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13 Important Life Lessons I Learned In 13 Months Of Blogging

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13 Important Life Lessons I Learned As A New Blogger

I think the year 2020 will be written down in history as the year of “Embracing Change”. I am sure there is no one on this planet who has not been impacted by this change. Whether it’s in the way we work, interact, travel, study, party, and live, change has made its presence felt. The biggest change in my life was my transformation from a corporate to a creative person, which started with my Blogging Journey.

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We were captive in our own houses and started looking out for new ways of keeping ourselves motivated through the tense and stressful times.

For me, Blogging came to the rescue. Having being pushed to the wall with no options, I started looking within. What am I good at, what are my strengths, what was it that people appreciated me for? I realised that I was good at listening to people, mentoring people & sharing my life experiences & learnings. Some of these learnings were picked up & implemented by these very same people & proved helpful. Therefore maybe I could do that with the rest of the world.

And that’s how My-Ripple-Effect was born. It’s been one year since I have been blogging & it has been a roller coaster journey. It had its ups & downs, hits & misses but overall a fantastic journey. Read more about this journey of Embracing Change here.

But this blog is not about my journey but my learnings from blogging in the last year. And yes, there have been many – both technical as non-technical.

So this blog is dedicated to the lessons in life I learned from blogging & continue to do so.

My Blogging Life Lessons

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1. Do Things From The Heart

When I started writing, I had no experience, and the only thing I had written was office reports and proposals. This was different. I was writing my stories and experiences now, and there was nothing right or wrong. One did not have to worry about whether it would “Sell” or not. I just wrote from my heart and waited anxiously for the reactions. They were overwhelming and encouraged me to write on what I believed in rather than the norm.

I share my stories of triumph, failures & change, whether it is in personal life as a parent or professional life as head of a function, without any qualms or guilt.

Lesson Learnt – When you do things from your heart, it shows.

2. There Is An Audience For You

So why would anyone be interested in my stories or my learnings? Because at a core level, we all human beings are the same. As a parent, we all face the same challenges whether its early years or teen years of our kids. As a working professional, we have similar stress points – managing teams, managing bosses and most importantly, managing self.

So when you hear a story similar to yours, it does 3 things :

  1. You are not alone, and many are in the same boat.
  2. You can learn from others experiences- what to do and what not to do.
  3. And if you are the one telling the story – you can give back to the world.

I think the most heartening response I got was on my blog – How I Changed 180 And Became A Dog Lover. This is my true story. I had so many people writing to me telling me that they felt the same and may reconsider keeping a pet after reading about my experience. How wonderful is that?

Isn’t this enough reason to tell your story?

Lesson Learnt – Don’t hesitate to share your story, there are people out there, waiting for it.

3. Be Patient

Blogging never gives you instant results. Yes, some blog posts may go viral immediately, but for newcomers like us, it’s rare. I remember my early days of staring at google analytics after every hour of blog post-release. Some of my blogs did very well, while others did not gain as much traction.

I did lose heart many a time in last year, but it kept ongoing. I still look at google analytics but maybe once a day. The statistics have improved, but most importantly, I have become more patient in general.

Lesson Learnt  – Any new venture will take time.. you need to keep your sanity intact and be at it.

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4. You Will Be Critiqued -both positively & negatively

Take feedback in your stride. Look at it this way- at least the person took time and effort to go through your work and then critique it. Suppose the feedback is positive, good for you but don’t take it for granted. If feedback is negative, try to find the core issue rather than focus on the noise.

But always respond back on feedback.

Lesson Learnt – Be open to feedback & if you need help – read this – 7 Tips To Accept Feedback Gracefully.

5. Blow Your Trumpet

Initially, I got feedback regularly from family & friends, which also fizzled out as I published blog after blog. I realised that I need to build my organic audience if I need to continue blogging. That’s where all social media channels came in, and I started promoting my blogs on social media channels.

Here I must acknowledge & thank my mentor & coach Shailaja V whose course provided me with the required foundation to showcase my work on social media. Whether it was her Pinterest or Blogging courses, she has the right ingredients of practical tips that work.

Lesson Learnt – It’s not only important to do good work but it’s also equally important to make a noise about it.

6. Engage Genuinely With Your Audience & Community.

Being on social media is all about networking. Networking can be of two types- Like for Like or genuine attempt to build a community.

I am not a very social person, and it takes me time to build relationships. But when I do, for me, it’s for keeps. I have the same approach for my social media handles. Till one year back, I was not on Instagram or Pinterest. I had an account on Facebook with hardly any posts. As a matter of fact, I used to view social media with a lot of contempt until I was proved wrong.

You can actually build genuine relationships on social media too. I say genuine because you may not have met these people, but they interact with you only on the basis of your work. And so can you. Thus you build a community whose foundation is mutual respect and support we provide each other.

Lesson Learnt – Social media can be used to build genuine, mutually respectful relationships.

7. Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome

Let me first explain this syndrome. The shiny object syndrome is when you always see something new and more exciting than what you are already doing. It’s similar to a child or an animal seeing something shiny far away, getting attracted to it, but losing their interest in it as they approach it. The shininess disappears, and so does the interest in the object. This is mostly used for entrepreneurs who sometimes take on new projects while not completing those they have already begun.  This, in turn, leads to low self-esteem, and one starts doubting their own capabilities.

As I started my blogging journey, I came across many experts in this field and wanted to follow all of them. And I did download all the material available from each one of them. End Result – I was thoroughly confused and lost. Also, where is the time to read all this plus write blogs plus promote them? So all these became more of distractions for me rather than channelising me towards my goal.

Lesson Learnt – Set your goal clearly & the path you will choose to achieve it. Stay firm on it, and don’t get distracted by all the noise around. Course Correction is fine but not due to the noise but genuine inputs.

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8. Thoughts Will Flow

One thing I have learnt in this last one year is that it is possible to write on anything under the sun but with a caveat. What you write about should be genuine and make sense.

So many times, I have no clue how my thoughts will flow when I decide on a topic. I  postpone writing till I have this urge to pen down a few points .. and that’s the start I want. It’s always good to put down the framework and then elaborate your thoughts. Once the framework is ready, thoughts will flow.

Lesson Learnt – Don’t stop your thinking process, anything & everything can be an inspiration.

9. Blogging Is Time Consuming

Some people think blogging is something that can be done in your free time. I beg to differ. For me, blogging is a dedicated time effort proposition. Those who are serious about blogging will agree that there is a science to it.

First, you can’t start writing by snapping your fingers. You need to research trending topics, decide on one and then do research again. Then write. Once the written part is done, you need to align your blog as per SEO requirements. By the way, Shailaja has this amazing Course on SEO that you can use.

Then comes searching for relevant pictures for the blog and planning the social media promotion strategy. So you see, it’s an entire project in itself, and everything needs to fall in place as per your deadline of the launch date. This date again comes from your analytics dashboard, which you need to study every 15 days.

How does this all sound? I learnt all this in last one year.

Lesson Learnt – When you take up something new, go whole hog

10. Learn To Prioritise

Because Serious Blogging is time-consuming, especially when you are starting new, Prioritise. I initially used to spend hours on my laptop working on the blog and the various social media handles. It was understandable, too, as I needed to set the base. But it did take a toll on my personal and family time. Midway I decided I needed to slow down as I had taken up blogging as a pleasurable exercise and not to create stress. I recalibrated my priorities and am in a better space now.

Lesson Learnt – When things get stressful, stop, take a step back & recalibrate your priorities.

11. Never Underestimate Your Work

My teenage daughter reminded me of this lesson. There was a time when I was desperate for getting more traffic on my blog. I felt that I had stagnated, and the needle was not moving. During that time, I got the option of paying money and getting my blog hosted on a leading website.

My daughter stopped me from doing that. She mentioned why you are underestimating yourself by paying for your work. That deal never went through, and in hindsight, I am glad.

Lesson Learnt – If we underestimate our work, so will the others.

12. Reach Out for Help

There is so much knowledge available amongst us, only if we reach out to the right people. We need to remember this especially true when we are trying out something new. While I had written my first blog and my website was ready, I was completely lost on promoting my blog on the right platform. Or rather, I was ignorant.

There are so many people who have helped me reach where I am today. Whether it was Shailaja V, who helped me set up my Pinterest strategy or Anjuli G, whose course I took for Instagram. There was help available at home with niece Shilika & my daughter Paree helping me with my initial Instagram posts. My nephew Abhinav K helped me with my Google ads strategy.

And my sister Dr Minni Chadha who is now my official blog header artwork designer.

Lesson Learnt – There is help available around us, we just need to ask.

13. Creativity Can Be Learnt

Tina Seelig, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program executive director, has written a book, inGENIUS: A Crash Course on Creativity, to explain this point.

Seelig, while speaking to Business News Daily, says, “ “We are all naturally creative, and, like every other skill, some people have more natural talent than others. However, everyone can increase his or her [or their] creativity, just as everyone can increase his or her [or their] musical or athletic ability, with appropriate training and focused practice.” Creativity isn’t something you are; it’s a habit—and for a good reason. “The biggest myth about creativity is that it isn’t important and that it can’t be learned. In fact, it is one of the most important skills we can master,” Seelig explained.

This is quite an eye-opener for someone like me, who always thought that one is born creative, and I am certainly not the lucky one. But the pandemic has made many of us realise our creative side, whether in the kitchen, home or on paper.

Now I say confidently that If I can turn creative, anyone can. Btw painting is another new passion I have acquired. Read my story of Creativity here.

Lesson Learnt – We are all creative. We just need to realise it.

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I hope you like my 13 Life Lessons from 13 months of starting something new.

If you have reached till here, it means that you do agree with what I am saying. Please do share with your friends and encourage them to take up something new.

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Thank you to my dear sister Dr Minni Chadha for the lovely blog header artwork

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Rippy Gauba
Rippy Gauba

I am a working professional and a mom of 2 teen daughters. I realised my passion for writing during the pandemic and thus My Ripple Effect was born. Though my corporate commitments take a major part of my day, I am very particular about spending quality time with my family, my pet CoCo, painting and blogging.

I write on Mindset, Motivation & Management. These are everyday, practical tips I picked up from my personal & professional life. These learnings have impacted my life as an individual, as a parent and as a working professional. I am sure these will be useful for you too and help create Ripples of change in your lives & that’s my intention.

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17 thoughts on “13 Important Life Lessons I Learned In 13 Months Of Blogging”

  1. Dr Minni Chadha?

    Rippy, I think this is the best blog you’ve written so far… you have put in all relevant points very precisely….& clearly.
    You are doing an amazing job of writing these blog… so proud of you…
    Also important to mention here is that creating your cover page is turning out to be quite challenging as the topics you pick up are quite variant…but must say these are some of the best creative works I’ve done so far
    So keep up the good work…??

    1. Thank you so much Mins, you are always the first one to comment and my ardent reader. Thank you so much for encouraging me always. And your artwork is the cherry on the cake & gives uniqueness to my blog.

  2. Dr.Sweta Rastogi

    Hi ma’am it’s really impressive to see how well you share your experiences with all of us through these blogs . As you mentioned in the blog about becoming a dos lover .. To be honest maam I never liked dogs firstly I was sacred and didn’t like mess around in the house .. But now I have a pet Choco and he is just adorable , at times he sleeps on my bed .. . They give unconditional love. It’s a true stress reliever …
    To prioritise is very important . Especially when I start losing a track and just can’t decide what to do I write down things and try to prioritise . I am firm believer of the fact that we should be ready to accept both positive and negative critiques .
    Many many Congratulations to you ma’am for having completed 13 months . Something to learn from every writing … looking forward to many more blogs to come …
    Thank you

    1. Dear Dr Sweta Thank you for supporting me always and sharing your feedback on my blogs. I am glad you are able to relate to my blogs.
      It’s because of people like you that I feel motivated to write. Have a great day, and please do keep on sharing your valuable feedback on my blogs.
      Love to Choco.

    1. Thank you for appreciating my blog and yes blogging has taught me amazing life lessons. Have a great day, and please do keep on sharing your valuable feedback on my blogs. I really look forward to that.

  3. You took the words right out of my mouth! I resonated so much with your post especially the part about looking at the analytics. Thanks for sharing the lessons you’ve learned, bcos I too learned from what you’ve shared!

    1. The words of appreciation on Life Lessons from blogging, mean a lot to me, coming from a fellow blogger. Being in the same field, you truly understand what it means to be a blogger and the work involved. Glad you resonated with some of the points in the blog.

  4. Wow, this is written so beautifully and I completely agree with what you have said. I started blogging around 2 years back, as I always wanted to express myself this way. And, can relate with the points here. There’s always something to learn, I believe.

    1. The words of appreciation on Life Lessons from blogging mean a lot to me, coming from a fellow blogger. Being in the same field, you truly understand what it means to be a blogger and the work involved. I have gone through your website, and it is really well put and structured.

  5. Incredible! I could relate to each point. You’ve so well put them all up. Consistency and patience is of course the key to success in blogging, with smart and informative content being the king. There has been a time when I sat hours in front of laptop, writing content and staring at my analytics. But soon I realised, a well-structured and informative content delivered in a week span would any day perform better than irrelevant content created every single day.

  6. Amazing article. Reading this reminded me why am I started my blog in the first place. Knowing my purpose and what I want to share with other moms. I agree too that it takes patience (a lot of it) like anything in life if you want to succeed. Appreciate you writing this. It meant a lot to me.

    1. These words of appreciation coming from a fellow blogger mean a lot to me. Being in the same field, you truly understand what it means to be a blogger and the work involved. Looking forward to more engagement with you.

      Thank you.

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