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We wade through an incredible amount of information each day as bloggers. There are courses to enroll in, posts to read, webinars to watch, and people we should network with.
It almost seems never-ending, am I right?
Every time I scroll through Pinterest or open my Podcast app, there is new information that I can consume. Someone found the secret to gaining 1000 new Facebook subscribers. Someone else just made thousands of dollars with her product launch.
And here I sit – confused, overwhelmed, and somewhat discouraged.
I finally decided to start asking myself some important questions about my blogging journey. So, with information overload in mind – and a bold resolve to blog well for God’s glory – here we go.
12 Questions to Ask as Bloggers
1. Why am I blogging?
To make a full-time income? To launch a book? To meet other bloggers? Because you love to write? Because it’s the “thing” to do these days?
Grab hold of your purpose every.single.day. If you don’t, the information overload will be just that – overload.
We can choose to listen to what is helpful & encouraging and throw away everything else when we know our true purpose.
2. How will I achieve my blogging goals?
In other words, what is your game plan? In a world of full of experts, courses, articles, and podcasts all related to this thing called blogging, you must have a game plan.
Here’s the danger of flying by the seat of your pants: You’ll either 1) listen to everything and burn out awfully fast or 2) shy away from all of the advice and stay stuck.
I know this because I’ve done #1 and I’ve been tempted to do #2. I listened to every podcast, downloaded every free guide, read everything from the experts, and watched way too many webinars. Then, I had a binder full of information and a lot of burned-out resolve to implement my “plans”.
Don’t be afraid to limit yourself.
3. Am I caring for my people? If so, how?
Let me tell you now, friend – this is important.
Your people are just that – your people. They respect you & want to hear from you. Guard yourself from ignoring them. Instead, make them a priority.
Send them useful, engaging newsletters. Create worthy freebies to offer them for their investment in you.
Whatever you do, don’t ignore them.
4. Who will I listen to?
Like I’ve mentioned, there are many voices claiming to be experts in the blogging world. And many of them truly are experts.
However, in order to actually learn something, it’s wise to choose 2-3 people you will follow. Subscribe to their blogs. Join in on their webinars. Buy their products. And actually follow their advice.
You can always read one or two valuable articles by someone without getting their weekly emails, being invited to all of their new webinars, and tempting yourself with their courses. Again, don’t be afraid to limit yourself.
5. What will I do to improve my blog in the next 6 months?
It is wise and important to consider the future of your blogging ministry. Think about it: we plan our meals, our vacations, our quiet times, and our household chores. So, if we long for successful blogs, we must plan for those too.
For me, this looks like investing in courses that encourage growth. On my own, I will never be able to know everything about social media, images, writing, and blog growth. It is simply not possible.
But when I invest a bit of time and energy (and sometimes money) into a course that someone else has mastered, I suddenly grow & learn & improve my blog.
6. Where do I get my inspiration?
Writer’s block is real. Discouragement happens. It seems all bloggers need a big pool full of inspiration now and then.
So, where do you find your inspiration? The Bible? Books? Getting together with friends? Going for a hike? Stepping away from the screen?
Figure this out now before the ugliness of discouragement settles in. It’s difficult to jump into a pool of inspiration when you’re feeling anything but excited about blogging.
7. How would I describe my blogging values in three words?
Know your core values – the roots that hold your blog together. If you value honesty, openness, and humor, be about those things. Make your brand about those things. Share about those things.
This helps you to write from a solid place of understanding your own blog and also gives your readers something to expect.
8. What is one thing I need to change?
We’re always learning, always growing. And this means there is always something we could change.
Maybe you need to improve your writing. Your ability to create graphics. Your understanding of SEO. Your networking plan.
Maybe you need to change the way you manage your time. Learn to stick to a schedule. Let go of perfection.
Identify your one thing & make the necessary changes.
9. Am I neglecting anything?
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we have lives outside of our blogs, but we do. Our families matter. Our health matters. Our relationship with God matters.
If you’re neglecting something in order to blog, sit down and honestly evaluate your priorities. Consider setting some boundaries around your blogging time. For example, don’t open your computer until you’ve spent time with Jesus.
10. If I have a post go viral tomorrow, what would I want that post to be about?
I think this is important because it helps answer several of the other questions. What do you want to be known for? Are your blogging values portrayed in that post? Does the post nurture your audience?
This question also ensures that you never write something outside of you. Be you. Just you.
Bonus – if you want that viral traffic to stick around, the best way to keep them invested in your blog is to write from your heart. Every post should be from the heart.
11. Who do I have around me for support?
We need other bloggers. People who don’t blog can be incredibly supportive; don’t get me wrong (thanks mom & dad!). But we need other bloggers.
Join a mastermind group. Start your own Pin-share group. Encourage one another. Tell one another about blogging opportunities. Make friends.
Some of my greatest friends are bloggers. Introduce yourself & you just never know what God could do.
12. Is this a passion?
Deep down inside of you, is blogging something you love? Do you find fulfillment in it? Is it fun for you?
If so, blaze ahead and blog, my friend!
If not, go back and ask yourself question #1. If it’s only about the money, it’s not enough. If it’s only about a book, it’s not enough. If it’s only because everyone else is doing it, it’s not enough.
If it’s because you’re passionate about your message & passionate about your people – well – now we’re getting somewhere.Hey #bloggers! Here are 12 questions you should ask yourself today. Click To Tweet
Amidst the information overload and the overwhelmed feelings, take a few minutes to grab your journal, a cup of iced tea, and find a comfy chair. Ask yourself these questions. Be honest. Evaluate your purpose, your plan, and your passion for this wild thing called blogging.
And hey, if you need more encouragement, you know where to find me. I’ve been there. Sometimes I am still there. So, let’s journey together.
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