Blogging is the act of maintaining or adding content to a blog. Sounds simple, right? However, most helpful resources on the subject tend to give us advice on what to do, and not so much assistance on what NOT to do. Therefore, I want to use this post to list some tips concerning some of the “don’ts” of better blogging. While not an exhaustive list, hopefully these points will help you focus more on the content and less on the distractions.
1. Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Success is a state of mind as much as it is a goal that is achieved. Believing that you can’t or won’t be successful will eventually become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Basically, if you believe you will fail, then you will fail. The natural progression, then, from believing that you will fail, is that you won’t even try. If you are already certain that your plan won’t work or that your blog is a waste of time, then you have already defeated yourself. Only after you believe in yourself will others believe in you as well.
2. Don’t Be Like Everyone Else
This is probably one of the hardest of the blogging don’ts, but also one of the truest. I mean, you don’t want to reinvent the wheel, right? No need to fix what’s not broken, correct? Many bloggers start out with the same traffic generating and link building techniques. But as we all know, doing those things simply isn’t enough. As a blogger, one of the most difficult things to do is find your niche and stand out from the crowd, so don’t be afraid to try something new. You won’t know if that new idea or strategy will work unless you give it a try.
3. Don’t Care About What Others Think
Now, I’m not saying you should NEVER care what others think about you and your blog. After all, you want to attract readers, followers, members, customers, and the like. But what I am saying is this — create your own perspective and don’t tie yourself down to only those things that others think of you. This will be a natural progression if you follow points #1 and #2 above. If you believe in yourself and work on making your blog stand out, then you won’t have to rely on the opinions of others. Because, trust me, the critics will always be there. You just can’t let them get to you.
4. Don’t Act Like You Have All the Answers
Yes, part of building a better blog and growing your community of readers and subscribers is creating a sense that you are an authority in your niche. But that doesn’t mean you have all the answers. It’s OK to keep it real and admit that you don’t know something. In fact, a good way to build your credibility and earn the loyalty of your readers is to admit that you don’t have all the answers, but that if someone asks you a question to which you don’t have the answer, you’ll find the answer and get back to her within a specified time frame.
So now it’s your turn. Let me know with which blogging “don’ts” you agree or disagree, and also what other “don’ts” would you add to this list. I look forward to hearing from you.