8 Action Tips For Guppy-Bloggers In An Ocean Of Sharks

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Guppy blogger surrounded by blogger-sharks

This is a guest post from Lorraine Reguly, who is a freelance writer/blogger and one of the winners of the Aha!NOW guest post giveaway. You would love her tips for bloggers shared in this post.

Have you ever compared yourself to others and felt like they had it all… and you had nothing?

Have you ever wondered how (or why) so many other bloggers became so popular?

Have you ever turned green with envy when you watched someone else succeed, and wished it was YOU that was experiencing success?

Basically, I’d like to know this: Have you ever felt like a guppy in an ocean of sharks?

If you’re nodding your head right now – or thinking, “Yeah, I have…” – I can relate; I’ve been there, too.

I have done all of the above at some point during my online career, and today I’m going to share some words of wisdom and some of my experiences, as well as empathize with you.

I’m also going to offer some insights and advice that you can use to arm yourself so you don’t drown or get eaten alive.

By the end of this post, you’ll feel better about yourself. Guaranteed.

Plus, you’ll learn a few strategies that will make you a better blogger and a more understanding person.

As a bonus, you will be enlightened to some of the tips and tricks that others seem to know about – that you don’t.

Here A Blog, There A Blog, Everywhere A Blog-Blog…

As you already know, there are millions of blogs in the blogosphere, and some blogs are more popular than others.

How do you make your blog stand out from the rest? How do you grow your blog – or business? And how the heck can you stop feeling inferior or like a guppy who blogs in an ocean of sharks?

What To Do When You Feel Like A Guppy and Blog In An Ocean Of Sharks

There are several things you can do to alleviate these feelings and grow as a blogger.

1. Determine the Type of Blogger You Want to Be

There’s a difference between simple blogging and successful blogging. Knowing the difference will help you decide which type of blogger you want to be.

Bloggers who blog as a hobby view blogging as something fun (and maybe even relaxing), and as a way to connect with like-minded people.

Bloggers who blog for a living can also view blogging as a fun activity (and probably began their blog as a hobby), but somewhere along their way, they learned how to make money.

If earning money is your end goal, you need to determine which ways will work for you.

The possible ways you can earn online include: through affiliate links, through sponsored posts, through Adsense or other types of ads, through selling banner and other types of advertising on your site, through promotion of products using Amazon Associates, through writing and selling your books or ebooks (or both), by selling products and/or services, and by accepting donations. (I’m sure there are other ways, too. I might just not know about them yet.)

For the majority of these ways, you need to learn something about business and marketing to be successful in your endeavours.

Regardless of what you do, heed Danny Iny’s advice: “Pick what really connects with you.” (Quote taken from interview with Adam Franklin on How to grow your online audience with Danny Iny)

2. Make Time For Learning

Making time for learning is, perhaps, the most difficult to do because of the amount of time it takes. But it’s worth it to gain the knowledge others have acquired… even if it takes you ten times longer to do.

Case in point: When I first started blogging, I used to see “Click-to-Tweet” links in blog posts everywhere! I asked several people how to do this on a free blog (mine was not yet self-hosted) and I ended up having to go through a whole bunch of steps in order to achieve the desired result that a simple plugin will do for you.

Geez. I guess I should’ve listened to the “experts” after all and gotten my own site right away! I would’ve saved myself a few headaches for sure! Plus, I wouldn’t have felt so much like a guppy in an ocean of sharks. 😉

FYI, I wrote a 10-step tutorialon how to create a Click-to-Tweet link. Ana Hoffman wrote a two-option post on Google+ about this, Ramsay Taplin wrote one after seeing this strategy used on Neil Patel’s blog, and Adrienne Smith wrote a post about how to do this, too.

Depending on the type of blog you have (self-hosted or not), one of these posts is sure to help you!

Quote of Einstein on background of sharks

3. Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Bloggers

To be successful and grow as both a person and a blogger, you need to do is stop comparing yourself to others and embrace your uniqueness.

You are unique; you have your own attributes and talents. No one is exactly like you, and therefore cannot offer your experiences to others.

Only you can do this! Embrace yourself and your uniqueness, and stop comparing yourself to others! (Yes, I know I said this twice. That’s how important this point is.)

Instead of making comparisons, the important thing to do is to express your gratitude, whenever and wherever possible, for the talents, resources, and relationships you have.

The simple fact of the matter is this: people need people, no matter who you are. No one can dispute this.

Comparing yourself to others is pointless. It’s not going to make you feel better if you compare yourself to some of the sharks, even though it will make you feel a bit superior if you compare yourself to some of the guppies. So why bother at all?

Besides, each person’s journey is different. No shark began as a shark. Growth takes time.

4. Realize that Blogging Growth Takes Time

There are two different types of growth I’m referring to here. One is how to grow a blog. The other is your own personal growth. The two are often tied together; as you learn more about blogging and become a better blogger, you’ll grow as an individual.

When I first began blogging, I knew nothing about it. Seriously. Absolutely nothing. But that didn’t matter.

I was still able to amass a following. I learned many things along the way, too, including things I didn’t ever want to know, didn’t think I needed to know, and I am learning more and more all the time.

As a self-proclaimed non-techie, I struggled with what others perceive as “simple” things. But I had a desire to learn, to be better, and to grow.

I also asked a lot of questions. I was always asking others “How do you (blank)?” or “How can I (blank)?”

Case in point:  I once thought of Dear Blogger’s Greg Narayan as a bit of a shark. I’ve learned a lot from Greg. As a self-proclaimed non-techie, I was surprised that Greg was able to teach me some html coding!

Even though I don’t fully comprehend the intricacies of it, I now know how to make neat things I can include in my blog posts, from colourful boxes to how to highlight text to how to create and code page jumps.

The great thing about most people is that they are willing to share their knowledge. Sometimes getting the desired results is free; sometimes a price tag is attached to it. There are some free workarounds for bloggers on a budget.

If you are trying to grow a blog or a business, there are many different ways you can grow.

5. Write Well and Own Your Own Voice

This tip is obvious and should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. You need to write well. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this.

Why?

At the most rudimentary level, a post riddled with typos, or one that has no discernable flow, is difficult to read. It shows that you don’t care enough to be bothered with editing your posts.

While I am not going to delve into the numerous ways that you can improve your writing (there are entire blogs devoted to this topic!), I will suggest that you employ the four ways you can improve your writing skills outlined by the lovely lady who has been freelancing longer than I.

If you need some help with Point #3, I’d suggest subscribing to sites that offer writing tips – like Daily Writing Tips .

Each writer I know has his or her own voice, and it’s important that you find yours, own it and love it. Don’t try to copy someone else’s. Be unique. Write from your heart, and enjoy it.

Readers like to see fresh, new voices, not imitations of other people. Have you ever eaten imitation lobster or crab? Does it taste the same as the real stuff? No, it doesn’t! It may taste… alright… but it’s not the best.

To be the best, be yourself. You are the best person for that job! Let your writing reflect this.

6. Build a Support System of Your Own and Engage With Others

Building a support system is something that takes time. Don’t expect to have a relationship with everyone you meet, but do work on building relationships.

Join groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Join communities on Google+. Participate in discussions. Find other like-minded bloggers in your niche to connect with. Reciprocate comments.

Engage with your community of readers not just on your blog but also on the various social media sites where they are found. This takes time, but each interaction serves to cement the relationship or connection.

If you know anything about marketing – or even if you don’t – you will know that word-of-mouth marketing is one of the most effective ways to sell your “stuff” (whether your “stuff” is a product or service, or even one of your blog posts).

How can you build these relationships? For starters, read the blog posts of the bloggers you want to connect with, comment on them, and share them. Tell your friends about them. Link to their posts from yours.

Eventually you will evoke curiosity from that blogger-shark! The shark will notice you, and instead of eating you alive, might just become your friend, take you under his/her “fin” (not wing – we’re doing a fish analogy here, not birds!) and help you grow.

7. Position Yourself Properly and Support Others With Gestures of Appreciation

Position yourself among those you admire and can learn from. Use their expertise to help further yourself, your business, your traffic, and your knowledge. Remember, people need people. They need you as much as you need them!

Demonstrate your appreciation of others – influencers and readers alike – with gestures of appreciation.

These gestures can include kind words, praise, words of thanks, social shares of their blog posts, or mentions/tags/ on social media. (I know I love it when others share my posts and mention me on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter! Don’t you just love it when people mention you?)

By identifying specific people and complimenting them, you will not only win their love but their respect, too. Double win-win!

FYI, Ana Hoffman says: “I’d say a blogger becomes a shark when other sharks start sharing their content.”

8. Focus on the Positive, and Don’t Give Up

Don’t give up, regardless of what you’re trying to do. It takes time to accomplish things, and hard work to achieve results. Persevere. Stay determined. Continue learning.

Focus on the positive. Celebrate your victories. Look at how far you have already come, and create new goals once you’ve attained your current ones.

Above all, enjoy the journey.

Quote of Euripides on background of sharks

My Best Advice

Regardless of where you’re at in your blogging stages, my best advice is to realize that no one blogger or business owner knows everything. We learn from one another. Just take a look at the whole “Click-to-Tweet” issue mentioned in tip #2 above!

It doesn’t matter if you feel like a guppy in an ocean of sharks; what matters is that you simply keep going when you want to give up, write the best blog posts you can, set your priorities straight, and above all else, keep following your heart.

If you stay true to yourself, you’ll feel like a shark and be seen that way by others, even if you still perceive yourself as a guppy. Trust me on this. I speak from experience.

I’m not a shark nor a guppy. I have learned my worth and value. I have experienced both failure and success. Neither is all it’s cracked up to be.

Actionable tips for bloggers to start feeling like a blogger-shark:

  • Determine the Type of Blogger You Want to Be
  • Make Time For Learning
  • Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Bloggers
  • Realize that Blogging Growth Takes Time
  • Write Well and Own Your Own Voice
  • Build a Support System of Your Own
  • Position Yourself Properly and Support Others With Gestures of Appreciation
  • Focus on the Positive, and Don’t Give Up

One Blog, Two Blog, Red Blog, Blue Blog

With over 7 billion people in this world today, and millions – if not billions – of blogs, it’s easy to get lost in an ocean of bloggers, and even harder to make your voice heard.

Where are you at in your blogging career?

Share Your Thoughts –

Is your voice  being heard? What kind of things are you doing to stand out? Which suggestion(s) are you going to implement to help you along your blogging journey? Do you agree with these tips for bloggers?

Photo Credit: Mary O-Malley, Lorraine Reguly

Disclaimer: The views expressed and shared in this guest post are of the guest blogger. The ownership and responsibility of the images used lies with the guest blogger.



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  1. Kerry

    2014-10-01 at 7:48 pm

    I have found a great web designer and The Insightful Wanderer will be TheInsightfulWanderer.ca because I am a proud Canadian. I will keep my other blog as is, for now, and see how I manage with both, but I wanted help with the technical stuff. I can only learn so much about that when I would much rather spend my time writing. My travel site won’t focus on photographs, obviously, like most travel websites. 🙂 I hope to paint pictures with words and draw people in with those words.

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-10-01 at 8:04 pm

      I am a proud Canadian, too! That’s one more thing we have in common. 🙂

      It sounds like you have things planned out well. Congratulations. Do let us know when it’s up and running. FYI, I can correspond the interview post (if you agree to do it) with the launch of your new site. Happy to help!

  2. Emily Moore

    2014-10-01 at 7:01 pm

    This post resonated with me, but I think only half your tips really applied. I think I may be a Halibut in a shark world. Though I don’t know much yet, I have the community and optimism down. Thank you for this post. It really encouraged me to keep at it!

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-10-01 at 7:15 pm

      Welcome to my blog Emily!

      Glad this post resonated with you, and you are right – not all of us are guppies, neither sharks. I think we all have something good in each one of us, just waiting to be tapped. I am sure with the enthusiasm and positive approach you have, you’d go places, and I wish you the best for that as well.

      Thanks for stopping by and Lorraine would be here shortly to reply to you as well. 🙂

      BTW – It would be nice if you add your Gravatar or profile picture so that we can all see who we are talking to, as I know you have a nice one on your blog – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-10-01 at 7:39 pm

      Emily, I misunderstood your email to me but now I see that you have left a comment here and so because you put the effort in, your name will go into my well for one entry for October. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by and please read the page on my blog for additional ways to enter for free editing.

      I’m glad this post helped you, even if you don’t see all tips as applicable to you. That’s okay, too, because we are all unique and bring different things to the online world!

      I’m sure I’ll be seeing more of you soon! 🙂 Have a great day.

  3. Kerry

    2014-10-01 at 6:31 pm

    When I started my first blog I just wanted to write. I never hide the fact that I am blind (Memoir Monday: My Fear of Going Blind) but it wasn’t the main focus of Kkherheadache and still isn’t. This new website I am starting is called The Insightful Wanderer and so that is focused a lot more around the fact that travel is something made a lot more complicated by the fact that I am blind, but that I deserve the same chance to explore my passion for travel, culture, and nature just like everyone else and I believe I can come at it all from my own unique perspective. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-10-01 at 6:45 pm

      That’s really being passionate about your blog I would say, Kerry 🙂

      Yes, I read about it on your “About Me” page, when I first visited your blog. I like the name of your new blog, sounds interesting! Wishing you all the best with it, and do let us know whenever it’s up and running – we’d all hop over and check it out 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-10-01 at 7:34 pm

      Kerry, I think that is absolutely wonderful. More people need to be aware of what blind folks go through. I love your insightfulness with that title, too.

      Let me give you a tip right off the bat. Get your own domain and hosting and learn all the hard stuff about having a website right away to get it out of the way. Then you will have the potential to be big. Really big. Assuming that’s what you want, of course…

      I hope I have not crossed any boundaries. I feel like this might seem pushy, but I’m only trying to help you NOT make the same mistakes I did!

      Of course, learning while blogging is all part of the process. I am still learning, too.

      I wish you the best with your dreams! 🙂

      Naturally, I’m here to help as well and if you want some good resource posts on the problems I had when moving blogs just let me know. They’re on my website and Greg’s website. I can send you links via Twitter. Just ask, okay?

  4. Joy Healey

    2014-10-01 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Lorraine and Harleena

    Thanks for a great post.

    I think the thing that has helped me grow most as a blogger is how much I have learned from other bloggers. I made so many mistakes, and somehow seem only to learn that way!

    But it’s good to feel that “being myself” is OK – because I couldn’t pull it off to be “someone else” for more than a single post. They say that liars need good memories, for one thing, and my memory is not good!

    Joy

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-10-01 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Joy,

      Glad you liked Lorraine’s post 🙂

      Absolutely! And learning is one thing that should never stop, no matter what level you reach, or shall I say the kind of ‘shark’ you become! We all learn by our mistakes, and I think they are our greatest teachers. But that kind of a learning always stays with us too, isn’t it?

      Having your own voice and being you doesn’t come easy for many, especially new bloggers as they are still finding their way around, but eventually it’s the only thing that works. Lol…thanks for stopping by, and Lorraine would be here shortly to reply to you as well 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-10-01 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Joy! I’m right there with you. My memory is horrible. If I don’t write things down, I forget. Out of sight, out of mind, you know? That’s me!

      Thanks for dropping by to read my post. I’m grateful for your comment and it’s nice to meet you, too. Enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂

      Oh, and Harleena, I’m taking the next two days off (I think).

      • Harleena Singh

        2014-10-01 at 7:39 pm

        Lucky you Lorraine! Though I wonder if you can ‘really’ take them off!! 😉

        No worries at all – I’d have all your comments waiting once you are back, and hope you have a nice time. 🙂

        • Lorraine Reguly

          2014-10-02 at 1:45 pm

          You’re so right. LOL Here I am… at four in the morning… answering comments again.

          I bought a new book the other day, though, and have already read 94 pages of it. I think I just needed a break. 😉

  5. Kerry

    2014-09-30 at 6:36 pm

    Great tips and great post. 🙂 I believe I am already doing most if not all of these you’ve listed, but I just hope I can keep them up going forward. I may be crazy, but I am starting a second site. I apologize that I do not have a photo here. I am good with the written content, but so much of the online world is visual and photographs. I have trouble keeping up with that part.

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-10-01 at 2:03 pm

      Kerry, thank you so much for dropping by to read this post! What is your second site going to be about?

      FYI, I applaud your efforts and think you are doing a great job.

      I liked how you mentioned in your comments that you have trouble keeping up with the visual aspect of blogging but if you want my honest opinion, I think you should also mention why: because you are blind or visually impaired. (I don’t know which term you prefer. I know that when Max and I first met, I told him to own his blindness and not hide it and now he embraces his uniqueness and I think you should too.) I’m not trying to be pushy, Kerry, but I do think that, in standing out online, you would be wise to exploit this aspect of yourself! Be proud of it, and of yourself. You are an inspiration, girl! 🙂

      I’m eager to hear about your new site. Please let us know what it will be called so we can visit!

  6. Arleen

    2014-09-29 at 11:58 pm

    Harleena & Lorraine- Very good advice.

    I think one of things is to realize that there is no quick fix and everything takes time. I started blogging to boast my main website. It has taken time but it is starting to pay off. The one thing that I have noticed with many bloggers, I have no idea what they are selling. If it was out in the open more instead of embedded in the blog post, I think people would be more successful. I can’t tell you how many times I will see a blog and say to myself, what are they selling?

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-30 at 12:17 am

      Hi Arleen,

      Absolutely! Blogging is a process, and just like every other business and work we start, this too takes time to grow. Lol…I agree with you there – wish it were more in the open and visible. But to each their own, I guess we just need to tread our path and do it to the best of our abilities.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am sure Lorraine would be here shortly to reply to your comment as well 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-30 at 6:49 am

      Arleen, I’ve often wondered the same thing, but I’ve come to realize not everyone has something to sell. Some bloggers blog simply for the fun of it or to increase awareness about about something.

      I’ve also wondered why your blog and your website aren’t more “connected” with each other. If I were you, I’d link to the main site more than you do, if selling is one of your goals (which I’m sure it is!).

      Food for thought.

      Thanks for stopping by, Arleen. We appreciate your comment!

  7. Don Purdum

    2014-09-29 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Lorraine,

    Lots of great takeaways in your article.

    I have a whole bunch of things to validate you on, and one thing I’ll start with to challenge all of us who blog.

    The challenge is that we talk about those who blog as hobby and those who blog for money. But, we leave out the bloggers like me that have a business blog for a slightly different purpose. My blog doesn’t directly make money. Instead, it’s a business blog that teaches other businesses how to understand and leverage technology to help them succeed online.

    What my blog does for me is offer validation and credibility and that leads to both offline and online business opportunities. So, my blog is an indirect way to make money.

    I just want to put that out there because it’s a third way to use a a blog that’s built into a website and it’s forgotten a lot.

    Now, on to the good stuff, lol…

    I love that you bring education into the conversation. Much of our time ought to be spent researching, reading and acquiring new ideas, thoughts and skills that will aid and help our readers, prospects and customers. Unfortunately, it’s pretty clear that some bloggers are just throwing things out there hoping it will stick.

    Not everyone is a master blogger or has a lot of experience in blogging. But, everyone has an expertise or skillset that they bring to the table and can write about and build experience and influence.

    That’s where I felt your idea on don’t compare yourself to other bloggers was huge. Instead of comparing, why not collaborate and find ways to inspire, encourage and help one another grow. That’s why connecting with influencers like the ones you’ve mentioned can be a game changer because when you bring them to the fore front and promote them and their work, they may be inclined to do the same for you at some point.

    But would they want to if you don’t know who you are, what business you’re “really” in, what problems you “really” solve, and you haven’t mastered your writing skills? I learned a long time ago that it’s about making others look good and if you’re not going to do that they are going to do anything for you, nor should they. They don’t want to be embarrassed.

    For an influential blogger to take the risk and promote you means they have to believe in you. That means we have to give them reasons to believe in us as well as reasons to share us with their audience which they’ve worked hard to garner.

    Nothing is given, all is earned. Right?

    In doing all of this it will be a natural thing to create relationships with people and watch your community build. At some point, loyalty will kick in and a support system will naturally develop.

    I know Adrienne Smith has experienced this for sure, we talked about it.

    I really appreciated your article Lorraine! Congratulations on getting a guest blog on Aha-Now! That speaks volumes!!!!

    I hope you have an awesome week and I look forward to connecting with you.

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-30 at 6:44 am

      Don, you have hit upon an extremely important point: using your blog to provide credibility online. I agree that this is one reason for why people blog, and I’m glad you mentioned this. Authors have a similar reason for blogging: to build a platform for their books. In this respect, authors provide others with a taste of what’s to come.

      I also like your point about how connecting with influencers can have a positive effect on them. This is true – case in point: Ana Hoffman recently THANKED ME for ENCOURAGING HER… (This happened in the comments section of a post on Google+.)
      So, yes, you have a very valid point there, Don!

      I agree with you, too: “Nothing is given, all is earned.”

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. 😉

      Thank you for bringing to light these important points. I look forward to connecting with you, too. 🙂 Further, I should say. 😉

      Have a great week ahead.

      FYI, your diagram on your About page, coupled with your insightful comment, has given me a few new ideas for blog posts for Wording Well. Thank you!

      • Don Purdum

        2014-10-01 at 3:53 am

        Hi Lorraine,

        Thanks for such a well thought out reply. Now I see why Harleena asked you to be her guest.

        I appreciate your kind words about the diagram on my About page. When you write those articles, please let me know. I will look forward to reading them!

        • Lorraine Reguly

          2014-10-01 at 2:11 pm

          Don, I believe I have sent you an invite on Triberr.

          As to the ideas I had? I had been trying to figure out a tough solution to an easy question, without realizing that my answer should have been blatantly obvious. This may sound cryptic, but when I looked at your diagram, I froze when I tried to think of what problems I solve. The obvious answer is so simple: I improve the written work of others using my knowledge of the English language and its many rules. DUH!

          I’m laughing at myself for this now…

          Thanks for the reply. All of the articles will eventually be on my blog. 🙂

          Let’s connect on Triberr and then you can see them without subscribing to my blog. 😉

          • Don Purdum

            2014-10-01 at 7:22 pm

            Good Morning Lorraine!

            I haven’t been on Triberr yet today, but I will shortly. Thank you for the invite!!!

            That’s too funny. It happens all of the time. The obvious is sometimes the hardest thing to see. I would challenge you to take it one step further… you wrote it from your perspective. How would your prospects and clients see you and how would they say it?

            Thanks again for the invite. I hope you have an awesome day. See you on Triberr!!!!

            ~ Don

            • Lorraine Reguly

              2014-10-01 at 7:46 pm

              Don, I just updated the home page (aka landing page?) of my site… after thinking about what you said. It was pretty cluttered before. I hope it is okay now. (My Wording Well website.)

              I did this so that potential clients could see me as someone who is intelligent, can perform many services, offers value, and is not pushy. I simply provided a couple of links and will expect visitors (clients or blog readers or whoever) to pick and choose what THEY want to do once they come to the end of the page.

              People are going to make their own decisions anyway, and so I’d rather take a casual, laid-back, factual approach with them.

              Yes, see you on Triberr!

              • Don Purdum

                2014-10-02 at 1:58 am

                Hi Lorraine,

                That’s so awesome!!! I’m so glad I could be a positive contributor to you! That is so encouraging!!!!!

                I joined your Tribe on Triberr and I’m looking forward to connecting with you more on your site as well!

                ~ Don

                • Lorraine Reguly

                  2014-10-02 at 1:42 pm

                  Don, I can say the same – me too! 🙂

                  See you around! 🙂

  8. Kathi Miller

    2014-09-29 at 5:47 pm

    Lorraine,

    From one Guest Post Winner to another, nice job of capitalizing on this opportunity! I’m quite sure your post will resonate with many….I know it did me!

    I’m curious, what specific tips do you have regarding blog monetization?

    All great points and I really appreciate your writing style!

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-30 at 6:32 am

      Kathi, congratulations on your win. 🙂

      Thanks for the compliment on my post, too. As for monetization tips? I’m not sure I’m the right person to ask for advice on this topic. The only thing I can say is to write great content that ranks high in Google search and then install Adsense.

      This is not as easy as it sounds, either. 🙁 But doable. 🙂

      I appreciate your comment AND compliment. Have a great week ahead.

  9. Norbert

    2014-09-29 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Lorraine and Harleena,

    What a great post! I’m so glad I found this on Kingged and although I’m late to the party, I feel compelled to hop in with my two lines.

    Running a blog can be overwhelming at times especially when you’re still trying to establish yourself. You have to get many things in order – producing the content, getting the right design, promoting, reaching out to others, learning, and much more.It really takes time and without clear goals it’s easy to get lost.

    The biggest hindrance for me was waiting for that perfect time. I always thought I should know everything upfront before starting out but later realized you can always make time for learning as you grow.

    All the points you’ve mentioned are crucial for growing a blog and thanks for reminding me why I need to improve on my positioning. I feel so motivated after reading this article.

    Thanks for the great info!
    ~Norbert

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-29 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Norbert,

      You know you are never late – the gates of Aha!NOW are always open for anyone, anytime 🙂

      Absolutely! The starting is easy, but carrying on consistently isn’t all that easy because you keep learning and implementing a lot of things, and if you are doing it all alone, it does time time and effort.

      Time is never actually there, nor does it wait for anyone – it just needs to me created, somehow. We just need to keep going with the flow and be there as and when we can. The perfect time never actually comes, to be honest – it’s something I used to think a lot about also, but then just started going ahead and experimenting with things, the way it was. There is no absolute right or wrong either, because each one of us has our own share of experiences, which is so different from anyone else’s -so to each ones own. It’s a journey, a process, that takes time.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am so glad Lorraine’s post could motivate you – she’d be thrilled reading this and would be here in a while to reply to you as well. 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-30 at 6:28 am

      Norbert, I’m so happy you showed up to leave me a comment. I’m going to have to check out Kingged; I had never heard of it until now!

      (I think I live under a rock.) 😉

      I’m glad you are feeling motivated! Blog better! Earn more! Socialize, too!

      Thanks for making ME feel like I’ve helped you, Norbert. Have a great week ahead!

  10. Angela McCall

    2014-09-29 at 9:38 am

    Hi Lorraine,

    I keep bumping on you but I’m not sure if I have been on your site. I get so busy that no matter how much I want to read more blogs of other people, it just so hard to keep track.

    As a blogger, I started blogging as a hobby from livejournal on the early 2000. Then I quit my graphic design for like 10 years then back again online, so I’d say I’m on and off. But I’m familiar with blogging. Back then it was only a hobby and I was never pressured to do anything. I didn’t have to worry about SEO, Google algorithm, you name it…I was blogging on a 3rd party and I didn’t have to worry who hacks what because the company worries all that. Now, I started my own domain blogging my business…

    …by the way, we started blog almost at the same time. I’ve been blogging now for 21 months and that is 1 year and 9 months. It’s very different blogging your business. There is more pressure like blog maintainance, dealing with hackers, keeping off spammers, getting more traffic, managing your social media, and I can just go and on…you know how it is.

    I love what you said about “be yourself”. Don’t compare yourself to anybody. You are different. And you have your own voice that is unrepeatable. You are unique in our own special way.

    You know I’ve read something…and I forgot where I read it. Someone said, when you engage with someone choose someone who is not too popular but good enough to interact with. We know that Authorities and Influencers are always busy and it’s very hard for them to engage on a one-to-one basis, but choose someone in your own niche who is good and CONNECT with them on a daily basis…and see what happens!

    I’ve never really felt a guppy in an ocean of shark…until you said it. But I always feel like everyone is at the top and I’m still down here below trying to climb that top. Like I have a looooooong way to go before I can reach where they at. You know what I’m saying? Perhaps that is the same analogy with the sharks.

    Anyhoo, great post Lorraine!!! And I’m glad though I’m late to the party I made it to comment here. Have a great weekend.

    Angela

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-30 at 6:25 am

      Angela, yes, I keep seeing your name on Twitter, actually, and I have to thank you again for the retweets. I don’t think you have been to Wording Well recently, but I think you might have left a comment there once or twice in the past.

      I totally get what you mean about the whole “working on your business” aspect, rather than “in” it. Plugins, maintenace, spammers, etc. – dealing with all of this stuff is a real chore!

      I’m happy you found some useful tips in this post. I’m also thankful you took the time to comment, too. It’s great hearing from you!

      FYI, I have you in one of my circles on G+, too. 😉

  11. Jody Cowan

    2014-09-29 at 6:18 am

    I’m so glad I found this on LinkedIn. This is a great post. And it’s really going to help me. I need to brand myself and stop comparing, thats for sure. I think I try to write about too many things, but I just don’t know what to stop doing. My main goal is to help people and homeless animals. So I think I’m going to try to concentrate on those two things more. I know it takes time. I’ve been blogging for three years and I’m still not where I want to be in terms of traffic. So I’m just going to “not give up”. Thanks for this post!

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-29 at 8:39 am

      Welcome to my blog Jody!

      Nice to know that Lorraine’s post could help you, and yes, comparisons lead to nowhere – we just have to be the best versions of ourselves and compete each day, with ourselves again.

      I think your aim to help people and homeless animals is very nice and with such an aim or goal in mind, you can never go wrong. Writing about too many things isn’t wrong either – we do a lot of that on Aha!NOW too! However, perhaps the interaction is missing or the comments, which tell your that your posts are being read and affirm you are on the right path – don’t we need those!

      I still haven’t seen your blog in details, which I would in a while, but if you spend more time in promoting your posts on various social networks and build relationships with fellow bloggers through commenting etc – it might work well – try it out. That’s the spirit – of not giving up! Keep going and I am sure you’d achieve your goals.

      Thanks for stopping by and I am sure Lorraine would be here to share her views on this too. 🙂

      BTW – It would be nice if you use your Gravatar or profile picture, as I see you have a nice one on your blog, so that we all know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-30 at 5:59 am

      Jody, I took a quick peek at your blog, and have to say that you should definitely focus on the things that you are most passionate about. I also agree with Harleena; you should fill out a gravatar profile. Find out more at en(dot)gravatar(dot.)com/support/

      I’m glad that this post helped you, too. I can attest to each point, too; my online journey began about 20 months ago and I’m STILL learning!

      I think your goals about helping people and homeless animals is admirable, too, and I wish you much success in attaing them.

      Making friends/connections with others in that niche and commenting on their blog posts will help with that. Also, sharing their posts on social media and even tagging particular people will help, too.

      Good luck, and remember to stay focussed!

      Have a good week ahead, implement some of these suggestions, and see you around the web… hopefully with a new gravatar! 😉

  12. Ravi Chahar

    2014-09-28 at 10:07 am

    Hi Lorraine,

    Its good to see you here.:)

    There are many different aspects about blogging and bloggers. Many bloggers do blogging just for fun because its their hobby. Many other who do it for living are somehow put their efforts to boost their blog. They should learn how to make money online?

    I liked the way you have pointed that we all are unique, we don’t need to compare ourselves with anyone else.

    Every people has some qualities and in this blogosphere their are many bloggers who have achieved a lot in their blogging career but it doesn’t mean we should compare us to them. They have their own place and we have our own.

    To become a successful blogger is necessary to know that it takes time. Blogging is not just for couple of days and you can’t get result at instant.

    All the points you have added are awesome.

    Thanks for writing this post.:)

    Hope you are having fun this weekend.

    ~Ravi

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 5:44 am

      Ravi, I appreciate that you took time to read and comment.

      Blogging growth can take a lot of time. I should know; I’ve been trying to grow my blog for about a year-and-a-half! LOL

      I’m glad you like the article and found the tips useful, especially the one about being yourself. Being unique is what is going to make you stand out from everyone else!

  13. Nisha Pandey

    2014-09-28 at 12:46 am

    Hi Lorraine,

    What a wonderful topic!

    I am always there on a ocean of bloggers and want to be there with all forever. Thanks for sharing your insights and advice here with us. These are really helpful to gain ourself in blogging. I have learn many things from Harleena mam too. She is my inspiration of all time.

    All the 8 points are having their own importance in successful blogging. I liked the most #5. I have some good feelings already from these points you made here.

    Blogging is my hobby as well as I blog for living too. I always take my own time to learn and never compare myself to others. When I started my blog, I was thinking that my blog will grow soon and automatically after posting such quality articles. But, I was totally wrong and realized after some time that it takes time. Now, I am not in hurry to grow my blog. I am just growing myself in front of other bloggers.

    Thanks again Lorraine for wonderful lessons. I really learnt lot of things here.

    Have an enjoyable weekend both of you.

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 5:41 am

      Nisha, I’m glad you are learning – and have learned – some of these valuable lessons. I wish you much success with growing your community!

      Harleena is an inspiration to many, too. 😉 Myself included.

      Have a great week, and thanks for commenting. 🙂

  14. Christy

    2014-09-27 at 11:13 pm

    It was overwhelming when I first started blogging. I found that networking with other and not being afraid to ask questions, reach out to others, and build a network of trusted people who like your content. As you grow, so will your skills and your audience. I started out not writing for Google and this helped me a ton.

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 5:38 am

      Christy, you and I are living proof that the points this article makes are TRUE! 🙂

      It’s great to ask questions and learn, isn’t it? 😉

      Writing for Google is never easy; writing for your audience IS.

      Thanks for your comment, and have a great week ahead.

  15. Corina Ramos

    2014-09-27 at 10:59 pm

    Hello Lorraine,

    Nice to meet you. I can totally relate about feeling like a guppy. The good news is I’ve implemented your suggestions so I’m at the continue to learn and not give up stages at this point :). Not giving up is great advice because those who start a blog thinking they can make thousands of dollars a month in less than a year quit after they realize it’s going to take real work.

    The one thing I want to do differently is video. I’m very camera shy and I’m working on getting over that. I know I’m missing out on opportunities with that but it’s been quite the challenge.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I had a question about the click to tweet too but I didn’t want to ask because I didn’t want to seem like I didn’t know anything :).

    I hope you’re having a great weekend and to you as well Harleena!

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 5:36 am

      Corina, if you are having problems overcoming your camera-shyness, try making a ten-second video to begin with, and progress by five seconds each time you make one… but do this for one week straight. Then, after a week, take a look at Video 1 and then Video 7. You will see a difference in your confidence and the way you present yourself.

      Trust me on this one; I was involved with a video series at one point and picked up some great tips from Marisa Murgatroyd. (Google her and find her “Join the 30 Day Video Challenge” from May 2013 video for more information.)

      As for your questions about Click-to-Tweet… do you still have any? If so, please ask them. I’m here to help.

      Thanks for adding to this conversation with your experiences. I wish you the best with your video shyness!

  16. Ahsan

    2014-09-27 at 4:35 pm

    Hello Lorraine Reguly,

    Nice to see you in Harleena’s blog. You already answered most common que. of unsuccessful bloggers. According to me, if you think blogging as earning source or hobby, you still have to love blogging to get proper success.

    I think every new & passionate blogger must read it once to get proper guideline.

    Have a happy weekend 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 5:27 am

      Ahsan, thanks for the endorsement of my tips! I sure appreciate it. 🙂

      I also agree that you should love blogging if blogging is a part of your job. It’s better to have a job you love than a job you don’t like!

      Have a good week ahead, and thanks for your comment.

  17. Suprabhat Mondal

    2014-09-27 at 4:06 pm

    Hey Lorraine

    Great post, really many bloggers are just blogging to make money without the motto of helping others this way they are not going to get succeed in blogging. Even some copy other post and start using that content on their blog by this they are harming their blog only.
    As you have mentioned all the points must be followed thoroughly to become a successful blogger.

    Thanks for sharing
    Regards
    Suprabhat

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 5:25 am

      Suprabhat, it saddens me to hear that you know of a lot of people who are only out to make money, and not help others. Perhaps you need a new group of online friends!

      Plus, if they steal others’ content, that is called plagiarism, and is illegal. If you know of people who are doing this, please report them!

      Thanks for your comment. We appreciate it.

      • Suprabhat Mondal

        2014-09-30 at 6:23 pm

        Hi Lorraine

        You got it right i have a great group of friend but i need another one whose major aim is on growing up not of earning money.
        Yes i have reported this type of blog who are stealing content.
        But whenever i report i just drop a mail to them so that there hard work shouldn’t get waste just for one post.

        Thanks
        Regards
        Suprabhat

        • Lorraine Reguly

          2014-09-30 at 8:05 pm

          Suprabhat, I hope they have removed the stolen content. Good for you for watching out for others!

  18. Reginald

    2014-09-27 at 12:56 pm

    Hey Harleena and Lorraine!

    Thanks for sharing this. This reminds me a lot of my advise to many. I think blogging is really over-rated. Many people are actually selling stuffs instead of helping others.

    If you want to be successful, you have to find your own voice and goal. Like what the article said, determine if you want to blog for a living or blogging for fun. For me, I started as a fun thing which … transformed into a serious occupation in no time.

    Practice those tips above and you’ll be on your way to be a better blogger.

    Good luck!

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-27 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Reginald,

      You are so right in saying that, and though I don’t blame them, but a little help would do no harm 🙂

      I think most of us sail in the same boat and started off by testing the waters before taking the plunge. It was the same with me, and I mainly started because I thought of creating a portfolio to showcase my writing skills to my clients, but one thing just led to another. I’d never imagined I’d become a professional blogger from the fun-hobby blogger I was, though I was consistent and determined even then…old habits die hard…lol.. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am sure Lorraine would share her experiences with you too 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 5:21 am

      Reginald, many people begin blogging as a hobby. Some find that they can turn their hobby into a business, and pursue that path, while others are content to be hobbyist bloggers. Either choice is fine. What’s important is deciding the type of blogger you want to be, and this often comes after a lot of soul-searching.

      Even then, it’s never too late to change your mind…

      Some people, however, tend to lose their love of blogging when they start a business, or else they lose their original voice. I think that has happened to me a time or two. I know that when I was learning some technical stuff, my love for blogging waned a bit, and I questioned some of the decisions I was making.

      But finding out who you are and who you want to be is part of the journey!

      Thanks for your comment. I’d like to say I’d see you in Starbucks, but I’m not a coffee-lover, so maybe I’ll run into you on social media. 😉

  19. Priya Sharma

    2014-09-27 at 10:25 am

    Hi Lorraine,

    Loved reading this inspiring and informative post by you! 🙂

    It’s a waste of time to compare oneself with someone else, especially someone successful.

    It’s good to look up to them but comparing is the easiest trick to de-motivate oneself. But it happens as most of us want to be successful and some got the idea that success happens overnight.

    Once a person succeeds most overlook the fact that this person worked persistently.

    I don’t think even successful personalities would have succeeded if they’d given up within few months.

    And there’s wealth of other useful information in the post as well like Click to tweet. I didn’t realize how easy it is. I have been delaying it for a while.

    Thank you!! 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 5:12 am

      Priya, I’m glad you enjoyed this post, as well as the Click-to-Tweet information. 🙂

      You’re right; comparing yourself to others can definitely de-motivate you. I don’t think I mentioned that explicitly, but it’s true. If a person does that, he/she can get depressed rather quickly and feel like giving up. That is why it’s important to understand that growth takes time.

      I love that you said, “I don’t think even successful personalities would have succeeded if they’d given up within few months.” This is very true!

      Thanks for adding to the conversation here, Priya.

      I wish YOU much success on your blogging journey. 🙂

  20. Ryan Biddulph

    2014-09-27 at 10:06 am

    Hi Lorraine,

    Great tips!

    Writing, and writing, and writing, and then….writing some more helped me find my own voice. By practicing, I write how I write and I’ve lost the urge to fit in. No guppy can stand out in a pool where it looks like the other guppies, right?

    That’s where practicing comes in.

    I write 4000 to 6000 words most days because I value writing, and I value giving my Blogging from Paradise subscribers and eBook buyers the best experience possible. It takes work but hey, I’ve been a guppy, and I’ve been….well…..not a shark, but something higher up the food chain ;)….and I like being higher up the food chain.

    Practice, practice, practice. Follow each tip and practice like mad to make an impact, to find your voice and to stand out from a crowded online niche.

    Thanks Lorraine.

    Tweeting soon.

    Ryan

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-29 at 4:57 am

      Hi Ryan,

      There is no doubt about it: Practice makes perfect.

      Writing so much each day is great; many published authors don’t even write that much! 😉

      I know blogging takes a lot of work, but promotion takes even more, in my humble opinion. Having wonderful people to help you out along the way makes things easier, and it’s great when those people assist you with promotion and endorsements. Of course, it’s building the relationships that takes time.

      Thanks for the social shares, Ryan, and your comment. Harleena and I appreciate them. See you soon!

  21. Babanature

    2014-09-27 at 4:43 am

    Hello Lorainne and welcome to Haleena’s blog 🙂

    Like i always tell other bloggers, the best and only way that can keep you for a longer time online, is by being yourself. being yourself might not work very well from the start, but trust me, it will surely be your greatest asset.

    Thanks for such a lovely post. do have a brilliant weekend both of you…

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-27 at 8:04 am

      Hi Babanature, and thank you for your comment.

      It’s nice to meet you. Keep on giving others that advice about being yourself; it works!

      Have a great weekend, too. 🙂

  22. Neamat Tawadrous

    2014-09-27 at 3:03 am

    Hi Harleena and Lorraine,

    Thanks Harleena for having Lorraine over at your blog to share such a wonderful post. I really enjoyed reading it till the end and I was really hooked.

    Lorraine, it is a pleasure meeting you here and I don’t know what to say but all what you wrote is very true and I go through it all.

    I have been in the blogosphere for a little over a year and comparing myself to other bloggers is something I struggle with, to be honest. I always view myself as a guppy blogger still. Lots of wonderful bloggers out there and sometimes I feel like I amount to nothing compared to them. But what you said here is very encouraging and it is true, everyone should have their own voice and everyone is unique in one way or another.

    I like your Advice at the end which sum it all up!! No one knows everything and we have to keep going and never give up.

    Thanks Lorraine for a wonderful encouraging post and thanks Harleena for all the support you offer to the blogging community here in your blog. You both, have a great weekend ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-27 at 8:02 am

      Neamat, it is people like you who make me happy that I wrote this post. I think it is important to encourage other bloggers and motivate them to keep going and not give up.

      I can feel your appreciation, and I have to thank you for that, as it makes ME feel better, too. Another win-win for us!

      It is also a pleasure to meet you. Keep going on your path to success!

      FYI, I took a quick peek at your website. Is the “Services” page a recent addition?

      • Neamat Tawadrous

        2014-10-02 at 9:21 pm

        Hi Lorraine,

        Thanks for visiting my website.

        No, the services page is not a recent addition but it is an empty page for now!!

        Thanks Lorraine for asking.

        Neamat

        • Lorraine Reguly

          2014-10-03 at 8:06 am

          Neamat, I was curious and that is why I asked. 😉

          Have a good upcoming weekend!

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-27 at 11:36 am

      Hi Neamat,

      You are most welcome, and I am glad you liked her post as well – yes, keeps you reading right through, doesn’t it? 🙂

      Don’t worry, because we all are guppies still I think when we compare ourselves to the larger sharks in the blogosphere. Even Ana feels like one when she compares herself to the other marketing sharks, as she mentioned yesterday on G+, so you aren’t the only one.

      We just have to keep going and trying our best to improvise- nothing works better, and remember, growth takes time, so we need to remain patient and keep the faith.

      Thanks for stopping by and your kind words of appreciation as well. Have a nice weekend 🙂

  23. Yvonne I. Wilson

    2014-09-27 at 2:53 am

    Hi Lorraine

    Thanks for this awesome post. Great information, tips and encouragement. Over the past two and a half years since I have been blogging, i have gone through all of the emotions that you outlined at the beginning, though mostly in the initial stage. I am happy to say that I have gotten past those things and have gotten comfortable in ‘my own skin.”

    I am happy to build a niche’ and a brand that stands out, no matter how long it takes. I believe that I fit quite well into this profile that you have so clearly articulated

    “Determine the type of Blogger you want to be
    Write well and own your own voice
    Build a Support System of Your Own
    Position Yourself Properly and Support Others With Gestures of Appreciation
    Focus on the Positive, and Don’t Give Up”

    Thanks for the encouragement. Have a great weekend. 🙂

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-27 at 7:53 am

      Yvonne, it’s no secret that we all go through these emotions. The stages of blogging are different for each of us – they vary in how long each lasts – but they are basically the same for each blogger. The blogging continuum is sometimes hard to articulate, too; no two bloggers progress at the same rate. It is dependent on their prior knowledge and how much they put into learning new things. Staying current with respect to blogging trends and SEO algorithm updates is tough to do, too!

      Sigh.

      There is always so much to learn.

      I’m glad you are finally comfortable in your skin, too. 🙂 That is an achievement in itself and should be celebrated!

      Congratulations, Yvonne! Remember to take time to appreciate your “victories” as they happen, and to reflect on how far you’ve come.

      Thanks for your comment, too. We appreciate your contribution!

  24. Ikechi Awazie

    2014-09-27 at 2:18 am

    Wow! What a great post.After reading this post, I now know what must be done. Thumbs up

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-27 at 7:47 am

      Thank you, Ikechi. I am always happy to help.

      Have yourself a great weekend!

  25. Tim

    2014-09-26 at 11:44 pm

    As you say Lorraine the first step is to figure out why you are doing what you are doing. Blogging for fun or money is fun either way and I think that is the way it should be. Let your creative self flow and find your own voice. Growth of readers and hopefully growth of income will follow.

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-27 at 7:45 am

      Tim, you are not the first person to say that… but you are the first person to say it here! Thanks for that. 🙂

      You’re right; the money will follow once you have built a strong foundation.

      I appreciate the visit from the BHB group. I know Harleena does, too. She’ll likely welcome you to the community she’s built over here as well. 😉

      Have a great weekend, Tim!

      • Harleena Singh

        2014-09-27 at 7:51 am

        I agree with Tim and you, both, Lorraine. Money will flow, you just need to keep the faith and keep working towards your main goal, and enjoy your blogging journey without stressing yourself out. There are many people who get frustrated because they want quick results. They forget Rome wasn’t built in a day!

        Thanks once again – Tim’s been here earlier, so I didn’t welcome him, though he’s most welcome to join the community anytime – nice to have him back 🙂

  26. donna merrill

    2014-09-26 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Lorainne,

    Great to see you here on AHA Now! Congratulations are in order here too!

    You have given such good advice to bloggers, especially the many newbies that are coming into the fold.

    #2 Make time for learning goes hand in hand with blogging. Half our time needs to be on the learning curve. Things change rapidly and we need to keep up to date on so many things. Actually that’s one of the things I enjoy the most…Keeps my brain going lol.

    #4 is another excellent point that bloggers need to realize. It takes time to grow and no matter what anyone tells you…this is a true fact. As with any business off line or on line (I’m on both) One must have the mindset that it just goes with any other business.

    Best of all is #5 – blog well and own your own voice. Being yourself is the way to go. If one is trying to emulate something rather than their own self, it is apparent to the reader.

    Thanks for your wonderful article!

    -Donna

    • Lorraine Reguly

      2014-09-27 at 7:43 am

      Hi Donna,

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I was thrilled when Harleena announced that she decided to choose 3 winners instead of 2, and that my name came up! I love guest posting and helping others, and so I was able to do just that with this opportunity. Plus, I get/got to meet some new and interesting people!

      The one point that I should have expanded upon (and maybe Harleena will do so in a future post) is to make time for learning.

      This is the most critical of all points, in my opinion, as learn is never-ending and often exhausting! The latter point relates to sleeping because it has been proven that a person needs twice the amount of sleep when they have performed mental activity. Scientific studies have been done! I think this contributes to the WHYs of why bloggers abandon their blogs after only a year or so, and why it’s difficult to feel comfortable blogging in an ocean of sharks, too.

      Learing takes time, repetition, and work. You’re right, too; there is curve when it comes to blogging. No ONE blogger knows how to do it all, but we keep getting better over time because we put forth the effort.

      I am glad you liked and agree with some of the other points, too, Donna.

      Thanks for the visit and contributing to the conversation. 🙂






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