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At some point in our lives, we have experienced the need for personal growth. A lot of things prompt this, such as a new career, a change of environment, books we read, people who influence us, or simply the desire to improve our lives. For me, it was a new professional challenge. I have a passion for teaching, and I love teaching kids in this foreign land- Japan. However, when the pandemic hit, I was challenged to pursue a new path. I entered the world of blogging. And today, I am sharing my personal growth journey as a blogger. Here are invaluable lessons I have learned from blogging.
Before I began my journey
When we start something new and step into the unknown, there are bound times when we feel scared. When we step out of our comfort zone, it becomes uncomfortable. That feeling of fear and self-doubts are natural reactions. I was not an exception. With the creativity and new ideas already proliferating around me, I had doubts about myself if I can stand out and find my place in the field of blogging.
But I was determined to make a real change and pursue my wild dreams. I prepared myself to take action. I started with setting my mindset to success and acknowledging that every journey begins with fear and it is natural to doubt yourself. My desire to change my career outweighed my dread of failure and risks. Tony Robbins, my favorite author, said the only impossible journey is the one you never begin. Indeed, a lot of people dream big but most of us succumb to fear and never start.
What I learned from blogging
We can always learn something from trying new stuff. Start a new career and you’ll open yourself into opportunities, get new connections, or find your passion. Start a business and you’ll learn that success happen over time, through hard work and dedication. My journey is not all glamour. I had frustrating times where I felt I was not making any progress at all. There were times where I almost gave into the power of doubts and failure. If you are in the same phase, I hope that this article will inspire and motivate you to keep going on whatever journey you are taking. Remember, making your dreams a reality is requires daily actions and consistency.
1. Build your personal brand by being unique and authentic
Blogging has gotten really popular these days. To date, there are 1,742,813,617 websites worldwide (source Internet Live stats)That’s a lot of websites and it can be intimidating to find a place, but every person is unique. Everyone has a story to tell and there will always be a room for you. By being the most authentic self you can be, you will find people that will love and support what you do. Find your own voice to inspire people, be yourself and people will find you. Add it with consistency and expect to reach the destination you desire.
Lyn Slater, an Instagram influencer is the perfect example of being yourself, defying social norms, taking the first step, and taking action. The majority of the beauty and lifestyle bloggers are millennials or under 35 years old. A few people would think that 50- plus influencers don’t stand a chance but Lyn Slater is the true example of influence marketing in all ages. She is true to herself that she only works for brands that don’t use the term “anti-aging”. Allow me to say, she truly is changing the perception around age in beauty. How inspiring and empowering is that?
2. Be your own cheerleader
Ultimately, we need support in order to keep going. We need to encourage ourselves to keep moving forward with our goals, but it can be hard to get the support we need from the people around us. In these times, be your own best cheerleader.
Be the biggest fan of your work. Be proud of it. Believe in it because you worked hard on it. You are your own internal motivation when negative messages from people become louder. I was excited to announce when my blog went live, but to my disappointment, my family did not even know what a blog was. They could not understand how someone can make of a living on the internet. But this did not stop me from taking another step forward. When you value yourself in spite of the negativities, it worth the journey.
3. Your business won’t survive without a community
I supposed you have heard this quote from Helen Keller Alone, we can do so little. Together we can do so much. It is true that we don’t have to do it all alone. In any aspect of life, it’s okay to not know everything and ask for help. Having your community is essential to success. There are people who have succeeded in your field. They have taken the path you are taking so ask for support and collaborate.
In the world of technology and social media, it’s so easy to compare ourselves to other people, but remember that your journey is uniquely yours, and what others are doing are only distractions. The only thing you should be comparing yourself is you from yesterday. Strive to be better than what you were yesterday.
Find inspiration in your community. Follow along journeys of other people and learn from their stories. I love Daniela Titiun’s story, an influencer at Intellifluence. She’s got a unique and inspiring story to share. Her background is mainly business and fashion, but she always had a thing for tea. Just like her, my passion was for teaching and education, but writing has always fascinated me. I wanted to chase my dream of writing what I know is helpful to people and write things that I know can inspire people.
4. Be patient, real growth is incremental and slow.
There were times where I look at successes of fellow bloggers, I would feel bad about myself and get disappointed because I was not getting the same results. This is your reminder to be patient. You might not get big results instantly, but I am pretty sure that we have progress every day. As long as you are enjoying the process, and celebrating your wins, you are in the right track of pursuing your dreams.
You might see someone who is skilled at something, they learned that over time. If you know someone who has a lot of money and are successful in their business, they earned it overtime. Do not fall into the trap that success can happen overnight. Be patient, you have your own timeline of success. The process of learning is more valuable than the outcome.
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5. Know the trends within your niche
Social networks are everywhere these days. There are new trends popping over the internet. If you are a blogger, it is essential to know the trends within your niche to be able to adapt and change strategies in accordance with what people are searching for. Pinterest and Instagram are the social media accounts that I focus on and from time to time, they change their algorithms. Instagram has its reels now and If you want to build authority and find your audience, you got to adapt to these marketing strategies. I love to be up to date, and I get new information from Later or Planoly.
Social media is changing rapidly, and the algorithm is unpredictable and it’s important to familiarize yourself with the changes. Don’t be afraid of these changes. Use trial and error instead. Experiment and find out what best works for your business.
Here are the latest trends on instagram
6. Be consistent
Consistency is the key. Cliché as it may sound but it holds power. Success is built with consistency. In blogging, this means uploading articles regularly, showing up with your audience every day. For my blog, I spread a daily dose of inspiration through articles, quotes, and Monday motivational videos. I try to be visible, and I show myself online.
Staying consistent will bring you close to your goals. One tip that I use to being consistent is planning and batch create my content. I would plan my social media posts and create them in bulk. Schedule them for the whole month. It saves so much energy and time. I like to schedule my articles too in advance. By being consistent, I earn the trust of my audience and I can show up myself regularly.
OVER TO YOU
Blogging is a rough path, it’s not always glamour but It is worthwhile. Blogging is rewarding when you are able to impact and inspire people’s lives with what you are passionate about. My journey in blogging has been great so far and I do not regret the day I decided to learn how to code a website because it led me into where I am now. This is my personal growth journey as a blogger, and I hope you find it inspiring and motivating.
Complacency is the worst enemy of personal growth.
My hope for you is to always chase growth and go out of your comfort zones. Try new stuff and you might find a new passion. Choose courage over comfort and do the things you’ve always wanted to try. Remember, there is no harm in trying. There are people like Lyn Slater and Daniela Titiun whose stories will inspire you. Cheers to Inspiration.