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Definitive List of Habits of Effective Bloggers, and Me

June 3rd, 2006 · 1 Comment

I know this is finished now but this is a great roundup of what come up most often during the Problogger Habits of Effective Bloggers discussion. A huge list of how often successfull bloggers do certain things has been compiled by www.retrospector.com:
# Habit # and % of Submissions (out of 80)
1 Post often/regular schedule 44 55% %
2 Build a community/comment/respond/know readers 38 48%
3 Read other blogs/research/newspapers/etc. 32 40%
4 Be original/creative, add value 28 35%
5 Relevant content/Find niche 26 33%
6 Enjoy it/do what’s fun/passionate 23 29%
7 Good quality communicator/writer 21 26%
8 Have a purpose/goals, track milestones 18 23%
9 Persistence/longevity/patience 18 23%
10 Carry a Notebook/store ideas & drafts for later 16 20%
11 Learn new things/adapt/change 16 20%
12 Link to others/give credit/trackbacks 16 20%
13 Marketing/drive traffic/link to self 16 20%
14 Show personality 16 20%
15 Be honest 15 19%
16 Artistic/use imagery/aesthetics/various post types 13 16%
17 Stay healthy/balanced, get out 13 16%
18 SEO techniques/keywords/layout/domain/url 11 14%
19 Experiment/take risks 10 13%
20 Have energy/inspiration/good attitude 9 11%
21 Have a routine/daily plan 8 10%
22 Mentor others/share knowledge 8 10%
23 Read ProBlogger 8 10%
24 Credibility 7 9%
25 Respect readers 7 9%
26 Have confidence 6 8%
27 Monetize/Have business plan 6 8%
28 Proofread 6 8%
29 Use technology well 5 6%
30 Disagree with topics 4 5%
31 Humility 4 5%
32 Be willing to expose yourself to everyone 3 4%
33 Get help/share tasks 3 4%
34 Having peace with no interruptions 3 4%
35 Moderate comments/avoid bad content 3 4%
36 Learn from mistakes 2 3%
37 Pay attention/be observant 2 3%
38 Prioritize 2 3%
39 Ask questions 1 1%
40 Don’t do drugs 1 1%
41 Drink caffeine 1 1%
42 Have loyalty 1 1%
43 Intuitiveness 1 1%
44 Know strengths 1 1%
45 Know when to stop blogging 1 1%
46 Practical 1 1%
47 Read 7 habits of highly effective people 1 1%
48 Reward yourself 1 1%
49 Take regular breaks 1 1%
50 Translate to other language 1 1%

Robert just sent me an email telling me about a post that he’s written summing up the ‘Habits of Effective Bloggers’ group writing project that we did last week.

In it he’s collated the Habits suggested by the 80 participants and has come up with a list of 50 habits. Each one has been given a percentage rating to show how many of us mentioned it. So for example ‘posting regularly’ came in as the most popular habit with 55% but ‘drink caffeine’ was only a 1% habit (ironically so too was ‘don’t do drugs’).

Lets take a look at the top 10 and see how it applies to CR:

1 Post often/regular schedule 44 55%

Tick, CR posts 5 to 12 articles a day. Either on the hour or on a busy day the half hour.

2 Build a community/comment/respond/know readers 38 48%

Half-tick, I answer comments on my blog but that is about it. I don’t get involved in other sites. I know I should but it is an effort/time/gain equation.

3 Read other blogs/research/newspapers/etc. 32 40%

Tick. I read a lot of different sites daily which is where 80 percent of my content on CR comes from.

4 Be original/creative, add value 28 35%

Small-tick. I

5 Relevant content/Find niche 26 33%

Cross. CR is scattergun blogging, I have reoccuring themes but that is all. As this site reflects my interests it tends to be as wide as those interests – and that is pretty wide. I’ve made http://www.coffeecritters.org as a niche blog with its focas on writing and books.

6 Enjoy it/do what’s fun/passionate 23 29%

Tick. I enjoy writing online and I’ve learned a lot from it. If I didn’t enjoy it so much I’d have stopped.

7 Good quality communicator/writer 21 26%

Tick. Hopefully …

8 Have a purpose/goals, track milestones 18 23%

Cross. No, I try not to watch reader stats too closely.

9 Persistence/longevity/patience 18 23%

Tick. CR is a pretty old blog, not that many* that are still going now are older. *Define that how you will.

10 Carry a Notebook/store ideas & drafts for later 16 20%

Tick. With a caveat. If I could I’d take my PowerBook everywhere but the battery only lasts 1.5 hours so it’s pointless. I’ve about 6 notebooks with random jottings in and I never know which notebook I’ll have on me at the time. Utterly disorgansied in the notebook stakes and it is something I’m going to address.

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