Blogaholic? 3 Signs You’re Losing Focus and How to Get Back on the Wagon.

by Guest on June 30, 2011

are you addicted to blogging. blogaholic

This is a guest post from Jane Sheeba of FindAllAnswers.com. You can read the full bio at the end of this awesome post, a post that had she not contributed I most definitely would have written myself!
Well said Jane, I could not agree more.

You are running an online home based business. It could be a blog or a website that offers services, sells products whatever! It is required by some unwritten law that you put enough hours and effort on to your “web property” to really succeed.

As with any business, online businesses have their own challenges. It is not about the business, not about your customers, but about YOU.

Hard to take? Yup, truth is usually bitter.

To get my point out clear, in this post I will assume that your online business is blogging. And one of the main challenges to you is INFORMATION.

Ya you heard it right. You need information to blog, but there is a lot more available than you actually need. And you are being tricked by most of it.

You Need the RIGHT information to succeed online

The Key to Success is... in here somewhere.

 

 

When you yield to it, you end up getting too nosy and bother too much about others business and properly not minding your own. When that happens you lag behind on everything that pertains to your blog (like publishing posts, working on products, blog promotion, social media engagement and so on).

Here are three clear signs that you’ve fallen off the wagon (so to speak).

You are on social media 24/7

Addicted to social media a little too much?Don’t get me wrong! Social media interaction is one of the most essential parts of blogging. It is because, you cannot blog alone in this world! You need to build genuine and long lasting relationships for which social media sites are a great place to hang out.

First of all 90% of the online crowd is there, so you need to really get there if you want your blog to be broadcast to the masses. Second, you have to build relationship with people and social media is one of the highest working options for this goal. You meet a lot of people, exchange valuable stuff, promote each other, provide feedback, listen, learn, criticize and so on.

It is all overwhelming, amidst your everyday blogging schedule.

But then there is a thin line between building relationships and promoting your blog AND being nosy about other’s business. When you are on social media all the time and keep on clicking others’ links, then you are being nosy.

You are there on a purpose. I am not saying that you should be broadcasting only your business. You have to share anything that is valuable to your followers/friends.

At the same time you should not go on a 24/7 hunt for valuable information and should not enjoy the comfort of doing nothing but reading and reading other’s stuff, tweeting, replying to tweets – you know it’s a vicious circle you can never get off and you never want to.

Edit: Brankica of Live-Your-Love.com recently posted a hilarious infographic that pokes fun at the ‘day in the life of a Twitter addict’. Not only is it hilarious, it’s surprisingly accurate too (probbably the reason why its so funny!) I strongly recommend you check it out (and then come back of  course) Here is the link: Morning of a Twitter Addict (infographic)

You are overwhelmed with commenting on other blogs

blog commenting getting too much?Blog commenting is a great way to build relationship in the blogosphere and to build backlinks. Not to mention, though this task takes much time to systematically find out target blogs in the niche, organize them somewhere like on a reader, read through the posts, and leave “valuable” comments.

But then you should not miss the point. Your blogging business is about what YOU provide your customers with and not about how you are engaging with the others; even though that is part of the equation, your customers don’t care about it.

So if you are blog hopping all day and only get back to your screen to write your blog post when it is already mid night, your nose is getting long.

You compare yourself with a 6 figure blogger

It's like...

OOPS! That is none of your business actually. You can take a six figure blogger as an example and as a base to your motivation. But just reading his/her blog all the time will get you nowhere.

Not just blogs, but the income reports! No offense on bloggers who release those, but does the blogosphere “treat” those reports in the way they have to be treated? Certainly a big no!

Income reports or success stories can motivate you. But you can’t be reading that kind of stuff always and dream about publishing your six figure income report one day.

You have to DO your own business to succeed. Those A-Listers have succeeded because they worked hard and you can succeed only if you work harder(whoops, I meant smarter actually!); not less and certainly not just by watching others.

Summary

In short, when you happen to sense any of these signs that indicate you are getting lost, just back off. Shut everything down, cut off all input and focus. Your blog needs you and YOU have to take action.

Mind your own business, in other words.

Jane writes about Blogging Tips, Relationships and Self Improvement at her blog Find All Answers. She offers two free ebooks “Problogging for Newbies” and “Your Guide To Better Time Management”. She has a successful guest posting strategy. You can follow her on Twitter (@janesheeba).

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Nipon June 30, 2011 at 4:14 AM

This is post very valuable post.I actually try to keep balance between social media ,blogging business and of course my study

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Lisa Irby June 30, 2011 at 4:16 AM

Fabulous post!! I definitely agree there’s a fine line between using social media for effectiveness and being nosey/wasting time. The ending sentence summed it up best… “Mind Your Own Business”!

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Graham Lutz June 30, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I’ve made a very targeted list of the blogs that send me the most and the best traffic from comments. Those are the blogs that I focus on and will only take the time to comment on others if there is something especially thought provoking or intriguing.

It’s easy to end up with a list of like 100 blogs to comment on – and if you don’t track the results of those comments, you’re going to waste tons and tons of time.

…not that I’m writing this for the traffic or anything…

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Jane | Blogging Success June 30, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Graham,

Glad that you are finding targeted blogs which will help you to focus strongly on your reading and commenting issues. I too do the same and organize those selected blogs on my Google reader. Things are a lot easier when I visit the reader once a day at a specific time :)

Cheers,
Jane.

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Vitaly Tennant June 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Awesome post for sure! It’s really easy to steer off track when it comes to working online. This however puts a lot of things back into perspective.

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Steve Scott July 1, 2011 at 2:29 AM

Jane,

I was worried I might fall into one of your three categories. I have been a little “off” on the blog recently while making the push to finish my massive ebook (this thing is killing me, lol)

I find that I still do not use social media enough (though I am getting better)
I haven’t been commenting as much as I like to.
What “others” do has never bugged me.

Your three points are all great ones.

Of course if you add a 4th and say

“spend too much time and energy on side projects”

Gulp!

Guilty.

But it is just about done.

I promise!

;)

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Ana | Traffic Generation July 1, 2011 at 5:25 AM

I don’t know about you, but I also tend to get into the trap with social media. Sometimes it’s best to just switch off from all of that or manage it with MMS so as to not have an excuse to browse around much.

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Adnan Ali July 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

It is important that your time is defined. I find by making time for the business side of things and social really helps. Great post!

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Harriet July 2, 2011 at 4:59 AM

The cartoon about Twitter is hilarious! I can just imagine one of my friends (whose addicted to Twitter) turning up to meet me dressed as the Twitter birdie!

Great tips as well, I totally agree about the bit about being glued to social media all the time! That used to be me untilI realised it was affecting my grades and I had to get rid of my facebook for a few months!

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Jason Mitchev July 5, 2011 at 7:42 AM

“Mind your own business” and get outside…meaning, take a break and do something away from the computer. I enjoy reading comments from friends on Facebook and comments on articles, especially if it’s a controversial. It’s entertaining. But I’m finding more and more that the best thing for me to log out, turn off the computer and walk away. Clears my head more and gets me back on the right track.

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app development July 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I focus on and will only take the time to comment on others if there is something especially thought provoking or intriguing.

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Brent Chim July 6, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Very informative post! I totally agree with you… Blogging needs enough time and attention.

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Cher July 6, 2011 at 9:49 PM

We all know that there can be reasons why we sometimes lose focus in our blogs…Thanks for the tips you have shared to us!!I hope you can post more…

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Alexis August 19, 2011 at 3:57 AM

Hi! This is a very helpful post… I totally agree with you, sometimes, with no reason at all, we simply lose focus with your blogs… Your tips are great to stay on focus with everything you do.

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Gajendran Megajolla March 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

This is indeed a great post. well crafted and understandable. This tips can really improve engagement.
keep sharing

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