Blogging changes your life in wonderful ways.
Pull up a chair, relax, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy me sharing how blogging changed my life.
How Blogging Changed My Life
Over 10 years ago I was gainfully employed as a security officer at Port Newark in New Jersey. I fulfilled a few roles but mainly kept an eye on trucks leaving the outbound section of the shipping terminal.
Life was easy but boring and unfulfilling.
I eventually got the pink slip.
A few months after being downsized, my wife told me you could make money online.
I received advice from a mentor basically saying: start a blog.
I bought my domain and hosting and never looked back.
This was from my 3 month trip to New Zealand.
As I got clearer, told my story, and focused on success, I steadily became more successful. Eventually, I landed features on Virgin, Forbes, Fox News and Entrepreneur. I retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. I spoke about blogging at prestigious NYC.
I wrote and self-published over 100 eBooks. After circling the globe for 8 years, I can say blogging changed my life dramatically.
Let me share how it went down so you can gain inspiration from this post.
I Traveled the World for 8 Years
Almost 8 years ago to the day, I flew for the first time. JFK to Bali.
Yep; I flew 23 hours for my first flight. Nobody ever accused me of easing into stuff.
Blogging morphed me from home body to world traveler. I generated passive income so figured circling the globe was a neat way to capitalize on my blogging passive income.
I have spent months in:
- Costa Rica
- Sri Lanka
- New Zealand
- New York City
through my blogging exploits.
Circling the globe became easier the moment I chose to be a full time, pro blogger. Allowing in passive income made turned traveling from dream to brilliant reality.
I Uncovered Long Hidden Talents
A few years ago I was approached by National Geographic for a new TV show. I would do a segment on one show detailing my death-defying giardia episode in India.
Network bigs squashed the show but no doubt my video presentation, charismatic nature and overall entertaining, fun vibe would have been a hit with a national audience. Of course, the same qualities resonate with a large, loyal audience online.
I was a ham as a kid. After leading in school plays and being a public speaker as a little kid, I became shy. Why? I went back into my comfort zone.
Pro blogging goaded me to leave my comfort zone. I broadcast live videos. My writing game expanded. I wrote and self-published over 100 eBooks. Plus I created a series of blogging courses.
Blogging unearthed long hidden talents for me and you to enjoy.
Blogging will do the same for you.
I Strengthened My Mental Muscle
Blogging inspired me to strengthen my mental muscle.
This was from my 2 month trip to Oman.
Formerly, I had been a bit weak minded. But choosing to blog influenced me to:
- practice focusing on success
- see blogging wins all day long
- visualize my dreams
- do deep yin yoga
My mindset moved from negative to positive. Life became cheery. Depression? I released that mental state.
I vibed so high that I landed a contributor gig on the 2.6 million member Positively Positive community blog.
Other contributors include Mark Cuban and Seth Godin.
Blogging influenced me to power up my mental muscle.
I Befriended Folks from All Over the Globe
Blogging helped me make friends from all over the globe.
Some friends blog. Other friends just enjoy following my travels.
Some of my dearest friends:
- Alonzo Pichardo
- Lyna Doll
- Saurabh Tiwari
- Vishwajeet Kumar
- Donna Merrill
- Lisa Sicard
- Monna Ellithorpe
- Zac Johnson
- Gaurav Kumar
- Jan Verhoeff
- Jane Dempster-Smith
- Mike Hinshaw
- Paula Martinelli
- Dik Soei
- Sue-Anne Bubacz
- David Boozer
- Cori Leigh
- Santosh Gairola
This list can go on forever guys.
If you see me engaging folks on Facebook and Twitter, know the folks are dear friends of mine.
This was from my 1 month trip to Myanmar.
I want to give a special shout out to Alonzo and David. Even with my worldly success prior to meeting both friends, both guys really, really, really believed in me and helped me in incredible ways. In rare moments when I doubted myself, the support Alonzo and David showed me inspired me to keep moving towards greater dreams. Both pros played a big role in my success.
You Are Succeeding Now
I could write 10,000 words about my movie life.
If you want my life to be made into a Netflix show, Tweet Netflix.
Tweet Netflix this blog post:
I made my life a movie.
You are making your life a movie, now, by listening to a guy who made his life a movie.
I know you are succeeding now. Count all of your blogging wins. Be positive. See your success.
Success will continue to flow your way in increasing amounts.
I believe in you.
Blogging will change your life.
Take a deep breath. Be in the moment. Leave the concept of time for just a bit, as in the moment, time does not exist.
Focus on your dream life. See the vision. Keep things positive. Learn blogging from top pros.
Create and connect.
Enjoy the ride.
Success is yours.
Blogging is changing your life now and will continue to do so as you move in the direction of your dreams.
Are You Trying to Rank or Help People?
Check the intent behind your blogging actions. What are your drivers? Some bloggers desperately want to rank, to place articles on page 1 of Google, to drive sweet, passive search engine traffic. Good luck with that. Nobody succeeds ranking until you give virtually all of your attention and energy to helping people with your blogging efforts. The rank comes after the generous help and that generous help often spans years of your life because developing page 1 Google skills is no joke. If it were easy, everybody would rank on page 1, right?
But you would be surprised by how many folks struggle blogging because the focus on rank over help dominates their minds. I never fell afflicted to this common limiting belief because I give scant attention to ranking on Google. Most of me could care less. I help people through my guest posts, blog posts, course and eBooks. My intent is to help people not to try to get traffic and money through manipulating things. Be honest about the big difference between the two because making this shift will improve your life tremendously, along with positioning you to experience increasing blogging success.
Focus heavily on people and little on things to discover the secret of blogging success. Bloggers succeed by generously helping human beings for sustained periods of time. Imagine some blogger who appears to be all over their blogging niche. Study this individual. Guaranteed, this bloggers generously helped people for years, hours daily, through multiple methods of helping people. Imagine guest posting, blogging, broadcasting live on Facebook and podcasting. See how the top bloggers always seem to be assisting people from a generous, genuine energy? Be that person. The tops never obsess over ranking because doing so attaches you to outcomes. Attach to outcomes. Feel fear. Attachment is fear. Any time you blog from a vibe of fear, you will struggle, fail and quit eventually. Top bloggers feel fears but release the energies versus panicking and bailing on generously helping readers. Everybody else panics, bails and tries to manipulate things to get traffic and money, failing horribly over the long haul.
Nobody gets ahead trying to manipulate things because money flows through humans mainly, then, through things which act as receiving channels. Imagine if I sell a copy of my blogging course. Generously helping human beings instills trust in the person who bought my course. Money flows from them to me through Selz, and my bank account, from their credit card or bank account. The things – Selz, bank accounts – are receiving channels, facilitating the sending and receiving of money, but generous service and trust put the financial transaction into action.
Stop trying to rank before all else because dealing with things solely – SEO and Google – moves you out of the realm of reality, into thing-ality. Bloggers who succeed keep helping folks generously and keep promoting themselves, realizing the things are just tools humans use to connect with each other, to help each other and to prosper each other. Focus on helping humans, not trying to rank on page 1 of Google, to uncover the secret to successful blogging….and to uncover the secret of ranking on page 1 of Google.
Why Blogging Jealousy Is a Damaging Emotion
I spent today enjoying lunch and a hike through the forest with my wife. But like the past goodness knows how many years, I will work 6-8 hours daily….or more. I put in an hour or so this morning. Now I get to work a bit before 5 PM. People love my travel photos. Folks often tell me how jealous they feel, envying our life. We are so lucky! We are blessed. We are aligned. All that jazz. But the same folks NEVER feel jealous or envious of the fact that I worked 6 hours daily for the past goodness known how many years of my life. I tell folks about my workload sometimes; most look at me like I have 3 heads, people proclaiming themselves lazy and definitely, believing I can have this workload because working long and persistently is not for them.
Before you envy my movie-worthy life, envy my movie-worthy workload. Before you jealously bust my chops about my photos in Fiji and Bali, be just as envious and flat out jealous of the 20,000 hours I have blogged over the past decade of my life. You cannot have the sweet fruit unless you patiently water the seed and allow for it to thrive, during growing season. Likewise, you cannot have blogging success unless you patiently, persistently and generously work, to succeed.
Jealousy and Damage
Most bloggers never realize the intense jealousy that damages their blogging campaign. Why does jealousy hurt you and your blog? Delusion, that’s why. Take my Fiji or New Zealand or Costa Rica pictures. Most people who see the pictures envy my life because most folks CHOOSE to work a 9-5 job and CHOOSE not to travel. In the same breath, after expressing intense jealousy at me living a cool life of travel, I advise the person to begin blogging, to engineer a similar life for self and family. In an instant, most bloggers complain about having no time, no time, and no drive to design such a life of fun and freedom. Why? Being jealous of bloggers immediately places you in a “they have it, but I cannot have it,” type victim, non-empowered, weakling energy. If you believe only I can live this life, and envy me, and you foolishly believe you cannot life this life, you make endless excuses to cling to your belief system. Said excuses guarantee your unhappiness and comfort.
If you envy my life of travel, envy the 6 to 10 hours or more I have worked every single day of my life over the years. Do you envy working 8 hours every Saturday and Sunday? Are you SOOOO jealous that I will work 6-7 or more hours today, after being out of the house for about 6 hours, hustling into the evening? Nope. I did not think so. Few human beings envy someone who works generously, diligently and persistently because most people hate doing the very thing that sets them free. Why? Doing the thing that sets you free forces you outside of your comfort zone, to face deep, pulsating fears. Facing these fears seems highly unpleasant. Nobody enjoys facing fears, but you need to face fears in order to grow, to succeed, and to live a life of movie-worthy levels, you being the object of blogger envy.
Stop being jealous. Get to work, admire industrious bloggers who live their dreams, and you too will live your dreams.
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How to Ride out Traffic Swings
Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.
Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.
Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.
Check Stats Infrequently
Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?
Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.
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