Respect Your Blogging Accomplishments
A wise man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
That genius was Ferris Bueller, the fictional namesake of the ever-popular 1986 movie written and directed by John Hughes.
Time as a blogger flies by. When you’re not busy pounding out quality content, you are researching post ideas, reading about SEO, promoting your work on social networks, etc. At any given point, you are juggling a dozen different balls, and like most of the bloggers I know, you are amazing – because you keep most of them in the air. But there’s one I’ll bet you are dropping.
If you’re a hard-working, trying-to-make-ends-meet, creative-type like me, you are probably so hell-bent on being “successful,” that you don’t take enough time to enjoy your blogging accomplishments.
This thought occurred to me as I accidentally noticed that today marked my 900th blog post (online career advice) and my 1,000th tweet (which has been a concerted effort to bring in thousands of additional readers). I’m also closing in on my 100th podcast.
I don’t tell you this for a pat on the back – why on earth should you care? But I’m telling you so I can tell myself. My blogging advice today is to take a look at what you have accomplished, whatever that means to you, and feel good about it. Allow yourself a few minutes to reflect on what you have built. Because when you start a blog, you are building something, something that was not on this earth until you decided to put it there.
So thanks, Ferris. I’m taking a few minutes to smell the roses, then I’m going to put my head down and work harder than ever before.
Andrew G.R. is the owner of Jobacle, a career advice and employment news blog and podcast designed to make work better. Follow him on Twitter.
I started Feb 4th with 4 goals and I met all four and 1/4 of the way towards my March goals. It can be hard to realize the small things you’ve accomplished when you’ve set big goals for yourself.
Whenever I accomplish something, I will let you know :)
This is what I do to remind me of what I have achieved for motivation: At the end of each month, I take a look at how many posts I have done. Then at the start of the next month, I try to increase it by 50 or 100 percent. This helps me clearly set my goals and also have a record of the things I have achieved, which always gets me going.
Content is king! Wow 900th blog post, congrats! I have been working a lot lately of creating really good content that my users can appropriate. I think I am up at 200+ blog post now between two sites but will be greatly increasing my value and writing as time progresses!
You make a really important point about taking the time to give yourself some kudos. I just realized recently that I surpassed the 100 mark of published print and digital magazine and blog articles awhile back. The best part is most of that was PAID work. OK, I bragged a little…
Wow, thanks! Great thoughts. I’m going to post a link to this link on MY blog so my blogging friends can count their accomplishments, too!
You do deserve a pat on the back for the 900 post, 1000 tweets and 100 podcasts.
nice posting… like a garen say.. “Content is king”.. i love that, because that is important point.