Standard disclaimer: This post is not a vague post directed at any specific person. It comes from thoughts I’ve had while writing my next ebook on blogging and observing what people say and how they say it.
1. No one cares as much about your blog or blogging activities as you do
You’re the one who cares the most about your blog and what you’re doing. So just do it. Stop seeking the approval of others. Stop asking if you should do something different. Just do it. Or don’t do it. We don’t care. We’ll support you either way.
This means it’s pointless to make negative value judgments when you compare yourself to others. So people post more, get more comments, have more followers, receive all the good books, read faster. So fucking what? You’re the only one who cares. Do your thing. Own it. You’re fine just the way you are.
2. You’re not entitled to page views, comments, or return visits
Blogging is hard work and you want to be recognized for it. Doesn’t everyone? But publishing a post doesn’t mean people should stop by and visit. You have to go out and get readers. No one cares until you make them care.
Give context and value. Share others’ posts. Visit people without expecting anything in return. There are no shortcuts to building relationships with bloggers. Attempting shortcuts is only going to make you frustrated. And it takes time.
3. Your actions speak louder than words
Do your actions mirror what you’re saying? Because many times, they don’t. (Don’t worry. I include myself in this.) Cut down on passive aggressive updates. If you truly dislike something, stop engaging.
What are YOUR uncomfortable blogging truths?