7 Ways Blogging Helps You Better Navigate Life

By: | January 3, 2016 | Tags: , ,

Bloggers can multitaskThis article, a guest post I authored, first appeared on SuccessStories.com on August 22, 2015.

Shocking isn’t it?

People exist that just don’t “get” us.

Do you get paid for blogging? Efforts that don’t result in money are considered worthless. I had dinner recently with people who condescendingly said exactly that to me.

You should know that you are actually more talented than non-bloggers, not less.

7 Ways Bloggers Excel at Multi-Tasking

1. Bloggers are good conversationalists.

The key to successful blogging is networking. You are better able to get to know other bloggers if you can make conversation.
Social media is about being social. When you converse with a fashion blogger, a parenting blogger, an entertainment blogger, a news blogger, a DIY blogger, or a blogging advice blogger (I couldn’t leave myself out), you comment on their posts.
This ability to converse about all sorts of topics transfers to life outside of the Blogosphere and makes you a better conversationalist.

2. Bloggers are disciplined.

Blogging has been called as time-consuming as a second job. Because you are no longer school-age, you don’t have a parent or teacher reminding you to do your necessary blogging tasks like filling your editorial calendar with ideas for upcoming posts, researching, writing, and promoting your posts, or keeping with your publication schedule you’ve set for your blog so that you don’t disappoint your readers.
You have to be disciplined enough to do those tasks as well as take care of your responsibilities outside of the Blogosphere.

3. Bloggers are excellent multi-taskers.

Because you need to take care of your blogging responsibilities as well as the obligations that you are committed to in the rest of your life, bloggers are great multi-taskers. In essence, we have two lives–one in and one out of the Blogosphere. For this reason, we have to do twice as much in the same amount of time that non-bloggers have. Clearly, bloggers excel at multi-tasking.

4. Bloggers are resilient.

It is normal for bloggers to feel overwhelmed with all they have to do to keep up with their personal, professional, and blogging responsibilities.
Bloggers know their limitations, so they don’t get sick. For example, they know how much sleep they can function on in order to get in all their responsibilities. I had a blogger write me to explain she gets it all done because she has learned to function on five hours sleep a night.
Bloggers have an endurance they built up because of blogging.

5. Bloggers are great friends.

Bloggers are each other’s support systems.This occurs on social media like Facebook and Google+ groups as well as blogs. When people need help with blogging, they turn to other bloggers. They help and support each other which is what friends do. I know bloggers that “talk” every day. They spend Christmas night on the computer together. When bloggers have blogging successes like a post that goes viral, often the first person they tell is another blogger who will understand the adrenaline rush. Successful blogging, which comes from successful networking, evolves into friendships. Bloggers have this skill of knowing how to make friends. Because they navigate the social media waters as bloggers, they are experts at being social.

6. Bloggers are life-long learners.

A blogger of six years told me she is still learning the craft of blogging. Bloggers have to be life-long learners since technology exists to help them keep evolving. Stat pages change, apps get invented, new social media sites emerge. These are all examples of new skills bloggers have to master. Resting on your laurels? No such thing in blogging.

7. Bloggers are humble.

There are always bloggers with more traffic or more followers. Professional bloggers will find there is always someone making more money.
Bloggers admit when they don’t “know it all” and turn to other bloggers, blogging groups, or Twitter chats to get their questions answered.
Vanity has no place in blogging. In closing, learning does not always have to occur in a classroom. It also occurs in the Blogosphere.

In conclusion, because you will have saved time in all the other areas of your life and be more productive in general, you will have extra time to spend blogging.

Bloggers get great value from blogging whether or not they earn a cent. Bloggers are in it for the outcome, not the income*.

Readers, if you think bloggers or nonbloggers would be interested in all the value blogging brings, please share.

What do you think? Did I miss any? Can you think of any other skills that blogging brings? Did I get any wrong? I look forward to your views.

Related Posts:

Discover My Secret Place

What No One Tells You About Blogging

How to Have a Popular Blog [and Should You?]

Source*

Pinterest.com

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  2. Susie

    Hi Janice,
    I wrote a post about ” what blog posts produce the most comments” and I have linked your post to my blog post.
    Please check this link out.
    https://susieshy45.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/sunday-sachets/
    The above post is very information- as you say, bloggers are humble and are multi-taskers if they are serious about blogging or if their income or survival depends on blogging. There are a bunch of lazy bloggers too.
    Happy New Year, Janice.
    Susie

    • Janice Wald

      Happy New Year to you Susie.
      I have been to your site and commented on your article. I responded to one of your readers as well.
      Thank you for your thoughtfulness in thinking of me when you wrote your post. I am truly touched.
      In response to your comment, I do agree that I made generalizations. I thought the post said wonderful things about bloggers. Since this was my first article for the new year, I wanted to publish a post that would make bloggers feel good about what they do. As your post points out, blogging is full of disappointments. I thought this article might help bolster morale.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hey Benjamin!
      Great to hear from you! Thanks for checking in with me! Happy New Year to you! Back at you!
      Janice

        • Janice Wald

          Hi Benjamin!
          Thanks for asking. The blogging is going great. I had my second best day ever for page views yesterday. How has your year gone so far?
          Janice

          • Human Interest

            Hey Janice!
            You’re welcome. Really? That’s awesome! How did you do it? 2016 has been very good to me thus far. ?

          • Human Interest

            Thanks for the invite! No way?! So what are you guys watching now?

          • Janice Wald

            Looking forward to the Bachelor. It starts tonight in an hour. You?

          • Human Interest

            What time zone are you in? And I haven’t been watching anything lately…. Is that bad?

          • Janice Wald

            Pacific. Not bad. You are a busy budding lawyer. So, you stopped watching House of Cards too?

          • Human Interest

            I’m Eastern. I did a while ago…

  3. Denise

    Thank you for this post, Janice! I would LOVE, as I imagine many other bloggers do, to be able to earn money from my blog… enough to quit my job! But, I am still new, and I know I must do my time. I have to build a following and a name for myself before I can even think about that!

    A few posts of mine have recently been “noticed” and featured and it makes me sooo proud. It makes me feel successful, like I’m going places. Getting noticed, I would think, is one off the first steps to getting to where I want to go!

    I’m truly enjoying meeting all the people along the way, and learning from them. There might be a little jealousy when it comes to how many followers others have, when they’ve been blogging not as long as me, but some niches are just more popular, and I respect that.

    Thank you for putting this out there… it means a lot to hear these words! <3

    • Janice Wald

      HI Denise,
      It’s true what you wrote. There are some topics that are far more popular than others. I enjoy writing about blogging and try to make this blog successful even if other blogs, with more popular topics, get more traffic.
      Congratulations on your successful posts. That is great to see on your stats page for sure.
      I am glad you liked it. I wanted to start the year with an article that would make bloggers feel good about themselves considering the disappointments they often feel when they look at their stats page.
      Janice

  4. John Doe

    This was a factual,feel good post to start the new year. I always hear “what a waste of time” and ” if you are going to spend all that much time and energy,why don’t you do something that actually makes money” thank you for adding to my self esteem and starting MY New Years off feeling good about myself.

  5. Lee MacArthur

    I hate people who say you are not a blogger unless you are earning money. I am not working on trying to earn money from my blog because I don’t have the time to devote to doing a full second job. Furthermore, I think its better to slowly build your following so you don’t end up with your 15 minutes of fame. I enjoy writing about different topics and if I write as a way for me to express myself, then I’ve fulfilled my inner writer. In addition, it used to be you would have to serve time as an apprentice, learning the business. I figure that is what I am doing now. In another few years, I can try to turn my blog into a money making business, just not now.

    • Janice Wald

      HI Lee,
      Is it good to be back home? Glad you made it safe and sound.
      I agree with what you wrote. They say blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. You shouldn’t expect to grow your community quickly.
      It is a shame people think the only kind of value there is is monetary value.
      Janice

  6. Keisha

    This is such an excellent list, Janice! You covered so many of the facets of blogging and bloggers that can be difficult to explain to non-bloggers (or even ourselves). Definitely saving this. I’ll use it as a pick-me-up when I have those moments where I want to quit.

    Happy New Year!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Keisha,
      Thank you for writing me today. Bloggers should use these points to defend themselves to non-bloggers who just don’t “get” us, but it is a shame that they should have to defend themselves. People should be able to see the value of what we do. I’m glad you appreciated this list which serves as a reminder.
      Happy New Year to you!
      Janice

  7. Mark

    Janice Wow!

    Thanks for sharing another excellent post!

    And I love all seven of your extremely helpful insights!

    And while all seven of your insights are extremely helpful!

    I particularly resonate with #’s 1,2, 5 , 6 & 7!

    Thanks for sharing some incredibly helpful insights!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mark,
      Thank you for the compliments on my article.
      The beauty of having so many points is that hopefully, people will be able to find at least one of them relevant. I am glad you were able to relate to five.
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  8. Tunisia Jolyn

    I love this quote: “Bloggers are in it for the outcome, not the income.” Great post. I enjoyed it.

    • Janice Wald

      HI!
      Thanks Tunisia! The original quote was actually, “Teachers are in it for the outcome, not the income.” I tweaked it a little. I tried to find the source of the original quote but couldn’t. Since it’s on Pinterest, I used that as my source =).
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  9. dgkaye

    I love the line ‘ we’re in it for the outcome, not the income”. Great post! 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks so much Debby. I wanted a post that would enhance bloggers’ self-esteem to start the new year. Are you in the states?
      Janice

  10. Barbara Radisavljevic

    I think you’ve covered the bases. I especially relate to the part about having to be a life-long learner. Blogging can be like a technical obstacle course with hurdles to get over in both changing hardware and software. On top of that regulations about disclosures that hardly anyone reads even if you have them and changes to TOS at site after site can keep one reading boring legal pages. Sometimes it doesn’t leave much time for actually writing.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for coming over to my site! The wee hours (midnight here) seems convenient for both of us.
      I am glad you enjoyed the post. What is TOS?
      I thought the end was funny. It is true we have so very much to do.
      Thanks for your comments.
      Janice

  11. Adebisi Adetunji

    You just fired me up to want to blog more. Sometimes i am wondering whether it makes sense to be spending this much time on the blog sphere. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janice Wald

      HI Adebisi,
      Thanks so much for sharing this with me, that my article inspired you to keep blogging.
      I read it this morning when I woke up, and even shared what you wrote with my husband, it meant so much to me.
      Janice

  12. Richard Schulte

    Bloggers are brave. They put their personally cherished thought and passion out into a sometimes cruel, often indifferent world. Bloggers venture into mysterious, dangerous places, while many safely sit and avoid horizons.

    • Janice Wald

      Richard, that was beautiful.
      True, and so very eloquently put.
      Thanks for contributing and making us feel, well, brave!
      Janice

  13. Anonymous

    Hi Janice,
    Very informative and I think you are spot on with your 7 navigational points. I was also looking at your article about grammar, so I thought I would point out one thing in this post. Your very first word under Point 1 should be “the” not “they”, thought you might like to correct it. 🙂 Happy New Year!!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi!
      You are coming through as “Anonymous,” so I don’t know who you are. Whoever you are, thanks! I made the correction.
      Janice

  14. Jennifer

    This is such a great perspective to have. We really shouldn’t get down on ourselves if we have less than expected page views and it seems like no one is listening to what we have to say. We get so much more out of blogging and its easy to forget that. Thank you for a great article.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your nice comments about my article and the visit today.
      Janice

  15. Solveig

    I find that blogging can be a great way of achieving balance in life. It does a lot of good psychologically.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Thank you for writing me this weekend in contributing to the discussion. Great to see you. Thank you for the visit.
      Janice

  16. Bella D. @ Self-Publishing Made Easy Now

    I love this blog post. I totally agree with the idea that bloggers are in it for the outcome and not for the income. That you for sharing all the wonderful traits a blogger can develop most especially on saving time and being productive.

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