Good Morning everyone, Happy Friday! As most of you know I’m still a relatively new blogger. My fellow blogging buddies can relate to this. You will have a million ideas of what to write about. Something inspiring, helpful or just informative. And the moment you sit down to write it, you have the dreaded writer’s block! Or, maybe you think of a recipe you want to share but you don’t have pictures to go with it! It’s not always easy to be a blogger. Sure some of us may have schedules of what we will write about and when. Some of us write out our posts the night before and schedule it. Some will wait until we are inspired sometime during the day to sit down and write. I confess, I am a bit of both. It just depends on the topic.
As a blogger you are really putting yourself out there to the public! You risk facing backlash from maybe a controversial topic, or maybe just someone disagreeing with your opinion. Sometimes this can lead to a great discussion, and let’s face it, part of you is just happy someone outside of your family is actually interested in what you have to say! But the other part of you has to have feelings of steel when a critique of you online stings just as much as one face to face.
Then once you actually write your post before you’re ready to press publish you re-read it at least five times. Heaven forbid you find a sentence doesn’t make sense. Or you realize after it’s out in the world you used “their” instead of “they’re”. Sometimes I will go back and read past posts I’ve written and will find a grammatical mistake I didn’t catch when I wrote it and proof read a million times. I think sometimes bloggers and writers can be our own worst critic! I guarantee in a few weeks time when I re read this I will find something I didn’t catch!
Most bloggers in the blogging community are friendly and really your biggest cheerleader! Sometimes even more so than people in your “real life”. Bloggers understand the excitement of when you get your first subscriber that isn’t a friend or family member! Or when you’re running a giveaway how much time and energy it takes to make it work! As well as when a company contacts you because they want to work with you and feel your influence and writing is what they are looking for. It’s more than just writing a little post everyday. It’s networking, connecting with others in your niche, and being very active in social media!
It can be a lot of work to have your own blog and space in the world wide web; to have a voice in this big world. But the benefits are amazing. When you find that you actually touched someones life it’s worth it. I remember when I wrote my piece on Robin Williams’ death I can’t tell you how many people in real life and online appreciated what I had to say. Or when I started running that I inspired others to give it a try! I don’t pretend to be perfect in any way, but I am happy to help others in their life and realize we are all human and make mistakes!
Being a blogger can push you out of your comfort zone and really live. Like when I wrote about the balloon fiesta last week and went up in the balloon. If I didn’t have a blog I don’t think I would have taken the risk or had the opportunity. Or when I did my 5K I don’t know if I would have actually gone and done it after my accident if I didn’t have you all to keep my promise too! Having the courage to put yourself out there online can be risky but the possibilities for your life are endless!
So, when you find someone in your life has decided to start a blog or writing in anyway I hope you understand and encourage them! It means so much just for someone to say “hey, I read today’s post and I love it!” Or if a blogger you follow maybe took a day off from writing maybe it’s because they want their writing to be the best it can be for you! Or could just be they had major writer’s block that day and give them a little break!
Are you a blogger? What do you find most difficult about it? The best?