Somtimes a little competition is a good thing. A few months ago when I shifted my focus to mostly hyper-local articles, I started generating a lot more points. I got into all the habits that generate lots of blog activity and made the viewing public take notice of my blog. However, I noticed something else. Other bloggers took notice of my blog. In particular, the people ahead of me on the California leaderboard.
What I noticed is that people who were not posting regularly, commenting all the time, and "working the mojo" to rack up points suddenly decided they had to get back in the game. I've even noticed a couple of folks trying to catch up. The Activerain leaderboard for the top 100 members has really gotten lively lately. In fact, trying to crack the Top 50 has been a challenge was the few people who are in front of me have really gotten back into bloggin . So, this makes me wonder if a little friendly competition is a good thing? It also makes me wonder "Why are they working up the leader board?
Are you inspired to work harder at blogging because someone gets more points than you do? I'm motivated by building my collection of articles and branching out into video blogging and other areas. My motivation is leads and business activity. But I have to admit that when I see those ahead of me on the leaderboard, I'm motivated to work just a little harder. You see, I have a goal to hit the Top 50 in California. Why? Because I'll get Page 1 exposure through Activerain. There's a little prestige in that and it might help me get a little more web traffic. After all, that's what it's all about. So, while success is it's own reward, being higher on the list is a nice "bonus".
So, if it's not about the points and it is about the success, then how about this - Do the top bloggers inspire success in those that aspire to be top bloggers?
I aspire to write more quality, hyper-local content to build my portfolio of articles because doing so moves me up the ranks. There's an old saying, success breeds succes. As those at the top continue to succeed on Activerain, they hopefully inspire those working their way up the leaderboard to succeed as well.
Are you inspired by the leaders? Do you work hard to move up the ranks? Why?