Thank you for making the last month more of an oasis for this introvert’s blogging efforts.
Often it can be either a desert or an oasis with online social media visibility. We can blog consistently, offer valuable and unique content, and can still think or feel, “Is this reaching more people?” Or even, “Where am I going with this blogging?”
Or is that just me? If it is, then you are way ahead of me.
Two unexpected and different kinds of recognition each arrived with their gifts. I don’t know quite what to make of it.
Most bloggers want to grow their reach.
But maybe you don’t care about recognition. It’s might be hard to believe an introvert would thrive in the limelight of it. But maybe in my situation it’s my award winning sales background that causes me to do a happy dance when winning something comes my way.
Is Your Niche Blogging Attracting and Growing?
LinkedIn Works When You Work It
My LinkedIn friend and top-quality blogger Sherryl Perry, and group owner of my most active blogging group Bloggers Helping Bloggers, emailed me saying, “You’ve got my vote, Patricia!”
At the Dedicated2Life blog there were 100 individuals, businesses, blogs and charities in different groups and there I was, listed in group five.
Was I excited? You bet!
Do you wonder if I voted for myself? Well, wouldn’t you? You betcha I did.
And in bloggers helping bloggers style, I social shared the blog post.
Then on holiday for two weeks, while I wasn’t fulfilling all my blogger group obligations, the LinkedIn group notifications would still arrive in my email box. On the one day I did more than open emails, I clicked on one, scanned a popular discussion and there were congratulations to me from resilient living blogger, Marquita Herald.
This recognition in part must have had something to do with increased signup activity to my blog while I was away. Maybe I should travel more often.
Thank you all who took time to vote and put me in the #10 position of passionate people!
MyBlogU Brainstorming the Introvert Way
Last summer I joined MyBlogU founded and created by Ann Smarty. MyBlogU has an About Us page that reads, “the innovative community of writers and bloggers who are eager to exchange their case studies, digital assets, expertise and knowledge to help each and get help in return!” My experience is its community of go-giver, quality bloggers, and if I can help, I’m happy to do so.
Requests suggested for your expert arrive via email although I don’t always find something I feel qualified to answer.
I also accessed people in this community to collect some metaphorical examples in my book, Communication Toolkit for Introverts: Find your voice in everyday business situations. The ones selected I mentioned at Brainstorming: Bane Of Most Introverts But Writers Block Tool For Bloggers.
So again about the time in heading for holidays with family, there was a request:
My email list is small being just under 2,000 but my blog subscribers, is even less with just under a couple of hundred, so you bet I want to reach more readers with my messages. I welcome most help I am offered.
To me, it was a little about having to toot your own horn. In my coaching experience, I’ve found both introverts and extroverts struggle with doing this. I’m no different. So I meditated the next morning with the intention of knowing what to say in my answer.
Just last week I got a notice from MyBlogU, “your idea is accepted.” Of course my now I’ve forgotten what idea this was, who I had helped and so, I clicked on the link and saw this:
Thank you, Nancy Seeger ! With a little more work to find 11 blogs with under 1,000 subscribers to nominate, I pay it forward.
Is Your Niche Blogging Attracting and Growing Your Online Reach as Much as You Want?
- There’s a serene kind of satisfaction and bursting heart gratitude when positive things happen even in physical absence. The universe is conspiring in a good way.
- Connections online and in-person are important. These relationships often bring along unexpected, mostly welcome business visibility.
- Pay attention to your connections where they may be mentioned. For this, I’m certain, is part of the gratitude circle.
Have you recently examined your intentions of being online – in other words, what is your motivation for blogging? What are your expectations of being social with “social media?”
Then if you find your actions aren’t fulfilling your motivations or intentions, try a LinkedIn group for bloggers or at least your niche, and get going with a brainstorm request of your own on MyBlogU.