11 Lessons Every Blogger Should Learn

Everyone has the right and power to help others in giving some advices in every job, or something. In life, there’re so many things one have to do in order to become successful. Just like in blogging, you need some advices so that you too can become successful.

If you are new to blogging , then it is a great idea to research some of the best tips to help you get started. There are so many new blogs being created everyday but only a few of them will actually become successful and see a large readership.
So it is best to get as much information as possible before you start the blog, to ensure that your overall strategy is a good one.

Now my three lessons I’d like to share with you, first:
1 – Be a lifelong blogger
Also Read: How to Become a Successful Blogger
You know when we were kids we asked questions like why is the sky blue? Why is the bird flying so high? But, for some reason as we get older that curiosity goes away. And if we are happy with the knowledge we have then we are actually going to atrophy. Just like the time you used to read articles, novels.. but can’t write yours. So you should please, remain a lifelong blogger. Don’t loose that curiosity. We can all be a little impatient sometimes, myself included. However, I have learned from great people that patience really is a virtue.

The more you start blogging, everything will change. You’ll become an incredible writer, you’ll learn new things and share your knowledge to the world. As for me, blogging is a new world, because it’ll take your resume to the next level, gives you a confidence boost, earn more exposure, live in more intentional life, and expand your knowledge etc.
See: 38 Benefits of Being a Blogger

2 – Throw yourself into it
Second, whatever you do throw yourself into it, throw your head, hands and heart into it. I look at my job not as a job, I look it as a calling, as a passion and I don’t want to care about the hours, I don’t care about hardship, because to me everything is a joy. So whatever you do, look upon it as a calling and a passion, not as a job, not as something temporary. Some considers blogging as a hobby, while some as a job.

As much as I ask you not to get hung up on your weaknesses or your so-called flaws or limitations (all self-imposed by the way), I do expect you to value yourself. This means how much you charge your clients, how much you respect your own abilities, your decisions and your choices in life. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in you. I’m talking about treating yourself when you’ve done a great job

Remember, “Persistence drives you to the path of success!” – Mohiddeen Ahmad, that you should be persistent in order to jump to the path of success. Throwing yourself into blogging without caring the hardship and time will actually take your resume to the next level and drives you to that path. Persistence was one of the top things needed in stages success, just like Darren Rowse – Take a look at how he started his blogging journey.

3 – Help others lives
The third and the most important one, please help others lives. Greatness comes not from a position, but from helping build the future. All of us in positions of power have an obligation to pull others up. You know as I am here today I look as my responsibility not as accepting an honour. I look upon it as accepting a challenge and responsibility and obligation to actually make it possible for people who are younger to come up and achieve levels of greatness so they too can be on the stage sometimes in the future.

Famous people became successful for helping others to grow and achieve the levels of greatness. As a blogger, you’ve an obligation to pull others up.

4 - Do what you love and opportunities will come
As I mentioned, I began blogging strictly for fun and as a source of personal inspiration. I have always been a serial entrepreneur, so I am not new to turning hobbies into sources of revenue, but when I began blogging, I didn’t even know that I COULD make money off of it, for a while. I did what I loved (write, talk about tech, and eventually, blogging), and opportunities started to present themselves over the years. One of my personal goals was to attend New York Fashion Week and that opportunity was afforded to me as a result of blogging. Additionally, I achieved other accomplishments due to my blog, like being featured as an up-and-coming blogger in a seminar, and being flown out to top cities to shoot a video segment, just to name a few. If you do the things you love and are passionate about, opportunities (and income) will come.

5 - Don’t give up
Listen — blogging, like life in general, can get hard sometimes. Sometimes things get challenging and you’ll feel like giving up. There were times I’ve felt extremely exhausted running this hobby-turned-business. There were times I felt stuck in neutral and didn’t feel like the blog was growing or going anywhere, or even worth doing anymore. I’ve faced financial challenges, creative challenges and legal challenges. But instead of quitting, I would take a step back whenever I felt burned out. It’s always okay to take a break, refresh your mind and reset your goals, if you need to. And then get back to work!

6 - Surround yourself with the right people
Over the years, I’ve had several readers reach out to me, offering to contribute to the site. I hired them to become writers and editors, and eventually they became friends too! Your ‘customers’ can make the best employees because they already love and are passionate about your product/service. Additionally, every business owner should have an attorney and accountant on hand, at the very least. I’ve had to fork over thousands of dollars to the IRS because I didn’t fully understand business tax law. And I’ve been threatened with lawsuits, from everyone including readers of my site, to large law firms. When you own your own business, it’s important to have all the right people on board to assist you in every possible way. The same is true for everyday life, as well!

7 - Expect the unexpected
One of the fun (yet sometimes challenging) aspects of running this blog is the unexpected things. Most have been great (exciting opportunities and partnerships, extra revenue), some I could have done without (lawsuits, threats, people stealing your work), but that’s all a part of the fun, right?! The road to (and through) entrepreneurship (like life) is never a straight line; there are always tons of curves and bumps, with some pleasant stops to see and experience, along the way. I have learned to expect and embrace the unexpected, no matter what.

8 - Resist the urge to compare yourself to others
With some bloggers making millions of dollars, it’s hard to NOT compare yourself to others! But you really can’t. You don’t know their life! As with anything else, you have to focus on being the best you, and building the best business for yourself and your customers/clients/readers. What’s for you is for you, and what’s for someone else is for them.

9 - Never be afraid to reinvent yourself
Since I launched in 2014, this blog has undergone several iterations. It started as a handbag blog, and I branched that off to a separate site and turned this into a fashion and beauty blog. Once I started attending more lifestyle events in Nigeria, I added both of those as components of my blog as well. There was a time I focused more on celebrity style but have since evolved from that to focus more on my own and other’s personal style. With any business, you should always continue to reevaluate the industry landscape, and decide what works best for you and your company. I realized that the celebrity blogging landscape began to get oversaturated over the years. Plus, my readers seemed to respond better to my more personal posts. Reinventing yourself and evolving is the key to consistent growth and success.

10 - Network and sell yourself
Selling yourself consists of many things. Sure, it can mean literally selling your product/service to those who can offer some form of compensation. But it also means getting the word out about yourself and what you do. That is one thing I’ve really had to work on. I’ve always preferred to do the work behind-the-scenes and let others discuss it. But with an ever-growing sea of blogs, how else will people know about you? Also, whether you’re a business owner or moving up the corporate ladder, it’s important to establish networks with like-minded individuals. Not only does it give you the potential to learn things you may not have known that will help you grow your business, but to also share your personal or business knowledge with others. Sharing is caring.

11 - Don't mention your plan, show your result
Some people won’t understand you and what you do, and that’s ok!

Sometimes people don’t understand that what you post is not personal and not just for fun, but rather because it makes great content and serves your business. I wouldn’t post an opinion that I disagree with, or something I find unethical, but I can post what someone was wearing, and that doesn’t mean I personally support that person. I share my posts, on multiple platforms, because that’s a part of growing my business. But with that sharing comes the inevitable criticism and negative feedback. And when you put your content or yourself out there, you have to learn to expect that. I have received judgement on some of the things I’ve posted, personal attacks, and even critical comments from my “friends”. They don’t see the partnerships built behind the scenes that have resulted in a campaign. They don’t understand why you would do a post on a particular celebrity or political figure that they dislike. They don’t understand why you’d post a reference to a popular singer on her birthday. Sometimes people don’t understand the decisions you make that will positively impact your business, simply because they personally disagree with or dislike the content you put out. But, that’s part of what comes along with running a business on a public platform. That goes for you being you in life, as well.

All in all, blogging has been a fun ride. If and when the time comes that I want to end it, I will have no regrets. I’ve learned a ton while doing what I love!

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Mohiddeen Ahmad

I am Mohiddeen Ahmad, the fountainhead of Flowdiary Blog. I Manage this blog and post articles relating to Entrepreneurship, Online Marketing, Technology, Blogging and more.. Stay updated on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

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