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Writing tips are like beer nuts. They’re addictive. No matter how many you have, you always want more. But do you ever get the feeling that the writing “experts” who are dispensing the tips barely have more experience than you? Which usually means their advice is either second-hand or second-rate.
Tugs at your soul, doesn’t it? You love to write. You always have. But honestly — who has the time? Not only do you have a job and family and friends, but there are a gazillion tiny distractions popping up on your cell phone 24 hours a day, all interesting, all seemingly important, all keeping you from what you were born to do: Write. The good news? 2017 is your year.
You want it so bad that it dominates your waking thoughts. You’re even afraid to say it out loud, in case you sound plain crazy: “I want to make a living as a writer.” (You can imagine the snorts and smirks from family and friends.) But it’s true — you’re no closer to reaching that goal than the day it first popped into your head. So, who knows? Maybe the doubters are right.
You know what? You work damn hard to get people to your blog. Pushing yourself to unearth the best ideas, pouring your soul into your writing, and promoting your posts like your next breath depends on it. So it’s a real kick in the teeth when visitors arrive — then bounce right away again. In fact, it stings like hell.
Seriously, what is it with writers? You’d think they actually enjoy pain and misery. After all, writing is hard enough without inventing new ways to make yourself suffer. But suffer they do. Perhaps it’s the image of the writer as a tormented artist, or a form of occupational masochism, but something seems to make writers seek out pain. Maybe without it, they don’t feel like “real” writers.
Know what’s tougher than creating great content? Creating it at scale. But that’s exactly what’s needed if you’re serious about building a popular blog. And almost every successful blogger reaches a point where they realize they can’t do it alone. (After all, how many large blogs can you name where the owner still writes every single post?) Getting help means outsourcing ...
Look, I get it. You want more traffic. (Just like every other blogger on the planet.) But here’s the big question: Do you actually deserve more traffic? You see, traffic doesn’t care how much you want it. It doesn’t care how long you’ve waited. Traffic only comes to those who truly commit to understanding how to get it and then, implement what they’ve learned.
We hear one complaint from our readers time and time again. It appears in a variety of flavors: “I’d like to start a blog, but I’m too busy.” “I want to grow my blog, but I just don’t have the time.” “I wish I had more time to dedicate to my blog, but it seems impossible right now.” In fact, lack of time was the number one frustration cited by respondents to our recent reader survey.