I was higher than a weed-man for about 24 hours. On my own version of cloud nine.
I don’t mean that kind of getting high. What I mean is after being recognized as a top 100 blogger, I got high on the praise and attention.
After all, 1 year before it happened I already planned to get featured in a top 100 award, so It felt good achieving my materialistic goal.
Fast forward to 2018, here are the Truths I’ve learned about being a recognized top 100 blogger.
Truths that might surprise you, if you’re new and trying to do the same thing.
The Truth About Being A Top 100 Blogger:
1. My traffic didn’t EXPLODE overnight
When you’re new and naive, you assume you’ll get lucky enough to become “an overnight success” by winning an award or 2.
But that doesn’t mean shit.
The Top 100 personal development awards are packed with some of the most famous people online.
- Tim Ferris.
- Steve Pavlina.
- Marie Forleo.
And other sites and people you’ll notice.
So being featured in any of these awards is gratifying and fills you with gratitude.
They could have chosen someone else after all (besides myself).
But my traffic didn’t change much.
It makes sense. Since I’m only 1 of 100 people someone is likely to check out.
Not to mention the majority of attention is centered around the comments section (when it comes to award posts online).
So if you’re expecting a big change just because you’ve been featured in a top 100 award, you might be disappointed.
2. My bank account didn’t get any fatter
I’ve been featured in so many awards for personal development, it’s only right those bastards pay me for it!
Obviously I’m being sarcastic.
But it’s easy to believe that when you’re new and naive with dreams so big, you end up throwing logic out the window.
Getting featured in so many personal development awards feels better than a massage (or maybe not). But it doesn’t guarantee you’ll get rich or famous like all the other internet celebrities you’ve misjudged without context.
3. I’m not anymore entitled than you are
Amazon is a big deal these days In the toys, video games and music categories of business.
They started out small. Selling books and that’s it.
And then they took on giants like Toys R Us, ITunes and video game retailers. By selling the same products.
What’s this got to do with being entitled? Everything!
Just because I’ve been featured in top 100 blogger awards, doesn’t mean you can’t either. And it doesn’t mean I deserve it more than you do.
I’m not anymore superior than you, just because a bunch of people think I deserve to be featured.
Yes I’ve put in the work and committed myself, so it was bound to happen sooner or later.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to be featured in a top 100 award yourself.
Put in the work and commit yourself to blogging. And if you have something good to say, then you’ll get your chance.
It’s a mistake to think you’re inferior just because nobody knows or gives a F about you yet.
4. Being Featured isn’t enough by itself
Here’s what some of us think about life:
- You either run into lady luck and she grants your wishes.
- Or you do ONE big thing and everything blows up from there (when it comes to success).
Getting featured is a BIG deal. Because it means you’re getting recognized and momentum is starting to build for your blog.
But here’s the thing: getting featured is ONLY one piece to the puzzle.
It doesn’t give me anymore freedom or entitlement to sit around, kick back and abandon my blog as if everything else will work itself out. Just because a few awards I’ve won.
But that’s literally the mindset of some writers who jump into blogging.
In fact it’s the mindset of most who are new to an industry, a business or career.
But that doesn’t mean your work is done. Being featured is one thing, but if you’re not consistent then it’s really all for nothing in the end.
Without consistency, none of it means shit. No different to how winning your first boxing match doesn’t mean you’re the best boxer in the world.
5. Awards aren’t everything
The first award I got was more of a fun challenge for me. I wanted to see if I could pull it off, then I forgot about my goal and got to work.
Only for things to turn out the way I expected it to.
But in general, chasing awards is a dangerous game.
It’s no different to keeping up with the Joneses. Eventually you’ll lose sight of why you started blogging in the first place, or why you’re even running a blog at all.
Plus awards aren’t everything. They have a tendency to be bias and politically correct a lot of the time, which is why it’s dumb to chase awards for the sake of ego.
I’m grateful for it, but not at the expense of my own self-esteem or desire to make myself feel “more important” than the next guy or girl.
You should keep that in mind.
Blogging awards should be used as stepping-stones
It helps you along the way, and gives people more trust in what it is you do.
And as long as you don’t get lost in the hype of “being recognized”, you’ll do just fine.
That’s the point of this post.