This post is written by Srini.
“10 tips to become a successful blogger, 7 keys to the blogger jackpot”…. If you’ve been blogging for a while or have an interest in blogging, I’m sure you’ve come across such articles or ebooks. Instructions they tell you will help you write in a way that will win you a captive audience. Some help, others won’t but at the end of the day bloggers fail not because they are writing poorly or approaching their subjects in the wrong way, but because they are not taking care of their primary asset- their wellbeing.
Like every other human being on the planet, bloggers face challenges in their personal lives. To be able to overcome them and be productive, they must do everything they can to take care of the mental, physical and emotional aspects of their lives. Once these areas have been dealt with, a blogger will become more productive and be able to more effectively deal with the challenges life throws at them. This article discusses ways a blogger can achieve this all-round state of health.
1. How To Deal With Critics
Those who have been in the game for a year or two can attest to receiving everything from constructive criticism to nasty threats. Why? Simply because you chose to make your contribution to the world by freely posting what you thought was helpful information. But every rose comes with its thorns and if you went into blogging expecting plain sailing, you are in for a reality check. Cyberspace, much like the real world, has its fair share of hate-mongers; people always looking to pick up a fight and others who have just had a bad day and need someone to take it out on. The fact that they can vent anonymously, without knowing who posted that damaging comment, makes it all the more enticing for them.
The best way to deal with such critics is to be prepared, like they tell boy scouts. Another thing you should learn to do is not take the criticisms to heart. Instead, evaluate the comments with a cold-blooded eye, as if they were directed at somebody else. This will help you shift through them in a level-headed way; taking in the healthy criticism and seeing where you can improve and discarding the rest.
2. How To Deal With Failure
Most bloggers set targets when they join the trade, expecting to achieve a certain target by one year or in a couple of months. To their dismay, they find that a year or two has gone by without them scratching the surface of what they had hoped to accomplish. They are brought crashing back to earth from their lofty expectations. At the same time, they see other relatively new bloggers garnering obscene levels of recognition and readership and start turning green with envy.
Here are two pieces of advice to deal with this scenario, should you find yourself in it. First, you need to realise that failure, as with every other aspect of life, is part and parcel of blogging. Failure should not discourage you and neither should it inhibit you from trying again. Shake off the fear of failure and instead work harder at your blog to increase its chances of success. And keep trying new ideas and new approaches regardless of what their outcome may be. Keep trying until you succeed.
Next you need to get rid of the jealousy as it is getting you nowhere- and it’s bad for your health. What you need to do instead is change your outlook and start viewing other bloggers as competitors, not enemies. Find out their secrets of success and if you can, use something from their approach to improve your chances of success.
3. How Your Diet Could Do Miracles For Your Blog
Your diet really could hold the key to your blog’s success. How, you may ask? Well, what you eat has an impact on not only your body, but on your mental and emotional health as well. These two aspects of our wellbeing are vital to the productivity of any blogger. Here’s an illustration you’ve probably lived through; ever woken up feeling even more tired than you were when you went to bed, decent sleep notwithstanding? Or have you gone through a day where you found it extremely difficult to apply yourself to your writing? What you ate the previous day or night probably had a lot to do with it. Junk foods have been proven to affect the body’s metabolism negatively resulting in a more sluggish, unmotivated you.
This poorly nourished you is also emotionally fragile and less able to deal with setbacks and challenges. It explains why a number of bloggers give up when they encounter poor results. Had they paid better attention to what they put into their mouths, they probably would have been better equipped emotionally to deal with the hurdles and even turn them into stepping stones to future success.
The irony of it all is that while we think we are saving time and thereby increasing our output by grabbing fast food instead of getting a proper meal, the opposite is actually happening. Our mental and emotional fortitude is being compromised in the long run. So why not revamp your diet with something a little more nutritious and increase the quality of your blog?
4. HowExercise Can Help Your Blog
A lot has been said about the health benefits of gym programmes, a regular swim or a morning jog. But you need to know that these routines are also beneficial to your emotional stability. And rather than leaving you tired, they make you highly energetic, helping you achieve more in a day than you otherwise would. Try it; give yourself about one hour of good exercise every morning and note your productivity levels. I guarantee you there will be a huge difference. Though you may struggle initially, the rewards won’t be long in coming. And you won’t want to quit when you notice how much more composed and alert you are after a good workout. Not to mention the weight loss benefits as well.
So there you have it, you’ve now discovered that more than just better content or marketing, what your blog really needs is a physically and emotionally well balanced version of the blogger. I hope the tips I’ve shared will help you get there. If you have more suggestions or have any comments, feel free to share them with me.