When I wrote my very first blog post back in October 2011, I had much to learn about the big, wide, wonderful world of blogging. Well, I've come a long way since then and in fact, I just surpassed my 100th blog post milestone. Recently, while glancing over my 100+ titles, I discovered a plethora of subjects – carefully integrating everything from professionalism and business practices – to art fairs, Johnny Carson, and Chicago Style Hot Dogs. And, although narrative writing has always been a passion of mine, to say my blogging confidence at the beginning was lacking is, at best, an understatement. Luckily, my trepidation subsided once it was suggested to "write what I know and find my own voice." Consequently, my goal has been to create informative, inspiring, and thought provoking blog posts – while at the same time – adding a dash of levity so the posts remain uplifting and fun-to-read.
That being said, there are some work/life situations that are simply too mindboggling and too outrageous not to share. Ah, the therapeutic benefits of venting are undeniably clear, don't you think? Isn't it amazing how healing it feels to communicate our annoyances and exasperating experiences – respectfully and tactfully, of course – by way of the written word? Certainly, blogging affords us the freedom to express ourselves, both positively and negatively, while enabling us to garner everything from kudos to comfort. Not surprisingly, it is precisely these missives that also make our blogging contemporaries endearing to us.
In my opinion, business development is only part of what makes blogging so special and satisfying. I am delighted and invigorated by stories of success and accomplishment. On the other hand, I am captivated by, and sympathetic to, stories of challenges, disappointments, and frustrations. Stories that allow us to congratulate and celebrate in times of joy – stories that allow us to learn, empathize, and offer perspective, advice, and support in times of need and sorrow. Personally, I believe that blogging provides a quintessential outlet to connect and build relationships on a more meaningful level. Plus, I must admit: If I am seeking business-related, professional assistance, I will more than likely select someone with whom I already have a relationship – than to arbitrarily choose someone from the phonebook or Internet.
So, let's review: Does blogging provide a proverbial windfall of advantages? The short answer is "Yes!" A motherlode of valuable information, recognition for your knowledge and expertise, a means of getting discovered by potential clients and business associates, and the opportunity to develop strong, lasting friendships and professional relationships. Added Bonus: Every once in awhile – you get a chance to let off a little steam. Do you see any downside here?