By Mary Jaksch
Do you have dreams of becoming a successful blogger? Maybe you want to become a better writer, grow your subscriber base, become known, earn money – in short, become successful as a blogger?
The problem with goals like these is that we keep on comparing ourselves with others. And there are always people out there who are better writers, and have bigger blogs.
Comparing ourselves to others can be dispiriting.
It can kill motivation, and it can makes us feel that we’re not good enough. My suggestion is to let go of comparisons.
There are two secrets to becoming a successful blogger: you need to enjoy learning, and to be tenacious.
Enjoy being a learner.
When I started my blog Goodlife Zen, I didn’t know what a blog was. I wasn’t computer savvy, hadn’t got a clue about how to set up a blog, or tackle any of the technical problems a blogger encounters. In short, I started with a knowledge base of below zero!
The love of learning helped me to enjoy the journey, without wanting to be somewhere else all the time. It’s like climbing a mountain: if you keep on looking up at the peak – wishing you had already reached it – the climb will feel arduous. But if you just focus on one step and then the next, you’ll be surprised how far you’ve come when you next look up.
Each tiny step on the steep learning curve of blogging is hard won. It’s good to celebrate each one. Otherwise we miss the beauty of beginning. We miss the struggles and the tiny breakthroughs, and the laughs and tears along the way.
If you want to be a successful blogger, you need to be tenacious. Because one of the factors of growth is very simple: it’s time. A blog grows in time. At first it will seem like nothing is happening. But then your blog will start to grow. Slowly at first, and then faster.
The great thing is that blogging is forgiving: you can make a lot of mistakes, and still come out on top.
I can say that with authority, because Goodlife ZEN was a lousy blog when I first started. Really lousy! I actually found a site that showed exactly what my blog looked like when I posted my first post. And so I made a video of the evolution of Goodlife ZEN. You can watch it here:
(If you’re worried about your blog not being good enough, watch this video and you’ll feel a lot better …)
Yes, so it’s actually hard to fail as a blogger. But not everyone survives. Why? Because you need to be tenacious. You need to keep going, no matter what. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers who I think have a lot more talent than I do, but who stopped somewhere along the way. Maybe it just wasn’t for them, or maybe they wanted to refocus their lives.
Like Jean Sarauer who created this beautiful blog (and is a much better writer than I’ll ever be.)
Could I please enlist your help for this blog? I would love to hear from you in the comments below. My question to you is:
What is your biggest challenge as a blogger?
Mary Jaksch is the Editor of Virgin Blogger Notes. Read more by Mary on Goodlife ZEN. You can find out more about Mary’s journey here: How a Rookie Blogger Became an Accidental Entrepreneur. Together with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, Mary founded the A-List Blogger Club.