Guest post by Kimberly Gauthier, Keep the Tail Wagging
Editor’s Note: In part one you were asked to request constructive feed back, read that post here. In the second part we offered tips on SEO for your blog, read that post here; the third post touched on your blogging goals and you can read that here.
Remember, we are having a Social Learning Session wrap up at the Conference. If you’re arriving Wednesday, you are welcome to attend, whether you were involved in the Blog Spring Cleaning or not.
I was initially planning on wrapping up our Spring Cleaning event with a summary of what we learned, but I learned too much to be summarized into a blog post. I’ll wrap it up by saying that I’m blown away by this Community; and that we were
able to come together and help each other in such a monumental way.
Who Are You?
I was introduced to the following exercise by a Law of Attraction coach when I was trying to figure out where to take Keep the Tail Wagging this year and I think that it can help many of you. The exercise is called Who Are You? There are five easy tasks that will help you shed some light on yourself that you can apply to your blog. I added examples from when I did this exercise to give you an idea of how this works.
1. Show Me the Love
- Make a list of everything that you love about life, love, the universe. Who do you love most in the world and why? What things make you light up with excitement and joy? What activities do you love to do? Add as many things as you can to your list.
- When you’re finished, look to see if there are any common themes. This list will help highlight your deepest passions.
- My list was mostly inspired by our dogs, my boyfriend and our home.
2. Your Gold Star Moment
- Make a list of the accomplishments you’re most proud of, what comes easily to you, and things you’ve been successful at during your blogging career (or life in general).
- This list will help highlight your greatest strengths.
- My proudest moment was speaking at BlogPaws last year, because I gained the courage to speak at other events.
3. Life Without Fear
- What would you love to do if there were no limits, there was no fear, and no one would judge you? In your heart of hearts, what would you love to do with your life?
- This list will help highlight your deepest, most heartfelt desires.
- I would blog full time, adopt a senior dog, and work from home.
4. No Limitations / No Boundaries
- If you were handed 1 billion dollars tomorrow, with no strings attached, what would you do (after paying bills, quitting your job, buying a new car, etc.). If you never had to worry about money again; if you didn’t have to go to a day job – what would you do?
- This list will help you think without limits and will highlight your motivators.
- I would blog full time and launch complimentary businesses.
5. Get Star Struck
- Who do you admire most and why? Who are your heroes, past and present? What qualities about this person do you admire?
- This will help you identify your core values.
- My hero is Oprah Winfrey, because she works hard, she created something amazing despite the naysayers, and she overcame a past that would be destroyed others.
After doing this exercise, I realized that I want to write more about what we’re doing with our dogs at home and participate less in campaigns unless they complement our family. I recently changed my tag line to “by raising dogs naturally,” because this is our focus at home. I’m excited for BlogPaws, because I have clarity about my blog, which will help me make better connections with other bloggers and brands. I’ll also be able to better implement everything I learn in the sessions.
I encourage you to give yourself an uninterrupted 30 minutes (or more) and run through this exercise and let us know if you learned anything about yourself and if what you learned will change or compliment your blogging.
If you have any questions or ideas, definitely reach out to the BlogPaws community so that we can all learn together.
Happy Spring Cleaning! Hope to see you at BlogPaws!
(Photo Shutterstock: Kittens and broom)