If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are. ~ Oprah Winfrey
What if you woke up one morning, your name plastered on all the billboards in your town, all saying the same thing ‘Look at this awesome blogger, read his/her fabulous posts, follow him/her on social media, blah blah blah‘
You’ll either think that
a. Some rich secret admirer did this to woo you,
b. You woke up in Wonderland.
c. You’ve worked hard for it, and finally your deepest dream has come true.
And while I know that everyone aspires for option c, I personally would choose the option…. well, you know the option I would choose! 😉
Most of us blog for different reasons. You may want to be famous for:
- Getting so much traffic on your blog that it crashes down.
- Writing detailed and interesting comments on other people’s blogs, just to inspire them to keep blogging.
- Having so many followers it’s hard to even reply to their tweets.
- Making a difference through your unique thoughts and words.
- Being known to marketers and influencers, so that you can get some paid gigs.
- Being known to a small audience, but making an impact in their life.
All these reasons and many more are justified, and I don’t demean any of them.
It’s just that: it may not be possible for all of us to achieve all the above points at one go.
While looking for a million followers, you may have to compromise on social media interactions. While looking for interactions with community members, you may have to forego regular posting. While keeping up a regular posting schedule, you may forget to comment on posts by other bloggers. While commenting on other bloggers posts, you will overlook the importance of replying to comments on your own posts. While replying to comments on your own posts, you may fall asleep and wish you never were a blogger.
Such a tough life. Take that, all you losers who say blogging is for losers.
Your own blogging life could become so chaotic, that you forget the reason why you wanted to become ‘Blogging famous’.
So, here are three tips on how to stay focused on your goal of becoming ‘Blogger famous’.
- Write it down on a big piece of chart paper, stick it on your bedroom wall, take a pic of it, make it your phone wallpaper, share the screenshot of that wallpaper on social media. There you go: a triple security protection so that you stay focused on your goal of blogging famousness.
- Assign some time in your daily schedule towards your ‘blogging famous’ dream, if you haven’t already. Don’t substitute that time with any other activity, blogging or otherwise. Focus specifically on what exactly you want to achieve. For example, if you want to be proficient in writing short stories, read blogs which provide short stories. Search for and buy books which provide creative writing exercises. Practice writing short stories. Review old short stories that you’ve written, and edit them. Read interviews by authors who have written short stories. Search for and participate in contests for short stories. Basically, look out for opportunities which could take you one step closer to your goal.
- Look at a blogger who is already famous in the same way that you want to be. Find out what he/she is doing or not doing. Interact with him/her, and ask for tips and suggestions. For all you know, this blogger may even help you achieve your ‘Blogging famous’ dream. But puhleez, don’t act like a weirdo and do weird stuff, in a bid to gain the attention of famous bloggers. I’ll tell you a secret: I’d be bowled over by anyone who sends me free books and a carton full of Iced Tea bottles. #JustSaying
These tips may not be much. It may seem like something you already should be doing. Or, something that you’re already doing.
Maybe then it’s time for an additional fourth tip? Here you go: ‘Blogging famous’ won’t happen in one day. Or one month. Or one year.
So, how will you know when you are ‘Blogging famous’? But when it does, you’ll know. You’ll feel the star-dust flowing through your veins, the lightning spike in your stats, the yellow positivity in your blogging life, the cheery happiness when you log onto your blog, the willingness to give up anything for the blog, the honest responses you get from your readers, the rush of happy chemicals when you think about your blog. Moreover, the writer’s block, looming deadlines, pressure for good content and reading depressing comments won’t break you down like they used to before. You’ll take negative things as they come, face them and emerge a stronger writer. You’ll feel proud about telling people that you own a blog, and you’ll be confident about your writing skills like never before.
You’ll look at that big piece of chart paper on your wall, smile at it, take it down with tears of gratitude and memories, and replace it confidently with a new blogging goal.
That’s when you’ll know you are ‘Blogging famous’.
Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.
Here’s a special question for you to answer today: At what stage of your blogging career would you consider yourself to be ‘blogging famous’? Do share your ideas and reasons about this unique form of famousness 😀