You want to blog. You’ve thought about a blog. I know you have, you’ve told me. Not just one of you. Lots of you. LOTS of friends, family and people I’ve met on social media have told me.
Today is the 3-month anniversary of my blog. Self-hosted, WordPress intricacies, the big enchilada. And starting out was…scary. It felt like standing nekkid on the table in the school lunchroom. (Have you had that dream? Brutal. Mean kids in 2nd grade are just as scary a couple decades later.) But let me tell you, it’s been the best choice I’ve made in a long time. Check out the map below I reviewed of people who are visiting the site. It’s exciting! I’m so grateful for every person who takes the time to read and connect with me. Thank you so much!
“Do something that matters,” people say. “Do work that matters,” you scream inside. Know what matters? YOU. Your story, your insight, your perspective. It matters. You see the world differently and have something to share.
You have a message to share. It’s about more than just SEO, page ranks and anchor links that connect with people. How do I know this? Here’s the map of people who have read this little blog in just the first 90 days. Some may say this is nothing, for me, just starting out this has been incredible.
Here are the first of the 10 main reasons I believe you need to blog.
1. Tell your story.
If you have a small company, are a student, or are considering getting into the sales market once the kids get a little older, and, especially if you are between jobs, your story matters. You have marketable skills. Did you live in another country for a summer? Do you have a killer hobby of quilting, distance running or trapeze acrobatics? Tell those stories. I’ve read blogs on those very things. Insightful, amazing reads. By blogging now you are connecting with others who can seriously open some doors for you. Now and later.
2. Track your goals. Hold yourself accountable.
This is huge. Remember the nekkid lunch room dream? Having a wish is one thing, telling someone about it makes it much more real, but posting about it puts you OUT THERE. Really out there.
Know what? It’s not a dog-eat-dog world online. There are a few. But most of the people I’ve met through these connections are positive, hard working, really good people who want to cheer you on as you find a new level of success! It inspires you to dream, then do even more. What a bonus!
3. Inspire others.
I can hear you saying this, “Inspire others?” Yes, you can. Actually, you already do that. It’s just that in normal life we don’t take the time to say, “Hey, I saw you wrangle that crazy kid in the grocery store and you never once lost your patience. That was tough. You got things in control so quickly. Kudos to you.” They think it, but people are just too busy to stop. But they are inspired by your efforts.
Now you can write about that uplifting book you just read, the conversation that was so good you left smiling or the funny thing your kid just said that was completely profound. So profound that you are still thinking about it days later. Big things are made by small wins. Share yours with the world.
4. Create. Enjoy the creative process every step of the way.
I had no idea how much I would enjoy this blogging business. I think differently. I’m actively seeking out good things to share with others. People that I haven’t talked to in years are coming up saying, “I think we could do something amazing together. Let’s collaborate.” I was in the routine of daily life that I’d forgotten to create.
I find the freedom to see a series of posts of thoughts I’d like to share, while working out the details of the specific posts, images and maintain continuity with the messages I share online. It’s been a quilting bee of digital ideas working in my mind. And I’m blown away. I can see how things that were difficult in the very beginning are much easier and give me confidence to some new risks. That’s powerful, man. Small wins.
The creative process is what makes life truly rich. Don’t miss it.
5. See the big picture and the daily minutia.
Like the creative process, the big picture of long term goals and the daily routine are critical to success. Blogging offers you opportunity to plan for life and share insights, direction and help people while you are continuing on your personal journey.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not all rainbows and pony rides, there are some tough days. I’ve put in the time to learn about plugins and automation, I want to work smoothly like the big guys, but have the personal touch as if someone was sitting on the couch and we were chatting over nachos. (What is it about nachos that makes everyone just…relax? The cheesy gooey topping? Crunchy chips? I don’t know exactly. But nachos and laughter always seem to go hand-in-hand for us.) How do I create that in a few words? How do people receive the message I’m sending? These are all things going on in my mind as I work.
These are the first few reasons you need to blog. I’m sure you have a lot going on in your mind about setting up and moving forward. Feel free to email me directly, I’d love to hear where your headed. And more importantly, cheer you on in your efforts!
Don’t worry, I’ll bring the nachos.