by Diana Adams | Featured Contributor
The more I surround myself with successful bloggers, the more I realize how much they think differently than most people I know. They have something uncommon inside them, like a special strand of blogging DNA.
A few months ago, I wrote an article on this blog called 25 Things All Super Successful Bloggers Have in Common. Today I’d like to expand on that article. I would like to suggest that wildly successful bloggers actually view the blogosphere (and the world) differently.
This goes beyond seeing the world of blogging through rose-colored glasses. It’s a way of approaching the blogosphere that is refreshing and magnetic. The positive energy these bloggers create resonates with others and allows them to build their readership with ease.
1. They approach blogging with an abundance mentality.
In their eyes, there is never a shortage of blogging topics to write about. You will never hear a wildly successful blogger complain about a shortage of ideas. They know there is an abundance of blogging topics for every blogger. They are always mulling over their next topic in their mind.
2. They approach the blogosphere with arms wide open.
They are willing to share honestly. They let their guard down and allow themselves to be vulnerable. When given a choice to be guarded or open in their posts, wildly successful bloggers will almost always choose to be open. They share honestly, regardless of what others might think of them. They learn the art of staying true to themselves (even during the times when that’s difficult).
3. They respect the opinion of others, even when it’s different from their own.
They believe every person deserves to share his or her own perspective. Successful bloggers don’t try to make everyone like them. Instead, they place a high value on the freedom of expression. They not only expect readers to disagree with them, they look forward to reading the opposing opinions of others. They understand that it’s our differences that keep the blogosphere (and the Internet itself) interesting.
4. They approach their online world similarly to their offline world.
They crave online relationships that are equally as strong as their offline relationships. Do you treat your online friends with the same high regard as your offline friends? Successful bloggers understand that their readers are real people (except for the bots), and they treat them as such. They take feedback from their readers seriously, and they strive to create and build meaningful online relationships and partnerships. They approach blogging with a “we” attitude instead of a “me” attitude.
5. They approach blogging with a genuine interest in helping, educating and/or giving back to others.
They believe that even changing one life makes it all worthwhile. If you are a successful blogger, you probably remember the first time someone left you a comment telling you how much your post meant to them. It made your day, and you used that comment as fuel to motivate and inspire you to write more. It only takes one reader who is influenced in a positive way to make it all worthwhile.
Wildly successful bloggers approach the blogosphere with a sense of humility, vulnerability and generosity. If you can think of other ways successful bloggers view the blogosphere (and the world) differently, please add to this list in the comments below.
I’d like to thank all my blogging friends for being such an important part of my life over the past six years. I can’t think of any other group of people I’d rather hang out with online than other bloggers!
Diana Adams is the founder and CEO of Adams Consulting Group, Inc. in Atlanta. Established in 2001, her company is now an esteemed member of the Apple Consultants Network and is rated one of the top independent Apple consulting firms in the southeast.
She’s written 4,000+ blog posts about technology, social media and geeky innovations. She loves new technology, Java Chips with extra drizzle, and any form of creativity. She’s also one of the biggest Star Wars fans in the world and is a frequent user of the force.
Diana graduated from USC, and she spends most of her time on the east coast. She is a social media addict, and you can find her on Twitter (@adamsconsulting), Instagram, G+ or Facebook almost anytime of the day or night. Send her a tweet and say hello!