Most of the authors of blogging tips are sharing their day to day activities and here is the schedule I follow on a day to day basis as a Software Engineer. I have been in love with computers since early 1994 though much of my Internet life began much later in the late 90s.
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I trained to become a Software Professional in 1999 and have over 7 years of experience building and deploying applications for the Internet platform. I work with Java, J2EE, PHP, XML, XSL and lots more (My Resume is actually made up of 7 pages LOL). Just in short I am a Internet Data Mining Expert 🙂
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
I am not much of a early riser and prefer to sleep a bit late in the morning. I am more of a late to bed and late to rise kind of person. I usually get up around 10 and go on with the usual rituals by around 10.30 I leave the house for office and reach there by 11:15 AM.
While traveling to office I read fiction novels to keep my reading habit satisfied (I finish at least one novel every 2-3 weeks).
11:15 AM to 12 PM
This is the time I usually use to read emails and news papers online. Other than that I skim through my feed reader and stop to read all the interesting content taking notes for my future articles on the way.
I actually carry my notebook wherever I go since I like to take notes about interesting things which I can write about later.
12:00 PM to 12:15 PM
This is the period I go through all the things that I have to do and create a TODO list prioritizing each of the things as high, medium and low priority. I usually add this list to the backlog from yesterday and know first hand on what things I have to work for the rest of the day.
12:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Well this is the period in which I do the most of the work going through 1000s and 1000s of lines of code or writing 1000s of my own, fixing bugs, going through code submitted to me by my team, replying to emails from colleagues, helping others with their code and more.
To be frank it’s the time where I rarely look at anything else other than the computer. But my first love is computers and I really don’t mind it as I love the challenges that my profession provides me with.
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Travel back to home while once again satisfying the reading habit. Well to be quite frank I get quite edgy sitting idle and need to always do something or the other and reading is the perfect ploy for my idleness.
8:00 PM to 9:30PM
This is the time I do most of my freelance blog posts and personal blog posts. If I have any ideas I try to create posts for the next day during this time. I write for more than one blogs so I tend to fit most of the posts in this time.
You may say that I am giving much lesser time to blogging but I more than make up for it during weekends and holidays where most of my time is spent in creating quality posts for my readers.
10:00 PM to 12:30 PM
During this period I work on my freelance software projects I take up for clients. I usually have a huge load of work to keep me busy for a month in advance but when I have spare time on hand I work on some of my WordPress plugin ideas. I usually spend around 10 hours in a week during busy periods working on WordPress plugins.
I have quite a few of them which are incomplete and yet to be released, that said the bulk of the time is taken up by freelance software projects which I take up. Well so as you see my work does not end where it ends it just gets into a different mode.
12:30 AM to 2:30 AM
This is the time I spend chatting with family and other loved ones, since I live in US and they in India this is the best time we get to talk since it’s day time there.
I also spend some time in between to read the news papers online again (I read about 8 newspapers online) and catch up on the feed reader once again before going to bed.
Due to lack of personal blog posting time during the weekdays I tend to write lots of blog posts during the weekends and holidays. I usually try to post on all the ideas from my notes then as I have more time on hand and can work much more peacefully on the blog posts.
What I like about Software Engineering?
Well the best part of the job is the money I make out of it but rather than that I like the challenges about solving problems for people through software. My job provides me with ample amount of challenges that keep me satisfied with my work.
The day these challenges subside I will start looking at another avenue 🙂 so for me it’s the satisfaction in what I do is what matters most.
Should You take up Software Programming?
Software Programming is not hard to learn but hard to do, you need to have your concepts right once that’s there you will definitely enjoy doing software. There are many different programming platforms which you can choose from, most of them differ only in syntax whereas the concepts remain the same.
Other than that it’s not a stressful job if you learn to prioritize your work and divide them into smaller tasks. I have been doing this for last 3-4 years and have never felt much stress on the job. Yes you will come across quite a few pressure cooker situations where you will have to work on tight schedules which will drain you out, but that is a part of any profession you will choose.
I would definitely advise you to take up Software Programming.
Hey you can summarize you day and post it in the comments too, I would love to know what your day is like :-).
Blogging Is Not What You Are Doing But What You Are Being
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Think this one through.
Blogging is what you are being. Not doing.
Blogging is not mindlessly doing stuff. Oh shoot. You realized something, didn’t you? Blogging is not building an email list. Email lists do not give you success. Nope. Clear, confident, detached bloggers who have fun building email lists and who trust in the blogging process grow big, responsive, profitable lists….over time. What does this mean?
“Over time” means you do not panic, flip out or bail on blogging, if you calmly build a list and have fun doing it, for a long time, and see the appearances of little or no growth. This is BEING a successful blogger; having fun, trusting, being patient, taking the simple, easy route, even if it feels uncomfortable after blogging and list building for a bit and seeing the illusion of scant results.
Most Bloggers Fail Because They Screw It Up
Most bloggers buy into a lie; doing specific things makes you successful. Nope. If this were the case, everybody who builds a list would be billionaires. Because they built a list, lists breed success, right? Nope. Even if you follow steps robotic-like, your energy, your emotions, your feelings, all make up your BEING. The 6 and 7 and 8 figure earners who happily take this journey are being the 6, 7 and 8 figure earners energetically, calm and confident, after having fun creating content and connecting, and seeing $4 in blogging profits after 6 months of being the person. Every other blogger panics after 1 day, 1 week or 1 month, stop being the millionaire success, do dumb stuff, begin being a broke person, and see struggle and failure until they decide to be the successful blogger again.
The Core Elements of Being a Success
- for fun
- taking the easy but uncomfortable path; do what feels natural to you, even when you slam into fear of wasting your time, fear of being criticized, fear of mental blocks, etc
- with a complete trust in yourself
- with a complete trust in the blogging process
- with a complete trust in sound, proven advice from successful bloggers
Very few bloggers be these energies persistently. Very few bloggers happily earn a pretty penny over time. Few bloggers be success. Most bloggers try to do their way to success but since they act without giving any thought to their intent, their driver, their energy, almost all of these bloggers are being broke, poor, struggling and failing.
Blogging is not robotic. If blogging was robotic, every blogger who did specific things in a certain way would succeed. But this is not true. Blogging is energy. Top bloggers use all types of different approaches to reach the top. This indicates blogging is primarily energy, your energy coloring your actions and results.
Imagine if you feel like a failure. I advise you to write a guest post for me. You tell me you are lazy, have no ideas, cannot do it, need to take a few months off, etc. I offer you an opportunity to promote your success but since you are BEING a failure and feeling like a failure you are blind to the DOINGs (generous guest posting) of a successful blogger. See what I mean? Plus, if you seize the guest posting opportunity while feeling like a complete failure, either the post quality stinks or you write a masterpiece by the odd chance, that nobody reads. Nobody read it because you are feeling/being a failure, so, you see failure results.
100% of the time, blogging is energy. Being a success means blogging your fun, doing what feels easy and natural to you, trusting in self and the process, and feeling uncomfortable along the way.
Why Does Blogging Seem Hard?
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The question of blogging questions.
Why does blogging seem hard?
Blogging in and of itself is not hard. Blogging is a concept. A blog is an inanimate object. It is neutral. It is not hard, tough or easy.
Human beings label their feelings with emotions. THIS is why blogging seems hard.
Doing the neutral activity of blogging feels scary, meaning you unearth and either resist or feel fears. Feeling the fears feels highly unpleasant. Especially if said fears feel deep, strong, and terrifying, depressing or anger-inducing.
But if you resist these deep fears, and refuse to feel them, and blog mainly from a dominant vibe of fear, you fully experience the feeling of blogging being super hard. Blogging is actually neutral but you refuse to feel deep fears that blogging has unearthed. You resisting fear leads to prolonged blogging failure, aka, not seeing much money and traffic, aka, blogging being really hard.
Real World Example
A few moments ago, I scanned one of my daily blogging income streams. I made a little less than I had been making for 1 of a billion reasons. 1 such reason may have been the internet crashing here last night. We experienced a few big, powerful thunderstorms.
Anyway, I noted the dollar amount being lower and felt fear arise in my body. Rather than resist the fear, I felt the anxiety, and my mind hurriedly racing ahead to next month’s paycheck, and then, after breathing deeply for a few moments and fully embracing the fear, I released it. I did not resist it. I felt it. The fear disappeared. I then blog from an abundant, relaxed, detached, generous energy, which helps me become more and more successful.
But the old me – and most bloggers – see a lesser dollar amount for daily earnings, feel an intense fear arise, panic, bury the fear versus feeling it, and run around like mad men and mad women with that DEEP FEAR DRIVING THEM, desperate and greedy, resisting the fear, being driven by fear, and of course, they do stupid stuff with a dominant fear energy guaranteeing their blogging failure. Then, these humans who refuse to face, embrace and feel fears, proclaim blogging to be hard. This is a lie. Blogging is neutral. But you refuse to face, embrace and release your fears, so blogging *feels* hard.
Feel fears when fears arise. Cry it out. Shout it out. Feel depressed or deflated. Do not resist fear. Then, after feeling fears, you will feel good, detached, relaxed and trusting. Feeling these dominant abundant energies, you will create, connect, trust, persist and blog from a relaxed, chill energy. Blogging from this calm, trusting, generous energy makes blogging easier and easier and easier. Money flows in easy. Traffic flows in easy.
Blogging went from hard to easy because you faced fears, felt fears, and progressively blogged from an abundant, generous, calm, detached vibe.
Tip for Feeling Fear
Engage in some energy management ritual that expands your awareness. I do deep yin yoga and power walk daily. Prayer and/or meditation may help. Breathing deeply helps. Do anything that expands your awareness so you can observe and feel fear versus resisting this destructive energy.
Some humans bury fear with busy-ness and jobs they hate. Other people turn to drugs or alcohol to bury fears. All of these folks are unhappy and depressed because you cannot feel good, abundant, relaxed and successful with oodles of fear buried deep inside of you.
Be with your fears. Be gentle with yourself. The blogger who feels and releases fear soon learns blogging gets easier and easier.
Do You Need to Respond to ALL Comments?
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One mistake holds back many bloggers who fail to scale. These folks obsess over responding to every single comment, every email, every message. Why? Pride. Obsession. Attachment to people. Fear of missing out on an opportunity. Fear of missing out on friendships.
Unfortunately, if you spend 14 hours daily responding to every single social request and chat and email and blog comment and message – even if it feels fun – you lose opportunities to scale through blog posts, guest posts, podcasts and doing interviews.
Please; if responding to virtually everything feels fun, do it. But 99% of bloggers BS themselves on this because they respond to EVERYONE from an energy of fear, pain, lack, resistance, force and hustle. Bad idea guys. Force negates. But, power attracts. Meaning if you are willing to use power, and love, and fun, to inject into your work, you quickly see: the cornerstone of massive scaling and persistent growth and freeing blogging success is writing, publishing and placing blog posts and guest posts.
Today, how do I have most fun growing my business, reaching more people, helping more people, and leveraging my blogging presence? Do I achieve these feats by spending 3 hours responding individually to every retweet, Like, blog comment, and so on, and so on? Nope. I spend those 3 hours effectively and efficiently by writing and publishing 3-6 blog posts and guest posts. Blog posts and guest posts scale. Blog posts and guest posts help me reach hundreds to thousands of targeted folks through each blog post and guest post.
Blog posts and guest posts never seem to be written by people who complain about having no time to blog post, and, guest post. Meanwhile, a hefty chunk of these humans spend 1, 2 or 3 hours responding to every Like on Facebook, from a strained, forced energy, fearing they miss out on traffic and bonds, not having fun doing it. But the wise move would be spending 10 minutes responding to comments on Facebook and maybe a few Likes, then, devoting 2-3 hours to writing and publishing blog posts and guest posts.
Think Scale Not Small Time
WAY too many bloggers play small, giving most of their attention and energy to building 1 to 1 bonds. Making friends is important but meeting new friends is even more important.
One lesson I learned from millionaire bloggers: scaling through blog posts and guest posts is the quickest way to reach more people, make more money and increase your blog traffic. Building 1 to 1 bonds by engaging commentors plays a role in succeeding online, but the top bloggers on earth are not running around, spending endless hours responding to Likes on Facebook.
Titans also build one to one bonds through engagement, but if you are not getting 1000 page views a day, something is wrong in the scaling department. Namely, you are playing it small, not thinking about scaling. Scale. Guest post. Post to your blog. Make this the focus of your day. Then, feel free to engage folks 1 to 1 in a limited time frame.
You need to let go responding to every single person all day long to genuinely scale, to reach an increasing number of folks and to do what matters most to your business.
People will buy your stuff without you engaging them. Guaranteed. Folks will find your blog, love your content and buy your course or eBooks. This is a simple, organic process that you muck up every time you believe you need to respond to and engage every single person who reaches out via all online channels.
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