I tried yoga for the first time 10 years ago out of sheer curiosity! The reason that I stuck to yoga and I chose it as my main way of physical activity is that it helps me evolve physically. I value the fact the every class is different; I get to try new poses, evolve existing ones, get better each day and learn something new every day. Though I must admit that when I practice yoga I’m not fully there. My mind wanders on to various things, places and situations. It actually does that all the time (stupid brain). Anyway, one day upon leaving a yoga class I had an idea! I would write about what yoga can teach us about blogging, because many of the things that my teacher tell us over time on how to perform poses better could easily be applied in blogging (and help me evolve there too). I’m pretty sure that yoga can teach us many more things about blogging, but here are 4 that I deem important.
1) Don’t compare yourself to others
One of the most common things a yoga teacher will tell you (especially if practicing a challenging pose), is that you shouldn’t compare yourself (and the way you perform the pose of course) to the people around you. Chances are you don’t have the same body, or the same skill level or even the same commitment to yoga.
The same applies to blogging. Comparing yourself with other (especially more successful) bloggers is going to get you anywhere.You should focus on yourself and capabilities and remember that each one of us is different and unique.
2) Be Organized
My yoga teacher keep reminding us to have our bodies organized at all times when practicing yoga. What he means is that all our muscles (legs, abs, shoulders, hands) must be energized and not slacking!
In blogging if you want to evolve and become a better blogger, you also have to be organized. Organization in this case ranges from having a posting schedule, keep your blog’s design user friendly, take clear photos etc.
3) Everyone has his/her own strengths and weaknesses
Each one of us has his/her own strengths, capabilities and weaknesses in all aspects of life. In yoga no two people can perform a pose in the same way and some of them won’t reach the end pose be it an inverted pose or the upward bow pose for that matter. And yes I’m talking from personal experience.
In blogging, you won’t be able for example to deal with opportunities, PR/brand pitches or showcase events the same way as your peers, as each one of us has a unique writing/presentation style. Which brings us to No.1: stick to your strengths, evolve according to your strengths and abilities and don’t compare yourself with others.
4) Do your best and always evolve
Knowing yourself and your limitations doesn’t mean that you give up and don’t try to take your poses and practice a step further. In yoga you should always try to evolve taking of course in to account the said limitations that your body has. Trust me, there’s always space and ways to get your practice a step further.
In blogging evolution is important if you want to stay relevant, even if you choose to be a hobby blogger. You can evolve in so many ways: take better photos, streamline your blogging schedule, switch up your blog design, network with other bloggers, PR companies, brands etc. In this process of evolution I suggest you seek out and read blogging tips and resources (as many as you can). A few weeks ago I posted some interesting blogging tips I found online lately. A few examples of other valuable sources are Independent Fashion Bloggers, CopyBlogger, Problogger.
If you practice yoga, have you found any other yoga values that can be applied in order to make you a better blogger?