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Lessons From My Blogging Challenge

Today is the penultimate day of my 30 Day Business Blogging Challenge. So, I thought I'd share a few thoughts on what I've learned from the challenge.

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Lessons About/For Blogging

Here are the lessons I've learned about blogging for business.Planning Is Vital: As the saying goes, "If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail." However, it's a case of following through with your planning and with your plan. I'm going to be radically honest with you; I only planned my blogs for the first half of the 30 day challenge. Because I was so focused on getting it out there, scheduled the first 15 days and planned to finish the rest of my schedule later on in the challenge. And when I got to about day 15, I started to flounder a bit because I found myself up against it. I gave myself unnecessary pressure. "Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today!" is another saying that comes to mind in the instance.

Research: When writing for business it's vital that you get facts and figures right, if you want to build and keep credibility amongst your peers and customers. So research is essential.

Everything Has Already Been Said Online: Well, almost everything. There is a wealth of information out there online and a lot of it is just the same stuff said in a different way. The thing is, because we as human beings are inherently lazy, most of us are unwilling to do more than a cursory amount of research on any given subject. Another thing is that we all relate to and/or resonate with different types of delivery and different personality types. So, even if you are writing about something that's already been written about online before, your audience 1) will likely not have come across the information that you've found through your own research and 2) will be more receptive to your style of delivering that information, if you put your own slant on it and/or your own personality to it.

What I've Learned About Myself

One thing that I never expected to gain from undertaking my 30 Day Business Blogging Challenge was to discover and/or reaffirm things about myself. My determination to succeed has been a big motivation to me. On those days when I just did not feel like writing or posting anything, the fact that I had been set this 30 Day Business Blogging Challenge by my coach, Clare Turner-Marshall, and I'm not one to renage on a challenge, motivated me to get my ass into gear and get posting for that day.A couple of times I had stuff on the next day and knew, ahead of time, that I wouldn't have time to blog tomorrow, so I wrote my "tomorrow's blog" the day before and scheduled it to post automatically. Good planning on my part, even if I do say so myself, and it was gratifying to learn that I am, actually, quite good at thinking ahead! Something I never before gave myself credit for. Note to self: I now know that as part of my plan for future blogging I need to ensure I have a few articles banked up in reserve, ready for those times when I am particularly busy or not really "feeling it" in terms of blogging.

Benefits Of My 30 Day Business Blogging Challenge

A great personal benefit I got, from undertaking my 30 Day Business Blogging Challenge, was that it re-ignited my creative writing. Many of you will know that I am a poet with 3 books to my name. However, over the past 6 months, or more, my creativity seemed to have dried out and I hadn't written anything in that time period. Since starting my blogging challenge, however, I've started getting glimmers of poetic inspiration and I've started writing creatively again.Business-wise, having recently launched a new business Business Abundance Club, I've found that my blog has attracted the attention of people in my target niche. I've had requests to connect on LinkedIn and comments of gratitude from such ones, saying that they appreciate the information I've been sharing and have found it of benefit to them.

If I Can Do It, Then So Can You!

I'm no Superman or Neo! I've found this 30 Day Business Blogging Challenge very challenging, indeed! However, I've got one more day left (and will have tomorrow's blog prepared before tomorrow comes) and if I can do it, then so can you!So, what's stopping you from blogging about your business? What inner mind gremlins are telling you that you can't do it because you'll not complete the challenge, you're too busy, you don't know enough, you're no good at writing or whatever else? I had similar doubts and thoughts going through my head too. But I ignored them and pushed forward and so can you!So, I'd sincerely encourage you get started on your own 30 Day Business Blogging and consider the benefits that you will receive both personally and to your business.

Posted in Toys Post Date 11/01/2017


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