I am a reluctant blogger, I tend to be someone that ‘reacts’ to others blogs. According to a ‘limited’ feedback I have been encouraged to start my own blog. I might regret this so I decided to provide as my first blog a piece of advise that I will try to avoid falling into, as typical sandtraps:
The Seven Deadly Sins of bloggers and aspiring thought leaders that we need reminding about.
Blogging in increasing isolation and not having enough people reading and reacting to what you are suggesting. Then getting increasingly strident to gain people’s attention forgetting that too much sensationalism does not hold the attention long and thoughtfulness rules the day.
Neglecting your knowledge source by not keeping it fresh enough is another common blogging sin. Forgetting your roots or true expertise and then ‘running ahead’ forgetting the contributions others provided to you to get you to this point.
Obstinacy — the refusal to consider alternate courses of action — is another common bloggers sin. Never wanting to admit you were too harsh, plainly wrong or could have done it differently.
By choosing to blog on one subject only, and remaining indifferent to the others, a blogger becomes guilty of favoritism and eventually not balancing this one area in the real world of multiple options and considerations.
The fifth bloggers sin, myopia, occurs when a blogger focuses too closely on the development of a single subject or preoccupation, simply just giving advice rather than focusing on building a sustainable practice. Anyone can create a single position to clarify personal vision. But lasting success can only be achieved as an ongoing development process.
Not including links between the different players and in so doing alienating sections of the community is the sixth bloggers sin. Even if they seem unrelated at first, linking them not only makes it easier for a growing understanding but moving a blogger from being just a purveyor of thoughts into someone that can lead and truly influence the community needs being fully alert and connected to the broad community..
Lastly, there’s shortsightedness, or not thinking far enough into the future to create a vision that links to why you are blogging in the first place. The beauty of the true ability to think is that you can delve into the future as far ahead as you like. How far ahead depends largely on what you want to achieve in your thought leadership or blogging.
Inspired by roadmapping deadly sins