Questions All Blogger Need To Ask Part 4 The Bottom Line
The Bottom Line and Emotional Toll of a Bloggers’s Life
A few weeks ago I presented a checklist of 10 questions titled Questions All Bloggers Need To Ask. The next week we learned how to Define our Niche. Last week we tested the waters and Set Sail using our answers to define the direction and cost our blog should take as we start out. If you would like a quick review of what we worked on to date please follow the links above and read parts 1, 2, and 3 again. The rest of us will wait with our checklists, pencils and note paper while you catch up.
For this last part of the series I want to talk about a subject not really talked about at all. This topic is bloggers experiences. I am referring to the toll blogging takes on you, your family, your job, and your life. Just like any endeavor you take on, blogging affects your direction of life as well as the lives of everyone around you. Read that again. Blogging affects your direction of life as well as the lives of everyone around you. There are consequences you must deal with that affects your relationships. How you allow these to play out and how in tune you are to them will decide how you grow as a blogger and person. These last questions will show you how many circumstances that will pop up you never actually considered when you decided to start blogging. Things you weren’t prepared for before you started your journey. Things that are changing your daily life.
How you deal with these issues will strengthen and grow your personality as well as your blog. Being aware of the changes will help to keep you from experiencing second guessing yourself, burnout and failure. You aren’t going to find a definitive answer written anywhere to guide you in your direction. However you will understand what changes are taking place and you will be able to react in whatever way is best for YOU.
The remaining questions are:
3. How much do you know about the Internet? Your subject(s)? How much are you willing to learn? Are there any areas you DON’T want to be a part of?
Blogging affects your direction of life as well as the lives of everyone around you. This is a key question. In addition to finding content and publishing it there are things you have to become familiar with. Research, finding articles by others and finding out the unique way you wish to present your own response to these ideas isn’t something you just sit down and discuss. Deciding how your valuable idea and response is different than others and how it provides and answers a need of your readers can take time to develop. It is key to developing a trust and bond with your readers.
4. Are you willing to spend the time it takes to achieve your daily/weekly/monthly/ goals? Can you put your Blog away to take time for yourself, your family, and the unexpected?
The time you set aside for your blog has to come from areas of your day that are now spent on other activities. By choosing this time you must be conscious of where it will come from and what if anything will suffer or thrive by this change.
7. Impact on you and your family. What choices will you make in completing your goals. What are the positive effects and adverse effects? Are you prepared to compromise?
Your work days and time spent on your blog will be different at times and that is ok. The key is BALANCE. Make sure you set your priorities every day for that day. Your career, family, faith, and health are very important and each needs to be considered. Be aware that making changes are good responses. Your readers are people just like you. They will understand if you don’t post everyday. They may not be reading blogs every day. They will be following you because they identify with you! Writing more may actually hurt you if you flood your readers with info. And your posts can get buried as your readers try to navigate your blog.
8. What part of your goals need to be met for you to feel successful?
This final question is meant to let you know and understand when you need to step back and take stock. Allow yourself to feel positive when you have accomplished a goal no matter how small. Your biggest critic will be yourself. Allow your successes to make you feel good about the time and energy you spend. It is the little things, that when added together, create the bigger successes you achieve. Allow yourself to see the steps you have taken are moving you forward. If they aren’t, you need to reevaluate your goals.
My goal in this series is to get bloggers to realize that the trials and tribulations you face are not a burden, nor are they unique to just you. Know yourself, define your needs and never be afraid to stumble, to change, and to grow!
Happy Blogging! Thank you for being a part of this series! As always I recognize how hard you work on your content! Let me help you share it. Please sign up for my weekly newsletter to be notified about future Blogger Opportunities.
You can find Part 1-4 at the links below.