Blogging is a passion for most and a source of income for some. When first getting started it can be exciting but quickly turn daunting when you realize you just don’t have the time to write that you once did. It happens to everyone. Maybe you have a job that pulls you away more than you’d like or kids that need your time. Luckily, nothing is impossible, we just have to find a way of how to work within the system.
Focus will create opportunities that may otherwise slip through your fingers. It’s that special sauce that can all but guarantee success.
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of things. You are well meaning in your hopes to write but it just doesn’t seem to happen. One of the things that help me is to look back at old articles or videos. It’s not so much because I enjoy how awesome they are (though that is a bonus) but it helps focus and remind me of the progress and direction I’ve been going. If you don’t have previous content then start writing and look back at what got you interested in this to begin with.
Set Realistic Expectations
Setting yourself up for failure is exceptionally easy to do in the thralls of excitement. We all just want to create but we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to success.
Setting realistic expectations is best done in the beginning but it is possible to shift gears if you’re already knee deep in your venture. If you commit to make three blogs a week because it’s better for SEO you may soon realize that it’s overwhelming. Having a blog is much more than the act of writing. You are branding yourself every step of the way. The types of photos you use, wording, colors, and design choices are all important to providing a consistent experience for your audience. It’s especially important that you pump your brakes in the beginning and develop a plan for success.
Carve Out Time
I like the phrase “carve out time” because it’s very accurate. It would be great if we just HAD the time but we don’t…or do we?
Technically we all have 24 hours in a day and too many things to do in that time. I hate to say “It’s all about what’s important to you” but that’s what it boils down to. I’m not saying that everyone is created equal. A single parent working two jobs, trying to take care of their child, sleep (what’s that?), and maintain their sanity will have a harder go of it than someone with just a full-time job. Each will have their own challenges but both will have to sacrifice something in order to work on their blogs.
I find that even taking 20 minutes before I leave for work is pretty productive. It’s not the ‘sit down and write for hours’ session I’d like it to be but it keeps the content coming, slowly but surely.
It’s A Business
This all depends on why you’re writing but in general I find it helpful to think of a blog as a business, even if you’re not trying to pull income from it.
Businesses of all kinds are very time consuming. It takes a while for fruit to bare and in that time it’s easy to give up. Being among the top percentage of people that don’t surrender is what will make you an ultimate success. Defining your success makes a big difference too. I use my site to inspire others and challenge my own creativity. Making money on it is a means to an end but not my sole focus. My measure of success is what I’ve learned in the process and the reaction I get from my viewers. Seeing myself evolve and researching new ways of doing something better keeps me going internally. The external factor of your comments keeps that fire lit with the fuel of a thousands suns.
Remember Why You Do it
Like I just said, I do this for myself and for you but when things may seem rough I keep going because I have a sense of purpose, a reason for going that’s so deep in my core I can’t help but continue on.
Nobody should have to make a decision between staying at their job and not seeing their ill parent because they couldn’t get time off (story about that is on my Affiliate page under “Family – A Lesson Learned”). I don’t want to be tied down to a job of someone else’s making, having their sets of values trump my own. I am the creator of my own destiny. I want my efforts to build upon themselves to make something great for me and my family. I do this for me and I do this for the life I want with my wife.
Going in with a plan helps keep you from stalling. The enemy of all things productive is the potential for slowdown. Having a plan and knowing where you’re going will get you ready for that inescapable eventuality.
Taking a few minutes during your lunch break to write out a list of ideas for your blog can save tons of frustration. Even better is writing them down the moment inspiration hits you. I use the Notepad app on my iPhone to list ideas for articles or even write when the words just won’t stop coming to my brain. I’ve written whole articles during a 10 minute break (not the edited version of course). This practice also helps keep your blog in the forefront of your mind so it doesn’t slip into the abyss of nothingness.
Feed Your Muse
There’s a muse that feeds us all. Sometimes it’s quiet and other times it just won’t shut up. Learning how to tap into that and let it speak through you more easily will make it seem like you’re cheating.
It’s taken a long time to learn what brings my muse to the surface, mostly because I wasn’t listening. Anytime I go into nature, surrounded by green grass and beautiful trees, maybe a pond or two, I am instantly invigorated with the voice I’m looking for. It’s difficult to express the joy and peace I have while writing in this state. That ‘muse’ we speak of finds me and it seems the thoughts are not my own simply because they come without thought or effort of my consciousness. (added note: sometimes coffee coaxes her out too).
Knowing When To Give Up
It’s important to realize when the game is lost. Knowing when to call it quits can give you the motivation needed to stop beating a dead blanket and move on to other, more fruitful opportunities.
Sometimes giving up is not a bad thing. It’s important not to give up just because something is hard though. Moving through that difficulty is will make you great. Knowing when the effort isn’t worth the investment is a hard decision to make and can only truly be done by trial and error. There are ways to help make these decisions but it’s so individual to each person I wouldn’t hazard to give you advice on it. Just know that SOMETIMES giving up is the right thing to do.
It all comes down to what you’re trying to do. You have a blog, so just write! If you’re doing video, just shoot the video already! Don’t search for perfection because it’ll never be there. Take that step, even if it’s a small one, and just keep going. You’ll never get to the top of the mountain if you just look at the summit and never make an effort.
Hey, that’s the end of this article. All told it took me 4 days to complete. I sacrificed some Netflix time and about 20 minutes of morning sleep each day. Having something that will live on forever (or as long as I have my site) is WELL worth the investment and makes me feel better about myself and where I’m going.
SO GET WRITING!!!
Until Next Time!