10 minutes ago I walked down to the subway in NYC.
On looking at the MTA card machine I was alerted – by a dude scamming folks in the subway – that the machine only accepted cash.
Hmmm…..I typically pay with my credit card. Quick swipe. I had no cash on hand at the time.
A few seconds later I found out the machine on the opposite wall sold MTA cards for longer term deals; not a single ride.
Kelli and I do the single ride bit as we don’t journey on the subway that much. Walking folks.
I feel a little agitated. But keep my cool. No complaints. All fine.
I walk up stairs. Search for an ATM. I find one after a few shops.
Swipe the debit card. Withdraw cash.
I walk back to the subway. Go underground.
I pay the lady for 2 trips.
Card procured, I side-stepped the scheister. Slid the card. Kelli and I walked through to the train, which arrived a few seconds later.
We get to the Port Authority. I buy our tickets. We literally walk onto the bus a few seconds before it takes off.
Imagine if I stopped to complain in the subway? About the pan handler trying to bum tickets off of me? Or about the fact that a machine only takes cash in the subways of NYC, and will not take a credit card?
Imagine if I spent time complaining about having to wander NYC for an ATM? Imagine if I complained about the bank fee on the ATM withdrawal?
You know what’s happening; I miss the subway, I miss this bus and I delay my return home by a good 30 minutes. Minimum.
I lower my vibe. By choosing to complain about circumstances I would feel crappy. Crappy feeling folks do not write helpful blog posts. Crappy feeling folks likely do not write at all.
Even though I felt slightly annoyed by the panhandler and cash only situation at the machine I remained calm, cool and collected. I maintained my wits about me. I saw a solution versus problems, or versus complaining about circumstances.
The Blogging Application
As with the 45 million life stories I relate to the online world, I saw a blogging lesson in my experience. My wife nods and laughs as I write these words; she gets to see my blogging act daily, drawing paraleals between our travels and successful blogging.
You absolutely, positively, need to keep your cool when resistance arises online. The White Screen of Death. Google or Facebook algorithm updates that seem to level your blog. A growing legion of spammers or critics besieging your blog. One or two or three income streams drying up quickly.
All of these circumstances cripple the average blogger. Which is exactly why the average blogger is…..average.
But the blogger who remains calm, cool and collected during resistance sees the resistance dissolve.
5 minutes spanned between seeing the no cash sign at the machine and me getting on the subway. I wasted zero time complaining about the situation. I saw a solution. I did not worry, or fret, or flip out, or complain to the MTA worker behind the desk about the circumstance.
I saw a solution. I pursued the solution. I hopped the subway then the bus back to NJ seamlessly. No issues. No problems. One opportunity to seize and use. A little resistance dissolving into the end game.
Resistance will arise during your blogging career. Will you be like most bloggers and complain about resistance, like a big blogging baby? Or will you see solutions amid the resistance?
The solution finders become top bloggers. The solution finders are top bloggers.
Observe how these pros do a fine job wading through resistance like it isn’t even there, gracefully coasting to win after win.
Some bloggers behave in a calm, cool way, naturally.
The rest need to follow daily rituals, to cultivate the habit of being a cool blogger.
- Doing yoga
- Breathing deeply a few times daily
- Spending time thinking through why you do what you are doing with your blog
I particularly enjoy doing 40 minutes of yoga and meditating for 20 minutes on waking.
Each practice helped me go from complaining hot head or blogging worry wort to being calm, cool and collected in virtually every blogging circumstance.
Are you a cool blogger?
What tips can you add for becoming a cool, calm, confident blogger?
Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals
After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.
Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.
A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:
- referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
- referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you
I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:
- the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
- I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified
Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time
Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.
12 Times Daily Sales
I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.
The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.
Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?
I do nothing on my own.
Everything is a team effort.
As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.
One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.
What’s It Look Like?
Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.
How to Grow Your Network
Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.
But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.
Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.
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