I learnt that blogging is a valid career choice and is mostly about following your dreams. It’s so exciting to hear of people making their way in the world doing the thing they love. And at a conference like this there are HEAPS of them. People who marked out careers in writing, photography, web nerdiness and everything in between. People who sang, people who hug and especially people who follow their heart, their gut and their head to the life they never dreamed they wanted.
Those bloggers taught me that life can be whatever you want it to be. Your dream is your own and to go for for it. Worst case scenario you’ve got some great blog content if you’re willing to write about your own colossal failures. Which sounds just about perfect for me. I know now where I’m heading and what this blog midlife crisis was all about. I’m clear now.
You need to show up, get in to it, promote it, own it and flog it. Every day you need to think about pimping out your blog to Twitter and Facebook. You need to reply to comments, get active and start conversations.
This is how your blog will learn to fly on it’s own.
Put the work in and discipline yourself. Sell yourself and your blog over and over again and people will start believing in it.
Make it obvious if you are PR Friendly. And by PR Friendly, I mean that you are open to receiving press releases, story suggestions, product review/giveaway offers, etc. Add a page on your blog that explains what you are open to doing and ADD YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. It’s frustrating when you want to email a blogger about an opportunity and you can’t find their contact details!
Anything is possible. I’ve always said that there really are no rules in blogging. You can write a few times a week, or just a few times a month. Online is so relatively new, that anything can and does happen. New platforms are being created, new ideas being explored, it’s a fun time to play around. All you have to do is be brave enough to jump on in…