How To Be A More Fulfilled Blogger

in education •  13 days ago

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I was reading a post by @stellabelle who's title started out with "Money Cannot Replace Integrity" and it gave me the idea for this post. Her post has the focus of using our Steem Power on bots instead of voting for a well-made post. It is an interesting read so check it out when you have time. Integrity is what we all should aim for and her post has a great point of view on voting, money, and Steem.

The Pits

We all want fulfillment in all areas of our life but fall into the pits. These pits are the temptations we have that are selfish in nature. The biggest one within Steem is greed and the love of money. We all need money and money is not evil. Many people misquote the Bible to say that money is the root of all evil but this is not true.

The verse is 1 Timothy 6:10, and it says:

For the love of money is the root of all evil...

It is the love of money that is the issue not money itself.

Since Steem is open with how much money a person makes on every post, it is easy to make the money our focus. This will not fulfill us as bloggers and many of us may never earn more than a few dollars on our work. This pit will swallow us up faster than you can believe and the climb out is long and hard.

When we give the motive of financial gain power over our work we lose. We could even see the money rolling in, our Steem Power getting puffed up, and we are no longer considered a minnow. It will feel great! However, as we write in this new found influx of money we become unsatisfied with what was once a good payout.

The pit swallows us faster.

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Now we write only what we think will pull the most cash instead of what will have the most benefit on the community. We drop what we love to write about and put the pen to paper just to better our chances at another dollar's worth of steem. This gets worse and worse as we fall through the pit until we hit the bottom.

At the bottom, people find out our motive changed from genuine to selfish. They no longer trust us or our actions within the platform. Best case we can climb out of the pit by showing genuine sorrow and the desire to write to our strengths again. We could reject all monetary kick back while we rebuild our brand.

There is always the chance that the walls of the pit are too slick for us to climb out. If this is the case our blogging career is over and it is time to move on. Taking these lessons with us on our next adventure whatever it may be. This is what we want to avoid and while we can never please everyone we should do what we can to be the best version of ourselves.

Five Steps To Fulfillment

Purpose

The first is to have a purpose with what you are blogging about. This needs to be something you will not get sick of writing about. What are the passions you go back too year after year? If you are doing creative writing this is a little different but you still need to define your passion.

That way when the funds don't flow one day you won't panic. Our purpose gives us the drive to continue creating even when no one will read. Steem is a unique place with a lot of great people but there will still be days when the up-votes seem dry.

Goals

Once you have your purpose figured out, it is time to set goals for your blog. These are up to you and what you want to get as you give your all to the readers. Don't set up-vote, comment, follower, or dollar goals. These type of metrics are out of your control and make lousy goals whether short or long term.

Setting goals of this manner will only leave you discouraged when you see little movement. Let alone when a person similar to you in some fashion looks to be gaining these statistics faster. A good goal is one such as "I will post three days a week for a month" or "I want each post to be five hundred words long".

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Honesty

We all know it is not good to lie and being lied too sucks. So it is not a good idea to lie in your posts but let's take this a step further. Honesty is a deep concept the more you look at how we use it in our day to day. It is more of a personality trait than not lying.

When you write, do it as you. Unless you are ghost authoring or portraying a character. Use you tone of voice and the language you would if talking to a friend. I don't mean your native language, there is no issue writing in English if you speak Spanish. What I mean is the word choice. Don't sit there and find a better word if the one you would use naturally fits the bill. This is different when working on a creative piece like poetry or a story.

Humbleness

Humbleness is easy to have when just starting out but will get more difficult as your influence increases. As humans it is easy to become full of pride when we see the numbers climb. I am in this situation now with my podcast. Some days the show gets over a thousand listens. Talk about nuts since I started a little over a month ago. It helps me stay humble to remember that these numbers only exist because of the people listening. Without them I am just talking to myself.

Compassion

We talked about this in great detail in the post called "Without Compassion You Will Never Succeed" so check that out if you want to dig deep on the topic. However, to quote myself:

I am not a big player on steem and you might not be but that's all right. You don't have to be huge to help people but you must show compassion when you write. This will happen by thinking of the person spending their valuable time reading your work.

People are taking time out of their day to read what you said. Whether in a story, poem, or educational post we must keep in mind that no one is obligated to read our work. Write for people not for money.

Hey Thanks!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or feed back you know where the comment section is. I'm also always open to direct messages on all the platforms out there so reach out! Oh, and if you have a topic you'd like me to cover please let me know and I'll add it to the list.

<< J. R. >>

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Write for people not money
Exactly! Great article @jrswab - passing it along.

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Thanks @jonknight! Means a lot <3

I like your idea of setting goals based on how many posts you do per week, and/or how many words per day.

My advice to any new user looking for more steem success is the same: At least one high quality post every day. This is an ambitious schedule but IMO the benefits are too good to pass up.

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Ambitious, yes but that could easily be a stretch goal. I find creating at leas one quality post on every weekday works well for me. Helps to keep me from getting burnt out.

I don't necessarily agree. Coincidentally, I was just listening to a short talk today about personal finance. It is very detrimental for us to think and teach our children that "money is the root of all evil". If so, why are we working for it? Why are we working hard for it? It seems quite contradicting.

Instead, we should be teaching our kids to respect money and to appreciate it. Money, as a tool, can be used to uplift our personal lives and allow us to do more charity. Money, as a tool, allows us to build communities and lessen poverty. We should not be looking at money as an evil.

Imagine for a moment, if we teach our children to respect money instead of treating it as "the root of all evil". We teach our children that money, is a tool, that needs to be respected and appreciated because of how much it can do. As much as we want to appreciate the volunteer worker or the social worker that served the poor a meal each day, it is the contribution of a philanthropist that made that meal possible

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I think you and I are on the same page actually and I may not have been clear enough.

we should be teaching our kids to respect money and to appreciate it. Money, as a tool, can be used to uplift our personal lives and allow us to do more charity.

Money is not the root of all evil it is the love of it. The points you mentioned here seem to not go against this idea. Someone who is in love with money will not be donating to a charity. They are also more likely too do whatever it takes to grab as much as possible at the detriment of others.

Thanks for the comment! <3

PS: I updated the post in hope to make this more clear.

Yet another great post from you, @jrswab! Thank you for all these important reminders for those of us who want to be on this thing for the long haul.

When we give the motive of financial gain power over our work we lose.

Exactly, this is why I've stressed in several of my own posts that people shouldn't be focusing on making money when they first start out on Steemit. It's nice to see the money rolling in, for sure, but the moment we make it all about the money, is the moment we've signed our own Steemit death certiicate.

Our purpose gives us the drive to continue creating even when no one will read.

Such powerful words. We need to be writing about things that we are truly passionate about, that way when the numbers aren't rolling in or they experience dips and pauses, our drive to keep on writing doesn't stop with it.

Don't set up-vote, comment, follower, or dollar goals. These type of metrics are out of your control and make lousy goals whether short or long term.

This is definitely a key thing to remember for people who want to be on this thing longer than a few weeks. It's important to set realistic goals that are within our "control," not goals based on numbers that are constantly fluctuating, items that we have no control over.

When you write, do it as you.

Authenticity really is key here, I've found. People are more likely to continue reading posts and continue checking back for new posts if they can tell that you're a real person. They like people who dare to be authentic in this sea of internet fakeness.

As humans it is easy to become full of pride when we see the numbers climb. . .It helps me stay humble to remember that these numbers only exist because of the people listening.

Indeed! A part of me was wondering recently, actually, if I had let the numbers get to my head and was being too boastful of them in my recent posts. But I do always remember to thank everyone who reads my posts, so I definitely haven't forgotten that without them I wouldn't be where I am today.

People are taking time out of their day to read what you said. Whether in a story, poem, or educational post we must keep in mind that no one is obligated to read our work.

This is something I never let myself forget. I've been ending some of my posts recently with an expression of my gratitude for those who have chosen to read my content. Because you're absolutely right, no one is obligated to read my content. I feel such a huge rush of appreciation when I've seen that people have read my posts and have even left comments!

All in all, great stuff again, as usual! I'll try to keep these points in mind going forward. Always looking forward to more of your posts!

Thanks. It's an intetesting post. I'm not one for religious quotes(sorry). Nevertheless, very good. I agree entirely. Its tempting to change your blog to maximise earning, etc but I'm glad to say I never have. My blog is the same, everyday life, honest, self-deprecating and sometimes boring idea that i originally came up with.

Thanks for your share. Upvoted and resteemed.

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Thanks for the comment and it's a Bible quote that many people have heard in the past. There are many quotes out there that is just the one that came to mind. Keep the grind moving! I'll check out your stuff and see what you like to write about.

nice post

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