Lessons for Personal Development Bloggers

Earlier this year I had an idea: why not ask personal development bloggers for advice on personal development blogging, compile them into an ebook and give it out for free?

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a swell idea to me :)

Unfortunately, that idea never materialized as I became caught up in life and work.

A few of the personal development bloggers I’d started to email had already replied me though, and I’d always felt sorry to have their work languish in my email.

So this is what I thought I’d do: share the idea online, and if anyone else is keen to do it they can pick up the idea and run with it.

If you’re reading this and are keen on doing this ebook, here’s what I have for you. These are the replies that some personal development bloggers have already shared with me, please be so kind to include them in the ebook.

And to all those who submitted their contributions to me: I’m sorry I let this slip. It was my fault. If someone decides to go through with this ebook I hope it makes a difference to the personal development blogging community.

Lessons Shared by Personal Development Bloggers

David Seah

“I use my own life story as a vehicle for expressing my ideas as they become clear to me. I write from this perspective because I love hearing about how other people have solved their problems. I appreciate the spirit of camaraderie and friendship that accompanies their storytelling and advice. This in turn has inspired me to be generous with my best ideas, my personal insights, and the weird tools I’ve designed. I’m passing it forward. I try to maintain this spirit of generosity on my blog, and a certain percentage of like-minded people respond. And ultimately, they are the ones I am writing for: the positive-minded, conscientious, creative, and kind-hearted people that make this world so awesome. We can all use a little boost from time to time, and if I can help provide that, I think I am doing my job as a blogger.”

Chris Marshall from Martial Development

“Don’t publish anything on your blog that you wouldn’t write on a job application; because, someday, your blog might be your job application.”

Halina from Inner Travel Journal

“The Internet is already full of personal development blogs. Who needs another one? Do you? Well I hope you do! I hope you blog because it brings you new insights, it helps you grow, it fills you with excitement and joy. If it does, it will also resonate with others and motivate them to participate in discussions and to spread the word about your work. Happy Blogging!”

Maria Palma from The Good Life

“Share your life experiences with your blog readers. People like stories that they can relate to.”

Liz Strauss from Successful Blog

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to have a beginner’s mind about everything. Beginners are truly curious about the human condition, positive about every new bit of information, and always willing to listen.”

David Zinger from Die Happy Today

“My best advice is not mine but from the Buddha who said: we must be a lamp unto ourselves. Don’t cultivate a Zen Habit, don’t bop like a Boing Boing, don’t copy Copyblogger. In fact, don’t try to be anything other than who you are. Be yourself as much as you can possible be, and then be it a little more, and the power of your authentic voice will enliven your writing and make your content more compelling.”

lexander Kjerulf from Positive Sharing

“Find the fun. Blogging requires openness, generosity, creativity and zest. If blogging is a chore for you, you will never do it well. When, where and how is blogging so much fun for you, that you just can’t help but do it? I blog in a neighborhood café in the early mornings. And you?”

Alex Shalman

“Being a personal development blogger is a huge responsibility. By declaring that you are blogging about personal development, and following through in your articles, you are indirectly implying that you are in it for the people. The possibility that I have created for myself and my life is the possibility of being someone who operates with the greatest good of all in mind. It is important to figure out what your own possibility is, than be, do, and have. The rest will fall into place.”

Ashley Cecil

“My advice to your readers is ask themselves what is it that they have to offer the world via the blogoshere that no one does? Readers can only absorb so much pop-culture gossip and personal interpretations of existing news. Be a unique voice and be consistent about your frequency of posting. If you want professional results from your blog, take it seriously, be innovative, respond to useful feedback and watch your analytics. Oh, and screen your comments.”

Alvin Soon from Life Coaches Blog

“Help one person with your blog. Keep your focus on that, and the rest will follow.”

Adam Kayce from Monk at Work

“Above all, don’t forget why you got into this business in the first place; take care of your self and your own mindset, and the rest will joyously follow.”

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