What I Didn’t Learn at Social Media Summit 2015

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At this hour I was supposed to drink my tea and find a seat at the Social Media Summit, in Bucharest.

This event for bloggers, social media activists and online entrepreneurs, was something I was looking forward to attending. Unfortunately, my body had a different agenda than my mind. My ankle-leg-spine situation got worse overnight, so here I am, writing you from my new headquarter that is my bed.

Though I’ll be missing the opportunity to hear and learn from the wonderful panel of speakers and to mix and mingle with fellow bloggers during coffee breaks, I decided it is best for me to stay at home, to rest and recover. Health issues should always be a priority.

Anyway, to avoid FOMO (fear of missing out) to creep in and take me hostage, I thought of sharing with you the following insights from my personal experience:

6 Lessons on Blogging & Running Your Online Business

1. Keep it real. Stay true to who you are.

Find your voice, find your niche and stick with it. Readjust, recalibrate and reorganise whenever necessary, but stay true to the core of your blog/online business.

For me, it’s all about sharing a positive message to the world. I’m on a mission to spread Zen vibes & positive energy around me, be it through the meaningful jewellery that I create or through the inspirational content that I post on this blog.

2. Show up. Every. Single. Day.

This is a big one. I’ll give you an example: taking into consideration my current health conditions, today I could’ve stayed in bed, do nothing, feel miserable & shut off the whole (online) world.

Instead, I woke up, wrote an email to excuse myself for not being able to make it to the Social Media Summit, then I logged in here and started writing about my experience. I showed up. I tried to make the best out of today in the given circumstances.

{Disclaimer} Showing up doesn’t mean: work your way to the hospital bed, take no rest, no holidays and no weekends off. Balance and common sense are key here.

3. Follow up & follow through.

This is related to the point above. You don’t have to be a genius and come up with brilliant ideas/products 24/7, but you do have to show up and do your part.

4. Stay focused on the big “Why?”

Every time fear, doubt, procrastination, lack of motivation, self-confidence etc. start creeping in, remember your answers to the big “Why?”.

  • Why are you doing this?
  • Why are you blogging?
  • Why are you running your online business?

5. Start small but evolve into greatness.

Aim to take your blog/online business to a professional level. And by that I mean: invest in your knowledge, invest in performant equipments, invest in a team of professionals, as soon as you can afford it.

Strive to achieve greatness in everything you bring forth. Professionalism should be written all over your business card.

6. Give (back) as much as you can and as often as you can.

Whether it is supporting a noble cause or sharing your knowledge with others, don’t forget to keep the “good-deeds-circle” going. That’s what every blog/ business should be about.

Give a helping hand where help is needed. Share. Be of service.


These are some of the lessons I’ve learned over the years and I’m sure there are many more to come.

Before I wrap this post up, I have a question for you: what is the best top-of-your-head lesson you’ve learned about blogging? Do share it in the comments below! I can’t wait to read and to reply to your insights.

Wishing you a great day ahead,
Bianca Zen 2

*Image credit: huffpost

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