As a writer, designer, social media enthusiast, or what ever applies to you, have you ever visited another blog, or website, and left feeling intimidated? Or have feelings of insecurities?
I recently participated in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. It was exhausting. Visiting hundreds of blogs, reading, commenting, replying to comments. There are some really great blogs out there. I mean really, really great. Like, ‘How can I compete with that???’ great.
I also did a Social Media Bootcamp during April. It was phenomenal and I highly recommend it to any one who wants to boost their social media presence. It involved visiting big blogs. Like powerhouse bloggers. Those websites where they have tens of thousands of followers. Yep, there’s that feeling of intimidation again.
So as a blogger with just over 1000 followers, where does that leave me? Well, it’s the little fish – big sea syndrome.
Every blogger wants followers. Most bloggers want to have comments on their posts. Shares to social media. We want to be heard. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have a public blog, right? Of course, the big reason why most of us write, is because we love it. And that, my friends, is the gist of it.
Sure, it can be intimidating to see these power bloggers. The ones who can push out a post with only a title and get 30 comments. (It does happen, I’ve seen it) They love what they do and how they do it. It works for them. It’s how they want to blog.
I’ve decided that is not my style. I want to put out good content (or what I hope is good content). Stuff that the people I write for will be eager to read. My followers will anxiously await my next blog post, because I’ve connected with them. That is what I want to do with my blog. I want to improve people’s lives, even if it is in a small way.
The A to Z Challenge taught me a few things:
I don’t want to put out a post a day. Or every other day; and
I don’t want to spend copious amounts of time commenting on other people’s blogs when I could be spending that time engaging those people on social media.
The Social Media Bootcamp taught me a few things:
The direction I want my blog to take; and
What I need to do to get there.
April was a month of revelation for me. The two challenges helped me to pin point the direction I want to take my blog and social media presence.
Remember my post on “What The Hell Are You Thinking?” I can happily say that I have found my niche.
My goals over the next few months will be to resume my life coach training , promote positive living through my blog and social media, and get my blog switched over to self hosted.
I believe I will be able to accomplish this, and, as always, I hope you stick around for the ride.
Leave a comment below, or take the discussion to social media. I’ll be using the hashtag #IWSG. Or, you can pop on over to Google Plus and share your thoughts on my Little Fish – Big Sea Syndrome post.
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