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The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers

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Reblogged. Thanks Cristian Mihai

Do you want to be a successful blogger? Do ideas for posts randomly pop into your head whenever, wherever? Do you think about ways to improve your blog?

How to write more? Better? Faster?

Do you study what the most successful bloggers have done to get to where they are right now?

You are not alone. I do this too. It’s one of my passions. To see what makes the difference. What works, what doesn’t, and to understand the why. Because of this, I can write cute posts like this one.

Here are the seven best habits to have as a blogger.

1. Effective bloggers are prolific

The first key to being a successful blogger is to write. A lot.

The more you write, the better your writing gets. Talent that does not get used, is wasted. And the more posts you add to your blog, the more juice you’ll get from search engines. And more content means more reader visits to see what’s new.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still an advocate for quality over quantity, but the truth is that effective bloggers work hard. Putting a successful blog together requires a lot of time in front of your computer, and not surfing Facebook or posting pictures of what you had for lunch on Instagram.

Great bloggers put a lot of time into researching, writing, editing, and planning posts for their blogs.

2. Effective bloggers are creative

If you’re ready to take risks you need to come up with creative ideas all the time. The sad part is that, as time goes on, it can feel overwhelming to come up with and act on new ideas that keep adding value to your blog.

If you want to be truly creative you’ll need to keep taking action, and never let self-doubt, the naysayers, or the urge to procrastinate be stronger that your will to succeed.

3. Effective bloggers are really, really, really passionate

You’re passionate about what you blog about, aren’t you?

I know that so many advertise being passionate about your niche that it has become such a cliché, but this does not make it any less true…

Not only do you need to feel strongly about whatever it is your writing, but you also need to make your readers feel it too.

They need to feel your fire.

4. Effective bloggers never stop learning

If you’re new to blogging, you’re probably on a steep learning curve at the moment.

Maybe you tell yourself that things will get better when you’ve been doing it longer.

No, it’s not. It never gets easier, no matter how good you become.

Mostly because you’ll always need to step up your game. Also, because things change very fast.

And you have to keep learning.

If not…

What happens to a building that is not lived in?

A car that is not driven?

Have you ever noticed they decay faster than usual?

The same is your blog. Staying the same means a slow death…

5. Effective bloggers are focused and consistent

Successful bloggers develop a scheduleand stick to it.

They write consistently about their topic of choice, and with a consistent voice and approach. Whether they post three posts a day or two posts a week, their readers know what to expect.

6. Effective bloggers are visible and engaging

A lot of bloggers view comments as a bit of a pain in the dorsal region, so to speak. Yeah, I’m feeling very PG-13 at the moment.

If you think that replying to comments is a waste of your time, you might want to reconsider. And fast. Before you’ll find yourself in “no-comment land.”

Effective bloggers see their blog readers as interesting people who they naturally want to interact with them, not just some statistic. They reply to comments on their blog posts and talk to their readers on other social media because they value them.

The best bloggers focus on creating strong content that resonates with their readers. They’re not afraid to be provocative or share personal stories. They have that unique voice and point of view which creates reader loyalty.

Effective bloggers really talk to people. They show they care, and engage their readers rather than just going through the motions of networking because it has to be done.

7. Effective bloggers are persistent

Did I ever tell you about the Chinese Bamboo tree? No?

Well, the Chinese Bamboo tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing. If there are no results, it is easy to become discouraged and give up.

But then, in the fifth year, something happens. Growth. The tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!

Overnight success is a myth, and top bloggers understand this.

More so, they even count on things being harder than their most pessimistic expectations. Persistence and patience are a top blogger’s best friends.

Successful bloggers don’t give up. They do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes.

What trait do you think is most valuable?

What do you think the most important trait of a top blogger is? It might be one of these seven, or something completely different. Do let me know in the comments section below!

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471 People Can’t Be Wrong!

471 Can 471 readers be wrong? No!

That is the number of hits on my blog today. People read about a young boy with terminal cancer, his Christmas wish, and what he asked from strangers to help him feel better.

They read about how to make a snowglobe, a mosaic bird bath, and what symptoms to look for in Bipolar Disorder.

Some readers enjoyed jokes and funny posts while others suffered with me through posts of some dark depressive days.

I suppose I realized tonight that we’re all in the same boat. Some deal with mental issues, some with physical. Some have relationship problems and others hate their jobs. Some people adore life and all of its trappings, yet I’ve got cyber acquaintences who would like nothing more than to not wake up in the morning.

This blog post is here to thank you. Thank you for being part of my journey and for sharing yours with me. I only approve a minimal number of replys I get on this blog because so many are very personal and raw. Sometimes it’s best to keep our “venting sessions” from taking over.

If you are one of my 471 readers from the last 24 hours, here’s a hug! Let’s keep sharing, loving, and writing!

 

 

Another Versatile Blogger Award ~

I’m thankful to Rainey Daze and Crazy Nights for the kind nomination of the Versatile Blogger Award.  This is my second of this particular award, and I do appreciate it. Rainey’s blog can be viewed from this link: http://rainey46.wordpress.com/author/rainey46/

 

If you accept the Versatile Blogger award, these are the rules that I will send along your way.  Please follow or bend as you feel compelled to do:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post.

2. Tell 7 random things about yourself.

3. Nominate 7 other fabulously versatile bloggers, and tell them you nominated them.

 

Seven random things about me?

1) I’m a bibliophile (I love books).

2) Math is my worst subject, and English and Science are my best.

3) The older I get, the more “hippie” I get

4) Sue Monk Kidd is one of my top ten favorite authors.

5) I run an airpurifier every night in my bedroom

6) My car is paid for

7) I love people

I would like to nominate these bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Blogs I Nominate:

http://lindacapple.blogspot.com/

http://gropingforfocus.blogspot.com/

http://southerngalsview.blogspot.com/

http://alicethroughthemacrolens.wordpress.com/

http://blazingshadows.wordpress.com/

http://maybeihaveabraintumor.wordpress.com/

http://accretionsofstimuli.com/paintings/ (love her painting The Accordian Player)

Now, I’m off to let these bloggers know they were nominated.

Thanks again, Rainey ~

 

 

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

                                           The Versatile Blogger Award

What a kind gesture! fracturedangel at www.themirthofdespair.wordpress.com  nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much, angel!

The rules for it are thesre:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Here are 7 facts about me:

1. If given a choice, I always want to eat sweet and salty together.

2. I can dance until I drop, if it’s Hip Hop music!

3. I was born on the beach in N W Florida and have only been back once. When it was time to come home, I “almost” just stayed and started a new life (seriously).

4. I’m in school to become a funeral director and embalmer.

5. I’m a published author, but have yet to finish my two books to submit for publication. So far, it’s short stories, freelance articles, and poetry.

6. I used to own an antiques mall. I LOVED that work. I had a license to shop (for resale, of course) 😉

7.  Halloween is my favorite holiday (almost tied with Christmas). I love a good scare! Blood punch, “finger” sandwiches, and kitty litter cake! Mwa ha ha ~

Blogs I Nominate:

www.savoringeverybite.wordpress.com

www.agewithattitude.wordpress.com

www.jansthoughtsovercoffee.blogspot.com

www.gropingforfocus.blogspot.com

www.snackface.wordpress.com

www.soulsastray.com/apps/blog

www.halfwaybetweenthegutter.wordpress.com

www.menopausegoddessblog.org

I didn’t post 15 blogs, but I have 3 exams this week (starting tomorrow), so I have to skeedaddle! Love you guys!