When I lived in the remote jungles of Costa Rica, on the Caribbean side, I was often spotted hacking at the dense growth with a long machete.
This was no run of the mill, subtle, blunt blade used for light landscaping. I could have been part of Arnold’s crew in the movie Predator when I wielded this steel.
I sometimes spent hours cutting down vegetation that had grown feet in a matter of weeks.
I see some bloggers do just as murderous job with a cyber machete on their blogs, hacking it to death. Only this hacking has nothing to do with huge, intimidating blades handled by jacked-up gringos in far off Costa Rican jungles.
This hacking is all about the BS, fear-based, manipulative tactics spewed by clever marketers who appeal to the lazy, the ignorant, the greedy and the impatient bloggers of the world.
A number of struggling, failing or newbie bloggers desperately grasp for blogging hack after blogging hack, looking for the quickest, easiest way to drive a max amount of traffic and profits to their blog.
If they do not find the Holy Grail of Hacks one day – and they never will – they will grab another hack the following day. The cycle continues for weeks, or months, or horribly enough, for years, until these lost souls hack their blogs to death, quitting for good.
Attempting to build your blog solely on hacks is like trying to build a home on quicksand. A veritable blogging house of cards, your cyber real estate will collapse again and again because hacks are usually manipulative,
fear-based, lower-energy tactics based on the idea of trying to *get* as much as you can through a single act without *giving* much at all.
Meanwhile, other bloggers who are following their passion, practicing their writing skills daily, providing helpful,
valuable blog posts and guest posts and befriending other bloggers by commenting on their blogs and by promoting them on social media are lapping these Hack-Hacks like a horse on Special K runs circles around a newborn baby after a bottle of warm milk.
The Energy Behind the Syndrome.
A blogger fears running out of traffic or money or feels things are not growing quickly enough with their blog or is totally fed up with struggling and failing and desperately grabs for the quickest and easiest way to end their pain, to ease their suffering and to taste sugary sweet blogging success.
Because these bloggers predominantly operate from the energy of fear they totally ignore sound, fun, profitable, business-building blogging advice, like practicing a skill, creating helpful content and building meaningful friendships with top bloggers.
This crowd believes that if they can hack Facebook by creating an image perfectly formatted for the optimal featured image size, and if they publish the perfect text length intro to their update,
and if they use the right amount of bolding and italics, and they drizzle enough intoxicating benefits into the update, that this single, brilliant, hack-approved Facebook update will net them 100 plus Likes, 50 plus Facebook comments,
sick blog traffic, crazy blogging profits and a deluge of blog comments and social shares, all while they put their feet up, eating a sheet cake and binge watching Netflix.
12 hours after crafting the perfect, hack-approved, eye-popping Facebook update for the ages, the individual sees 2 Facebook Likes, no comments, zero clicks, and a chorus of crickets serenading their Facebook Wall.
Because if fear is the prime driver behind what you do blogging-wise you’ll get terrible, low energy, depressing results virtually all of the time.
How to Cure Hacking Syndrome.
There is no quick fix to building a successful blog.
There is no shortcut to building a sustainable blogging business.
All the success I currently experience at Blogging From Paradise was rooted in spending the past 9 years of my life discovering what did not work with blogging, what did work and most importantly, persistently doing what did work from a generous, fun-loving, helpful energy.
Trying to build a successful blog through hacking is like trying to become an Olympic level athlete by eating Ding Dongs and watching tapes of Olympic athletes for training.
There are a few steps you can take to cure Hacking Syndrome.
.Blog your passion; blog mainly because you have fun blogging on the topic you chose
.Persistently practice your blogging skills daily, including your writing skills (in a Word document), creating skills and connecting skills
.Create helpful content for your ideal reader through both your blog and through guest posts
.Connect and befriend successful bloggers in your niche by commenting on their blogs and by promoting these bloggers through social media and through your blog
.Set a 2-4 year time frame for building a sustainable, profitable blogging business
.Pick 1-2 blogging tips mentors to follow, to learn from and to emulate, buying their courses and eBooks and hiring them to coach you
Are you hacking your blog to death?
What tips can you add to avoid becoming a hack obsessed blogger?
About the Author.
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise
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