Can you believe it’s Monday again? And a new month? Amazing.
This week’s practical blog action steps will help you to start your week strong and keep you from wandering around aimlessly onlinbe. With these steps you can be intentional and have a plan that will show you real results.
So, let’s get started. You can implement these practical blog action steps all at once or you can work on them throughout the week. Whatever you choose will be great because you are moving forward and spending your time and energy wisely.
If you are just discovering these action steps jump right in. You can start with these action steps or check out any of the other weekly action step posts on this site. All of them will help you become a better blogger so get started today.
At the end of each week I go live on Facebook LIVE in my Facebook group BIG Idea Bloggers. I answer questions members have about blogging and give suggestions that small bloggers can easily implement.
If you want to see last week’s video and get even more explanation you can join my group and replay it.
The last time we got together I talked about these practical ideas. They are easy-to-implement action steps you can take this week to grow you blog.
Always try something – don’t let a challenge keep you from trying
Small bloggers should always try new things. You never know when a new social media platform or methodology or unique idea will be just perfect for your readers. If you like it, great. If you don’t, no problem. But don’t be afraid to try.
If there is a 30 day challenge or a contest or a webinar encouraging you to do something new – don’t let the challenge hold you back. You aren’t married to a challenge or a contest. You just need to step and and try.
Never let something big keep you from making an attempt. Forget about the challenge. Focus on the possible results and see what happens. As a small blogger you’ve got to be willing to jump in and give it a shot.
Don’t get sucked in by offers to make something easy, simple, or fast
There are a lot of people out there trying to make a quick buck. As a small blogger you can be easy prey if you aren’t aware of what to look for in an offer or a program or a course.
Don’t fall for anything that promises easy, simple, or fast. Instead, look for thorough, complete, and the potential for long-term results.
There is no easy road to blog success. No matter who you are it’s going to take work, time, and effort. That’s good. It will make your success that much sweeter. But, along the way don’t fall for shortcuts or promises of easy roads.
Look for real, genuine help and courses that teach you meaningful methods for achieving success. Also, keep an eye out for true education. You don’t need a shortcut you need to learn. Learn how to do things on your own and make your blog a success.
Have a healthy perspective of what it means to move forward
I am always encouraging bloggers to keep moving forward. But what does that really mean? I’ll tell you what it doesn’t mean.
It doesn’t mean running full steam ahead without a plan. It doesn’t mean working so hard you neglect your family or your own health. It doesn’t mean your weekly accomplishments will look anything like anyone else’s.
What it does mean is working hard in bite-size chunks. Do what you can with the time and energy you have. Some weeks that will be spectacular. Other weeks, due to life and circumstances that will be less than stellar but if you have moved in a forward direction it’s perfect.
Don’t try to compare yourself to others. Don’t get caught up in thinking another bloggers is moving faster than you are.
Stay the course. Keep putting one foot in front of the others. If you can run for a while, do it. When it’s time to slow down, do that. Balance is imperative for long-term success. The point is just to keep your forward momentum going and you can do that by taking bite-sized chunks and then another and then another.
Do your thing. Stay focused. Use your time and energy wisely and you’ll start to see success.
Apply criteria to the advice you follow
Today there are thousands and thousands of bloggers out there. Many are looking to make a quick buck. Others are looking to make you a long time customer. There is no problem having either as a goal but not all the advice you find out there is equal.
For many years I have preached some foundational precepts for how to choose who to follow and who to listen to when it comes to blogging advice. These precepts apply to any kind of practical advice you may find on Facebook, Pinterest, or a blog.
First, is the site professional looking? If someone says they know how to make you successful they had better “dress” the part.
Second, do they have a clear, approachable photo of themselves on their site? Blurry photos or headshots that look like they were taken by kids should give you pause.
In this same vein, are there multiple photos available for you to see. Depending on the niche family photos or other types of shots may or may not be appropriate but even professionals can have a variety of photos of themselves on their websites or blogs. Look for them.
Next, is there an About section on the site. You need more than just a “I like to help people”-type quote. What are the person’s qualifications? How have they helped others? I have recently stumbled on several blogs about blogging where there was no About section at all.
If I can’t learn why a blogger is qualified to be giving out advice I will not read their site, recommend them to others or allow them to pin to my group boards.
This is a time when how loudly someone toots their own horn is positive. Let me see what you’ve got.
Finally, when a site is overly ad-heavy, whether its a blogging site or a recipe site or a DIY site, I take great caution. Sites that are ad-heavy tell me that blogger is desperate for money. That’s fine but it clouds judgement. I don’t want advice from someone who’s sole focus is money and not my well-being.
Parenting advice, homeschool input, blogging suggestions, it doesn’t matter I want to know the writer cares about me, the reader, before I will invest any energy or time in what they have to say.
Set up your own criteria. Use your own judgement and needs to help you decide who you will listen to and from who you will take important advice. Some simple criteria now will help you wade through the junk you will be inundated with later.
Simple Action Steps
There you have it. Practical blog action steps you can take this week to see tangible results. Your job as a blogger is to do the work. Don’t get bogged down in the trivial. Learn to economize and be smart with your time and energy. Efficient use of time is a must for small bloggers.
If you want to learn more about any of these steps come join the FB group and watch the video.
Here’s a free printable to help you stay on task this week.