Most Americans are enthralled by the idea of success. We want to know what makes others prevail, how they achieved their dreams, and how we can perhaps do the same.
If you’re an aspiring blogger, you’d probably be interested in studying the successful bloggers who’ve gone before you. If you do, what you find out might surprise you.
The Seven Characteristics Embodied by Successful Bloggers
Every blogger is different, of course, but if you survey the best ones, you’ll discover that many of them possess the same positive characteristics. Here are seven of the most representative:
It’s easy to look at a successful blog, view the smiling picture and brief bio of the blog owner, and think to yourself: “Wow, it must be awesome to be her. What a great life!” And while there may be some truth to this assumption — blogging can entail a great lifestyle — don’t underestimate the struggles involved.
“Like anything else in life, there will be obstacles that attempt to throw you off course,”entrepreneur Neil Patel says. “But I encourage you to go forth with your passion and share it through your own blog.”
Bloggers tend to possess determination and don’t waver under pressure.
Bloggers are creative. Some are creative in the sense that they have unique ideas about which they write, while others are creative in the extent to which they grasp blog marketing, design, and business strategy.
Regardless of which end of the spectrum you fall on, creativity is a defining characteristic of the successful blogger.
Motivation doesn’t always come to you like a massive surge of adrenaline after you’ve heard a successful keynote speaker at a major conference. Sometimes it’s a tiny voice in the back of your mind that tells you to keep pushing. Whatever it is, successful bloggers find a way to stay motivated.
Asblogger Rizvan Ullah says, “You’ll never know how close you are to success if you give up. If you give up right now, you’d never know that potentially next week, Monday could have been the day you convert your first sale.”
You don’t have to wake up every morning and run to your computer, excited to begin blogging, but you do need to be passionate about what you’re doing. As mentioned earlier, there will be difficult and stressful periods. Passion will enable you to stay the course and keep pushing forward.
There’s something to be said for possessing a go-getter mentality, but there’s also tremendous value in patience. Blogging shouldn’t be regarded as a get-rich-quick scheme or business strategy.
It takes months, and more often years, to produce a sizeable and reliable income. If you want to see your blog through to success, patience is an absolute must. Make sure you’re zooming out and looking at the big picture.
You don’t have to be the world’s greatest writer to be a successful blogger. In reality, you don’t have to be a writer at all. It helps to be a good one, but there are plenty of ways to survive without having the ability or experience.
You do have to be articulate, though. Your audience needs to understand what you’re saying and you should be able to do so in as few words as possible. Wasted words are wasted dollars.
Finally, youneed to be disciplined. You won’t have a boss or manager dishing out assignments and setting deadlines when you’re a blogger. You’re the one running the show, alone.
This is where discipline becomes essential. Successful bloggers find ways to keep themselves productive and on track, even when their situation gets tough.
Do You Have What it Takes?
Not everyone is cut out to be a blogger. But if you possess the seven characteristics listed above, chances are you could make a good one. So get started!