Newbie bloggers, look away now. You don’t need to know this. You’re a babbling brook of sparkling innocence.
That’s a great way to be. Keep those wonder-goggles on for as long as you can.
And as for the rest of us, who have been in this game longer that we’d like to admit?
Experienced bloggers and business owners always have a ton to say to newbies. We like to believe we know it all. We’ve conquered the jungle, earned our stripes.
But maybe, just maybe, we can learn a thing or two from newbie bloggers.
What do newbie bloggers know that’s all too easy to forget once you’ve been fighting in the ring for a while?
(I know, I know, you weren’t born yesterday. Neither was I. Stay with me on this one).
Getting Ahead Isn’t Everything
Yes, if you’re a business owner, it’s vital that your business survives and even thrives.
But you don’t need to be at the head of the pack to do good work.
It’s good to do things for sheer, unadulterated joy. Follow your heart. Drop your ulterior motives and just have fun.
Instead of creating content to draw a crowd, write something that makes your heart sing. Do it because it makes you feel alive.
I don’t know about you, but feeling alive is way more important than having a piece of content go viral. (Although that feels pretty good, too.)
People Are Made of Stardust
The good folks over at the Institute of Physics confirm that stardust is what we’re all made of, saying, “It sounds like a line from a poem, but there is some solid science behind this statement” (perhaps not realising that it is a line from a poem).
We’re all fearfully and wonderfully made, as the good book says. We’re all human beings with blood pumping through our veins, with our own hopes, fears, and dreams.
Sure, other people can help you up the ladder. But remember that they’re people, and it can be just as fun to sit back and enjoy their company.
There’s stardust and magic all around. Don’t forget that.
Stats Aren’t Everything
Tracking your numbers is where it’s at if you’re serious about blogging and social media. You see what works and do more of it.
But stats aren’t everything. Chase numbers too far, and you can lose sight of why you started blogging in the first place.
Remember to take time to tune into what matters to you. Blogging is about finding the balance between doing what you care about and doing what gets clicks.
Speaking of numbers…
Small Is Beautiful
Building up a huge tribe of followers is great for your business. We’d never discourage it.
But small is beautiful, too. You don’t need a big community to have great discussions. In fact, having too many people talking can get in the way of conversation.
When you only have a handful of followers, you can get to know all of them in-depth.
Even if you’re a superstar who’s always in the spotlight, you need a small community of friends you can trust and who have always got your back.
So don’t just use social media to fuel your marketing or as an ego boost. Get out there and talk to people. Join Google Plus communities and Twitter chats. Have fun!
You Don’t Need All the Answers to Do Good Work
Blogging’s a journey. Newbie bloggers don’t always know a great deal about the topic they’ll be writing about. They figure, “I can learn by writing.” And their fresh eyes give them a unique perspective.
When you’ve been blogging on a subject for several years, you can start to feel like you should know all the answers. Many of your readers will hold you to that impossible standard.
The truth is, no one knows everything. We’re all still on the blogging journey, and we’re all learning every day.
Remember, you don’t need to know all the answers to do good work. And often you’ll do your best work when you’re stretching yourself, when you’re learning and exploring.
And while you’re out exploring, remember…
It’s Okay to Make Mistakes
Truth is, if you’re learning and growing you will make mistakes.
Make avoiding failure your aim, and you’ll avoid doing anything. In other words, you’ve got two options:
- Fail forward; or
- Stand still (and stagnate)
There’s no point in making mistakes for the sake of it. Once you’ve learned from your mistakes, don’t repeat them. But remember to keep experimenting.
When you start out as a blogger, anything seems possible. You’ll build up a huge tribe, write an eBook series, blog every day, and become the go-to expert in your niche.
Yeah, riiiiight. Right? Well, maybe.
It’s not always possible to do everything you want. But without big dreams to drive you forward, you’ll stay stuck where you are. Dreams are the fuel for your soul. They’re what get out of bed in the morning and give you your mojo.
If your blog or business is growing and you want to take it to the next level, you can always hire help. Admitting you can’t do everything yourself is part of making your dreams happen.
Curiosity is the opposite of cynicism.
Cynicism says: “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.”
Curiosity says: “That was a pretty cool t-shirt. I wonder what would happen if I went there again?”
Curiosity keeps your heart open and pushes you to constantly challenge yourself.
So drop your cynicism and stay curious. You never know where you’ll arrive when you start chasing rainbows.
Newbie Bloggers: What do You Think?
If you kept reading, well you’re here now. So let us know your thoughts in the comments. What would you say experienced bloggers can learn from you?