What if I told you that fishing just might reveal some important tips to becoming a better blogger? Or another way of looking at it—a more fulfilled blogger.
Allow me to reel in my core idea right from the very first cast: Do what you love, and the results will follow!
A bad fishing day doesn’t mean they’ll all be bad. I love to fish, but some days I catch fish and other days, I don’t. There’s always the hope of reeling in the big one or filling up the stringer. So, you’re blog post didn’t get many likes or comments today. That’s okay. Don’t quit. Keep blogging, because we need to hear your ideas. You have something someone needs to hear.
Fishing means more than just catching fish. I enjoy fishing for a variety of reasons: spending time with my son, getting outdoors, exploring a new lake, trying out a new lure, taking a day off from work. Take a minute and think about the real reasons you write and blog. Ask yourself—why is this important to me? You get to define what your successes and results look like as a writer/blogger. Hopefully it means more to you than simply gaining notoriety or acquiring thousands of followers.
No one is born a fisherman. My dad introduced me to fishing at an early age, and the sport grew on me. I’ve been fishing, off and on now, most of my life. I continue to improve by learning key fishing skills and techniques and by listening to those who know a lot more than I do. I would never call myself an expert fisherman—or blogger. You’ll soon discover, though, that expert can have a relative meaning. Bottom line, keep studying and finding ways to get better. I want to thank those who are helping me and showing the way.
Not all of us are destined to be a professional or celebrity fisherman. Some people rise above the crowds to become superstars. And so we aspire to be like them, but do most of us really want that? I follow Michael Hyatt (professional fisherman of the blogging world), but I’m certain that I don’t want to be that well known. However, I do want to be considered a productive and impactful fisherman—I mean blogger.
Some ponds are poorly stocked, and some fish won’t like your bait. So—try other ponds; cast other lures. Now, I never said catching fish is unimportant—it’s just not everything. But all the fisherman I know want to catch fish. Likes, comments, followers, and traffic validate our message as bloggers. We’re making a connection with our readers. We’re making an impact. That is important! To do this might mean changing it up: start a different blog, target a different audience, write shorter articles, ask for feedback, present posts differently, narrow your focus or theme, use more stories, etc.
Okay, these may not be the most profound tips to becoming a more successful blogger. But I hope you will at least take them as some helpful reminders.
To revisit the core idea I stated earlier: Is writing and blogging something you love to do? If it’s truly a passion, then why would you ever consider quitting? Adjust your expected results, clarify your reasons for blogging, and continue to get better.
For discussion, please answer one or all of the following questions:
Why do you blog?
What’s you favorite part of blogging?
How does your blog help you share your passion(s) with the world? Feel free to share the purpose or goal(s) for your blog.