Connect with us

Blogging

Are You A Healthy Blogger?

Published

on

As bloggers, we know we should look after our health more, but we often don’t. No matter how many times people tell us to step away from the computer and take a break, we just keep on writing those posts, gripped by an idea we’re afraid we’ll lose if we leave the computer for even a single second.  The truth is we’re not doing ourselves any favors by being obsessive about our blogging and writing routine.  A bit more balance would lead to better health and might even boost productivity. To help us all make a start on better health in our blogging lives, here are some helpful tips.

Start a Health and Fitness Blog

How Does Your Work Area Look?

Getting your workspace set up right is the first priority. Make sure your monitor is just below eye level (difficult with large monitors sometimes). Too high or too low and you will get neck strain. Keep the monitor at about arms length – or slightly more – to avoid eye strain. Make sure that your arms can fit in a neutral position –  a straight line – above your keyboard (there are problems if you have to angle your wrists too much) and make use of wrist rests if needed. This will help you to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, which is both a literal and metaphorical pain.  When sitting in your chair, you should be able to place your feet flat on the floor, though you can also use a footrest. Your chair should be height adjustable and using a headset for phone calls will help you to avoid neck strain. If you get up at the end of your day feeling achy and cramped, then there’s probably still some work to do to achieve the optimal ergonomic setup.

Walk Away

We always think that we must finish the post we’re writing right now, but would it really kill us to take a break? When I say break, I mean a period where you actually leave your desk, not a break where you play an online game or check your Twitter account instead of working. Regular breaks of at least five minutes every couple of hours will safeguard your health, by allowing you to stretch your legs, wrists and arms. I know from personal experience that failing to do this leads to pain and can stop you from being able to work for a while. If you have trouble scheduling breaks, use software to remind you or build time for making coffee or doing  household tasks into your day.

Exercise and Diet

Even better, if you work at home like many bloggers do, leave the house for a while. Take a walk around the neighborhood or go to your gym and burn some calories. Take up yoga or pilates to build up flexibility and core strength. Not only is exercise good for your body, but you’ll feel a resurgence of energy which will help with creativity. If you’re worried about being away from your desk for a while, using a treadmill or other exercise equipment at home will do the trick (and don’t crane your neck to check your computer screen at the same time). Time your exercise around meals and you can avoid that heavy feeling after lunch which kills creativity, and use things that will make your life easier at helping you with this stuff like these practical products. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during the day (and cut down on the caffeine, if you can).

Stress Reduction

As well as physical stress, you can also experience mental stress if you’re an obsessive blogger (ask me how I know). Working through the night and multitasking as you go can make your brain seem to overload and put you on the way to burnout. Try getting enough sleep and singletasking to keep yourself sane. Reduce the number of times you check email and social media and check one thing off your to-do list at a time.

I’ve been working hard on taking my own advice and I’m making progress, though I still have some trouble with singletasking. Any tips to add?

Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional writer and blogger. Her career has spanned more than 25 years, including stints as a journalist, academic writer and ghost writer. Connect with Sharon on her website or Google+.

Continue Reading

Blogging

Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

Published

on

I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

Continue Reading

Blogging

How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

Published

on

Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

Continue Reading

Blogging

Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

Published

on

Ouch.

Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

Continue Reading










Trending