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Balancing Blogging With Work / Studies

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Making of a successful-and-outstanding Blog does not always require you to be a full time blogger. Though blogging is a career, many people who do blog are people who work, study or are just at home doing nothing. This list is infinite.

Unless you work for Google your not lucky since they allow you 10% of your time to do whatever you want.

At a point of time I did not have proper guidance to manage both and had to go away from blogging for a while to pursue some personal interests, not that I did not have time to blog but the fact that I did not plan to manage both work and blog was what led to that. I am back blogging and I intend to be useful to many people by writing things. I am back truly and passionately to blog.

I wanted to share things as to how I could blog and work at the same time. Before I get into it I would like to reason why I chose to work and blog and would like to balance both of these together.

1. I love my job

I am software engineer by profession and I love the challenges my job presents me.

2. I love writing

I love to write and that’s why I love to blog, no better reason than this.

These are just my opinions why I like my job and why I like blogging, if you have a reason to work and a reason to blog then this is just for you.

Rules

The dreaded word that some people hate and many people follow is the basic ingredient of you being able to work and blog.

Never Work and Blog Together

The emphasis is intentional. It is a rule that you don’t blog while you work and vice versa. It is a cardinal sin to use your work time for blogging. You can get sacked if you are caught so it is more than just that. Avoiding your workplace for blogging not only saves you from this it also gives you the freedom to write more freely.

Imagine yourself writing a post and you got a great idea what to write next, at the next moment someone pops up at your desk and sticks around for about half an hour to talk about a company issue, well you forget your idea, it happens believe me.

In another scenario imagine yourself writing a post and your boss walks in and spots you, you are in big trouble right away, especially if your company policy is strict and disallows you from personal web use.

Workaround

Don’t fret that you are tied down to your work and cant blog. That’s why you are working and blogging right. You can still do all the blogging and gather all the information you want while you are at work.

1. Collect all information you can

While you may be able to access various sites at your work and read feeds collect all the information you can. It may relate to a particular topic or particular product, just pile up the information however vague it may seem.

2. Note it all down

A notepad is always available with you at any place you work, use that to note down your ideas it works great. However good a computer may be I always use my notepad because I can always tear it off and carry it wherever and I don’t need to stare at the damn computer screen while I think.

If you prefer to use the computer, the printer is always great unless your company allows personal printouts.

3. Interact with your colleagues / friends / mates

The best way to get ideas is from other people. The human mind always thinks when it has to, having a quick chat with your colleagues about things you blog about gives you an idea of what they think about it. Other people’s opinion holds a lot of importance as it is other people who read your blog.

I picked up writing about technology as I was working in that domain. Many people call me to solve their problems and most of the times I use that as an idea to write a post.

4. Note the unsolvable things you solve at work

While writing original posts I have always written about problems that I have not been able to solve using the web. Since I myself could not find a proper solution I tend to blog about it and let the world find a proper solution for a problem. Not only is it is original it helps a lot of people who are trying to find solutions for similar problems.

Writing such articles increase the value of the blog since many other sites will attribute it towards you and direct more people towards your blog.

Dedicate time for blogging

The reason I did not say dedicate time for working is because you already have to put in a specific amount of time at work.

If you like to blog it is very essential you put up some time for it, a typical work day includes 8 hours of work and around 90 minutes of commuting. Now include 8 hours of sleep and 1 hour for dinner. It all adds up to 18 hours and 30 minutes leaving you with 5 hours and 30 minutes for your personal things. (all of above times are part of my typical day).

Now spare 1 hour or 90 minutes for blogging and you can get over with 2 posts or at least 1. Use the ideas you collected to write a post.

Summarizing

There is no hard and fast rule to balance working / studying with blogging, you create your own rules for them. These tips are intended to help you if you are struggling to balance things from both worlds.

Everyone does not need to be a problogger to be successful or does not have to aim to become one. Anyone who has a blog can be successful no matter what you do beyond your blogging life.

That said I would still like to hear more from you about managing the best of both worlds. A single opinion is incomplete and you comments will add to the value for all the other readers who are struggling to manage their time in managing blogging with working or studying.

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Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?

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Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?

But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.

Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.

This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.

Shift

Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.

2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.

For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.

Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.

All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.

What About You?

Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?

Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?

Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.

May be time for a big shift guys.

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Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson

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Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.

Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.

He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.

I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.

All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.

Bloggers Need Thick Skin

I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.

I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.

Do Not Care What People Think

Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.

Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.

As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.

Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.

Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.

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Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?

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This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.

I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.

As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.

Exit Plan

I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.

Think Leveraging

I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.

Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.

Networking Rocks

Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.

Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.

Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.

Trust in the process plays a big role too.

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