Blogging Helps You Accomplish More Than You Think

When I first started blogging, I didn't think I had much to offer the world. I didn't think people would listen to what I had to say. I didn't think I could become a business person. I didn't think that I was disciplined. I also didn't think I could create something out of nothing.

 

As much as people say they want to achieve a new career, fame, money, freebies, etc. I find that those things pale in comparison to the more abstract things I've gotten over the last five year since I started blogging. My feelings about myself and the world are very different today than my blogging journey began. Most of all there is an internal belief that I can accomplish what I set my mind to. I'm resourceful, creative and dedicated. And that didn't come overnight.

 

Self-motivated Discipline:

It takes discipline to blog, to show up every day, but more than showing up every day, I have to show up and think of what needs to be done. When you start a blog, no one tells you what to write about, how often, what has to happen that day, how many people you need to reach out to and if you need to reach out to them. There may be many manuals on how to blog, but there is no one enforcing you to read them, or telling you that you have to do anything.

 

This means that bloggers have to build their own structure. They need to have the self-motivated discipline to not only show up everyday, but to think of what to do, and that has to come from within. Self-motivation is a desire to accomplish something, and luckily blogs enable you to keep a record of your disciplined actions. What did you post about, how did you promote it? Who did you meet that day? It starts out small, but blogging enables you to create something from nothing, and once you realize you can do that, the possibilities are endless.

 

Confidence:

Confidence is something that I lack in spades. Over the years, I've relished in self-doubt, coddled it, loved it because I found it endearing, maybe even humble? But the fact of the matter is, self-doubt has a purpose, but it needs to be kept in check as much as confidence does. Over the years, I've doubted my abilities, which is fine in itself, but my self-doubt has caused me to give other people more credit than they deserve. People that may not have had my level of experience, but had the confidence I did not have.

 

Thinking to myself, “I couldn't be a business person, I need to get someone to handle my business.” has done me more harm than good.Β  When I look at what I've done over the years, evidence tells another story. I had the vision to start the blogs, I have the experience of building a community, and I had the vision to create a product for my blogs and had the passion to run things myself for years. Learning how to keep going even after failure, keep trying new things until you succeed. Those are invaluable to becoming a good business person.

 

Resourcefulness:

Anyone who has been blogging for a number of years will tell you that, the blogging business teaches you how to hustle. It teaches you how to pull a rabbit out of your hat even when you have find free yarn from somewhere and knit your own hat. It teaches you how to build mutually beneficial relationships, how to find partnerships, how to make something magical happen with very little resources. I started the IFB Conference with $1000 and was living in a small village in Germany at the time. Pulling together an event in New York from so far away really called on a lot creativity and resourcefulness. Something that would never have occurred to me if I didn't even bother to try.

 

The ability to try, fail and try again:

The Coveted wasn't my first blog. IFB wasn't my first business. Over the years I've tried to do many things, and failed most of the time. It's not easy to pick back up after failing, but once you get used to failure and keep trying, you'll see that success and failure come hand in hand. Things don't always work out, things have a habit of falling apart out of nowhere, but with blogging you have the ability to pick up and start again.

 

When I look back on things, everything that didn't work out, no matter how much it hurt at the time only made way for something better. Every single time.

 

That's my experience with what blogging taught me overΒ  the years. What was the most valuable thing that you learned from your experience blogging?

 

Photo by Nando Alvarez

 

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31 Responses

  1. Melanie

    Great article! In the beginning I thought that I was just taking up cyberspace, however, the diligence & dedication has paid off. I love sharing!

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  2. Carol

    Oh my gosh, you made me cry… this is such a great blog entry. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. I know I have the same kinds of hopes and fears so I appreciate so much for you sharing your experience as well. Ninety nine percent of the time I just want to know I’m not alone.

    WOW. $1,000 budget and created an event for NYC from Germany?! Holy cow!!! Impressive!!!

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    • Jennine Jacob

      Aw don’t cry! But yeah, the thing I love about blogging is that it always pushes me to the limits of what i think is possible. And the best part is growing with the community. It’s great knowing you’re not alone!
      πŸ™‚

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  3. Slow Southern Style

    Jennine this is an awesome, intimate post and really touches on what I perceive are the core principles behind IFB.

    “What was the most valuable thing that you learned from your experience blogging?”

    I learned that it doesn’t matter what your background is, whether or not you graduated college, or where you live if the work is good people will recognize that. I feel really grateful and proud that I’ve been able to do a lot of cool things since starting Slow Southern Style, such as regular freelance work, styling fashion shows, collaborating with local boutiques, and hosting my own events. I don’t think there is any one secret to success, you have to find what works for you, do things on your own terms and not be afraid to put yourself out there.

    When I first got started I hardly promoted the site due to my own stupid insecurities. What if someone thinks this is dumb? What if the writing isn’t good? What if someone thinks I’m a fraud? You have to say to hell with that, just do you and if you believe in it and work hard then you will find success, no matter how you define it.

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    • Jennine Jacob

      Saying “to hell with that” is the most liberating thing you can say! I love it.. and yeah, you learn really quickly that it’s not experience that matters, it’s the willingness to have new experiences.

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  4. Wendy

    I’ve only been blogging for 4 months, but there is a high learning curve. My personal style, the way I shop, and the way I think about myself has advanced light years (for me) in this time. I enjoy being part of a blogging community that is kind and constructive. There is a lot of personal growth and with blogging, you get to help others and not just yourself.

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  5. ap

    actually this is been an inspiration everyone starts from somewhere so its encouraging to read stories about people who have failed and tried again only to succeed so thanks.

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  6. Rowena

    Thank you! Fantastic post!I This really speaks to what one gains from blogging. I esp. agree about the discipline and confidence. I think my blogging experience has made me more open to trying new things and be more patient.

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  7. dressperado

    Congratulations on your successes and your proceeding beyond failures. You have inspired me to fight through discouragement and to continue and see where it takes me. This is a great post! Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  8. BresBaubles

    Great post. I’ve really enjoyed blogging since I started about 5 months ago. I think of my followers when I am out shopping or when I learn about a new product. I make an effort to find them on all their other social media’s and we have actually formed some wonderful bonds/ friendships and mail each other little goodies! Ha! I love blogging for so many reasons but that’s just one of mine.

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  9. Cameron

    I started my blog in early 2010 because I found myself on one of your curated Twitter lists of fashion bloggers when all I had was a Tumblr and reblogged content. A year later and I turned up at IFBcon and NYFW, and began making local connections as well as connections here and elsewhere.

    Thank you for the “extra push over the cliff,” as it were. And to go from a small village in Deutschland to NYC, and to go from $1000 USD for the first IFBcon to $$$$$ for the last one… well, you’ve come a long way, baby.

    Cheers. xoxoxo

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  10. Em

    Great article! As a relatively new blogger (only 4 months!), I’m learning new things every day. It’s a great feeling to know that I’m bettering myself and how I approach or accomplish things in life with some of these new lessons and skills I have learned. I’m loving reading the comments and seeing that others are gaining just as much as I am!

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  11. Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle

    Great blog Janine. Most valuaable thing? Not sure. I’ve definitely become a better blogger and am more confident showing myself. I am slowly learning how to network better and build relationships online. Blogging and building up a business is a constant learning process, and I love that I learn something new every day!

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  12. cca

    Beautiful post. Thank You

    Those most valuable thing that blogging has taught me is more about myself. I have learned I have passion for blogging = sharing.

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  13. Camille

    Very inspiring article. My friend and I are blogging together but lately she has no motivation with continuing our blog. She was very committed to doing this together but just lacks self-motivation that even a once a week post takes a lot of effort. She just read your article is hopefully trying to get a grip on her blogging motivation.

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  14. SACRAMENTO

    This post touches the soul,and shows that everything is possible if one uses the falls of life to get back with new strength.
    You madee me feel very close and proud while I was reading it.
    MIl besos.
    Sacramento

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  15. Sheryl Blasnik

    I would love to expand upon the IFB conference. Wondering if IFB could start a MEETUP group and meet every month in NYC. We only need one topic and one expert and then a meet and greet cocktail hour. Offering to help if you feel you would like to do this..

    Love your honesty and your being willing to share your story with all.

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  16. Omaily

    This is by far the best article I’ve ever read here on IFB. Many people thing that blogging is easy, but actually its not, its far from easy. It takes a lot of determination and passion. $1000 for a IFBcon in NY?? #shocking I would love to see a article on how you did. I am seriously considering of doing it now. Just don’t know how to do it.

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  17. Ishea

    I recently started blogging and this is definitely something that I needed to read.
    Sometimes I feel discouraged, sometimes I don’t know what to write or say, there are days when I think I should give up, that no one actually cares.

    But there’s something I realized in time: it is not the traffic on your blog or the number of your followers that makes your blogging special and important. It is the ability to share your thoughts with the world and meet so many wonderful people. And the moment you start enjoying, your blogging gets better.

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  18. Faiza

    Thanks for sharing Jennine!!

    When I started my blog I didn’t know a thing & found out it’s a lot of hard work. Thanks to you & all the other amazing helpful, supportive & motivating bloggers out there it seems to so worth it & makes it even easier everyday to continue…;)

    Faiza xo

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  19. eStyle Chat

    Such a great inspiring post…especially since my blog is just getting started!

    While right now the ideas come easily, the impatience of wanting more followers, more clicks etc is tough! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the post!
    Emily
    eStyleChat.com

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  20. Laura Hueto Puig

    Wow, Jennine, thanks for such an insightful and touching article! I agree with most of what you say, but especially what you tell us about getting an ‘Anything’s Possible’ approach to life…
    I only started blogging about a year ago, but I have already been able to see in myself a resourcefulness and courage that I didn’t have before.
    I’m only 18, and yet I’ve already somehow created a ‘business/blog/public/PR’ persona that tries to be professional, nice and polite and that gets me through fashion events and the like. I still remember the first events I ever went to a couple of years ago, in which I looked more like a scared mouse than anything, spoke to nobody and didn’t even dare to take photos!! πŸ˜€
    So anyway, THANK YOU. πŸ™‚ For writing this, for being here for us, and for being you, as in the person I’m sure many of us are fighting to become.

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  21. BlushBuzz

    Thank you for sharing that. I own my own business and at times I find it hard to pick up blogging again. Now after reading your article, it inspires me to continue and pick up where I left off. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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  22. Delz

    Wow what an inspiration to me. I’m in the process of starting my own “home” business and believe me blogging is a big part of it. Not only do I not know what to say most days, but I have tried to be dedicated to it. Your journey has given me a new goal. I am determined. Thanks.

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