5 Keys To Building A Loyal Blog Following

Blogging has been a great experience for me. I’ve been able to share leadership ideas and more with you, my readers. It’s been a fun but bumpy ride.

Through trial and error, I’m learning what works and what doesn’t. Today, I’d like to share the keys to building a loyal blog following with you.

Why You Should Build A Loyal Blog Following

If you’re serious about blogging, I believe you should be serious about building a loyal following. Why? Because you’re writing for someone and that someone should be listening.

While writing can be therapeutic, there should also be a point behind it. For me, it’s been to build a loyal following that I can influence with the leadership insights I’ve gained over time. Your reason may be different.

What To Do When You’ve Reached The End Of Your 20 Mile March?

The 20 mile march is all about taking consistent action so we can reach a specific goal. For Roald Amundsen it was trudging 20 miles every day until he and his team reached the South Pole. For you it may be completing your book manuscript. Helping your team reach record sales. Or getting into shape.

Image By Darcy McCarty

Image By Darcy McCarty

But what happens once you reach the finish line of your 20 mile march? What happens then?

It’s a great question to ask yourself. You need to have an idea of what you’ll do after accomplishing your current goal.

I have a few suggestions on what to do after completing the journey of the 20 mile march:

Take A Break: It takes a lot of work to go 20 miles every day. Day after day. You’ve exerted a lot of effort to get to the end. There needs to be a time of rest.

Leading From Our Hands And Our Knees

How are your hands and knees?

For so many, leadership is all about a position of authority. When most people think of leadership, they think of someone sitting in the plush corner office. They think of someone sitting on a throne. Or they think of someone who stands tall above everyone else.

Authority is an important aspect of leadership, but there is something else leaders should consider.

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Image by Andrea Rose

Leaders lead best when they lead from their hands and knees.

Let me explain with 3 Ways To Lead From Your Hands and Knees:

A Letter To The Discouraged Leader

Dear Discouraged Leader,

I know you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. Like you don’t have a clue where to start, and you’re not sure if you’re doing it right.

You saw how your predecessor did it and you feel like you could never reach that level. You keep trying to keep your head above water, but every time you do someone hands you another 5 pound weight.

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Image by Kevin Walsh

Despite all of that, I have something to tell you: you’re doing better than you think.

I talk to leaders of all ages, and one of the things I’ve noticed is that the ones who feel most discouraged have 2 things in common:

1. They’re new to their leadership role.

2. They’re comparing themselves to another leader.

7 Unconventional Ways To Step Up Your Game And Lead

I don’t know about you but one of the things I love to learn about is unconventional leadership styles. Most of the unconventional styles you see come from leaders who are stepping up their game and taking chances. Are you going to be one of them?

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1. Be Flexible: Chris Guillebeau has been one of the most unconventional leaders I’ve seen. He took up the task of traveling to every country in the world by a certain date. There were destinations were Chris had to be flexible and change his plans. It didn’t ruin his trip, just made it different.

Are there areas of leadership you need to be more flexible in? See the need to be flexible as more of a game. Make it fun and flexibility becomes enjoyable.