“Building influence is not something that happens as you soon as you publish your first blog post. You build influence over time and through steady, valuable work.” -Natalie Sisson
I love this. In an age of instant gratification, we so often get discouraged when things don’t immediately work out. We forget how to put in effort consistently and to celebrate small steps and victories.
There are plenty of methods for building a platform and increasing influence, and they all come down to taking consistent action.
On Day 19 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge, Natalie outlines two main ways to start building influence, and I love them both and plan to use some combination of the two.
Be a leading learner.
I am a lifelong student. I love learning new skills, finding shortcuts, practicing things until I get them right, exploring crazy subjects. Even more than the learning, I love sharing information. The more I learn, the more I can share. I will create how-to videos, ‘hacker-style’ resources and articles, and provide information as I learn it.
This is also a great way to gain sponsorships- as I use products and services in my quests for knowledge, I will know which are the best and be able to promote them so that my audience has access to my most recommended products and services.
Become a mediapreneur.
My skillsets and the way I weave them all together creates a really cool, unique way of viewing and interacting with the world. Info-based products and programs are super fun, and by building them and getting myself out there, on camera, I will become known as the Play Expert.
From this known expertise, I will be able to help more and more people have a whole lot more fun every day from media exposure and collaborations, which will allow me to host more events and meet so many awesome artists and entrepreneurs looking for what I have to give! That is so exciting.
It feels really good to put all of this out here on my site. Keeping plans secret doesn’t do anyone any good. (Unless you only talk about your ideas and don’t take action. Then, shut up and take action.)
I have never been more excited to start making videos in my life!