I’d like to ask you a serious question relating to your blog and your blogging efforts. Here it is.
Are you making your own path in blogging, or are you following someone else’s lead and advice, or implementing someone else’s tactics and strategies, using the tools that somebody else has suggested you use etc, too often?
Here’s the thing, and I’m not saying that all bloggers do this and that it’s completely a bad thing, but it’s so easy to fall into the trap where you’re doing nothing else but following somebody else’s advice, tactics, methods, footsteps etc. Sometimes sticking with just the lovely bunch of people you’ve connected with in your circles, and not venturing out and connecting with new peeps, can do more harm than good.
Now tell me to sod off and close this post, let me just say, there’s nothing wrong with reading and commenting on the same blogs day in and day out for the rest of your life, in fact there’s a bunch of awesome blogs that I’ll always follow, always read and comment on because they’re valuable to me and they always have something fresh to share, but blogging is also about exploring the boundaries, stepping beyond your comfort zone and connecting with NEW people whenever you can right?
In addition, blogging is also about cultivating your own path, making your own journey to finding success. It’s about making your own series of mistakes and proudly reaching your own series of milestones, please correct me if I’m wrong here peeps.
Hey, as you may know if you’re connected with me via this blog, or a social network where I’m active on, I’m all for reading other blogs and other blogger’s stories and taking their useful advice onboard, and applying it to my own strategies from time to time.
I’m all for trying out new things to see if they might work for me too, but here’s what we have to remember peeps, sometimes we have to go our own way, stand on our own two feet and make our own decisions. We shouldn’t always rely on someone else’s advice to move forward with anything in blogging.
Here’s what we have to remember:
- Just because something has worked or is working for somebody else, it doesn’t mean you have to follow that person’s advice or steps too, because it’ll work for you too.
- Just because you know a bunch of bloggers who are writing and posting daily and benefiting from this, it doesn’t mean that you have to go and do the same thing too.
- Just because you read how blog commenting is supposedly the ultimate way to build a community, (aff) and to connect with other influencers in your industry, just because it might be the best method, it doesn’t mean that you’ve got to go out busting your nachos commenting on 10 blogs per day for the rest of your life.
- Just because Joe Bloggs is writing 10,000 word blog posts over on his “getting naked with nature” blog every single time, it doesn’t mean that you have to sit at your computer stressing out for the next 12 days, trying to figure out how YOU can write a 20,000 word blog post.
- Just because I’ve recommended a bunch of tools and services for you to use that have worked for me! It doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy every single one of those tools to use yourself, because they’re going to work for you too.
- Just because I recently shared with you my list building strategy and case study, where I increased subscribers to my blog, it doesn’t mean that what’s working for me will also work for you too.
I think I’ll stop there, because I think you get the picture here.
My point with all of these is that you can read about all of these things online, but take what ever you read with a pinch of salt. At the end of the day you have to do what you’re comfortable with doing, what you have time to do and more importantly, what works with you and resonates with YOUR audience best. You have to create your own goals, strategies and methods and set your own objectives.
You are unique, don’t ever change that by trying to be Mr Joe Bloggs and doing everything Mr Joe Bloggs suggests you do. Find your own path, write your own blogging success story.
You can’t do this alone… Or can you?
Definitely not… I don’t care what you read and where you read it, and most bloggers will agree with me here, blogging alone is as mad as going to the movies by yourself… Hey, I’m truly sorry if you do happen to go to the movies by yourself.
But seriously folks, to succeed in any way with blogging asides creating epic content and marketing, you have to build a loyal community and engage with others frequently, whether you like it or not, you can’t just write and pray for people to find you and connect with you online, but like I said you can’t do it alone… but you can do it YOUR way, not how Joe Bloggs always does it.
You can do it your own way, no one will get offended really!
When I share something with you folks that is working for me, I don’t expect everyone to rush out and copy my strategy part by part, but more over to take parts of it and apply it to there own methods, because chances are what’s working for me might not work for you at all as I keep saying.
You can read other blogs, follow other bloggers advice and so forth, and use their strategies from time to time and to a degree, but not always.
You can also read all the ‘how to’ books you want, books that show you how to do certain things to achieve certain goals, or help you with what ever you’re trying to do. Yes reading books really does help.
You can use a bunch of cool tools to help you do great things with your blog and improve your workflow, but at the end of the day, you go your own way in blogging. You might be sat there right now shaking your head disagreeing with me, but I’m right and I’ll tell you why.
You create your own identity in blogging, no one does that for you, and you can’t be someone you’re not, or try and be like one of your other blogging buddies.
You build your blog as a brand your own way, and put out amazing ‘unique’ and useful content, and even create great ‘unique’ products that people are going to love.
You build your awesome email list by captivating your audience with not just your exceptional content and offers, but with your shining personality too. You do all of these things not by yourself, but certainly your own way.
In the last 12 months I’ve been so fortunate to have connected with so many great folks online.
These folks have been part of my journey so far with Magnet4Blogging, and I owe so much to some of these peeps, because I’ve learned a great deal from them, they continue to motivate me, teach me, and inspire me to keep moving forward.
But at the end of the day, I make my own path in blogging.
I try to be nobody else but myself.
I am responsible for building and doing the majority of the promotional work for my own brand, though it’s so nice to have loyal peeps who promote my content from time to time, or give me a kind mention in one of their posts, that feeling is awesome always.
OK, enough tapping away on the keyboard for me for now. So what about you!
Are you cultivating your own path in blogging, making your own decisions, making your own mistakes? Or are you hop-skipping on the stepping stones someone else has laid out already?
Have your say
Now you’ve heard it from me, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so let me know what’s on your mind and leave me a comment below. Perhaps you agree with me, or perhaps you don’t, and that this post makes absolutely no sense at all to you… Which ever the case may be, I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, happy blogging and stay safe 🙂
Your blogging friend, Fabrizio
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