Strategies for Success to Become A Successful Blogger: Advice from a former technophobe

Back in March of 2009, I had the pure pleasure of meeting Annie Hart. She was referred to me by Jeff Simpkins.  I think she sent me about 10 e-mails with questions about the Become a Blogging Maniac course…like “I’ve never blogged…I don’t think I can do this” and so forth.  Hmmm…I immediately thought “This one is going to be a huge success.  She’s asking all the right questions.”

So, low and behold,  Annie Hart is now a blogging sensation.  She is being contacted from folks all over the world AND she is now teaching blogging in her local community and getting paid to do it.

So…out of the heart of Annie Hart (who calls herself a former technophobe,) here is a bit of advice to help you be successful with blogging.  Read this and take it in…it comes from someone who in 3 short months went from not knowing the first thing about blogging to now being viewed as a true expert in her field:

Thank-you Annie for the success you are modeling for the world!

Strategies for Success to Become A Successful Blogger: Advice from a former technophobe

By:  Annie Hart

Just so you know about me, only a few short months ago back in March, I was a virtual technophobe. Yes I had a computer but that was about it. As I looked into the future, I saw that if I didn’t do something soon that my business, which I love, was not going to be sustainable into the future! Yikes!

I took training in marketing for small businesses but I still didn’t know where to start. They were all good ideas but it seemed overwhelming and unmanageable. But luckily in the course I met Jeff Simpkins who told me about Bea’s course. I trusted Jeff enough to give it a try and Bea’s blogging course totally opened up my life and my business in ways that I never could have imagined.

I am completely in love with my website/blog! I’ve already gotten several new clients and notice from all over the world. And I was just featured as a Story Expert on someone else’s site. This would have all been impossible just months ago.

So how was I able to create this success in blogging? I used my background in NLP, which is called the structure of mastery, to set myself up for success. I knew that I could potentially fail at this because technology was so hard for me. So I thought it out in advance and I am so glad that I did. It really worked. So I thought that I would pass on my secrets for success, so that you can be a happy blogger too. I’m a fan of Bea’s and a blogger for life!

1. Organize Yourself – create time in your life and in your calendar for blogging. Put yourself fully into it to succeed. Try not to miss any calls unless you absolutely have to. Don’t tell yourself that you will listen to them later. You won’t. You can get bogged down very quickly. Definitely make time during the week to work on your blog. That is essential too. I say at least an hour or more a week outside of the class. Put it into your schedule if you must. When people ask me how much time I put into my blog I say “24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the first few months!” Now I’m not suggesting that you do as I do. I was so determined to succeed that I had to just blast through all my resistance and go full guns. But the point is to be committed to success and to make time for it.

2. Think Ahead – think about what your strengths and weaknesses are. If you know in advance that some things will be tough for you, then take it slow in those areas and get help where you need it. This is one of my biggest strategies for success, to always get help where I need it. You can’t possibly learn everything at once, nor can you do well at everything immediately. Learning comes in phases. Pick things you can do and start to do right away and then let your skills and knowledge build over time.

3. Set Your Mind for Success – honestly this is the most important part of all. Are you seeing, feeling and intending success? Or are you saying to yourself, “Oh this is too hard, I can’t do this?” etc. etc. I had to catch a hold of my old stories about myself the ‘former technophobe’ and remind myself of all the things I’ve succeeded at. So be aware of your inner stories and change them to be what you really want which is to do well at your business via blogging.

4. Create a Buddy System – this is my #1 secret for success in my business life. I have a buddy for everything. This is most important for the difficult things. I suggest start with even one buddy. I’ve set a few of my friends up in advance of the course for this. Find a buddy and talk once a week on the phone if you can. Your buddy doesn’t need technical expertise or advice. They just need to be listened to and to be encouraged to keep going on matter what. Let them talk about their ups and downs but overall support their vision. I have many buddies I work with and a small group whom I talk to every week. We literally don’t let each other fail! If you wonder where to find a buddy, find someone in the course or look for someone else you know that might want to succeed as well. If you need ideas of how to work with each other, just ask me.

5. Last but not least – Have Fun! Believe it or not, after taking Bea’s course, I was so excited about this technology, that I actually went out and taught a small course to some of my local business owners. They thought blogging was irrelevant and most of them hate being on the computer! So I knew I had to hold their hands and get them over the hump. I said to them up front. Technology can feel completely overwhelming at times, so our goal is to always have FUN! They thought I was crazy but I didn’t care. Every time I would see them look bogged down, I would make them laugh or say, “Remember our motto” and make them shout, “Have fun!” So make fun your motto. Yes it’s hard. Some days I wanted to head out to a cave and never come back to my computer. So I would go away for awhile, have a nice cup of tea and then come back and try again. I tried to laugh or at least smile into my computer. Honestly this is not just a nice idea, but a real-life strategy for success.

Good luck fellow bloggers and let me know if I can help you in any way. Your friend in happily blogging to business success,

Annie Hart
Stories Change the World
http://anniehart.com

If you are interested in joining one of our upcoming Become a Blogging Maniac Programs (as Annie did, ) please click on this link to learn more:  http://blog.becomeabloggingmaniac.com/about..

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