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Blogging: Know Your Skill Level

blogging skill level and blogging criticismI blow some minds. Bloggers have no idea how I create 8 or more posts daily, between guest posts and posting to my blog. Newbies have no idea how I do it. Of course. New bloggers have a low blogging skill level because new bloggers have no real practice under their belt.

If you are new to blogging, you only have only had a short period of time to practice, to create and to connect. How can you be skilled?

Building skills takes time and practice.

Know Your Blogging Skill Level

New bloggers often feel entirely confused or outright deflated. Imagine publishing one post weekly. Awesome. But I publish 10 posts daily. Between my blog and guest posts. How do you compete with me? You don't! Nor should you compete with me or anybody. New bloggers need to take the new blogger path. Slowly learn, practice and improve your blogging skill level. I took the same path. Every new blogger takes the same path. I create 10 posts daily now after 10,000 plus hours of blogging practice. But ‘newbie blogger me' had only a few hundred hours of practice because I was….new. Right?

Honestly assess your blogging skill level. Where are you at now? Never hold yourself up to insanely unrealistic standards. New or struggling bloggers compare themselves to established pros. Relax. Pump your blogging brakes. No way you are up to their level yet because you have not prepared yourself with thousands upon thousands of hours of blogging practice. Put in the work. Put in the time. Eventually, your success expands as you improve your blogging skill level over years. But you need to know your skill level now to avoid the comparison curse.

Comparison Curse

Imagine being new to blogging. Coming across a pro blogger's blog, you stare in awe at their 4,000 word, SEO-optimized post. You can NEVER do that. Of course you cannot do it! You are new. No new blogger publishes a 4,000 word long, SEO-optimized post, because you have no skills or blogging knowledge yet to do so.

Good things take time and energy and practice. Take your time. Be realistic. Ground yourself. Never, ever compare yourself with successful, pro bloggers because doing so deflates you. You want to quit. Because pros seem light years ahead of you. Guess what? Pros ARE light years ahead of you. Pros should be, because pros boast serious blogging skills. Pros have thousands of hours of blogging practice. You don't. Respect your skill set. Respect specifically where you are at now. Know that you are at the perfect place, at the perfect time.

Perfect Place Perfect Time

I always remind myself that I am at the perfect place, at the perfect time. You are exactly where you need to be where you're at right now. Learn lessons you need to learn. Relax. Own your current level of expertise. Guys; it takes thousands and thousands of blogging hours to blog like I blog. Sometimes this journey feels scary. Other times the blogging journey feels super uncomfortable. See the journey through.

Accept your current blogging skill level. Stop resisting where you are at. Calm down. You absolutely need to be where you are now to face your fears, to learn lessons and to grow more quickly. Even super successful bloggers need to be right here and right now for your next stage of blogging growth.

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Thanks, again, to Ryan Biddulph for this article encouraging us to enjoy and accept our current blogging skill level.

Joy Healey - February 29, 2020

Thanks for another article Ryan.

Haha – yes you DO rather blow my mind with the number of articles I know you write. My own blogging skill level is beyond newbie (certainly in years online) but well below pro-blogging.

I remember a couple of years ago I happened to look at my first ever blog post, that I had been so proud of at the time I published it. Looking back it was dire. So I just souped it up a bit 🙂

Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Tamil - March 4, 2020

This blog is really interesting about how to target audience for your blog and creating traffic for your site will help to create a reputation using guest post or guest blogs.
Thanking you

Barb - March 7, 2020

I love this post! It’s time someone reset the expectations of bloggers and have them realize what’s involved in successful blogging. Thank you!

    Joy Healey - March 7, 2020

    Hi Barb,

    Isn’t it just 🙂

    So many people talk about blogging as if you’ll get instant success, when in reality it’s a long hard slog.
    But a great prize at the end for those who will put in the hours.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

    Ryan Biddulph - March 13, 2020

    Barb, thanks much for reading.

Kathryn - March 8, 2020

Hi Joy and Ryan.
Enjoy and accept our current blogging skill level. Good article.
Becoming a PRO Blogger such as Ryan Biddulph takes many many hours of learning the craft. Relax and enjoy where you are now without comparing yourself to someone who has much more experience than you do right now. Anyone who becomes an expert in any field puts in long hours of learning. Blogging is no exception.

    Joy Healey - March 10, 2020

    Hi Kathryn,

    Thanks for visiting. Yes, it’s taken me a long time to even realise just what a long-term project successful blogging is.
    I’m better than many, but nowhere as good as many others – LOL
    All I can do is keep practising my blogging skills and growing.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

    Ryan Biddulph - March 13, 2020

    Well said Kathryn. Thanks much for reading and sharing.

Hanuman - March 15, 2020

Hey joy your thoughts on blogging inspired me a lot . Thanks for the sharing such good information about your readers like me . I m a newbie and it helps me a lot.

    Joy Healey - March 15, 2020

    Hi Hanuman,

    Glad you learned from my post.
    However, your email address suggests you already know a few tricks of the trade LOL

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Mary Borse - April 3, 2020

Hi Joy, it’s my first time here. Wow, you really are very prolific! I used to have the Comparison Curse with so many other on-line marketers. It’s easy to get frustrated, but NO ONE is an overnight success at anything! I love to say my overnight success took me 20 years to get here! You are right about being consistent with your efforts, and to FOCUS! Stay the course and you will be successful.
Great post!

    Joy Healey - April 3, 2020

    Hi Mary,

    Welcome to my blog, and thanks for your kind words, but the credit for that particular article is due to Ryan Biddulph of

  • BloggingFromParadise.com
  • – now he really is prolific!

    Yes, I’m still en-route to my 20 years success journey – in one way it’s good that you admit how long it takes, in another way I think ‘Gee, long way to go still’. Focus isn’t one of my better traits, but I make up for it in consistency and stubbornness.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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