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Something has gone wrong, but you can’t put your finger on it.

Your posts aren’t attracting the attention they deserve.  Comments are scarce and retweets require hours of pleading on Twitter. You spend days scouring the web for answers.  You even reach out to other bloggers for their insight. But you still come up empty.

Soon you ask yourself if your market is ready for your blog. Or is the problem in your own head?

You May Have Talked Yourself into a Corner

Along the way you may bought into “rules-of-thumb” that sound right but are really holding you back. These lies are killing your blog.  Here are 10 of the most crippling ones…

  1. "They" Are Different Than Me

    This lie prevents you from using sound advice from other successful bloggers.  It tells you that “You are Unique” and that you can ignore “proven” strategies offered by successful business people.  So, instead of moving forward, you waste scarce time re-inventing the wheel.  Or even worse, you believe that everyone else has a special advantage.  You have to take the “scenic route” to success because you don’t have the money, education, or connections.  Trust me – this is bologna.

    Truth Serum: This post by Sugarrae will do the trick: "There are No Damn Silver Spoons (Or Defining and Achieving Success Online)

  2. My Branding Can Wait

    It’s easy to fall for this lie.  It cons you into believing your readers only care about the content of your posts.  Not true.  Your reader’s visit your blog for an experience.  Your writing is just a (big) part of your success formula.  The rest relies on how you present yourself and your brand.  Poor graphics and layout will distract your reader and disrupt  their experience. Your blog needs to look great now.  Get on it.

    Truth Serum: Annabel Candy's excellent post will set you on the right path: Personal Online Branding to Make You Shine Online

  3. All I Need To Do is Publish Great Content

    This is a subtle lie that works because it is partially true. Great blogs DO have great content.  But, they are also great because people know they exist.  The big blogs promote themselves religiously.  Their content just pays off the promise. You may be buying into this thinking because your believe Marketing is inherently anti-social.  If so, then let's deal with that fallacy right now -

  4. Marketing is Anti-Social

    This one really gets under my skin. Listen, passion hidden under a basket is worthless. You need to get your message out there.  That means you need to market your viewpoint constantly.  Get this straight – BAD Marketing is Anti-Social.  Good marketing is authentic, backed-up by real products, and focused on serving your reader.

  5. Making Money Shouldn’t Be A Goal

    You may believe that money is dirty and immoral.  Ok, fine.  However, consider this, if you were given $1 million would you use it for noble ends?  Could you help a person, a community, or a nation?  If you are truly passionate about your subject then why not make money to advance your cause?  Think about it.

    Truth Serum: I hang out with a great crowd of people called the Third Tribe.  We are learning how to combine authentic social strategies with business.  Check it out.

  6. I Need to be A Great Writer First

    This may get me into a little trouble, but I’ll say it anyway.  Most top bloggers aren’t the greatest writers.  They succeed because they are constantly improving their writing skills.  Now, I need you to hear this.  This lie is a stalling tactic.  It bottles you up until you hit some imaginary expert threshold.  Don’t fall prey to this mindset.  The best way to become a great writer is to write.  So get started.

  7. Blogging is My Business

    This lie uses misdirection to send you in the wrong direction.  If you look closely, the A-Listers use their blogs to gather an audience.  They then sell products to that audience.  It’s a simple model that works.  Blogging is not a business it is a tactic.

    Truth Serum: Taylor Lindstrom's guest post on Copyblogger nails this one: "Why Your Blog Doesn't Make Money"

  8. People Don’t Want to Know About Me

    This lie feeds a deep-seated fear that you aren’t good enough.  You may be thinking that your story isn’t all that interesting.  Or worse, you believe that people will be turned off by you.  This is simply not true.  Blogging is a social activity that works when you put yourself out there and make connections with real people. It still shocks me that one of the most popular pages on this blog is the About Me section.  Give this some serious thought

  9. There’s a Magic Formula to Success

    This is another stalling tactic.  You’ve fallen for this lie if you are scouring the web looking for the perfect formula.  If you are busy “researching” then you aren’t writing and promoting your passion.  The only “silver bullet” that I’ve found is disappointingly simple – Get started.  That’s right – start writing.

  10. I’ll Build A List When I Have More Readers

    I’ve fallen for this lie.  Thankfully, I caught the deception early and started building my email community.  Your email list is your first “asset”.  The people who sign-up are your first loyal fans. Take great care of them and they will take amazing care of you.

Now that you know these lies, you have to decide to not let them stop or misdirect you again. Here’s a quick suggestion to keep you moving forward: be suspicious of anything that is stopping you from writing, connecting with your audience, or promoting your blog.  It’s working for me.  It will work for you too.

Comment below and tell me about a Lie that is crippling your progress.  Go ahead talk to me and I’ll talk right back

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  • WalidElhelw

    Hot post, Which clicks the reality.

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  • http://www.northlandtool.com Spindle Repair

    Number 7 is dead on for sure. Blogging is a tactic and its one that some of the biggest marketing companies out there (Hubspot to name a big one) have been talking about for a while now. We’ve taken this approach on our blog as well and found that literally 90% of our organic search traffic enters our page through the blog. I was just about to ask you about the email list, when I saw your sign-up form… “Free Email Mini Course.” I need to try something like that on the blog!

    Thanks for the post.

  • http://waynemcevilly.com Wayne McEvilly

    Stanford-
    My thanks for this post. I find it useful- and that is among my highest values these days.
    I am quite new to blogging – the sense of “overwhelm” when even the simplest things seem complex is a real enemy. I find if I just keep “doing what I know how to” that that process itself leads to discovering stuff about what I presently don’t know.
    It took me quite a while to know how to do this simple think-make a comment on someone’s blog.
    I have “favorited” this post because there’s more in it than a single reading could extract >
    Thank you.
    Wayne
    p.s. “Blogging is a social activity that works when you put yourself out there and make connections with real people. It still shocks me that one of the most popular pages on this blog is the About Me section. Give this some serious thought” Giving it some serious thought!

  • http://www.girlorbital.com Aggie

    You write wonderfully! I was engrossed the entire time. My biggest (what I hope to be a) lie, is that I write a personal blog, therefore it’s more difficult to attract readers because it doesn’t offer them money, prosperity or love. I’d throw in a little sex if that got the ball rolling. Joke. Don’t sex spam me. However, I do try to be entertaining. Any good tips for personal bloggers? I have read in the past that it’s predominantly “information” content that does well in the blogosphere. I’d like that change one day soon. Nothing wrong with making a living doing something you love, right? Just not the sex.

  • http://atlantaprecisionspindles.com Spindle repair

    I agree with the comment that says the blog needs good content. Where would you be with out advertising? Answer: NOWHERE. Yes its great to have good content but good content is not all you need for your blog. You need ADVERTISING just as much.

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  • pushingsocial

    Hey Lexy, I use Aweber for my email sign-up magic. Check it out. It's easy enough to learn. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Lexy

    Stanford,
    Thank you for being here OUTLOUD! I just started my blog…my excuse was not understanding the technology…that said… I am looking for a tool to allow people to sign up for my blog so they receive each post via email. I notice you have this feature (I signed up) I am using blogger.com as it was the least intimidating for me to get started with. Can you point me in the right direction to learn about what I am looking for? Thanks

    • pushingsocial

      Hey Lexy, I use Aweber for my email sign-up magic. Check it out. It's easy enough to learn. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Lexy

    Stanford,
    Thank you for being here OUTLOUD! I just started my blog…my excuse was not understanding the technology…that said… I am looking for a tool to allow people to sign up for my blog so they receive each post via email. I notice you have this feature (I signed up) I am using blogger.com as it was the least intimidating for me to get started with. Can you point me in the right direction to learn about what I am looking for? Thanks

  • pushingsocial

    Sorry Chica, it ain't happening :)

  • pushingsocial

    Thanks John. It's cool to meet you.

  • http://nancimurdock.com Nanci Murdock

    OK Stanford. I think I speak for the entire PS community when I say that we are getting just a little exhausted of you being so awesome. Time for you to take a short vacation so the rest of us can take the time to assimilate and process all the kick-ass posts you've delivered in the past few months.

    Think Bermuda. Have fun. (Trust us, we'll be here when you get back)

    Nanci

    • pushingsocial

      Sorry Chica, it ain't happening :)

  • http://nancimurdock.com Nanci Murdock

    OK Stanford. I think I speak for the entire PS community when I say that we are getting just a little exhausted of you being so awesome. Time for you to take a short vacation so the rest of us can take the time to assimilate and process all the kick-ass posts you've delivered in the past few months.

    Think Bermuda. Have fun. (Trust us, we'll be here when you get back)

    Nanci

  • John Marvin Cruz

    I'm a new blogger and have a lot of things to learn. I am so glad I read this post – it will save me a lot of trouble down the road and will help me avoid this "traps" along the way.

    My thanks to you Stanford for guesting on Problogger. And thanks to Darren too for guesting you if not I would not have discovered your wonderful blog.

    Marvin
    My recent post Do you have a Lifestyle Design Mindset

  • John Marvin Cruz

    I'm a new blogger and have a lot of things to learn. I am so glad I read this post – it will save me a lot of trouble down the road and will help me avoid this "traps" along the way.

    My thanks to you Stanford for guesting on Problogger. And thanks to Darren too for guesting you if not I would not have discovered your wonderful blog.

    Marvin
    My recent post Do you have a Lifestyle Design Mindset

    • pushingsocial

      Thanks John. It's cool to meet you.

  • http://tommy.ismy.name/and-these-are-my-thoughts tommyismyname

    Thank you for writing this Stanford. You know from my other comments that I'm having a little bit of trouble with my own blog right now, and this has helped quite a bit.

    My recent post What do people REALLY look for in an influencer

  • http://tommy.ismy.name/and-these-are-my-thoughts tommyismyname

    Thank you for writing this Stanford. You know from my other comments that I'm having a little bit of trouble with my own blog right now, and this has helped quite a bit.

    My recent post What do people REALLY look for in an influencer

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  • itsleisa

    Awesome post. Thanks for this. I just recently started to get over #1, 8 & 9. Thanks for cluing me into the rest so that I don't fall into those as well.
    Cheers, Leisa

  • itsleisa

    Awesome post. Thanks for this. I just recently started to get over #1, 8 & 9. Thanks for cluing me into the rest so that I don't fall into those as well.
    Cheers, Leisa

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  • http://lisajohnsonfitness.com Lisa Johnson

    Stanford,

    I can particularly feel #6. I look back at my early posts and cringe. I actually posted #200 today and I have definitely have it "down" a lot better than I used to. I write faster, cleaner and with more of an eye to my audience than I ever have before and I've been rewarded with some great comments and ever growing numbers.

    Thanks for this post,

    Lisa
    My recent post Fitness Tips For Kids- 5 Ideas for Kicks and Giggles

  • http://lisajohnsonfitness.com Lisa Johnson

    Stanford,

    I can particularly feel #6. I look back at my early posts and cringe. I actually posted #200 today and I have definitely have it "down" a lot better than I used to. I write faster, cleaner and with more of an eye to my audience than I ever have before and I've been rewarded with some great comments and ever growing numbers.

    Thanks for this post,

    Lisa
    My recent post Fitness Tips For Kids- 5 Ideas for Kicks and Giggles

  • savy2681

    This was really useful and thank you for passing it along.

  • savy2681

    This was really useful and thank you for passing it along.

  • http://www.nomoredolllarsforhours.com Paulakaday

    This is a great post! I have recently been stepping outside my box and trying over come my introverted, anti-social tendencies in order to build a community.

    The best piece of advice here is "Get started." I jumped in and just started writing about my leaning process on my own blog and it has spurred me on to try new stuff already. Everyone should just try something and be willing to fail.

    I'll be Tweeting this post soon. Thanks.

  • http://www.nomoredolllarsforhours.com Paulakaday

    This is a great post! I have recently been stepping outside my box and trying over come my introverted, anti-social tendencies in order to build a community.

    The best piece of advice here is "Get started." I jumped in and just started writing about my leaning process on my own blog and it has spurred me on to try new stuff already. Everyone should just try something and be willing to fail.

    I'll be Tweeting this post soon. Thanks.

  • Mike Ward

    Stanford,

    I’m inspired by the positive outlook of this piece. Here’s how I am coping with these subtle lies as beginning blogger.

    1. Not a problem, I love to learn from others.
    2. Getting on it this weekend. I have ideas for my branding but need to start executing them.
    3. Since I only have a few posts up, I have only taking baby steps for promoting it but should ramp up my efforts in this area.
    4. Yes, this is what I am striving for, the honest marketer for the product or service I truly believe in. If I can stand behind it, the passion is easy to tap.
    5. No problem there, I definitely want to use my blog for financial gain, though I realize this may often be indirect. As I study more about blogs, I have seen that while my model will have room for advertising and affiliate sales, I am mostly marketing myself. Using the blog, I hope to eventually take down the barriers between my day job and my passions until there is just me – a guy who loves to help others by spreading information.
    6. A weakness I have in this respect is over-editing. My training was as a student of history, so I like to have my statements read clearly and be certain of my sources. Although I think this helps produce a well written piece, it also really slows me down.
    7. Because I listen to others per # 1, I’m developing the blog’s place in my tool bag and not making it my only tool.
    8. Thanks to your boogie man post, I am adding more of myself into the blog. I want to spread information, but not read like a text book. In history writing, we are taught to never include the “I”, since we should strive to be an impartial observer. However I see this writing from a distance just won’t work for a blog, and that people actually do care for my opinion.
    9. I believe that I have this one in perspective – I can’t think of two successful blogs are exactly alike.
    10. Along with the branding per # 2, this is where I need to act as well.

    Thanks for the advice, and have a great weekend!

    My recent post My Community

  • Mike Ward

    Stanford,

    I’m inspired by the positive outlook of this piece. Here’s how I am coping with these subtle lies as beginning blogger.

    1. Not a problem, I love to learn from others.
    2. Getting on it this weekend. I have ideas for my branding but need to start executing them.
    3. Since I only have a few posts up, I have only taking baby steps for promoting it but should ramp up my efforts in this area.
    4. Yes, this is what I am striving for, the honest marketer for the product or service I truly believe in. If I can stand behind it, the passion is easy to tap.
    5. No problem there, I definitely want to use my blog for financial gain, though I realize this may often be indirect. As I study more about blogs, I have seen that while my model will have room for advertising and affiliate sales, I am mostly marketing myself. Using the blog, I hope to eventually take down the barriers between my day job and my passions until there is just me – a guy who loves to help others by spreading information.
    6. A weakness I have in this respect is over-editing. My training was as a student of history, so I like to have my statements read clearly and be certain of my sources. Although I think this helps produce a well written piece, it also really slows me down.
    7. Because I listen to others per # 1, I’m developing the blog’s place in my tool bag and not making it my only tool.
    8. Thanks to your boogie man post, I am adding more of myself into the blog. I want to spread information, but not read like a text book. In history writing, we are taught to never include the “I”, since we should strive to be an impartial observer. However I see this writing from a distance just won’t work for a blog, and that people actually do care for my opinion.
    9. I believe that I have this one in perspective – I can’t think of two successful blogs are exactly alike.
    10. Along with the branding per # 2, this is where I need to act as well.

    Thanks for the advice, and have a great weekend!

    My recent post My Community

  • http://michelletripp.com michelletripp

    Excellent post, Stanford! These are all great points, but the one that really hits home for me is the myth that it's all about the content and not about the writer. I agree that when I read someone's blog, the content draws me in, but the person is what keeps me coming back.

    The thing a lot of bloggers need to remember is to keep engaging followers and continue being human. Maybe Seth Godin can get away with encapsulating himself, but his fandom was created outside social media. The rest of us don't get a pass.

    @michelletripp

  • http://michelletripp.com michelletripp

    Excellent post, Stanford! These are all great points, but the one that really hits home for me is the myth that it's all about the content and not about the writer. I agree that when I read someone's blog, the content draws me in, but the person is what keeps me coming back.

    The thing a lot of bloggers need to remember is to keep engaging followers and continue being human. Maybe Seth Godin can get away with encapsulating himself, but his fandom was created outside social media. The rest of us don't get a pass.

    @michelletripp

  • http://technblogging.com Sourav

    Hi Stanford,
    You have nicely listed out all the things and thoughts that needs to be avoided. I myself has guilty of most of these, and I am still guilty of some. I don't yet have a list, I was late in getting to the fact that I needed to have a goal of making some money too. Further, I haven't yet done much to brand myself.
    This post is a wake-up call for me.
    My recent post How To Get 30 Comments On A New Blog

  • http://technblogging.com Sourav

    Hi Stanford,
    You have nicely listed out all the things and thoughts that needs to be avoided. I myself has guilty of most of these, and I am still guilty of some. I don't yet have a list, I was late in getting to the fact that I needed to have a goal of making some money too. Further, I haven't yet done much to brand myself.
    This post is a wake-up call for me.
    My recent post How To Get 30 Comments On A New Blog

  • The Sidebar Review

    Awesome, Stanford! This is a great guide for new bloggers.
    My recent post How To Achieve Mediocrity In Writing- Installment 2

  • The Sidebar Review

    Awesome, Stanford! This is a great guide for new bloggers.
    My recent post How To Achieve Mediocrity In Writing- Installment 2

  • http://www.bradleygauthier.com Bradley Gauthier

    When I first started out, I believed all ten of these. Wish I had this post back then!

    Great Article!
    My recent post How I Accidentally Created a Successful Business at the Age of 12

  • http://www.bradleygauthier.com Bradley Gauthier

    When I first started out, I believed all ten of these. Wish I had this post back then!

    Great Article!
    My recent post How I Accidentally Created a Successful Business at the Age of 12

  • Sandra Lee

    Hi,

    Excellent. You are so right, the road is well mapped out. I've been under the influence of more than one of these! Especially the one about just needing to write great content. I love your emphasis on how readers come to your blog for an experience. People often say mine is a serene, calm place. I agree, most great bloggers are not necessarily great writers!
    My recent post Naked in Eden- A captivating read

  • Sandra Lee

    Hi,

    Excellent. You are so right, the road is well mapped out. I've been under the influence of more than one of these! Especially the one about just needing to write great content. I love your emphasis on how readers come to your blog for an experience. People often say mine is a serene, calm place. I agree, most great bloggers are not necessarily great writers!
    My recent post Naked in Eden- A captivating read

  • http://www.getinthehotspot.com/ Annabel Candy

    Hi Stanford, what a wonderful post and thanks so much for mentioning one of my blog posts in it too. There is a lot of misinformation spread. I think it's part of the nature of blogging maybe because the information from blogs tends to come in short snippets of info so people never get the whole story all at once. Until they've been blogging for a while and discover these truths as you have:)

    I love how you say: "Your reader’s visit your blog for an experience." Such a brilliant yet simple point and often overlooked. Of course it's connected with what I see as the biggest fib about content being king. Maybe it was in the olden days of blogging but now you need the whole package – good looking blog, top content, winning personality and great connections:)

    Off to spread the word about your blog and this post now. Many thanks again, it's a pleasure to be part of the pushing social team and have you on the hot spot team too:) I look forward to watching our blogs evolve and grow together:)

    My recent post Shape Your Destiny in 6 Powerful Steps

  • http://www.getinthehotspot.com/ Annabel Candy

    Hi Stanford, what a wonderful post and thanks so much for mentioning one of my blog posts in it too. There is a lot of misinformation spread. I think it's part of the nature of blogging maybe because the information from blogs tends to come in short snippets of info so people never get the whole story all at once. Until they've been blogging for a while and discover these truths as you have:)

    I love how you say: "Your reader’s visit your blog for an experience." Such a brilliant yet simple point and often overlooked. Of course it's connected with what I see as the biggest fib about content being king. Maybe it was in the olden days of blogging but now you need the whole package – good looking blog, top content, winning personality and great connections:)

    Off to spread the word about your blog and this post now. Many thanks again, it's a pleasure to be part of the pushing social team and have you on the hot spot team too:) I look forward to watching our blogs evolve and grow together:)

    My recent post Shape Your Destiny in 6 Powerful Steps

  • http://torksblog.com Andrew Taylor

    Hey Great Post,
    I’m not a full time blogger but I’m pursuing a career in visual arts and a lot of those points correlate with becoming a professional artist. The point I liked most was 6 because it hammers home a good point for me.

    My biggest hang ups I have when I start a blog is not building a small buffer and not scheduling posts and setting solid work time to create new content. I think if you want to do anything with your blog you need a fixed time commitment.

  • http://torksblog.com Andrew Taylor

    Hey Great Post,
    I’m not a full time blogger but I’m pursuing a career in visual arts and a lot of those points correlate with becoming a professional artist. The point I liked most was 6 because it hammers home a good point for me.

    My biggest hang ups I have when I start a blog is not building a small buffer and not scheduling posts and setting solid work time to create new content. I think if you want to do anything with your blog you need a fixed time commitment.

    • pushingsocial

      This happens to me sometimes. I usually run into trouble when I "romance" my posts. Instead of just getting my thoughts on paper – I mindmap, write outlines, search for graphics, do research – blah, blah, blah. You gotta learn to trust your instincts and when the post is ready to come out – write it. Same as your art I bet :)
      By the way – visited your blog. Amazing work (R-Rated folks so make sure the kids are in bed ;) )

  • pushingsocial

    This happens to me sometimes. I usually run into trouble when I "romance" my posts. Instead of just getting my thoughts on paper – I mindmap, write outlines, search for graphics, do research – blah, blah, blah. You gotta learn to trust your instincts and when the post is ready to come out – write it. Same as your art I bet :)
    By the way – visited your blog. Amazing work (R-Rated folks so make sure the kids are in bed ;) )

  • Eugene Mandel

    Stanford,
    Loved your post! Especially the "I just have to publish great content" bit. When people say that good products or good content simply promote themselves, this is so over simplified.
    Thank for posing this!
    My recent post eugmandel- @flowtown looks up social profiles by email – pretty cool Wait did I allow LinkedIn and MySpace sell my email!

  • Eugene Mandel

    Stanford,
    Loved your post! Especially the "I just have to publish great content" bit. When people say that good products or good content simply promote themselves, this is so over simplified.
    Thank for posing this!
    My recent post eugmandel- @flowtown looks up social profiles by email – pretty cool Wait did I allow LinkedIn and MySpace sell my email!

  • pushingsocial

    Glad you enjoyed the post. I'll try to keep 'em coming.

  • http://www.randelldesign.com Randy Dunning

    Stanford,

    Really solid stuff.

    Just subscribed via RSS.

    Keep banging the drum.

    • pushingsocial

      Glad you enjoyed the post. I'll try to keep 'em coming.

  • http://www.randelldesign.com Randy Dunning

    Stanford,

    Really solid stuff.

    Just subscribed via RSS.

    Keep banging the drum.

  • pushingsocial

    10 is the "Secret Sauce" ;)

  • pushingsocial

    What books have you written?

  • pushingsocial

    That's great: "Great Drafts Make Great Posts. (…someday)"
    I used to be that way. Now I'm a big believer in "Great Artists – Ship" – ala Seth Godin (maybe Steve Jobs too)

    I think you'll be shocked by how well your draft posts do.

  • pushingsocial

    I agree. I really hate that "marketing" is such a bad word for people. This misconception alone has prevented passionate people with world-changing ideas from getting heard.

  • pushingsocial

    Shayne, excellent questions. Here are my thoughts:

    1. Start writing even if you are not in a good mood. Finish the article and give it an attitude adjustment during EDITING.
    2. You should join a forum with like-minded individuals. Third Tribe is my HQ. This forum alone has saved my thousands in coaching fees.
  • pushingsocial

    That's why I believe that blogging is the best therapy :)

  • http://blog.ezbrandsite.com BradS

    I gotta agree with Jon on the posting too often lie. Your writing will improve, your brand will improve, your exposure will improve, only when you blog regularly.
    My recent post So Long Friend… part 2

  • http://blog.ezbrandsite.com BradS

    I gotta agree with Jon on the posting too often lie. Your writing will improve, your brand will improve, your exposure will improve, only when you blog regularly.
    My recent post So Long Friend… part 2

  • http://blog.presentationadvisors.com Jon Thomas

    Wow. Awesome stuff. I'll admit that I try to talk myself into some of these…I won't tell you which ones though!

    Here's another lie: My readers will get annoyed if I post too often (giving myself an excuse to take a day off from blogging). Chris Brogan just wrote a post about successful blogging tips and he mentions that frequency is important, and he blogs twice each day.

    Thanks for the post! Will definitely retweet.

    Jon Thomas
    Presentation Advisors
    My recent post The Power of Story in Presentations by Nancy Duarte

  • http://www.burtchiropractic.com Eduard Burt, D.C, MUAC

    Excellent and inspiring Post. You can’t make a damage to your brand by blogging and be heard. One can disapper in the Ocean of WWW with Static Site. Blogging is present not the future.

  • http://blog.presentationadvisors.com Jon Thomas

    Wow. Awesome stuff. I'll admit that I try to talk myself into some of these…I won't tell you which ones though!

    Here's another lie: My readers will get annoyed if I post too often (giving myself an excuse to take a day off from blogging). Chris Brogan just wrote a post about successful blogging tips and he mentions that frequency is important, and he blogs twice each day.

    Thanks for the post! Will definitely retweet.

    Jon Thomas
    Presentation Advisors
    My recent post The Power of Story in Presentations by Nancy Duarte

  • http://www.burtchiropractic.com Eduard Burt, D.C, MUAC

    Excellent and inspiring Post. You can’t make a damage to your brand by blogging and be heard. One can disapper in the Ocean of WWW with Static Site. Blogging is present not the future.

  • http://www.JimDonovan.com Jim Donovan

    Great post. As a writer, I really like #6. Who's to say what great writing is? I've written 8 books that are in 22 countries. I barely graduated high school (did learn basic grammar) and have not taken a writing class. Probably never will.

    My passion is to communicate ideas that people can use to make their life better, not to be another Hemingway. One was enough:-) If you're really hung up on the writing, hire an editor or copyeditor.

    Passion is more important than great writing. People need inspiration, not grammatically perfect sentences. Just like anything else, as you write more, it will get better.

    • pushingsocial

      What books have you written?

  • http://www.JimDonovan.com Jim Donovan

    Great post. As a writer, I really like #6. Who's to say what great writing is? I've written 8 books that are in 22 countries. I barely graduated high school (did learn basic grammar) and have not taken a writing class. Probably never will.

    My passion is to communicate ideas that people can use to make their life better, not to be another Hemingway. One was enough:-) If you're really hung up on the writing, hire an editor or copyeditor.

    Passion is more important than great writing. People need inspiration, not grammatically perfect sentences. Just like anything else, as you write more, it will get better.

  • http://www.ferg-e.com Ferg_e

    Stanford – fantastic post and the links oh the links are a goldmine. Thank you!

    Shayne – what do you write about? I’d be open to a collaborative brain stormy kind of friendship.

  • http://www.ferg-e.com Ferg_e

    Stanford – fantastic post and the links oh the links are a goldmine. Thank you!

    Shayne – what do you write about? I’d be open to a collaborative brain stormy kind of friendship.

  • http://www.tkographix.com Randy Clark

    Wow, just when I was dozing off after lunch. I appreciate the wake up call. Now… if I can only keep those bogeymen blog lies from coming out from under the bed.

  • http://www.tkographix.com Randy Clark

    Wow, just when I was dozing off after lunch. I appreciate the wake up call. Now… if I can only keep those bogeymen blog lies from coming out from under the bed.

  • http://www.downhomepets.com Bill Beavers

    What a great post, great content and straight to the point. Unfortunately I still can relate to a few of these but as the blog builds so does one's confidence. I am seriously suffering with number 10 but finally started working on it after some 2 years. Thanks again for your great content filled post.
    My recent post Large Dog Crate Cage 55” for your Big Buddy

    • pushingsocial

      #10 is the "Secret Sauce" ;)

  • http://www.downhomepets.com Bill Beavers

    What a great post, great content and straight to the point. Unfortunately I still can relate to a few of these but as the blog builds so does one's confidence. I am seriously suffering with number 10 but finally started working on it after some 2 years. Thanks again for your great content filled post.
    My recent post Large Dog Crate Cage 55” for your Big Buddy

  • http://www.randelldesign.com Randy Dunning

    Stanford,

    Really solid stuff.

    Just subscribed via RSS.

    Keep banging the drum.

  • Kyle

    Hi Stanford,

    Great post. I'm looking to make a career transition into the online marketing world and just started a blog as a first step. I definitely use # 6 and # 8 as stalling tactics. Thanks for helping me identify these issues.

  • Kyle

    Hi Stanford,

    Great post. I'm looking to make a career transition into the online marketing world and just started a blog as a first step. I definitely use # 6 and # 8 as stalling tactics. Thanks for helping me identify these issues.

  • Darren Lunn

    Here's my worst one – Great Drafts Make Great Posts. (…someday)

    I hoard draft posts. I spend hours on them, and don't publish them (they're not perfect enough, yet – that's the lie..), akin to your #6 and #8.

    Loved this post, Stanford. It's a paradigm breaker.
    My recent post SOON – Simple Object Oriented Navigation- In FileMaker Pro – Part I

    • pushingsocial

      That's great: "Great Drafts Make Great Posts. (…someday)"
      I used to be that way. Now I'm a big believer in "Great Artists – Ship" – ala Seth Godin (maybe Steve Jobs too)

      I think you'll be shocked by how well your draft posts do.

  • Darren Lunn

    Here's my worst one – Great Drafts Make Great Posts. (…someday)

    I hoard draft posts. I spend hours on them, and don't publish them (they're not perfect enough, yet – that's the lie..), akin to your #6 and #8.

    Loved this post, Stanford. It's a paradigm breaker.
    My recent post SOON – Simple Object Oriented Navigation- In FileMaker Pro – Part I

  • http://kikolani.com/ Kristi

    10 is such an easy one to fall for. But you never know when that "big break" might happen. Imagine you're just poking along with your small reader base and no email list, and you get that mention by ProBlogger that sends a flood of traffic your way. You want your site to be equipped so people can sign on during that first visit and become regulars – definitely not an opportunity you want to miss, no matter how early on it might happen.

    My recent post 9 Search Optimization Tips with Benefits for Your Visitors

  • http://kikolani.com/ Kristi

    10 is such an easy one to fall for. But you never know when that "big break" might happen. Imagine you're just poking along with your small reader base and no email list, and you get that mention by ProBlogger that sends a flood of traffic your way. You want your site to be equipped so people can sign on during that first visit and become regulars – definitely not an opportunity you want to miss, no matter how early on it might happen.

    My recent post 9 Search Optimization Tips with Benefits for Your Visitors

  • bellamarketing

    Thanks – honest feedback appreciated.
    My recent post Non Profit Pet Peeves

  • http://personaldividends.com Arohan

    Stanford, you raise what I think is a vital point in my mind. Blogging inherently is marketing – marketing your ideas and thoughts. If you are not interested in your thoughts known, than you should not be blogging.

    And since you are opening up to the world, so to speak, sooner or later you will need to fight your internal demons. The stuff that is blocking the real you from reaching out and touching someone.
    My recent post Announcing New Wealth Forums

    • pushingsocial

      I agree. I really hate that "marketing" is such a bad word for people. This misconception alone has prevented passionate people with world-changing ideas from getting heard.

  • http://personaldividends.com Arohan

    Stanford, you raise what I think is a vital point in my mind. Blogging inherently is marketing – marketing your ideas and thoughts. If you are not interested in your thoughts known, than you should not be blogging.

    And since you are opening up to the world, so to speak, sooner or later you will need to fight your internal demons. The stuff that is blocking the real you from reaching out and touching someone.
    My recent post Announcing New Wealth Forums

  • http://GrandparentsTLC.com Shayne

    One thing that sometimes holds me up is that I feel like I can’t start writing an article if I’m not in a good mood because my mood would negatively tint my words. What would you recommend?

    A second thing that is holding me back is that I am at the point where I need a partner to collaborate and brainstorm with. How can I convince someone to team up with me? What can I offer them since I’m not yet making money on my blog?

    • pushingsocial

      Shayne, excellent questions. Here are my thoughts:

      1. Start writing even if you are not in a good mood. Finish the article and give it an attitude adjustment during EDITING.
      2. You should join a forum with like-minded individuals. Third Tribe is my HQ. This forum alone has saved my thousands in coaching fees.

  • http://GrandparentsTLC.com Shayne

    One thing that sometimes holds me up is that I feel like I can’t start writing an article if I’m not in a good mood because my mood would negatively tint my words. What would you recommend?

    A second thing that is holding me back is that I am at the point where I need a partner to collaborate and brainstorm with. How can I convince someone to team up with me? What can I offer them since I’m not yet making money on my blog?

  • pushingsocial

    I'm heading over to your blog right now to take a look at the "Boogie Man" ;)

  • pushingsocial

    Hey Thanks Marlee, And you guessed it – bass fishing is a great way to noodle over posts!

  • pushingsocial

    Don't beat yourself up. The rate of your progress is going to depend on your company's willingness to engage with the community. Many of the "Lies" are "stallers" that prevent you from taking action. You are moving forward, it just sounds like you are dissatisfied with the progress.

    BTW: This is a great idea for a post :)

  • pushingsocial

    There you go. I even find myself telling myself these lies even when I know better!

  • http://freakingfitness.com Joyce Cherrier

    Stanford, I really related to your list of points. It’s funny how you start blogging and never realize that’s it’s going to cause you to self examine and possibly uncover stuff you never realized about yourself. At least that’s what I’m experiencing. Great post & really helpful.

    • pushingsocial

      That's why I believe that blogging is the best therapy :)

  • http://freakingfitness.com Joyce Cherrier

    Stanford, I really related to your list of points. It’s funny how you start blogging and never realize that’s it’s going to cause you to self examine and possibly uncover stuff you never realized about yourself. At least that’s what I’m experiencing. Great post & really helpful.

  • bellamarketing

    Brilliant and inspiring. Still working on my boogie man post (posted a tiny one this morning). Baby steps!
    My recent post Non Profit Pet Peeves

    • pushingsocial

      I'm heading over to your blog right now to take a look at the "Boogie Man" ;)

  • bellamarketing

    Brilliant and inspiring. Still working on my boogie man post (posted a tiny one this morning). Baby steps!
    My recent post Non Profit Pet Peeves

  • Marlee

    Hey Stanford!

    This stuff is so true! I think I've been guilty of believing almost each one of those lies in one way or another over the past two years.

    I've found that they are mostly rooted in fear, or in wanting a magic bean to make it all happen.
    Your point about being suspicious of anything that holds you back is a good one. In all likelihood the lie you believe is just a justification to procrastinate for fear of the outcome.

    It's liberating if you break free from believing those things, and it's important to realize that you will still make mistakes. Just be sure to learn along the way.

    Great insights…must be the bass fishing. ;)
    My recent post The Tale of a Social Butterfly Dying a Social Media Death

    • pushingsocial

      Hey Thanks Marlee, And you guessed it – bass fishing is a great way to noodle over posts!

  • http://www.careercurve.com Jen Turi

    I like this post but feel challenged by the fact that I write for my company. I feel VERY passionate about what we do, love the company, but am targeting a group of people that I don't technically belong to. I also try to be personal, offer great content, and promote it in comments on other blogs, linkedin, twitter, etc. I see continual, SLOW improvement but would love to take it to the next level and I'm genuinely not sure if I'm missing the boat or if I'm doing it wrong. Maybe I just gave you a good idea for another post? :) I would love to hear any suggestions you have.

    • pushingsocial

      Don't beat yourself up. The rate of your progress is going to depend on your company's willingness to engage with the community. Many of the "Lies" are "stallers" that prevent you from taking action. You are moving forward, it just sounds like you are dissatisfied with the progress.

      BTW: This is a great idea for a post :)

  • Marlee

    Hey Stanford!

    This stuff is so true! I think I've been guilty of believing almost each one of those lies in one way or another over the past two years.

    I've found that they are mostly rooted in fear, or in wanting a magic bean to make it all happen.
    Your point about being suspicious of anything that holds you back is a good one. In all likelihood the lie you believe is just a justification to procrastinate for fear of the outcome.

    It's liberating if you break free from believing those things, and it's important to realize that you will still make mistakes. Just be sure to learn along the way.

    Great insights…must be the bass fishing. ;)
    My recent post The Tale of a Social Butterfly Dying a Social Media Death

  • http://www.careercurve.com Jen Turi

    I like this post but feel challenged by the fact that I write for my company. I feel VERY passionate about what we do, love the company, but am targeting a group of people that I don't technically belong to. I also try to be personal, offer great content, and promote it in comments on other blogs, linkedin, twitter, etc. I see continual, SLOW improvement but would love to take it to the next level and I'm genuinely not sure if I'm missing the boat or if I'm doing it wrong. Maybe I just gave you a good idea for another post? :) I would love to hear any suggestions you have.

  • sharon

    like Pete just said – Brilliant!

  • sharon

    like Pete just said – Brilliant!

  • http://onlineitguide.com James

    I think at various times I have fallen for each of these lies in the past. I guess the real trick is not to fall for them again.
    My recent post Should You Start Your Own Blog Or Website

    • pushingsocial

      There you go. I even find myself telling myself these lies even when I know better!

  • http://onlineitguide.com James

    I think at various times I have fallen for each of these lies in the past. I guess the real trick is not to fall for them again.
    My recent post Should You Start Your Own Blog Or Website

  • http://purchasinginsight.com Pete

    Brilliant post

  • http://purchasinginsight.com Pete

    Brilliant post