How To Be The Leslie Knope Of Blogging

How To Be The Leslie Knope Of Blogging

Today is Galentine’s Day – a day introduced by Parks and Rec through its leading lady, Leslie Knope. It’s a day of “ladies celebrating ladies.” With that in mind, I thought I’d celebrate its creator, and all the women like her. With a blogging twist, of course!

Truth be told, there are very few fictional characters I could scrape together an entire blog post about. But Leslie Knope is definitely an exception. She’s funny, passionate, driven, caring and unstoppable. She’s all that I aspire to be!

How do you become the Leslie Knope of blogging? Well, I’ve come up with six qualities which I think are essential.

Be resilient

No matter how setbacks she faces, she comes back stronger. Whether it’s a knock in her love life or her career, she doesn’t let it keep her down for long.

In blogging, there can be all sorts of hiccups along the way. Instagram not growing AT ALL, for example. A severe case of writer’s block. Or maybe reaching out to brands and getting no response. Don’t let those things keep you down. It sucks, but it shouldn’t hold you back. You’ve got to pick yourself up and keep pushing forward.

Support others

It’s not only her gift giving skills which set her apart in the friendship field. She is fiercely loyal, ridiculously supportive and sickeningly sweet. We should all try to be a friend like her, and we all definitely need one, too.

One of the best things you can do in your blogging life is support other bloggers. Don’t view them as a threat and try not to compare yourself to them. In fact, my friend Anne has a great post on how to avoid blogger jealousy. It’s better to view blogging as a place of community, rather than competition. The rest of the world seems to have plenty of their own negative opinions about bloggers and influencers, so we need to stand strong together.

Show other bloggers some love! You lose nothing by doing this. Share their posts on Twitter. Leave comments. Add their pins to your boards. These are not huge tasks, but will make somebody’s day. If you’re not sure where to squeeze it in, try doing it during your commute, or take a couple of minutes from your lunch break.

Channel your inner Leslie Knope and become the biggest cheerleader around for those in your community.

Accept help

Throughout Parks and Recreation, there are a number of occasions when Leslie only accomplishes things through the help of her friends.

There are similar moments in blogging. Perhaps you find yourself feeling stuck, or you really don’t understand something. Ask someone! Failing that, search Google and Pinterest – someone is likely to have already covered it. Though it’s not as personal as asking someone directly, it’s an equally useful approach. There’s no shame in seeking out answers if you’re not sure. I do it ALL THE TIME.

Blogging is full of learning opportunities. Even when you think you’ve got most of it figured out, something else pops up or an algorithm changes. The beauty of it is that everyone is at different stages, so there are plenty of other people with more experience to lean on a little!

Get organised

Leslie couldn’t possibly do all that she does during the course of seven seasons without her impeccable organisational skills.

While you don’t need to go to the same extreme, you do need to have some structure. I’m lucky in that being organised, making to do lists and sticking to a schedule are some of my favourite things. You may not share my enthusiasm, but if you want a chance at blogging success, it’s going to require some time management and planning. I have a post about getting organised as a blogger which may help.

Love what you do

One of the things I admire and envy in equal measure about Leslie Knope is that she’s settled in a career she LOVES. Her passion for it seems to give her superhuman abilities at times, too.

I think you have to love blogging to persevere with it, especially alongside other commitments. It’s the only way it’s worth the time and effort! Once in a while, be sure to remind yourself of the things you love most about blogging. Be it creativity or making new connections, check in with those plus points from time to time. It’s easier to stay motivated when you remember all the awesome things something brings to your life.

Celebrate your achievements

Leslie seems to grab any opportunity to celebrate, either herself or those around her. She regularly takes pause to appreciate how her life and her dreams are falling in to place. Take a leaf out of her book and be a bit more willing to acknowledge what you do.

It really doesn’t matter how small it seems. There have been weeks when the fact I’ve published anything at all has been a little victory. If you hit a goal, whether it’s a certain number of followers or publishing 2 posts in a week, celebrate it! Own it! Go full Leslie Knope like I do and eat waffles.

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, blogging is H-A-R-D. There is so much to juggle. If you’re accomplishing things along the way, you should be acknowledging them. It’s important to take these moments and embrace them. They are the rewards amongst a whole heap of hard work.

Now, go, focus on your goals and show the world what you’re made of!

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This post has definitely made me curious – who’s your favourite female fictional character and why?

19 Comments

  1. 13th February 2019 / 11:56 am

    I’ve never actually heard of Leslie Knope before, but the more I read about her in this post, the more I thought she is a seriously awesome lady! These are all fabulous points, Ruth! I was reading and agreeing all the way through. Being a blogger can be such a challenge at times, it’s a lot of hard work and commitment. Like you say, being part of the community and supporting others is a great way to stay motivated, inspired and encouraged. Celebrating achievements is a brilliant one too – I 100% need to take a leaf out of yours and Leslie’s book and congratulate myself with waffles, what a wonderful (and delicious) idea, he he! Fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • 13th February 2019 / 9:08 pm

      You should watch Parks & Recreation – you’d love it!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      15th February 2019 / 9:45 am

      You should definitely take a look at Parks and Rec (it’s on Amazon Prime, if you have that) next time you fancy watching something! It’s brilliant. And you certainly do need to reward yourself. You work so hard, and achieve so much, Bexa! Squeeze in some time to celebrate! 🙂

  2. 13th February 2019 / 5:59 pm

    Leslie Knope is my feminist icon! I have a whole blog post about my favourite fictional female charaters, such as Hermoine Granger, Belle, Lisa Simpson, and Elizabeth Swann. Happy Galentines Day!

    Ash | thisdreamsalive.wordpress.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      15th February 2019 / 9:50 am

      She’s a queen! I’ll need to go and find your post! 😀

  3. 13th February 2019 / 9:10 pm

    This is such a cool and unique idea for a blog post Ruth! ☺️ Leslie is one of my favourite fictional characters and Parks & Rec is definitely in my top 5 favourite shows of all time. I always love reading your posts and this one has really inspired me to find my inner Leslie Knope!

    https://nolightwithoutdarkness.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      15th February 2019 / 9:50 am

      Thank you, Zoe! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and that you’re a fellow Parks and Rec lover. It always makes me happy to find others!

  4. 14th February 2019 / 12:31 am

    I loved Leslie Knope, but I found her a LITTLE intense… I am, however, a huge Amy Santiago (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). People pleaser, works hard to get where she wants to be and very self aware (plus she has a binder for EVERYTHING). I don’t think I could survive Leslie’s life 😂

    Amber | https://www.unequivocallyamber.wordpress.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      15th February 2019 / 9:53 am

      I can definitely understand that! Amy is definitely another awesome character, and I really like the way she develops throughout the seasons. I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

  5. 14th February 2019 / 11:21 am

    I don’t know how you do it, Ruth, but you always manage to write something that is exactly what I need to read, exactly when I need to read it most. Blogging is hard work, and people who don’t blog (or live with a blogger, I remember THAT post of yours!) don’t see what goes into each and every piece of published content. Support is key, not just among bloggers, but also among family and friends. I’ve made some wonderful friends since I started blogging and being able to support them is a privilege. And you’re right about taking time out to celebrate the achievements too. I see your waffles and raise you some pain au chocolats. And my favourite female icon is Scarlett O’Hara – because tomorrow IS another day 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      15th February 2019 / 9:54 am

      Awww, I’m so glad, Lisa! Support from family and friends definitely makes a big difference and I always feel sad for those who don’t have it. It’s hard enough as it is without people not encouraging you and helping you along. Pain au chocolats are an excellent choice for celebration! 🙂

  6. 15th February 2019 / 10:26 am

    I’ve never actually seen Parks and Rec but the way everyone talks about it has made me really want to start watching it. I love how you’ve taken your favourite character and found a unique angle to write about her – i.e. taking her qualities and applying them to blogging 🙂

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      15th February 2019 / 10:52 am

      Yes! You should definitely watch it! Thank you, Nicola, I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  7. 15th February 2019 / 2:42 pm

    This is such a lovely post and how you have linked it to your favourite character. I have never watched Parks but I have heard a lot about it before. You have hit so many points I agree with it!! I haven’t thought about my favourite celebrity female icon, I like Suzie from HelloOctober! She motivates me for blogging. Thank you for sharing! Xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      20th February 2019 / 12:12 pm

      I would recommend watching Parks and Rec if you get the chance! 🙂

  8. 20th February 2019 / 8:44 am

    Great idea for a post, and really valuable as well. You’ve hit the nail on the head about blogging, and in such a unique way. I love Leslie Knope, I recently started watching Parks and Rec so this post is spookily well-timed!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      20th February 2019 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you! I’m excited that you’ve started watching it – I hope you love it! 😀

  9. 20th February 2019 / 11:49 am

    My friends were talking about Leslie Knope yesterday and I have to admit I just nodded along as I had absolutely no idea who she was! Haha. Thank you for sharing this and enlightening me. I think it’s great when a fictional character can be inspirational and relatable at the same time.

    And congratulations because someone enjoyed this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky for you. Hurray! Feel free to bob over and collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge #blogcrush

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      20th February 2019 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀

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