I actually received a few additional emails on the topics of writing and blogging. I thought it might be helpful to begin the conversation here on the Tatnrachick blog. I know Lee was looking for blog topic ideas as well, so maybe something will come from this post.
As a blogger, one of the most important questions you must ask yourself when you first start out is who are you writing to/for? Each of us wants to say that we are writing for ourselves and to a certain extent that is true, but if we aren’t passionate about our topic/focus, that will come across in our writing. Beyond writing for ourselves about a topic we are [assionate about, we also need to understand who our target readers are. How old are they, what are their interests, what inspires them, etc.
I have been blogging for almost 6 years. For the first 3 years, I blogged almost every single day of the year. That’s because I was passionate and I also wanted my blog to come up higher in search rankings so that I could engage more people. The combination of passion, authenticity, and dedication paid off. My blog became a hub for communication about topics that were dear to my heart and important to our society’s growth and development.
When everything got going and thousands of people were reading my blog each day, it also took a lot of time and energy to keep up. I did not focus on monetizing my blog (I am in fact still working on that) and I got a bit burnt out. I was getting a lot of coaching clients through my blog, but the time my blog was taking out of my life became a bit overwhelming. If blogging is your true passion, then finding a way to earn an income from your blog can help you keep focusing without draining yourself.
In the disconnected world we live in, when we reach out with our words, people feel connected to us. Sometimes they have little to no connection in their personal lives and feel frustrated and alone in their professional lives, so they crave the connection they get from the words they read and the follow up interactions. In fact, that connection and feeling of being in an online community with like-minded people also nurtures and fuels my creativity.
Unfortunately, the success I experienced without the having the right platforms in place caI caused me to stop blogging. I mean, every now and then I would post something, but my passion and energy for blogging was zapped. I had nothing engaging left to say, or so I thought. Then I did the free writing exercise I shared with you and I began to find my voice again.
Beyond the writing exercises I did, I also joined the Entrepreneurs Journey Insider Community. It is a place where fellow bloggers support each other. It is guided by Yaro Starak who, in my opinion, is one of the most influential bloggers and entrepreneurs of our time. The EJ Community has been invaluable to me.
Through the EJ community, I also met Nicholas Chalmers, who is a life and business coach. Because we were both in the EJ Community, he offered me a couple of free coaching sessions and I ended up paying for a couple more as well. After working with Nicholas, I realize that my inner fear was also holding me back. Together we looked my fear in the face and began structuring my blogging and income sources so I could find more balance. We managed to conquer my fear and through that process, I rediscovered my voice. I am also not an affiliate of and receive no financial incentives to promote either Nicholas or Yaro. The picture is Yaro “living the laptop lifestyle!”
I am also not saying that this is the path you will need to go down, I am just sharing my experience and process with you. I posted a question in the EJ community forum asking for resources from other community members and from Yaro as well. I will share anything they suggest with you. What I know from my experience is that blogging is not easy, but the rewards are worth it, especially if you are truly passionate about what you do (which it seems to me you are). I love encouraging other writers and bloggers to tap into their voice and trust in themselves!
Yaro also has a free report called the Blog Profit Blueprint which I highly recommend. Thank you for reaching out and for your kind comments! I wish you incredible success in 2016! From my heart to yours,
In blogging community,