Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just jump onto Twitter or Instagram when you’re feeling a bit meh and get inspired or feel more productive, creative, or energised?
Imagine it; how cool would that be?
Pssst… chatting to your blogging buddies or creative pals is a secret ingredient to doing some of your BEST work.
Keep reading to find out how I’m using daily social media engagement to get the things on my intention list done – and not only that, come up with ideas for new projects and collaborations.
If you’re a creative, freelancer or blogger who’s looking to connect with more like-minded people and get inspired to work smarter, this post is for YOU.
What Inspired This Blog Post… #truth
There I was last week, all set to write a post on feeling overwhelmed when I suddenly got a bad case of anxiety and blogger’s block. I couldn’t believe it… After WEEKS of being productive and finally getting into a creative rhythm with my work, my brain wasn’t having any of it. Talk about irony, hey?
I tried. I sat there willing myself to get this post done, because it was blogging day! But it was no use.
You could read the desperation and exhaustion in my writing.
And one thing I promised myself this year: no more doing things for the sake of doing them.
I’d so MUCH rather miss a week of blogging than put out a C+ post.
When I realised it just wasn’t happening, I got so frustrated and jumped onto Twitter to vent a bit. (Even though a lot of what I write is about inspiration and positivity… at the end of the day, I’m human, too!)
I honestly didn’t expect any feedback; I was just feeling a little blue and wanted to express my creative frustration.
But then, I got some amazing words of encouragement from my blogging buddies. They told me to EMBRACE the overwhelm, just relax and come back the next day when I’d recharged a bit.
So I did.
And it’s weird, because I write about finding blogging balance and simplifying creative overwhelm, but sometimes I need these reminders too – and not just from my overworked brain!
The result of this break?
I didn’t have to take a week off, because I came back refreshed and full of positive vibes the next day, ready to jump in and get productive. Hallalooooooooya!
As creatives, we REALLY need to lean on and support each other through these tough days, because they happen – and they happen more than once.
So, now that you know that little story… Let me show you why having online buddies and creative pals is so good for your productivity.
1. YOU’LL FINALLY FIND PEOPLE WHO “GET” YOU
Listen, I love my friends and family, but most of them just don’t get what I’m doing.
And it’s hard to talk to them about the struggles.
When you use social media for the right reasons – engaging, NOT constant self promotion, you’ll be amazed at the kind of people you find.
Before my whole Instagram month break, I saw engaging as a chore – but now, I literally look forward to my daily chats with other creatives and bloggers.
Sometimes you don’t really want an Earth shattering solution to the bad days…
You just want someone to listen and GET what you’re going through.
I LOVE my creative circle.
They just “get” it… Everyone needs their “creative people.”
How to find your creative circle
- Use social media to your advantage and just enjoy those virtual coffee convos, because trust me, there are SO MANY genuine and awesome people out there you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner!
- Find some people in your industry or niche and then check out who they’re following and follow and engage with them. That’s what I do and it’s working really well.
Recap: Finding people who “get” you inspires you to show up, do the work and chat about all your cool creative projects!
2. YOU’LL FEEL SUPPORTED – ON GOOD DAYS AND BAD DAYS
That’s one of my biggest struggles right now. I’ll be honest, it’s ROUGH, this new creative journey. No one understands what you go through unless they’re in the same boat as you.
And blogging buddies and creative pals SO get it.
Here’s what happens when you go onto social media with the intention of being SOCIAL and not pumping your own content all the time:
- People start to pay attention to what you have to say.
- They start to get interested in what you do.
- Creative work conversations start happening – YES!
When you support others (sharing their posts, commenting, liking, asking questions, etc.), you’ll be supported back.
It’s really that simple and something I’m learning more every day. Sharing from the heart with no expectation back, really does send a ton of positive vibes into the universe.
Your blogging buddies or creative pals want you to succeed.
They’re there to…
- Celebrate your big and small achievements
- Lift you up when you’re feeling overwhelmed
- Remind you to give yourself a break
- Encourage you to keep going when you want to quit
- Support you along your creative journey
And let me tell you, this is pretty priceless in today’s overcrowded digital space.
Recap: Feeling supported online helps you refresh after a bad day and come back more motivated and productive.
3. YOU’LL WANT TO UP YOUR CREATIVE GAME
I can’t tell you the number of blogs I’ve come across in the last 3 months that have made me sit up and go, “Whoa.”
Like these bloggers are really playing the game and it’s inspiring!
Though, if I’m totally honest – there have been times when I’ve felt discouraged and not up to a certain level.
(I think this is totally normal and a lot of us feel like this sometimes, no matter how long you’ve been blogging).
But when I get those feelings, I know it’s for a reason. So instead of moping around feeling yuk about my blog, I switch it around into something positive and ask myself things like this:
- What could I do right now to make my content a bit more engaging?
- How can I create better graphics for my blog?
- How can I provide even more value to my readers?
- What type of content is working and what isn’t?
And I tell you, that’s usually when I get lost in a storm of ideas and fill up a few notebook pages.
Looking at other blogs inspires me to believe that I’m capable of so much more, and so should you.
In fact, remind yourself RIGHT NOW that no matter where your blog, you’re more than likely inspiring at least one person to pursue their creative dreams or focus on their blog a bit more.
Isn’t that great?
So we get inspired by other creatives and bloggers and we inspire others through our passions and craft. SO MUCH YES!
Recap: Connecting with like-minded bloggers will inspire you to learn new things and up your blogging game.
OKAY, LET’S DO A QUICK RECAP:
- Bring the “social” aspect BACK to social media. Engage. Connect. Share.
- Find social media platforms where you enjoy hanging out.
- Follow and connect with people you’d want to grab a coffee with in real life.
- Support fellow creatives from the heart; expect nothing back.
- Forget competitiveness and focus on growing your creative skills instead.
So there you have it – 3 ways that your creative or blogging buddies can inspire you to up your productivity game.
#communityovercompetition – ALWAYS