I am about two years into blogging now and it has been a pretty eye-opening experience so far. When I look back at some of my original posts I quietly grin and grit my teeth a little. As much as I chuckle at some of my first posts I can say emphatically it was well worth the effort to progress through the growth curves.
Blogging takes on its own little sense of danger to many. It’s of course much different than writing in your journal and then locking it up for no one to see. Whatever topic you are writing on it will be exposed for all to see. That is where it can get scary but if you have the fortitude you will stick with it and learn. Often times you will hear me reference the importance of being involved in the online community. If it was not for my online community I would still be far behind in my overall growth. My online community has taught me the value of preparation, reciprocation, and validation.
Blogging is hard work. There are times when I am staring at my computer screen wondering how in the world I am going to write an article on a particular topic or even what to write. That is when I stop and get out of my chair and take in the world around me. I will start researching items both industry and non-industry related in order to recharge my brain a bit. I have little sticky notes and pictures around me. These items and many others are part of my preparation to write. When I don’t prepare that is when I wind up having dry periods and that is just not acceptable to me.
Early on I learned quickly the value of reciprocation. The ratio has never been nor shall ever be equal. I felt that it is important to share and help as much as possible. By reviewing other bloggers writing styles it served to teach me numerous writing lessons. Many of the articles I read are so helpful I am compelled to share. I feel that I was helped by what was written so I reciprocated by sharing the article with my community. This has helped me in more ways than I can imagine. One thing is certain though. Every day I come in contact with some amazing people that make me feel grateful for going down the blogging road.
I was never going to grow if my posts were never validated. So basically it came down to me asking people: Is my content awful or helpful? It would be pretty arrogant on my part to feel that what I write is something special. The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. I challenge myself each day. I ask my team what they think about my posts and look for honest feedback from my online community as to what they think and feel about my work.
We have to explore our growth curves and analyze them from numerous angles. This keeps you from getting in a rut and it definitely keeps you humble. I will never regret jumping into the blogging world and I am happy to see my growth thus far and I look forward to what tomorrow will bring.
If you would be so kind, please share with me what your learning and growth curves were as you progressed as a writer. If any of you want to tell me how I can improve, please feel free to share in the comment section below. Thanks for being such a cool community!
Written by Jonathan Saar