Often bloggers will say to me “how do I connect with other bloggers?” It is as simple as one and one make two to me, but I also think their question isn’t necessarily honest. What most bloggers are really asking is “how do I grow my blog quickly and with the minimal amount of work? How do I get my blog as large as yours… now?”
My answer is really simple and that is I don’t know how. I have no idea how to make your blog go viral or how to get massive amounts of bloggers to come find you without effort. There is always effort and I make it each day. I work for each new subscriber and each new view, and that is how you grow your blog. If you are looking for shortcuts ask someone else. I have none, at least not the type these bloggers are asking for.
How do you meet anyone in life? Initiative, motivation, time, and also timing are all factors in networking online and on WordPress. Motivation has to encompass a willingness to commit to the growth of your website and cannot be anchored to a need to go viral. If it is you will always seek shortcuts that will often fail and in turn waste your time on going viral instead of just focusing on steady growth. Again, I have no clue how to go “viral” because I’ve never been viral. It sounds nice though.
Time is the factor that kills everyone and I am a victim of time constraints just like anyone else. I find it amusing when I get emails or requests to “send my followers to someone” like they are a toy or a boxable gift. Gary won’t fit in a box… I tried. If you don’t have the time to blog you don’t have the time to grow a blog either. That seems like common sense, but perhaps it isn’t so common after all. Invested bloggers commit and also sacrifice time to create the things we want. And I do mean sacrifice! There have been countless times I’ve given up personal time to do something on my website and that is a true sacrifice that any networker and blogger understands. The people that don’t understand that are probably the same people asking me to “send them all my followers.” They’ll get a clue one day.
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