I used to roll my eyes at the things my mom would say and think I was above the lessons she was trying to teach me. But boy am I glad she did because these lessons are things that I’ve applied to all sorts of avenues of my life — especially blogging! But seriously, sometimes your mom is JUST RIGHT. Even when she told me that “cupcakes are not a healthy breakfast” or that “that boy is not going to be your world for forever”…her advice was usually pretty solid.
I would get this one a lot when I was stamping my feet about something not going my way or somebody not catering to my needs. When I got older, I would hear this a lot because I was becoming so absorbed in my daily life that I wasn’t paying a lick of attention to anybody else’s needs or feelings. I feel like that happens so often in blogging. It’s easy to get absorbed in your own blog and your posts and your reading list and who is commenting on YOUR posts, sharing YOUR stuff (I’ve struggled with bouts of this from time to time). It’s easy to hop on Twitter or Facebook and promote your own post and not even care about what your timeline is doing. The fact of the matter is that the best part of blogging (for me) IS the community. Pay attention to what they are doing or you’ll miss out on some truly great posts and ideas from other bloggers and from building amazing relationships. Stay away from the ME ME ME attitude. Trust me, it shows. I can pick those kinds of people out a mile away.
How I apply it: I make commenting and sharing what others are doing an integral part of my blogging routine. I try to schedule even just 5 or 10 minutes ( or more when I can — that’s my minimum) a day to comment on posts and share the ones I love. I read through my timeline to see what awesome things people are sharing. I’ve also been trying to set a balance between promoting myself and promoting others. For every time I promote myself or my blog, I make sure I genuinely find something worth promoting of somebody elses.