By Holly Reisem Hanna
I have been working at home and blogging for eight years, and during this time I have learned a ton of valuable lessons and insight as a blogger.
I always enjoy it when others share their wisdom with me, so here are ten lessons that I've learned and have helped me become a better blogger and work-at-home mom.
Don’t Be Obsessed with the Numbers.
As a blogger I am constantly checking and monitoring my numbers; how many Twitter followers do I have? How many Facebook Fans do I have? How many page views did I receive today?!? It can really drive you nuts and create a ton of self-doubt, especially if your stats start to go down. Let it go, focus on creating quality content and cultivating relationships, when you do something that you love the rest will fall into place.
On the other hand, don't ignore your numbers either. Checking your stats weekly is sufficient to monitor what's going on and alert you to potential issues or problems.
Watch Who You're Friends With.
In the past, I worked at an establishment where the majority of the employees were unhappy and disgruntled, needless to say, this negativity rubbed off on me.
Hang around positive and inspiring people, the energy that they emit is infectious and when you hang around the right people you will find yourself feeling motivated and empowered. Can’t leave your current job? Try joining a blogging group, women’s self renewal group, or attending a blogging conference, this will give you the boost and energy that you need to stay upbeat through the difficult and trying times.
In her book, The Chic Entrepreneur, Elizabeth Gordon suggests reading a new business book every month. When I first had my daughter I thought I was too busy to read a new book every month, but when I took her advice, I found that you can find the time – you just need to make it. Cut out a little TV watching, read while you’re waiting for appointments. I like to take my books in the car so that I can read while my husband is driving. Learning exercises your brain and helps get those creative juices flowing.
Enjoy the Simple Things in Life.
Bloggers tend a LOT of time of their blogs; I'm no exception. Remember to take breaks and cherish the simple things in life; a great way to do this is to keep a notebook and write down the small occurrences that make you smile. One of those times for me, was when I went to the Texas Conference for Women and was talking to a woman who I had never met before. When she asked me what I did, she said, “I know The Work at Home Woman – I love that site”, it made me feel like a million dollars. It's the little moments like this that enrich our lives and make us feel special, remember them by writing them down.
Go Outdoors Everyday.
Being a home-based blogger, there are days that I just feel trapped and isolated. When I start feeling this way I know it’s time to get outdoors. Whether it’s sipping some coffee on my deck, playing in the sandbox with my daughter, or going for walk being out in the fresh air always makes me feel refreshed and renewed.
Do what you love and surround yourself with the people that you love. Life is way too short to spend 40 hours a week working on something that you don't enjoy. If you have a client that's unpleasant to work with, or a project that you dread, let it go. It's your business — you call the shots. On the same note, don't burn bridges along the way. Make sure to handle all matters professionally.
Take Care of Yourself.
Good health, you don’t appreciate it until it’s gone. I know this because this past fall myself, my mom and my sister all went through some health issues and let me tell you, if you don’t have your health the world turns upside down. Take care of your health, eat right, exercise, schedule regular check ups and be kind to your body. You only have one life, why not make the best you possibly can.
Get Rid of the Guilt.
Guilt is a terrible feeling and it is totally useless. Moms feel it because they work outside the home, they feel it because they stay-at-home, and other women feel it because they decide not to have children, it is a vicious cycle, let it go. Live your life knowing that you’re doing what’s right for you and because of the choices you’ve made you’re the best possible person you can be!
Vocalize Your Appreciation.
Let the special people if your life know how much you appreciate them, it will make their day. A hand written card, a private message on Facebook, or a phone call are unexpected and go a long way in nurturing relationships. Make it a habit to spend 5 minutes each day making a personalized connection with someone in your life.
Everything in Moderation.
Extremes in any direction are never a good thing. Don't go overboard on any one activity or action, instead do a little each day and slowly, but surely, your blog will grow.
What lessons have you learned as a work-at-home woman and blogger? I look forward to your comments!
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