Bloggers are a peculiar type of people. Typically, they are motivated not by monetary value, but by presenting their ideas to a wide audience. But what types of traits do these people share as a group? Here’s a breakdown of the most widespread traits of the top bloggers on the web. To be successful most:
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1. Bloggers Are Tough
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Regardless of what bloggers have to write about, they have to have a certain toughness to overcome the harsh criticism that can come with voicing their opinions. While there are subscribers and people that enjoy the commentary of various bloggers, there are also individuals that take it upon themselves to be instigators and create controversy. Therefore, it’s necessary that bloggers be tough, and like with any other writing profession, take others’ opinions with a grain of salt.
2. Bloggers Aren’t 8-to-5’ers
Successful bloggers make a living writing blogs, which leads to keeping an irregular or unusual schedule. Some days can be relatively uneventful, while other days can be hectic as they try to meet deadlines, write new articles, edit previous articles, and work on other projects. It’s not uncommon to have a 60 hour week followed by a 20 hour week. That leaves time to for the writers to be free-spirited and do other activities on the side. They aren’t cut out for an 8 to 5 job.
3. Bloggers Thrive on Confrontation
No matter what bloggers decide to write about, they pride themselves on the creation of controversy. The basic rule of thumb is to write about something that invokes emotion in others, be it anger, sadness, or happiness. This allows people to respond or comment on the blog with various ideas, which in turn, can give the blogger new leads and ideas for follow-up articles.
4. Bloggers Are Communicators
Because bloggers tend to focus on their work and the attention it gets, they must be in constant contact with the outside world – primarily the Internet. Whether it’s on their desktop, tablet, laptop, they must always be connected. They will also generally have some sort of mobile device on them, and will plan ahead for the instances in which they may need cell phone chargers to keep connected. But to keep on top of other bloggers, this communication isn’t just an obsession, it’s a necessity.
5. Bloggers Are Innovative
To keep people reading your blog, you must change the way you structure and word your blog on a regular basis. If the blogger keeps it too mundane or predictable, their blog is bound to fail over the course of time. To keep subscribers interested and engaged, the content must be fresh and the way it’s presented must be creative and innovative. Very few blogs have managed to keep the attention span of readers without this revision. Without a doubt, a creative portion of the brain must be working at all times.
6. Bloggers Are a Community
If you’re an artist that lives in a city, you are undoubtedly familiar with the other artists around the area. What keeps art, including writing and music, alive is the support of the community of artists. The same goes for bloggers. They’re constantly supporting other bloggers, and in return, they gain the respect and support of others. No matter what type of profession you’re in, success can lie within not only talent, but the connections you make along the way.
7. Bloggers Are Private
Sharing your innermost thoughts with others can be quite difficult because you have to open up and trust the person or persons you are relaying the information to. However, by using the Internet, you can release your deepest thoughts and feelings, while remaining somewhat anonymous. This means that bloggers tend to be more private individuals because they can remain out of the limelight, and they can also write at odd hours to be alone and keep their thoughts their own.
8. Bloggers Work Hard and Play Hard
Blogging is hard work because it’s entirely based on self-motivation, which many individuals have very little of. The ability to meet deadlines on one’s own time is virtuous; not everyone would be cut out for such work. However, when the blogging is all said and done, bloggers have the innate ability to write a fun article or tackle a project that’s more of a personal hobby than a job.
Bloggers are indeed an odd breed of characters. Whether they’re writing about feelings, sports, politics, or some miscellaneous topic, only the right type of person will excel at this job. Without their efforts, however, people on the Internet wouldn’t have as much to argue about, which as you know, is what the Internet is all about.