The Great Big Ugly Truth About What It Takes To Build A Successful Blog

build a successful blogI like ugly truths.

They are usually really true, and really ugly. Meaning the truth hurts because it’s usually not what you want to hear. Like what it takes to build a successful blog.

It’s kind of like waking up realizing that everything your mother said was right. (The worse feeling EVER).

Well, I’m sorry kids, your mother is right (I am your mother in this instance), and if you want to build a successful blog it’s going to take well, lots of WORK.

Damn. I know that is not what you want to hear. It’s much easier to try out “get rich quick” schemes that promise BIG results with little to no work. It’s MAGIC!

No wonder there is such a market for diet pills and fad diets. It’s because instead of being disciplined, getting educated, working out, and actually changing, it’s much easier to pop a pill. We would actually rather spend hundreds looking for the magical answer when really the answer is really simple.

There is good news though

Although you can’t “pop a pill” to have instant blog success, it’s actually a really simple concept to build a successful blog. And it all starts with one thing:

Consistency.

Sure there are things that you can do to speed up the process, learning more being a MAJOR one, but no matter what you do if you are not consistent, you will FAIL.

Being consistent isn’t hard. The only thing you have to do is well errr be CONSISTENT. But that’s the hard part in blogging, because the road can be just flat out laborious (big word meaning hard work). It can be frustrating, dissapointing, and there are times you just don’t have ANYHTING to freakin say.

And this is coming from a girl who loves to write, loves to interact and share ideas, and is crazy about blogging.

Here are a couple of ideas to get your consistency ball rolling

1. Set a schedule but not a rigid one

Nothing kills a good schedule like deviating from the plan just once. Your life is over, you’ve blown it, you will never accomplish anything in life. (These are the things we tell ourselves). Truth is, lighten up. Set a few deadlines such as what day you will release your blog post, and do it every single week.

Start with just one thing. You can always build from there. Don’t try to tackle a really rigid and full schedule all at once.

2. Plan in advance

Come up with a plan, a strategy. Don’t wing it. Sit down and create a plan. If you are not a good long term planner its okay, make a plan for the week, or even make a plan for the next day. You have to start where you are, and you have to do what works for you and your personality.

Don’t try to do what I do or anyone else does, do what you do. Find what works for you and stick with it.

Planning is also super essential if you want to maximize your social media efforts.

3. Get some accountability

Tell people your plan. Tell your audience when to expect new things from you, or emails from you etc. If you plan on sending emails once a week, tell every new subscriber they will get emails once a week.

4. When all else fails, do 5 things a day

Never let a day go by that you don’t do SOMETHING. Wake up, right 5 things down, and before you check emails, reply to texts, check your Facebook, etc. Do those 5 things.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Great tips Angie. Consistency really is important with blogging, but I’ll be the first to admit I rebel against a fixed schedule. Fortunately my audience seems to manage, in fact I wonder some times if it hasn’t actually helped subscriptions.

    • Angie M Jordan says

      I know! I am like that too! But I have learned that to build a successful blog there has to be some consistency, not strict schedules. My numbers are proof too. When I am consistent and stick to my guns, my traffic, my sales, my interactions… they all increase! Thanks for dropping by!

    • Angie M Jordan says

      Oh Matt you are soooo right with the focus! Without focus its impossible to be consistent! Great point to add thank you!

      • says

        My whole work is based on the theme – “I promise a Change if you promise yo Work”. This is what you are saying and I like it. I do it in the fieald of self healing and problem ending. Thanks!

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