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30 Things I Learned From Blogging Heroes Part 2

This is part two in the series of tips and tricks I have learned by reading the book, Blogging Heroes. After reading the things I learned, stick around for my take aways I’ve garnered through completeing the book.

Brian Lam
16. High-quality writing and editing will attract and keep readers, as will surprising them.

Kristin Darguzas
17. Working at home can be difficult because you are always “at work.”

Chris Grant
18. Being able to rapidly educate yourself on a subject is an asset for a blogger, as is a memory that allows you to retain even the most trivial of details.

Scott McNulty
19. Cross-linking and reciprocal promotion with competing blogs can be positive.

Philipp Lenssen
20. Rather than focusing on increasing traffic, let content guide your blog. Think about what’s interesting to you and others, what topics deserve coverage, and areas you want to see progress.

Brad Hill
21. It is still possible for a dedicated individual to take an idea from concept through implementation.

Steve Rubel
22. Sometimes it’s easier to go where people are than to get them to come to you.

Rebecca Lieb
23. You should note write just to fill space or meet a deadline. Readers expect you to post something on a regular basis, but they will not accept fabricated or meaningless material.

Deidre Woollard
24. New bloggers should be prepared to take criticism, and understand that it can make them better bloggers.

Gary Lee
25. The system can be gained on some levels, but gaming the system successfully doesn’t necessarily mean making a lot of money.

Richard MacManus
26. Be prepared to commit a lot of time and energy to blogging.

Eric T.
27. The best way to learn about a subject is to share what you learn as you learn it.

Victor Agreda, Jr.
28. The major challenge for bloggers today is to find fresh, original material that is not simply an echo of what other blog are doing/saying.

Steve Garfield
29. Common, everyday moments in life are among the most fascinating video that vloggers share.

Grant Robertson
30. No matter how little (or how much) progress you are making, just keep working. Things will change.

Conclusion:

When I was finished reading the book, it was easy to see the similarities between all 30 bloggers. For starters, every one of them are hard workers. Some were and probably still are working 12-14 hours a day. Each blogger possessed a passion for what they did. While some were in the right place at the right time, many started from scratch. They propelled their careers one stepping stone at a time until they reached the top. While all of the people featured within this book make it look easy, I have a newfound respect for them. They have worked and in some cases, continue to work extremely hard to maintain their position.

If you’re looking for inspiration or want to know what it’s really like to be in the shoes of any one the bloggers featured in the book, this is a great way to go about it. Definitely a recommended book by yours truly.

Author: jeffc

3 thoughts on “30 Things I Learned From Blogging Heroes Part 2

  1. Indeed, working at home is difficult at times. Thank goodness for laptops! I’ve had one since 1983, when the TRS-80 Model 100 came out. (World’s first notebook computer, actually.) It was great for traveling (I can’t seem to stop working as a writer away from home, either). Back then I used CompuServe and DELPHI as infinite hard drives, storing my work in pieces.

    Back to working at home, some people work on set schedules, but I can’t do that. I have to work when the feeling is best (often after 9 PM) unless there is something more urgent. I’ve also learned to remind myself that (as a writer) just because I’m not typing or otherwise composing does’t mean I’m not working. Even writing postings like this I get ideas and fresh viewpoints.
    –Mike

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