7 Vital Action Steps to Succeed as a Blogger
I can still remember the bright warm light of the projectors on my cheeks.
I couldn’t help noticing a woman on the front row.
She had long dark brown hair and a rather round face. She literally had her mouth open, as she was watching that dramatic/romantic scene that my partner and I were playing.
The director of the play had set the stage with both of us sitting on the floor facing the audience. My partner was just behind me with his arms around my waist and his chin on my left shoulder. The actual audience was an imaginary field in our play.
As we were gazing in front of us, we couldn’t help but see the faces of people sitting right in front of us. That’s how I noticed that woman.
It was a strong emotional scene with very limited body movements to help us at all, but we knew we had that scene down to a tee from the rehearsals, as we could even keep the other actors of the play quiet when we would rehearse it in front of them.
When you’re able to impress your own rather critical partners, you know you can impress an audience, so it gave us so much punch and assurance to give our very best.
That unbelievable moment, when we knew that we had nailed the scene with the audience as well, was an unforgettable one. It was the highest point of the play.
But why am I telling you this?
A while back, I revealed in a blog post where I had to tell 7 things about me that I was an actress for 9 years of my life. Since then, I’ve received several messages from people asking me why I wasn’t using this experience to brand myself.
Well, while I may not have used my acting experience until now to promote my brand, acting never left me. It has become part of my DNA for life. When I watch a movie I often act with the actors in my own head.
I totally understand where they’re coming from.
I use to so love acting. There is nothing like it. One of the reasons I left acting is explained in this previous article.
However, just like blogging and writing for your blog, acting requires work.
A lot of work.
The reason I talking about this today is because some of that work can actually be compared to the work of the blogger.
What would be the work that an actor does that would apply to a blogger?
Well, I found 7 things that an actor has to do before he’s ready for the part, which applies to YOU the blogger.
So be sure to read this and take note.
1- An Actor Needs to do Research — So do you as a Blogger
Before playing the part, an actor will do some research about his character. The better the research, the better the actor will be able to make that character realistic and interesting.
It’s the same thing for you the blogger.
A good blog post will most likely involve some type of research. The more research you do the more interesting and detailed your blog post will be.
Even if you know your topic well, it doesn’t hurt to research it and learn more about it. You could also add proven facts, surveys’ statistics, or whatever could make your blog post more informative, relevant and valuable.
You can add serious value for your readers with diligent research.
2- An Actor Needs to Observe his Environment — So do you as a Blogger
Observing is a never ending homework that the actor does. The more he observes how people talk, move, act, react, or do just about anything, the more he can implement his observations into his work when he needs it.
You simply can’t be a good actor if you don’t know how to observe. It’s that simple. This is one of the first things they teach you in Drama school.
The same goes for you the blogger.
As a blogger, you need to mingle with other bloggers, read their posts, learn from them as much as you can. You should even read comments from other readers at times; it will help you pick people’s brain in many different ways.
Besides that, as a blogger, you need to start observing more what’s going on around you, when you’re at the grocery store, at the movie, or anywhere else when you’re not writing.
You need to learn how to be a watcher/observer with your blogger/writer hat on at all time.
You would be surprised how much of what you’ve been observing will be included in your writing, and add value to your blog posts.
3- An Actor Needs to be Prepared for the Part — So do you as a Blogger
There is no doubt that when performance day arrives, the actor needs to be prepared.
During my acting years, I’ve seen only one actor once who wasn’t prepared for his part and it turned out to be a catastrophe.
The actor needs to know his part by heart, as well as the parts of his partners, in order to deliver the best performance possible.
How does this apply to you the blogger?
Even before you spend too much time on research and the writing of your blog posts, make sure you are well prepared first.
· Do you have a user-friendly theme?
· Do you have the basic plug-ins you need for your blog to function properly?
· Do you have a user-friendly commenting system?
· Are you familiar with the basic blogging rules?
· Are you ready to publish that written content and promote it, so it will be well received from the get go?
The more questions you’ll be able to answer yes to, the better prepared you’ll be.
My advice to you is, don’t start until you’re prepared. It would do more bad than good to your blog.
4- An Actor Needs to Give the Best he’s got — So do you as a Blogger
There is no halfway doing things when you’re acting. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small or a big part.
The actor’s got to give the best he has.
He’s got to make that character shine for whatever that character is.
What about you as a blogger?
As a blogger, I’m sure you know by now that content alone is no longer sufficient for your blog to shine. You need to create excellent, targeted content with a purpose.
There are way too many blogs out there for you to afford to deliver anything less than very good. Great is even better.
When your content shines, your blog shines, thus you shine, and your business grows.
5- An Actor Needs to be his Character — So are you the Blogger
The more the actor is his character, the more enjoyment to watch him or her for the audience. The audience doesn’t want to do guessing games, they want to see and hear that character whoever that may be.
How does that apply to blogging?
As it’s been discussed more and more in the blogging world, and as a businessman friend of mine always says, you need to know what business you’re in if you are hoping to attract the right customers to your business using the written or video content that you publish on our blog.
Being your character for a blogger means to know exactly what you offer to your customer.
6- An Actor Needs to be Coachable — So are you as a Blogger
An actor that is not coachable will have little to no future in acting.
For the actor, acting evolves and grows as he learns from others and from himself.
The actor also listens to the advice of the director who often acts as a coach.
The director is not going to act the part for the actor, but he will offer directives to help him give his best.
The more coachable you are as an actor the more you can take home and use it in your job.
How does that apply to you the blogger?
You need to admit what you don’t know from the get go and listen to good advice. Then you need to put that advice into practice and work with it.
Be willing to learn, be willing to try and see what works and what doesn’t, and most of all be willing to ask questions when you don’t know.
You don’t have to listen to everyone out there, though. Get acquainted with just a few experts, and apply their advice to your blogging. If it works for them, it might work for you, right?
Be coachable. Be willing to learn and listen to good advice. It will help you succeed and shine as a blogger.
7- The Actor Needs to Leave his Personal Issues Aside to be Able to Play the Part — So do you the Blogger
As an actor, whatever personal issue you are going through shouldn’t transpire into your acting. That’s a very important part of acting.
The director and the audience don’t care if you haven’t had a good night sleep, or if anything prevented you from learning your lines.
There’s absolutely no excuse for anything. And unless you want to get fired from your acting job, you better understand that loud and clear.
The actor is supposed to be there on time and ready to roll.
He has agreed to play the part. He’s signed the contract.
And that didn’t include any lame excuses.
How does that apply you the blogger?
Take blogging seriously.
You’ve purchased a domain name; you’ve installed your Wordpress theme and plug-ins, and most of all you’ve spent some of your precious time creating content for your blog, and build a reputation.
Now stick to what you’ve got going.
Don’t let family, or house chores or anything else get in the way of your regular writing. There is a time for everything, and this is part of your work. Take it seriously.
Create great content and publish it on schedule.
Keep your promises with your readers and potential clients or customers, and they, in turn, will give you back by wanting to get to know you more and trust you with their business.
Of course, there will be some exceptions.
At times, some unforeseen circumstances may prevent you to blog, but those will be very rare. What I’m talking about here are the much smaller and insignificant events that at times bloggers allow to disturb their blogging routine.
Remember those 7 vital action steps that will help you succeed as a blogger.
1. Do your diligent research to go a step further in the quality of your blog posts.
2. Open your eyes and observe things around you to come up with ideas to write about.
3. Make sure your blog is ready before you promote it.
4. Always give your best as you create your content.
5. Be coachable. Be willing to learn what you don’t know.
6. Be sure of what you’re doing (what business you’re in) and who is your target market.
7. Don’t get distracted by little things that should NOT get between you and your blogging schedule.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Please, let me know in your comment.
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