I learned a tough one last year.
Blogging did not spare the rod, either.
Blogging taught me this: you better keep generously helping people or things will slow down on your blog.
Nobody stresses how you will work longer and harder during your 10th year online than during any year. Even though blogging gets easier because your skills, exposure and generosity carry you, blogging gets harder because you continually test the limits before you make millions upon millions of dollars.
I have not hit a tipping point yet. I still need to get to work, facing resistance from time to time.
The Blogging Tipping Point and Lesson
I experienced a few humbling events in my life this past year. Blogging taught me I need to keep giving, persisting and reaching out to new people to accelerate my blogging growth. When I finally got my rear in gear I began to see – but not experience – a certain tipping point.
What is the blogging tipping point?
Basically, when you have honed your skills to a certain point and are in so many places at once, your ever increasing income and traffic keeps expanding exponentially, like a top that keeps on spinning, even if you step away from your blog for a few days or a few weeks.
I have not reached this point yet but see everything coming together quite nicely, and quickly too, as I give more generously of my time, talents and energy. But getting to this level is hard! Not difficult, as ease is involved, but highly uncomfortable at times.
This is the price all bloggers pay to have the option of kicking back, relaxing, and allowing their 10,000 to 20,000 to 50,000 posts to passively do work for them. When I reach 50,000 posts, no doubt, I will be in so many places at once – namely, 50,000 posts – that traffic and money will flow in like clockwork, like a machine, because everywhere folks turn they will see me.
But even before I reach that point I will likely hit lesser but still freeing tipping points, like those I see today.
I was a total idiot this past year. A few times, I would write and submit 2 guest posts daily combined with publishing 3-5 video posts daily on my blog. All sweet. Then I bailed on my uber generous strategy for certain fears of not getting a good enough return, yada yada yada.
Lesson learned this past year. The hard way. I was not nearly as generous as I am now and paid the ultimate piper, running into some stiff struggles, even 10 years into my blogging career.
The Sometimes Discomfort Never Ends
I have observed entrepreneurs worth hundreds of millions of dollars explain how business still feels hard, or uncomfortable to them, at times. We are human beings. We face fears aka resistance at times, whether we have $1 or $150 billion. Makes no difference.
This was the year I learned to embrace the discomfort and be even more and more generous, blasting through plateaus, giving even more generously, growing my blog as quickly as I have ever grown it.
Help as many people as possible for free to:
- increase your blogging skills
- increase your blogging exposure
- build your blogger friend network
- keep meeting new bloggers
- boost your blog traffic
- boost your blogging profits
Success can and will be yours if you are all over opportunities to serve people generously, not expecting anything in return.
Blogging business grows as your blogging generosity grows.
Learn that lesson today or like me, you may need to learn it the hard way 10 years into your blogging career.
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at Blogging From Paradise.