This guest post is by Kate Miller of BestWebsiteHostingServices.org.
Today’s new bloggers are a fortunate group. The blogging community is swarming with a plethora of experienced bloggers who they can turn to for advice, tips and DIY tutorials. These bloggers are the thought-leaders, renegades and early-adopters of the industry. Turning to them to learn the ropes of the blogosphere is a no-brainer.
But what about those thought-leaders and renegades for whom the concept of blogging, much less computers, was inconceivable? Believe or not, there is much to learn from some of the greatest minds in history when breaking into the blogging world. Just take a look at some of this advice.
“One can win the attention and time and cooperation of even the most sought after people by becoming genuinely interested in them.”—Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends & Influence People
One of the most valuable assets for a new blogger is having someone they can turn to as a mentor who’ll take them under their wing. Nothing can beat the one-on-one personal advice of an accomplished blogger.
Have a blogger you admire and wish you could learn from personally? Do as Mr. Carnegie suggests and become genuinely interested in him or her. Read every blog post he publishes and comment in a relevant, valuable way. Don’t hesitate to reach out with a thoughtful email, but don’t become a nuisance.
You just may be surprised by the attention and willingly helpful attitude you are met with in return.
“Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”—Thomas Edison
Any weathered blogger can tell you that there is no such thing as overnight success. Blogs that are worth reading don’t just emerge without a lot of hard work and dirtying of the feet going on behind the scenes.
Between learning your way around whatever blog platform you use, deciding on your niche and content, researching the nuances of html, learning to decipher the lexicon and so much more, the work can seem endless. However, the payoff can be immense and those that are willing to don their overalls and jump right in will be the ones to enjoy the fruits of their labors first.
“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”—Walt Disney
In March of 2012, Nielsen published findings which tracked over 181 million blogs around the world. That’s a lot of competition!
Fortunately, there is an infinite amount of space on the web and as such, there is room for all bloggers. No matter how saturated you feel your niche may be, you can carve out your own spot for success. Accept that you’ll have competition, embrace it, and learn how to get along with it. It will push you in new ways as you strive to rise above the fray. Keep at it and someday you’ll not know how to get along without it either.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”—Martin Luther King
Unless your blog readership consists of only your cats and your grandma, it’s safe to assume that you will, at one point or another, be challenged by a reader. Facing controversy is a very likely scenario as well. Just ask any blogger who has unwillingly become the center of a firestorm of internet criticism.
When you begin blogging, remember that you are putting your thoughts and ideas out into a public space. Just as you wouldn’t yell fire into a crowded room without expecting some kind of outrage, so should you approach your blogging. But also realize that challenge and controversy is nothing to fear. In fact, many a blogger has a made name for him or herself because of controversy. Be prepared for it and then write away!
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”—Amelia Earhart
Just get out there and do it! Hesitating to pull the trigger on making your blog live because the layout isn’t quite right? Nervous about leaving a comment or joining a link-up? Scared that your first guest post attempt will be rejected?
Let go of all of that and just do it. You will most certainly never become an effective blogger if you don’t get out in the blogging world to begin with. If Amelia Earhart could get up in the air; you can absolutely hit the Publish button!
Do you know any other quotes or advice from great minds throughout history that you think would be helpful to newbie bloggers? If so, share them in the comments.
Kate Miller is a blogger and writer for BestWebsiteHostingServices.org, a site dedicated to helping users find their ideal web host through the web host match survey, a tool that automatically compares hundreds of hosting providers to find the best one for the user.