Attacking The Blogosphere From The Perspective Of A Psych Fanatic
All of us have individual traits that set us apart from other people. For instance. Some people spend a lot of time reacting to the accidents that take place in their lives while others immediately find the lesson and drive on.
There are, however, some common threads in what effective bloggers do that leaves a trace. That’s been my study over the last few years.
Are you a Life Hacker?
I’m not really a life hacker, but more of a mind hacker. My mission has been to dissect the minds of effective bloggers and improve my own mental performance, blogging approach and blogging capacities.
I want to talk to you about how you can get into the minds of some of your favorite bloggers and incorporate their approach into yours, and even integrate the two, for the purposes of becoming more successful and effective as a blogger yourself.
Success Leaves a Trace
Success, defined in this context means gaining an audience, commanding influence, demanding an awareness in the blogosphere and consistently growing.
A perfect example:
Nicholas Cardot from Sitesketch 101 reached 4,000 Rss subscribers and 13,000 Twitter followers in less than two years. Nick has effectively dominated the blogosphere in a short period of time, commanding awareness and building a solid community.
Give a Shit as a Business Strategy
The broadcast message is no longer the default, “giving a shit” as a core business strategy is taking over.
Carol really helps you to critically think about your engagement in the world of entrepreneurship, from a practical standpoint. I highly suggest becoming a daily reader of her Unsolicited Business Advice blog.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it
Zero in on the methods of approach that make people as precise and effective as they are. Find your experts and start studying.
Your mission is not to replicate exactly what the experts are doing, but more to understand their approach so that you can integrate it into yours.
I’m engaged in helping people change the way they operate in business, from a functional and social media standpoint. I get more resistance than I get cooperation. The great news is, you don’t need to take it that far. Allow yourself to understand the approach of an expert and incorporate parts of it into yours.
Change it around, add some critical components, tinker a bit and measure your results. You can always recalibrate after your inevitable feedback gets served up to your face like a giant dish of unwanted pumpkin pie at a Thanksgiving dinner.
Who is Your Master
Trying to please everyone is the fastest way to fail.
Since I’ve stopped trying to tailor my messages for everyone, it has helped me to both gain targeted readership on my blog, and to maximize productivity as a result of minimizing time spent trying to please everybody.
The world is designed for conformity, not creativity. One of the most dominating contributors I’ve found in the success of the great bloggers is the ability to stand outside of conventional understandings and dare to be different.
I know, when people see something different, they label it different and start freaking out.
They’re like cave people discovering something new about the planet for the first time. They’ll grunt, behave oddly, poke at it and run away. People just fear change. It’s really that simple.
Here’s a great mind hack for this: replace the word different with new. Anything different brought into the world is going to challenge people’s traditional way of doing things. It may even make them lash out but there is no change without the new. Be new and hold people’s attention.
Does this mean you should always try to challenge traditional ways of doing things? Absolutely not. Some things are best left alone and are working quite fine but if you have a better way to do something, speak up about it. Don’t be a wimp.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that authority bloggers are authority bloggers for a reason.
Anyone who becomes particularly adept in something thinks differently and is engaging differently. Your job is to learn those critical components, integrate them into your operation and continue to evolve your processes, every single day.
And remember. Be New! People are addicted to new. That is one advantage that you have over established, old bloggers.
- What is the biggest and best lesson you’ve learn from studying someone else?
- What advantage do you have that is uniquely yours?