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.
How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?
But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.
Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.
Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.
Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.
Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.
I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.
Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.
What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.
Go with What You Know
When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.
But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.
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