Tuesday, 4 March 2014

How to Develop Patience and Humility - Be a Better Blogger

                         Image courtesy of Boinans Cho Joo Young / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Anyone over the age of thirty will probably remember the original Karate Kid. In this movie Mr. Miyagi teaches life lessons to his young student in order to help him grow as a person. Remember the "Wax on, Wax off" analogy?

Mr. Miyagi has his student Daniel,  played by Ralph Machio, continually wax his vehicle. Wax on, he waxes in circles to the left, wax off, he waxes in circles to the right. All the while Daniel wonders what the point of it all is. He's impatient to learn Karate, and he feels Mr. Miyagi's wasting his time.

But there is a point. Mr. Miyagi was teaching Daniel two things. First of all he was teaching him patience.We're all in a hurry to get to the finish line, and we rarely stop to enjoy the journey. Mr. Miyagi was teaching Daniel to slow down. There are no quick solutions, we have to learn through continuous trial and error.

He was also teaching Daniel about the benefit of humility. Like any teenage boy he was a little cocky, and Mr. Miyagi wanted to knock him down a peg. Daniel grew extremely agitated at first, but eventually he got the point.

Developing the Miyagi Patience

In developing a successful blog, we can definitely learn from Mr. Miyagi. Unless you're extremely lucky, you won't be an instant success. But if you persevere, produce valuable content on a regular basis, and make a conscious effort to grow traffic to your blog, you will be a success.

To produce valuable content you need to conduct research into your topics or at least give your posts a lot of thought. Don't just slap something together. Proof read, and proof read again! Use the Miyagi principle. Wax on! Wax off!

You remember in school when the teacher told you practise makes perfect? It really does! If you perform a task over and over again, you will get better at it. Your posts will become more refined, and as they do, you will be rewarded with increased traffic.

Developing the Miyagi Humility

We can all benefit from a little humility as advocated by Mr. Miyagi. When you started your blog you might have been thinking there's nothing hard about this. Anyone can do it!

Sure anyone can produce a blog, but not anyone can produce one worth reading. If you want to convince people yours is worth reading you have to put some effort into it. Like anything worthwhile, you get out if it what you put into it. Don't expect that people will be lining up to read your blog. It's up to you to keep them coming back!

Patience and humility. Two things that don't always come easy - at least not for me. How about you? Have you learned to apply these two principles in your blogging journey? Leave a comment, I'd love to her how they've worked for you.