Blogging Tips A-Z: L for Learning Curve

“A steep learning curve is when you have tons to learn and you need to get it it figured out soon, and that’s not easy for anyone I’ve ever met. And that is, in my experience, very much what a new blogger faces.”
Sonia Simone, Copyblogger

That’s a comment Sonia left on my post The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers in which I wrote the fourth habit of effective bloggers is continued learning and getting over the learning curve.

There was some controversy in the comments about what I described as a “steep learning curve”:

“4. Effective bloggers are lifelong learners

If you’re new to blogging, you’re probably on a steep learning curve at the moment.

Maybe you tell yourself that things will get better when you’ve been doing it longer. There won’t be so much to learn. You’ll have systems in place soon and everything will run smoothly.

Sadly, this is a myth. I’ve been using and designing for the Internet for about 15 years, and it keeps changing. Just when you’ve got one element sorted out, something new gets released. Or becomes obsolete. Or mutates in 20 different directions.

If you want to stay ahead in blogging, you have to keep learning.

Fortunately, being curious and wanting to learn keeps you young and your brain active. A love of learning doesn’t just set you up for a successful blog, but for a successful and happy life.”

Whatever existing knowledge you do or don’t currently possess, one thing is inevitable when it comes to effective blogging: you will reach plateaus that you feel you won’t be able to get over but you can.

The way to get over those humps and through those plateaus is to keep blogging, keep learning and keep applying new techniques that work for you.

Have you got over any blogging learning humps lately? I just bought my first mobile phone (true!) so I can use Instagram so I’m learning about that and iPhones now.

Need more blogging help? Check out my workbook and audio book Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps.