It’s no secret that I worry. A lot. That I read self-help books to lessen those worries, isn’t a secret either. These books can be good, and they can suck. Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is one of those good books. It’s not about dealing with other people’s thoughts and opinions about you, but it’s about your toughest criticizer: you. And your opinions about yourself and your life. And what you think about yourself is a lot more important than what other people think about you. Right?
Business me and personal me are two completely different people. Of course, there is some overlap, because I’m still Johanne. When I’m at work and when I’m at home. But lately, I’ve been noticing that ‘business me’ can be much more decisive than personal me. And that business me knows fewer fears than personal me. I mean, it’s not strange to leave certain personality traits at home when you enter the office, but these differences are so obvious, that I had to look into them. Because what makes business Johannes so different from personal Johanne? And why?
Small things, big things. Things I felt or incredibly material things. All kinds of things that made my month. Not that I really needed something to make my month, but it’s nice to have some fun ups instead of your regular of negative months. Maybe it’s not original, but I always love seeing lists like this on other blogs. So from now on every new month I will close the last one with a ’10 things that made my month’ series. Just so I can end the month in a positive way. read more
Ok, so you’ve launched your blog. Yay, good for you! You’ve created some engagement, have some happy readers en received some positive comments. But how are you going to keep this up? And how will you make sure that people keep coming? You have to make sure your current readers want to come back and you always want to attract new readers. Nope, blogging is not something you can just do for five minutes every day. Now that you started, you have to keep updating your social media, you have to work on your SEO, install plugins and last but not least: you have to start using Pinterest in a more active way. So let’s go.
I think it’s pretty clear by now that I’m not the biggest fan of fall (or winter). But I’ve survived thirty so far, I think it’s safe to assume that I will survive my 31st fall and winter as well. At least the intention is there, right? However, to survive the horrible cold weather that is to come, I will need a survival kit. And maybe you do too? So I made up a list the ultimate fall and winter hater survival kit:
Time for part two of the four-part guide (for the observant reader: last week it was still a three-part series)! I’m so glad that the first one wasn’t completely burnt down. With these subjects, it always feels like I’ve seen it all. Because I had that feeling at some point while doing research for my blog. The first post I found was good, but the second, third and fourth one were eerily similar. So I hope the guide really adds to the list of excisting guides. And I really hope the second part of my guide will be useful for you too. Today I’ll talk about all the writing that goes into blogging (duh), inspiration, finding a niche, social media and the launch. It’s a lot, I know. So, let’s begin. By the way, this is MY chronological order. My proces from beginning to end. What’s logical for one, doesn’t need to be logical for the other.
For a long time, I didn’t know what to do with my life. Just like many fellow millennials, I was filled with doubt and an unfilled sense of accomplishment. I wasn’t unhappy, but I wanted more. Years ago I started something, but it ended just as fast. At that time I didn’t realize that that something, blogging, was what I needed. Only later on in life when a big change rose up on the horizon, I started thinking again. What will make me happy? Then it came back to me, and it was something I knew all along: writing. Writing about stuff that interests ME. Things and issues we all have to deal with in our millennial lives. This idea started to really get a shape at the end of 2016, but what did I do to get to a pinch of jo? And how did I know that my niche (as far as I have one) was the right one for me?
I think we all know by now that I’m a crazy cat lady. If you follow my blog you know. If you’re my family you know and if you’re my colleague you know it too. People who live a hundred kilometers away from me and never heard of my blog probably know too. Because I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops. Yes, I call myself a cat momma. And no, that’s not sad to me. Buttons is my ‘baby’. She is that one small living creature I can take care of, I can be worried about and that makes my heart run over. So yes, crazy. With. Cats. It is what it is. That’s why it’s no surprise that the Crazy Cat Lady tag is on my blog today. If I hadn’t done it, you could have wondered where Johanne went and who this person behind this blog is now. Anyway, I digress. Again.