Um…what? Yep, you heard me.
It’s not a typo. You’re not hallucinating.
You shouldn’t read blogs.
I know this is going to be a highly controversial post, especially because you are reading it on read to succeed blogs. You might even be a loyal follower of read to succeed and be totally confused by me telling you not to read it anymore (I’m not saying that by the way).
I guess I should explain. Oh, and at the end, I’ll pose a really tricky question for you. I wonder if you’ll have the answer.
Why shouldn’t I read blogs?
Okay so here’s something you might not know about me: I rarely read blogs. Some of my competitors and critics might think, “Yeah it shows buddy.” They might be right. Some of you might be thinking, “But you write about blogging? How can you not read blogs?” You might be right too.
So why don’t I read blogs?
Well, to be completely honest I do read some blogs. But even those blogs I give very limited attention to.
Why? The answer is simple. It’s a waste of time. I know what I’m doing with my projects I don’t need more information to distract me.
The hard truth of the matter is that 98% of blogs have pretty ordinary and recycled information.
And the 2% of blogs that are left we have some good ones and some brilliant ones.
Maybe 0.05% of blogs are brilliant. And within those select few blogs, only a handful of the posts are either applicable to me or well written.
Also, the purpose of the blog on this site is not only to educate the readers about the features like reading sources for CAT, daily reading for CAT, newspapers for CAT or novels for CAT but mainly to boost traffic by hyperlinking and density increase of relevant keywords. Basically SEO. So is the case with many other sites too.
For me, I realized I was doing it as a way to procrastinate from the work I should be focusing on like creating my own content, products and building my own web assets. I noticed that there was a lot less relevant content out there and there really was no reason for me to keep reading it.
When should you read blogs?
As always there is an exception or two to the rule. So when should you be reading blogs regularly? Here are some thoughts:
ü When you are searching for a solution
ü When you are out of ideas
ü When you are trying something new
ü When you are trying to develop a voice
If your reason to read a blog matches with any one of the above conditions then, you are good to go, no one is stopping you. Like for this blog, your reason might be searching for solutions to improve your reading ability for CAT or how to read newspapers for CAT, how to master verbal ability for CAT or what to read for CAT and other MBA exams.
The really tricky question
How do you know if your blog reading is procrastination or something genuinely useful? And how do you know when your decision to not read blogs is doing more harm than good?
Well, find it for yourself or wait for another post on this read to succeed blog section.