There’re millions of blogs so they should be millions of bloggers. But if there are millions of bloggers then why are there only a handful of them who are at the top. So what is that one single element that defines a successful blogger from the many out there struggling to keep their head out of the water? Is it enough to know everything about blogging from blog promotion to traffic generation, social marketing, networking with other bloggers etc and be one of the most successful bloggers?
I bet the answer is a resounding NO although they are important.
I am also sure that the most successful bloggers today are driven, motivated and they are relentless in their pursuit to be the best. So let’s have a look at some personality traits that sets these bloggers apart from the rest.
1. They are persistent
Blogging can be a very difficult thing to do once you’ve reached the threshold of giving up. It is not a walk in the park. A lot of you might say 6 months is the average lifespan of a blogger. I think being persistent is an important of a blogger’s life to keep them going while going through the difficulties they might face such as poor traffic, writing without an audience or lack of inspiration.
There is also so much to learn about blogging and so much to keep up. It’s no surprise that you will go weary and then think if it’s worth it. Bloggers who are persistent don’t give up easily and they realize that there is no such thing as an overnight success. They also realize that learning is part of the process of being a great blogger so they keep doing it.
2. They prioritize and plan ahead
Picture this scenario.
“Alright today I wanna write a blog post and then submit to social networks. Well, maybe I should also write a guest post too cos it’s much better at getting attention. Hmm, maybe it’s good to have someone guest post for me so I should go and seek some bloggers in a guest blog forum to help post content.
(After 1 hour… Nothing gets done… )
hmm maybe I should write one myself instead since I can’t find any..
Ooh I think I should log in to Hootsuite first and then start writing.”
You see what a waste of time this is? I know I am guilty of doing this in my earlier days of blogging. And I’ve soon learned that it’s impossible to do everything at once, so learn how to prioritize and plan what to do. Avoid distractions too!
3. They are humble
This is especially important because you don’t know everything and we all make mistakes. It is important to realize that admitting our mistakes is not a sign of weakness but a sign that you’re willing to learn and put all your egos away to become a better blogger. I’m sure we are all in a community of supportive bloggers who are there to help you along the way.
4. They are consistent
It doesn’t matter how much you can do in a day as a blogger. The important thing is to be consistent in your actions. If you aim to read an ebook on blogging every week then you should continue to read related ebooks for the next week and so on. If you are committed to write a blog post every three days for one guest post, then you will stick to it. This is all a matter of principle that you start off with as a blogger and you must maintain it throughout.
Bloggers who are consistent continue to be lifelong learners and eventually be coaches and leaders in the blogging field.
5. They are analytical
Successful bloggers are also great at analyzing things. Getting your post in front of Mashable won’t make you an overnight blogging success. They realize that there is more to blogging than just posting content daily. They have to study their visitors, analyze their content preference, study their commenting patterns, traffic sources, time of most traffic etc, It does sound complicated but they realize that things are not cut and dry in blogging.
They will study and identify how great bloggers do it, examine their methods and implement them. If they fail they will try again and make sure they succeed.
Do you think that this list is sufficient to be a successful blogger or is there more to it? Let me know what you think.
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