8:00 PM at night.
After a fun but long work day I am writing this guest post.
Tomorrow will be a busy day for me. Usual workload, plus I will spend time with my dad. I am looking ahead so I don’t get left behind with my blog.
Looking ahead means:
- realizing that life will intervene so you want to stay on schedule
- having the vision to see opportunities to serve people now if you cannot be online in the future
- working overtime some days to prepare yourself for busier days
Most bloggers are ill prepared to succeed and get left behind because most bloggers never look forward. I regularly see well-meaning but lost bloggers complain about computer problems, poor connection speeds and any manner of offline adversity being root causes of not working for a week or longer. Even more bloggers deviate from their daily posting schedule because they seek short term relief over long term, lasting happiness and success.
10 years ago I deluded myself into believing I’d be rich by publishing a few blog posts without networking, without learning blogging and without practicing my writing. I looked at my current miserable conditions, or I looked backward into nightmarish circumstances, and was BEING the person who created such miserable situations, struggle and blogging failure.
Being Left Behind
Prolific bloggers look forward and struggling bloggers eat their dust, being left behind because they don’t plan, or look ahead, or do what they can now to prep for the future. Folks see me all over the place now because of all the years I spent creating helpful content every single day, whether or not I faced online of offline obstacles that day. Legions of bloggers get left behind because they put stuff off until tomorrow, and then, tomorrow again, until they find themselves being outclassed by top bloggers.
Making the Shift
Years ago though I embraced the moment and all the rough feelings I had resisted for years, and I began to look forward. Planning for the future was my first step. I’d write a post or posts to stock my blog for a while. I also began slowly and steadily guest posting. If life intervened and I faced some online or offline obstacles I had a few posts and guest posts in my pocket. Plus I had worked diligently on my blog day after day to lay the foundation for a successful blogging career.
Prepare for Today and Tomorrow
“Make hay while the sun shines” is one apt saying for bloggers to follow. Write and publish a blog post now for your blog. Write and save a blog post for tomorrow if you plan to be busy with offline stuff or with your 9-5 job. Write and save 2-3 blog posts tonight for your blog. Prepare yourself and your blog by laying a rock solid foundation of value around your blog, now.
Most bloggers are woefully unprepared, waiting until the last minute to write a post or to record a video. But then your child gets sick. Or your boss asks you to work overtime. Or your internet connection craps out. Maybe your father wants you to stop by his house to help him out. Or you get stuck at the airport for an extra 4 hours due to flight delays.
Being a full time blogger who circles the globe I know all about travel delays. Spending some time in my home state every year, I know about family stuff and life intervening. I am always ready though. I won’t be left behind because I am always looking forward.
Don’t get left behind.