Did you know my greatest blogging success was trashing 3400 blog posts?
I even wrote an eBook on the topic here.
This idea of release terrified most bloggers I mentioned my blogging dump to; many said I should scramble to retain as many blog posts as possible.
But how can you grow if you do not let go?
I had to delete the 3400 posts, an old blog and brand to become the blogging dynamo I am today.
The 3000 plus posts felt like an anchor, or yolk, holding me back. I trashed the posts and blog to sprint forward, diving into Blogging From Paradise.
Even though it may feel scary almost all of your greatest blogging success lies in letting go.
Note; most bloggers do a horrible job letting go old, worn out and tired elements of their blogging campaigns. That’s why I wrote the eBook for you; all blogging struggles, failure and misery results from a fear of letting go. I see bloggers refusing to migrate from a free host to wordpress dot org then wonder why they fail horribly for years. If they simply let go of their free blog and a wee bit of money each month to buy premium hosting, many of their problems would vanish instantly.
Peep these 3 success-promoting releases.
1: Trim Your Email List
Some bloggers foolishly worship numbers.
Other bloggers understand how human beings – not numbers – build successful blogging businesses.
The money is not in the list. The money is in genuine human connections.
I deleted 70% of my email list 3 weeks ago. 2 weeks ago I removed opt in forms from my blog.
List building felt heavy to me; like a drag. I had to let it go, to grow in other areas.
I had a small list to begin with and became a successful blogger who circles the globe. I am in my reader’s hearts, they will follow my blog without getting email notifications.
Wanna see how terribly attached you are to your email list? Delete 1 inactive subscriber. Feel the pain. Imagine deleting 70% of your email list? You may feel pain but also know; inactive subscribers are numbers. Numbers cannot do anything. Delete numbers to release your blogging yolk, or burden, catapulting you forward.
2: Pare Down Your Sidebar
Some blog sidebars look like telephone poles in busy traffic intersections, plastered with 20 ads, garishly goading readers to vomit out of disgust.
Streamline your blog sidebar. Release everything save the essentials.
I post a banner for my Amazon eBooks, a banner for my iTunes audio books and a simple little bio image and text snippet. Clean. Clear.
Avoid stuffing your sidebar with a litany of tacky or cheesy advertisements, non-essential banners and anything not 100% aligned with your blogging niche.
Leave the essentials. Surrender all else.
3: Let Go Worn Out Business Relationships
I have taken on clients or entered into business agreements I outgrew.
This is natural; as you grow as a human being and blogger you won’t do the same stuff you did as a newbie or struggling veteran.
I recall agreeing to write articles for $5 per article. I eventually let go this pittance of a fee because I improved my writing skills. I stopped writing articles for $30 not long after, raising my rates again.
These days I write for a higher fee because I had to release worn out business relationships I’d outgrown to keep growing as a person and blogger.
I increased both my course prices and coaching services 10 fold a while back. I sold more courses and signed up more clients at the higher price. Why? Letting go precedes growth. I emitted a prospering, successful, abundant vibe by improving my skills and charging a healthy fee. My customers and clients agreed with my abundant vibe and bought my stuff or hired me.
How can you let go to aid your blog?
Are you clinging to anything like email subscribers or worn out business partnerships?