Over the past few years, I’ve faced the challenge of number crunching, statistics, likes and all the other heavy downers that any newbie will face. You know, the things that make you want to power down your computer and never create another blog post again.
With these things in mind, I’ve decided to take my 4 Personal Rules for cultivating a happy blogging life and transform them into 7 Ways to Cultivate A Happy Blogging Life, ways that any Blogger can glean from.
Here’s some ways to do so:
1. Keep to the path. Blogging is about discovering your creative world. For many of us, starting a blog had more to do with stepping out of our comfort zones and growing than it did about how many likes we received.
Keeping growth as your first point of focus will help you stay contented as you continue to blog.
2. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Expression is a form of playtime. Playtime is fun and adventurous. Yes, you can talk about weightier issues without dragging yourself down and others along with you.
Lighten up even if you tighten up. You can create sharp content without being a pretentious bore.
3. Give what you have at the moment and spruce it up later. The first thing you must do is to create something to share. You can always go back and fix grammar or add jazzy images later.
Don’t allow ‘perfection,’ or lack thereof, to hold you back from sharing.
For encouragement on how to just create a post, check out this article called “The Almighty Quarter.”
Concerned about your poor grammar? Take a look at the free computer app called Grammarly. It goes above and beyond the built-in grammar checks on our word processors and can be used on and offline.
4. This is not a 9 to 5, this is “Creative Therapy”. If your blog is not monetized then don’t allow it to stress you out as if your light bill depended on it.
Jobs can be hard, but don’t let blogging be. It’s supposed to be a joy. As long as you think of it as a treat to do then it will remain cathartic and not become a chore even if you create a weekly blogging schedule.
5. Blogging is about developing your craft first and the numbers second…should numbers ever become relevant.
No matter how many followers you have, always give them your very best. Show loyalty and consistency with your blog and if you plan on changing things up, give them a heads up.
6. Give your creative quality consistently. Yeshua Jesus put it best when He said, that a person who is faithful over little will be master over much. Luke 16:10
People are drawn by authenticity. They stick around because of consistency. If you are looking for a larger audience to share with, gain it by growing a rapport built on trust with the audience you have now, no matter how small or large.
You do that by…being consistent with your creative quality. As Joann Rosario put it, “Sing your song for two as you would for 1000.”
And last, but not least, but definitely my favorite way of cultivating a happy blogging life:
7. Nurture your writing/blogging community: You’re not going to be BSWF (Best Supportive Writing Friends) with every blogger, but when you do start seeing saplings of friendship-promise growing, be sure to nurture them.
All relationships are like houseplants, one waters, and the other brings the sunshine. Both you and your BSWF’s need to be consistent with each other.
Writing communities stretch beyond the blogsphere. These are the folks you share your new storyline with. The ones who honestly tell you about what your writing needs in order to be it’s very best. They are also the people who support you when a troll comes calling.
When you nurture your writing/blogging relationships you know that there will be someone just as passionate about your creative growth as you are waiting to give you a thumbs up, and let’s face it, we all need that.
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!