Three lessons from a blogging workshop to apply to life
It is not only university or school that teaches me lessons. I recently took part in a blogging workshop hosted by Creative Live and held by April Bowles. It generated this blog tour which I am happy to join. See Eleanor from Wok Star and illustrator Nela touring with me, but first keep reading for three important life lessons I learned from this workshop.
1. Be open to failure. Don’t take it too seriously.
Yes, a blog binds you legally and makes you attackable. I guess that is written in the terms and conditions I have extensively read and understood when I tick that box. Yes, my blog is public and basically everybody can read it. Yes, some people may not like it, and sometimes I myself don’t. The only thing that helps is to not take it too seriously.
In life we have to perform, we have to be successful and responsible and good looking. But being open to failure makes it so much easier to cope. Letting go of my own and other’s expectations takes out the pressure and lets me breath again.
2. Be somebody worthy to follow. Perform for your fans.
Once you have regular readers on your blog, you need to keep them. If you provide good stuff and quality material, they will stay. You may advertise on social media, you may design it to the core, but you have to present something worthy to get and keep your fans.
It’s the same in life. I am trying to be nice to people, even if I don’t like them. I want to hear everybody’s voice, and I want to be there for them. Whenever I can, I try to help and be a good friend, to talk and listen to people, to be somebody worthy to be friends with.
3. Done is better than perfect.
Regularity of posts is the key to a successful blog. So now that the thesis is handed in, I am back to the routine of one or two posts per week. It takes time, but in the end: Done is better than perfect. (Tweet this!) Because it will hardly ever reach perfect. It will consume too much time to make this blog post the perfect one and I don’t have the means to make my blog perfect. The most important thing is to get it done, so that it’s out there. That also takes a lot of pressure and fear away, which otherwise would keep me from even starting.
This is the biggest lesson I have learned in the workshop and it went viral in our classroom:
- My thesis definitely has some gaps and mistakes. – Done is better than perfect.
- In the audio report for the practical part my voice sounds really weird sometimes. – Done is better than perfect.
- The crunchy cookies for the picnic turned out to be more like brownies. – Done is better than perfect.
- I cleaned the apartment for two hours before my mum comes visiting and I still find lint here and there. – Done is better than perfect.
- I booked a train without checking the bus prices and now I will travel fast but expensive. – Done is done and better than perfect.
You get the point. Less stress, more productivity. Less panic, more fun. Less fear, more satisfaction. It is all entailed in this magic sentence and biggest give away I took from that course.
Now I don’t find a way to wrap this post up properly and come to a sublime conclusion… But it’s done, and that is better than perfect.
What lessons do you apply to life? Share them in the comments below!
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