22 responses to “5 Traits of an Outstanding Blogger”

  1. Pete Carr

    Hi Ashley,

    Your research has served you well. I think you have hit the nail on the head with seperating good up and coming bloggers with the mundane copy everything blogger.

    It is difficult to come up with unique quality content, but not impossible.

    I like the way you say that if you can talk, you can write. How true.

    Pete

    1. Ashley

      Hi Pete

      Thank you for your comment! Yes, with a little thought and creativity you can approach every post in a unique way. I think many people – especially newbies – are intimidated by the word "write", they feel as though they need to be in the mould of Stephen King to write a blog post, but this isn't the case.

  2. Peggy Baron

    Hi Ashley,

    I like the thoroughness of your research and you've made some great points.

    If I turn it around and think about WHY I follow a particular blog, it's because:

    1. I learn something from them.

    2. They respond to their comments.

    3. They're willing to get to know me, build a relationship with me.

    4. I can relate to them in some way.

    I'm a bit turned off my authority bloggers who sit on their high throne and can't even be bothered to respond to any of the comments they get.

    Thanks for the insightful post!

    Peggy

    1. Ashley

      Hi Peggy

      You raise some important points, and I totally agree that "realtionships" are pivotal – it actually forms a part of "user needs". I also become a little annoyed when certain bloggers sit on their high horses and do not respond to thoughtful and insightful comments, but these are people who have forgotten what the essence of blogging is.

      Thank you Peggy for your comments!

  3. Patricia@lavenderuse

    Hi Ashley

    Without unique content, it is harder to be heard in the blogosphere these days. May have worked when there was less competition. Now there are so many blogs competing for attention, we can all be selective where we visit.

    Keeping content fresh and different yet staying on topic is a challenge for all of us. I love writing so enjoy researching, learning and then writing in my own conversational style. Works for me.

    I visit other blogs to learn and hopefully give back in the comments section. Enjoy blogs where there is a sense of community and where the blog owner replies to comments. And I don't visit the "A" listers. There are often guest posts and little interaction. Not for me.

    Patricia Perth Australia

    1. Ashley

      Thanks for the comment Patricia.

      There will never be a replacement for unique content. I guess it is the holy grail of blogging. I think guest posting is a growing practice that is mutually beneficial – both to the blog owner and the guest author. Although some guest authors "forget" to respond to comments :)

      1. Luckie

        I much prefer inorfamtive articles like this to that high brow literature.

    2. Richard

      Hi Patricia,
      I'm glad that you chose my blog to give back to with a comment. I also enjoy having a sense of community and try to interact with my commentators. I do also enjoy having great guest posters like Ashley coming on the blog as I think it's awesome to get diverse viewpoints on the blog. It's a great pleasure to have interaction to the extent that people feel like they want to share with a guest post as well as coming back to comment. It's the best of both worlds to have that interaction as well as these great guest authors coming on to share their thoughts as well.

      1. Ashley

        Thanks for the kind words Richard. I'm grateful that one of my articles could find a home on your site.

  4. yodz

    This article clears something about me – that is realizing that I'm a certified newbie blogger. I only got 1 (which is love for writing) out of five. However, as I move on with my blogging hobby I'm sure I can do the other four on the list. I definitely agree with this article. I noticed that those well researched and useful articles I posted got the most comments and questions which is really overwhelming.

    1. Ashley

      Thanks for your comment. Every problogger started off as a newbie, but what is important is that you have taken action.

  5. steven papas

    As in any offline business, identifying your niches's needs is very essential to the viability of your business. An outstanding blooger has to take the time and study thoroughly what users want and need and try to offer exactly this. Thanks for the outstanding post!

    1. Ashley

      Thanks for your comment Steven. Many people forget that to succeed online you have to adhere to proper business and marketing methodologies.

  6. Alex@Jocuri

    I think there are a lot of traits that an outstanding blogger should have but one of the main features should be, a strong will to share his knowledge and also the amount of information he knows should be vast.

    Also, a blogger should be a great storyteller to entice the visitors in reading what he has to say but also to present his knowledge in a easy to read format. (I can only imagine a blogger posting a about money making and starting to throw with terms like PLR, MMO, IM and other abbreviations).

    And of course the characteristics you mentioned go without saying, even normal bloggers should have them, or at least some of them.

    1. Ashley

      Hi Alex,

      Lol, thanks for the comment! There are certainly a number of acronyms in the IM realm that would never make sense to a newbie. I completely agree with all of your points.

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    Nice post with a great research on the topic

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    Passion is one of the key factor for blogging if any one have the passion to write he/she become successful blogger . Expert on writing on different Niche would be more appreciable and profitable because you can make many bloggs and learn lots of money.

  9. takis koumas

    Took me time to read all the comments Ashley, but I really loved the article. It proved to be really useful to me and I'm positive to all of the commenters right here as well!

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  10. Bert Drumm

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Richard

      What browser are you using? Does it do the same on all browsers?

  11. Shanae Cooper

    Hi! I’ve been reading your weblog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic job!

  12. Academyofrock

    Great article Ashley and very true

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