Over the past 30 days I’ve been taking part in a 30 day blogging challenge. When I was first inspired to so the challenge by a lovely lady called Linda, I was quite daunted by the task ahead…how was I going to blog for 30 consecutive days? What could I possible have to write about that other people might find interesting? I wasn’t sure but I decided I wanted to challenge myself. Anyway, here I am at the other side and I wanted to share with you my blogging tips so you can go out and share your wonderful words with the world.
- Be accountable.
- I joined the 30 day blogging challenge on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/30DayBloggingChallenge/
- Why? For a small donation, I received an email every day with useful tips and was encouraged to share my blogs through the Facebook group. This meant that I was accountable and received support from people too.
- Get a blogging tool and use an app.
- I use WordPress and I also downloaded the WordPress app to my phone – this made writing blogs so much easier. I could write blogs on the go and it was simple to upload photos from my phone. In fact, I often used the phone app even when I could have gone on to the full site.
- Think about the people you are writing to.
- The 30 Day Blogging Challenge talks about your ideal client – for me, this wasn’t quite what I wanted to do. I wasn’t looking to write to new clients…I wanted to write to anyone who was on a yogic journey of any sort. I wanted to write things that might help yoga teachers, yoga students, people interested in Ayurveda, people interested in Bhakti…anyone really! I just wanted to connect. This probably isn’t the best way to blog if you are looking to generate business…then you should target your ideal client, but I just wanted to reach out.
- Think about what your message is.
- My passion is to unite and empower people…that’s why I have the Mind Body Spirit Bicester Facebook group too (it’s not just for Bicester by the way). I would love to see Bicester become a spiritual hub – full of holistic therapists, yogis, teachers, and community but my dream is for global unity. If you want to put anything on Facebook that relates to that then just send me a post through the group.
- One of the messages of Dru is “empowered people creating global unity” – an amazing dream that could become reality if we all work together. One of my teachers said to me “If you want to be an empowered person then help create empowered people”. What an amazing insight.
- Another Dru message is “Giving people the tools to transform themselves” – this is so important. Dru Yoga really transformed my life and I am so passionate about sharing that gift. I’m not sure how to do it all yet but I’m teaching at festivals and trying to get more classes going…watch this space for workshops too hopefully! Giving people the tools to transform themselves is something that resonates with me as a trainee counsellor. I won’t go into my plans for the future but I have an idea brewing which may be years in the making!
- Don’t be afraid.
- At first I was worried what people would think of my blogs but then I started to get lovely comments and messages. I realised people liked different things. We might not be able to please everyone, but sometimes a snippet of what we write could help someone. You might never know that so keep writing.
- You have more info then you think.
- I found lots of things which I had started to write that I could quickly transform into blogs. I remembered things that I had posted which had only reached a few people so I adapted those too. It’s surprising how much stuff you can come up with! Find things you want to know more about and as you research them, write about them. It really helps you expand your knowledge too.
- Have fun.
- Don’t make it a chore. If you’re really not enjoying blogging, take a different perspective…maybe look at writing about something else…or maybe do photo stories or graphics! Tell your story in the right way for you.
- Write from the heart.
- The post I had the most reactions to was Reflections on the Miracle of Life. I wrote this on my way home after being my best friend/soul sister’s birthing partner. I wrote it from my heart without really thinking about the words. I just knew I had to tell her story. After I posted it, I wondered if it was too personal but I am so glad I didn’t withdraw it. So, write from your heart – be authentic and true. You are perfect as you are and the world deserves to see that amazing side of you.
I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my blogs over the last 30 days. I really appreciate it and it would be amazing to see you blogging too! I’ve decided that I will carry on blogging, although not every day!
Gandhi said “be the change you want to see in the world”, sometimes we think we might not have the resources, the internal strength or the wisdom to do that…but together we can and each journey starts with that single step.
We all have unique gifts and talents…don’t be afraid to share them with the world! Namaste and Om Shanti.