1. Work out your theme/purpose
I decided early what the purpose/mission for my blog was. So every decision I made from that point was easy. I didn’t need to think too much. When coming up with your direction/theme (“brand” if you like), you need to think about what you want to be “known” for. Whatever you do don’t copy someone else. It’s very obvious and you come across unauthentic. Be you and stick to that!
2. Try not to compare
It’s really easy to get caught up in the “numbers”. Put your blinkers on. Keep your head down and bum up. It’s easy to get distracted and start over-thinking what everyone else is doing. The problem with that is you start to doubt yourself and that gives you brain freeze. It stops your creativity. There have been days I might post on Facebook and receive 3 comments, as well as days that I post and get 200 comments. Same goes for my blog posts. I try not to get caught up in that. It is hard but you need to focus on the big picture. Move on…
3. Respect everyone you come across:
Be respectful online as you would be face to face. If someone comes to your page and says “hi” visit their page and say “hi” back. If someone tweets you tweet them back. If you’re in business don’t feel that it’s ok to post your business advertising or blog links on someone’s page. Think of it like this, would you walk into someone’s business and start putting posters up without asking if it was ok? Ahh no you wouldn’t. At least introduce yourself and ask if it’s ok. Some people don’t mind. In fact they may encourage it. But do your homework first. Get to know the ‘culture’ of the page (before) you approach them. If someone peeves you off go to bed and sleep on it you can read my post about that here.
4. Help others succeed
Actively promote others, but don’t expect they will promote you in return. Do it because you believe in them and believe in what they are saying or selling. I actively promote people that I “feel” align with me, as in, have the same purpose.
5. BE YOU BE YOU BE YOU!!
You have probably noticed I have talked about being you throughout this whole blog post. I honestly believe that is THE MOST important point. Be Honest, Be Real whatever you do don’t underestimate people. Humans have a great inbuilt bullshit detector.- That’s why it’s easier to just be You and be honourable with your intentions.
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Have you got any points to add? Have I missed anything out? or is there something you want to know?