Are you having a tough time trying to build your blog when life intervenes?
The kids may get sick.
Your central air may break down during a sweltering heat wave.
Heck, you may have to walk 5 miles to get water for the day.
If you have an internet connection and phone or basic laptop (or computer) you can blog from anywhere on earth.
Times can get *really* tough wherever you are right now.
It almost feels like you’re holding the weight of the world, like I was in the photo above holding up 2 pillars at the Tomb of the Kings in Cyprus.
From being over $70,000 in debt during my early blogging days to embracing a particularly tough family situation over the past 3 years I know what you may be going through right now.
These tips can help you to keep blogging through tough times.
1: Take a Deep Breath
Take a deep breath.
Be in the moment.
Tough times are temporary.
But you are limitless.
Taking a deep breath when:
- Your blogging income seems to vanish
- You haven’t made a cent through your blog in months or….gasp….years!
- You’re suffering through a stressful situation with a family member or friend
- Your workload feels completely overwhelming, like a house of bricks on your shoulders
….simply relaxes you back into the now, or present moment.
In the moment you can embrace and release the stress super quickly.
Return to the moment.
Face the stresses which seem to bedevil you.
See? They ain’t that scary now that you’re present with these energies.
2: Establish an Intent Versus Pushing Yourself
Avoid looking for fleeing, ever changing outside sources motivation.
Establish an intent.
Go within to find an everlasting, all powerful source of blogging power during good and bad times.
Too many bloggers motivate themselves based on money, popularity or other outside factors.
When these things change – trust me, they will – the motivation vanishes too.
You push yourself to get stuff and like a horse being coaxed with a carried dangling in front of me, you ain’t never gonna get it. Exhaustion and failure sets in with most bloggers.
But if you look within to follow your passion you will always have fuel to carry you through tough times.
Example: I wrote 126 eBooks before properly and effectively promoting a single one of those reads.
Even though my sales were low for a few months as I wrote and published an eBook every day I didn’t push myself to manipulate systems to increase those sales.
My intent was to create a one of a kind, groundbreak library of 100 plus eBooks for struggling bloggers.
I saw the project through until I filled up the Blogging From Paradise Library.
Now I patiently promote 1 at a time, reaching best seller lists on a weekly basis because I remained true to my intent versus panicking and pushing myself to achieve some deeply desired, conditional outcome.
3: Remember Why and Tie it to Fun (and Freedom)
I mainly blog to have fun. I mainly blog to free myself.
Blog for fun. Follow your passion. You’ll keep blogging no matter what happens because you seek fun above all else.
Passions supercede problems.
If you blog for the joy of covering your niche you will blog through thick, thin and every situation imaginable.
Spend 30 minutes in a quiet room.
Write down the most fun, freeing reason why you’re blogging.
Fold that paper.
Carry it with you everywhere.
If you’re not having fun covering your blogging subject matter it’s time to ditch the niche.
4: Feast on Inspirational Bloggers (Not Literally)
Jon Morrow is a guy to follow when times get tough.
He’s built a hyper successful blog despite embracing a terminal illness that restricts his movements.
Seeing how successful folks turn adversity into triumph helps you do the same.
Jon masterfully writes with an empathetic, compassionate tone but also kicks butt when he needs to do so.
His life experience has fueled his writing style and you betcha that resonates with his audience.
Leo Babauta shows you the miraculous power of simplicity.
Before you scramble to buy the latest theme or world changing app to ease your struggles observe how his simple, plain, clear blog reeled in 2 million readers.
5: Remember that *You* Create Pressure
I felt a bit under pressure a few moments ago.
I have 2 new guest posts to write. Plus this post. Plus 40 other things to do.
But I am choosing to put pressure on myself.
You also choose to put pressure on yourself or to feel grateful, peaceful and at ease with things as they are.
Remove your yoke.
6: Take a Break When it’s Time to Take a Break
You are human.
Take a break from blogging when times get particularly tough.
I’ve experienced a few grief-filled moments and days over the years when I needed to withdraw from everything to embrace my deepest fears, anxieties and terrors.
I became the predominantly happy, fun, relaxed, joke-cracking dude who writes some pretty colorful blog posts and eBooks *because* I pulled back from blogging to dig a bit deeper, to get at the root of my biggest problems.
Take a blogging vacay for 1-2 weeks if you’re going through deep stuff.
Perhaps a 1 day vacay will do the trick.
Just pull back when you need to pull back to clear out your brain box.
7: Consider My Morning Routine
Although I envy the monks of Thailand – seriously what do their abs look like beneath their robes?, those ripped cats – I observed during my 2 years living in the Land of Smiles for their spiritual advancement I am no Blogging Biddulph Buddha.
I am not detached from a worldly life.
I do however follow a morning routine to raise my vibe, to detach a bit more from blogging and financial outcomes and to enjoy the ride as I render loving, compassionate service to sentient beings who wish to build their blogs. Cats, dogs, humans, no judgments.
Consider following 1 or multiple elements of my morning routine to keep energized when times are super duper tough:
- 20 minutes meditation
- 5 minutes EFT tapping
- 3-5 minutes in an icy cold shower (please talk to your doctor first before doing this, before you either turn into a blogging popsicle or shock your heart a bit too much)
- Deep stretching
I also exercise for 45 minutes daily. Walking, jogging, shooting hoops, or whatever floats my boat for that day.
Managing your energy simply helps you embrace stresses which seem to cripple bloggers who do little or no inner work.
Blogging eBook to Help You with Your Struggles
Do you find yourself struggling like heck to make progress with your blog when things get tough?
I wrote an eBook to help you develop the mindset of a successful blogger.
Does Blog Content Make You Money?
starts off with a Bali Bang. I slammed into the ground during a wicked motorbike accident. Pain followed. Big time pain. Excruciating pain. What was my life and blogging lesson? Never take your eyes off of the road. I looked at a dog for a split second who’d been hit by a car or motorbike. Shaking my head at his injured paw, I missed the oil slick ahead. Ouch. 2 seconds later, I felt like 40,000 monkeys stabbed me in the back and lungs, after hitting pavement, Superman-style.
Blogging is similar. You will be punished if you take your eyes off of the proven, straight and narrow road of blogging fundamentals. One such fundamental is knowing YOU, not your blog, and not your content, makes money. Sometimes, we say blogs or content makes money because we speak in casual terms to help people see importance in creating and connecting. But getting clear, and helping you understand this simple concept, behooves me to stress how your generous practice, your creations and your connections make you money through your blog. Never, ever is it the other way around because blogs are inanimate objects. Content is an inanimate object too; it cannot do anything, or be anything,
You are the one, the blogger, the being, that puts everything into motion. This involves your generous effort, your willingness to learn a skill and your daily practice, creating and connecting for years, to make your content pop. Sure I sell stuff THROUGH my content but it was me, and my generous effort, and not the content itself, that did the selling. The content is not anything. Content cannot do anything. Content is worthless unless bloggers inject worth into it; see what I mean? The blogger makes it pop, or, makes content a dud, and that pop-dud outcome bases itself solely on a blogger’s generous effort and full commitment to learning their craft, day after day, for years of their lives.
You can and will succeed. You can do it. Really. But you need to understand how you are the center of it all. Everything moves according to your focus, practice and generosity. Content is a tool; like a hammer, if by itself, totally useless. Hammers need humans to work, and hammers need skilled carpenters to really sing. Content needs skilled, generous bloggers to make it sing, too, and the skills increase as your focus and generous practice, and service, increases.
Does blog content make you money? Nope, not at all. Put in the time and energy to helping folks for free. Improve your skills. Increase your exposure. In time, slowly add multiple streams of income to your blogging campaign. Allow cash to flow to you as people see you in all types of spots, making a serious impact where you show up, because of your blogging skills. Everything gets easier if you commit 100% to honing your skills blogging-wise because the content genuinely sings when you get the job done, with your prodigious, polished blogging skills.
Content makes zero dollars.
You, through your practice and generous service, develop the skills through which you make your content top notch. Profits follow.
Why Do You Want to Publish an eBook?
One subsection of my eBook on writing eBooks is:
Know Why You Want to Publish an eBook
Knowing why gives you clarity if you write to free yourself and to free your readers. But if you write just to make money or to be well know, clarity lessons. Fear invades your mind because you write mainly to get, not to give. Shifting from fear to fun intent-wise just takes a little decision on your part. Small potatoes really. But this shift does feel a bit uncomfortable if you are new to the eBook writing process because you need to face fears. Who wants to face fear? Nobody, really.
But facing fear is one tax to pay for being successful in blogging and life. Ditto for your self-publishing journey. I largely faced fears to be who I am today, although I keep uncovering fears along the way. Part of the journey. I am cool with that. I had to ask why I wanted to publish an eBook about 4 years ago when I went on a tear, but even before, in 2014, I asked why I published an eBook in the first place? Simple. I created a new blog and brand in Blogging From Paradise and just believed having an accompanying eBook would help me be successful. I only had one eBook in mind. I never thought beyond the single eBook. But someone told me I deserved to write another eBook so after my first, I wrote and self-published a second eBook. I caught the writing bug.
100 plus eBooks later, here I am, writing eBooks for years, and now, promoting the eBooks effectively. The why, the emotion I chose in writing eBooks, propels me forward because I do what I do to have fun, to spread love and to help you, largely. One small part of me wants to make money online too. This is OK. As long as it is a small part of what you do, eBook-wise. Moving that money aspect mostly to the side gives me the energy to keep writing and to keep promoting, should I choose to write another eBook. Now I am all about promoting those suckers.
Why did you consider writing and shipping an eBook? Be honest with yourself. Think through your driver. Money? Fame? Sweet passive income stream? Each primary driver saps your energy because money, fame and passive income flow to you years or minimum, months, after publishing your eBook. What do you do during that zero dollar time? Money drives you, but you see no money. Since you lose your motivator, you quit. This is why so many authors fade into obscurity. Poor driver. Sell 3 eBooks, get flustered because you made $4.35 over 6 months, and quit, because money drove you but you made no money. On the flip side, bloggers and authors who choose a fun, freeing intent promote and write every day for their online career because the work is the reward. All else feels like a bonus, gravy, extra, or icing on the cake….including money.
Be straight with your eBook driver. Do not bother writing an eBook if you mainly want money because you quit and fail when money does not arrive. Even in rare cases if you make money pretty fast, you lose your heart and feel bad reaching money goals because we are mainly designed to have fun and help people, not to make money.
Do You Believe You Deserve Blogging Success?
My friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me an interview recently.
Pay close attention guys; one concept behind the video can be destroying your blogging success. Sure killed my career, for years.
Boxing legend Evander Holyfield went bankrupt, it has been claimed, as of 2012. He lost/spent $530,000,000 USD, 530 million dollars. Allow that idea to sink in. I read how Mike Tyson reportedly went bankrupt after spending/losing over $300,000,000, 300 million dollars. Most of these ideas astound people because we do our best to manage money effectively. I could live 40 life times on 500 million dollars. Anyway, a recent Mike Tyson interview highlighted one reason why he went bankrupt after amassing 300 million. I deeply suspect Evander blew through 500 million largely due to the same mindset. Iron Mike noted how he believed he did not deserve the big bucks. He saw himself as a broke kid from a rough neighborhood who did not deserve money, because he loved fighting for free, and also, clung to the past, keeping the same self image from when he lived in poverty.
If Tyson believed he did not deserve 300 million, the quickest way to get rid of 300 million is to spend like mad and blow the money irresponsibly. Most humans say he is foolish but this is not true; HIS BELIEF SYSTEM ensured he would do everything to get rid of the 300 million he did not deserve…and it became so.
Blogging and Deserving
Do you genuinely believe you deserve $10, or $100, or $100,000 through blogging? Most bloggers do not believe this, so they never make much money. Other bloggers make some money but lose it quickly through poor financial decisions, ensuring that they do NOT keep the money that they believe they do not deserve. Blogging, money or financial conditions have nothing to do with the money woes. The blogger’s belief system concerning money is 100% the root cause behind the problem. Change the deserving issue, and you change the income. Or cling to deserving problems, and keep slamming into blogging financial problems.
I recall not believing I deserved more than 99 cents for an eBook. I slammed into financial issues, sold few eBooks, then decided to face my deserving issues and deep fears concerning money and my self-worth. I eventually rose all my eBook pricing to $6.99, $9.99 and $20. Why? I deserve to sell 7 to 20 dollar eBooks. People buy at these prices – far more than at the dirt cheap prices – because I BELIEVE I deserve to make sales at those prices. Why? I faced deep fears concerning deserving. But if I never faced deserving-fears, I never make the money. Plus I would quickly lose money I made because if I still believed I did not deserve much money, my subconscious mind would find a quick way to lose my money. My belief system creates the experience. Ditto for your belief system; even if your ego does not agree with this point.
Like I say in my eBook:
you may leave your comfort zone if you learn new, scary techniques for monetizing your blog effectively. One scary and uncomfortable tactic involves observing your money limiting beliefs in the light of truth. If you do not believe you deserve money, you never make money or you make money and lose it incredibly quickly. Belief created the experience. You believing you do not deserve money creates the experience. Clear the fears, release deserving issues and money will flow to you more easily. Plus you will keep the money, too. Pure win-win, if you ask me.
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