I was tagged by the ever-wonderful Felicity at All Things Bright and Beautiful to share a tip for new bloggers. I have to chuckle when asked for tips like this because I usually have no idea what I am doing. No technical tips will flow from my lips (be glad about that!). But, in order to play along, I’ll share a couple of my thoughts, for whatever they are worth:
As I myself am stumbling my way along, trying to figure out what in the world I am doing as a blogger, I think that in itself is a lesson I have learned from blogging:
Not sure who you are yet or where you are going? Blogging can help you define who you are, what your purpose is in life and can connect you to others who can inspire you, challenge you and pull you up to experience all you were created to do in life. It is a process, so let it unfold naturally. Everyday you can be encouraged to live more fully and purposefully than you did the day before. And most importantly, if you let it happen, you can learn to care more deeply about others in the midst of learning about yourself.
There are wonderful, supportive, creative and talented people swarming around us, willing to be an encouraging part of your life every time you enter Bloglandia. If you are true to yourself, and don’t try to redefine yourself into someone else’s idea of a “great blog,” you will find contentment and purpose as you find your own voice. My guess is that trying to be a great blog is much less rewarding that trying to be a great person.
I’ll admit sometimes I look at someone else’s blog and think “Why am I not doing that?” And while my focus might waiver for a moment as I ponder what they do, I must always come back to this. I am not doing THAT because THAT is not ME. While I may be in awe of what you do and impressed by your efforts, I don’t need to do what you do in order to find happiness or contentedness. Nor do you need to be like me (collective AMEN there!). There is room for everyone so just be yourself. If it means less comments, less frequent posts, less popularity or less page views, so be it! If those statistics are your main goals, you might be missing out on the true joy of blogging! I’m just sayin’…
Most importantly, and this applies to new blog writers and blog readers alike:
KEEP BLOGGING IN PERSPECTIVE.
If blogging is taking too much away from your daily life, if you are neglecting your personal or spiritual life, your husband, children, home or your health, you likely have an unhealthy addiction to blogging (yes, I am speaking to myself here)! Enjoy blogging for its benefits, but know when to STEP AWAY FROM THE BLOGS and experience real life. We’ll be here when you get back, don’t worry.
KEY: Blogging can give you inspiration, but it is what you do with that inspiration in the real world that will truly change your life.
Blessings to you all! Now go forth and share some tips on your own blogs or in my comments!
Oh, on the surprise…
Don’t worry, I’m not one of those girls who can keep a secret for long. If I have amazing news, you’ll probably know about it the minute I do! LOL! So here is your first peek at my news: Let’s just say I am walking on cloud nine after being contacted by one of the most inspirational women of all time on the topic of living a beautiful life…can you guess who she is?
Here is a hint: she does not have a blog and she doesn’t email (don’t tell if I have already spilled the beans to you…). Eeeek……I get to speak with her on the phone! I’m absolutely bursting with glee and utter disbelief…. more details to come! xoxo
photo: my kitchen, where I should be right now… I’m signing off!