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5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me that Grad School Didn’t

Go to school….
Get good grades…
Get a good job…
MJ Demarco

It’s a quote from one of my favorite books, the Millionaire Fastlane.  If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned one, this is a book that I recommend that everyone reads.

My Credentials and Background…

It’s something that I rarely talk about on the blog.

But in case you were wondering, here’s a quick rundown of my background and experience:

  • Associate’s Degree General Studies
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science
  • Cisco Networking Certified Professional (twice over)
  • ITIL Certified…

And the list goes on and one…..

I guess you can say on paper, I am very accomplished.  

Funny thing though… is that whenever I work with customers that discover my brand online, I don’t bring them up.

Wanna know why?

Because…they dont ask…

You see, I’ve learned in the online world, credentials don’t matter to some people, RESULTS do.

College Graduates Turned Online Entrepreneurs

In the blogosphere it’s not uncommon to hear this.

You know…stories where bloggers (some with college education and some without) run six and seven figure businesses via their blogs.

In fact, last week a mentor and friend of mine mentioned that his blogging efforts have gotten him much farther than his MBA.

It’s through his blog that he has landed several lucrative contracts with two very well known startups in the digital marketing industry.

He also stated that two of the students enrolled in his high end coaching program discovered him via his blog.

Then there are peeps like Pat Flynn, the founder of one of my favorite sites, Smart Passive Income.

Pat started his blog and popular podcast after he was laid off from an architecture firm.  Fast forward to present day:  Pat’s income reports show that he is reaping major benefits from his blog.

Blogging Is Not for the Faint of Heart

Now I want to put this out there guys:  Blogging is HARD work!  It’s not some fly by night kind of thing where you can just install WordPress and make a million dollars.

Nope…not by a long shot.

It takes work….and a LOT of it. But then again, if you are growing any type of biz online or offline, it’s hard work.

I wanted to share these stories as proof. Proof that blogging (not professional degrees) have opened the doors of all kinds of opportunities for different people.

Are College Degrees Worth Their Weight?

When I was in college, I used to think that getting a degree was the ticket. After getting my Master’s Degree,  I thought that I would be sitting in some corner office overlooking the city with a high 6 figure salary.

Then reality set in…

Student loan bills started rolling in like a mofo….

That “pie in the sky” stuff that I was told in college about landing a high paying job with a Masters Degree out of the gate is fluff.

In fact, after landing a job, I dodged several rounds of layoffs from a contract position, but was eventually laid off.

After this happened, I started to see that “Job Security” is non-existent and large corporations are not loyal to their employees.  You are pretty much just another number to them.  (Sad but true)

Else, why would we hear so many stories popping up of peeps working full-time but starting side hustles all over the place.

Would I take my college education and experiences back?

Absolutely not.  A college education is a great door opener to giving you a foot in the door to getting a decent paying job. But there are no guarantees it will.

I believe that Everything that we go through is just a part of the journey to get us to where we are supposed to be.

What it boils down to for me is this:

Furthering your education is important, as long as you don’t let that be your end-all be all. Create options for yourself.

Lessons I’ve Learned as a Blogger

My blogging journey has taught me a lot yall.  Wayyy more than I learned in graduate school. These are some of the main lessons I’ve learned:

#1:  Blogging has taught me that success does not come without sacrifice

When I was in college, it was ok to skip class sometimes or slack off of stuff that I didn’t want to do (Sorry Mom).  But with blogging you have to go all in.  There are times when I want to go and hang out with friends and chill. But, since I view my blog as a business, I have to pass on outings a lot to hunker down and get sh%# done.

#2:  Blogging has taught me that RESULTS matter so much more than a professional degree.  

It’s a trip right?  But, a lot of the people that I’ve bought from… did not have college education.  What they did show are the results that they had gotten for their customers. These results are wayyyy more powerful to me than any degree hanging on a wall.

#3:  Blogging has taught me key principles to running a biz.  

I never…ever imagined that when I started my blog that I would be running a business.  But here’s the dealio, if you monetize your brand in some capacity online, you are in essence running a business. With that comes certain responsibilities. I’ve had to learn how to manage my money, track expenses, delegate work, serve clients and etc.,

#4: Blogging has taught me how to network online (and offline too) 

If you want to grow your online biz and blog, then networking is key!  I am an introvert to the core, but blogging has forced me to jump out there and start networking with folks.  Especially with social media. It’s through blogging that I’ve had to learn how to collaborate with other peeps online, converse with peeps anddd put my brand in front of folks.

#5:  The importance of income diversification– aka options.  

To be fair (I didn’t major in Business). When I was in college, I had never heard of the concept of income diversification.  I thought that getting a good paycheck was the ticket to financial freedom. This is nottt the case. As I blogged more, I learned by following people like Pat Flynn and Lisa Irby that income diversification is important. If for instance you are let go from a job, you have other things in place working for you.

BONUS

#6:  How to brand myself using the Internet.

Blogging is a powerful marketing and branding asset that any business can use to get exposure. I liken it to the competitiveness of the job market, in the blogosphere you HAVE to brand yourself to stand out or else you will blend in.   In this age of content overload that we are in, branding is critical.

Branding Yourself or a Business with Blogging

Maybe you want to blog to brand yourself.  Or perhaps….you want to blog to attract clients to your business using the internet. To help you take this step, Blog Like a CHAMP is available to help you blog better.  You can read more about it here.

What Has Blogging Taught You that you Didnt Learn in College?

I’d love to know, what has blogging taught you that you didn’t learn in college?  Leave a comment below or you can drop me a line on Twitter.  Let’s get the discussion going.

Cheers yall! 

Kim
 

Kim, YourChicGeek is a tech savvy diva + founder of YourChicGeek.com. She is passionate about teaching small biz's how to create a web presence for growth + impact. Kim has created several online courses that help small businesses grow and flourish online. You can contact Kim to hop on a quick 15 minute call to chat about your online marketing goals.

  • Sherman Smith

    Hey Kim,

    I’ve been there and done the college and lay off thing. We have something in common when it comes to this.

    I was a computer science major but switched to CIS and now work in IT. But you definitely want to diversify your income because you never know what could happen.

    Blogging has really help to keep me progressing. For one, since I’m an introvert too, it has taught me the value of networking in an indirect way. I’d say that blogging is an introvert’s playground for business.

    With that said it has taught me the importance of branding as well. You want to be known for a specific niche by showing it in your own unique way. This is how you’ll stand out from the rest and will enable you to attract the right people to your blog and business.

    Great post Kim! Have a good one!

    • Whaddduppp Sherman! Thank you sooo much for commenting and Gosh you are sooo right about the whole blogging for branding and income diversification thing. I’ve heard (and continue to hear) so many stories about people getting their degrees, getting buried in debt, then getting laid off from corporate america. I’m one of those people that have experienced it all.

      In this day and time, you HAVE to have options. Its too dangerous to lay all of your eggs into one basket. Good for you that you are doing both. Soo grateful that you dropped by to comment on the post as I really hope other peeps read this too. Thanks so much for your support Sherman. For realz! 🙂

  • Sherman Smith

    Hey Kim,

    I’ve been there and done the college and lay off thing. We have something in common when it comes to this.

    I was a computer science major but switched to CIS and now work in IT. But you definitely want to diversify your income because you never know what could happen.

    Blogging has really help to keep me progressing. For one, since I’m an introvert too, it has taught me the value of networking in an indirect way. I’d say that blogging is an introvert’s playground for business.

    With that said it has taught me the importance of branding as well. You want to be known for a specific niche by showing it in your own unique way. This is how you’ll stand out from the rest and will enable you to attract the right people to your blog and business.

    Great post Kim! Have a good one!

    • Whaddduppp Sherman! Thank you sooo much for commenting and Gosh you are sooo right about the whole blogging for branding and income diversification thing. I’ve heard (and continue to hear) so many stories about people getting their degrees, getting buried in debt, then getting laid off from corporate america. I’m one of those people that have experienced it all.

      In this day and time, you HAVE to have options. Its too dangerous to lay all of your eggs into one basket. Good for you that you are doing both. Soo grateful that you dropped by to comment on the post as I really hope other peeps read this too. Thanks so much for your support Sherman. For realz! 🙂

  • Lisa Irby

    Hey Kim! Thanks for the mention in your post! Boy are you speaking some major, major truth here. I just love these kinds of posts. What’s interesting is I majored in business but I don’t feel like I got my REAL lessons in business until I actually started one! I hear a lot of people say that.

    As you said, never take anything away from school or your degree but we also get big lessons from life and experience.

    And you are right…. diversification is EVERYTHING. If I didn’t have that, I would have been back at my 9 to 5 when Google started “dancing” 4-5 years ago. LOL

    Great post!

    • Heyyyyyaa Lisa! How goes it chica? Girllll When I say that I don’t think I’ve ever written a post so fast before :-). My fingers were on fire typing things out. And WOW I had no idea that you majored in business in college? Well good for you that you were able to put multiple income streams in place for yourself. As I stated in the post, you and Pat Flynn were my inspiration big time for seeing things from a different perspective. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement chica….for realz. 🙂

  • Lisa Irby

    Hey Kim! Thanks for the mention in your post! Boy are you speaking some major, major truth here. I just love these kinds of posts. What’s interesting is I majored in business but I don’t feel like I got my REAL lessons in business until I actually started one! I hear a lot of people say that.

    As you said, never take anything away from school or your degree but we also get big lessons from life and experience.

    And you are right…. diversification is EVERYTHING. If I didn’t have that, I would have been back at my 9 to 5 when Google started “dancing” 4-5 years ago. LOL

    Great post!

    • Heyyyyyaa Lisa! How goes it chica? Girllll When I say that I don’t think I’ve ever written a post so fast before :-). My fingers were on fire typing things out. And WOW I had no idea that you majored in business in college? Well good for you that you were able to put multiple income streams in place for yourself. As I stated in the post, you and Pat Flynn were my inspiration big time for seeing things from a different perspective. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement chica….for realz. 🙂