A simple question to different bloggers revealed several reasons for blogging. Different people come into blogging with different or same goals in mind – Success. I am no judge, but for whatever reason you came into blogging, you must have had your expectations and it’s always frustrating when expectations are not met. This frustration grows even bigger with time if nothing changes and most times often lead to abandonment.
When you are not getting the result you expected from blogging, you may not be encouraged to push forward. Your motivation and dedication relies on the milestones you have accomplished to strive and the success of your blog heavily depends on it. Just like I said earlier, I am no judge to decide whether the reason you came into blogging is right or wrong but for what it’s worth oblige me to give you some advice.
If you are not getting your expected results from blogging, several factors may be responsible for it. Let’s face them heads on, because identifying the problems may give solutions to fixing them. So read carefully and be ready to implement.
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Reasons you may not be getting your desired results in Blogging and what to do:
Patience: Patience is the virtue by which every successful blog has been built on, Darren Rowse of Problogger explained in an article “15 years Blogging and Still Learning” how important patience is if you want to succeed as a blogger. You really need lots of patience if you are to meet such expected results. Blogging sometimes take time to yield results. It may not come as early as you expected it but if you continue to be patient while doing the right things, you will always meet your expected results. So my friend, you have to be very patient.
Consistency: You have to be consistent in blogging, you don’t just abandon blogging mid-way and continue after a long time and yet expect results. It doesn’t work that way, you have to be consistent in your blogging activities both on-page and off-page. Consistency is the key to achieving your desired results. No successful blogger has been inconsistent in blogging; if you find one don’t hesitate to tell me maybe I could learn from him.
Try Something Different: If you are not getting the results you desired in blogging, maybe it’s time you try something different there is a chance you may not be doing something right. You may have been blogging the wrong ways while expecting a different result, so try and change things around a little, start from redesigning your blog, to changing your writing style. Try a different traffic strategy and most importantly, change your thinking and reasoning.
Emulate successful blogs: Now I am not asking you to copy and paste other people’s hard work to be successful, you will be dragging yourself deeper in trouble if you try such. When I mentioned emulating some successful bloggers, I meant read and study other successful blogs, find out what makes them thick, if it’s their writing technique, emulate it. If it’s their traffic method, emulate it (provided its safe).
Note: What works for me may not work for you, so don’t keep your expectations very highly. Just keep trying until you find the one that best suits you.
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Socialize with other Bloggers: Socializing with other bloggers can help you in a lot of ways, it can open up a total new horizon for you, it could give you an insight into a lot of things you may never have known. I am speaking from experience, I have learnt more than I could’ve ever learn on my own from my association from other bloggers. So go out there, join Social blogging communities on Facebook, LinkedIn etc. It will do you a lot of good as a blogger, be humble to learn from everyone and be wise to sieve what you have learnt and practice the best of them.
Lower your expectations: Don’t expect to become an overnight millionaire just because you recently started blogging, you will end up disappointing yourself. I know you will tell me how good it is to have a high expectation, but having a high expectation will only give you a bigger challenge and when you don’t succeed, you may disappoint yourself. I prefer to out-perform my expectations than not to meet them. It’s good to expect high, but be careful not to expect too much.
Quit Now: As hash as it sounds, if you know you are not blogging for the right reasons, my best advice for you now will be to quit. Yes, you heard me right – QUIT! You can never have the right attitude, motivation, drive, technique etc when you are not blogging for the right reasons. Your intentions about blogging must be right for you to succeed as a blogger. So save yourself the long term disappointment and quit now as a blogger and try something else now.
Over to you, tell me what you think about this article. Why do you think most bloggers don’t achieve their desired/expected results in blogging? You want to be the judge? Go on. Use the comment form below to share you views.