Do you face any of these blogger traps?
A Blogger is not just a Blogger – one has to take care of many aspects like designing, writing, marketing, maintaining, checking security, socializing and coding among other roles. But out of all these, writing is the fuel for the engine. Even if we excel at all other roles, if we don’t write frequently with great content that is unique and useful, the blogger’s career comes to a halt. While writing, there are some common traps that I have faced and am sure every blogger faces these problems. Alongside, I have also given workarounds that I follow for all the common traps I face.
- Researching too much
- Do you serve others or just serve yourself
- Complacent about having spent too much time blogging
- Hopping on to others’ blogs
- Feeling sleepy
- Dedicated desk
Researching Too Much
Research is “re-search” in my opinion. It’s never ending if you aren’t conscious enough about your actions online. Once one search ends, we loop our searches again and again. Our minds work exactly like a search engine. One search leads to another. The internet is full of information and until we get satisfied with something great to be inspired we often end up searching, reading and re-searching and re-reading same information. And satisfaction – it’s a far away land.
With the modern day web browsers like Google Chrome, it’s easy to end up opening too many tabs with just a scroll click on a hyperlink to open in a new tab and keep reading.
Most of the information we get online is quite same – just the words and order used, will differ. However, inspiration quickly goes away in the air like perspiration if you don’t act on it. So take the habit of planning your post by writing the key points first. If you see that it covers the topic well enough, just stop researching and start writing. Don’t stop writing until it’s complete.
Do you serve others or do you serve just yourself
This is a quick check I do on myself whenever I catch myself doing something, that I subconsciously feel, is wasting my time. If I am not writing, then I get back to it as soon as I can. Too much of obsession with perfecting the look of our blog is another trap. Searching for the next great plugin, activating and testing it takes much of our actual time that can be spent writing a blog post. I find doing this often and this quick check always comes to my rescue. Am sure this will help you as well.
Complacent about having spent too much time
Actually you might not have done much in terms of helping your reader today, if you feel complacent about blogging – because more is less when it comes to blogging. Just see from your reader’s perspective if you have given anything today for them to read or learn, something of value. If the answer is none, then your day has just gone waste.
If you become complacent and think that you feel you’ve got “reader’s block”, then actually you have to just take a 30 minute break and go for a walk or just have a quick shower. Studies prove that Dopamine gets generated and your brain cells fill with creativity when you take a quick shower.
Hopping on to others’ blogs
Though it’s good to be reading others blogs and commenting on them, it’s not something you came online to do without an end. More so, if you have started a blog, then allocate some time during the week as a routine to do that. And use your rest of the time to write something useful and unique for your readers. A different version of this behavior is spending more time on social networks. Whenever I do that, I follow this:
Just close out of it and get back to writing. Easier said than done? Just try it the next time you find yourself being on Twitter for long!
Are you kidding!? Anyway, that’s OK. Most of us being bloggers work anytime during the day, as we don’t know when we get an idea for a good topic. It just occurs anytime. Isn’t it? If you got a topic in mind to write but feel sleepy, just go to bed after taking some quick notes, bullet points about what the idea is about, because idea once gone out of mind, it seldom returns.
Then go to bed and have a quick nap of 30 to 60 minutes. After waking up, you can get back to writing.
A Dedicated Desk For You
I personally do not advice to confine yourself to any desk or location. The reason is that being a blogger, am sure you will work mostly on your Mac Book Air or a Windows based laptop and being mobile is one of our qualities. So if you confine to writing only from your home or desk, you might fall apart and run out of ideas if you get used to that, especially when you find yourself out of your home or desk.
Learn to be adaptive and keep writing wherever you are – it doesn’t matter where in the world you are or who is with you, just keep writing.
If you are looking to monetize from your blog, then the only way to achieve what you want is to keep writing quality content that is useful, unique and fresh with great detail of information for your readers.
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Writing is the only secret that makes you a great blogger.
What other traps do you face as a blogger? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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