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You Must Start With an Audience of One Follower Before Growing an Audience of Many Followers

A number of things have to come into play—especially, determination, consistency and longevity—before any blogger and site or domain owner can really amass an audience of many followers within a short or long period of time; regardless, each blogger or site owner must start with an audience of one follower before growing an audience of many followers.

Many people who acquire a domain or start blogging, lack patience, and wrongly assume that an audience of many followers can be amassed within a short time period—especially a few days, weeks, or months, etc.

A lot of bloggers and domain owners even lose determination and give up on blogging/their domains when they haven’t yet acquired a large following or popularized their brand name as fast as possible.

It’s important to note that, when it comes to attracting followers to a blog, site, or domain—usually—you can’t just attract an audience of many followers overnight or out of thin air, and achieve overnight success! You must first start with an audience of one follower before gradually growing an audience of many followers!

If we don’t ignore the phenomenon of gauging a blog’s or site’s success based on the number of followers, we may lose focus of content quality and production longevity which are very important

It’s unfortunate how many bloggers and site owners have been losing their blogs and sites because of the discouragement that surges within them, as a result of their small or stagnant audiences which could have grown after a certain period of time, if they hadn’t given up.

When starting a blog or site, most bloggers and site owners focus too much on the number of followers. If you do the same, especially during the early stages of your blog, and concentrate too much on the number of followers, you could lose long-term focus and be taken completely off course—away from growing a blog or site with many followers.

Usually, most bloggers and site owners base their blog’s or site’s level of success or failure on the number of people who feed off of their content: they tend to value their content and sites only in direct proportion to how small or large their audiences are.

Having this type of mindset can pose a great threat to any efforts we make and lasting impression we hope to make on the internet’s boundless landscape where content quality and quantity and lasting content production hold the most weight at the end of the day.

What it Really Takes to be a Blogger

Although it’s quite true that it takes passion to be a blogger; from experience, I would say it takes determination to “really” be a blogger. Determination will be required, day in and day out, or week in and week out, or year in and year out, or whatever the case may be!

No matter the amount of passion you have, without determination you may give up whenever you experience a slump or “writer’s block”—a condition in which, for whatever reason, a blogger is not just able to be creative or motivated enough to write or blog posts for a period of time or indefinitely.

The business of being a blogger, through and through, is all about determination which is the quality or ability to be determined to do or achieve something. Determination is about having a considerable or high degree of firmness in regard to your purpose or what you want to achieve.

Even if you have outstanding talent and passion, without having enough determination to really work, it will be difficult for you to achieve success. Talent is only a starting point for success; but while working on your talent, determination is what you will need to keep you going even if you experience other challenges besides a slump or writer’s block.

Determination is what it takes to succeed in the business of blogging and any other endeavour

To what degree are you willing to be determined? If you lack determination, will you be willing enough to get a good amount of determination? Like writing, blogging is also a noble calling; but, blogging too is not so easy!

You need to make up your mind and decide: no matter the difficulty that may come your way, you will be determined enough to move forward or, at least, look for a way to move forward.

And like most things in life which are worth hustling for, when it comes to being a blogger, there are times when you just have to push some determination into your fingers, your brain, and your whole being!

When people say they want to be a blogger, don’t believe them until you see them actually walking the walk that real bloggers walk. Walking the walk requires having determination, even when, for whatever reason, you don’t feel like blogging!

If blogging is your dream, are you ready to do what it takes to be a blogger? Are you determined enough to blog, or write, or force some determination into your fingers, brain, and whole being so that you can really be the blogger you want to be?

You want what it takes to be a blogger? Learn to get tough and stick through

Although blogging takes time and isn’t easy, it will be worth your time and effort if you really love it. Anything that requires determination is not for the faint-hearted. And anything that requires determination will require you to “hang in there” while you are creating a brand that resonates.

Yes, people need your voice and art, whether you realize it or not. And though you might not have all the followers, comments, or appreciation that you want at the moment, you don’t have to be discouraged or ever lose determination.

If you really love blogging, don’t allow a slump, writer’s block, or any feeling to keep you permanently away from blogging. This sounds easier than stated, but you can do it. Your blogging journey may experience a lot of difficulty, barrier, and struggle, but it’s okay, as long as you remain determined, persevere, keep going, and don’t give up!

Blog for Passion, Not for Accolades—The Secret to Longevity in Blogging

Eventually, it will happen: after a period of doing something you love, you’ll lose interest and even forget why you started doing it in the first place. Whether it’s a calling, a career, or a relationship, you’ll start to lose passion and feel trapped.

Generally speaking, when you are doing anything for passion, at some point, you will likely experience a loss of interest; surprisingly, almost every person does: musicians experience this; sportspeople experience this; entrepreneurs experience this; bloggers and writers do too.

It happens to the most gifted people: along the journey of their calling, they lose steam and start to harbor thoughts of breaking up with their passions. Even if they achieve success, they eventually get to a point where their success no longer matters much.

Why? Because the reason they followed their passions in the first place, was no longer able to continue motivating them. Along the way, many bloggers dreamed of quitting, and actually stopped blogging, checked out, and moved on.

Although you might have started blogging for passion and not accolades, you might have lost motivation along the way because you didn’t get enough accolades or even traffic; regardless of what happened or will happen, if you don’t give in and quit, you can be able to develop enough strength to continue blogging for passion—not for accolades—and end up getting more than you ever dreamed of.

Blogging for passion will determine the course of your blogging or online publishing work and longevity which will help to establish your online legacy—the end product of your passion!

Blogging for passion is what differentiates someone who creates something meaningful and memorable, from someone who just gives up because they weren’t able to get enough or any accolades.

If you continue blogging for passion, you will always find out that there are better blog posts you are yet to create

If you stop blogging for accolades which can lose steam, and continue blogging for passion which can keep or maintain steam, you’ll surprisingly find out that there are better blog posts you are yet to create.

Many bloggers lose motivation because they are blogging for accolades: after they blog or write something, and an audience shows up, they are full of steam, and everything changes because they see followers, customers, or people to impress.

But in the absence of accolades or people to impress, things start to get very tricky. Many bloggers or writers experience this: at a certain point in their blogging journey, they find themselves tending to blog for accolades or the approval of others, instead of blogging for passion or the love they have for blogging.

If you are dissatisfied with your passion, or you can longer depend on it to sustain your blogging journey, then any incoming accolades or royalty checks will disappoint you because you will notice the obvious truth: accolades and royalty checks won’t be able to keep your drive for blogging as much as passion can!

If you continue blogging for passion and not for accolades by trying to please people, you will continuously come across the largest audience possible

If you can be able to maintain or fall back to blogging for passion, it will make all the difference for you! Although it may take courage to maintain or fall back to blogging for passion, it would be worth it if you succeed at doing either task.

A few years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to imagine that, as at the time of writing, I would have a site/blog with over 3,989 subscribers/followers and published 236 blog posts that would attract over 381,400 views—but the passion still sustains and drives me.

When you are blogging for affection and not for accolades in order to get readers’, subscribers’, or followers’ affections, then your blogging will affect and attract more people.

The Internet’s Most Popularly Used Words that Make Headlines Go Viral

It is easy to understand the characteristics of viral headlines on the internet if we observe the type of words that appear in the titles of web pages that appear at the top of search engines like Google which directs internet visitors to blogs or websites that receive very high volumes of traffic.

By figuring out what makes different types of content to be so attractive to different internet audiences, one would likely end up noticing that most readers’ attraction to titles and articles could depend a lot on their feelings, emotions, level of interest, and a number of other things or factors that can’t be controlled; regardless of what they may be, the following types of words have been observed to be influential in making headlines go viral:

Words that “point” to a specific person, thought, or thing

Direct examples of these types of words include: “the”, “that”, “this”, and “a”. The attractive power of these words lies in how they “directly target particular things or objects of interest”. If you place such words (possibly in combination with other words) in any headline, readers would instantly form a specific idea about how exact (the, a), how close (this), how far away (that), or how insignificant a person, thought, or thing is. During the course of searching the internet, and up to a point of getting attracted by a headline and reading through an article, a reader will clearly conceive what they are directed to think about in order to comprehend the content that expresses it.

Words that “refer” to something, a person, or a group of persons

Direct examples of such words include: “you”, “your” and “people”. I believe that the number one target of creating content is to give useful information to any reader (person, or persons). This reason indirectly explains why viral headlines consist of these types of words. The word “you” was once ranked as the fifth most used word on the internet, while “your” was once ranked as the seventeenth most used word. What does the popularity of these words imply? It simply implies that the aim of using them is to give value to a reader or many readers. A research that was conducted by using different headline compositions observed that headlines consisting of these words (you, your, and people) were the most efficient.

Words that are used to ask for information about something

Direct examples of such words are: “why”, “where”, “what”, “which”, and “when”. One striking impact of these words is the level of curiosity and number of questions they arouse in readers’ minds: it makes them to directly conceive specific things and get a clear meaning or explanation. It has been observed that by structuring headlines to appear as questions, click rates typically increase. An inquiry into “why”, “where”, etc., is attractive to readers because it makes them interested in acquiring knowledge and learning something new in order to cover up ground in areas where they are deficient.