5 Powerful Quotes by Inspirational Women For Fearless Blogging


By Julia Melymbrose
Don’t you just love blogging? Sitting down at your computer in the early morning with the sun having just blushed on the horizon, a cup of freshly brewed coffee steaming between your hands, your mind churning up ideas and experiences into riveting stories that effortlessly flow off the tips of your fingers and onto your screen. 

After all, as Earnest Hemingway once said: “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and just bleed.”Gasp! Startling as Hemingway’s turn of phrase may be, it’s one that deeply resonates with anyone who’s tried writing for an audience. I’ve felt the angst of blogging before, and I know you have, too. The desire to make a difference in someone’s life overridden by the fear that your post will only reach blind screens. The time and love poured into crafting every last detail of your post gone unrecognized and unrewarded by busy readers clicking away at the speed of light. The vulnerability of opening up your life and soul to others crushed by the negativity of anonymous critics that lurk in the shadows of the online world.

Sometimes just the thought of releasing another precious post into the wild web can utterly paralyze us. Wanna know the best remedy for overcoming that fear and uncertainty, and hitting “publish” like you own it? Following the brave words of inspirational female pioneers. Why female pioneers? Because these women know all about fighting an uphill battle against the entire world to have your voice heard and your dreams realized. So take courage and let’s heed the advice!

1. Anais Nin - "Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one's courage."
As bloggers we often question ourselves and our ideas. Should I blog about this? Is it too personal? Will this interest anyone? Will I offend someone? These are all useful issues to consider before jumping headlong into a post. The problem, however, arises when these questions become doubts. And although there may not be a universally right or wrong way to answer these questions, there is one path of action common to all of us: COURAGE. What feels wrong for one blogger might feel right for another. What interests some people might leave others indifferent. You can’t please everyone, and you can’t be someone else, either. The writer Anais Nin knew a thing or two about creating her own opportunities in life through courage and. Her daring stories of female sexuality were certainly not to everyone’s liking in the early 20th century, but she didn’t let that stop her. Today? She is praised one of the finest writers of female erotica. And when you take courage to write what’s really in your heart, you too will find your blogging world expanding in proportion to that courage. Don’t let fear hold you back!

2. Amelia Earhart - "The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” 
Once you find the courage to start something new, you’ll  naturally want to do things right. Thankfully, the internet offers us countless opportunities to learn through courses and resources on every single topic imaginable. But there can also be such thing as analysis paralysis. Overthinking it. Using lessons as an excuse for not starting. “If I just learn this one more thing, then I’ll be ready,” we kid ourselves. The truth is, once you have the basics down? You’re ready to take flight! The rest is a matter of experience and experiment. Just ask Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1928. There was no handbook on how to do something no one had ever done before. But she did it anyway. What counts is not the number of lessons under your belt, but the number of real-life attempts. Just hit publish and trust that the rest will fall in place with time! 

3. Coco Chanel - "Fashion fades. Only style remains the same." 
The blogging world sees many fashions come and go every few months: the memes, the cat videos, the listicles, the ironic hashtags, and tbt’s and many many others. And although there’s nothing wrong with riding a fad, you should never sacrifice your own blogging style at the altar fashion. Because the key to success lies in consistency of style—or your branding, as we call it online. Consistency in delivering high value through high-quality posts (whether they are lists, or infographics, or videos, or what have you). And consistency in the beliefs and values you express through your blogging. Much like your dress style expresses your beliefs (daring or conservative, eccentric or classic, modern or old-fashioned) regardless of whether you’re dressed casually for the park or formally for a dinner, so your blogging style must always reflect your true beliefs and values. How you package your message might follow the fashions of the day, but what you include in that message and why must be true to your style.

4. Katharine Hepburn - "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." 
Every single day we read countless (and contradictory) rules about the the best practices of blogging. Find your niche, blog about various interests, mix it up, make it interesting, share on social media, definitely use Facebook, twitter is the best, you have to  be on Pinterest, keep it short and sweet, go long and deep, add some value, just make them laugh, talk about important issues, yadda yadda yadda… Is your head spinning yet? Yes, there are many rules. But you didn’t come to blogging for the rules, did ya? Remember when blogging used to be fun rather than a chore you had to do to hit some new stats? Following the rules may be helpful, but having fun is just as important—if not more important. Have a laugh. Dare to be different. Do what brings you joy. Break a couple of the rules and see what fun you can create!

5. Hilary Clinton - "Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you." 
Part of the reason we sometimes feel compelled to obey all the rules, comes from our fear of criticism. It’s not easy listening to others criticize our work, even if they mean well. But if you want to succeed in a public arena such as blogging, you have to handle feedback gracefully. Finding herself in the spotlight both as the cheated first-lady of the U.S. in the late 90s and as the first female presidential candidate in 2008, Hillary Clinton is probably the most qualified person to dish advice on criticism. Because, let’s face it… Nothing you ever do on your blog will get you that degree of international notoriety (thank goodness!). So chin up and play it like this: When someone gives you feedback, understand that they’re talking about your work, not you. You are not your work. Allow people to express their opinion, and listen to what they have to say without fear or anger. Constructive criticism can help us grow immensely. But if you find no value in the criticism, or if the source is a malicious one (hello, anonymous internet trolls!), just take a deep breath and let it go. There’s no reasoning with the unreasonable. Despite the challenges (or maybe because of them), blogging can be a wonderful and highly-rewarding activity. Allow neither fear, nor doubts, nor rules, nor criticism to take away the joy of expressing yourself and of sharing your value. Take courage from these inspirational women, and pour your heart and soul into your work and let us all be inspired by your greatness! 

Tell us, which quote from above speaks most to the challenges you’re facing right now in your blogging? Is there another powerful quote you would include in your top-five inspirational blogging tips?

Julia Melymbrose is a copywriter at the online branding studio Chocolate & Caviar {web design + copy} where she writes about creativity, inspiration, and the art of branding. If you’d like to craft the perfect website and engage deeply with your audience to boost your blogging, sign up for her free (and totally fun!) training, Branding for Creatives, NOT Cows!

Original photo (without quotes) attribution: Anais Nin by Camila Andrea, Amelia Earhart by Harris and Ewing, Coco Chanel by 4niruddha, Katharine Hepburn by Laura Loveday, Hilary Clinton by Chad J. McNeeley.