A guest post by Jered Slusher of Mass Influence Leadership.
You know why some bloggers stay virgins? Because they’re scared to death. They’re scared that they’ll be standing in the middle of the blogosphere with their pants around their ankles while other bloggers point and laugh.
And, why shouldn’t they be scared? After all, they’ve got a lot to worry about with the 2012 apocalypse coming down the pike. What if a twister picks up their house and they land in the middle of Munchkin City?
You want to know their biggest fear? The lack of significance. They’re afraid that they are not going to “measure up” to the competition. They’re afraid that they won’t be able to swim in a pool of money. They’re afraid that they won’t have friends. They’re afraid that they’re going to fail.
So, these people hold onto the fence for dear life, watching everyone else swing, slide, and cross the monkey bars, all the while thinking about broken arms, cracked skulls, and the ear-piercing sirens of the ambulance.
Simply put: They’re paralyzed with fear.
As a result, they remain eternal blogging virgins. They might fantasize about doing it, and they might have all the opportunity in the world, but ultimately they fizzle out and abstain. And, they’re uncomfortable taking the advice of experienced bloggers because they’re afraid of what they might have to do to “get busy.”
On the other hand, you have the bloggers that are getting down and dirty. They’re wiping the sweat from their brow, and pushing forward. They’re willing to do what it takes to get the job done, and will do what’s necessary to get what they want.
The one difference between being paralyzed with fear and doing the wild thing: Perspective.
For some, the following are the 10 most terrifying blogging statistics of all time. For others, these are the 10 most encouraging and supportive blogging statistics of all time. It all depends on how you look at it.
1. “Up to 80% of Blogs are Abandoned Within The First Month”
Pessimist: “I can’t be a blogger. I’ll just fail like everyone else.”
Optimist: “My blog is going to be successful. I’m going to keep going no matter what.”
2. “68% of Bloggers Have Been Blogging for 2 Years or More”
Pessimist: “I don’t have enough experience to be a blogger.”
Optimist: “I’m going to visit other blogs and learn all I can about blogging to improve my blog.”
3. “20% of Bloggers Update Their Blog(s) Daily”
Pessimist: “I don’t have enough time or ideas to update a blog on a regular basis.”
Optimist: “I’m going to make time to publish exceptional content on a regular basis.”
4. “Over 133 Million Blogs on the Internet”
Pessimist: “There’s no way my blog would stand out in the never-ending sea of blogs.”
Optimist: “My blog is going to be special. My blog will offer a unique experience that no other blog can duplicate.”
5. “Over 27.3 Million Tweets on Twitter Every Day”
Pessimist: “There are so many tweets on Twitter. No-one would read mine if I tried to promote a blog.”
Optimist: “Twitter is a useful tool that can help me keep in touch with my readers. I’ll provide them with useful tweets so that they’ll want to read more of what I have to say.”
6. “Over 247 Billion E-mails Sent Every Day”
Pessimist: “E-mail marketing for a blog would be pointless. No-one would read my e-mails.”
Optimist: “I am going to send e-mail updates that are useful so that people will look forward to receiving e-mails from me.”
7. “More than 500 Million Active Facebook Users”
Pessimist: “Nobody will care about my blog if I promote it on Facebook. Nobody reads my status updates anyways.”
Optimist: “I can use Facebook to keep up with my readers, and provide even more value to them.”
8. “Over 187 Million Domain Names Registered”
Pessimist: “There’s so many places to visit on the web that no-one will be able to find my blog.”
Optimist: “My blog will be unique, and I’m going to connect with lots of readers to make sure I get lots of traffic and that my blog is a gathering place that people like to visit.”
9. “Over 1.73 Billion Internet Users Worldwide”
Pessimist: “I can’t speak any foreign languages, and people probably don’t want to hear about what I have to say anyways.”
Optimist: “Out of 1.73 billion people worldwide, I’m sure that a good portion would be interested in what I have to say.”
10. “Over 12.2 Billion YouTube Views per Month”
Pessimist: “Everyone is on YouTube. Nobody cares about blogging anymore.”
Optimist: “People like to watch videos. Perhaps I might include some on my blog…”
Your Turn: What other things have you read that might have given virgin bloggers limiting beliefs on blogging?
Bio: Jered Slusher is the founder of Mass Influence Leadership, a community of leaders driven to gain control over their future, lead other people, and achieve massive amounts of success. Get your free “Stocking Your Leadership Super-Powers” e-book at http://www.massinfluence.org/free-book