Transform Your Interests & Ambitions into Something Uniquely You & Marketable Through Blogging
I always had interests. I always had half baked ambitions but it wasn’t until blogging that I figured out how to combine them it a way that was potentially marketable and uniquely me.
Just do it
I never thought I would blog daily or even want to when I started but it is really fun to put something out there everyday or nearly everyday. And you know what? You get better at it. I can see from looking back over a couple years of blogging improvements in my writing, image making, and efficiency.
Sure you could do all this work and keep it in a private journal. You would even improve but I am telling you there is nothing like putting yourself out there. People will support you, admire you, tell you what what they like. Maybe disagree with you at times. I think the courage to share makes you feel powerful. I think this pin sums it up. Very quickly you will discover that thing you wanted to do you are doing!
Learn from others
Once you start blogging you will discover your network. By joining blogging networks like Blogher, being active in social media like Twitter and Facebook, and searching out your interests you will find blogs you enjoy visiting. Leave comments and some will even visit you back. Learn from them. See what works for them and get inspired!
When you put yourself out there and try new things you are going to have flops. Maybe you will write posts you are later embarrassed by because either they are just bad or not you. Maybe you decide not to post them. Maybe you don’t discover just how off they are until after you post them. Maybe you update them later or not. Maybe they will just get buried forever deep in your blog with better content on top. These are the ones that really help us grow by showing us what not to do and who we are not.
I know lots of blogger have it all figured out. They have a mission statement, schedule their posts, etc. But for us still in the discovery stage we should feel free to try something different then something different again and see what works for us and others. Always a major consideration for me is time since I have other time consuming responsibilities (but who doesn’t right?!). My new I Spy series is a great solution for me to share fun anecdotes and facts about nature and practice my illustration in a quick way.
Are you a blogger? Do you agree? Anything I missed? Please share!
Not a blogger but inspired to start one? I helped my kids set up blogs in five minutes with blogger.
If you want to make a little money, have your own domain name, and more control, here is a great post by my sister that I used on how to set up a WordPress blog.
It may not always be easy. Read this post by Vanita, The Strategic Mama, about staying true to your voice.