My Week In A Word- Networking

networking, boring work activity or vital for finding support?

Networking

It’s something we probably all do without realising how important it can be. In a previous post I talked about the importance of support, but it wasn’t until this week that I appreciated the full meaning of the word.

Now don’t get me wrong, my family and friends are a fantastic resource of support for me. But in the world of blogging and online influence that isn’t always enough. For two years I have been slowly plugging away at this craft. It has taken me a while to find my voice and I haven’t always felt motivated to keep going. It can be tough when you don’t have other around you who are interested in it.

networking, boring work activity or vital for finding support?
networking, boring work activity or vital for finding support?

As if by magic

But then something happened. I was scrolling through my twitter and a little poll came up. The poll was asking if people felt part of a blogging community or not. Without thinking, I clicked ‘no’ and carried on with my day. The next thing I know, a little group was being created and I became part of my own little blogging family.

That Tweet was sent out by the fabulous Ruth. I have been following her for a while now, commenting on the odd tweet and so on. But it wasn’t until she highlighted just how many people felt alone in this little world of blogging that I realised I wasn’t the only one struggling.

The problem with the internet is it is easy to think everyone is doing so much better than you. Successful people get more of the limelight. It’s sad but true.

Nothing new

In my day job I do a lot of networking. It’s the only way to influence positive changes and promote better ways of working. If you don’t talk to people, get to know them and figure out what motivates them, you will simply fall flat on your face. People will naturally work harder if they like you. I am a naturally very chatty person. I like networking and I certainly work better when part of a team. So why do I find networking for my blog so tricky?

I think the main reason is because it isn’t face to face. Normally I thrive off other people’s body language and when this is missing I have a terrible habit of trying to read in between the lines. I come to negative assumptions that I am annoying the person and then pull back. I hate the idea of being over the top.

This is why I am so thankful to Ruth. If she hadn’t asked that question I would still be trying to socialise with people on twitter, Instagram etc, and then pulling back because I am scared of winding someone up. It’s so silly.

Since joining the group, I have gained followers and friends. My confidence is rocketing and I’m feeling more motivated and definitely more creative. I am inspired by talking to others in the same position and I hope I am doing my bit to support and inspire others too.

Most importantly, I am excited to see what the future holds. The opportunities are growing exponentially and I’m loving every minute of it!

from me x
from me x

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