This blog post is heavily inspired by a newsletter that I received in my inbox Sunday from Chris Brogan. If you don’t subscribe to his newsletter, please do. I actually read each one and take notes because they are so helpful and inspiring to me.
As I come back from my very first blogging conference, which I am crafting posts for currently, I have been thinking about everything that I learned there. I think my biggest takeaway was that I learned a lot about myself.
Even though I am not new to blogging, I felt very new to the blogging conference scene. Many of the bloggers knew each other from other conferences and of course were very excited to say hello to their friends. Luckily, everyone was very warm and welcoming, so I didn’t feel left out, but I was still looking for my place among them since I felt so new and undiscovered. Even though I have been blogging for many years, I felt like I was back at Day One.
Feeling like I was back at Day One was the best experience for me. First, it removed me from my comfort zone and forced me to network with others and learn something new. From doing this, I have made some amazing friends and a whole new support network that I never even knew existed.
The theory of Day One really got me thinking about my current blogging style and how I allocate my time. On Day One of blogging, I did the following:
Blogged for Myself
I just wanted to get my voice out there. My first few posts were more personal and told stories that I was experiencing in my life. Telling those stories to my readers helped me connect with them and built relationships.
Searched for Readers
Now that I have thousands of readers, I think back to the day that I just had one reader. I was sooo nervous, but I always wrote my very best because I didn’t want to let that reader down!
Interacted with Others
Since I didn’t know anyone in Blog Land, I went out on my social networks to find people to talk to! I tried to start conversations with others so that I could meet people that were already doing what I was starting to do.
Took a Risk
When I first started blogging, I was freelance writing for others. I knew that, ultimately, I wanted to write for myself. On that first day, I took a huge risk and started something that I believed would help me achieve my dreams.
Felt very Uncomfortable
At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I learned so much about blogging that first day so that I could make Day 2 even better. I believe that feeling a tad bit uncomfortable helps us learn.
When I look back at this list, I wonder what kind of a blogger I would be if I tackled every day like it was Day One?
What do you think? What type of a blogger would you be if you started each day like it were Day One?