Lately I have been intrigued by the different levels of bloggers online. I have analyzed various blogs and researched intensely to distinguish the traits that separate an ordinary blogger from the extraordinary. While it is impossible for a newbie to suddenly leap into the extraordinary, there are however certain traits that can be identified that will position a newbie or intermediate blogger to become a great blogger.
The truth is that many people begin blogging because they believe it is an easy route to earn an income online, but for any blogger to really succeed he/she will have to possess 5 characteristics to become a great blogger.
1. A Figure of Authority
Your knowledge of your niche is pertinent to your rise in the blogosphere. Visitors are attracted to bloggers who exude authority in their chosen niche, and authority is what earns you the respect of every person who reads your blog. If you come across as someone without experience and knowledge your visitors will feel that your content is sub-standard and they will in all likelihood seek their sources of information elsewhere.
2. A Passion for Blogging
Whatever you choose to do in life your passion is what will drive you to succeed. A blogger who lacks this vital ingredient will soon give-up, because passion injects the motivation, energy and desire to continue blogging – it fills you with the fuel to persevere in the face of obstacles. Like a tree that withers when it does not receive sunlight and water you will wither if you do not possess a passion for blogging.
3. A Love for Writing
Bloggers are always brainstorming new ideas and researching, but more importantly they are constantly generating new content. Writing is part and parcel of blogging; it is essentially the core of what blogging is. If you do not have a love for writing then blogging might not be suitable to you. However, I am of the belief that if you can talk then you can write. I only realized I had a love for writing when I was 23 years old, before that I didn’t have the slightest affinity toward writing. It is only when you put pen to paper will you know whether or not you have a love for writing.
4. Understanding User Needs
The one common factor with great bloggers is that they all have a large subscriber base – something that many new bloggers envy. People do not subscribe to blogs that do not satisfy their needs in some way. For you to become a greater blogger you will need to have an in-depth understanding of your users and visitors – you will need to be market focused. It is this understanding that will allow you to offer content that meets the needs of your visitors. Soak yourself in your niche by joining forums and other social platforms related to your niche as this will provide you with the necessary knowledge to increase your understanding of your target market.
5. Thinking Outside the Box
Great bloggers are not comfortable with the average; they are always stretching their creative limits to offer their readers an experience they will never forget. Face it – a lot of what we read online is the same rehashed content that is sometimes mundane and boring. Great bloggers understand this and for this very reason they are constantly brainstorming fresh unique approaches to satisfy the needs of their readers. This approach has a dual benefit: it keeps current subscribers happy and it often attracts new subscribers virally.
These 5 characteristics stood out vividly during my research, there are others, but these 5 are pertinent factors that separate a great blogger from an ordinary blogger. If you possess these traits I have no doubt you have what it takes to be recognized as a great blogger.