Robin Sharma is one of my absolute favourite authors in the world. I could read and reread his books over and over again and never get tired of them. Someday I would love to be able to meet him in person. #lifegoals
I started reading The Leader Who Had No Title and the book mentions that it takes about 10,000 hours to become a master at a skill. That roughly translates to between 9-10 years. Think about that for a moment.
In order to become a master at your profession or your passion, you need to be consistently doing it and learning it for 10 years. With this in mind, I still have about 4 years before I become a master at blogging.
I want to talk about ways that we can start to bring that mastery into our blogging before our 10-year mark.
WHAT IT MEANS TO TRULY MASTER A SKILL
Mastering a skill will mean different things to different people. We all have different standards that we live by and the same goes for becoming a master in your niche. For the purpose of this blog, we are going to go by what my standards are for mastering your blogging niche.
The standards of blog mastery include:
Using your knowledge in a creative and unique way.
Being able to break down your topic using your voice.
Knowing the ins and outs of your blogging niche.
When asked a question, you will know the answer without having to look it up.
You know it without preparing.
You can write in a language that your ideal reader understands.
I believe that learning your niche in and out is the only way for you to improve your blogging. I do not believe that you need to be the best in order to become a master. I also believe that there will always be someone better than you that you will need to learn from. This is a great way to always expand your knowledge and continue on the path of mastery.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU ARE A MASTER?
I love this quote by Jeff Goins,
If you want to be a pro, you’re going to have to break this terrible amateur habit of looking at what people have without paying attention to what they did to get it. Chasing the results without understanding the process will lead to short-lived success, if not outright failure.
Knowing you are a master doesn’t mean that you become cocky at what you do. It means that you have the knowledge and skillset to confidently write about your blogging niche.
The most common signs of knowing you are a master in your niche are…
You are fluent in what you are talking about.
You are efficient in showing the world what you know.
You can talk about your niche without any preparation.
7 WAYS TO BECOME A BLOGGING MASTER NOW
There are ways that you can begin to look and feel like a master at your specific blogging niche now. These will help you to begin the transition to fully master your blog.
1| Show up for yourself consistently even when you don’t want to. This one can be hard because let’s face it, you are not going to always want to show up and do the work. You will have to write when you don’t want to. It doesn’t mean that you have to publish right away but by showing up and writing every day, you are training yourself that you don’t need to wait for inspiration to hit. But when it does, use it to your advantage.
2| Learn to love the process. You will not become a pro blogger overnight. It just won’t happen because blogging is a long-term commitment. It isn’t something that you can start and then be done with quickly and get fast results. Yes, it can happen but that isn't the norm.
You need to give it time and you need to nurture it. By learning to love the process, you will learn how to enjoy the moments of turmoil and the moments of struggle. You will realize that it is in those moments that you are learning the most.
3| Be clear on your why. You need to know your why in order to truly become a master at your blog. Why are you blogging about the niche that you picked? Dig deep because your why is what is going to keep you moving forward when all you want to do is throw in the towel. You chose your niche for a reason. You have a specific skill set that allows you to combine your why and your niche.
4| Learn something new every week when it comes to your specific niche. Learning is a never-ending process and to continue to get better and improve your blogging, you need to learn new skills. These skills can be a set of subskills that will help with your blogging. These skills can be courses that you take or coaches that you hire. Learn to master the other parts of the blogging process like graphics creation or certain social media platforms. Never stop learning because the second that you do, you throw away the chance at mastering your blog.
5| Show up for your audience consistently. The first tip talked about showing up for yourself. This tip is all about showing up for your audience. Your readers are following you and reading your blog because they like you, not because you are the only one there is. You brought them in by showing them who you are. Readers will read a blog because they love the personality of the writer. Show up for them. Post on the days that you have planned to post. Show up on your social media. Respond to them when they comment on your blog or on your social media posts. This shows that you actually care that they are there.
6| Learn who you are and what your purpose is. This will help to bring your focus in on what it is that you are writing about and how you are writing on your blog. You need to be true to who you are or there is no point in trying to master your blog. If you don’t know your purpose, you will quit when things get tough.
7| Throw away the idea of shortcuts. In order to truly become a master, there are no shortcuts. You need to take the time and learn what there is to know about your specific niche and all the aspects that blogging takes. It isn’t only about your niche. Blogging comes down to learning about your audience, learning SEO, learning how to create a website and many other pieces.
Becoming a master in your blog may take time but it is fully worth the effort. You will be able to create a bigger impact and fall in love with the work that you do.
If you are looking to get help with your current blog, I have 3 coaching spots opening up in January. Let me help you become the blogging master that you want to be.