Do you have core values for blogging?
Today, we continue my favorite series, Life Lessons from Toddlerhood. You may be wondering what blogging core values and toddlerhood have in common. Please stay with me and I’ll explain.
What This Series Is Meant To Do
This is a series that is meant to inspire you. It is meant to get you excited about writing. No matter how boring a topic is, this series is meant to encourage you and hopefully, to motivate you.
Today, I’m sitting with my big Detroit coffee mug, but instead of drinking my usual coffee, I’m drinking hot chocolate with whipped cream. It is amazing on a chilly day like this, and I would highly recommend that the next time you sit down to write to make sure you have a big cup. I’m listening to She and Him, one of my favorite bands. I’m setting the mood to write this article and it is working.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lately, I’ve been wading my way through some of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings. I am very disappointed at the lack of exposure of this great American author that I had during my grade school days. However, I am now making up for it and the ladies at the library think I’m crazy.
Here is one of my favorite Emerson quotes and it’s the backbone of today’s article.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I first read this quote, my thoughts went straight to my little lady. This is one of my many hopes for her. I hope that she can know herself, be herself, and trust herself. So that when she faces the darker things of this world, she knows who she is and when she faces the lighter things of this world, she knows who she is.
I think this is one of my hopes for her, because it is one of my hopes for myself. As a writer and a human being, the world works to change who you are. Just like our blogging world, there is always something pulling at you. Sometimes these things are good because they refine you.
However, there are core values that I have as a writer that I never want to change. Core values steer us towards our ultimate goal and keep us on track. I wanted to share those core values with you.
3 of My Core Values as a Writer
- Regardless of whom I’m writing for or what I’m writing, I want to inspire those who are reading my articles. I want to make a difference.
- I want to produce quality work. I never want to publish something that I’m not proud of.
- I never want my job as a writer to take away from my family. This causes me to have 5:15 am wake up calls, but it is well worth it.
Having core values as a writer or as a business is really helpful. Core values can be a launching pad for how you chose to brand yourself and your company. Even Dr. Stephen Covey, the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, talks about having a mission statement not just for your business, but also a mission statement for your life.
Do you have core values as a writer, in your business or in your life that are steering you to reach your goals? I would love to hear what they are. Please share them in the comments below.