My most valuable blogging tip? Just be yourself.
I’ve been blogging informally since I was 16 years old. Back when blogs weren’t much more than an online diary and all I used to write about was boy troubles. Since I started Tyranny of Pink almost 2 years ago, I’ve discovered that blogging is about so much these days.
You’ve got to have a niche and write about specific things and follow certain rules. No not those rules, these rules, no my rules, no your rules. Just when you get the hang of it, that changes. Everyone on the internet has their own idea about what they want and what they think you should be doing. I’ve come to realise that you can’t make everyone happy.
Instead, I’ve learnt that you’ve got to do what works for you and what gives you peace of mind.
I’ve learnt over the last year and a half to write my blog for the reasons I started writing. I wanted to write because I needed a creative outlet. I needed a space to call my own and if I made money doing that, then that was a bonus. Everyone likes to be rewarded for something that they work hard on. What I did not set out to do however was to work with brands and get paid to advertise products on my blog.
It’s tough sometimes, when you see other people doing what you do but getting paid a lot of money for it but the bottom line is, my blog is just not geared towards doing what they do. My blog isn’t the type of space where I can write reviews about brands and I’m okay with that because I have other goals with my blog.
My blog is about showing others the power of living intentionally and with purpose. I love to write about life from a positive perspective and show people, that even when life kicks you in the teeth, it’s okay to get back up and try again. I love showing others that there is always a silver lining but that sometimes, you’ve got to look a little harder to figure out what it is.
I’ve learnt a lot about myself
My long-term goal is to become a life coach. I realised that through my blog. I want to help others put plans into place to achieve goals, overcome obstacles and reach their targets in life, what ever they may be. I think my blog reflects that because the type of articles I write take a personal development approach to life. They aim to offer alternate ways of looking at life instead of just feeling overwhelmed by the things that happen. Without my blog, I may never have realised this about myself.
I’ve learnt a lot more from blogging.
I’ve learnt that being a blogger is like being a jack of all trades. You’ve got to understand people, your audience, social media, website maintenance and jargon and you’ve got to juggle all of that while still living your life outside of blogging too. You’ve got to be a time management boss!
I’ve also learnt that it takes a lot of patience to get to the point where you can figure things out and don’t freak out when someone asks you for your rate card or media kit. It was a little overwhelming for the first few months when I had no idea.
I’ve learnt that you can form deep and true friendships with people you have only known on the internet and through the words that they put out there. I’ve learnt that at the end of the day, we’re all fighting some sort of battle and need to get through our own struggles. I’ve learnt that it’s better to be kind and support our fellow bloggers than try to compete with them. I’ve learnt that not every one in the industry feels that way but it doesn’t matter as long as you know what matters and what works for you. There are people who are willing to help you and hold your hand as you learn, ask those people.
I’ve learnt that blogging is my passion but it can start feeling a little overwhelming when you start treating it as something that should be more successful, should make more money, should be this or that. It can be difficult to realise that someone else has been doing this for a lot longer than you and to measure yourself by their success. Instead, I’ve learnt to take one day at a time and see where things go.
All that matters in the end, is that you’re true to yourself and your own personal goals, instead of trying to keep up with what others are doing – Be yourself and do what makes you happy.
This post was written by Jonelle from Tyranny of Pink