Humbleness is something that you should cultivate in all your endeavors, and blogging is no exception.
It is easy to get cocky once you start receiving a couple thousand of daily visitors, after all the vast majority of bloggers out there struggle to reach a tenth of that. But think twice before not answering a comment on your blog just because it is coming from a beginner.
Want some pragmatical reasons regarding why you should be humble? People will be more likely to leave comments on your blog and even to link to your articles. Even if you are making thousands of dollars monthly from your blog people will be reluctant to get involved with you if they don’t like your attitude in the first place.
Humbleness should be reflected on all your activities, from the style of your writing to how you respond to comments and emails. Just get over yourself!
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26 Responses to “Be Humble”
Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker
I agree with your article 100%. I check out a lot of blogs each day. Just recently, I ran across a comment from someone who called his readers “stupid”. He said his readers liked being abused. Needless to say, I did not check out his blog that day. My thought was, “What does that say about his self-esteem and that of his readers?” That is not something that I want to buy into at all. I keep coming back to read your articles. I am a beginner and I learn a lot from your views.
Thanks Patricia, and I know what you mean.
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You’re 100% right. Nobody wants to keep reading a rude guy’s blog.
Great advice, Daniel. I have no reason than to be anything other than humble right now, but I hope that I will never take my readers for granted.
There is one very, very popular blog about blogging that I visit less than I used to, because the more I read it, the more I detect that the blogger seems to be a bit too cocky.
excellent tip, I have come across a few cocky, unfriendly bloggers too
Great point, and a lesson I’ve recently learned through the example of a fellow blogger. Of course, neither of us have many thousands of daily views, but even rookie bloggers neglect this part of the equation.
You should take a peak to see what I mean, in my opinion, he’s someone who has perfected this skill is at http://www.bushmackel.com.
Don’t believe me? Post a comment on his site and see what happens.
Pardon the hybrid nonsense syntax of the middle paragraph on my previous comment… :/
Have to agree with you on this Daniel. I saw few days ago in blogherald, about some other blog which had many negative comments and the author saying them the reason for his post and also thanked his readers for commenting. This is etiquette to be learned.
that’s exactly what I tried to say at http://thereasoner.com/blog/question-do-you-prefer-reading-a-list-blogs-over-non-a-list-blogs/#comment-50851
This is good advice for life in general. I personally will just dump a blog if I get the sense that the author is a pompous jerk. Unfortunately, I’m sure it is easy to feel self-important when you have so many people reading what you have to say.
Very, very, very important advice.
A few months ago, I went through a period of mickey taking – nothing serious, just the odd “your blog’s rubbish!” in a joking, Monty Python esque way. Somebody said they were offended by it, so now the only “your blog’s rubbish” I do is about my own blog.
And maybe my mates, largely because it is rubbish 🙂
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I don’t think a blogger can acquire true success without being humble. All the best bloggers I can think of have never once displayed any sort of arrogance or attitude.
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Like Randa, I think this is great advice for life in general. I’ve read quite a few books from the Dalai Lama, one of the most humble people in the world, and highly recommend ‘The Art of Happiness’ (it’s not as cheesey as it sounds).
I’m surprised about Patricia’s comment. I’d not be back to his blog either.
Great advice, Daniel.
David, I’ve read that book as well, very insightful.
I recently wrote an article touching on this topic. I talk about the fact that too many authors simply talk about themselves and talk about how much they are earning, and too little about actually showing and mentoring others how to attain the same success. They are as my article calls them
here is the link if you would like to read.
later all and have a profitable productive blogging day
I think we’d all like to know what blog Patricia was talking about 🙂
Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker
Rhys, I didn’t check out the blog of the person that left the comment. Because I am new to blogger, I read a lot of other blogs each night. The blogger left a comment on someone else’s site saying that he was rude to all of his readers and that they seemed to enjoy it since they kept coming back. I left a comment to his comment saying how sad I thought that was. I also asked him, “What does that say about your site?” I didn’t get a comment back from him. It was on a site like this one about blogging. I couldn’t tell you which site I was on at the time or who the blogger was who made the comment. I didn’t bother to check out his site. I don’t give my personal power to people like that. Sorry, I can’t give you any details. He is the only one with that kind of attitude that I have run across in my rambles across the internet. I was shocked at his attitude. I am grateful for all of my readers and their comments to my articles.
I think everyone makes an effort to be humble… 😀
I have one word to say about this post: “Great”
Spot on Daniel. Humility is a virtue to be cultivated.
Very well said, Daniel, and it’s good advice for all aspects of life. You never know when you will need the friends you could have made.
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