Well, that’s a question I keep asking myself from time to time. A lot of people start blogging mainly because they were introduced to and inspired by certain blogging idols or super successful bloggers. Some others do blog because they think it’s cool and the rest do it for other benefits such as online income.
However, too many bloggers ditch blogging half way through even before giving it a whole-hearted attempt. This is mainly because they did not originally have the ingredients to be successful in online writing. So what does it take to be a successful blogger who takes blogging as a serious hobby or even as a profession?
#1 Writing skills
Blogging is first about writing! Unless you possess decent writing skills – even when writing about technical topics for that matter – blogging is not meant for you. Having writing skills alone won’t be sufficient if you do not enjoy writing.
So you are good at writing! But people will soon get bored of glorified rubbish unless you are creative and innovative with your ideas. Most successful bloggers already know the next few topics they are going to write about. Many times those who do a lot of research and online/offline reading always have enough innovative things to write about.
When was the last time you wrote or read something very original on a blog? Many upcoming bloggers perish because they depend on other feeder blogs for ideas. The most successful bloggers are those who have the most original ideas to write about. It is acceptable if you promote inspired or stale ideas once in a while but more often you should ignite your own new ideas in order to become successful in blogging.
#4 Networking Skills
The main difference between online and offline writing is that you get your readers’ feedback instantly in the case of online writing. This is mainly because of the collaborative nature of blogging as well as the capabilities of its supporting paraphernalia (social media, social networking, subscription etc). Hence those who network better, open to feedback and work on their shortcomings will become successful sooner or later. The online networking skills enables a blogger to build a community around his topics and ideas not only to get accepted at the first level but also to become the evangelists of the same over the web.
Finally, to persist with any hobby, passion or profession you need to have a lot of drive within you. You should be very good at time management and engage yourself – on a continuous basis – with all aspects concerning blogging. This includes understanding the trends and adapting accordingly, have self-defined goals (in the positive direction) and work relentlessly towards achieving them with focus. It is the persistence that makes a blogger a real super blogger!
There may be ten or fifteen other things that one can define as the qualities of a serious blogger but I believe that the above five are the major points. Now let me ask you bloggers :
(1) Are you putting serious efforts to become the next big name in the blogosphere?
(2) What are those two or three things that you do with respect to your blogging to sustain for long term?