Blogging is one of the best things that happened to me. It has given me wings and encouraged me to take flight. It has helped create an audience and infused some much-needed confidence in a closet writer like me. The blogosphere has a vast pool of knowledge we can all benefit from and has a place for everyone.
Although I’ve been blogging for many years now, I discovered blogging challenges only recently. My writing is all about expressing and sharing while these challenges require a discipline that I haven’t had the motivation to develop earlier. ‘Better late then never’, right?
Super Blogger Challenge 2018 is the first big blogging challenge I’ve undertaken on my self-hosted blog this year. The rush in my blood and itch in my fingers hasn’t faded even as it enters its sixth week with all the tutorials, activities and surprises involved. Assurance of good readership from fellow bloggers is encouraging.
Surviving it can be testing for the weak-penned and thin-skinned though. Professional blogging requires hard work and dedication. This challenge is a glimpse of the swiftness, critique and pressure you’ll face to sustain yourself in this growing industry. Here are a few simple tips which will hopefully help you stay afloat in this challenge.
Openness to learning
Learning is an ongoing process. Many of us attempted writing for a brand for the first time with the Instacuppa post. We didn’t participate in live Twitter sessions or have an active Pinterest account before this. The helpful pointers given by the hosts have helped us explore new topics and increase the reach of our blog. The experience was thrilling indeed!
Become a blogging sponge
The milestones you’ve set for your blog are far beyond this challenge. Be a sponge and absorb all you can from the expertise and guidance of blogging veterans around you. File it away in a safe box in your mind so you can pull it out whenever you need it for future reference. This information will help you throughout your blogging life.
Learn to like rules
The thing with rules is, they’re never easy or comforting. Many of us find the nudging to comply with them annoying. The sheer handling of such an enormous exercise though cannot be undertaken without a preset unbending to-do list that favours no one. It can help bring defaulters to book. Please, follow them.
Patience is key, always
This is true for everything in life and includes lot more in blogging. Looking at the success and readership of old blogs can be overwhelming for new bloggers. You may read more and get read less. Your stats won’t show the jump you expected. Don’t take it to heart and be patient. Write passionately, share boldly and network professionally.
Hold hands and grow together
Like I said, blogging has a place for everyone. Working or collaborating together/as a team is anytime beneficial than going solo. Your blog is one amongst millions and getting readers for it ain’t easy. The ‘dog eats dog’ concept is redundant here. Don’t think twice before sharing anyone’s post. Hold hands with your blog buddies and grow together!
Think beyond numbers
Blogging allows you to discover different genres. A good follower count doesn’t necessarily indicate a person’s quality of writing. Whether you’re a newbie or an established blogger, this challenge will help you find blogs that touch a chord with you. Connect with them and don’t forget to appreciate. Creative people crave for it. Reciprocation will happen eventually.
Don’t give up!
Challenges such as this can be taxing. You may be expected to write and read more than you’re used to. Your demanding personal and professional life might make squeezing out time for it a task in itself. Find a balance and hang in there though. Success doesn’t come overnight. The rewards will make it all worth it!
Writing is the easiest part of blogging, as I’ve realised over time. To be a ‘bestseller’ blog you have to give it a visibility boost and create a niche audience.
Do you find these tips beneficial? Would you like to add something? Please share with me.
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