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Are You Holding Yourself Back?

It’s been a while since I’ve indulged myself with a good rant.

But this one has been building steam.

It seems like lately I’ve been seeing certain mistakes being made by travel writers and bloggers that are clearly negatively impacting them, but they don’t realize it.

Some make me want to reach through my monitor and grab them by the shoulders, shake them and say “don’t you see what you’re doing??“.

Unfortunately, were it even possible, I doubt that it would go over well. After all, no one wants to be told “you’re getting in your own way“!

But I get numerous emails from writers asking my advice – ranging from “why do I keep getting rejection letters” to “why can’t I get more traffic to my website” and everything in between. When I take a look at their websites, the answer is obvious to me, but not to them.

Sometimes people don’t realize that they just may be their own biggest obstacle to success.

If you recognize yourself in this post, keep an open mind.

We all develop blinders when it comes to our own behavior, and sometimes we need someone else – who is objective (and that means NOT your mom) – to tell us what we’re doing wrong.

SO here goes…….in no particular order, here at the three biggest obstacles I’ve recently seen a fair number of writers tripping over:

1. General writing obstacles

If you’re just writing or blogging for yourself as a personal project, no one really cares how good or bad your writing is. But if you’re hoping to earn a living as a writer or blogger, you must pay attention to this:

2. Obstacles to getting your articles accepted

Are you getting a lot of rejections? Or worse, are your queries or submissions being ignored? If the problem is clearly not your general writing skills (see problem #1), then consider this:

3. Social networking obstacles

Are your social networking efforts not reaping the benefits you’d hoped for? Do you seem to attract followers or friends that don’t seem relevant and don’t turn into visitors to your blog?

If you don’t recognize yourself in this post, pat yourself on the back and give yourself a hug from me. If you do, keep an open mind and realize that this is for your own good.


Do you spot mistakes that others make? Share your advice!