What are you doing to improve your blogging? What steps are you taking to either grow or expand your blogging experience, both from your own persepctive and that of your audience?
How about looking to Yoda, the Jedi Master from the Star Wars saga?
“But he’s not even real!”, you’re probably saying right about now. And you’re correct – though Frank Oz, one of the guys behind the original Muppets TV series, made the little green dude more real than many acting superstars of today.
But correct – Yoda isn’t real. Yet his quotes are ones that you can use to take your blog up a notch or two.
Do. Or do not. There is no try.
If you want to get your blog onto the kind of lists that people share or recommend, then at some stage or another you’re going to have to get past the trying part, and actually do it.
There’s nothing wrong with saying you’re going to try new approaches and writing methods to get wherever it is you’re aiming toward. But trying only gets you do far – to really succeed, you have to kill it every time.
- Say you’re going to blog twice a week? Do it.
- Say you’re going to build your blog to sell it? Do what you need to to make it happen.
- Say you’re going to write a Technorati Top 100 blog? Pick up your pace and do it.
Don’t try and do something only to use an excuse why you couldn’t do it. If it’s not working, try something else and then do that 100% better than your previous thing.
Judge me by size, do you? No – and well you should not.
Let’s face it, unless you’re a male porn star, size means nothing – it’s merely an ego boost to try and prove to impressionable minds that you’re important enough to take notice off.
Blog subscribers in the five digits? Good for you – but are you really innovative or simply pandering to the crowd? We can all get more readers by simply writing about what Joe Average is blogging about – but the great bloggers are exactly that because they try and write something new every time.
So never get disenchanted because someone has more blog readers or comments than you. Unless these numbers really make a difference to that blog’s overall success, they’re just empty statistics.
Named must your fear be before banish it you can.
One of the things that stops many bloggers from reaching their goals is their struggle to overcome irrational fear.
Fear that no-one will read their blog. Fear that no-one will share their posts. Fear that no-one will subscribe. Fear that they won’t have enough topics to write about.
Yet overcoming fear is easier than you think – all you have to do is name (or recognize) it. When you know what your fear is, you can start to unravel why you have that fear. Once you unravel it, you can work out how to overcome it. Overcome it – well, the world’s your oyster then.
Give your fear a stupid name. The more ridiculous it sounds, the more ridiculous your fear can appear. Call it the Banana Shaped Blogger Booger if you need to – let’s face it, are you going to be scared of something like that?
Mind what you have learned.
There are a lot of blogs and books and forums and more that offer advice on how to grow your blog. And some do a far better job than others, with some great actionable advice that you can take away and use for your own blog.
But you know, maybe – just maybe – a little green puppet could help us with our blogging just as much as the best blogging tips sites and books.
How funky would that be?
image: Lucasfilm Media