You may or may not have been asked this question before. I know, it sounds a bit vague and, to be honest, a bit scary to answer. But it is an important question to ask because it will be your guidepost.
Before you trouble yourself with what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it, find out why you’ll exert effort in the first place.
Is there a correct way to answer the question? Well, no, because it all boils down to you. What drives you to do the things you do? What’s your motivation for your actions? What’s your purpose?
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How do you find your why?
I’ll be honest. It took me a while before I was able to establish my why. While I was trying to zero in on it, there were times I felt bad that my motivations were borne out of selfish reasons. I started blogging because I needed a personal outlet for my creativity.
There was a bad feeling that I wasn’t doing it for the people who are reading it. Why am I not doing this for others? Why is my why for myself?
And then one day, I remembered how some of my friends and former schoolmates shared an old blog post I wrote about not knowing where the road to success is or if I were already on it. And it hit me: Sharing your stories can be helpful to others — whether you did it intentionally or not.
So, to sum: My why is my love for storytelling.A little trivia: I started writing when I was in 5th grade and I’ve never stopped since. Of course, not literally. But you get the drift. 😉
But here’s the catch/tricky thing: While I do it for personal reasons, I make sure I still respect and value the time and effort of those who actually read my stories. So, no, I don’t really talk about just anything. I make sure what I share doesn’t just add to the noise already circulating on the Internet.
So my end-goal is to be able to do what I most love. And along the way, I’ll be able to share my knowledge and skills to others, which then might help them in their personal/professional endeavours. (At the very least, maybe they were entertained.) It’s a win-win situation!
Now, enough about me. Let’s find out what your why is.
Remember the questions I asked you in the previous post?
Why do you wanna blog?
What’s something new you can bring to the table?
Where do you see your blog in 3 years?
Let’s put it this way. Say, you like food. (That may be your answer to question 1.) Are you great at cooking or are you more the type to eat out and experience food? (This may be a follow-up question for number 2.) Do you see yourself running a successful* blog filled with your food adventures or recipes? (Now, this may be a supplement question for number 3.)
*See how I emphasized the word “successful” there? Well, let’s talk more about it. Aside from knowing what makes you happy and what you’re good at, which are both great tools in finding out what your why is, another good question to ask yourself is “How do I define success?”
I know, I know. Society has suggested (well, more like imposed) an idea of what success is. It looks like a worry-free person who has a big house, expensive car, travels often and has their life — every part of it — together.
But what’s your definition of success?
There’s no definite answer for this except the one that’s truest to you. Once you’ve answered that, see yourself as achieving that success. (Yes, girl [or dude]! Visualize it!)And then identify the things that are most important to you. And that’s it! I know, there’s a lot of introspection and thinking involved in this installment, but trust me, once you’ve figured out your why, everything will be smooth sailing from there.
On Friday, we tackle a different kind of beast. We’ll talk about how to stay on track on your blogging goals, staying authentic to yourself (and your why) in a world where everyone’s pressured to gain numbers and blogging without making you want to pull all your hair out. 😉