Blogging Kept Me From Losing My Mind
Are you with me in kicking 2017 to the curb hard? 2017 was memorable in so many ways for so many of us, dare I say TRUMP, but for me, it was the best and worst year of my life. It was as if someone backed a dump truck filled with shit, threw a handful of glitter on top, and dumped it at my feet. I will be honest, there were times I was crumbling, wondering if I could do it.
I had to face hard facts about my life, I had been ignoring and wound up finding out, that on top of completely starting over, I was losing someone precious to me. Now any of these things would be stressful for most people, but unfortunately for me, it was happening all at once. Normally even mildly stressful events would have me bowing down under the weight of panic attacks but strangely enough, that didn’t happen.
It might have you shaking your head but I truly believe blogging kept me from going under. What many who are just starting out don’t really understand is blogging isn’t just a job or a hobby, blogging truly is a culture, a community.
Finding Your Blog Clique
You will get nowhere without connections in the blogosphere and the truth is these partnerships you make can truly turn into so much more than you ever expected. My connections helped me in so many ways it still makes my head spin. I honestly still get a little overwhelmed by the care and support I found from bloggers, as I am really not one to ask for help and in no way expected it would turn into real life friendships.
I really never thought of online friends as real friends until I started blogging but when things started to get hinky for me there were four especially who became important to my life. Objective people to just let you ramble on or give you that all too needed kick in the ass to keep you on track.
Then there was Shareen from OTV. It is hard for me to put into words how grateful I am for her support and it cemented into my brain one night for me. I was stressed, but that wasn’t unusual and that’s when the phone call came. “I felt that you needed me, what’s wrong?” I knew then she was my one. That one friend who can actually sense when they need you and are there no matter what. This really happens because we spend hours upon hours in this blog game.
Writing Is Therapy
No matter what you blog for or what you write about, writing and having an active outlet for your brain is therapy. Everything about it helps. The research, even the act of typing gives your mind a place to go, a spot to focus on. For those of us operating a personal blog, it is like poking a hole in your head and letting all the feelings just drip out. It is amazing!
Jon Morrow said, if you aren’t in blogging to help people you mine as well just hang it up and he is completely right. The only way to be a successful blogger is to help others, solve a problem. We all know things that have the power to help people, even change lives.
Bloggers are maybe the most helpful people I’ve ever met because we know nobody gets there alone. I help new bloggers all the time and helping others helps me to forget about my own issues at times.
Finding Out What You’re Made Of
Blogging totally changed my life.. I have been blogging for two years now and it gave me something I really wasn’t expecting A BUSINESS. When I started, I did want to make money but to be honest, I wasn’t expecting what happened. I had just finished a Social Media Marketing course, so I had some idea about how it worked but wasn’t expecting that in two years I would have a self-sustaining business and more ambition than I knew what to do with.
3 Blogging Lessons To Learn From
- Plan, Plan, Plan
The best thing I did for my blog was to have a plan. I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve and though your plan should and will change over time, a plan makes all the difference. When I launched no one had a clue that I didn’t know what I was doing.
- Invest In Yourself
Of all the lessons I learned this year perhaps the most important one was “You have to spend money to make money”.
The best things I spent money on were Self-Hosting, a Virtual Assistant, and Social Media Scheduling Tools.
I know it’s tempting to go with a free blogging platform but what I found was that self-hosting allowed me a more professional site and quality traffic.
- Keep Learning
I really can’t say this enough. You have to keep up with the changes, which happen almost daily. Keep doing research and testing into what works and what doesn’t.
Follow more successful bloggers who know what they are doing. That doesn’t mean copying, because we all have to find our own voice, our own way.
I hope these tips inspire you to keep going and living the blogging life!