Tuesday, June 14, 2011

5 ways to be a brave blogger


I first started a blog in December 2008 and have been writing on a blog for several years now. I have now had my Seven Cherubs blog for one and a half years. During this time I have learned a lot about blogging and have become braver in how I write and run my blog. 

Part of having a blog, for me, is being able to express feelings of my heart. As this is a very personal space, many decisions that I make in relation to my blog are an extension of me and affect how other people perceive me. Slowly I have become braver and I have been loving the results. I have become happier and more committed to what I feel strongly about. I am no longer afraid to share what is in my heart.

So here are my 5 tips for being a brave blogger:

1. Make decisions that scare you.
I know I am stepping out of my comfort zone when I make a decision to do or share something where I am worried what people will say or think. Even deciding to blog about happiness ideas scared me. I worried what people would think of me and if I could cope if no-one else was interested. I thought about the benefits that would come to others and myself if I made this decision and decided to be brave and to just go for it! After making the decision and starting I did not feel scared any more. Often we just need to make the decision and charge into it leaving no room for doubt to stop us.

2. Approach people to work with or help you.
There are wonderful social media tools available to help connect with other bloggers and businesses when you have a blog. I often use facebook or twitter to invite companies to run a giveaway or product promotion on my blog. All it takes is a few sentences to invite and the worst that they can say is No. Often if I am stuck with how to do something on my blog, I approach other bloggers who I see as experts and in every circumstance they have found the time to help me. Often all that is required is to be brave enough to ask. We are all in this blogging community together and are happy to offer support to those who need it.

3. Write from your heart.
Having a blog is a wonderful platform to express yourself. Writing from your heart takes courage and inner strength. Readers love it when you share a little of yourself, when you express what is really on your mind and what you are passionate about. Having good content on your blog is what will bring readers and helping your readers connect with you is what makes a good blogger.

4. Believe in yourself.
When I first started a blog I was very scared about what people would think of my thoughts and feelings. It took time and practise to believe that I had something worthwhile to say. So often I hear people say that they could not start a blog because no-one would be interested in what they have to say. We are interested in what you have to say, everyone has something important they want to share and if you believe in yourself and your message, others will too.

5. Be Passionate.
I believe it takes great spirit to be passionate. It takes commitment, courage and determination to speak openly and boldly on a topic you care deeply about. When I see bloggers or anyone in general speaking up about a certain issue they are passionate about, I immediately think they are brave. We need more brave bloggers to take a stand and to be passionate about topics because people will listen, they will make changes and will follow what we say.

I love that here in Australia we have many brave bloggers. Women and Men who blog from the heart, who share what they have learned to help and uplift others, who are passionate and who believe in being better and that what they have to say is worthwhile. I love connecting with these inspiring people and am thankful to call many of them friends.

28 comments:

  1. And you do it all so well! X

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  2. I think you really nailed down the esssentials, thank you!! ;o)

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  3. I'm so pleased that you started this blog AND that I found you.

    Your writing has helped me to be braver in both my blogging and 'real' lives and I thank you sincerely.

    Felicity xx

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  4. Well said! Naomi, you often broach subjects that are often not discussed in the bloggersphere - i sometimes wonder at the unnatural sanitised state it claims to be in. Now i don't mean I want to see smut or swear on my blog. BUT issues, serious issues that pertain to having a stronger community / society (hello the place we are developing for our cherubs to live in to give to) are rarely discussed.

    Like you i often touch on things just outside craft and baking but I am disappointed to say my teacosies get more attention that my thoughts inappropriate clothing lines for little girls or body image / eating disorder tv shows!

    Thanks for your encouragement.

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  5. Thanks for your support ladies, I love that each of you are brave in your own ways and so love how you contribute to this wonderful blog community. N x

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  6. I love what I read from you. You have it right, just write from your heart. These are the things people want to hear and read. Some times I write things and push publish then thinking OH DEAR should I have written that - these are the EXACT things people love !!
    Chelle - Getting Sorted

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  7. You are so brave and i love reading your posts becauae they are real! Theres no sugar coating it!
    I am still trying to brave but i will get there one day i hope to write more freely but for now i will remember these tips
    xxx

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  8. Thank you for sharing! You help me become a better, braver blogger. I will definitely use your tips

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  9. I have the same thing happen Chelle - so many times I publish a post and worry and think of deleting it because I think I was a little too bold or over the top. These are the type of posts that others like to read. I am trying to do it more often and to be braver as well. it is not easy because once it is out there - it is out there! thanks for loving my tips ladies. N x

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  10. I love this as an edition to your Happiness Project, Naomi. I think... actually, I know I think too much about things and then talk myself out of them!! Such a lovely reminder to ``just do it''!!
    It's true that you have to step out of your comfort zone to reap true reward! That's why you do so well as a blogger, Naomi. xx

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  11. I am slowly getting braver...especially about expressing my true self...not just the self that I want to be true! Notice I said SLOWly...

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  12. Love that you mentioned that we should work on this slowly Nature Girl - we sure do! It takes time to be brave some days and at other times we just need to suck it up and jump in and be brave.

    Kellie I am so bad at talking myself out of stuff - something I am working on. I am getting better at just hitting the publish button though and letting it go :)

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  13. I feel at the moment that I am on the verge of becoming much braver about my blogging. On the weekend I blogged about being grateful for the confidence to attend the Nuffnang Conference next month and was overwhelmed by the response I received. Makes me see what a beautiful and supportive community we are part of. xx

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  14. Thank you for your advice. I am just starting my blog, so I have bookmarked this page to keep going back to.

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  15. I love coming to this space - its so helpful, its tone so happy, and I leave with wonderful advice. Thank you for more words of wisdom. Hoping to be braver and bolder in the future myself x

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  16. LOVE IT :) Thankyou xxx

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  17. Love this one today. I think those are all great ideas. You have been blogging much longer than I have. I try and keep it personal, after all, that is what I started with. Thank you for all your words of wisdom and hope. I will keep working on the brave part!

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  18. Fab tips Naomi, thank you for sharing them. Your blog is lovely, so these tips are blogging gold :o)

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  19. What a great blog post Naomi, and what fab comments - just goes to show that being brave inspires bravery in others, cheers, Alli x

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  20. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments ladies. I love your feedback and am thankful that you feel comfortable in my blog space. I also love that you are feeling braver as a blogger and that you are going to try to be braver in the future. N x

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  21. ok...and can i just send you a huge hug across the blogosphere...
    as you inspire me constantly- bravery is contagious- so thank you...

    melissa xx

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  22. Sharing your tips honestly and hopenly was a really nice thing to do.
    Thank you. Your inspiration keeps the rest of us going.

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  23. So nice to find your blog via Melissa's Naomi.
    I can see why so many find you so inspirational. Thanks for the tips on 'being brave'. So often I talk myself out of a post because I think it just might be going a tad too far, and then I read my watered down version, and it doesn't say what i really wanted to say. I'm going to read and reread all your tips and happiness posts! And be brave!
    Amanda x

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  24. This is one of your best posts yet, Naomi. Thankyou for writing it. And thankyou ever more for supporting and encouraging me to be a braver blogger. I am blessed to have you as my friend. J x

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  25. Arouma MatautiaJuly 31, 2012

    hi Naomi, i too am interested in starting a blog but have no idea from A to Z of what it is and how to begin whether i have to join a club or server, maybe when you have the time you can give me a helping hand to start meanwhile i will just follow your wonderful blogs by reading them one story at a time...love and hugs

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  26. I'm just reading all your blogging posts. I'm getting braver everyday. Thank you for your inspiration. I'm a scaredy cat blogger, but hope that one day I'll be as strong as a lion ;) x

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