8 Traits You Need To Be A Successful Blogger


photo: Wendys Lookbook

Want to start a blog? Or maybe you already have one but you haven’t amassed the followers you want to. There are a few ways to tell if you’re going to make a good blogger, it’s all about your personality traits, motivations, and commitment! It’s not just about showing up, it’s about believing in yourself and pushing yourself to the next level!

1. Passion
Every good blog starts with passion. You need to know this is something you really want to do, not something that you’re doing for extra cash or the chance of becoming popular. Because it’s a long road, so you definitely need to be passionate.

2. Creativity
Sometimes you need to think outside the box. You need to be able to design your own page on a budget, know how to work with photos and fonts, be prepared to take your own Instagram photos that follow a theme.

If creativity excites you, then you’re already in the top tier of bloggers who think differently. Innovation drives popular blogs.

3. Organization
OMG. Organization is the most overlooked skill when running a website or a blog. I have spreadsheets for everything, and a physical calendar full of appointments and key dates. It’s the only way to stay ahead. It might sound like a lot of effort, but if you take 30 minutes to organize yourself you’ll find that you’re much more productive and creative.

4. Drive
Everybody struggles with this. But you need to get out of bed (if you’re working from home) and set yourself some deadlines. You can use a tool like Wunderlist to track your progress, each time you hear that ‘ding’ sound, you get this hugely satisfying feeling that you’ve ticked off a task.

5. Attention to detail
You’re going to need strategies. Social media strategies, income strategies, photo shoot strategies, content strategies. For such a creative business, it takes a lot of lateral thinking. If you’re prepared to do that and put all the work in, then you’ll be fine.

6. Confidence 
You need to be able to network online and offline. In the blogging world, it’s more about making friends and meeting other like-minded bloggers. Use Twitter to join blogger chats and be sure to leave meaningful (not promotional) comments on other blogs every so often.

7. Originality
You can blog about anything, but what really makes a good blog is the ability to build on a niche. It could be your personality and writing voice, your interests, or that you blog about one particular thing and find others that are interested in it, too. Don’t copy or replicate what you see elsewhere. Just be yourself, do you, and be excited to share it.

8. Mental strength 
You may need to train this, but part of being visible in the online world opens you up to criticism. There are whole website forums dedicated to criticizing bloggers, Vogue even took down fashion bloggers recently, so if you’re ready to be visible online, you should have a thick skin and know that everybody has opinions.

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Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

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  • Camille Beygui

    Awesome post

  • Quest for Calm

    There’s a lot more that goes into blogging than meets the eye. I think more and more people are realizing this.

    Samantha | http://www.questforcalm.com

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  • A Hint of Life Blog

    Mental strength! I agreee. The hardes thing is to keep going and not losing sight of the end goal!
    – Belen
    Check out my blog A HINT OF LIFE

  • Makarena

    Without passion there’s nothing. These are great tips, thanks for sharing!


  • Susan Nguyen

    Thank you fo sharing your tips! I’m new to the blogging world and love the ability to be creative and speak openly about our passions.


  • Keshia White

    Great tips! I agree with all of these, especially the drive and organization. You don’t truly realize how much work and planning goes into blogging, until you get started. So being driven and organized are essential for you to stick with it.


  • Christine Salas

    Awesome tips!

  • Monika / Cup of Nature

    Thanks for sharing these great tips, especially number 3 is definitely something I have to work on.

  • Dani

    Thanks for some really good tips. Organisation is the key one for me but I sometimes feel like I spend more time planning than actually doing! It does help me stay on track though
    Dani | brighteyedandbewildered.com | flourishingfreelancer.com

  • daphne siy

    Thanks for these! Really helps!


  • TheMixedMamaBlog

    This so true. I just started my blog a little over a week ago. What I’m finding is you can’t do it with only one of these skills. I started because of a passion to help other moms with biracial kids… but I’m learning I need to work on my planning and organizing. Thanks!


  • Salwa

    Great article, I will certainly be sharing this. When I tell people in life that I blog, I am often met with questions and asking how they go about doing this themselves. It does take organisation, creativity, dedication, and as you also mention, passion. Not everyone has the staying power. This is a really useful blog to get people on the right track however.

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