50th Blog Birthday- Celebrating Creativity
This blog you are reading right now is my 50th blog post!
It might not sound like a lot, but because I am posting only every two to three weeks this means over two years of blogging! And for me, this is a reason to celebrate.
Here are a few things I’ve learned in my first two years of blogging:
1) The cliche is real: Start Before You’re Ready!
My very first blog post was published on the 3rd of April 2015. And it was not good! I was well aware of the fact that I had no idea what I was doing, but it was fun! So I just kept doing it. I didn’t have products, I didn’t have an editor (although I did hire one pretty fast), I didn’t even have a proper website. But I had an idea for a business, I had a concept for the blog, and I had a lot of passion and motivation.
It was a clear case of a beginner mind. I was full of openness and optimism and knew I would naturally get better with time, and I definitely did. Today I can be pretty proud of my small body of work.
In addition, I also believe that being consistent with my blog helped me move forward with my business. The blog became the stable basic routine of the business, upon which I can grow whatever I want.
Even if what I want is less stable…
The basic idea of the blog was to help me promote my online products and services. Since then, my business has been through many high and lows, but blogging has always been the best part. As time passed by I understood that for me, blogging is much more than just a marketing tool.
Blogging helped me find my love for writing in a new way.
It helped me rediscover my love for creating.
It helped me refine my passion.
Beyond being a yoga teacher who is trying to make it online, I understood that I’m actually somebody who has a lot to say, and who has a unique point of view about the world of yoga, and about life at large.
I understood that blogging is the best way for me to pass forward my thoughts and realizations, and to deepen and process those thoughts through writing. I always had ideas and liked to talk about yoga and meditation, but now I have a list called “Stuff I Want to Write About”, and it is never empty.
To be honest, there are days when I’m really asking myself if I want to continue to sell stuff online. I must admit, this is way harder and complicated than I thought. But I never doubt I will always keep blogging.
3) Having your own library of thought is really helpful
Another good thing about blogging is that it becomes a place where, in times of burnout, general lack of motivation or just plain confusion, I can literally go to my own archive of “thoughts I wrote down”, and get myself back on track with my own words of wisdom. I know it sounds like a total self-centered thing to do, and it is indeed a bit strange. But it is also quite powerful. It’s like making your own manifesting meditation with your own voice.Sometimes, it is indeed helpful to reawaken the understanding that “Accomplishing self-care and self-reflection is probably the ultimate ‘productivity hack’ ” and that “If we just embrace the chaos, that is due to happen while trying to create something meaningful for this world, we might be able to keep going, not giving up no matter what happens”
I wish every person in the world could find that something that makes them feel creative. I know that blogging is definitely doing the trick for me, and this blog post is my homage because I am so very grateful for it.
I wish every person in the world would not be afraid to show their magic; to just create, with or without wanting to build a career or a business out of it. With or without success and recognition.