants you to do. He’s very persuasive. Don’t listen to him!

Instead, make your blog about your readers and what they need. That way, you’ll draw a crowd. And your blog will thrive.

So go on, join me in giving that barracuda the boot. From today, make your blog about your readers. You – and they – will be delighted you did.

blog reader love

Readers are the life and soul of any blog.

A blog without an audience might as well not exist. It would be like a business without customers.

Your readers matter to you (or at least they should). So what can you do to show that you care?

1. Listen to What Your Readers Want

What do you readers need from you? If you don’t know, it’s time you asked or started doing some research.

Blogging isn’t creative writing. Creative writing is all about the writer and what’s important to him or her. Blogging is all about the reader. To be a good blogger, you need to know what’s important to your readers. That way you can give them what they’re looking for in your blog posts, and they’ll keep coming back for more.

What if it’s early days for your blog, and you’re building up your reader numbers? You can still listen out for what your potential readers want. Check out forums in your niche to see the common questions people have.

2. Talk to Your Readers

You don’t just have to listen to your readers. In fact, it’s even better if you start a conversation with them.

There are plenty of places online to talk to your readers. The best of all is in the comments section of your blog,. Comments are an extension of your blog post – they add even more for your readers to dig their teeth into. Make sure you take the time to reply to every comment.

You can also talk to your readers on social media. On your blog, encourage your readers to follow you on Twitter and to like your Facebook page. That way you create another forum for discussion. Start conversations by asking questions, or just join in with what your readers are already talking about.

3. Be Available

I recommend making your email address readily accessible. Spam blockers are so effective these days that you don’t have anything to worry about there.

Why is this good for your readers? Because then they can ask you questions privately.

Readers are often more honest in emails about their struggles, so you’ll gain extra insight into what your readers really want from your blog. They’ll also be delighted when you respond.

4. Say Thank You

A blog is a community. Your blog wouldn’t exist without your readers. Remind your readers that they matter by saying thank you.

The best times to say thank you are at caring, sharing times of year, such as festivals. In the US, Christmas and Easter work well. At these times, publish a thank you blog post in the festive spirit.

It’s also a good idea to say thank you individually to your readers, especially to those who frequently comment on your blog or who share your content on social media. Send them a tweet, or even better, drop them an email. You’re someone they look up to, so they’ll be excited to hear from you.

5. Write Awesome Content

Content is the bedrock of any blog. Putting your best into everything you write is the minimum you can do to show your readers that you care. It’s also a way of showing new readers that you care. They haven’t yet talked to you, but they can see from your writing that they matter to you.

As a bonus, awesome content gets shared, so you’ll pull in even more new readers.