I believe blogging is a career that you can use to develop personal growth throughout every aspect of your life, not just blogging. Creating, designing and building a blog, for a hobby or a career, takes commitment and skill.
Throughout my blogging career, my blog has seen me through difficult times and has helped my personal growth throughout the last five years. Creating a blog isn’t just about designing a platform and writing a post or two a month. It’s building a community of loyal readers, developing multiple skills and improving your mindset throughout the process.
In this post, we are going to talk about how to work on your personal growth through blogging to develop skills that you can utilize throughout all aspects of your life.
If you’re a beginner blogger or a well-developed blogger, there is always more to learn. Keep an open mind and let’s get into the top nine things to do to work on personal growth through blogging.
When creating a blog, especially as a hobby, requires great motivation. Why? because it’s not a one person job but it is at the start. Therefore, you have to learn how to create a website, build and create content, marketing and finance it all before you even begin.
As a beginner, it can be very overwhelming but that’s where the motivation comes in.
Learning to motivate yourself when you really don’t want to do something is an incredible life lesson and something you can use throughout your whole life.
There is a technique that I love to use when I am lacking the motivation to do something.
For example, say I have a blog post to finish tonight but I’m tired and lack motivation. I ask myself the following question and it works every time.
Do I really want to do this task but I just can’t be bothered or do I not want to do the task?
The answer is almost always the same. I want to perform the task but I can’t be bothered. If that is the answer, I always make myself do it.
Because I know I want to complete something and the lazy part of me can’t be bothered but I know I will appreciate myself afterwards because it’s something I want to complete.
I gained this technique from a mindset book that I read called the Chimp Paradox which talks about controlling your ‘chimp’. An incredible read and can be used in blogging too.
If you’re lacking motivation the best way to get it is by either;
- Make yourself do something even when you can’t be bothered. It’s a difficult thing to get into the swing of, but once you do – you’ll understand.
- Get inspired. Create mood boards as your phone/laptop background. Meaning you are always looking at what you’re aiming for. Whatever helps you get inspired, do it!
Related: How to achieve your blogging goals.
In school, the only creative outlet that we had was art and music. Even then, art was hand drawing vases and music was on playing the keyboard. Growing up, I thought I didn’t have a creative bone in my body because I wasn’t good at those things.
Once I started blogging, I realised I have so many creative outlets. Being creative doesn’t just mean drawing and playing an instrument. Designing websites, content and writing blog posts is a creative outlet.
If you’re a blogger, business owner or designer then of course you are creative! You can use this throughout your life and inspire others to do the same.
Blogging made me realise how creative I was, digitally, and that I had a real passion for creating art, but in the form of writing and website design.
Don’t doubt your creative side if you’re struggling with one or more things within blogging because there are hundreds of creative routes that you can take in blogging.
How to get inspired
If you’re lacking inspiration, here are the top three things I do when I need to get those creative juices flowing. Some will work better than others but as we said above, keep an open mind.
Read other bloggers work
I love reading other blogger’s work and to be honest, I love reading success stories. Things such as achievements, income reports and wins. I do this because it shows that others have done it already, so what is stopping me? I have the skills, I just need to change my approach.
Reading other bloggers success stories isn’t about trying to do better than them but instead trying to do better than you’re already doing. The only person you’re competing against is yourself.
I know a lot of bloggers don’t like to use Pinterest for promotion but Pinterest is a great platform for inspiration. If I am lacking blog post ideas, content creation ideas or even just a general inspiration to turn my laptop on and blog, I jump onto Pinterest and look at other creator’s work.
There was a study done in 2016 to show that there were over 1 billion pins created on Pinterest. As we are in 2021 and Pinterest is as popular as ever, you won’t lack inspiration.
Reach out to other bloggers
Believe it or not, you are not the first blogger to need inspiration or lack thereof. Reaching out to other creators and realizing that you’re not alone is very inspiring. The community around blogging is like no other and speaking to other creators can help.
If you would like to join a blogging community that provides support, answers and tips – then join The Bloggers Incentive membership. The doors are open and ready for you to join.
Although blogging requires confidence it also helps build your confidence.
How does blogging build confidence?
- Putting yourself out there requires confidence. Creating work for a small audience, to begin with, and continuing to create content because you know it takes time to grow requires confidence. Even simple things like sharing blog posts on your personal accounts or with your friends requires confidence if it’s an irregular thing within your social circle.
- Blogging doesn’t always gain positive feedback and there will be people out there that will comment negatively on your work. It takes confidence to ignore the comments and still continue to create content.
How does this help personal growth through blogging?
Gaining the love, passion and confidence in the work you create can open a lot of doors. If you are able to confidently run your business full-time, this will allow you to become financially independent with your business.
Something that really helped me gain confidence in myself was creating video content. Yes, many platforms prefer video content over pictures which was a difficult adjustment to make but I am so happy I made that leap.
Creating video content allows me to show another side to myself. A side that enjoys making silly trend videos or getting creative with sketch-like videos. These videos have performed better than I ever thought they would. This has really boosted my confidence in what I create.
I say this multiple times to my students, blogging is all about learning. No one knows every single thing in blogging. Mistakes are made but that’s okay.
I think feedback is one of the best things to receive in blogging as it can help you grow your blog.
Being able to accept feedback in a positive light, instead of thinking it’s a negative, will help you throughout your entire life. Jobs, fallouts, life mistakes etc. Gaining feedback isn’t a bad thing. It allows us to reflect on what we have done and how we can improve next time.
A lot of the time, people – not just bloggers – find feedback to be a negative thing.
People can view feedback as negative because in order to get feedback, they think, something must be wrong. Failure scares a lot of people but in actual fact, failure is subject to your mind. Who determines what ‘a failure’ is. If you run a race, and come 5th, you could see this as a failure whereas someone else running may come 9th and see this as a win.
Failure is within the mind and it’s under your control.
Accepting feedback will only improve your abilities and allow you to learn more.
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The ability to learn
Growing up, the learning process didn’t make sense to me. I found it extremely difficult to retain knowledge by just simply remembering it. When I decided to start my blogging journey five years ago, I gave up a few times.
Because I was trying to learn how to do it all by using the techniques that I used throughout school, that didn’t even work for me. I didn’t know any other way to learn other than read and read and read until it stuck.
After I went back to blogging, maybe after my 5th time giving up, I decided to take a different approach.
I bought my domain and decided to wing it. I didn’t read any more tutorials or step by step but instead, I learned through action and curiosity.
I learned that I learned best through experiment, action and learning from my own errors. Reading hundreds of pages just wasn’t for me. If it wasn’t for blogging, I wouldn’t know how I learn.
I have then implemented this throughout my life and learned so many more life skills.
Blogging can teach you exactly how you like to learn. You could be the opposite and learn through reading or watching others do it. Explore all avenues and find what works best for you.
Building connections (in a social aspect)
I say this all the time. The blogging community is like no other and it really helped me find my people. Don’t get me wrong, I have friends from all areas in my life but what a feeling when you can share your passion with others.
I lived in a very small town and I didn’t know another single blogger. Not even just from my friend group but my town in general. Therefore, it could be a lonely process when I was learning and creating at the beginning.
When I started to open up and gain confidence to reach out to others, my blogging journey took a 180 spin. Discussing ideas, sharing opinions and tips with other people who were just as invested and motivated as me really made me excited for the journey.
Although you may be running your blog yourself, you are not alone. Blogging has allowed me to build connections with countless other incredibly talented people and bounce off each other when needed.
Although your niche may be fitness or mental health, it’s still good to have a circle of people around you who are bloggers. It just happens to be that my target audience is bloggers but if it’s not, you can still build connections with other bloggers.
Platforms that helped me the most were:
Self-expression is incredibly important throughout everyone’s life, not just bloggers. Blogging teaches us how to express ourselves through multiple forms of content.
For example, my expression is through writing. I love writing anything really, blog posts, Instagram captions etc. Anything involved with putting my thoughts on digital paper, I’m in.
Writing has allowed me to express my passion in a way that resonates with others.
Finding your self-expression outlet is a great tool to have and allows me to maintain structure throughout my life.
Let’s look at an example:
Too invested in the wrong thing
I have worked out over the last few years that I like to be busy. I like to keep my mind focused, in a routine and as busy as possible. Of course, I know my limits and I am always aware of burnout. Again, this is about knowing your mind and body.
My problem was that I needed to be invested in something and often enough, I would invest my time into the wrong things.
- My job – this might sound a little crazy but what I mean is that I would work hours of overtime, for free along with providing ideas that were way out my pay grade. My job then started expecting it as it was my ‘normal’ behaviour. I was then expected to put in all the extra work for… nothing.
- Helping others – My blog is all about helping others but what I like to be very clear on is that I help people who want to help themselves. It’s important to me because I was helping others who really didn’t want, need or use the help I was offering. This is at no fault of theirs, I was misplacing my creative outlet.
It’s important to find the right self-expression that works for you and your lifestyle.
Taking accountability for your actions is a great life skill to have and something that can be very difficult to do. You may be wondering, How does taking accountability combine with blogging? As a blogger, you have forty job roles mixed into one. You are responsible for everything that happens within your blog.
Therefore, when something goes wrong, you need to take accountability for it. It’s not a company with a thousand employees where you can blame someone else. Everything that goes on with your blog is down to you.
If you make an error with your blog, there is no need to linger on it but it’s important to take accountability for your actions.
For example, if you are writing a guest post for a blogger and the deadline is today and you still haven’t submitted your work, then you need to take accountability for not managing your time and submitting the work.
I get it, things happen and you are unable to do jobs due to time and unforeseen circumstances but it’s important to take accountability, apologize to the blogger and work on a solution.
Taking accountability can be difficult.
A great tip I read was to have an accountability mirror. In this mirror, you need to look at yourself and tell yourself exactly how it is. If you’re putting enough effort into your blog or if you’re procrastinating too much, own it.
Related: The 3 keys factors to success.
Taking control of your financial situation
As a blogger, starting out or not, it requires financial investment. Although there are ways to blog on a budget, it’s not possible to blog for nothing unless you use a platform such as blogger. Even then, this isn’t having your own blog.
Creating a blog requires investment in the following:
In order to manage these outgoings, you need to take control of your financial situation. It’s good to be aware of what money you have coming in and out.
Once you start making a full-time income, you will be required to register as self-employed and submit your tax forms.
Although you can pay someone to do this for you, in the beginning, it’s good to get into the swing of monitoring your finances.
This is an incredible life skill to have and can reduce the risk of debt if you are aware of your financial situation.
How to work on personal growth in blogging
Blogging provides an escape for a lot of bloggers but as you can see from the above nine points, blogging can also help personal growth.
Learning to grow, adapt, learn and achieve with your blog will help you in all aspects of your life.
What are some skills that have helped you work on personal growth in blogging?