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Growing a thick skin as a blogger

Being a blogger opens you up to all sorts. You get the admirers and the trolls. The great comments, the shades and the in your face insults. The job comes with both as we expose our creation (whatever it may be) to the whole world. So if there is one thing you need to have or work on asap as a blogger, is to grow a thick skin. Blogging is not only about writing. You have to spent a good amount of time promoting your blog and social media platforms, especially in the early days.

 

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Putting your blog out there is essential in order to make a name for yourself. These actions usually attracts more eyeballs to your blog, which is a good thing. But then the trolls find you, and if you are not strong enough, the rude comments may stop you blogging altogether.

 

Growing a thick skin as a blogger

So how do you grow a thick skin as a blogger. I have been blogging for almost 6 years now and I have had a few rude comments but not as many as I thought I would if I am being completely honest. Which is a good thing I guess. I had most of the trolls in the first year of my blog, which I found surprising. I guess their aim was to kill the little confidence I had in my blog back then. I also have a feeling some of the trolls knew me in real life, which I find really sad for them.

 

Here are three ways you could grow a thick as a blogger.

 

Carry on anyway

I know how hard it can be. But the key to growing a thick skin as a blogger is to ignore the negative comments and carry on anyway. Delete any rude comment and block any troll on your social media platform. There is no need trying to have a conversation with them. The only aim of the troll is to make you feel bad about yourself and what you do. And that is because they feel bad about themselves. Don’t let them project their negative thoughts on you. Ignore them, use the delete.block option and carry on anyway.

 

Work on your self-confidence

In order to be a successful blogger you have to work on your self-confidence. This bit is very important. If you have no self-confidence, you wouldn’t be able to carry on anyway when the negative comments start rolling in. Once you have self-confidence and believe in your work, no one can get to you as much as they would if you don’t have any. You have the key to your self-confidence, use it.

 

Don’t take things personally

It is incredibly hard to not take things personal when people are nasty towards you, but you must learn not to. Nasty people live nasty lives which is why that is all they can give. Do not let them project their frustrations and bitterness on to you. Instead see right through them and keep it moving. Do not entertain or engage their negative energy.

 

What are your thoughts on growing a thick skin?

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Giveaway & Review – Win £100 To Spend On Cheerz

I came across the Cheerz website some weeks ago, and I was happy to review some prints. Cheerz is the easiest printing service for social media photos. So Instagram and Facebook photos are great and easy to print on the Cheerz website or via the Cheerz app. I have lots of pictures on my laptop and on social media, and I have been dying to get them printed and framed. We are forever taking photos in our house. I like capturing special memories. I see it as a way of freezing time. Which is why I was thrilled to try Cheerz.

I have the giveaway details at the end of the post. But first let’s dive into these amazing prints.

 

Cheerz Canvas Print From £14

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I found it so easy to get these prints down. The Cheerz website is very user-friendly and straightforward to use. I got this Canvas Print and I fell in love with it as soon as it landed on my doorstep. It is easily one of the prettiest prints in my house. I love the quality of the canvas print and my kids love it even more. They think it is really cute. Not sure if it is the actual canvas print they like or their poses, or their Thomas the Train and Peppa Pig cakes. But they are huge fans of this print.

 

Framed Photo From £21

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I also got this stunning photo frame from Cheerz. I love how sleek it looks. It is a beauty to behold on my wall, and it has completely transformed my living room. I can see the photo was printed with top-of-the-range photo paper and the simple black frame is such a beauty. There are different colours available for the frames, so there is one for any photo. I really like this frame. The photo brings back a lot of memories. I can still remember why I had such a big smile on my face. Which is why pictures are amazing treasures to keep. The special moment is frozen forever on my wall and in my heart.

 

Classic Photo Prints From £0.21

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I wanted some pictures printed as well to fill up our albums. So I got these classic photos printed from 21p. I love the amazing premium silver, photo printing paper used. It is great quality and the pictures look very good. I will be printing more for sure. I have so many photos on Facebook and Instagram, and it would be great to get as many as possible printed. These classic prints never go out of fashion, so it is always a great idea to have special photos printed.

If you are interested in getting some prints from Cheerz website, I have a special discount code for you. Use POLICE20 to get 20% off until August 27th not including  gift cards.

 

Giveaway Details

One of my readers would win £100 to spend on Cheerz. To enter this competition, here are the steps you need to take –

 

  1. Follow me on Twitter.
  2. RT this tweet.
  3. Follow me on Instagram.
  4. Leave a comment telling me how you would spend £100 on the Cheerz website.

You can also visit my Facebook page for my competitions.

 

The giveaway is open to all UK residents over 18 years. It ends on 17th August 10pm. I will be contacting the winner on Twitter within 24 hours.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

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6 Ways To Be A Better Freelancer

As the number of freelancers increase, you’ll start to feel the pressure of competition. To stand out from the crowd you have to consistently work on yourself to be the best freelancer in the industry.

 

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Although being the best is not easy, it’s not impossible either. All you need to do is to be committed to following these 6 simple things that will make you a better freelancer.

 

  1. Plan your week

Freelancers thrive in efficiency. If your schedule or routine is disorganized, it can affect the quality of your work and the speed of your delivery.

That is why successful freelancers make sure they plan ahead of time. They plan their year, quarter, month, weeks and days in advance.

You may not have to plan that far but you should at least have a clear picture of how you want your month to be, the goals you want to achieve and the exact things you need to do during the week to make sure you get there.

 

  1. Develop your skills

Freelancers never stop learning. If you want to get better then you need to set aside time everyday to hone your skills and develop your craft.

Which aspect of your skills do you think needs a lot of work right now? Dedicate time to improve that skill. The more you work on it the better you will get.

 

  1. Under promise, over deliver

Clients love freelancers who are able to satisfy their needs far above their expectations. The way to do that is to under-promise and over deliver.

Most freelancers promise heaven on earth when they pitch to their clients but hardly put in the work that will meet that standard.

A good freelancer will stay humble about their promises and then strive to give their clients the best.

 

  1. Exercise to stay healthy and stimulate brain activity

It’s sad that few freelancers

\engage themselves in regular exercise. You may be working from home but you must never neglect your health.

Set aside time – at least three days a week – to exercise your body.

Exercise helps to stimulate brain activity. This will help you stay sharp and alert while working on client work. Exercise also helps to boost your mood.

If you can, try to schedule exercise in your planner everyday so that you begin your work pumped anytime you’re ready to work.

 

  1. Build your personal brand

Your potential clients won’t get to know you if you just hide behind freelancing sites like Upwork. To increase your reach you need to work on building your personal brand.

Share valuable tips on social media, create helpful content on your blog, and engage with owners of brands and companies. Put yourself out there and let people know about your skills.

As more people get to know you and what you are capable of offering, you will be seen as a go-to person in the industry.

 

  1. Collaborate with other freelancers

Freelancing is a lonely business, but you need to realize that you can’t succeed as a freelancer alone. Collaboration pushes you to reach out to make friends with like-minded people in the world of freelancing.

As you collaborate with other freelancers it’ll expose you to a larger audience, plus you get to learn more about the trade from the eyes of another freelancer.

 

Do you have any freelancing tips to share? Please do share in the comment section below.

 

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