Four Life Lessons I’ve Learned Through Blogging

by Lindsay on April 4, 2013

in Attitude, Inspiration, Motivation, Personal Growth

Life lessonsRunning a website is no easy task. It’s not as simple as writing an article and hitting “publish”. Oh, some weeks I wish it were! A lot of work goes into the care and growth of this site and I’ve learned bucket-loads. But perhaps the best thing about running The Daily Awe is that it has given me lots of opportunities and glimpses into human nature.

The Top 4 Lessons I’ve Learned in 2.5 Years of Blogging

Lessons #1: People Crave Connection

When I started blogging, I had two readers: my girlfriend (at the time) and my Mom. When I was publishing my articles, I felt like I was holding a party nobody was going to show up to. But people – slowly but surely – started trickling in to attend my weekly publish party. And the reason why they did, I truly believe, is because I opened up to vulnerability and shared parts of my life. I gave people the chance to connect to me on a human level, an emotional level, a soul level. 

Someone once told me that blogging is a lot like politics: you’ve got lots of ‘competitors’ vying for everyone’s attention, and in order to get someone’s vote you have to really connect  and bond with them in a meaningful way. In order to bond in an authentic way, I have to give of myself and understand those who read The Daily Awe. Every time I feel vulnerable posting a certain article, I KNOW it’s going to be a successful one, because readers (you) find a way to connect to what I’m saying, from the heart.

Lesson #2: If at first you don’t succeed: try, try again

Whether you’re picking up a new instrument to learn to play, taking on a new sport, starting up at the gym after years of “taking a break” or writing…it’s unheard of to be The Best and amazing right away. Who takes up the piano and instantly becomes Chopin? Who among us is an ace at something they have just started to do? No one. But if you keep plugging away, keep writing, keep trying, keep playing…whatever it is. Keep on keepin’ on, I can guarantee you’ll get damn good at it. My writing has improved ten-fold since I’ve starting writing here. My friendships have increased exponentially since I’ve been open to meeting you beautiful people. My intuitive readings have improved since I first starting doing them, too.

Don’t give up. Really. Don’t. Give. Up. Keep doing the work. Things have to be hard before they become easy.

Lesson #3: Looking at things differently

When you’re a writer, you see the world through a difference lens. Every experience you have, every person you meet, every meal you eat, becomes a muse to write about. When you’re a writer for a living, or on your blog, you begin to see the world through a different lens. Everything has the potential to be a lesson. In fact, there is very little in life that couldn’t be turned into a lesson. I look at life differently now – in more depth. I look deep within myself when I’m in the thick of drama with a friend, or when I’m laughing with family over a delicious dinner or something funny my niece said. Everything we do and experience is a lesson. It’s enriching to view life this way – as one big perpetual lesson to be enjoyed. Writing allows you to enjoy life, even the little things we so often overlook. I appreciate life more deeply now that I am always on the search for something to write about – and share – with you here.

Lesson #4: The way to speak to the Universal is through the particular

“The point is, the way to speak to the universal is through the particular. The broad message might appear to speak to everyone, but really it speaks to no one deeply. When you focus on the particular, even though it seems counterintuitive, by communicating just one thing to just one person, you say everything to everyone.” – from The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson

Nailed it. When I blog about the particulars of my life experiences, like screaming at my dog or 50 things about me you didn’t know, I get the best responses from you guys. When I post broad, sweeping statements, not as many people can relate. So I always look to write about the particular, about my life events and things I’ve learned through living.

Are you a blogger? What life lessons have you learned from blogging or reading blogs? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

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Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being April 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Hi Lindsay,

Well, I’d say you’ve learned way more than this in 2 1/2 years (well, duh!) from the look and feel of your blog here. So fun to visit and look at your community!

Off the top, I’d say #2 is uber-important. I’m there a lot. And today, we are sooo on the same wavelength because I’m writing a post right now (can’t you tell? I’m distracting myself, lol!) and even while writing it flipped from generalities to focusing more on a personal story. And if I can get back to it ;-), you’ll see it tomorrow. (And the latest one I did post is also specific. Check out the video of me feeding the hummingbirds “by hand”! Joy, Ease, and Lightness … :-D)

I think one of my big lessons that I continue to revisit came to my attention after reading Tim Ferriss’ “The 4-Hour Work Week”. It’s much easier to be in input mode (reading blogs, getting ideas, etc.) than in output mode (actually DOing something like writing a post, creating!) Thinking of my activities in this light has really given me lots of insights and helps me see when I need to turn things around. In fact, it’s why I haven’t been here, or on any blogs other than my own, as often as I used to. It’s a very important blogging lesson for me.

So glad you’ve persisted, tho you obviously love this. It shows!

Thanks for the great post and food for thought.

Lindsay April 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Patti!

You won’t be surprised to hear that I woke up thinking of you one day, only to get a message from you in my inbox just a couple hours later. I love our connection and it amazes me that we continue it even when we only email once every blue moon. Soul connections are really something else!

I had a hard time getting past Tim Ferriss’ arrogance in order to read the 4-Hour Work Week. Do you think I should go back to it and give it a second chance? Based on what you said you learned from it, I’m thinking I should!

Hope you’re doing well!

Lisa | Practically Intuitive April 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Yes, so so true. There’s so much to be learned in the doing and sharing, isn’t there? I love reading the personal posts (of most any blogger) best. I like to know all about people (well, most people. Not so much with the Dick Cheney person) and the more they share, the more I can connect.

Well done!

Lindsay April 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hiya Lisa!

Like you, I love reading the personal posts of bloggers best. I think that’s why I love your blog(s) so much. You’re not afraid to share yourself, your life, with your readers.

Anne McCarroll April 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Good points made, all. I would say it is a daunting task to keep up with the inspiration- writing comes in waves. Some days every incident is good material, and others, well, it takes a lot to get it ‘out’ . You always do a good job with that!

Lindsay April 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Hiya Anne!

Thank you so much. It sure does take a lot to get it ‘out’…sometimes I find myself really hesitating to hit the ‘ole “publish” button. but those are usually my most well received posts. Hope you’re doing well!

Jenille Miller April 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Congratulations on making it 2 1/2 years on your blogging journey! That’s a tremendous achievment and one that so many would-be bloggers will never achieve. You are right that the act of “doing” is what makes us better and that the journey, the result of all the ups and downs along the way, makes what we have experienced more poignant and precious.

Most parents and mystics would also tell you that everything is a teachable moment. Striving to see the meaning and lesson in what injures and confounds us most can truly bring the understanding and wisdom that propels us forward on our personal evolution.

Many blessings to you and I can’t wait to read more!

Lindsay April 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Hi Jenille,

You are absolutely right – everything is a teachable moment. Sometimes it’s hard to see those lessons when we’re in the thick of it (whatever ‘it’ may be at the time).

Thank you for your kind words! Sometimes running a blog feels like a non-paid part-time job, and I suppose it is Hope to see more of you around here!

Shawn April 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I have recently started blogging and I have definitely noticed #3. It is pretty therapeutic, like writing in a journal. This carried over into your everyday life and mkes you think a little bit more about what you are doing and what others are doing. Writing definately opened up my eyes to really being mindful and more in the moment of seeing where the value is in everything.

Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay April 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Hi Shawn,

Thanks so much for commenting. I’ve not heard from you before so I appreciate it! I totally agree that blogging is therapeutic. But unlike our journals, it’s very public facing! I almost find that sometimes sharing with so many people is a different kind of therapy. What is your URL? I’d love to read your blog if you don’t mind sharing!

Vladimir April 13, 2013 at 6:41 am

Yet another great post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Lindsay April 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Thank you, Vladimir! I hope all is going well with you. I think of you from time to time!

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