When Charlene said this, it’s like a lightbulb went off in my head. For the last few months, I have really been pushing myself to view myself as more than “just a blogger” and this summed up exactly what I had been feeling. I’m more than just a writer. I’m creating a brand, a network, a community and as businesswomen we have to value ourselves as much than “just a ____” anything.
Piggy backing off the last one for the next two (above and below), it’s important to realize that you can’t be a successful business woman in this field and do just anything. There has to be thought put behind every single post, e-mail, and partnership you make. I made the mistake early on and accepted any and everything that people would send me, simply because I thought it was awesome, but I was hindering my ability to be greater. I got burnt out, fast, and I had to take a step back. What you do has to work for you, your family, and the companies you are representing. It has to make you feel a sense of accomplishment.
The next two (above and below) go together. You have to take a chance. You just have too. Because if you don’t, then comes the regret and that’s clearly way worse than any no that could come. If I didn’t start a blog, I’d never have this amazing opportunity to be doing what I’m doing and staying home with my daughter. So, I really need to keep this in mind when new opportunities present themselves and I say, “Oh, I just don’t know if I could do that.” What’s the worse that could happen?
Joey’s quote was another “ah ha” moment. Social media is huge and brands are realizing that. It’s a powerful force. I know many of you, including myself, are in groups with hundreds, sometimes thousands of other bloggers and when we come together it’s something incredible. I’ve seen bloggers ask for help to re-tweet a message and get a response back from a company for a personal request, share something on Facebook and made it go viral, and even help an insurance company reverse a decision to not provide treatment to a patient. The fact is that when we work together, we are a force to be reckoned with.
Continuing off Debbie’s comment of making yourself known, you have to figure out ways to stand out. There were almost 400 bloggers attending Blogger Bash, but as you see below, by me sending out a pic of my outfit on Instagram, brands immediately identified who I was and were able to connect with me. That’s just a small idea, but it applies to greater things. You control that. No one else.