Hey, everyone! I just wanted to talk about how my growth has increased organically as a blogger. I want to talk about how much it has changed me and how you can grow organically as well.
I started my blog using Blogger. It began as an outlet for me to talk about my mental health and my natural hair. I didn’t know what I was doing really. Yet, I knew that I wanted it to become something that can inspire others, as I have been inspired. So, one of my first pieces of content was on how I deal with depression. It was a video on YouTube and I think it’s still there. However, but it was the first time I was so raw and open about my issue. It was the bravest thing that I’ve ever done.
The Roller Coaster of Organic Growth.
The past five years have been a roller coaster ride with feelings of inadequacy, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and personal problems that would derail the plans I had for my blog. These feelings would cause me to post inconsistently or not at all. I’ve even deleted posts because I felt that they would make my blog unattractive. That wasn’t true.
Over time, I’ve linked up with other bloggers, learned tips and tricks, use appropriate apps, studied the work of other bloggers, and reached out for help from a mentor. I’m even working on how to break away from perfectionism and just do the work.
As I am in year five now, I can say that I’ve grown to the point where I now feel confident enough to write for other bloggers and pitch ideas to companies and offer content for sponsorship,
How can I Grow Organically As a Blogger?
I recommend several things.
If you have a favorite blogger or youtuber, look for videos where they talk about their struggles and determine if it this something that you want to continue doing. This isn’t for the faint of heart. Especially when you want it so bad.
If those same youtubers or bloggers are offering a course, take it. They have valuable info to share and it’s most likely worth it.
Treat it like a business, even if you are just journaling your ideas and feelings, do this anyway. Your readers will appreciate that you took the time to consider as customers.
In relation to #3, learn customer service. Find out what your readers like and try to offer that while remaining true to yourself. For example, you should your pins on Pinterest to see where they’ve posted your pin and look at what they’ve pinned so far. Create your next post based on those ideas.
Join a community of other bloggers within your niche. There are tons of groups on social media that will help get you started. Most groups have designated days where everyone shares their content. Just be careful of falling into the ‘follow for follow’ trap.
Find apps that would make content creation super simple. Find free or paid apps to help you create better content and graphics.
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I say “we” because I too feel like an imposter most of the time. I deal with perfectionism and anxiety based procrastination. Most times, I don’t even start a project because I’m often wondering if it’s going to be good enough and would people like it. After blogging for over five years, I STILL feel like an imposter because I’m not seeing the results I want. What results am I looking for? I’m looking for what you’re looking for… right? We just want to overcome imposter syndrome and become a better blogger. We want to feel authentic, be authentic and still get real results.
Even though I blog to be transparent and share my experiences and tips to deal with mental health,skincare, haircare, etc, I’m often looking for the results I see from some of my favorite bloggers and vloggers. I’m often looking for the brand deals, revenue, the blog traffic, followers and more. “They have it. So, why can’t I?”, I think to myself.
So, how can we overcome imposter syndrome and become a better blogger? I’ve got eight tips to share with you. In this post, we’ll start with the first four.
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1. Courage can come from joining a group for bloggers.
There are tons of networking groups, social media pages, and sites where bloggers of a particular demographic and niche can come together to ask questions, share ideas, share tips, create content for one another, and so much more.
The best part about these groups is that you’ll find someone else who has or does feel the same way do you. It’s one of the reasons why it pays to be around and socialize with people who are like-minded. They know imposter syndrome, but they also know success and financial gain. They know imposter syndrome, but they also know how to crank out multiple blog posts a week. I could keep going to say that joining groups can help you gain confidence in yourself and help you reach your goals.
If you happen to be looking for a group or tribe to join, I recommend joining Tailwind Joining Tailwind will not only help you find like-minded people, but it will also help you to share your content and increase the traffic of your blog and social media pages. With a Tailwind, you can also create your own special or exclusive tribes and meet and follow other bloggers.
For example, I have created a tribe and safe space for black lifestyle bloggers. In my tribe, we often share post from our blogs and from others blogs. We then also share them to Facebook and Twitter. With Tailwind you can also share your post from Instagram to tell when they’re for sharing it to your favorite Pinterest page.
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2. Ditch Perfectionism.
Perfectionism is a beast that I know all too well. As I mentioned before, there are times where I don’t even start a project because I’m afraid of what people will think and at times I often feel as if I’m not equipped to handle the task. Some days, I feel that my ideas are dumb and some days I feel like my ideas are amazing but they come with a lot of pressure. Sometimes, I get so excited about an idea my body confuses anxiety and excitement and then I feel like I can’t do it
So, what have I been doing? I’ve been working to do it anyway. Do it afraid! I do it anyway because the worst that can happen is I’m told no, I won’t get any clicks or traffic, or no one reads it or watches it.
The best that can happen is that someone does read my posts, someone gets help from them, I’ll earn affiliate and/ sponsored revenue, all the good things can happen! I wouldn’t know any of the results (good or bad) until I try to do it.
I’ve been told by two mentors, my blogging mentor, and my business mentor this phrase. They both said (on two separate occasions), “You can’t be everything to everyone.” I never said to either of them that I was trying to be everything to everyone. It’s just that I had all the symptoms of trying to be everything to everyone and they sensed that immediately. Maybe, it’s because they know what it’s like started to start off and be so excited and so gung-ho about what you want to do and still don’t get any of the things done because you’re trying to be everything to everyone.
You ask, “What does this have to do with imposter syndrome?” It has a lot to do with a person not being able to accept their work as good enough and hoping that someone will find their work acceptable. Yet, live in fear that they will be discovered to be a fraud.
Some minorities are more likely to have this problem as we are often told that we have to work twice as hard to be considered half as good as our white classmates and colleagues. In our society, our work is often treated as being “not good enough” to credit us, but good to steal without due credit. Source: https://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2013/11/fraud
4. Find Mentorship From a Successful Blogger.
I’m not sure if I’m ready to become someone’s blogging mentor. However, one of the best things I did was begin to follow the advice of a content creator I’ve been following for almost 9 years, Jenell B. Stewart. I started following her for advice on natural hair and learned that she started offering coaching sessions on blogging. It was during a point where I was getting NOWHERE with my content or my following. I was stagnant. I HATE being stagnant!
Since I’ve been getting her advice from one of her courses (The Paid Pitch), I’ve increased my following on social media, improved the quality of my content, became more confident in my abilities, and recently landed a partnership with a black woman-owned skincare company. Yes! And BABY, I’m still rising!
If you feel that you are struggling with creating content and need some guidance, I highly recommend that you should enroll in one or more of her courses. Some of her courses will come bundled with her other courses. So, you will always get valuable information on top of more valuable information.
So, those are my first four tips to show you how to overcome imposter syndrome and be a better blogger.