Running 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.