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How To Stay Alive As A Blogger

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Surviving As A Blogger

The other night I was watching the tv show called “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”, I have been watching that show for over a year now and realized the other day just why I like it.

Mainly because it shows you just what the human mind and body will overcome when pushed.

Also because as a blogger I can relate to what they go thru to survive… I know that comparison is a little dramatic haha but below I will show you just how that show can help you be a better blogger.blogger

But first I want to say that this post came to me after I was thinking about my next post. I had about 5 half thought thru ideas, but nothing was really finished.  So later that night I was watching “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” for maybe the 100th time haha

But this time I watched it thru my bloggers eyes and saw the comparison to a bloggers journey.

What was the difference from watching that night and all the others?  My mind was still stuck on what post to write… Bloggers Eyes In Full Effect!

I talked about this on Overcome Blogging Fears To Have Success In 2011

So stay open to post ideas no matter where you are or what you are doing, you will surprise yourself with how many post ideas will start to pop.

OK …back to my regularly scheduled post :)

4 Ways To  Survive As A Blogger

They Learn As They Go

One thing all the survivors do is they learn and adapt as much as they can to last longer and give themselves the best chance for rescue.

This is exactly how every blogger should act on their blogging journey.

You learn a little and your blog grows, you learn something new and your blog grows again. It doesn’t matter if you learn or try something new and it doesn’t work, you just try something new again.

Remember most successful people will tell you they have learned more from their mistakes/failures then they did from they successes.

They Keep A Positive Attitude

It amazes me at how mentally strong many of the survivors are on that show, maybe even stronger then they thought they could be. Staying positive is probably the best thing they can do to stay strong and alive.

As a blogger it is easy to get down on yourself or your blog.

–    Is my content good enough
–    Is my design good enough
–    I’m not getting comments so I must be doing things wrong
–    I’m not getting tweets or shares, I must be doing things wrong
–    I get no traffic, what am I doing wrong
–    I’m not making money blah blah and 100 other things bloggers let get them down.

The reality is, most bloggers that are stressing are doing everything right, some things just take time.

All you can do is keep working your blog and learn as you go.

Now if your blog is a few years old and you are having these issues, then YES you are doing things wrong and it is time to re-evaluate what your doing… and Change It!

They Don’t Give Up

This goes with having a positive attitude and makes it easier to never give up.  If they have to stay awake, then they do it, if they have to walk in a hot desert, then they do it, if they have to fight off wild animals, then they do it.

As a blogger, the only REAL way to fail is to quit.

Success means different things for different blogger. We all have different ways to measure success with our blogs…

–    Some want money
–    Some want a popular blog
–    Some want compliments
–    Some want to help people

If you continue to work your blog hard, you will succeed.. I Promise You That!

We all start at zero! – No blogger has reached success without some time and hard work.

They Can’t Do It Alone

Not one survivor on that show has survived or rescued themselves. No matter how hard they have tried, they all needed help to survive.

As a blogger you can succeed alone, but trying to blog as a lone wolf will be a longggg hardddd road.

Having blogging friendships will make your blogging journey easier and much more enjoyable.

Every day my blog benefits from my blogging friendships I have made over the past year, it can be…

–    A Tweet
–    A FB Share
–    A Comment
–    Brain Storming
–    Support
–    A Guest Post
–    or Learning something new

Blogging with blogging friendships is the best thing you can do to reach the success you want with your blog in the shortest amount of time…Period!

That’s my comparison of blogging to the TV show “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”

Hopefully this post will motivate you as a blogger or help you see that new blog posts are everywhere if you know how to look for them or to make you a new viewer of “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” :)

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  • http://twitter.com/SheilaAtwood SheilaAtwood


    Every blogger that is staying alive will read this post and say been there done that.

    It is really easy to give up. I mean who is holding your feet to the fire and making you post?

    Like you said…the benefits are worth it and those friendships do bring success.

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    I haven’t watched the TV show that you’re referring to, but I can relate to what you’re talking about. Especially when it comes to the part that you wrote about “not one survivor on that show has survived or rescued themselves. No matter how hard they have tried, they all needed help to survive.”

    To me, creating relationships is the most important part of blogging. And having a mentor that you can look up to and learn from :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Working for yourself, or running a blog.. it is not easy.. there is no one but you to motivate you to post.

    But if you can work thru that and stay consistent then you will see success.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Jens..TY for the comment. Man it is so true.. the blogging friendships can make or break your blog in the long run.

    A mentor def makes life easier to :)

  • http://www.murlu.com Murlu

    Learning as I go has been the best decision I’ve made in forever – it’s taking it back to that old mentality you had as a kid when you only focused on something you wanted to do right there and then.

    The problem with the net is that there’s so much information out there that you want to consume as much as possible. This puts you in a constant state of trying to learn the next big thing instead of focusing on what’s working and when you actually need to apply things which you can easily find online.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Exactly.. at some point you have to stop reading and start doing.

    If you wait till you know it all before you start then you will never start since there is something new to learn every day online.

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi JP,

    I like all the tips. Learning as you go seems to be a consistent trait among successful bloggers.

    Don’t prepare your life away. Hit the publish button, network with like-minded folks and eventually you learn all you need to know to have a big readership.

    Thanks for sharing with us.


  • Anonymous

    Hey JP!
    Mate love this post because its so relatable and because it comes from someone who has gone through all this ten times over.
    I like this line
    he reality is, most bloggers that are stressing are doing everything right, some things just take time.

    The reality is, most bloggers that are stressing are doing everything right, some things just take time.
    I like your point about bloggers stressing when in fact they are probably doing everything right! – oh how many nights I have worried about things that were totally out of my control!
    Also, cannot agree more that this is not a journey you can walk alone

    Thanks for shring JO – now stop watching that show and get back to work! :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    It’s like “on the job training” there is a reason the kids coming out of school that teach thru hands on are more advanced then kids that learn thru a book.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    I was like you man,, I stressed everything in the beginning , even things I couldn’t control.. I was lucky to learn to stop that shit pretty quick :)

    haha Trust me man.. there have been days I was watching when I should have been writing

  • http://www.ramblingsofawahm.com AllieRambles

    Hey John,

    When you said, “most bloggers that are stressing are doing everything right” it really rings true. If you are not stressing, then you are not analyzing why something went wrong. If a blogger constantly thinks everything is fine and I am doing everything right, not stressing, then maybe he or she needs a wake up call. It’s the bloggers that worry about doing the right thing to reach goals that are the ones that advance because they are the ones always looking to be better.
    Thx for an inspiring post.

  • http://twitter.com/lifeforinstance Life, for instance

    Thank you John Paul,
    Sounds like you’ve been on the road I’m on now! I’m very much enjoying the experience and the work of doing the blog. But I especially appreciate the support from the blogging community, something I didn’t even know about when I signed up!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    You just cant settle.. once you settle, your blog will suffer.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Support from blogging friends is awesome, and I didnt expect that part either when I started.

    Was a nice bonus to blogging.

  • http://www.thesaleslion.com/ Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

    As always, some great points JP. I look around and see bloggers being born and dying every day. In all honestly, it’s a pretty nasty cycle. But as you mentioned, you’ve just got to be utterly tenacious, dogged, humble enough to learn, and proud enough to keep going, no matter what.

    Thanks for the read my friend.


  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Yea I see it to.. I see some really nice blogs dying, which is the worst part.. seeing the garbage dying is great lol

    Yea you have to be humble enough to l know you dont know it all, but confident enough to know what your doing is right and is working.

    Glad you enjoyed the post :)

  • http://blogarticlesite.com Natalie – Blogarticle

    Never give up. Just spend a little time each day pushing one step at a time. it all comes together in the end. I say, if you do get stuck as a blogger then turn to other bloggers for motivation, support and help on how to achieve your goals. People on the net seem more willing to help than in real life.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul


  • http://www.newbizblogger.com Michele Welch

    Hi John Paul,

    Love that show!! What a true testament of the human will and what a fantastic analogy. I think that’s what makes that show so wonderful to watch; you see how people overcome adversity and makes you realize that anything is possible if you put your will behind it.

    I think I may take on your trick and start looking at everyday life through bloggers eyes. Many lessons to be learned and shared.

    Very cool 😉

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Nice to meet someone that likes the show too haha

    I agree that seeing people overcome what they do on that show, motivates you to work thru any “normal” obstacles you have in your day to day life.

    Bloggers eyes are beautiful thing haha prob is you will start to have to many ideas haha

  • http://reviewzntips.blogspot.com/ Daniel Sharkov

    Hey John,

    I happened to watch a few episodes of that show and have to say that your comparisons are more than valid. Staying positive is in my opinion one of the most important components, contributing to one’s success, from the ones you mentioned. It’s all in the head and your mindset. If you always think that the worst is going to happen, you won’t be far from the true in the end. Talking from bitter experience here.

    Great stuff man! Keep it up!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Daniel…Glad you watched the show.. one of my favs.

    Yea your mindset is what makes or breaks you. I agree, thinking about negatives will only bring you negatives.

    Stay focused, stay positive to reach your goals.

  • http://keepupwiththeweb.com Sherryl Perry

    I’m not familiar with that show either but I imagine that it’s somewhat like Survivor except in Survivor, there’s only one winner at the end. Even so, they need to collaborate and work together until it gets to the every man for himself round on the finale. Although often they cheat and scheme their way to the end. That show is probably not what you’re talking about after all! LOL

    Anyways, I get what you’re saying. My blog too benefits from my blogging friendships. I’ve learned a lot from you and you keep my interest with tales like this. I need to write an article tonight. Maybe I should got watch some TV first. :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Type your reply…Sherryl.. not the same show haha This one is real peoples stories of how they survived and they re-enact it as they tell the story.

    Yea.. watch some tv before you write,, never know what will pop :)

    Im glad the blog has helped you..Ill do my best to keep your interest long term :)

  • Michelle

    Your successful because you enjoy what you do and enjoying what you do makes it easier to motivate yourself. This blog is basic, clean and easy to follow. Great job and I do understand the comparison.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Basic? lol Nice backhanded comp.

    Glad you liked the post.

  • Milabloch

    And they produced authentic, fresh, in-depth content for their readers…And like you, John, good bloggers don’t waste their readers’ time!
    Have an awesome blogging day!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Nice.. I didn’t even see that comparison.. :)

    Glad you liked the post Mila, and TY for the added tip :)

  • http://www.ifightdinosaurs.com/ Patrick Kent

    Saw this on LinkedIn. Great post, its always nice to get some encouragement. I have a relatively new blog and sometimes its hard to keep writing articles when you know that not many people will see your work.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Patrick.. glad tyou liked the psot.

    Yea when I started I felt the same way.. I’m writing all this and no one may ever see it.. but in reality. Im glad they didnt haha My content has gotten MUCH better since the early months… so just keep sharing, the eyes will come.

  • http://templatefaerie.blogspot.com Sarah

    Awesome post, John! I agree with everything you said. I was doing just about everything wrong when I started blogging, but I learned from my mistakes, and I’ve made huge improvements. I still think there are some things I could change, and I’m definitely not a “perfect” blogger, but I’m constantly learning new things, both from my mistakes and from my blogging friends!

    Thanks for sharing this! Again, awesome post!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Sarah TY for the comment.. really glad you liked the post.

    We all make mistakes when we start, I did so did people like Darren Rowes… trick is to learn, tweak and move forward.. and your doing that so your good :)

    Trust, you will never be a “perfect” blogger.. blogging changes every month, you have to keep learning, Im still learn new things everyday too.

  • http://profiles.google.com/georgekatsoudas2000 George Katsoudas

    Hey JP…

    I think many people believe that they will start blogging and retire filthy rich after a couple of months. Building a successful blog takes some sweat equity. It can take time to gain traction – but every posts helps build up that “critical mass.”

    Take care

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    George.. TY for the comment.

    It depends what your idea of “successful” is. If you want to make an extra $100 a month, then yea you can reach that in about 6 months with some hard work. But to be successful and make a full income, then you are looking at 1-2 yrs again with some hard work and long hours put in.

  • http://www.outsideinpixels.com/blog Jack Chauvel

    I think it holds true.. and genuine content shows a genuine blogger. Mine might not get many hits, and might not yet have all the content I want to share on it (as frequent) as I want.. but if it helps someone with a couple of the tech pieces, or inspires someone to get out and take some more photos then I think its 100% worth it.

    Thanks for your thoughts.. ill make sure I keep at it :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    That’s what it’s about.. helping people, you start with one.

    More you share, the more you help… so keep at it man.

  • http://twitter.com/im_a_carrie Carrie Field

    I really like this post! It puts everything we (bloggers) know we have to do…but don’t always want to do…into a little reference book of sorts. Thank you!

  • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

    Your post was spot on John and very true indeed. It is so easy to feel down and out when things are not going great in blogging, but from time to time all you have to do is take a look to see the progress you’ve already made to get where you are. I also agree with all the tips you have reflected on the show you have been watching, thanks again.

  • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

    Your post was spot on John and very true indeed. It is so easy to feel down and out when things are not going great in blogging, but from time to time all you have to do is take a look to see the progress you’ve already made to get where you are. I also agree with all the tips you have reflected on the show you have been watching, thanks again.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks Carrie.Glad you liked it :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks Fabrizio Glad the post helped you man :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks Fabrizio Glad the post helped you man :)

  • http://theanthrotorian.com/ Lindsay Shapka

    Thanks for the great advice. I just started a blog and I find this really helpful! 

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Glad you liked it Lindsay :)

  • Soubhik

    what i have realized over the years is humans are social animals and they perform much better in association, a good association helps a lot not only in blogging but any field you choose.

  • Jessica Wysocki

    As a blogger myself and all the feats we must go through, this was such a great connection and article. My favorite point that you discuss is that we cannot survive alone. With thousands of articles posted daily, making yours stand out can be incredibly difficult. Building relationships was/is the greatest thing I can do for myself as a blogger.
    Great article!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    It’s harder and harder to be seen as a blogger now with sooo many great bloggers. So your best bet is building as many relationships as you can to help you expand your reach. As long as you know it’s a 2 way street, those relationships will last forever.

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