The 7 Habits of a Successful Blogger

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 | 18 comments

The 7 Habits of a Successful Blogger
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To some blogging comes naturally most specially for people whose passion is writing, but for others it can be a bit challenging.  We all started out with being curious as to how the entire process of blogging works, we develop our own styles, our voice and our strategies for promoting our posts.

We both love to write and we also love to create content that we hope will inspire people to also do the same.  We find so much fulfillment when we see people excel and are able to push themselves to the limit.  We believe that even if a person is not born a writer, it is still important to know that it requires skill and a lot of perseverance to maintain a blog site.  We still feel that a person needs to develop certain habits to help him or her grow as a blogger.  We love the quote by Shaquille O’Neal – ” Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”

Here are some habits that we have learned to hone through life and we hope that you will also benefit from them:

1.  Write and write often – This might sound like a cliché but believe us, a blogger must write and write as often as he or she can.  It doesn’t have to be topics you always write about, but rather try to experiment too.  Do a review, write a poem, write a journal.  What is important here is that you open yourself to different styles.  This allows you to be creative and not stagnate.

2.  Voracious reader – If you love to write, it is also good to read a lot too.  Read books, magazines, news paper, other blog posts.  This will most definitely open your world to different topics, best practices and a lot of styles.

3.  Joins in on the conversation -  Blogging is a community, we enjoy blogging because we can learn from the community.  We find it funny when people think that it is a competition.  No it is not, it is a wonderful area to learn and share experiences.  One way to ensure your growth as a blogger is by also visiting other blogs and commenting and sharing.

4.  Follow a workflow -  We have already mentioned in our other posts that we both have full-time jobs and the only way we are doing very well in terms of time management is that we do follow a workflow process.  Having a schedule and following a structure to your daily blogging routine, will really help you become an efficient blogger.


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5.  Persistence and hard work -  Blogging is fun but also requires commitment.  We know a lot of people who have tried blogging but in the long run gave up because of the obstacles that they encounter at the beginning.  Whether it be slow traffic or very little interaction on their sites, our advice is to be persistent and don’t give up right away.  Take a step back and see what you are doing and be flexible enough to make the necessary changes.

6.  Consistence and focus - Planning early and structuring your blog at the beginning will help you stay focused.  Wanting to do a lot of things all at the same time will get you in trouble.  Learning to focus your energy on the things you know about and have lots of experience with, will help you to be consistent.

7.  Incorporate fun and promote often -  We enjoy writing and shooting our videos and creating content for because we always make sure that we incorporate fun into our working sessions.  You also need to learn to promote your own articles.  Just think, if you don’t do it, who will.  Just make sure that you also promote it in a very creative way.

There you go.  We always find it helpful when our readers send in their insights and experience with us, if you feel we missed anything, please feel free to leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.

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About the authors:

Marty McPadden founder and host of PodJamTv is a professional photographer, videographer, blogger, apple geek and a Production Supervisor at ESPN one of the largest sports network in the world. His vast knowledge in the above mentioned field will allow you our readers to tap into tools, apps, reviews and tips that he has learned and mastered over the years. How to’s and hacks that will allow you to have a richer online experience.

Misty Belardo co host and co writer of PodJamTv is an experienced blogger, designer and a self-proclaimed Twitter-holic and an avid Facebook user is a Senior Production Manager at Barefoot Proximity, one of the most awarded advertising agencies across the globe. Her experience with writing, designing, SEO and brand and advertising strategy will give readers a point of view of what happens behind the scenes in the digital sphere.

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  • Sunil Jain

    Hello PodJam Team :)
    I just loved the starting quote ” Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” :D

    I am working on my time schedule a bit hard and also focusing more towards my blogging niche as I said earlier for any blogger it becomes very difficult to focus and stick on to one niche.

    Thanks for opening my eyes a little more wider towards Blogging :) and as I always say “Happy Blogging” :D

    • Misty Belardo

      We are glad Sunil that in one way on another we are able to inspire. Yes blogging really is a commitment, taking time to sit down and write takes a lot of effort but very much well worth it when you see people responding to you and getting the motivation to do even more. Happy Blogging my friend!! =D

  • Marty McPadden

    Thank you Sunil and I echo what Misty said about commitment. We are fortunate that we have each other to help motivate and inspire. It’s a real team effort. Thank you for all your support and keep on moving forward my friend!! :-)

  • paul steele

    Yes. Fun. Enjoying it makes the whole thing less of a chore doesn’t it? :) Great tips

    • Marty McPadden

      Thank you Paul!! We couldn’t agree more. Blogging about what you’re passionate about most is definitely key to long term success. You inspire us Paul and set a wonderful example for everyone to follow. Happy blogging my friend!!

  • Misty Belardo

    Thank you Paul, glad you liked the tips =)) I agree with Marty, you do ste a wonderful example and you inspire us both!!

  • Eleanor Jodway

    Great post You two!
    I am NOT a good writer…tho I would Love to be. I AM a voracious reader. But…it hasn’t really helped my writing skills. I do think, writing is a Gift….and You either have it; or You don’t! You guys are lucky to possess it!!
    Thanks for sharing Your expertise! :) ))

    • Misty Belardo

      Hi Ellie, Thank you so much for all your love and support, WE appreciate YOU! =))

  • Marty McPadden

    Thank you Ellie!!!! (((hugs)))

  • Dan H

    Blogging is a passion. :) Thank you for sharing this post. I think it brings up some valid points. Do you think it’s better to have different blogs for different topics? I think that helps the branding but it also cuts the content of each blog …

    • Marty McPadden

      Thank you Dan. I tend to favor a focused approach to blogging and making i clear to your readers what your blog is all about up front. Having a well defined niche gives you a better chance for success and to establish yourself as a thought leader in your area of expertise or interest. Selecting a niche you are most passionate about is key however to ultimate long term success.

      • Dan H

        Thanks for your advice Marty!


    We find this post really creative for this reason we retweet it..keep going.!!

    • Marty McPadden

      Thank you!!

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  • Brenda Hardy

    Thank you for the tips! My blog is off to a slow start and I am reading as much as possible to make it a successful endeavor

    • Marty McPadden

      Thank you Brenda. Hard work and determination are key in attaining success blogging. That’s why it’s important to be passionate about your subject matter. It should never feel like work and that is what will motivate you to keep going over the long haul. Happy blogging!! :-)

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  • Holly aka Laundry Diva

    Thank you for your tips, I am new to blogging and still hoping to increase my traffic and following. I’m not as witty as most, but working on it. I know I need more structure to my blogging routine- work in progress. I fit it amongst my husband and five kids, tweeting, home-based business, and my own laundry!

    • Marty McPadden

      Thank you Holly. The important thing is to blog your passion. That way, it won’t seem like work and you’ll be more apt to blog more regularly. A good question to ask yourself is: “Would I do this for free?” The hardest thing is starting and to keep moving forward even if it seems no one is noticing. Keep posting great content and people will find you.