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Diary of a Wimpy Blogger

This summer, I’ve been reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It’s a kids book that cracks me up. It also is also a motivational masterpiece for bloggers.

Let me explain.

Greg Haffley, the wimpy star, can’t seem to catch a break. His parents, brothers, friends, and school chums alway put him in awkaward predicaments. Every situation reminds him that he is a wimp. Greg doesn’t want to be the butt of jokes, but he can’t figure out why the world is conspiring against him.

As I was reading I kept trying to pinpoint Greg’s problem.  You see, I was a wimp in grade school too.  It took me the entire summer to finally figure out Greg’s problem.

Funny thing is…I think you may have the same problem too.

Wimpy Blogging is No Fun

I’m walking on thin ice here. The last time I started calling names I got in a little bit of trouble. But, let’s be frank with each other.

  • Are you disappointed in your traffic but haven’t asked one influential person to read and share your posts?
  • Do you wish that you had a bigger audience but can’t seem to get around to guest posting?
  • Are you writing safe, middle-of-the-road posts that aren’t in-line with what you really think?
  • Are you hoping that people are interested in your topic – but haven’t had a chance to research your niche?

I’m sure you’ve got perfectly good reasons why you aren’t “crushing it”.

But I’m going to call you a wimp.

Don’t worry, I’m your friend so it’s alright to admit your wimpiness. Basically you are afraid of failing or being disillusioned.

You plan, test, and research.  Once you get close to writing that ebook, blog series, or email campaign, you back off and start the whole process again.

You think your are being careful.  But you are just making excuses.

That’s the same problem that Greg had. He always had a perfectly good reason for not standing out or standing up for himself.  He felt that one day his day would come, but it never did.  Each day was one excuse or disappointment after the next.

Your excuses are doing the same thing to you too. So…

Here’s Your Anti-Wimpiness Checklist

Ok, the kumbaya part is over. It’s time for you to do something.

This is what I mean.

Over the last couple of months I’ve written about Boogie Man Posts, Cheating the 10,000 Hour Rule, and Needing A Mohawk. Each of these posts recommended that you take action and start writing.

As a blogger, when you are writing, you are winning. Now, I am going to ask you to kick it up a notch.

It’s time to start guest posting. Guest posting will get you writing, help you set goals, and get you noticed. And, it ain’t wimpy.

Do this:

  1. Go to Alltop.com and find the top blogs for your topic. You can also type in a search keyphrase on google.com/blogs and select the top results from there.
  2. Visit each of these blogs and see if they accept guest posts and if they offer submission guidelines. If you can’t tell, then assume they do accept posts. (I’m not letting you of the hook)
  3. Select 3 blogs that accept guest posts and spend some time reading their archives
  4. Create a post draft for each.
  5. Write the posts and –
  6. Submit them according their submission guidelines.
  7. Do this every month and graduate from Wimpy to Fierce status ☺

You probably are thinking through a ton of excuses right now. Let me help you with them:

I don’t have enough time.
Solution: Are you writing a post for this week? Use it as a guest post instead. If your post is used, then it will be more effective than if you posted on your blog. Blame me if you feel guilty.

I’m not a good writer.
Solution: This is a lie and a psychological stalling tactic. Writing more will make you a better writer.

No one accepts guest blogs in my niche
Solution: Find a complementary niche and write a post that bridges the two niches. By the way, maybe YOU should accept guest posts. It looks like your niche needs a leader that shares great content.

I haven’t established myself as an expert
Solution: Write anyway. You won’t become an expert if you sit on your hands. By the way, your niche may not need an expert. It probably needs a reliable, creative, and enthusiastic teacher.

See where I’m going with this? You can get started this instant. The only thing that’s holding you back is yourself.

Are You Joining the Wimp Recovery Program?

Are you ready to take a few risks and bury your excuses. Are you willing to give guest blogging a try?

Talk to me in the comments, so I can help you out. You know the drill…Talk to me and I will talk right back. 😉

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About Stan

Stan Smith is the CEO of Pushing Social a content marketing consultancy for aggressive, results-focused organizations.

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