September 1st marked my 4 year anniversary. Writing this post a week on has given me time to think about what an incredible journey this has been; the highs and lows of sharing my story online, the friendships that have been made and the impact on my personal life…
An authentic voice creates an authentic following
People come and go. Whether you’ve been blogging a week, a month or 10 years, there’ll be people that’ll follow your content short-term and long-term, and those who stick around stick around because you’ve been true to yourself.
An authentic voice is attractive to readers. It’s also attractive to the blogger.
Being true to you allows your readers to get to know the person behind the screen. One reason I’ve opened up on the blog is because I’ve needed it. I’ve needed to let my feelings out. I’ve needed to share the highs and the lows as it’s helped me to grow.
Grow with your readers. Let them be part of your journey.
Blogging helps you grow as an individual
I was shy when I started blogging. I hadn’t spoken up about my life before. The blogging community supported me whilst I told my suicide story; a 24 hour period where I told my followers, a group of university students and my family.
Blogging has helped me to come out of my shell. I’ve grown in confidence. You can tell the difference. I’m in a job where I talk to the public face to face. I’ve delivered talks at national conferences. I’m now using my voice as a UK Blog Awards Judge.
It’s opened doors. I’ve met some incredible people. I’ve learned how to communicate with others. I’ve worked with some incredible charities. I’m now working with incredible brands.
It’s brought my family and I closer. I’ve learned more about photography and how to structure emails, blog posts and pitches.
It’s a proper journey
One day the blogging world could be celebrating something, the next it’s bitching. Blogging really does have it’s lows and highs. It also has it’s in between.
I believe we need to embrace it. Rather than getting involved understand it’s going to happen. People won’t understand at times, other times they will. Some people will like your content, some won’t. Some people will follow you for a month, some will follow-unfollow you.
Just crack on with it. Crack on with your journey. Barriers will appear when you least expect it and it’s up to us to decide how we jump over it. No-one can make the decision for us. A massive learning curve is learning to trust ourselves. We need to believe in our content. We should love every piece of content we upload. We should surround ourselves with people who support what we do.
There’s no RIGHT way to do it
We should have our own ways of blogging. Blogging should be unique for us. Every individual in blogging has their own USP…themselves! Your USP (Unique Selling Point) is your content, your ideas, the entire process you take each and every day in your blogging journey.
There’s no RIGHT way to do it. Edit your photos if you wish. Write short blog posts if that’s what works for you. Be in pictures. Take pictures of locations. Do what you love. Do things that help you grow. Do things that help your readers get to know who the person is behind the blog.
Diversity is key for all
Accept people’s opinion. We’re all entitled to one. No-one is the same. No content will be the same. No images will be the same.
Diversity in blogging is important for our growth. It’s important for us to learn about other cultures, other people’s loves and hates, as it helps us to learn what’s happening around us. It helps us to embrace new things. Try new experiences. It creates discussions. It creates opportunities.
What have you gotten out of blogging?
What have you learned?
What do you love?