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13/09/2009
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Blogs, social networks, newspapers, any other form of publication – all have social aspects to them. It is a spectrum really, with social networks at one extreme and a 19th century novel at the other. But there’s room for all types of social publishing platforms. Richard MacManus

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it!

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it!

Your blog is what you say when there is nobody standing over your shoulder telling you what to do.Lorelle Van Fossen
Authenticity is not an automatic ticket to success in an attention economy. Because, if you choose a platform or business building model where a key element is attention, you’ve got to be not only authentic but significant. Jonathan Fields (Career Renegade)

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it! – Were you voted most likely to dominate the publishing world in pre-school and again in High School? Okay, so you always imagined becoming the next J.K. Rowling or publishing superstar? Let me guess, was it the famous psychic who assured you your name will be in lights with your words written all over it? Do you fantasize about retiring filthy rich with the money lode you earned blogging? Is your weekly grocery list the most creative prose you’ve written since your school days?
Alright, I hear your protests. Confess; did you send out a few inquiries to publishers with a treatment or two on How to Solve the Mystery of the Lemming Syndrome and got no response? Right, right… and that 5-page fictional outline on authentic yet insignificant baloney you mailed to 20 agents and publishers? Well, at least you got one reply; the rejection letter was curt and to the point “… Thanks, but no thanks!”

If you answered “yes” or even “no” to any of my questions, then writing a blog is the new path for you. Yes, you might get smacked down and your ego might take a beating but, you don’t want to take an unfulfilled desire to your nursing home or grave, do you? Even if you are busy and think you have little to offer; try blogging anyway; you might surprise yourself.
The internet is open to a wide spectrum of voices; why silence your voice? Daily, people from around the world sift through the noise, looking for their version of a gem; that gem could be one of your blogs … or not. Don’t spend too much time worrying whether everybody will love your blog; everyone won’t, some might, and perhaps a few will. Pick a blog name, check your ego at your blog door and go to it.

 

“I’ve long advised that bloggers seeking to make money from blogging spread their interests across multiple revenue streams so as not to put all their eggs in one basket.” Darren Rowse (Problogger)

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it!

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it!

I never remember what I read; I remember experiences. I find it best to dive right in and learn the hard way. Pete Cashmore (Mashable)
One critical consideration when launching a blog is what you are going to call it. Chris Garrett

If you’re still not convinced, here are ten good reasons to blog: Trust me; your ego will thrive…
Create a digital identity on your terms. Your blog registers your personal memories, ideas, and opinions online for posterity. It is your creative expression and you decide what you wish to include. Embrace the identity you have selected for your foray into blogging. Are you the last angry woman or the happy-go-lucky sprite? Embrace her; she has friends dying to connect in the blogosphere. Go meet them. You can invite your alter ego to blog, you may express your moods and magic through various incarnations or personalities, just stay on point whatever the message. Regardless of who you choose to be, do keep in mind that you must manage your views as what you say is on the internet forever.
Clarify your motivations and thoughts as you embark on this unique writing process. Even if the original impulse that led you to blog on a topic dries up quickly, push on and write anyway. Why am I blogging? It is important to ask this question on a regular basis. Blogging will help you engage in discussions that hold meaning for you and your gradually expanding readership. If you plan to make money from blogging, educate yourself on what that entails and then follow your calling. If you blog purely for enjoyment, don’t be shy about that fact either. It is your choice that counts and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
Connect with both new readers and other bloggers in the blogosphere. As you write, you will find a vast door open that connects you to other bloggers; some with a similar bent or experience and others with vastly different sensibilities. This is perfectly fine. Eureka or inspirational moments can be triggered by reading a blog on a familiar or obscure subject. As you connect with other bloggers, you will open a gateway to new blogging experiences and knowledge. It can be quite a feast and you must be careful not to over-indulge. There are millions of bloggers out there and only 24 hours in a day. Be selective of which blogs to read daily and which ones to read occasionally. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the choices out there, let your forays into the blogosphere evolve.

 

 

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” Brian Clark (Copyblogger)

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it!

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it!

The heart of blogging is linking…linking and commenting. Connecting and communicating is the purpose of the Internet. George Siemens
I guess my point is if you’re one of these people considering giving up on blogging in exchange for paying more attention to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and MySpace, or whatever they throw at us mere mortals, bear in mind you are giving up on something rather unique and wonderful. Hugh Macleod

Be open to re-evaluating your closely held premises about life, love and the world of ideas. As you formulate ideas and topics to write about, don’t hesitate to challenge yourself to feed off of other points of view; whether you play devil’s advocate or peacemaker, take a position and write on it. If you enjoy writing motivational pieces as I do, don’t censor yourself and pretend to be something else. Write how you feel and share your experiences; as long as your opinions are not completely outrageous you should write without fear of public sanction. Even if you choose to say something outrageous, do so with a clear head and the conviction to stand your ground. You are entitled to your opinion after all.
Be bold about learning a new skill. Blogging is a skill that grows with time and the experience gained will be worth the journey. The explosion of social media sites and internet innovation will continue to provide vital fodder for creative, visionary thinkers. As the medium grows and you grow at blogging, you will learn about new applications/tools to help you improve your efforts and make blogging effective. As a new blogger in fall 2008, I soon learned that WordPress regularly updated and offered many blog design templates to choose from, that uploading images/video and writing simple HTML code for my blog was easier than I imagined. With each passing day/month, I learn new tips and tools about blogging and look forward to seeing (yes, with time) my blog enjoy exponential growth.
Develop expertise in an area if you are so inclined. Are you ready to stay enthusiastic about a particular subject? This is not absolutely carved in stone. If you have several interests, as I do, don’t be afraid to explore them. Follow your spanda, your bliss, your voice, and your blog will evolve. Whether you decide to be a generalist or a specialist is your prerogative; be at peace with your choice. Learn as much as you can on the topics you choose to write about and subscribe to your favorite bloggers to stay in touch with the community. Wikipedia.org and Google Images are great resources for material but there are tons you can learn from other bloggers including the bloggers whose quotes you read in my blog. Their names will link you back to their websites/blogs. Go visit and enjoy it.

 

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“I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.”
Michael Arrington

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it!

Ten Reasons to Blog: Your Ego can Handle it!

Without the New York Times, there is no blog community. They’d have nothing to blog about. Malcolm Gladwell
Just as we don’t spend a lot of time worrying about how all those poets out there are going to monetize their poetry, the same is true for most bloggers. Seth Godin
The more popular a person thinks he is in the blogosphere, the thinner his skin, and the thicker his hypocrisy. This should be exactly the opposite: the higher you go the thicker the skin and thinner the hypocrisy. Guy Kawasaki

Develop discipline and a commitment to honor the goals you set for your blog postings. The best gift you can give yourself as a blogger is, to be honest about what is/isn’t feasible time-wise and stay true to your blog goals. When I took Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog in April 2009, it helped me create a realistic schedule for posting my blogs. I knew that, given the demands of work, family, personal training goals, and other commitments, a weekly blog post would be ideal for me. Find your rhythm and go with it.
Gain some perspective on readership, blogger stardom, media attention, blog statistics and search engine optimization (SEO). Even Technorati’s star bloggers identified in 100 Top Blogs by authority or 100 Top Blogs by reader favorites did not become wildly successful overnight. NorthxEast.com’s 50 most influential female bloggers focused on their content, their readership, and their blog goals and with time their influence spread. Don’t fixate on the numbers … ok, at least not daily!
The point is to focus on your game, do the best you can and enjoy the process. Even if you were being paid to blog, it really should not feel like a demanding second job. I enjoy researching and gathering information and photographs for my weekly posts. I actually find the process relaxing and fun because I always find something I never expected… so go with the flow; gain perspective my dear, perspective is key to longevity here.

Take ownership and responsibility for your good/bad posts. To err is human and to forgive is divine. Unless like Seth Godin, you decide to disallow comments entirely, be prepared for positive, negative, spammy, and zero comments on your blog. Again, don’t fixate on the numbers. Did someone email you privately to say how much they enjoyed it? Fine. Move on… The fantastic part is that you have administrative control and can limit or edit comments as you deem fit. Another point to remember is that the joy of blogging includes the ability to edit your content whenever you want.
Please get over your fear of public rejection. Your blog represents one facet of who you are; it is not the whole picture. Even if some of your characters are fictionalized to protect the fill-in-the-blank, is your message conveyed effectively? Is the authenticity of your intention and the lesson learned expressed there? Yes, you may choose to re-invent yourself into some new-fangled persona through blogging and maybe, the characters in your blog are more exciting than the characters in your real life but so what? As long as you distinguish fact from fiction by the way you deliver your message, readers will understand you are not the New York Times or BBC News.
As your voice and vision grow, your confidence as a blogger will grow. If you have a niche, you will attract like-minded spirits; if you don’t then enjoy your role as a renaissance man/woman. Perfectly acceptable. Now go to it! What do you think?
♥ Let me know how the process evolves for you. I’d love to hear from you regardless of where you are in your blogging history. Share some of your insights or tips here if you wish. Thank you!

***Spanda is a Sanskrit term for the subtle creative pulse of the universe as it transforms into a dynamic living form. The divine impulse to create!

 

Photo Credits: All Blogging photos courtesy of Pixabay.com

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

69 Comments leave one →
  1. 14/09/2009 9:01 am

    Hi Elizabeth,

    How cool is this. It looks like this last post is for me.
    Since I’m a starter I have a lot to learn about blogging.
    In this post you do quote experienced bloggers.

    This is again a great post Elizabeth. I also enjoyed the images you put in your post.

    I noticed that you started this blog in November 2008. That’s not so long ago. But I would think you’re very experienced. Like I told you before, your blog is a feast for my eyes.

    I wonder in which three continents you grew up? I have a feeling I know it, but I don’t really.
    Do you mind me asking?

    I did RT some of your tweets today on twitter and I left you a reply on my own blog.

    Warm regards,
    I’ll be back.
    Deana

    • 20/12/2010 11:42 am

      Thanks Deana and you now know a bit more about my background. What a year for us all, eh? 🙂
      Cheers, E

  2. Goz permalink
    16/09/2009 6:55 am

    Most enlightening!.. Thanks for all the tips, you make it look easy

    • 20/12/2010 11:43 am

      Thanks for your feedback. Let me know what other topics interest you? 🙂

  3. Norine permalink
    18/09/2009 10:45 pm

    Excellent site, keep up the good work!

    Eliz says: Thanks for your feedback. Let me know what other topics interest you?

    • 20/12/2010 11:44 am

      Hi Norine… Thanks and come visit again. Do you blog? 🙂
      E

  4. Bill permalink
    20/09/2009 2:46 pm

    Great site…keep up the good work. 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..

    Eliz Says: Thank you Bill for your feedback. Always appreciated!

    • 20/12/2010 11:44 am

      Thank you Bill for your feedback. Always appreciated! 🙂

  5. Tony B permalink
    23/09/2009 11:28 am

    I don’t know If I said it already but … I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Tony B

  6. Pieter permalink
    29/09/2009 5:02 am

    Thank you for another great post.
    I look forward to many more entries with high quality info.

    Eliz says: Thanks for your feedback Pieter. It is appreciated. Let me know other topics you’d like me to cover.
    Thank you!

    • 20/12/2010 11:45 am

      Thanks for your feedback Pieter. It is appreciated. Let me know other topics you’d like me to cover. 🙂
      Thank you!

  7. 08/08/2010 7:45 pm

    Okay … thank you everyone for your comments!
    Cheers,
    Eliz

  8. 17/09/2010 5:02 am

    Enjoyed your awesome blog today- thanks! You brought more to a post than what I expected when I clicked on the back2blogging link from SITS- Day 5. Thank you and I really enjoyed this post. I even posted it on my FB page. Keep up the great work and you will see me again soon 🙂

    • 23/09/2010 12:24 pm

      Thank you for your feedback Pam!
      The B2B was what I needed to get back to work on this blog…
      I appreciate the positive comment and I have followed you back to your blog and commented too.
      Stop by again and yes I am following you via my blogger blog too. 🙂

  9. 18/09/2010 12:28 pm

    There’s so much information here. You really took a lot of time thinking about this. Thanks for sharing.

    • 23/09/2010 12:36 pm

      Karen,
      Thanks again for your feedback I appreciate that you stopped and left a comment.
      I am following your blog too. Come back soon! 🙂

  10. 25/07/2011 11:34 am

    Very valuable advice, not only for newbie bloggers (like me).
    The photos are fantastic! Thank you 🙂

    • 27/09/2011 9:24 pm

      TY Maria! I appreciate your comment on this post… 🙂

  11. 22/11/2011 1:31 pm

    thank you, very encouraging
    just started writing and really enjoying it
    thanks
    http://manupstudy.com
    http://manupstudy.wordpress.com

  12. 01/07/2013 9:58 am

    Thank you so much for the reblog Sam. it’s a pleasure to connect with you! 🙂
    Elizabeth

  13. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
    29/10/2019 5:33 am

    When I started blogging more than a decade ago, it was really all about me and for years, that’s how I existed in the bloggin world. For years, my blog lost it’s true identity and I think perhaps I lost my identity as a blogger (as well), until I realized I had a new voice.

    With my new blog, I pay more attention on what I can share with people. Through my life I’ve come to learn a lot of things and I realized it’s nice to use these experiences, so I can help people make sense with what they’re going through.

    And I see it, really. Ever since I started this new blog, I’ve seen how people relate to what I write, in a level that I wasn’t able to do in the past. It makes the writing more special.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/11/2019 10:39 am

      Good for you to focus on telling your story in a way others can grasp it.

  14. Samar permalink
    31/10/2019 2:57 pm

    The fear of public rejection is real, Thanks for writing a post about it.

    You are doing a great job Elizabeth, we are with you.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/11/2019 10:36 am

      Thank you. 🙂

  15. myspiritualshenanigans permalink
    01/11/2019 9:07 pm

    I love how beautifully penned your thoughts are. To every point, I kept thinking YES! This has happened for me too. Public rejection, and then being able to market yourself confidently. Plus the exposure to different types of blogs beyond my own work. All very valid points.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/11/2019 9:52 am

      I appreciate your kind words… Yes to all we do. 🙂

  16. aisasami permalink
    01/11/2019 10:59 pm

    This is really important advice as many bloggers have really taken negative advice the wrong way. You know, we can learn from the not-so-good advice. We take the good for those not-so-good advice and apply them to our blog.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/11/2019 9:53 am

      Constructive criticism is fine but some don’t know how to give it… being abusive under the guise of advice is never acceptable and there are people in the blogging world who thrive on that.

  17. underbeautyssurface permalink
    02/11/2019 1:45 am

    This is an incredible piece of writing for start! I really agree with your points. I myself started blogging due to the fact I love the reviewing side of it, I love sharing my opinions and advice and it’s so fun to write an honest piece of writing without being told I have to!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/11/2019 9:51 am

      I hear you. I feel that way on many levels too.

  18. momelite2 permalink
    02/11/2019 2:33 am

    These are such great tips and reminders! Thank you!

  19. D'ondra Howard permalink
    02/11/2019 3:40 am

    For me blogging is an outlet. I am able to get things off my chest and share what I’ve been through in the hopes it will help someone else.

  20. Paige permalink
    02/11/2019 4:11 am

    Blogging for me is a way to have a creative output and also to share my thoughts since as a mom I don’t get mingle a lot of people outside work.

  21. alisonreevesco permalink
    02/11/2019 4:30 am

    Love that quote and totally agree. The heart of true blogging is creating connection and engagement. Great post

  22. MUDPIEFRIDAYS permalink
    02/11/2019 4:46 am

    This is really a great Blog! Very helpful and very informative and direct to the point. Thank you so much. many can learn through this post.

  23. AMY permalink
    02/11/2019 5:24 am

    This is awesome! Thank you for this. You have your point and also you advice very well. There’s a lot of new comers will learn in your post.

  24. Play2WinApps permalink
    02/11/2019 6:29 am

    thanks for the info! great post and tips!

  25. Gaica permalink
    02/11/2019 8:01 am

    I don’t know If I said it already but I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks for all the advice.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/11/2019 10:35 am

      Thank you!

  26. Mommy Bloggers Philippines permalink
    02/11/2019 1:32 pm

    It’s a noble thing to give courage to our fellow bloggers. Certainly, it needs guts and persistence to flourish as a blogger.

  27. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    02/11/2019 8:44 pm

    I have a thick skin enough not to see or feel any issues with my ego and blogging. it is an important part of life and I think it helps a lot of people (mustering ego as well)

  28. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    02/11/2019 10:26 pm

    learnt so much from your sharing here & thanks for the tips shared, gonna continue enjoy my blogging passion
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  29. musingsandadventureswriter permalink
    02/11/2019 11:27 pm

    Nice post! Blogging for me flexes my creative skills as I cannot draw or paint lol. I love writing and reading and I initially began for therapeutic reasons…ad escape per se. It’s since blossomed to something more that I truly enjoy. I’ve met many blogging pals from social media as well.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/11/2019 10:34 am

      Good for you and your journey!

  30. Gaica permalink
    03/11/2019 12:39 am

    I am looking for a tips like this. This is so great and so helpful resources. I am surely be guided by this. Thanks for sharing your idea!

  31. Karen Maxwell permalink
    03/11/2019 6:19 am

    Thanks for your post, this is very helpful especially for newbies like me.

  32. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    03/11/2019 7:25 am

    I enjoy blogging so much and your reasons are all great! Thank you for sharing x

    Laura

  33. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    03/11/2019 2:21 pm

    I, like you, think it’s hugely important for actually clarifying what my thoughts are on certain subjects. It’s a process that I can use to distill what actually means something to me, and what I have to say about that.

  34. Rudy permalink
    03/11/2019 4:45 pm

    Blogging is an amazingly therapeutic outlet!

  35. Adriana permalink
    03/11/2019 5:36 pm

    These are amazing reasons to blog! Great round up here!

  36. aubrimjackson permalink
    03/11/2019 6:05 pm

    This is a great post and great reasons for why you should blog. I think more people should start it up. Whether it is just a personal blog or a business.

  37. Laura Schwormstedt permalink
    03/11/2019 11:04 pm

    I agree there are so many positives to starting a blog! Developing writing skills and meeting others is my favourite

    Laura x

  38. Simon Starchevsky permalink
    04/11/2019 3:33 am

    Thank you for proving that having the courage to run with it is all you really need.

  39. Kiwi permalink
    04/11/2019 4:42 am

    A lot of what you posted is things I have experienced in the past or things I am still going through as a blogger. Being a blogger is a journey always learning growing and evolving

  40. Searcy permalink
    04/11/2019 5:07 am

    I’m just starting to blog so these are great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  41. One and half backpacks permalink
    04/11/2019 9:07 am

    Very well written and it is fun to read, thank you for all the information

  42. Clarice permalink
    04/11/2019 9:31 am

    Totally agree with you! There are a lot of good reason why we should all start a blog. For a online worker like me, blogging has opened up a lot of work opportunities. My blog also serves as my work portfolio.

    The first step is really to find out your purpose and reason for starting one. Once you know what it is, hold on it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/11/2019 10:32 am

      Well said. It has helped a lot of people earn extra income

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