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Expert Bloggers Share Why New Bloggers Must Say No To The Alternatives

blogging expertsThe internet hosts an environment where most people can easily get lost or, lose track of their initial intentions.

From the deceptive marketing strategies that prompt you to click on promising links to the eye-catching advertisements that pop up on most websites you visit, the online world will most definitely present you with many more options that intend to get you distracted.

Ask John Chow and he will tell you he knows that too.

As a new blogger, you will most likely find yourself in the same situation.

Blogging as a newbie is a tough job.

And for you to be successful in your niche – passion, persistence, consistency, and focus are factors you will need to observe as you grow your blog.

I’m speaking from a point of experience where every successful blogger has been before.

Interestingly, human brains behave like a beach ball full of buzzing bees – with hundreds or even thousands of conflicting impulses, pushing us in different directions.

So, new bloggers are likely to act in the same way.

As a newbie to blogging, you may have chosen a niche that you’re passionate about but the problem is that bloggers never want to focus on that one great idea defined by their passion. Instead, many are driven by the urge and want of doing everything simultaneously.

And so this is how most people who intend to venture into blogging as a career never succeed because they allow distractions to get into their way instead of prioritizing options.

In the end, they feel endlessly conflicted by the simultaneous actions they try to handle, with too little time available at their disposal.

To fix this, I decided to seek expert advice from a few of my blogging colleagues who have been in a similar position but managed to emerge successful in their own specific niches.

Each of these colleagues has written their own opinions and has graciously allowed me to publish and share their opinions.

So if you are an aspiring blogger, I hope you will gain value from the fascinating opinions of these industry gurus, as you take your first step into blogging.

To begin, I asked each of these experts the following questions:

Shannon Hernandez from The Writing Whisperer

Shannon Hernandez

Are new bloggers presented with too many alternatives that make them lose focus?

“There are so many distractions in the online world of running a successful business and blog. The point is not whether there are too many alternatives, but what the blogger decides to do with the alternatives. For example, I have committed myself to quality content marketing over the years via my blog. I also now have a podcast, and I guest post, and I run tele-seminars. BUT, I had to get really good at one thing first, before I moved onto other platforms. Blogging consistently builds brand voice, visibility, and vibrance, so that when you are ready to branch out to another content forms, you are already well-respected and known for your content.”

Do these alternatives leave new bloggers with countless desires, which tend to control their thoughts in different directions like buzzing bees inside a beach ball moving on rugged ground?

“Desire is good, I think. It helps open your eyes to all the ways you can show up in the world. But you have to prioritize and do one thing at a time. When I started feeling like I was pulled in many directions for things I wanted to do with my brand, I simply made a “Not Now List”. I still add to that list today—but I also visit the list and check in with my content strategy monthly and add little pieces into my overall branding plan.”

Fixing the issue

Many of these ideas that go into the minds of newbie bloggers cancel each other out. Could this be a curse?

“I think the real curse is inaction. When people have so many ideas, they are confused, and that results in indecision. Bloggers and business owners much have a content strategy plan—something I teach people to build—so they know the goal and can see progress toward reaching it.”

In your view, how can new bloggers achieve the impossible?

“This sounds easy, but it is actually very difficult: Commit to your blog, write everyday, and publish good stuff. Do that over and over and over. It will pay off.”

To be successful at blogging, it is important for new bloggers to stay focused and maintain consistency. What's your take on that?

“I agree 100%. But I think we need to know what we are focusing on. Is it more traffic? Better content? More comments? More content? Blogging as a business strategy means you need goals set up and need to stay on track to achieve them. How do you know if you are making progress if you don’t have a plan in place?”

Kelli Cooper from Live Life Made To Order

Kelli Cooper PP

Are new bloggers presented with too many alternatives that make them lose focus?

"I do think that a new blogger can quickly become overwhelmed with all the information out there in terms of tips for building a successful blog, how to monetize, etc... A new blogger won't know where to start so there is obviously value in turning to the advice of others that are already where they want to be. But, at some point, it is easy to fall into the trap of gathering information and not doing anything. You may feel like you don't know which direction to go because it seems there are dozens. Energy is scattered and the blog suffers.

As a coach who focuses on law of attraction, I spend a lot of time teaching people how to feel their way through life rather than think, and I think it is so important for people to tune into the information, strategies and philosophies that really resonate with them, and discard what doesn't."

Do these alternatives leave new bloggers with countless desires, which tend to control their thoughts in different directions like buzzing bees inside a beach ball moving on rugged ground?

“This definitely creates lots of confusion, anxiety and general mental discomfort. One of the biggest problems with new bloggers is a lack of patience in growing a blog and business, and everyone is looking for the 'quick fix' that will allow them to just start getting results immediately. And in this quest to make things easier, we make things a lot harder by constantly jumping from tip to tip, monetization strategy to monetization strategy, never being consistent with something long enough to see if it is working for us personally. Again, follow your feelings.”

Fixing the issue

Many of these ideas that go into the minds of newbie bloggers cancel each other out. Could this be a curse?

"This can definitely be a huge problem for a new blogger, and even the more seasoned. You have one top blogger saying to do this and another saying to do that. You get a great idea for a certain approach but then you read somewhere that it is a bad idea, making you wonder if you should do it.

I'll be honest...from the time I have started blogging, I have spent very little time reading about blogging. I have always gone with my intuition as far as what to write about. I use strategies to expand my reach that feel good to me. When inspiration strikes to do something I do it. People need to start trusting their intuition a bit more and not be afraid to do what feels right to them, even if it goes against 'conventional' wisdom."

In your view, how can new bloggers achieve the impossible?

"The first thing is getting clear on why you want to blog, and it has to be more than making money. Nothing wrong with that, but if that is the sole driver behind every action you take, you are not going to enjoy the ride, and when that money doesn't pour in right away, you are going to lose motivation really quickly.

I sell a service at my blog, but that is not the top-of-mind driver when I am writing my posts. I am passionate about personal development and law of attraction in particular, so I love sharing what I have learned. When people tell me my posts are helping them improve their lives, it means so much to me. I blog because I value freedom highly, and I want to be able to make money with location-independent sources of income.

The second thing is realizing there really is no such thing as competition. There is just creation, and there is enough money and clients for everybody. When you open yourself up to that energy, you will bring the people to you that resonate with your blog, your style, your take. You will feel more confident in following your intuition and doing things your way because you won't worry you need to be like anybody else to have the same success that they may have.

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Work on your mindset, and spend some time focusing on the outcomes you want to create, rather than just focusing on practical tips like making an editorial calendar or writing jazzy headlines. Yes, this stuff plays a role for sure, but you have no idea what you can accomplish when you get some positive energy flowing towards what you want. When you do this, things will be easier. You will act from inspiration and this type of action is powerful, allowing you to achieve great results with less effort. Don't force yourself to 'power through' when you are feeling badly—that 'no pain no gain' mentality can certainly produce results eventually, but it doesn't have to be that hard. You are better off pulling back from whatever you are doing, whether it is networking or writing a post, and waiting until you feel more motivated.

I'll be honest. My approach of working from a space of energy and inspired action rather than one of 'bust your ass no matter how badly it feels', all the time may not have led my blog to grow as quickly as it could have, but I think the path to getting what you want should feel as good as possible. Our brain is very uncomfortable with this whole law of attraction idea of doing less, but don't worry...you'll likely still take plenty of actions, but they will feel good and there is lots of leverage behind action taken 'in the flow.'"

To be successful at blogging, it is important for new bloggers to stay focused and maintain consistency. What's your take on that?

Staying focused is certainly important, and the best way to do that is keeping that 'why' in mind I mentioned above. Being consistent with blogging is important I think for building an audience, and if someone is struggling at first, they probably don't want to jump into writing a post every day if they envision that type of blog – start off with one a week to keep the pressure at bay. Again, let your feelings guide you.

Ryan Berger from The Berger Shop

(Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

Are new bloggers presented with too many alternatives that make them lose focus?

“The goal for every blogger is to provide their audience with content that the audience is interested in. As bloggers continue to be looked at as a media channel, they will continue to be distracted with opportunities, offers, and activity. But in the end, it's all about their audience, as without them, there is no blog.”

Do these alternatives leave new bloggers with countless desires, which tend to control their thoughts in different directions like buzzing bees inside a beach ball moving on rugged ground?

“Yes. Brands and agencies are understanding the power and influence now of bloggers. They are a trusted resource, and therefore brands are trying their best to insert themselves into the conversation via a trusted source. Their desires will continue to grow as their brand and readership does as well.”

Fixing the issue

Many of these ideas that go into the minds of newbie bloggers cancel each other out. Could this be a curse?

“No, it's not a curse. A blogger is a media channel and is human. They will have conflicting interests, but as always, the goal is to produce the best content for their audience while staying true to their brand. That said, bloggers deserve to be compensated or be taken care of if they grow their audience to a number that brands will be attracted to, but it is up to the blogger to stay authentic or the readership will see right through it.”

In your view, how can new bloggers achieve the impossible?

“Stay authentic. Stay true. Provide the best possible content for the audience.”

To be successful at blogging, it is important for new bloggers to stay focused and maintain consistency. What's your take on that?

“Couldn’t have said it better myself. Stay true. Stay focused. Stay disciplined. Remember how you got the audience you have, and continue to reinvent yourself in ways the audience appreciates and shows big interest in.”

Carol Amato from Carol Amato.com

carol amato

Are new bloggers presented with too many alternatives that make them lose focus?

“Yes, I do believe that new bloggers are presented with too many choices. However, it was the same when I was getting started…Lots of bling, and "Shiny New Object Syndrome" is running rampant.”

Do these alternatives leave new bloggers with countless desires, which tend to control their thoughts in different directions like buzzing bees inside a beach ball moving on rugged ground?

“Most definitely! I've seen a lot of new bloggers confused, frustrated and suffering from paralysis analysis and information overload.”

Fixing the issue

Many of these ideas that go into the minds of newbie bloggers cancel each other out. Could this be a curse?

“No, I don't think it's a curse, but a dilemma we all face when we’re not clear on our business model, business plan, and specific goals.”

In your view, how can new bloggers achieve the impossible?

“I think it's imperative that a new blogger determines to build an Authority Blog and NOT delve into many niches with multiple sites…spreading themselves too thin is the biggest mistake I see new bloggers make.”

To be successful at blogging, it is important for new bloggers to stay focused and maintain consistency. What's your take on that?

"Most definitely! For the first few years in my business it was difficult for me to focus on the 20% of the things that yielded the 80% of my results, also known as the Pareto principle.

I believe that a coach or mentor is absolutely necessary for step-by-step help and accountability because it can be a very frustrating time for a new bloggers. It takes time and lots of hard work to get a business up and running, and most importantly, successful."

Ryan Biddulph from Blogging From Paradise

RyanBiddulph

Are new bloggers presented with too many alternatives that make them lose focus?

“No; it's up to the bloggers to CHOOSE their focus. The new blogger either works on their mind and zeroes in on a solid strategy, or they allow themselves to be distracted. Gotta take that ownership to get your power back. It can feel overwhelming as a new guy or gal on the blogging block but working on your mindset allows this feeling to pass more quickly.”

Do these alternatives leave new bloggers with countless desires, which tend to control their thoughts in different directions like buzzing bees inside a beach ball moving on rugged ground?

"I feel most bloggers try to succeed from the outside in; not a good thing because you'll be subject to all types of stimuli. Work on the inner world to clear the outer world. Pop that beach ball. Smoke out the bees to calm them. Find a smooth, powdery sand";)

Fixing the issue

Many of these ideas that go into the minds of newbie bloggers cancel each other out. Could this be a curse?

“No. I too feel Racing Thoughts Syndrome but with regular meditation, what felt like a curse becomes a blessing. You can order these ideas and prosper through them. Meditate, breathe deeply and learn how to be in control of your mind so you can mold your ideas instead of being at the mercy of these squiggly, little itty-bitty harmless waves of energy in your mind.”

In your view, how can new bloggers achieve the impossible?

“Know why you're blogging. Tie that reason to being free. The impossible will then become the possible, then, the probable, then, a certainty. Your love of freedom will inspire you to act despite your fear of doing uncomfortable things; achieve that tipping point and you will rock it out!”

To be successful at blogging, it is important for new bloggers to stay focused and maintain consistency. What's your take on that?

“Yes on both!”

So now that you have heard it from the blogging pros, it's your turn now. Take the pieces of advice each of these bloggers has given and turn your blogging journey into happiness.

Enock Machodi is a professional blogger, a seasoned freelance writer, and an entrepreneur. He fuses blogging with personal development to help you uncover the power within you, as he guides you along the path of success.

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61 comments on “Expert Bloggers Share Why New Bloggers Must Say No To The Alternatives”

  1. Hey Sue

    I was so excited to see this post in my inbox..I was like..hey, that was the one I did! Great stuff here and thanks for including me. I really appreciate it! Everyone gave such great advice and I think this post will help a lot of people and provide some great takeaways.

    1. Hi Kelli,

      I'm happy to see you respond.

      I had a great experience interviewing you, and I really appreciate the insights you gave to newbie bloggers.

      Thank you so much for the opportunity.

    2. Hey Kelli I felt like you were talking just to me in this post. I usually trust my intuition and follow my heart's guidance in life, but starting my first blog I've become overwhelmed and I've been trying too hard. Thanks for getting me back on track. : )

  2. This is a great post for newbies like me. It is comforting to know that great bloggers have experienced the same craziness, distractions and general confusion when starting their journey. Since I started blogging in March, I have been inundated with "help" from experts who only really want to take your money. At this point I feel like an obese dieter looking for the magic weight loss pill. idealize now, thousands of dollars later, that focussing on content and establishing good relationships with the few followers I have will eventually lead to a more promising blogging experience. Thank you all for your input. From a Voice in the Wilderness

    1. Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for stopping by, and taking the time to read and comment. Blogging is a learning process. So you will hardly find any successful bloggers who were never subjected to distractions and other problems you may have encountered online.

      But it's upon you to consider what your priorities are. Once you have done so, focus on that one idea and pursue it to the max. Eventually, you will reap the benefits of the effort you put. Deciding to do it any other way can only guarantee you failure, which is not what you're here to achieve.

      Thank you and,

      To Happy Blogging Times!

    2. Hi, Barbara,

      Thanks so much for your comment on today's post. We have all been there and done that (and have the t-shirt!)
      Sue

  3. Hi Ryan,

    C'mmon! I hadn't figured out that I interviewed two RBs until you submitted this comment. Any new bloggers out there who are listening to me - THAT'S HOW WE LEARN FROM EACH OTHER!!!

    You plus the other five bloggers ROCK my world.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Have a great half of the week.

  4. Love this Enock, what a great guide! And I totally agree with what Ryan says about choosing your focus. That really is the key. The ball is in our court, we just need to take control and be consistent.

    1. Ryan is terrific, Elizabeth, and I follow his blog regularly.

      Thanks so much for your comment!
      Sue

  5. Hello Enock,

    I have to say that this is an ultimate guide you created for new bloggers like me, so thank you so much! Blogging as a newbie is definitely tough and the words of wisdom of the awesome bloggers featured here definitely helped!

    I visited your blog and am loving what I have read so far.

    More power to you!

    Luna

    Hi Sue,

    I always learn something new whenever I visit Successful Blogging. Thanks for helping us, new bloggers, by ensuring you only feature guest posts that will take us one closer to our goal - success.

    Luna

    Sue and to the rest of the awesome bloggers I'm happy to discover today,

    1. Hi Luna,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my latest post. Being a new blogger, I hope this post will influence you to make better decisions any time you're blogging online.

      I've worked with the influential bloggers who I've interviewed in this post, and I can't forget to mention that Sue has always been my mentor. She's taught me so much and I hope she will teach you too. Everything about her is fantastic!

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment on this post.

      Happy blogging!

  6. Hello Sue and Enock,

    How lovely to have these contributions - thank you. However, absurd it may sound, although we all know that everyone has to start somewhere and is confronted by problems of choice and direction before their success, it does help to have it validated in writing.

    I shall keep this really useful post and reread it whenever I find myself flailing around i.e. tomorrow I expect.

    Kindest regards,

    Zara.

    1. Hello Zara,

      It was really kind of you visiting Sue Anne's blog to read and comment on this post.

      I agree with you that any success that comes after overcoming new bloggers' online problems needs to be validated. This is important as it goes a long way towards showing appreciation to people who have supported you all through. I've also done the same thing in one of my posts, which Shine's a spotlight on influencers who contributed to my success story.

      Check them out because you'll love them yourself.

      Happy to know that you'll be bookmarking this post for future reference.

      Enjoy happy blogging times ahead!

  7. Hey Sue,

    Another great share and you sure can pick some wonderful guests to share awesome content with your readers.

    Hey Enock, great to see you here over at Sue's place and this is a wonderful topic. Great questions that you asked and awesome people to contribute their thoughts as well.

    I know Kelli and Ryan of course as well as Carol but am not familiar with Shannon or the other Ryan. I appreciate what they both shared as well though and all of this is important for new bloggers. It's so easy to get distracted or not be clear on what it is they should be doing. It think any type of sound advice will help them with their journey.

    Thank you both for this post and will be sure to share it as well.

    Have a great end to your week.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Hi, Adrienne,

      I've known Shannon for quite awhile now. Great blogger and content strategist! The other Ryan was new to me also.

      Thanks for commenting on Enock's post.
      Sue

    2. Hello Adrienne,

      I'm always blown away by the informative posts you post on your blog, and I remember you almost got onto this list...if it weren't for the lapsed time. But anyway, I got to feature great people on this list.

      All are my good friends - Shannon is a great content strategist just like Sue stated.

      New bloggers should always take time to strategize everything to avoid wasting unnecessary time online.

      Thanks for sharing my guest post, I really value and appreciate the relationship we all have. Newbie bloggers can always learn from influencers in their specific niches.

      Thank you Adrienne and have a fabulous week.

  8. ". . . it is so important for people to tune into the information, strategies and philosophies that really resonate with them, and discard what doesn’t."

    Thank you Kelli for that piece of advice. There is a lot of good advice out there and I was starting to make a career out of collecting it! Your words are very helpful.

    Thank you Sue for sharing this info with us.

    1. Hi Rose,

      It was so kind of you to stop by Sue's blog. You're really appreciated and thanks for commenting on my guest post.

      ~ Enock Machodi

  9. It is right that too many alternatives are time consuming and also make you loose focus on your very topic or product or service and focus is the key to success here.

    I always recommend to plan, and work according to that plan and avoid any distraction that comes in your way. Always know that only right way will lead to right place.

  10. Enock, these ideas are solid. I plan to bookmark this post and come back to it. All good but focusing (!) on just 3 for here:

    Carol's advice to create an authority blog: I've had to really drill down on my own blog, from "online marketing" to "copywriting" and now to "websites."

    Kelli's summary - "I spend a lot of time teaching people how to feel their way through life rather than think..." is a masterful way to sum up the service and what makes it unique. And we can't hear this too often: no matter how many coaches we hire, it's ultimately what resonates.

    Shannon's "not now list" - I'll be making one! What I do now, when I have an idea, I'll start a draft post and keep adding notes as they come to me. Sometimes I realize it's going nowhere but sometimes I get a good article.

  11. Hi, Sue and Enock,

    Awesome article and interviews - love the folks mentioned, and so grateful to be included. Thank you!

    I really like what Kelli Cooper Biddulph had to say because I think she’s tapped into how a newbie would feel. Her wisdom shines through and her point about gathering info and not doing anything with it is spot on~! That’s the story of many of my clients - information overload and paralysis by analysis! They need a step-by-step of what to do, and when to do it.

    Really enjoyed what both Ryans had to say, and I need to get to know Shannon. She sounds delightful and intuitive!

    Thanks so much - have already shared out. Have a great weekend.

    Carol Amato

  12. Ah, Sue. This takes me back to my first days of blogging! And I absolutely agree it was a bit hard to determine which sources to trust.

    Luckily, after a week or two I found some high-authority sites offering blogging advice and resources to help me fast-track my learning stage.

    Now I help make it easier and less overwhelming for my clients.

  13. Great post on a subject that doesn't get talked about too much. As a new blogger, there are tons of resources out there (which is great!), but you can end up with analysis paralysis and not knowing which advice to follow! You just have to work from backwards and figure out which strategies and methods are best for your end goal.

  14. This is a very useful guide you created for new bloggers like myself. I'm new at blogging and it's definitely a challenge. Reading what you have taken your time to write has given me some insight and direction.

  15. Thanks Sue,

    Loved the main takeway lines are:-

    "And for you to be successful in your niche – passion, persistence, consistency, and focus are factors you will need to observe as you grow your blog."

    This not only applies to blogging, but social media and start-up business in general. At Paradise Rescued, we use the tag line of Mission Vision Passion. You have to know why you are doing it, where you are going and really get some positive emotion and drive behind it.

    If you have written four consecutive weekly blogs and noone followed you, you are right on track! Keep going because you can be confident that 90% of your competetion have already given up! Keep innovating and changing your approach. Keep giving heaps of passion....

    Keep up the great work Sue,

    Kind regards,

    David Stannard

    Paradise Rescued

    1. Love that term, David, "Mission Vision Passion"! That says it all right there.

      Thanks for your comment,
      Sue

  16. I wonder if there is a way to come up with Shiny Object Used Until Tarnished And Then Repolish And Use Again Because The Results Are So Awesome That It's Worth Getting Deeper Knowledge From It Syndrome?

    That would be quite something.

  17. Hi Enock,

    Thanks for this ultimate guide for beginners like me. I have visited your blog and its awesome.

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for the resources you are sharing for beginners. Keeping going

    Jithin

  18. Hi Cathy,

    I'm glad you loved my post and found it valuable to you. Hope these great minds inspired you a lot...

    Get to know and follow all of them too.

    Thank you for leaving a comment.

  19. Hi Carol,

    Thank you for stopping by. I feel great seeing you here because if it were not for your willingness to contribute, one part of the story could be missing! But it's good that the part makes it a complete piece.

    Thank you for commenting.

  20. Hi Rhonda,

    It was really great seeing you comment here. Simple advice to newbie bloggers - "find an authority site, stick to it because you'll learn a lot." It all leads us to FOCUSING on important things first because any distraction takes you several steps backwards.

    Thank you!

  21. Hi Aaron,

    It's good that you've found some insight and direction to guide you into your blogging journey. Blogging is not that easy but following the right strategies aligns you on a path to success. Keep trying and never give up...your efforts will soon pay off.

    Happy blogging.

    Thank you for commenting!

  22. David,

    This line really caught my eye "keep innovating and changing your approach."

    This is how you succeed. Never stop looking around for new opportunities but most importantly, always stay focused!

    Thanks for your comment.

  23. Hi Jithin,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to read and comment on my post here on Sue's blog. Glad to know you found this post helpful.

    Thank you!

  24. Enock--

    Thank you so much for including me in this super-amazing post! I loved reading about all the other bloggers and their thoughts on the same issues. I have learned so much about blogging just by digging in and DOING it --and networking with other bloggers--many on this list--so I can improve my craft and get new ideas when I feel stuck. That is KEY! xo

    1. It was so great having you on my blog (through Enock's post), Shannon!

      Thanks so much for taking time to come over and comment.
      Sue

  25. Hi Shannon,

    Really grateful that you found time to comment here and I did appreciate interviewing you.

    Have a great week!

  26. Hey Alize,

    That's very true. Losing attention will always jeopardize your progress.

    Thanks for leaving a comment.

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