Recently I experienced a forced internet fast (where I did stuff like play with mosquito killing tennis rackets).
The internet connection in Myanmar was not too hot. Factor in a nasty stomach situation and you have said fast.
Instead of complaining like a baby who lost its rattle I’m sharing 7 blogging lessons during this period of solely offline activity. To help you gracefully embrace your own forced internet fasts.
1: Letting Go Helps You Grow
All true growth is had in surrender and release.
I chose to spend these days completely surrendering to circumstances; first, the poor internet connections, then, being sick. No complaining or worrying or whining, which would have indicated clinging, or a heavy attachment to the internet.
Letting go has helped me grow in many ways. I’m thinking more clearly and more creatively. I’m reviewing how I can tweak my blog and online income streams. All because I surrendered to circumstances I could not change.
2: Spirit’s Got Ya Back (or Trust in the Process)
If you are more spiritually minded, being offline for an extended period shows how things will continue to grow and flourish for you and your blog because spirit has got your back. Something bigger than you or I connects through all of us and whether we are online or offline that connection still exists.
If you are less spiritually minded simply trust in the process. My blogging process has unfolded over the past 8 years; spending a few days offline is a blip on the cyber radar screen as my online momentum continues to grow.
3: The Interwebs Don’t NEED Your Participation
The internet does not need me. Otherwise, cyber space would have collapsed a few days back when I went Zero Dark Thirty.
TOM – The Old Me – foolishly believed I needed to show up online daily, to make an impact. The new me realizes this: the internet does fine on its own. If life intervenes, the internet will do just fine without me.
4: Being Offline for a Bit Heightens Your Powers of Observation
I spotted firefighters dressed up more like the US Coast Guard working at a “fire force” during a recent walk in Inle Lake, Myanmar. I also noted the make and model of their firetrucks, the look on the smoke eater’s faces and the neat and tidy nature of the fire force aka the fire station.
I’m developing a Terminator-like, laser-focused concentration when it comes to observing the world around me. Like a blogging detective. From the fact that although the bikes in Inle are traditional Burmese rides like in Bagan – where we visited prior – these bikes sit higher and house more robust, stout, sturdy tires.
2 men rode by on bikes asking if we wanted to tour the lake. One man promised a cheap price. The other man yelled “San Francisco”, after we told him we were American. (Seemed like a weird response.)
When you go offline for a minute you will notice more, observe more, and simply watch more of what’s going on around you. This is an invaluable skill for any blogger.
5: Being Offline for a Bit Helps You Think More Clearly Online
I was able to open my gmail for only 2 minutes during this internet fast.
I felt relaxed, calm, peaceful and clear thinking as I checked only 3 emails before the internet crapped out again. Because when you’re offline for an extended period you see the internet is not really important at all. Even if you make a living THROUGH the internet, the internet is not the SOURCE of how you make a living.
Being armed with this attitude I thought clearly and calmly during those 3 minutes of rare internet time recently. No racing thoughts, no desperate clinging to email or my blog, just a pleasant, peaceful experience.
6: Open Your Blog to Guest Posting
I will likely not publish a post to Blogging From Paradise for over a week.
But when I get online again I will have plenty of work/play waiting for me.
Opening my blog to guest posting has helped me to publish posts on auto pilot. If I am online or offline, sleeping or working, skilled bloggers send me content, And if you’re traveling some place where the internet is not so hot you can spare yourself the worry of having to do the blogging bit all on your own.
7: Expect a Creative Surge
Rare times, indeed, as I have only written 1-2 posts daily during the forced fast. Note; I fell violently ill for a few of these days. Tough to write posts while sprinting to the bathroom.
Going offline for 2, 5 or 10 days puts you in a different world. A creative world. Instead of being preoccupied with getting – checking emails, social, comments – or even, giving – promoting other bloggers, featuring other bloggers – you give most of your energies to creating something helpful through blog posts and videos.
Now that I’m feeling better I am in the flow. The creative flow.
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How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?
But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.
Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.
Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.
Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.
Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.
I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.
Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.
What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.
Go with What You Know
When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.
But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.
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