7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Let Awesome Blogs Keep You From Achieving Stardom

A guest post by Carolina Baker of GirlHabits

Being a newbie blogger attempting the impossible task of merging a product and a blog, I chose to tackle a topic very close and dear to my heart.

As I’m showing love to my fellow bloggers, sometimes their greatness doesn’t motivate me to keep blogging. I find myself so amazed by their material, vision, purpose, and comments that I want to give up blogging altogether.

You might be asking why an inexperienced blogger is writing about creating an awesome blog.

Regardless of how small or big we are, we all know how hard it is to stay motivated.

I admire and look up to many bloggers, so here are the best ways to stay on track and to not let a little stardom outshine you and your blog.

1. You haven’t quit your job, so it’ll still be there

I sometimes wonder if little old me can really measure up to Leo’s, Chloe’s, Jean’s, and Katie’s stardom.

My wonder turns into doubt and then I’ll ask myself: Do I really have anything to offer the Blogging world? That seed of doubt suddenly transmogrifies into the size of a watermelon.

“Of course you have nothing to offer! Why are you even trying? Look at Leo, Katie, Chloe, and Jean. You missed the bandwagon on this one, Kiddo!”

You probably know the drill from here. Once you convince yourself you got nothing, creativity is already long gone, and you’ll stare at the computer screen for hours. Everything else seems more fun and doable than writing, so you’ll get up, relieved to have a house to clean and laundry to wash. You’ve blogged nothing, and your blank screen is proof enough you failed.

The next day, you get up, go to work, and continue your life.

Stop right there.

Because that’s just it. Your life goes on, regardless. It’s the fact you made the choice to blog that matters. Make the most of it, worry-free, stress-free, and enjoy the ride.

If you choose to blog, choose it well. Life is always waiting on the other side.

2. Nobody but you can speak your truth

What makes Leo, Chloe, Jean, and Katie successful? They speak their truths and write about their passions. That’s great news for newbie bloggers because nobody else can speak our truths. We’ve got a unique opportunity to find that truth, market it, and use it to our blog’s advantage.

How do you find your truth?

  • Brainstorm about what speaks to your soul (example: healthy lifestyle).
  • Breakdown your passion into more manageable angles (example: exercise/nutrition/healthy habits).
  • Develop and Expand your Subtopics (example: How to exercise/What not to eat/ How to stress less).

Tip: It has to feel right. If the writing feels like you’re getting a root canal, it probably isn’t your best work to date. Take a break or reconsider your angle.

3. Practice makes perfect
I recently gave up coffee and the first few weeks were tough. I felt like I was yawning my way through the days. When I hit the one month mark, I suddenly stopped yawning. My body had weaned itself off caffeine and I felt great.

How does this relate to blogging?

It is tough. Sometimes it will feel a little awkward or a bit alien. But the more you do it, the better you’ll get. Before you know it, you’ll be dying to hit the keyboard to reconnect with your internet friends.

4. People are rooting for you…even if it doesn’t feel like it

I recently launched a business and it’s taught me a thing or two about people. They want you to succeed. I’ve gotten rejected multiple times but nothing compares to the feeling of having people tell me they believe in my product so much they’re going to carry it in their stores.

When it feels like nobody is rooting for you, think again. They are. Refocus and write an entry or two for those loyal followers. They are counting on you to keep going and they want to see your best work.

5. If you don’t try, you’ll never learn

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather.

After graduating from college, I tried public accounting and hated it. I studied pre-med to become a doctor and my heart wasn’t in it. I even applied to become a CIA spy but chose not to take the job because I didn’t want to leave my family and friends.

It took me a while to find my path. But when I did, I was grateful and satisfied. Had I not failed, I would have never found the path that works for me.

Blogging is the same. If you don’t try, fail, pick yourself up and regroup, you’ll never learn what works for you and for your readers.

6. You can never have too many online friends

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from a woman in Romania. I’d connected with her months back regarding a product I sell. She told me she searched my homepage code and noticed my website was search engine blocked. She ended her email on a kind note, telling me she believed in my product and would love it if my website were to come up in Google, Technorati, and Yahoo as that would translate into more sales. I was grateful she informed me of this major flaw.

As a result of a simple link exchange, I got a friend who indirectly upped my internet sales for the month.

In your pursuit of blogging, don’t be afraid to reach out to others and collaborate with people in your niche. You can also help others more established by retweeting your favorite posts or posting them to your facebook profile. Remember it’s the little things that count.

7. No comments doesn’t mean nobody’s reading

The other day, I received a message from a high school friend telling me she loved my blog. I hadn’t heard from her in years and she had never left a comment. But her message prompted various emails about the details of our current lives. Another close friend messaged me a few days later telling me I was going to love the purses she was making because she knew I was obsessed with crocheting. I’d written about crocheting on my blog and hadn’t spoken to her about it. I was oblivious these types of followers existed.

Comments make us feel good, smart, and loved. But always remember that no comments doesn’t mean no readers. They are there, lurking in the backwaters, waiting to be hooked. And some of your most precious readers might never comment at all. Knowing they exist makes the newbie blogging journey a lot less lonely for all of us.

Summary: Be kind to yourself. Learn, Live, and Let Go. Stay committed to your blog, your vision, and your loyal followers, and you’ll succeed.

Your Turn: How do you stay motivated amongst all the greatness?

Author Bio: Carolina Baker writes at GirlHabits where she shares tips on balance and authenticity. You can contact her via twitter, facebook, or GirlHabits.

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91 Responses to 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Let Awesome Blogs Keep You From Achieving Stardom

  1. Murlu September 23, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, Carolina.

    The web has this weird way of really dampening our goals because everywhere we look, all we see is success, success, success.

    The problem is that almost all of these people have put years upon years into their work but we only see the results.

    I can quickly become discouraging to see yet another post go unnoticed but in reality it’s not – that harks on people not commenting, because a lot of people do read but may not have anything to say.

    Over time, everything starts tricking in. You get your first comment, then another, retweets, discussions, linked to and on and on. You just have to keep at it and ‘nevermind the bollocks’ 😀
    Murlu recently posted..The Lazy Man’s Guide To Creating Captivating Blog Posts

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 9:17 am #

      Murlu, you are so right that we don’t see the years of effort that go into super successful blogs. That’s why I loved the problogger posts yesterday by Darren and Naomi Dunford. Naomi’s especially really showed the thorny side of the rose.

      When it comes to commenting, most people don’t. Even blogs with hundreds of thousands of readers normally only get 100-200 comments which is a pretty teeny percentage of the readership.

  2. carolina September 23, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Murlu – thanks for your comment. :) I think Jean touches upon a lot of early blogger’s worries on her blog quite well – by posting about humming to your own tune, being a rebel blogger…these are things that always motivate me to keep blogging regardless of how “far” away I seem from the “perfect blog,” etc.

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 9:22 am #

      Hi Carolina. First of all, thanks for writing this encouraging post!

      I think we all struggle with ‘what’s-the-use?’ syndrome from time-to-time when confronted by awesome blogs and the talents of their creators. And it’s funny, really, because while we’re feeling inadequate compared to someone we admire, someone else may be feeling inadequate because of us.

      All the more reason to follow our own path and take encouragement from your seven reasons!

  3. Judy Adamson September 23, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    I don’t get discouraged too often…..yet! But when I do it’s pretty awful and your wonderful post will be sure to help me through it next time it happens. I think your point about readers who don’t actually comment (lurkers!)is particularly encouraging. Thank You!
    Judy Adamson recently posted..How to Make Money from your Greeting Card Designs – Part 1

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Judy. I read lots of blogs but can’t comment much anymore because I don’t have enough hours in the day–especially now that I’m gone helping my Dad so much. I think most readers are busy–they’re reading but need to keep on moving rather than slowing down to comment.

      • carolina September 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

        Judy/Jean – I love the idea of lurkers….Like secret angels watching your back. They’re there and if you know they’re there, its a comforting thought in this big big Blogging world.
        carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

  4. Alex Yong September 23, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Hi Carolina,

    I could not agree more with you. Your points are very truthful and profound and really touch my heart and inspire me to continue my blogging endeavor.

    I do get discouraged at times, but I don’t compare myself with others and can’t be like them. I just need to be myself, believe in myself and do what I love. This is a motivation for me.

    I love your summary – Be kind to yourself. Learn, Live, and Let Go. Stay committed to your blog, your vision, and your loyal followers, and you’ll succeed – this is a fabulous motivation for me.

    Thanks for this wonderful post.
    Alex Yong recently posted..What Is The Meaning Of Life

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Alex. I’m so glad you found encouragement in Carolina’s post. You’re on the right path by believing in yourself and staying true to that!

      • carolina September 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

        Alex – Thank you so much for the sweet words. :)
        I have a tendency to always be truthful – it helps me cope with my doubts and anything in life. I think we all connect through honesty and authenticity, so I try my hardest to just be me – imperfections and all.
        carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

  5. Srinivas Rao September 23, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    This a great reminder for the early stage bloggers out there. Having done this for just a little over a year, I can totally understand what anybody is going through of if they are an early stage bloggers. The Practice makes perfect is so true. I encourage all of you to go back and look at the very first posts of some successful bloggers.Usually they are nothing epic, and they have almost no comments.There are always people reading whether you realize it or not. You’d be amazed at how much of an impact you are having. Finally, I’d say forget about the numbers for a while. If you use numbers as your motivation in the early days you’ll lose the motivation really fast. The one major secret that bloggers who even reach 1000 subscribers have is that they have stuck it out.

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Srinivas, I’m a big believer in the ‘keep on keeping on’ philosophy.

      We’re going to get discouraged sometimes. Things will happen that will put our plans into the trash can, and our growth might stall or even go backwards a bit for a time. But if we just keep going and correct our course when needed, we can do amazing things.

      Thanks for your encouragement and inspiration.

      • carolina September 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

        Srinivas – I’m so big on rereading and editing. Its so helpful. Sometimes, I think I’ve written a great post…but then I reread it and edit it and TADA, it becomes even better. Practice does make perfect. And if you enjoy the task of improving and writing, this is the world we’re meant to be in.
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  6. Karen September 23, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Carolina,

    It’s important to realize that you are not in competition with anyone else and you have a unique voice that can be heard over everyone elses, because everyone brings something unique. I think the first step is the hardest when blogging and then you realize how proud of yourself for taking that first step, when so many others have let their fear stop them. It’s one foot in front of the other (or one article published after another, in the case of blogging). Good luck and hang in there!

    Karen
    Karen recently posted..Why We Sabotage Ourselves and How to Stop

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 11:00 am #

      I love your comment, Karen. Everyone does bring something unique to the blogging party. No voice is ‘better’ than another. What’s music to my ears might be noise to someone else’s.

    • carolina September 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

      Karen,
      I would totally agree with you. The thing I most struggle with is the doubt that I have nothing new to say that someone amazing hasn’t done so already. But I have realized that, YES I DO have something amazing to say. And usually that allows me to keep on trucking.
      carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

      • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

        And the cool thing is that even if someone has already said it, they’ve never said it exactly as we will.

  7. Devesh September 23, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Hey Carolina,

    Really great Post.

    You’ve made fantastic points. I love the point “If you don’t try, you’ll never learn”. Great !!

    Your post is really amazing and truthful.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post carolina!

    ~Dev
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    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 11:02 am #

      Dev, you provide an excellent example of how a blog can grow when its creator works hard and stays authentic.

  8. rob white September 23, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Great reminder, Carolina. We never see the years of persistence and struggle with those that are at the top… but I guarantee that anyone at the top of anything has endured years of “thankless” effort. Victory loves the sincerely persistent.

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 11:04 am #

      This reminds me of how often we hear about ‘overnight success’ stories in entertainment. In reality, most of those folks have waited tables or tended bar for years and worked at their craft for years far away from the spotlight. Blogging is a lot like that.

    • carolina September 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

      Rob – I totally agree. Something that I always try to keep in mind – is a five year mindset. Anything I do and work on today will get me to where I am in five years.
      carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

  9. Sufism World September 23, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I think you have touched upon a very interesting and fundamental area. One area that is considered to be very important as a new blogger is receiving comments.

    New bloggers measure how well they are doing by how many comments have been left on their posts. As one can imagine, people who read your articles don’t necessary leave comments. This doesn’t really reflects whether you have failed or succeeded.

    For me as a new blogger (which I still am) it important to get the forumla of successful blogging right. This comes from a load heap of experiences.

    Experience is key and the more you have the better you become.
    Sufism World recently posted..Love – the missing piece

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 11:13 am #

      I think the greatest measure of success is to write and publish good content and then go out and connect with people online. Those are actions we can control and continue to improve with practice. If we do that, our success focus isn’t on what we ‘get’ it’s on what we give. And that’s powerful!

    • carolina September 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

      Nothing is more fundamental than experience and persistence. I actually just sold my first article to a blog…And do you know that I emailed them for four straight weeks, weekly….The last email, I was just ready to give up. They loved my article so much they published it while I was on vacation. If people seem to ignore you the first time around, just keep trying!
      carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

      • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

        Love that story, Carolina!

        • carolina September 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

          I’ve got this horrible habit Jean – when it comes to following up, I always remind myself to follow-up a week later…and I keep going and going until I give up (takes a while) or until people finally respond. I also realize that people are rooting for us…So the chances of someone not responding because they don’t like my idea or what not, is very slim to none…That keeps me going!

  10. Ryan Biddulph September 23, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Hi Carolina,

    What a beautiful post.

    #7 resonates with me. For the longest time I thought nobody read my blog due to lack of comments. I soon found out I had a loyal following and a few of these lurkers came out when I decided to engage my audience.

    Awesome tips all around. Thanks for sharing your insight :)

    Ryan
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted..How Super Annoying People Can Be Your Greatest Blessing

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 11:16 am #

      I think the lack of comments trips a lot of bloggers up. I remember that ‘talking to myself’ feeling and it was discouraging. It was good for me though because it inspired me to examine why I was doing this, what I was after, etc. Plus it’s what motivated me to get out and about in the community.

      • carolina September 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

        Ryan – Like I said above, I love lurkers. Just the fact that high school friends have reached out and told me how much they love my blog via facebook or email is a blessing. Blogging is about connecting and I feel so much more connected than I was a couple months ago – on so many levels.
        carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

  11. Jered September 23, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Carolina,

    Thank you for sharing this. I find it’s easy to get discouraged if I focus on what I don’t have and compare myself to more well-known bloggers.

    Jean, and now your post, is my source of inspiration for taking it “one step at a time.”

    Thank you.
    Jered recently posted..Leading With Ingenuity

  12. Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Hi Jered. Blogging runs so parallel to other aspects of life. There’s always someone who has more of something than we have. We might have super subscriber numbers but poor sales conversions or great community engagement and low traffic. It’s always something :) I’ve decided comparathons are like train wrecks for the brain.

  13. Boykie September 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Thanks,

    Quite an inspiring post. I originally started blogging as a way to process my thoughts and thought it wouldn’t really matter if I didn’t get any readers as I was blogging primarily to learn more about myself.

    I however found I got discouraged when no-one commented and it seemed like no-one was interested in what I had to write about. It brought me to the point of thinking ‘why bother’, but after getting through the first 2 months I found I actually enjoy writing about the issues that interest me and that regardless of no comments being left, people do read the posts and some of the posts do actually help some of the readership.

    Your post re-inforces my belief that blogging is indeed a worthwhile cause and worth pursuing!

    • carolina September 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

      Something that I read recently – is that you should work like nobody is paying you. I tend to apply this philosophy to blogging and writing. Writing helps me understand life and live. The rewards come after experience and some time.
      carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

      Boykie, I love the self-discovery that comes with blogging too. And all of us connect with our audiences and experience growth at different times and in different ways. Keep on keeping on!

  14. Shirls September 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    This is a really encouraging article, Carolina. I love your tip “If the writing feels like you’re getting a root canal, it probably isn’t your best work to date.”
    That goes to the heart of the matter. Next time I get stuck, instead of thinking “writer’s block” I’ll think “root canal”!

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

      I thought Carolina had an awesome line there too. And I’ve had some writing that feels that way!

  15. Aileen September 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Carolina, this is a wonderfully encouraging post!! – and what a perfect place for it, here on Virgin Blogger Notes where all levels of bloggers are guided and inspired to reach their next level.

    :)
    Aileen recently posted..12 Low Cost Luxuries …Indulge Your Senses

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

      Hi Aileen. I felt really blessed that Carolina contributed this post. Now it will be here to encourage bloggers for years to come!

      • carolina September 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

        Jean/Aileen – Thank you for the kind words. I’m blessed to have found so many awesome bloggers and kind souls in my journey thus far. If anything keeps me going, it’s been the people I’ve been able to connect with. <3
        carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

  16. Doug September 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Great post! I found it very encouraging as I too am embracing a change in direction and trying to get started as a teeny, little fish in a large, crowded pond. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Doug recently posted..Planning Next Year’s Garden

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

      Good luck on your changes, Doug. Keep on swimming!

    • carolina September 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

      Doug – Best of luck. Remember, we’re all voting for your success! :)
      carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

  17. Henway September 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    I think having fun, and writing things that inspire you, and give you passion is the best way to be motivated… If you focus too much on results in the first few months, you’ll easily get discouraged. So I say just focus on writing stuff you love, and the rest will follow.
    Henway recently posted..How to burn 1000 calories

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

      I’m still not too focused on achieving results, Henway, other than things I can control, like writing and networking. I definitely know where I’m headed and how to get there, but this blogger is not in a hurry.

      • carolina September 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

        Jean/Henway, I like the idea of humming at your own pace and tune. There’s something unique and natural to not rushing. Sometimes it feels like everybody’s in a race to win…and you’ve got to step back and do what feels right.
        carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

  18. Angela Artemis September 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi Carolina,
    All great reasons to keep on going. Everyone has their own gems to offer. Don’t compare yourself to others instead look to see how you can play on your own strengths and gifts. Just be the best you can be and enjoy what you’re doing, and have fun!
    Angela Artemis recently posted..Always Keep Your Dreams Alive

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

      Hi Angela. There’s a lot of powerful advice in your comment. Really, you’ve just nailed the ‘secret’ of joyful, effective blogging right there.

    • carolina September 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

      Angela, Thank you. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
      carolina recently posted..Christine Mason sprinkles her passion on us

  19. Clearly Composed September 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    I love this post. As a newer face on the scene it is refreshing and encouraging to get info like this and to remember nobody can be me like I can and that there’s room for all us kids in the pool. :)
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  20. Tess The Bold Life September 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Hi Caroline,
    This is an excellent post because everyone feels like this at one time or another. When you speak out about your pain you give others permission to do the same.

    Comparison is something we do to ourselves…creating our own suffering.

    You are unique. You sparkle. Focus on that.
    Tess The Bold Life recently posted..On the Path of Enlightenment- Expand Your Beliefs

  21. Peppy September 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    Dear Carolina,

    I hesitated about leaving a comment due to the late hour – however, your article was so interesting and enjoyable I just had to express my thanks.

    Carolina, you have a way of expressing yourself in your writing that is encouraging, reassuring, and motivating yet the undertone is kindly and humble.

    You sound real – something I have noticed about the articles Jean posts, whether they are her’s or a guest writer. That is why I’m a regular reader.

    Thanks – I’m certainly inspired to keep moving forward while learning valuable lessons/tips from talented and gracious writers(as demonstrated in your article).
    Peppy recently posted..Friendship – The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

      Peppy, I don’t know if Carolina is still up, but I am :) I’m still helping with my father’s move (for a few weeks yet actually) so my schedule is unpredictable. Thank you so much for being a regular reader. I really appreciate you.
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Let Awesome Blogs Keep You From Achieving Stardom

      • carolina September 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

        Peppy/Jean – Yes, I was still up last night. Thank you for your comment. If there’s anything that I attempt to do daily – is just be real. There’s something so refreshing about it.

  22. Keith Davis September 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Carolina / Jean
    “If the writing feels like you’re getting a root canal, it probably isn’t your best work to date.”
    I’m off to the dentist on Monday so that line stood out. LOL

    Thing about the best blogs is that we can learn from them…
    What do you like about their posts, what methods do they use to get you to comment, what plugins do they use? Do they reply to your comment, do they comment on your site?

    Go looking for those successful blogs and start learning.
    Keith Davis recently posted..Two way traffic

  23. Steven H September 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    This was a beau-ti-ful blog post Carolina. You write with such precision and clarity, I have no doubts that your blogging future will be promising! Look at all these comments you are getting!

    The key is to just keep going. I have been writing for about a year and a half now, and I’m by no means perfect, but I see improvement – and that counts for a lot.

    Good luck and I hope to see you around the blogosphere more in the future!

    Steven
    Steven H recently posted..Does Psychology Have A Social Stigma

  24. Alice September 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    This is one of the best articles that I have read and I do alot of reading. I think that everyone has some of these same feelings everyday of their lives. The best way to cure yourself of them is to take a day off and enjoy the sun while it lasts.

  25. Brandon Connell September 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Very nice motivator for those that don’t think they can go on.
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  26. Matthew Needham @ Big Red Tomato Company September 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    Carolina, great post and very timely.

    I have had tremendous success with my blog over these last few months, moving over 2m places on Alexa. However, I recognise being in the mid 150k whilst is a great achievement, is a long way from being in the sub 100k club.

    I can’t pretend to say that it’s easy. But each day I try and make the blog a bit sharper, the content more incisive and drill down into my niche (business growth advice)

    Small steps taken often and repeated is all I focus on. Fundamentally, those positions keep my internal socre card, but really want counts is the achievement of my goals and being able to fund the lifestyle I want to live.
    Matthew Needham @ Big Red Tomato Company recently posted..3 Great Ways to Make a Big Difference to your Business Success

  27. Dan Lew September 26, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Hey Carolina,

    I think mindset is very important with this one, blogging is no easy game, you just have to work hard at it. It reminds me of the old days when it was almost impossible to be a popular music singer or TV star, you had to network like hell and get to know the people in the industry to get a small chance which lead to bigger opportunities.

    Blogging is hard work, if your prepared to put it in eventually it you will shine and others will be your fan, takes loads of dedication and hours when you first start off, it is not for everyone! As the old saying goes, the strong win and the weak fail!
    Dan Lew recently posted..5 Powerful Ways To Make Money Online Indirectly

  28. John Sherry September 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Carolina, a superb filip for the starter blogger. You really capture what we’ve all been going through in our early years including the dreaded ‘no comments, no interest’ fear. Blogging takes time to find a style, a voice, an audience etc. but your post will have given plenty the confidence to perservere. After all, a book takes a year or two before any sets eyes on it and can benefit from the words, but a blog can make instant impact. Jean, another ripsnorter guest post here – you certainly have the magic touch!!
    John Sherry recently posted..Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously

  29. Joy September 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    *Love* this..
    I feel blessed to have cultivated many rich friendships from within this community..and a few mentors..
    I allow the ‘greatness’ that you write of to inspire and encourage me..online and in life..
    I believe it is the entire online experience..sharing, creating my life, writing..rather than a certain result..It is fun, enlightening, life enhancing, a joy…and being surrounded by greatness online allows me to surround myself with greatness offline as well..
    Joy recently posted..Fearless Fun Friday- Say Hey I Love You

  30. Richard September 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    I think it’s hard when you’re starting out in any field to compare yourself to the greats. Blogging’s no different. I think it’s best when starting out to set a goal for yourself as an internal measurement. Then look to the high achievers and see what they do right on their blogs and try to implement their techniques. Use it as a motivation and learning tool, rather than as a measuring stick.
    Richard recently posted..How to Create a SEO Friendly Website

    • Jean Sarauer September 27, 2010 at 10:45 am #

      I sure did plenty of that ‘comparing to the greats,’ Richard. It wasn’t much fun :) Now I like to look at those who have success and see how I might tweak things to fit what I’m doing. But no comparing allowed!
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      • Carolina September 30, 2010 at 10:49 am #

        It must be age…but when I do something that’s a bit “off” sometimes, I don’t let myself get frustrated anymore. I am who I am and eventually I will learn and become who I’m meant to become.

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