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10 Ways To Be A Successful Long-Term Blogger

January 17, 2008

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After a certain period of time, you might experience blogging burnout. Everyone goes through it at some point, and how you handle it determines if you will be a successful blogger in the long-term or not. Blogging burnout can include losing hope, running out of ideas, or even simply a lack of interest. You’re not going to make money online and be successful by just quitting and giving up, because that is the main reason why bloggers fail. Instead, you need to learn how to conquer your setbacks if you ever want to get anywhere.

1. Choose a topic you enjoy and know a lot about. Think about it. Blogging takes plenty of effort and writing about the niche you have chosen. To keep this up and not lose interest, you’re going to need to write about something you like. And to be able to continuously produce content, you need a topic where you won’t run out things to write about.

2. Think about where you’ll be in the future. Some people start blogs and never think about what’s going to happen in three months, in six months, or even in a year or more. Do you see yourself losing hope at any point, or getting bored? If you do, it’s time to rearrange your priorities or choose a different niche.

3. Set goals for yourself. Blogging goals are very important to encourage you to move on and to help you get where you need to be. Set goals with deadlines, and try your hardest to meet them. Make sure those resolutions aren’t too easy so there is a challenge, but be realistic as well. Take a look at some other blogs you like, and see how long it would take you to accomplish what they have accomplished. Set your goals accordingly, and work hard.

4. Celebrate when you reach a new milestone. Getting discouraged is one of the biggest reasons why people give up. Blogging is not, and I repeat NOT, a get rich quick scheme. It does take a lot of work. To stay encouraged, celebrate or treat yourself whenever you accomplish a goal or a new milestone. If you’re putting in a lot of effort, you deserve to be proud of your successes!

5. Create a schedule for posting. Another big problem new bloggers have is posting erratically. One week there might be twelve posts, and the next week there might be one. You’ll never get loyal readers if you can’t be a loyal writer. Think about how much time you’re able and willing to spend blogging, and set up a realistic post schedule. Will you post three times a week, or even once or twice a day? Make sure you pick a schedule and stick to it!

6. Work hard. Work on creating exposure for your blog and increasing your blog’s traffic. Those two things, apart from writing excellent content, are very important. If all you do is read other blogs, check your statistics ten times an hour, and play games when you’re online, you’re not going to get anywhere. Building up a blog and your brand takes work and time, which you’re going to have to be willing to commit to.

7. Network and interact with other bloggers. If you’d like to be successful and avoid losing hope, you need to develop relationships with other bloggers. If you have blogging friends, that means you have loyal readers, people who will link to you, and people who will help you out when you need it. If you don’t have a single other blogger you can turn to, you’re going to lose hope pretty quickly.

8. Don’t disappoint yourself. Blogging isn’t easy, and you can’t make money online unless you spend plenty of time working and know what you’re doing. Quit checking your statistics and earnings every hour, because that’s not what matters yet and you’re only going to disappoint yourself. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers and don’t just sit back and hope for the best. Write new content all the time and promote your blog!

9. Figure out what inspires you. If you can’t be inspired, you’re going to lose motivation quickly. In order to be successful in the long-term, you need to know what inspires you and learn how to constantly think up new ideas and find things that keep you going.

10. Sometimes, you just need to take a break. If you’re going through a blogging burnout where you feel like you’ve lost all hope or can’t think of any ideas for new posts, sometimes all you need is a break and a getaway from all that stress. Whether it be one day away from the computer and doing the things that relax you the most, or a week’s vacation to one of your favorite places, sometimes it just helps. Getting away for a little while doesn’t mean your blog is going to be doomed to failure – you can write articles and timestamp them to post in advance, or get a trusted friend to write for you in the meantime. And when you get back from your absence, you’ll feel very refreshed and probably already have dozens of new ideas.

Like mentioned before, everyone suffers from an intense lack of hope or severe writer’s block at one point in time, sometimes even more than once. But to be successful you need to have a long-term focus and never give up. The longer you blog, the more you learn, and the easier it gets. What tactics do you use to be a successful long-term blogger?

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33 Responses to “10 Ways To Be A Successful Long-Term Blogger”

  1. Thomas Sinfield on January 17th, 2008 7:32 am

    great post! I think your first point is the most important! Passion is so important.

    Thomas Sinfield’s last blog post..You are never to busy to stop entering contests!

  2. Debby Banning on January 17th, 2008 9:18 am

    I really enjoyed this post. I agree that in order to blog long term it does need to be on a subject that you love. Setting small and long term goals is important. This is the best time of year to start new routines and make new goals. I wrote out my goals for the year and put them on the refrigerator so that I could see them daily. I set realistic goals and made a step by step plan to achieve them. 

     

  3. Toronto News on January 17th, 2008 9:58 am

    Great post specially when i’m always too tied up with blogging sometimes i loose my inspirationdefinitely a recommended read.. cheers!

  4. Bingo Online on January 17th, 2008 10:03 am

    I think you are right in figuring out what inspires you, in the past i tried to start something that i have no inteerest in..the result – a dead blog..always do something that you are inspired to!

  5. David Bradley on January 17th, 2008 11:23 am

    Celebrating reaching a particular milestone is definitely a good idea. Sciencebase reached 3000 RSS subscribers earlier this week, which I thought was worth celebrating but woke up this morning (cue for a song) and it had leaped up to 4154! Another celebration called for!

    db

    David Bradley’s last blog post..Nature’s Missing Crystal – Found It!

  6. Steven Snell on January 17th, 2008 6:35 pm

    Very good points Tay. I’ve found that blogging about a subject that really interests you is critical. It simply is too hard to keep going otherwise. Celebrating and enjoying minor or major achievements is also a big one.

  7. Reverse Funnel System on January 17th, 2008 8:10 pm

    Some great poinys Tay. You need to work hard to see the results but tis relaly worth in long term.

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  9. betshopboy on January 18th, 2008 2:20 am

    I’m going through one of those dry days again and it had turned into a week without posting.

    After being thrown off track with my blog’s outage for 2 weeks, I’m picking up the pieces and on the road to recovery. I need to shake off the lethgary and get the momentum going again, fast!

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  10. Wayne Liew on January 18th, 2008 4:34 am

    The most important thing about blogging and make it our long-term hobby is that we must enjoy ourselves. Enjoy the conversations we got involved with fellow readers and bloggers.

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  11. Online Empire on January 18th, 2008 9:49 pm

    As the popularity of blogs grow I have seen many that start, then drop off the radar in a matter of months. I am glad that blogs like this have continued forging ahead to pass along great insights and information that we can feed off of.

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  14. m07 on January 19th, 2008 4:25 am

    ver nice tips for blogging long term.thanx for sharing

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  16. Duckies Blog on January 19th, 2008 6:28 pm

    These are great tips. My only problem is #1, I have about 5 topics I end up blogging about. They are all subjects I love, I just do not feel like doing an individual blog for each one. So far I think it is doing ok.

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  17. Tay on January 19th, 2008 6:41 pm

    @Thomas Sinfield,

    I agree with you. If was blogging about something else, something I didn’t have much interest in, I wouldn’t have lasted this long. It would have just been a pointless and wasted effort.

    @Debby Banning,

    Yes, long term and short term goals are both very important. I made my main ones for the year, but I do need to focus on some smaller things too. You’re a very smart blogger.

    @David Bradley,

    You’re right, it is. It helps you believe in yourself if you celebrate your achievements, and if you worked hard to get where you are, then you definitely deserve it.

    @Betshopboy,

    Again I am sorry to hear about your two week downtime. After reading your post, that must have been so horrible. I’m not sure what I would have done. Good luck!

    @Wayne Liew,

    You are absolutely right! I love logging on to my blog everyday – it IS something I really enjoy. And if I didn’t enjoy doing this, I’d not only be wasting my time but everyone else’s as well.

    @Duckies Blog,

    Thanks for stopping by. As long as it’s working for you and readers, then it’s fine. I’m glad you chose topics you’re passionate about. Good luck, and keep up the great work!

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  20. The University Kid on January 20th, 2008 9:00 am

    Nice post.Setting goals is perhaps the most important thing – without them, you won’t last too long :)

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  21. networkinvegas on January 21st, 2008 12:51 am

    I agree with keeping a post schedule. One good thing about wordpress is you can write a bunch of articles and schedule them to be released wherever you want them. That way if you go on vacation your blog will always look like it is being updated.

  22. Working at Home Mom on January 21st, 2008 7:52 pm

    I love this article. I am a long term blogger and still going strong. I love it too much.

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  24. Tay on January 22nd, 2008 10:34 pm

    @The University Kid,

    I completely agree with you! I used to never set goals for my blog, and because of that I didn’t do as much as I should and I wasn’t working toward anything. Now that I have created goals, I strive to keep them.

    @NetworkInVegas,

    That’s definitely one of the biggest advantages of WordPress, even though I completely take it for granted now. I timestamp almost all of my posts for a certain time of the day, or if I’ll be away I schedule them then. I don’t know what I’d do without timestamping.

    @Working at Home Mom,

    That’s great – never give up! Good luck with your blogging and all of your ventures. :)

  25. Troy on February 15th, 2008 3:38 pm

    Good post, seems like #9 should be first to me, but this is a solid list, especially for newbies. Keeping a schedule is absolutely vital, and I’ve unsubscribed from many an erratically updated RSS feed.

  26. Tay on February 16th, 2008 3:03 am

    @Troy,

    Thank you! Yes, #9 is an important one, but I still believe without choosing a topic you enjoy and being determined etc. there’s not much hope. However, if all of the above are put together it’s excellent! And I agree on the point of keeping a schedule, posting erratically doesn’t do anyone any favors. Thanks for dropping by and for commenting!

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  28. Markus on February 26th, 2008 4:56 am

    5. Create a schedule for posting

    Mostly i post only if i found something which is interested to me to be told to other people, which i feel it can’t be scheduled :)

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  29. Tay on February 27th, 2008 7:56 pm

    @Markus,

    Having personal reasons is good, and if you have a personal blog then that’s a fine way to do things. However, if it’s more like a business and you’re trying to build a readerbase, that might not be the way to go. You’ll lose visitors when they feel like your content is all over the place and your schedule is erratic.

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  31. nancy on April 12th, 2008 10:27 pm

    Very good points.  My first biggest problem is to just “start”.   Just remember that it isn’t necessary to have every single bit of information to get started.  Besides, it changes so often you couldn’t keep up anyway.  Keep up the good work!

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  32. Urban Samurai on June 19th, 2009 5:45 pm

    Passion is definitely the key to long-term blogging. Not only does it keep you productive, it also ensures you keep writing great content that hopefully entertains, educates and inspires.

    Good post.

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