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  1. Nishadha
    March 7, 2012

    Thanks for this great article about blogging, I guess anyone how has blogged for a while has gone through the things you have mentioned above. Although I have seeing plenty of blog posts covering how to get through them this must be the first time I actually saw the reasons for these thoughts 🙂 .

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    • Andy Britnell
      March 8, 2012

      Thanks for coming back to the blog and leaving another comment – it’s gratifying to see some familiar faces 🙂

      I agree that sometimes people provide solutions to problems that you may think are irrelevant and we will not take action. However these issues can often be blind spots! Before you can start to manage an emotional or personal issue you first need to become self-aware. The more you explore yourself the more authentic you can be and the more you can realise your potential.

      And in my opinion that is how the best bloggers express themselves – they are self-aware, authentic and passionate and that is what comes through in their writing.

      I feel another blog post bubbling up!

      Thanks for the inspiration Nishadha

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  2. Harriet
    March 8, 2012

    This has been interesting to read. One of the main things that stops me from starting my own blog is probably fear of failure. I’m the kind of person who likes to finish a task and doesn’t like to do badly on it. Thanks for the advice its really useful.

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    • Andy Britnell
      May 9, 2012

      There’s a book called ‘Eat that Frog’ by Brian Tracy which encourages you to do the thing you don’t particularly like to do first. Once that’s out of the way everything else seems easy 🙂

      Remember too that done is better than perfect – that’s something I always keep in mind.

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  3. Steven
    March 11, 2012

    You are highlighting very valuable point here, especially about perfectionism. I usually spend countless hours creating perfect website but so far websites with best design performs worse than those who were built on free template without any graphics at all.
    Thanks Andy for pointing this out!

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    • Andy Britnell
      March 12, 2012

      Graphic design is very important to put across your brand. look professional and reflect your values. But as far as SEO or search engine optimisation goes it has no impact. It always baffles me that websites that come to the top of the search engines can be pretty uninspiring but they have put their effort into making sure it gets the visitors.

      Depending on the persons preference for making decisions the way a website looks may be of little importance. If the right content is there and they can take action (buy something or stay on the site and go deeper) that is all that matters. Maybe you should shift your perfectionism onto making sure your websites are optimised first and then create awesome graphics 🙂

      Or better still, keep creating great looking websites and get someone else to do the SEO for you. Help for very reasonable fees can be found on Fiverr, Elance and Odesk.

      Thanks for your comment Steven.

      Best wishes

      Andy

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      • Steven
        March 14, 2012

        Thanks for very informative answer!

        Have you had a great success using services from fiverr?
        I usually buy services from SEO forums, while prices are higher my expectations are higher as well. I can’t believe that people can deliver quality services for so low price.

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      • Andy Britnell
        March 14, 2012

        It’s a pleasure Steven

        Yes we have actually – probably more success than from Elance. It’s a bit of a minefield but you soon get used to who is a good person. It’s probably easier on Fiverr because of the feedback mechanism. You check how many jobs they have done, what percentage of positive feedback they have had etc. and make your choice. We found a great graphic designer who took our graphics and produced a cover for 2 E-Books, a 3D cover for an information product and graphics for a sales page which cost us $20 dollars and they were each turned around in 24 hours. Very professional.

        So for the price of a pint of beer ($5 in the UK) you get a lot of value.

        The reason they are such low prices is that they are experts and can do what we might take hours to do in a few minutes. It’s a bit scary at first but worth getting over the fear and trying it out. The only question you need to ask is can you afford to lose $5?

        One word of warning – some of them will use black hat SEO techniques so tread carefully.

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  4. Liz
    March 12, 2012

    Resistance is a big one, because it can manifest as all kinds of reasons you make to yourself which lead you to procrastination. But I find that recognising that resistance is actually there is one way to ‘take the edge’ off it.

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    • Andy Britnell
      March 12, 2012

      Hi Liz

      Size isn’t everything but, as you quite perfectly point out, awareness is!

      Without it we can’t take responsibility for the problem and take action to resolve it.

      Thanks for leaving a comment

      Andy

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  5. Wayne
    March 16, 2012

    I think everyone, and not just bloggers, would benefit from motivational videos/recordings to help their self enhancement if they played them constantly.

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    • Andy Britnell
      March 16, 2012

      I think you are bang on there Wayne. I also think that hypnosis is really helpful too (although watching motivational videos sends you into a type of trance too). There’s some great MP3 downloads on the Hypnosis Downloads site. I use their scripts for my clients and they get great results.

      Thanks for the comment

      Best wishes

      Andy

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  6. Becca
    March 17, 2012

    I like what you quote “no failure only feedback” which is true. We would learn from feedback and
    it motivate us to do better next time. great post!

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  7. Jason Davis
    March 19, 2012

    Great list.There are a lot of incredibly good blogs on the internet about personal development.
    Lots of very smart people sharing their best advice freely, we are lucky to be in a time where you have so much information so easily accessible.

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    • Andy Britnell
      March 22, 2012

      Thanks for the feedback Jason

      Yes it’s great that people are willing to share their knowledge. Searching the net has saved me time, money and sanity many times 🙂

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  8. Becca
    March 20, 2012

    Thank you very much for sharing this one. I like your motive here to helping people
    to grow and learn.And i learn a lot on your post, great job.

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  9. Charmaine
    March 22, 2012

    Personal blogs are a good way to earn a lot of money, provided the person writing that has a lot of contacts, and people check out his blogs every now and then. Or, the content is very nice so that a lot of unknown people also visit the blog.

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    • Andy Britnell
      March 22, 2012

      Very true Charmaine although you do have to have developed some useful attitudes, beliefs and emotional intelligence if you are going to make it too. It’s about having a good process and a strong mind-set. The cart wont move if the horse isn’t their!

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  10. Avatar
    March 22, 2012

    Hi! :)Great article!!! Personal development affects your blog. Its just like painting; the ideas will naturally come out depends on the feeling of the painter. So the more you’re motivated the more the great output will be.
    All the best,
    Avatar

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    • Andy Britnell
      May 9, 2012

      Too true Avatar

      Our state always affects our actions and therefore our results. Often it’s the negative dialogue in our minds and the disaster movies we play in our head that prevent us from moving forward.

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  11. Jeane
    March 22, 2012

    That was really gold mine article. Strategics for blogging specially creativity in presenting one’s topic is very crucial. But before anything self development just like what you’ve said plays a crucial role. Great insights in here.

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    • Andy Britnell
      May 9, 2012

      Thanks Jeane – personal development and growth can be a challenging journey but you always find gold!

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  12. Pete Goumas
    March 25, 2012

    Hi Andy,
    Personal development is very important factor to do good blogging. Feeling of fear is a reason of many blog’s failure.You have shared good development tips.Thanks

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    • Andy Britnell
      April 27, 2012

      Hi Pete

      Thanks for passing by my blog and leaving a comment. Fear of failure is certainly a big negative belief for many people and strangely enough so is fear of success! Old ingrained conditioning from parents, teachers and life experience.

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  13. waterpearls
    March 25, 2012

    Hi Andy,
    Personal development is essential to live a valuble life.It is not only stick to bloggers and it is good to know that your passion is to educate others for personal development.Thanks for useful tips.

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    • Andy Britnell
      April 27, 2012

      Thanks – I am grateful that I understand my purpose in life – it’s only taken 50 years to figure out!

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  14. Becca
    March 29, 2012

    Blogging has showed me that there are many other things worth learning and doing. Also when I start blogging I realized how big the online world is and how many opportunities it can offer.

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    • Andy Britnell
      April 27, 2012

      Hi Again Becca – I agree. WIth the internet the possibilities are endless!

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  15. balu
    March 30, 2012

    Excellent 5 Tips on blogging and Personal development, creating personal blogs are easy but to you have to write unique articles to keep your blog healthy, once you have unique articles followers will automatically increase.

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    • Andy Britnell
      April 3, 2012

      If they are not unique and you just scrape other people’s content Google will punish you for it – the new search bots now check for duplicate content. Unique articles are the best option.

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  16. Brevguld
    April 2, 2012

    I want to start my own blog and I really found this article really helpful. Thanks

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    • Andy Britnell
      April 3, 2012

      No time like the present – done is better than perfect!

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  17. Jeff
    April 2, 2012

    This post really spoke to me! I am always wanting to have the perfect blog, the perfect site, and I can sit on a post and project for a long time waiting for everything to be just right. I think I’m going to try and work under the Facebook saying “Done is better than perfect”. Thanks for sharing this.

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    • Andy Britnell
      April 3, 2012

      Hi Jeff

      Thanks for leaving a couple of great comments. Speed of implementation is crucial on the web. You never know when the rules are going to change and sink your strategy! Plus the more you write the better you get. Use a bit of tough love to keep yourself on track.

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  18. Elena Anne
    April 8, 2012

    For me I think blogging is a personal developer. I love what I write about and I see more of who I am through my posts. I even like to develop others with comments and such.

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    • Andy Britnell
      April 11, 2012

      Love your blog Elena and yes you’re right. Not only does it develop the person who blogs, there is also fulfilment in knowing you’re helping others to grow too.

      Thanks for your insightful comment.

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  19. fernando
    April 11, 2012

    brilliant 5 Tips on blogging and Personal development, creating personal blogs are easy but great consistent content wins everytime, your followers will automatically increase.

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    • Andy Britnell
      April 23, 2012

      Thanks Fernando – couldn’t agree more with your comment about content. With the new release of the Google algorithm, which is the complex system that gives your blog its ranking, original content and organic linking is going to become even more important.

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  20. Judy Heminsley
    April 12, 2012

    On the subject of perfectionism, I’ve noticed time and time again that when I rack my brains for the ‘perfect’ blog post and the perfect way of expressing it, I invariably get much less interest and comment than when I feel I’ve dashed something off quickly. It must be something to do with being authentic and not trying too hard 🙂

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  21. Rinky
    May 29, 2012

    I believe that blogging helps in personal development and well these are very good points mentioned for blogging and personal development. Never fear of failure and the fact about what people thinks.

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  22. Sharon Thomas
    June 13, 2012

    You have done a good job by comparing personal development with blogging. The points that you have mentioned is too good. I think blogging should be done in a simple way. The plus and minus should be mentioned while commenting. This quality would make you a better Blogger.

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  23. Alex
    August 2, 2012

    Nice advice. I like how you comparing personal development with blogging 😀

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  24. Trent
    November 20, 2012

    Negative internal monologues can crush even the most powerful spirit sometimes! We can often be our own worst enemies, can’t we?

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    • Andy Britnell
      November 22, 2012

      That’s for sure Trent – thanks for popping by and commenting. Always good to see new faces here.

      Reply

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