Hi everyone! My name is Danielle and I blog about travel, style, and share little bits of my life over at The Lifestyle Project. Earlier this summer when the World Cup was going on, I must admit that I got totally sucked into the games, spending my afternoons cheering on teams based on the countries I hope to visit. I started to realize that there were lots of points that I could take away from soccer and apply to blogging. Suddenly, all those afternoons spent yelling at TV could teach me a thing or two, and what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t share them with the rest of the community? Here are 4 things the World Cup taught me about blogging.
It’s good to pass to your friends.
Take guest posting for example. Candice and I connected on Twitter almost a year ago after I wrote a post about finally building up the courage to quit my job. Since then, we’ve exchanged emails about traveling and honeymoons, actively commented and promoted each other’s blogs, and here I am guest posting on Brown Girl Bloggers. You get so much more out of blogging and the relationships that come from it when you take the time to invest in the community. There’s more than enough room for all of us. Be generous and genuine and you’ll start to foster some amazing connections with fellow bloggers.
Use being young to your advantage.
Do you ever feel like you’re discredited because of your age? Look at it this way: you bring a fresh approach to the online scene and you have your pulse on the beat of what’s new. Because of your age, you’re better connected and more likely to adapt to newer technologies. Don’t let brands or other bloggers intimidate you just because they’re older. Embrace your age and use it to your advantage!
Keep your cool and take the high road, otherwise it’ll cost you in the long run.
Do you remember Pepe’s headbutt in the Portugal v. Germany game?
Pepe, a Portuguese player, was kicked out of the game and suspended for the next match against the United States. Portugal was soon eliminated from the World Cup. Pepe’s headbutt was like a child’s tantrum. We can learn from him though! Instead of getting caught up in drama of the moment, it’s always better to keep your cool and take the high road. If you need to confront another blogger, reach out to her privately and state your piece like an adult.
Love what you do.
When you start a blog, you’re passionate and filled with ideas about where you want your site to go. Hopefully that energy hasn’t faded for you yet! If it has, though, take a step back and reconnect by blogging about what you love. The best bloggers are those who are passionate about their cause and let that passion flow through their photos and writing. When you love what you do, it shows.
Thank you to Candice for letting me share my blogging and soccer wisdom with our fellow Brown Girl Bloggers. If you have any questions, come visit me over at The Lifestyle Project or leave a comment below!