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Chances are if you’re reading this, you have either (a) convinced yourself that you need a blog and want to know what an experience with Blogging Boot Camp is like or (b) wavered between the myriad reasons why you should do it or should not do it.
When I started to write this post, I was going to be sassy and sarcastic and say, “Well, honey, here are the 5 reasons you don’t want to do Blogging Boot Camp hur hur hur.” We would have a good laugh at the end.
But that’s not what you want to hear friends, is it? Well, maybe not from me.
You see, blogging is an exceptionally personal and profound experience, as crazy at that might sound. There are some people who crank out posts that would light up their SEO all green like Kermit the Frog’s Christmas tree. There are some people who are so meticulous and calculating, pouring over every detail, desperately wanting everything to be perfect.
Blogging Boot Camp is not about perfection.
It’s about getting your voice out into the Universe… and on any day of the week, I bet you don’t feel perfect (I sure don’t as I hobble-type with one acrylic nail still on that I’m desperately trying to rip off). Your voice is wanted, is sought after, is in demand… and here are 5 things that you’ll probably experience as you go through Blogging Boot Camp.
1. You will be vulnerable.
This is hard. Some of us make it look easy. Others, well, you wonder why they even sat down at a computer to type at all. But one thing is certain, writing is bleeding on the page. We can absolutely come up with purposeful content or recipes or other things that help drive eyes to look at this small sliver of the internet, but the truth is, what draws someone like you to someone like me is, well, I have the bravery within me to lay it all bare for you.
Can you do the same?
2. You will agonize.
As you go through Blogging Boot Camp, you’ll be asked to make decisions that you didn’t have to think about before. Where do I want my email subscription link to go? Do I want to be more lifestyle or more direct sales? What colors should I make my headers.
And then – then! – someone from your group will go live. And you’ll look through their site and think to yourself, “I can’t do that. Their site looks so good. Their graphics are on point. They say things so much better than me.”
How do I know that? Because I did the exact same things before. I looked at my fellow bloggers, and I thought, “Oh gosh, Caitlin’s blog is so colorful and vibrant. Alicia’s blog was so smartly laid out. And Francesca… whew, that is 100% all her.” But one day I turned that agony into inspiration! You’ll see bits and pieces of them throughout this blog because while I want to say it’s all me, it’s really not. It’s a marvelous compilation of all things around me, including my fellow authors from Blogging Boot Camp.
3. You will feel so alone.
You’ll feel as though no one is up with you, tormented over layout, structure, content. It’s just you and your computer and an internet connection. And much like direct sales (if that’s your wheelhouse), no one is going to boss you around for doing it or not doing it.
And I think that’s one of the great things about Blogging Boot Camp. There is absolutely a safety net – Steph and Brenda are the real deal, y’all – and at the end of the day, you have to want this. It can only come from you, which is why…
4. You’ll do it scared.
I wish I could say this better than Windy, but I’m not sure I can. Virtually all of us have gone through Blogging Boot Camp scared. Virtually all of us have some hang up or another that drives us nuts and we wish we could hide away. But you know what I can say?
We all came out on the other side.
Some of us are thriving with posts on Google Page 1 (a huge accomplishment). Some of us are trudging through, still trying to figure out our brand: what we say and how we say it and who we are really talking to.
And some of us, like me, find that this is where we’re meant to be. For me, I do this, and it is not a labor of love. I sit here and do this and I feel in this very visceral, key part of my soul and say, “Ahhhh, yes. There you are.”
5. You’ll find a community.
Some days, it feels like everyone has a blog. Some days, it feels like you’re the only one. But I promise you that, as you go, you will attract people to you by just being you. And if they don’t come, well then they weren’t your people (and you can always be weird with me).