7 Habits of Effective Blogger
More than 20 million copies has been sold and still counting. These principles of Steven R Covey are universal and this is how it can be applied not just to become an effective people but to be an effective blogger.
It works and it works brilliantly.
It is matter of accepting it as it is and adapting it to the mode of blogging.
Habits are among the most fascinating aspect of our life and living. Old habits die-hard and new habits needs time to take birth.
Good habits hard to come and bad habits hard to go.
Yes, whether good or bad, old or new, we just cannot escape the velocity of values.
- Be Proactive
When we are reactive we are controlled by the circumstance and when we are proactive we choose from a perspective of freedom.
“Blogging calls for freedom of expression.”
We need to define the course and not get confined to a given course. Being insightful is a product of being proactive and getting influenced is a by-product of being reactive. Conscience and contemplation gives us the ability to keep creating newer set of scripts and making our readers keep guessing what’s next. A proactive blogger scripts the surprise elements and makes the release of post exciting.
- Begin With The End In Mind
This is a difficult part to the journey of blogging. It is a treasure hunt. We have some clues and we keep following those clips to reach the treasure. It normally starts with a hobby.
“It is an extension of expression.”
“It is means to connect.”
We enjoy these baby steps and we slowly but certainly start discovering our real treasure. The end gets discovered and for that to happen we just have to begin. Having the end in mind gives us the insight to take the right direction. We may know the role of a blogger and doing what a blogger should be doing but if we are on the wrong ladder we will not reach our destination.
- Put First Things First
First thing in blogging is to just break free your thoughts. Our thoughts have been shackled for long. Just allow our thoughts to come out the way it wants to come out, “raw and real“.
“The voice of our thoughts matters.”
It has its unique character and the character of the voice needs to be captured and communicated. It is about personal management. Time management is an essential element of personal management. The essence of time management lies around organizing and executing the priorities.
- Think Win/Win
It is just not about expression but it equally about the engagement with readers. Writing for self is not the agenda, what we write should be read by fellow bloggers. If the writing is out of trend and out of context, if the writing is not making meaning and if the writing is not addressing the problem, and if the writing is not servicing the purpose, then it is a win-lose situation and the loser is the blogger and not the reader.
The blogger to win have to make the reader a winner too in the game of expression and connection.
- Seek First To Understand, Then To be Understood
Pointing a finger at others makes you point the rest towards self. So, before questioning others we should have an answer to ourselves. The answer to the question of why fellow bloggers should come and appreciate what we do, lies in the “art of understanding“. The precursor to appreciation is in the level of depth of understanding.
Yes, before we can understand fellow bloggers we should spend quality time in understanding self and the inner voice.
Bloggers needs creativity and they need coöperation, synergies is about the convergence of creativity through coöperation. Two minds are better than one and it best applies to the blogosphere, the mind of a reader and the mind of a writer.
The expression and the engagement.
The experience and the expertise.
The interaction and the influence.
It is just not about the convergence but the divergence of thoughts brings synergize of thoughts of a blogger. More than the similarity it is the differences that bring exponential growth blogging.
- Sharpen The Saw
Blogging is not a static phenomenon. It is a dynamic process, and it needs constant churning. The need for self churning to create newer perspectives, of how we look at things and how to we present differently to others.
“It is about revitalization.”
“It is about innovation.”
It is the process of reincarnation from a writer to a blogger. The process of renewing and the process of re-energizing. The process of self discovery when discovery the world outside through the eyes of fellow bloggers.