Envy and jealousy are common traits in most of us. Let’s fact it, if someone has something we want, we can easily get a twinge of jealousy. In some instances, if it looks like they didn’t work hard to get it, anger and hate may set in.
It’s these negative emotions that can reek havoc on us, our daily lives and our creativity.
When we read/see another blog or blog author that’s growing fast and gaining recognition in blogosphere, our first thought may be, “How is it they and/or their blog is growing so much faster than me/mine?”
Our first reaction may be to jump to conclusions. Negative feelings surface. We may become angry. Maybe we begin to feel “less than”. We may even let those feelings overpower us, get discouraged and just give up.
That doesn’t have to happen. In every life experience is a lesson. Instead of using that jealousy to ignite anger or hatred, we can use it to our advantage. Let’s study the other blog(s) and determine how it, and the author, are different from us and ours.
Listed below are some questions we can ask ourselves. Answering each one honestly can often disclose the truth.
1) Is their niche more popular than ours? Or, are we in an already crowed niche?
2) Is the blog author using SEO (search engine optimization) in their posts?
3) Do they have a “plan”? How much homework did they do prior to starting their blog
4) What is their presence in blogosphere? Are they actively commenting on other blogs? Using social media to their advantage? Joining blog carnivals? Twittering? Joining online forums?
5) How much time do they dedicate to blogging?
6) How aggressive are they in asking for Stumbles or Diggs ? (often landing them on the front page)
7) What is their knowledge of technology and blogging terminology?
8.) How self confident are they in submitting guest posts to bigger named blogs
9) Is their writing better than ours? What is their writing experience?
10) Have they hired a blog consultant?
11) How long have they been blogging?
12) Are they getting more inbound links than us, thus increasing their page rank and/or Alexa rating?
13) Is their site more professional looking than ours, and/or easier to navigate.
14) How consistently do they blog?
15) How do they project their personality in blogosphere? Do they appear authentic and genuine?
16) Do they answer the comments on their blog and make their visitors feel welcome?
17) Do they respect other peoples opinions?
18) Do they give credit where credit is due and link out to other blogs?
19) Are they looking as their blog as a “business”? A stepping stone to bigger and better things? Or are they treating it as a hobby?
It’s when we weigh the differences, we begin to understand why some blogs/bloggers succeed faster than others. In truth, when the answers are revealed, in most cases they have earned their spot in blogosphere and for that, they should be congratulated.
Do you see other blogs that are doing better than yours and ask “Why”?
Do jealousy and envy enter the picture?
How do you explain those feelings to yourself?
By sharing your answer, others can benefit. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts.
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