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This is Why You Can’t Break The World of Blogging

This is Why You Can’t Break The World of Blogging

Blogging is a simple way to earn cash – this is the phrase you are going to hear time after time from people who never tried to grow a blog and live off it. The reality of blogging is filled with challenges, starting from financial limits and ending with administrative issues. But the biggest obstacle of bloggers is themselves! Procrastination plagues bloggers from all over the world, as they become tangled in the multiple time wasters that are available out there. In order to break the blogging market and start making a revenue from your blog you need high quality content, posted frequently.

Instead of trying to find excuses, start finding the time wasters which limit your productivity and prevent you from earning with your blog.

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1. You are a perfectionist.

Being a perfectionist is good, most of the times, but in the world of blogging, literary perfection can be an obstacle. Of course, if you are posting grammatically incorrect content, you will lose your readers, but being a perfectionist is also going to damage your blog. A study made by Nielsen Norman Group found that readers only read 28% of the content from a web page. This means you need to be very concise with your posts, because readers are not going to read the entire article. Also, the longer the article, the less words will be read from it. Ditch perfectionism and focus on the message you want to pass on to the reader, to get the most from each post.

2. Your workspace is a mess.

Clutter does have a bad influence on your work, so it’s time to start listening to those Feng Shui rules. You don’t have to take my words for it, because there were many studies made on the influence of clutter on work. One of them was conducted by OfficeMax, who found that 70% of the questioned workers blamed clutter for their lack of productivity. When I say clutter, I mean files and small items which clog your desk and your desktop – yes, the latter matters just as much as your physical desk.

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The best lifehack to help you out with clutter comes from a source you would never expect to hear from when it comes to blogging productivity: chefs! Professional chefs always clean up as they work and this is what you should do. For physical files you have to get your hands “dirty”, but for desktop clutter you can use a wide range of productivity tools to manage a blog in order to keep everything filed and archived.

3. You get lost networking.

Networking is important for a blogger, as you need other bloggers to survive in the online medium, a.k.a. “blogosphere”. But many writers simply get lost networking: they spend hours on end talking to other bloggers, online or offline. This is definitely a productivity killer, unless you work your way towards time management.

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To avoid this distraction, disconnect from chats and email at least two hours a day. This will give you the time you need to blog without anyone asking you questions. Then, you can use your time to socialize and build your network.

4. You lose focus due to noise.

Bloggers either work from home or from an office. In both cases, there is going to be a lot of noise. When you work from home there are kids, neighbors, and television which can become huge distractions when you are trying to write a killer post. If you are working from an office, chances are you’ve rented a cubicle in a large space, where there are lots of noises coming from dozens of people working at the same time.

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The solution for this problem comes from headphones and earplugs, which help you block the noise either completely or partially. From the first moment you find yourself staring at the blank page, pick up your sound-blocking headphones or earplugs, and disconnect from the noisy world.

5. The biggest productivity killer of all times: cat videos.

In fact, it’s not only cat videos, but any article, video, or content that is not related to the article you are writing. Bloggers love to read and inform themselves and this is what keeps them so cool, but the limit between wasting time and informing yourself is very thin. While we depend on knowing as much things as possible, visiting non-relevant sites can break the entire blogging work, rendering a day completely wasted.

Try to focus on following the blogs or sites of influencers in your niche and when you feel you need a break, read their latest posts. This way, your time will become productive, as you will find new inspiration for your own blog and you will be developing your knowledge on blogging.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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