Quotes never fail to inspire me – some that I keep strike a chord with me every time I look at them. If you don’t regularly browse Pinterest or your Twitter feed for the quotes people are sharing, I really recommend you do so. Although some of them might not be to everyone’s tastes, there are always words you can find that will really resonate with you.
We know that quotes can mean different things to all of us, but I find that many of the ones I come across really make me think about my blogging journey. When you think deeper, a quote can actually help you out a lot if you’re struggling or need to make certain decisions. So today, I want to share seven inspiring quotes with you and what they can teach us about blogging.
“Celebrate every tiny victory”
Each of us can be in very different places compared to someone else’s journey. The place I'm at right now with my blog will be completely different to where someone is when they've been at it for eight years. You might see someone say they've launched an e-course or their own product line and think like you’re failing. But you shouldn't.
Just because someone reveals they get 100,000 pageviews a month and you get less than 10,000 doesn’t mean you’re not good at what you do.
I’ve always believed in celebrating every milestone, no matter how big or small – this quote reminds me to do that. Whether you’ve put loads of effort into a blog post and it becomes one of your most popular ones, or you get the chance to host a Twitter chat – these are all really great things.
For me, getting my first gigs for the sites I freelance for were huge achievements. Now, I celebrate every time something I’ve written goes live on one of them, because I know how hard I worked to get there.
Each time you feel a sense of achievement, write it down. If something makes you smile, that’s always worth remembering.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can” – Arthur Ashe
Just as not all of us will be in the same place on our journey, not all of us will have the same resources. We may want to create an all-singing all-dancing blog – but if we don’t have the tools to do that, then we’ll always look at our blog in a negative way.
I'm in a completely different place now to where I was six months ago with my blog, in terms of knowledge, skills and passion. If you don’t all that much about using social media effectively, or you want to set up a mailing list but don’t know how, that’s fine. Start with where you are. If you don’t have the resources to do those things yet, they can wait. Focus on what you do have and what you’re good at. Spend your time on other things and utilising everything you’ve got already. Then, once you’ve built up your strengths more, you can carry on taking the next step.
“Throw kindness around like confetti”
I truly believe that likes, follows and general encouragement aren’t given out in the blogging world as much as they should be. Take this tweet I did that’s now pinned to the top of my Twitter profile:
This tweet has got that amounts of retweets and likes for a reason.
Don’t be afraid of telling your favourite bloggers how good they are. Sure, some of them might not respond. But most of us love being complimented on our work and getting told that someone appreciates what we do. Every time I get a comment on one of my blog posts, a mention on Twitter or a comment on an Instagram post, I feel really good. Because it means people want to interact with me and they’re enjoying what I'm doing.
Collaboration and the sense of community are two of the best things about being a blogger. I think it’s important that we’re a kind of blogger that shouts about that.
“Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons”
I'm not calling you all pigeons here! ;) New blogs are appearing daily, all with people wanting to write about the same things. So instead of being a pigeon and doing what everyone else is doing, how can you be a flamingo? How can you be different?
Some say that every idea has been taken, but I disagree. Every idea is a new idea, because it’s being written from a new perspective – yours. Your voice is unique and your story needs to be told.
“Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy”
If we keep the mindset that what works for one person will work for us as well, we’ll never achieve what we want to achieve. Posting content seven days a week is what works for me right now. But that doesn’t mean it’ll work for you and your schedule. If you can’t manage things, don’t do them. If you love Instagram, but see some of your favourite bloggers rocking it on Twitter, that doesn’t mean you have to ditch one for the other.
Do what works for you and also, what feels good for you. If you’re feeling the strain or have sense that something isn't working, find it and change it.
“Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will” – Unknown
We’re all unhappy with our blogs at some point – it’s just life! Sometimes it might get so bad that you want to quit. I know I’ve been there. But that’s usually the point you need to get to, to then breakthrough to the next stage.
This is my favourite quote and one that I can relate to everything. Relationships, jobs, my blog – all you need is one reason why you want something to work.
"Stay positive, work hard, make it happen"
Because really, those are three of the main things we need. Apart from a virtual hug here or there and a cup of tea.
What's one of your favourite quotes that always inspires you with your blog? Do any of these resonate with you?