So, what is it, to LIVE AUTHENTIC?
I mean….. Doesn’t everyone want to live authentic? It’s not as if we want to live fake, haha. But seriously, can we ever truly live totally authentic? Can we ever truly ‘Let Go’ and just be who we want to be? And why am I asking this question after all? Well, when it comes to blogging, I feel like a total failure, seriously. I never know what you would like to ‘get’ from my blog, what can I give to make it worthwhile? I know I totally rock 😛 but will you? And then, how much of me do I let you see?
Of course, we probably all wonder if others even have time to stop in. Why should they, they have busy lives, right? …..And I’m practically a stranger? So, I decided to take a nice little online course at Creative Live called Build a Successful Creative Blog, by April Bowles, to find out how to carry on with this bloggy stuff.
So, that class was awesome! It gave me tons of ideas and thoughts on blogging…. In honor of it, we are doing a blog tour where we all give our favorite blogging take-aways from the course. If you can catch the free rebroadcast, totally do it, but it’s way worth the purchase, if you can swing it (plus then you can re watch at your own convenience) So….What was all that GOOD STUFF!?! Well, I couldn’t possibly tell it all here. So, I will tell you 11 of MY take-aways:
- Give freely
Build trust with your readers by giving them something of use.
Hmmm… What would you like?? Feel free to comment below.
- Build anticipation
Anticipation builds excitement, which in turn makes your business fun. Yay fun!
- Share your best (don’t be scurred, there will be more)
Always share your best. Don’t hold onto it in fear that you won’t create something new and wonderful. The act of sharing actually helps you to generate the new ideas and acts like fuel to your creativity and business.
Plus, your gift will be totally awesome, rather than less than best.
- Ways to monetize
April gets you thinking about how you can monetize your blog with your own business and talents. Think monthly subscriptions, retreats etc.
- How to find and build your tribe… and add them to your circle
Joining groups, comment on blogs of people you would like to be buds with. Don’t lurk and stalk, engage.
- Be yourself (be authentic)
But how? 🙂 …. Write like you’re talking to your BFF, that way you attract similar people. Oooh good idea! Plus, fake people suck and eventually, others will see who you really are, so it’s better to be yourself, no surprises.
- Make subscribing easy (oops, I blew it)
You should make it easy for people to follow your blog and have a newsletter for easy sign up
- How to generate blogging ideas (yes please!)
April gives us some blogging ideas in the course that pertain to our businesses and she also blogged
“52 Blog Post Topics for Creative Entrepreneurs.“
- Blog regularly
People like consistency. They like to know when to expect another post. Plus, it’s more professional. It gives you credibility.
- Get a notebook (Love this idea!! Great way to infuse yourself into your blog!)
Divide it into sections and write down ideas when they come into your mind.
Stuff I love, Stuff I hate, Stories of my Life, Things I Find Funny, Favorite Words, Attention grabbing headlines, things to remember
- You’re suppose to struggle
Remember, it takes time to get there. Have faith, you will get there! Enjoy the process, YOLO.
These were just the tip of the iceberg! Check out these links to continue on with the tour and hear from other bloggers who took the class:
So, back to living authentic…. Do you ever feel like you have bottled yourself up so much in perfectionism, that you don’t even know where to begin cracking the glass you’ve encapsulated yourself in? …To get to the person you want to be? Well, I do. You ever just want to break out of your norm? I love change. What exactly does living authentic mean? Well, you don’t need a list on this one, just follow your heart. Problem is, what if your heart changes depending on how the wind blows?
Today I am a watercolor painting, Roxy or OP kind of girl. It is Summer after all. On a cool day, it might be acrylic painting with a scarf tied around my head, long brown hair flowing, no make up, puffy eyes, Boho style kind of girl. What does your ‘authentic’ look like?