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How to Silence your Blogging Critics

The best of us have critics. And no matter what job you do, whether it’s blogging or working in a regular job, you are bound to have critics around. It is a part of life fortunately and unfortunately. So how do you silence your blogging critics?

 

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Every blogger had to face critics at one time in their life. And many of us have to deal with critics every single day. The criticism could come from people in our real life, online friends or even complete strangers. As annoying as it sounds, the truth is criticism would never stop. The more successful you are, the more criticism you get from trolls and lovers alike.

Criticism is part of doing, so as long as you keep doing, you would keep getting criticised. As long as you keep blogging, you would keep attracting critics. It is just the way it goes.

There is no room for malicious criticism here at all. I like when my friends and loved ones give me good criticism. We are need good critics in our lives to push us out from our comfort zone. Having said that, I have a problem when the criticism is not coming from a good place with good intentions.  Don’t ask me how I know, I just do. So I know how to silence the critics I don’t need to hear from. Here is how I go about it.

 

Don’t lash back at your critics

Yes, this is the first tip to silencing your critics. I know that being criticized can be hurtful but lashing back at your critics is like adding fuel to the fire. The minute your critics know that you are upset or angry about what they are staying about you, the more they will criticize you and this time it’ll be worse.

Lashing back at your critics only gives them the signal that you are in denial and that there may be some element of truth in what they were saying about you.

The best way to deal with the situation is to be calm while answering them. Don’t be harsh or rude. Always be peaceable and friendly. This may be difficult to do, but trust me, it will make some if not all your critics reconsider their choice of words.

 

 

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Be determined to be the best and keep on doing

One of the best ways to silence your critics is to consistently deliver your best work. Critics will always find something negative to say about what you do and even how you do it. To prove them wrong you need to tell yourself every time you blog that the blog post you’ll publish will be the best post you have ever written.

There’s one thing you need to take note of when you’re trying to deliver your best. You need to remember why you do what you do. You didn’t set up your blog to please your critics. If you are like me, you started your blog to entertain, inform and share parts of your life with your readers. Let that be your primary focus. Keep up doing what you do and ignore the critics.

 

Cut them off

If your critics are people you know in your real life, do not be afraid to cut them off! This may sound very harsh but it is usually the best way to silence your critics if they won’t support you. I have cut off a few people in my real life, partly because of how they do not support my blog. If I had a friend or family member running a blog, I know I would be all over their blog all day every day, supporting them as much as I can.

I know not everyone is into social media like I am, and not everyone has the time to read blogs. I totally get that, I have friends and family, who hardly come online to read blogs. But I also know many people in my real life who do, but just refuse to support my blog openly. I know they read it but they never share my posts or comment. The only thing they ever do is criticise and I won’t have that, so I cut them off.

 

How do you silence your blogging critics?

 

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Money Management Tips for Freelancers

It’s great to be a freelancer. Ever since I started my journey as a freelancer I have been earning a comfortable steady income. But it’s one thing to be able to earn money and it’s another to be able to manage it. This fact led me to write this Money Management Tips for Freelancers post.

 

 

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When I started freelancing, I was glad I was able to pay my bills and a few luxuries, but I knew that if I wanted to do bigger things in the future I had to find a way to make optimum use of my money.

Just like every regular worker, freelancers need to know how to manage their money. If you don’t have a plan on how you should allocate the money you earn or what you would like to achieve in the future then you’ll find yourself spending money on things that are completely unnecessary.

Knowing how to manage your money is the beginning of having a comfortable living. And if you’re a newbie freelancer or you’ve not been managing your freelancing income, then now is the time to start. Here are some money management tips that have helped me.

 

Money Management Tip 1 – Track your money

This is the first thing I believe every freelancer must do in order to manage their money. You need to be aware of how much is coming in and how much is going out. Take note of everything that you spend your money on and what brings in the most revenue. You can do this on a simple spreadsheet.

When you track your money you are able to budget better. Tracking your money also enables you to know how much you can keep aside as savings.

 

 

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Money Management Tip 2 – Have a savings fund

As a freelancer, there are days when business can get a little dry, especially if your freelance business is such that depends on the season. Having a savings fund is a great way to keep to money aside for those slow months.

If you’re tracking your money, you’ll be able to determine how much of the money you earn can go for savings. Make sure that you consistently keep that money aside for savings. The key to this is commitment. You need to be determined that you will save the same amount every month. Little-by-little you will see your savings grow.

 

Money Management Tip 3 – Keep and stick to a budget

You probably have heard a lot about budgeting. Budgeting is a great way to make optimum use of every penny you’ve got. When you budget you know exactly how best to spend your money. Without a budget you will find yourself spending money on things that are not necessary or on things you would end up not using.

Estimate how much you are willing to spend every month. Divide that by 4 weeks. This will give you an idea of how much you can spend for the week. Make sure that all your spending for the week is within the sum you budgeted.

 

Money Management Tip 4 – Send out invoices

I handle blogger outreach for a number of clients, and I find it funny when bloggers don’t send out invoices. You should always send out an invoice for every completed job. Invoices are the easiest way to track paid/unpaid work. Invoices also make it easier to monitor cashflow. I always advise bloggers to send out invoices as it makes the job easier for both of us. I also I send out invoices for every job I complete.

Invoices are super easy to generate on Paypal. You can also set up your invoice template on Microsoft Word or Excel.

 

Are you a freelancer or self-employed person? How do you manage your money? What do you think of these money management tips?

 

I Know an Instagram Influencer Using a Bot

I have not written an Instagram update post in a bit, and that was deliberate. I have decided to stop obsessing over the numbers and just engage like I would normally do on other platforms. Instagram is the most annoying social media platform ever. I find it super annoying and I would tell you why.

The algorithm has made it almost impossible to grow your Instagram page organically. Which has led to many buying likes and followers, hiring bots and other management companies to “manage” their Instagram page. Most of these bots and management companies use the follow/unfollow technique which is super annoying, but I guess it works for the accounts they build right?

 

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I had a popular Instagram Influencer follow me some days ago. We are quite cordial online and follow each other on Twitter, so I followed immediately and even liked/commented on a few photos, without thinking much about it. Only for me to notice this Instagram Influencer has unfollowed me the next day. I unfollowed back immediately and was pissed off for a few minutes, but then I realised it must have been a bot or managing company up to their dirty tricks. So I stopped being angry.

This Instagram Influencer is known for growing such a massive following in a short time, and is always writing about how to grow your Instagram following. However,one important point this person keeps forgetting to mention, was the bot/management company bit. I guess there are somethings better left unsaid right? Looking at it this way, if this person divulge all the secrets, they won’t be so massive anymore, and everyone would see through the fakery! Which is why the struggle to make money blogging is so real now. Too many frauds about.

 

 

 

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I can understand why many are desperate to build their Instagram following. I was desperate myself some months ago, but not desperate enough grow my following with fake followers or likes. It is so easy for me to spot shady Instagram pages. So I know it would be easy for many others to spot it too. When an average photo with few hashtags is getting thousands of likes in less than 24 hours, I usually smell a rat. A few minutes of looking at the page a little further usually confirms my suspicion.

 

It is good that I am not one to dwell on other people’s actions. I am too busy doing to dwell. My Instagram following is growing steadily, and I am happy with the growth. My engagement is also growing as well, which is great. I am trying to spend more time on Instagram to grow my account properly. So I am liking and commenting on photos I really like, collaborating with other bloggers, and updating my Instagram page as often as I can.

 

 

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How are you growing your Instagram?

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