There have been many accidental events in my life that have benefited me greatly in my career, and blogging is definitely one of them. Today, I’d like to take you on my blogging journey and share with you some of the skills that I’ve acquired from blogging.
Time management is one of my top rated skills, and I am proud to say it’s something I learned through keeping a reasonable up-to-date blog outside my full-time job and family responsibilities. To me, time management is not about when you do one thing or the other. It’s about having strategies that help you make the best use of the time you have.
One of the questions I get asked a lot with regards to my blog is how I come up with content ideas. My answer is two words: design thinking.
Design thinking is an iterative approach to problem solving that intentionally seeks out people with different perspectives, knowledge, skills and experience and has them work together to create a practical solution for a real-world problem.
While I do not have a team of people working on my blog, I do speak to a lot of people and get feedback, questions, and comments from them. That’s where my content ideas come from.
Openness to feedback
We all know feedback is a gift, but it takes a bit of practice to be open to receiving feedback that is not positive. Through my blog, I’ve received a lot of feedback. Some is positive feedback, but some is not.
Over time, I have learned to really value negative feedback instead of getting upset about it. Every piece of negative feedback that I receive teaches me something. Some negative feedback is well-meaning, and some is not. But regardless of its intent, all negative feedback helps me to grow.
Blogging is a form of expressing myself through words. Through blogging, I have found myself getting better at articulating my thoughts whether they are in written or spoken form.
I’ve learned to communicate clearly, both by thinking about the message and the impression that I’d like to leave, and by changing my communication style to meet my target audience — all through blogging.
A lot of the times, it is your communication skills that set you apart from others and makes you stand out from the rest.
Start blogging today
Do you have a blog? If so, good on you. Keep blogging! If you haven’t got a blog yet, I hope I’ve encouraged you to blog by sharing my journey with you. It truly has helped me a lot in my career and in my outlook on life, more than I had ever anticipated.
Just like Zig Ziglar, a motivational speaker, once said,
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”