Believe it or not…
When you’re feeling down, blogging can really turn your frown around.
I’m not sure what it is, but re-directing your feelings into your blog instead of a six pack of your favorite beer (or other drink of choice) can be therapeutic.
… especially in the long run.
Your body will thank you later.
But for the time being, learning to release the vibes of your mind and soul into your blog is a great way to build self-confidence.
Once you learn to write as yourself instead of some boring lecturer, blogging will become more fun and your content will become more relatable.
When people find can relate better to you they will be more likely to return to your blog, and even share what they learn with family and friends.
Nothing feels better than knowing you have made a difference in someone else’s life with the value you put out.
What a great way to build self-confidence!
Now this all sounds great, but it may not seem so easy in the beginning.
The early phases of blogging can even make you feel the exact opposite of confident.
Sticking with it will start paving the path to change and before you know it, it will seem like you’re reading a completely different blog by a completely different person.
So how to you start making all this magic action happen?
Let’s get into 5 of the actions that have helped me go from a quiet mouse to social butterfly that knows how to bring down the house.
#1: Blog Frequently
Blogging is like a muscle…
The more you use it the stronger you will become at it.
Not only will your writing skills grow but your skills for developing habits will blossom as well.
The better you get at something the more confident you will be each time you do it.
Once the habit is set, blogging becomes second nature and no longer feels like a forced task.
You will actually want to blog and appear cool, calm, and collected while doing it.
#2: Write From the Heart
This isn’t school so you can be cool with the generic, text-book grade blog posts.
People want to read real advice from real people and can feel their b.s meter begin to go off the second you start to sound overplayed.
Be genuine without sounding like you’re trying too hard.
Your personality is your greatest asset and what can make you stand out among the crowd.
The faster you learn to write exactly as you would speak to a good friend, the faster you will begin to find blogging enjoyable.
Naturally, people will become more attracted to the realness of your content and like-minded people will enjoy how relatable your content is.
#3: Learn, Do, Teach
One of the best ways to come up with blog content…
If you aren’t learning, then how the heck are you going to provide massive value on your blog?
Learn something, try it out, and teach it back to others. Just try to go about it in a different kind of way.
When the majority of people go left, you should go right.
There will mostly always be competition and these days it’s getting more stiff.
Be above average by going above and beyond with more value than everyone else is giving, rather being the master blaster of your niche.
Being branded as an authority can build a boatload of confidence.
There’s nothing like being the best at what you do.
#4: Be Different
You will probably hear me say this a lot but it honestly cannot be said enough.
Average actions will create average results, so why be average?
Why do what every other blogger and their mom’s best friend’s aunt’s cousin’s boyfriend’s brother are doing?
As annoying as that last sentence may have been, it was just me being different (and slightly weird), which helps drive home my point so =p.
The internet is chock full of “me too” bloggers that are all squawking about the same thing in their content.
It’s near impossible to find a topic that a blogger hasn’t covered at some point in time, so you should focus on presenting it at a different, and more creative angle.
Just knowing that I blog with my personality makes me more confident than I used to be when I blogged like I was writing an essay for my Lit 101 class back in the day when I was in college.
#5: Show Off
You put time and thought into your work so it deserves some recognition, don’t ya think?
Likes, comments, and shares are great confidence boosters as they confirm when you produce excellent content.
Don’t be shy, share your content in as many places as you can; of course without being a spammy Pammy.
Consistent sharing will attract more readers and followers who will begin to like, know, and trust you.
Even more awesome, they will eventually begin to help you out with the sharing.
It can be a great compliment to have people seeking out your content and passing it on to others.
After implementing each of these, I have not only become a more creative writer but find myself to be more outgoing and talkative in life.
I used to be, am still am a little introverted, however blogging has helped me come out of my shell and gain more self-confidence.
When I was in college, it was required for graduation to take a speech class which meant I had to give two speeches and work in groups.
I avoided the class twice before having to sign up a final time so I could graduate. Needless to say, I was terrified.
The thought of standing in front of a group of people scared the hell out of me and I wanted to avoid it at all cost.
The first speech arrived before I knew it and needless to say, I was not prepared.
I don’t think I even rehearsed once before show time.
When it was my turn to present a speech I became tense, shaky, and sweaty at the palms.
I hesitantly grabbed my note cards and casually walked up to the podium where I took my stance for 5 minutes of humiliation.
I stumbled through the speech but made it through alive but was more relieved than ever to finally have had it over with.
There’s not much to say about that second speech as it wasn’t a whole lot better.
Plus, I literally got points marked off for wearing jeans.
Anyhow, fast forward to today and if I record videos of myself and upload them to the internet.
Ha, that sounds so wrong but you know what I mean.
As someone that has done video marketing for a year now, I have become comfortable with talking on camera, unrehearsed, from my subconscious.
All I have to do is remember a few key points of my topic and my subconscious will take over the rest for me.
Needless to say, making videos has given me the confidence to comfortably speak to strangers in public and talk to people that I would have been uncomfortable talking to before.
The key to successful blogging is to just be yourself.
Just work it, and in the meantime enjoy the vid.