Patricia Bokowski, a thought on the “hows”:
Just because you’re not to mess with them doesn’t mean you’re not to get busy doing all you can, with what you’ve got, from where you are.
The difference is in how you see what you do: you don’t do all you can with an eye to hitting a home run, but with an understanding that for each door you knock upon and every stone you turn over, you’re pitching the ball to me.
The more balls you pitch, the greater my options, and the farther the balls will sail.
Batter up, The Universe / How to brand your business!
“Stop asking people who have never been where you are going for directions.” – NineFrogs
How to brand your business.
There are many ways to brand your business.
I want to talk about blogging for your business as a great way to brand your business.
I have been blogging over five years now.
And over the years.
I have spoken with countless people who have asked me.
What does it take to be a blogger?
And do I think they can be one?
Do you need to be a writer to be a blogger?
Can only certain professions blog?
So decided to answer all the questions and write a blog on it!
One thing I will say.
What I think you really need, is a passion for writing.
If you look at it like a chore, something you HAVE to do, you’re not going to be very successful.
The technical side of things.
I am not technical.
I can tell you this.
My blog is on my WordPress website.
But I know there are a host of other ways to have a blog.
You can Google it.
If you have an IT guy, I am sure they can set one up for you.
My friend Wendy set mine up for me.
And I have to say.
It couldn’t be easier.
I’m not a technical person.
And even I am able to figure out how to use it.
Ok, so the question?
Do you have to be a writer?
But, you do have to have something to say!
People write all kinds of different blogs.
My personal experience is, you write about what you like, or, are interested in.
And then share that with your audience.
Taking myself as an example.
I was certainly no writer when I first started blogging in 2015.
I hadn’t written a thing since 2008.
When I had taken a Dale Carnegie class on Leadership Management.
A course by-the-way.
That changed my life.
I learned how to properly do Public Speaking after that class.
Quick story about that class.
It was an eight week course.
And the last class, as a surprise, they told us we have 15 minutes to write a speech on everything we had learned over the previous seven weeks.
We would give our speech and they would pick a winner.
So everyone gave their speech.
And I won!
My speech was how one day I was going to be a Famous Motivational Speaker and that I would invite everyone in the class to my first speech and I would let them in for free👈👈👈
A Dale Carnegie paperweight.
Side Note: if you ever get an opportunity to take a Dale Carnegie class, take it!
Like I said, life-changing for me!
Which in a weird way, helped me with my blogging.
And like with anything else in life.
You need to start to in order to get better.
I look back at some of my early blogs and think ‘what was I thinking’?
You will NEVER get to be good at it until you start!
That’s the thing about writing.
You can literally write about ANYTHING you want.
It’s all about how you put your words together.
The message you want people to get when they read it.👈👈
What emotions, if any, do you want them to feel?
Or, what did you want them to learn?
Over the years, I have seen which of my blogs have become fan favorites..
Here are a few:
Blogs such as www.ninefrogs/com/howtohaveahappyday was one of my most popular blogs.
Also, www.ninefrogs.com/lifelessonsfromwinniethepooh because who knew so many people love Winnie-the-Pooh.
And then there was www.ninefrogs.com/9thoughtprovokingquotestosetyoursoulonfire to name a few!
BTW – I literally just figured out how to do that hyper-link?☝☝☝
It’s like anything else.
See what people like.
Write more of that.
Just in hundred different ways.
With different feelings.
It’s like people who write those Hallmark movies.
You always know it’s going to end on a good note.
And you also know, there’s going to be a bit of drama in the middle.
They have that formula down to a science.
Same with blogging👈👈👈
Here’s something else I’ve learned along the way.
You need to let your audience know you.👈👈👈
Tell your story in your blogs.
And I don’t care what your blog is about.👈👈👈
Somewhere in there, you have to let your audience know how the blog relates to you.
Whether it is a story about your life that you can relate to.
Your audience, wants to know YOUR opinion.👈👈👈
Which brings me to yet another question people ask me.
Say they want to write about a particular subject.
They will say, ‘a million people have written about that subject before, why would anyone care if I write about it?’.
You have to understand.
Your audience has not heard how YOU think about the particular subject (what that may be).
I mean really.
Do you know how many people write blogs on ‘How to have a happy day?’
But I write mine with how I think you could have a happy day.
Maybe if you wrote one, you would write it how YOU THINK someone could have a happy day!
Another important thing about blogging.
Let’s just say, you want to write about a subject that has nothing to do with your business.
I get that question too.
As in, is that a good idea?
Are you kidding?
That’s a great idea👈👈👈
Let’s just say for argument sake, your business is some kind of whatever business, you sell widgets, or you provide xyz services.
Only, you want to blog about: baking, sports, books, oils, vintage dolls, stamp collecting, boating, travel, etc.
You get the idea👈👈👈
It doesn’t matter what you write about.
Just be authentic👈👈👈
How many people watched Breaking Bad?
I know I did.
I was a huge fan.👈👈👈
Just like Game of Thrones.
LOVED that show too.
I know a lot of people who didn’t watch either.
Same goes for your blogging.👈👈👈
Don’t write so that EVERYBODY will love it.
YOU ARE NOT VANILLA👈👈👈
Write about what YOU like.👈👈👈
In your own PERSONAL style, whatever that may be.
I’ve developed mine over time.
I saw what I liked, what I didn’t.
Subjects that I wrote about in the beginning that I don’t write about any more.
It’s a process, like anything else.
But here’s the thing. NineFrogs “Quote of the Day”!
You have to start.
I promise you, you will NEVER get really good at it, until you do!
How to brand your business👈👈👈
Lastly, make sure you follow NineFrogs on TikTok & YouTube – The Frog’s Den 🐸🐸🐸
That’s a wrap!
Patricia <3 always
NineFrogs ~ People will stare. Make it worth their while!
I will not allow anything to hold me back from doing what I know in my heart I was meant to do!