Sometimes people ask me if going to Morocco wasn’t a huge step that pushed me out of my comfort zone. While anything that involves moving is a move out of my comfort zone, I have to say, no, it wasn’t. I knew the country from more than 10 years of vacations, I have family there, and would end the day with hubby on our comfy couch watching series and snacking homemade Moroccan pancakes with honey drizzle sauce.
Do you really want to know what takes you out of your comfort zone?!
Can you relate? Did you put yourself out there with a blog of your own? Are you overwhelmed by all that is involved in that crazy thing we call blogging? (Stay tuned for some easy tutorials on blogging!)
The Blogging Journey
It’s huge to put yourself out there. It feels scary. At the same time, you love blogging as a creative outlet and really enjoy working on the content, creating graphics and learning so many new things. You are working all by yourself and time flies! You could do this for hours (if you had that kind of time).
But sometimes you are reminded that some people don’t really get what blogging actually is. People like your mom that rarely ever go online and may even have no smartphone.
My parents know that I dedicated myself to creating a website of my own after my toddler started daycare. I assume they expected some kind of online business card with working samples of mine so I can market my writing services and establish myself as a scientific writer. And I did nothing to correct this assumption.
Then, one day, my husband had the great idea to show my parents what I had created. They were just about to leave when he pulled out his phone and asked them if they saw the website already.
I watched their faces. They looked irritated. My father finally said “well done” and wouldn’t bother no more. My mother was at first speechless, especially when she saw the About-page. It was obviously nothing she expected my website to look like.
The Question Bloggers Hate
After a while, she said, “this website of yours… it’s not about your education at all and … er... how exactly do you plan to make a living out of it?!?”
Did you ever feel speechless when people ask that? Or very similar, did you ever feel speechless when people ask you what you do all day long?!?! You were active, busy, taking care of 1001 little things and toddler disasters. And yet, you don’t really know where all those hours went exactly.
In that moment, I felt belittled and speechless. I heard the disappointment in her voice. But at the same time, I get it. She doesn’t know. A few years ago I didn’t know myself.
How do you explain that to people that aren’t into blogging themselves? I run a website and try to make a living using different possible sources of income such as affiliate marketing, ads or sponsored posts or … blah dee blah. Just “I run a website” or “I’m a webmaster… online marketer … freelance writer… entrepreneur“?
I haven’t figured it out yet and if you have, please let me know what works for you!!
So Many New Things You have to learn
You can easily oversee that with blogging comes a lot of learning. How do you create stunning graphics, how to they get into your blog posts, how can you be more organized working from home, how do you make your blog look pretty?!
I had a large learning curve to master and I’m not done yet.
Read these posts about some things I have mastered so you can save yourself some time and become a better blogger today:
As a motivator, I share this little poster and three individual cards with you in my free resource libraby for subscribers. You will get 3 individual cards as pdf (for printing) or png (for digital use) and one poster (pdf).
I hope you like them! Share if you do and don’t forget to let me in on your magic words you tell people who ask the question.