My Journey – This is Just the Beginning!
I was recently asked why I started my blog. The answer for me was simple, I do this blog because I love it! I have finally found the creative outlet I have been looking for. It didn’t take me long to answer the question but I did enjoy reflecting on my answer after the fact. The reality is I have 3 very active girls in club volleyball, I work full time and most people already see me as extremely busy with not a lot of extra time on my hands. I think those who don’t blog view it as an extra job.
I started writing my blog about 7 months ago. Honestly, when I started this blog most people would have thought there was no way I could include this into my week, me included. What I found was that I made the time because I found a huge enjoyment out of completing one. There was a thrill I got when I finished an article and hit the PUBLISH button. Even through, at the time, I knew not many people were reading it (if any). I didn’t discuss this with anyone because I was embarrassed and worried people wouldn’t like what I had to say.
One day I got the nerve to post an article on LinkedIn. After a few more posts, LinkedIn Pulse published one of my articles, Should you Take a Different Approach or be Patient. It was so exciting to see all the likes, shares and comments on what I wrote. It was also a little nerve-racking! I was anxious to open up LinkedIn with the possibility of seeing something negative. After reviewing all the comments, I realized for the most part they were very positive and thoughtful. If I read a negative comment, it was overshadowed by all the encouraging responses.
The response I received from this article, gave me the courage to show my husband. Until then I think he believed I had some kind of online diary that no one was reading. It probably wasn’t far from the truth. You could see him light up when he read all the comments and realized people were paying attention. I will have to say, after LinkedIn shared my article, I was hooked.
I enjoy sharing my insight and I truly hope someone can learn and grow from my experiences. At the same time, I know this process is allowing me to grow as a person. I’ve explored and learned so many things about myself since I started writing. I’ve exposed areas about myself that I want to change and realized many of my strengths and I want to sharpen. All in all, the process of starting this blog has been extremely positive and life altering. I’ve realize the way to I want to carry out the second half of my life while helping people navigate through theirs.
Now that I have written several articles and was lucky to have one published on LinkedIn Pulse, I am determined to reach as many people as I can. I’m here to tell you there is no magic button to help you. I read as much as I can and it is pretty much all the same advice (good content, consistency, and promote with social media). Although I’ve been doing this for 7 months, I’m certainly nowhere near where I want to be and it’s definitely not coming easy.
I’m at the beginning stages of this journey and I’ve just scratched the surface. So far, I have found Facebook and Pinterest to have more impact (engagement), even though I spent way more time on Twitter and LinkedIn trying to gain followers and traffic to my website. Moving forward, I am going to focus on Facebook and Pinterest and report back my findings. I will also share other avenues that have an impact on my follower growth and engagement. If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, first do it because you love it. Getting people to read your articles is hard work!