Effective blogging habits and tips

17 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

Do you struggle to keep up with everything you need to do to be a successful blogger? If you want to market your business effectively by blogging there are a lot of balls to keep in the air.

If you’re like me it’s not just blogging you’re juggling but running a small business and a family too. If you’re new I also have a travel blog which is where my blogging adventures all started.

Sometimes the juggling is fun. It can be exciting to see how many balls you can keep whizzing round but sometimes one of them gets dropped. Or even the whole lot.

Sometimes all you really want to do it stop juggling, sit down and have a rest.

I know that feeling and it’s okay to feel like that.

When you’re starting a blog there’s a lot to do. It takes time to learn what blogging tips are important, where to channel your energy and what you have to let go of.

Did you read my latest blog post on Copyblogger? It’s called 8 MORE Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers. I wrote it as a follow up to the ever popular 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers which got over 280 comments.

Larry Coppenrath must have enjoyed both posts because he created this mind map for visual learners which I love. Thank you Larry.

17 Habits of Effective Bloggers

But it made me want to add one more habit.

Habit #17 – Acknowledge your progress and celebrate your successes.

It’s a step I often overlook.

Want to print the 17 habits? Click here – landscape works best.

So today let’s celebrate our successes so far and acknowledge our progress despite the inevitable failures. Remember, persistence is the most important trait you need to get the life you want and achieve blogging success.

These are my successes in 2011. Take a moment to think about yours and share them here.

10 Guest Posts Written

I wanted to have an aggressive guest posting campaign this year. It didn’t happen and I fell way short of my goal but these are some guest posts I did write including posts for Problogger, Copyblogger and Gadling, the biggest travel blog in the world. That’s the post about Richard Branson’s island and I even got paid for that one too.

The year isn’t over yet either. Next month I’m taking Jon Morrow’s guest blogging course so I’m sure great things will come of that.

Are You Afraid of Getting Personal in Business?

10 Blogging Lessons from the Dalai Lama

3 Reasons Not to Live in Costa Rica (and 3 Reasons You Should Move There Now!)

Blog Format Counts! Learn How To Get It Right

Social Sharing: Are You Giving Readers What They Need?

Blog Design: How to Be the Best Blog You Can

3 Top Travel Tips For Granada, Nicaragua

Richard Branson’s Other Island Hideaway

How to Captivate New Readers in 5 Seconds or Less

Why Mummy Bloggers Rule the World – I’m extra proud of this one.

1 Fun Copywriting Job Scored

Visit Sunshine Coast – I was hired to write 10 blog posts for my lovely local tourism board.

12 Interviews Given

I love doing interviews. If you’d like to interview me about travel, blogging, or anything else please shoot me an email so we can line it up.

Park Ride Fly USA

A List Blog Marketing

The Blogstress

The Gatekeeper

Genuine SEO

The ClickStarter

Problogging Success

Money File

Women Entrepreneur’s HQ (Video)

The Creative Penn (video)

The Work at Home Wife

Australian Business Woman’s Network (Podcast)

6 Book Reviews for Success Blogging in 12 Simple Steps

My blogging book was released in 2010 so most of the reviews came out them but more are still being written. Book sales are growing and the book get fantastic feedback. If you’d like to become an affiliate or write a review please let me know in the comments so I can send you a review copy.

Mark and Zoe

The Click Starter

Create Hype

Get Paid to Write Online

Human Business

Eden Journal

8 Speaking Engagements

I joined Toastmasters this year and set myself a mission to do as much public speaking as possible. That’s because in 2010 I stayed at home blogging all the time then realised I was better know in California than on the Sunshine Coast in Australia where I live. So this year I resolved to change that. The public speaking helped plus I met heaps of new people and challenged myself.

The Creative Collective – Blogging panel with Yaro Starak and Nikki Parkinson

Toastmasters Soap Box speech – Why Blogging Rules

Reality Bites Literary Festival – Blogging for Writers

Terri Cooper Networking – Blogging for Business Success

Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance – Blogging for Creatives (the biggest group so far with 200 people listening)

Sunshine Coast Internet Marketers – Finding New Blog Readers

Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd – Blogging for Tourism

Terri Copper Networking Breakfast – How to Tap Into the Power of Blogging

The Walkely Media Conference – Panel: Blogging for beginners (in Brisbane 25, 26 and 27 November)

The 17th Habit of Highly Effective Bloggers

Have a look at the 16 habits listed in the image. I know my habits and blogging are getting better with practice and I bet you’re making progress with them too.

So take a moment for the 17th habit of effective bloggers. Stop struggling for a moment and take time to acknowledge your blogging successes.

Yes, all you effective bloggers please remember habit #17 – Acknowledge your blogging progress and celebrate your blogging successes.

Well done YOU!

What have you done to improve your business and your blog this year?

How many blog posts have you written? How many people have you connected with? How many readers have you helped?

Want to print the 17 habits? Click here – landscape works best.

Photo credit: Lars P
Author: Annabel Candy

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se7en November 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Wow, Just look at all you have done, it is amazing!!! I love your habits posts – I actually keep them open and look at them to remind myself about what I should be doing!!! Keep up the great work!!!


Annabel Candy November 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hi Se7en, wow, that’s amazing feedback on those posts.

You’ve inspired me to tweak Larry’s mindmap, by adding the 17th habit then make it bigger so we can print it out:) Hope that helps although I’m sure Copyblogger will be very happy to hear you keep their site open all the time:)

The link to the printable version is here: http://www.successfulblogging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Habits-of-Effective-Bloggers.jpg

Works best landscape:)


Chrysta Bairre November 5, 2011 at 1:26 am

Thanks so much for this; it is exactly what I needed to read today! Looking over your 17 habits, I recognize myself and that’s good news for my blogging success.

Still, as you mentioned, I have goals I haven’t yet reached. After an incredibly busy month in October my stats are reduced as I’ve been less active in tweeting, commenting, etc.

Inspired by your post today, I’m going to celebrate having a consistently active blog for the past 7 months, a blog re-design, moved from WP.com to WP.org, & grew Twitter & Facebook followers. When I put it that way it feels like I’ve accomplished a lot in the past 7 months. Go me!



Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hi Chrysta,

Well done, you have achieved a lot and off months do happen so don’t focus on that one month!

The other thing I remind myself is that I’m not 100% on track with all the habits all the time, just trying to and definitely getting better:)


Chrysta Bairre November 5, 2011 at 1:29 am

p.s. May I use your 17 habits as an inspiration template (with credit, of course) for a post on habits of an effective employee? I love the idea & the design!



Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Of course, look forward to reading that:)


barbara November 5, 2011 at 2:19 am

Love your 17th! We are so crazed (well I get that way sometimes) about continued growth and how to improve upon what we’ve just finished that we forget to stop and be proud of what’s in front of us. I will definitely take this to heart as I try to figure out what to do next.


Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Yay! You’ve had a big year too:)


Charles Tutt November 5, 2011 at 3:20 am

Love the mind map and I have a question on another topic. What software do most bloggers use to create the articles they post? And if, for example, they use MS Word, what format do they save in for uploading?

Thanks for a very useful and informative blog.


Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Hi Charles,

I write a lot of mine direct into Wordpress. If I write in another package like Word I paste it into Notebook before pasting into WP to get rid of all the crazy code:)

Thank you for reading and commenting!


Alex Blackwell | The BridgeMaker November 5, 2011 at 5:46 am

All good tips Annabel.

My best habit this year: Write every day!



Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Hi Alex,

That is a brilliant habit. I need to adopt it. Too much of my writing is emails!! Want to write more travel stories:)


Elizabeth Kraus November 5, 2011 at 7:58 am

Hi Annabel,

I love how generous you are with know-how and encouragement alike. Consider yourself to have guest-posted at least once today :-) since I included this article in my “Friday’s 5 Marketing Shorts and Sweets”

Cheers to a great year’s end! Elizabeth Kraus


Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Hi Elizabeth, that’s fantastic, thank you so much!


Nikki @ Styling You November 5, 2011 at 9:14 am

Well done, Annabel … what a year?! Everyone should do this exercise. Sometimes we think we haven’t achieved much but when you put it all down like this, it’s a different story!


Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hi Nikki, thank you:) And you haven’t been resting on your laurels either. Still looking up to you as a productivity icon (and style of course!)


Di Mace | Word Swords November 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hi Annabel,
Sending you a humungus, ginormus, speckledtacular congrats for what you’ve achieved this year! Awesome girlie!!!!!!You are so right that we often fail to recognise our ‘Done’ list v’s the ‘To Do.” [Note to self]. I can’t make Jon’s course with you, but super keen to hear how it goes and to lend an ear when/if he’s a big meaney to you :)


Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Hi Di, lol, thanks so much. Will let you know if I need a shoulder to cry on;)


Dave Doolin November 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I get tired just *thinking* about how plates you have spinning.

Of course, I suppose it’s because I’m worn out spinning all my own plates.

Note: spinning plates is cool, as long as they are the right plates. Money making plates…


Annabel Candy November 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Hi Dave,

Hmmm, that’s a good point. The commercial focus is getting less hazy over here! Definitely finding a sharper focus:)


Seana Smith November 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Oh, I feel exhausted just reading all the things you’ve done Annabel… and there are still about 7 weeks of the year to go.

Hmmm, well, I must say that I am delighted to have got my website and blog up and running this year, and recently to have clarified what my content is to be long-term.

I’ve done a couple of weeks of five posts a week, don’t think that’s sustainable but feel proud of that. I have another blog in my head but am being ever so mature and doing nothing on that until I have more space i.e. all kids in school next year, plus I’d like to have some ebooks done before then.

Off to read your other 16 habits.


Annabel Candy November 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hi Seana,

I was amazed by what I’ve done! But you’re way ahead of me. I floundered around for a long time before coming up with a sound plan:) And I have never posted every single day although I really want to challenge myself to it.

More blogs? Ebooks? There are a lot of opportunities:)


Sally Foley-Lewis November 7, 2011 at 6:37 am

You do make it look easy, even when admitting you are not always 100% on top of each and every habit, you do seem to shine! Well done.

For ‘hard core’ bloggers I think the habits are a great list to blog by.

Given I’m not all about blogging as part of my business, and I’m contemplating the value of keeping my blog going, I will take some time to reflect on the habits as a guide to helping me decide my next step.

I do enjoy reading your posts here, Annabel, they give good food for thought and a healthy does of encouragement.


Annabel Candy November 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

Hi Sally,

I think my productivity is probably around 50% but it’s improving. Imagine how much I could do if I was 100% productive. I think we’ll find out in the next few years!

I’d love to talk to you about the value of keeping your blog going.

I know it’s often hard to measure the ROI but I’m certainly seeing it from my blog in side benefits as well as in an increase in income.

If you want a sounding board any time let’s organise a Skype:)


Eddie Gear November 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thanks for the mention Annabel. Also I love the habit worksheet that you are sharing in this post. Quick question. Do you think that a new blogger will really need to do all that or its better to wait for a few months till they get the hang of it. I know a lot of people who start off blogging without knowing much about blogging.


Annabel Candy November 12, 2011 at 8:33 am

Hi Eddie,

Thanks for asking!

Many of these habits you either have before you start blogging or you don’t. No one will nail them all all the time. But it’s good to know what they are and keep trying to improve them whatever stage of blogging you’re at:)


Extreme John November 12, 2011 at 3:21 am

Amazing post. What more can be effective than enjoying what we do and be passionate about it. You couldn’t have done that much if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing. Blogging is easier said than done, but bringing out the passion through it makes it a little less difficult.


Annabel Candy November 12, 2011 at 8:33 am

Hi John,

I love what you say here:) Thank you!


Justin | Personal Growth November 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

I have to say that I tend to overlook my successes and I keep on focusing on what to do nest. Thanks for the reminder. :)


Ryan Critchett November 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

Read your post on Copyblogger. I’m quite sure that’s when I first heard of you. Interesting post. Definitely some “goodins!”


Emma November 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

‘Disciplined and Organised’? *looks around her desk at the general chaos*
‘Consise’? *realises she is consistently guilty of using 20 words, when 5 really will do*
I think I need to print this one out and stick it to my wall, Annabel! There’s definitely some room for improvement in my blogging world, that’s for sure! A really great resource for those attempting to get into blogging mode!

You’ve certainly had a busy year – take a look at all of those achievements! But something tells me you’ve got more guest posts and book reviews on the horizon before 2011 is out… :)


Ricardus @WordPress Hosting November 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

This is one busy schedule you have here. You sure you did achieve all this?


marco November 17, 2011 at 3:16 am

I like blogging, the onley thing that makes it difficult for me is TIME!


Mr.Ven February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Hi Annabel Candy, The illustration on habits of effective blog is awesome. Sharing personal experience is one of the key factor that not every blogger will do. I could realize the hard work that you have put to make this blog post. Thanks


Veggie Mama May 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Fabulous habits! The more you out in, the more you get out, huh! xx


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