How do you change your status from “good” to “great” blogger? That’s the question freelance writer and ghostwriter Sanjay Bojan (@sanjaybojan) tackles. He’s identified three distinct qualities all great blogger possess–qualities you can develop, too.
A fine line differentiates the good from the great in almost everything, including blogging. What makes a blogger great? All successful bloggers exhibit three magical qualities that transform them into greatness.
These three qualities grow out of another one most great bloggers have in common as well: They possess the ability to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.
There are thousands of bloggers having a hard time generating traffic or revenue. Are you one of them? If yes, one possible reason for your misery could be this: You shy away from getting out of your comfort zone.
Success Comes with an Attitude Change
Why do I say this? It’s simple. I have been there too.
A few years ago I finally realized that becoming a successful blogger required changing my attitude. That one change—being willing to blog outside my comfort zone— would make the most significant difference in my ability to succeed.
Indeed, a few new habits can turn you into an energetic and enthusiastic blogger and also can yield amazing results for your blog. I achieved these results after a long battle with myself, bu tit was worth it.
Here are three magical qualities that can help you transform yourself from a good to a great blogger.
Quality #1: Ability to Handle Contradictions
Now that you have been blogging consistently, it may be time to focus on the “higher studies and standards of blogging.” One of the first things you need to master before you become a great blogger is the art of contradicting and handling contradictions.
Let’s face it. We are all human beings. We sometimes oppose ideas and face opposition. That’s perfectly fine. But the manner in which we handle contradictions defines our greatness as bloggers.
When interacting with a community, understand that opinions are meant to be challenged. No two minds think alike. While it’s good to be strongly opinionated, it is also important to give room for oppositions.
My growth as a blogger exponentially accelerated after I started tackling contradictions professionally. Yes, I did receive some harsh and abusive comments, some mindless reviews, and some ridiculous feedback. But understand that a large audience that makes up your blog traffic sit with the opposition.
Takeaway: Acquire patience and perseverance as you start evolving and venturing into the next level of blogging. Handle contradictions with love and responsibility.
Quality #2: Ability to Blog with Love and Purpose Rather than Judgment
After reading about Quality #1, you might decide to blog safely rather than writing on controversial topics. That is not a great idea.
I recommend that you handle criticizers professionally but try being more opinionated in your writing. It’s important to blog for your audience, but there is nothing wrong with original ideas that kindle your reader’s thoughts.
Blogging on popular topics is an excellent way to get started. But if you can create influential ideas, generate interest, and make people stand for or against your opinion, even better.
Do not shy away from generating new ideas and provoking thoughts. You could end up creating a viral post in the process.
Takeaway: Do not shy away from expressing opinions when blogging. Thought-provoking ideas can make you a better blogger and increase traffic.
Quality #3: The Ability to Blog as Though It’s the Last Day of Your Life
Think about it… If you were to die minutes after you finished writing your next blog post, what would you write about?
Whatever you may be blogging about, one thing is certain: You would want your last published post to be an epic article that would stick in your reader’s minds forever. You would try to write the post of your life.
So just do it. Why wait? And what better way to trick your brain into really going for it?
Takeaway: Do not leave good points and ideas for your next post. It’s now or never. So blog as if it’s the last post of your life.
Do you think there are other magical qualities that great bloggers possess? If so, add them below in a comment.
About the Author
Sanjay Bojan is a blogger and researcher who contributes on various high profile sites including Forbes, Huffington Post, and TechCrunch. For writing wok and brand promotion, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.