One fact about blogging that does not change-regardless of follower numbers-is the work. I am still doing today what I did 2 1/2 years ago. I’m still using the same basic tactics Jason over at Harsh Reality began teaching me way back when. I still visit other pages (although not as often as I would prefer), I still respond promptly to comments, I still interact and treat WordPress just as I do the other social media sites. I still hustle and I still challenge and push myself. Getting 2,000+ views per day isn’t some magical occurrence that just happens one day. And it isn’t what I thought it would be.
I recall the first time I received 100 views in a day-I thought it was the most amazing thing. Then I remember the first time I received 1,000-it was the same feeling. I also recall the first time I received 5,000 views in a day-same feeling. Do you see what I’m getting at? The benchmarks are amazing, but it still left me wanting more. And stat numbers are great, but the results are relative. Each benchmark changes which proves how dynamic and fluid blogging really can be. With all the growth, I am still doing the same basics now that I did when I had 400 followers.
So what’s my point you might ask?
Your numbers might change, but the work stays the same. Engage, interact, read, LIKE, Follow, be a social media champion, use StumbleUpon, use Flipboard and always be on the look out for new and creative ways to promote yourself. For instance, I have recently begun to dabble it Facebook advertising for my FB blog page. Not sure where it will lead, but it is something I always wanted to do so I’m doing it. I also recently (December) branched out to YouTube-the future of the internet-to help grow my reach.
I think it is easy to look at other’s and have blog envy and I’ll admit that I did and sometimes still do. The fallacy that existed in my mind was that when I achieved a certain number of followers, then I would be content; I would have arrived. The truth is that growth happens so slowly that I realize I’ll never be content-even when I hit 100,000 followers. I still have to respond to comments. I still have to read other blogs. I still LIKE and follow. I still engage on a real level. I still give back to the community.
Your number might change, but the work stays the same. As Jason says “You just gotta keep on grinding man.”
This is One More Shot Please!
No matter where you are from, how underdeveloped or terrible the circumstances, don’t ever let society tell you “You can’t do anything great in your life.” We are all capable of creating futures for ourselves, even if it means overriding our ego to ask for help. Never be ashamed of the people who raised you and brought you where you are in life. One day, when you are successful, you will proudly show the world your background and inspire everyone else who have it harder than you, to persevere. You can show them that they too have a chance of succeeding.
Love my time on Unite and Inspire!!
This sweet and inspiring video by Marie Forleo is a great watch to start your day off on a positive note. Marie has a successful multi -million dollar life coaching business, was invited by Richard Branson to South Africa to help mentor young entrepreneurs and most recently did a session on Oprah’s super soul Sunday to share a magical mantra to help you get through life!
She talks about how her marriage was on the brink of failure because she struggled to get the work/life balance. She admits she and her husband had not been on a holiday in the 7 years they were together because she was so tied up with work. She finally decides to treat them both to a holiday-however before they even get on the plane they have a nightmare sequence of events!
Watch this clip to find out how she learnt that everything in life…
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