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7 Traits of A Successful Blogger

7 Traits of A Successful Blogger

You might think it doesn’t take much to be a successful blogger. I mean all you do is type some words, hit publish and wait for them to dazzle your audience, right? Well, it turns out there is a little more to being a successful blogger. As a blogger and blog reader of three years, I have figured out a few things that set apart the blogs that make a splash (and maybe even some cash) from the ones that are real duds. Here are 7 common traits they share:

1. A successful blogger will proofread his or her posts.

One of my biggest pet peeves when reading a blog is seeing multiple spelling and grammar errors. This is understandable, of course, because spell check does not always pick up on certain errors. It is even easy to read through your own post multiple times and not see a certain error. A recent embarrassing occurrence on my own blog was that the tag on my header, which is at the top of the blog explaining to everyone what it is all about, was misspelled. A professional designer had misspelled it when she made it for me and I never noticed until two months later when a reader commented. The thing is, when there are grammatical errors or misspellings in a blog post, it makes the entire blog seem unprofessional.

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2. A successful blogger engages with his or her readers.

One of the reasons to have a blog is to have readers. After all, if you didn’t wish to have anyone reading your words, you would not be publishing them on the World Wide Web. If you ignore your reader’s comments, you might not see those readers returning. Try instead to ask engaging questions at the end of your post and respond to as many comments as you can. At the very least, you should be answering any questions readers might be asking, whether directly or in a future post if many seem to have the same one.

3. A successful blogger knows how to interact on social media.

Another way to interact with readers and potential readers is on social media. It’s easy to create social media accounts and post to these accounts at least once a week. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are all great ways to promote your blog and to interact with other bloggers as well as potential brands. The great thing about these is that you can easily post from your phone or mobile device much more quickly than it would take to sit at a laptop and type out a whole post.

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4. A successful blogger sees the many opportunities available through a blog.

From generating revenue with ads, to working with favorite brands, to securing a job, a good blogger recognizes all of these things are possible with his or her blog. If you treat your blog as a professional tool, even if you do add personal stories and anecdotes, your blog can take you places.

5. A successful blogger knows his or her purpose in blogging.

Maybe you are not looking for money, but just a way to educate people about current events. Keep your goals in mind. If you stray too much, your readers might wonder what the heck your blog is about and will find something else to read.

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6. A successful blogger is able to take criticism.

This is something I am definitely working on, but it is very important. When you are online commenting on a blog post, there is this feeling that you are invincible. Since you are not showing your face, you do not feel as responsible for what you are typing. In this light, others can be make some hurtful comments about a post you have written, but you need to either learn from it, or ignore it. Never dwell on it.

7. A successful blogger enjoys what he or she is blogging about.

Your readers are smart and will know if you are writing just to write versus being passionate about the subject matter. If you know your purpose and are excited to write about it, this should come naturally. When you find yourself becoming frustrated or bored, take some time off and come back to writing when you get excited again.

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So what do you say? Do you think you could start and maintain your own blog?

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Last Updated on May 17, 2019

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

What Is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. You will be scared

Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

That’s what separates winners from losers.

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2. You will fail

Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

3. You will learn

Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

4. You will see yourself in a different way

Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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5. Your peers will see you in a different way

Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

6. Your comfort zone will expand

The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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7. You will increase your concentration and focus

When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

8. You will develop new skills

Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

9. You will achieve more than before

With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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