Since it was so fun sharing Blogging Truths Be Told: 10 Pieces of Blogging Advice last week, I couldn’t resist the urge to come back today with some MORE.
Again, I just want to drop some food for thought when it comes to living this blogging life. Look at these lesson morsels as the essential nourishment needed to help you sustain a healthy and lengthy blogging existence.
So, here’s your plate of blogging nutrients for this go-around. Let the listicle begin . . .
- When you start out on your blogging journey, write what you enjoy writing about — I mean ALL THE THINGS. But as you gain some traction with an audience, figure out what they tend to gravitate toward (out of all the topics you enjoy writing about), and then do more of THAT type of blogging. It’s what we all know as niching down, my friend.
- Don’t lose sight of your primary focus in blogging. And I’m fully aware that there’s more to blogging than just the writing. But remember: all the “extra” stuff (while it may be important to the growth of your blog) is not the priority in your blogging life. The PRIORITY is the CONTENT. (If you don’t have written blog posts, you don’t have a blog.) So, do everything you can to make your blogging content STELLAR – PRIORITY #1.
- Don’t be afraid to be REAL with your readers. Human beings like to connect with one another on a raw level, you know? We’re not robots. We have feelings and emotions, go through highs and lows, and have periods of doubt and moments of success. We are human. Write about your human experiences in your blogging journey. Believe me, others can be blessed by the messages that come forth from your life lessons.
- Look at blogging as a privilege that you’ve been given the opportunity to utilize. Just think: you’re able to influence another human being with the words on your blogging page — people you may never get to meet face-to-face in your lifetime. So, be grateful for such a blessed opportunity that’s been granted to you and be responsible with it. Chose gooddoing with your blogging messages, not wrongdoing.
- Family support in your blogging efforts is important. You need your household on board with your blogging. In order to grow your blog and sustain your blog, you have to put time into your blog. And, your family needs to know that and be willing to give you the time and space to be present there. If you don’t have the household support you need from those closest to you, blogging progress is bound to be thwarted or halted altogether.
- Create a realistic blogging schedule that you can stick to. There will be times that you won’t hit a deadline on your schedule, because LIFE HAPPENS. But don’t make the detours a routine occurrence. Schedules are meant to keep you on track with the items of the day that are priority. Make writing for your blog a priority on the days its a priority and schedule time to carry it out on those particular days. Stick to the plan as best you can. And if you have momentary periods that you get derailed, get back on track just as soon as possible and keep it movin’. (I included scheduling your content in the last list too, but this more detailed discussion puts a little meat to the other one’s bones.)
- Aim to take care of your whole self. Now, I’ve been negligent in doing this very thing in order to grow my blog, but I’ve learned by trial and error that I’m important, too. REMEMBER: the blog a very important part of your life, but it’s not replacing your life. You can’t blog if you’re not around. So, take of YOU — your mind, body, and spirit. Take care of ALL OF YOU. You have to make YOU a priority over your blogging.
- Set goals. Set goals. SET GOALS! You’ve got to reach for something in your blogging career or you’ll stay stuck. You’ll be stagnant. Always strive for a goal to accomplish in your blogging and go after it. Such forward-thinking action will keep you in a mode of progressive movement.
- Blogging can help you uncover other creative skills sets you may possess or would like to possess. Has blogging opened up other creative avenues for you to travel along? I know it’s led me to a few: audio work, creating printables, and providing my content writing services to others (to name a few).
- Most importantly, have fun with your blog. What’s the point of blogging if you’re not having fun while you’re doing it?
Oh, and I’d love to hear which of the 20 lessons (those from today and from last week) really speak to you. I know I can’t be the only one seeing these learning opportunities unfold in the blogosphere. So, go right ahead and share a story with me on one of the lessons that REALLY TAUGHT YOU A LESSON (IS telling you a lesson), let me know which pieces of advice would rank in your top three, or just plain surprise me.
After all, sharing is caring. Plus, I like learning from others’ life and/or blogging lessons. There are usually some take-away(s) that I can grasp onto and even apply in my own journeys and experiences.
And quite frankly, I’m simply curious to find out what hard truths, tough love, and applicable knowledge has taken you to the next level in your blogging career. So, SPILL THE BEANS! You know you want to.