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8 Valuable Life Lessons Blogging Teaches Us

8 Valuable Life Lessons Blogging Teaches Us

As far as jobs or hobbies go, blogging is one of the more fulfilling options out there. We all have something that we’d like to get off our chest and some knowledge to share with others. However, while blogging can be fun and fulfilling, it can also be challenging. Delve a little deeper into it and you will need change the way you think to adapt. If you spend a lot of time doing something you will get better at it and achieve a certain degree of mastery, which in turn will teach you some important life lessons. There is a lot to learn from the journey and blogging on a regular basis can definitely give you some unique insights.

1. It doesn’t take much to get started in a new direction

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    All it takes to get started with a new project in your life is to make that initial leap of faith. Once you’ve resolved to make a change you can jump right in. The progress will be gradual but you can make huge progress initially if you are driven. With some research and a bit of practice you can learn how to run a successful blog and apply the principles that the pros use right from the start. This works for other parts of life quite well.

    Want to get in shape? Find a sound, well-written beginner program and do your research on the right type of exercise and nutrition that will allow you to reach your goals. Then you just stick with it and give it your 100% on a regular basis. Getting started is surprisingly easy. Even if it’s something that you’ve never done before, it’s the consistency and motivation part that trips people up.

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    2. There is always more work to be done

    At first it seems like you can spend an hour or two of your free time at the computer typing away and manage to run a blog without it really affecting your life in a big way. When you start to take it seriously your research can take you in several directions and you will start learning more and more on a subject.

    You will become interested in a few different topics – you brush up on your grammar, work on improving your vocabulary, look at some writing tips, search the web for good pictures or gifs, start doing your own DIY projects or shop around for cool tech gadgets, you spend a few hours on social media… If you decide to do something meaningful you will want to do it well, and you will learn that there is always more work to be done. Self-improvement is a never-ending story and the more effort you put in, the more benefits you reap.

    3. You may have hidden talents that you never knew about

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      We are all born with certain strengths and weaknesses. As much as people like to say that everyone has equal opportunity, it’s hard not to argue that we all have some inborn talents that allow us to potentially reach a much higher level of skill in some areas; however we are often unaware of some of these talents.

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      It’s not until you start reading and writing about all kinds of different topics and try your hand at different disciplines that you start to realize just how much something suits you. Have you tried playing the guitar, cooking, creating DIY furniture, running or singing? You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that you aren’t half bad at it – and that it gives you plenty of enjoyment.

      4. All it takes to get good at something is time and patience

      People always want to hear about secret knowledge and take shortcuts to achieving their goals. One of the biggest truths in life is that mastering something is all about boring repetition. It takes plenty of time to get really good and the most important virtues you can have are patience and grim determination. You always keep coming back to the basics, perfecting them so that you can build upon them and develop further. It may take you an entire afternoon to write 1000 words at first, but if you keep going and write 1000 words every day, you’ll eventually get to a point where things come naturally and motivation isn’t an issue.

      5. A good daily routine will lead you to success

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        The best way to ensure that you stay motivated enough to dedicate the necessary time into a project is to develop a routine. Human beings are creatures of habit and we tend to work best when we have a set schedule. You can try to write when the mood strikes, but it becomes too easy to procrastinate and a whole day can go by without a muse coming to inspire you. Once you start living by a simple schedule and break your day up into several routine tasks, you’ll quickly notice that you are able to get things done much more efficiently. You may even end up with more free time once you learn to be more productive.

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        6. Think twice before you speak

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          It’s easy to get carried away and mention things that may not be completely accurate while talking about a subject. You can also throw around unverified information that you’ve heard somewhere at some point and regard it as a cold hard fact. When you share your thoughts with a large and ethnically diverse audience, you become aware of the importance of fact-checking and thinking about what you are going to say. The backlash in the comments can be a really sobering experience. Thankfully, among the hordes of hateful trolls there are always a few people out there who offer constructive criticism and correct you without trying to insult you in the process.

          Critically considering the ideas you have, checking the credibility of the sources, looking at the possible implications and ways your words can potentially be misinterpreted – all these things allow you to express yourself better. By weighing your words carefully before you speak you ensure that you don’t spread misinformation, draw bad conclusions or come across as ignorant, arrogant or offensive.

          7. Don’t try to impose your views on others – be tolerant of different opinions

          A mistake a lot of new bloggers tend to make is to stick to their specific views and paint them as the “right way” or *cue dramatic music* “the truth”. Things are never black and white; every issue has a wide plethora of vibrant colors, each with a bunch of unique shades. If you believe that you are objectively right because you have personal experience and plenty of facts to back you up, then you can calmly and respectfully critique someone’s claims. Don’t just dismiss beliefs and opinions of others (especially on polarizing topics) as “bad” or “dumb”. You should always come from a place of understanding and be open for an intelligent discussion.

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          8. Don’t waste your energy on things that aren’t important

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            You can sometimes get so caught up in the minutiae that you forget about the big picture, or you end up wasting a lot of time on little things like weighing up which phrase to use or choosing just the right picture. I’ll be the first to say that the devil is in the details, but beyond a certain point your eye for detail becomes an obsession which limits your productivity. Adopt the 80/20 rule to life: focus 80% of your time on a few things that can give you the greatest results and 20% of time on everything else. Another way in which this applies to life is that you shouldn’t waste your energy on people who drain you emotionally and whose company you don’t enjoy. Keep good company and focus on developing connections with people that can help you move forward and improve.

            Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time blogging will agree that you get a whole lot more out of the experience than just the satisfaction you get from writing about what you love. There are plenty of important life lessons that you learn along the way and these can be applied to virtually any facet of life in order to better yourself and become happier.

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            Ivan Dimitrijevic

            Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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            41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

            41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

            Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

            Love is one of those things.

            True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

            True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

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              A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

              strong hug

                A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                running help

                  A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                  feeding kitten

                    A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                    It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                    mom and daughter selfie

                      A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                      girlfriends

                        Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                        selfies

                          A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                          selfie

                            Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                            dude selfie

                              Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                              It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                  A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                  It means having a friend to photobomb you

                                  photobomb

                                    A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                    old man photobomb

                                      A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                      family photobomb

                                        Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                        boyfriend photobomb

                                          A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                          True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                          shoulder to cry on

                                            A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                            flood dog

                                              During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                              A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                                lunch

                                                  A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                  hug

                                                    A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                                    rubble

                                                      An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                      sister and brother

                                                        A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

                                                        headstone

                                                          A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                          It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                            A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                            national guard goodbye

                                                              A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                              saying goodbye

                                                                A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                And cherishing reunions

                                                                husband home

                                                                  A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                  boyfriend home

                                                                    A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                    mother hug

                                                                      A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                      True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                      elderly women

                                                                        Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                        feeling young

                                                                          A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                          sprinkler dad

                                                                            A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg

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                                                                            subway couple

                                                                              A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                              wheelchairs

                                                                                A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                silly faces

                                                                                  A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                  vote for pedro

                                                                                    A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                    True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                    date night

                                                                                      A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                      playing violin

                                                                                        Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                        True love is timeless

                                                                                        old friends

                                                                                          Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                          sitting around a fire

                                                                                            A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                            elderly couple

                                                                                              An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

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