10 Principles of Highly Effective Blogging – and writing?

Darren McLaughlin responded to Darren Rowse’s group writing project on ProBlogger with an interesting article where he listed his 10 Principles of Highly Effective Blogging. This is a very interesting and thought provoking article and well worth reading.

His #1 point is very relevant to both bloggers and to writers.

1. Have patience and be systematic in your approach to blogging. Bloggers don’t generally rocket to the top based on one post. Many bloggers who are extremely successful have been posting for 3, 5, or even 10 years! You better believe their current status is hard earned and you won’t get a free ticket to the top. Be patient, but never back down.

Successful bloggers – and successful writers – know that they in it for the long haul. Sure, there have been a handful highly successful bloggers – and writers – who seem to rocket into the number one position or the top of the Best Seller Charts overnight. A look behind the glitz and glamour and magazine cover articles and you will discover a hard worker, someone who has worked at their craft for many hours over many days throughout many years.

The old cliche is so true: Success only comes before work in the dictionary.

To reach the top in any endeavour takes some talent, plenty of practice, much training and a mountain of patience, no matter what field you talk about. Why should writing – or blogging – be any different?


2 Responses to “10 Principles of Highly Effective Blogging – and writing?”

  1. Thanks Trevor,

    Building a quality blog like yours takes time, but you have to figure it’s worth it. The opportunities we get from blogging are enormous. We’re able to build global networks instantly at a fraction of the cost it cost companies to do the same a few short years ago.

    These are heady times for bloggers, especially the patient ones.

  2. Trevor says:

    Thanks for this comment Darren.
    Yes – these are “heady times for bloggers” and my poor old head is suffering from the steep learning curve. But that is a good thing as it keeps the grey matter acctive and fertile.