You wake up in the morning with a full agenda of to-dos. Getting on your blog and doing what you bloggingly do throughout the week is an agenda item or two or more. And, you just can’t seem to kick your creative mind into gear. The ideas on what to blog about are there. Your online technology is in working order and ready to capture what you input into its memory bank. Your schedule indicates that today is the day for a new blog post to be published out into the online vastness we know as the blogosphere. And, it’s simply time to perform.
However, your online creative space is void of life. It’s eerily quiet for the moment.
So, what’s the hold up? Why aren’t you on “GO LIVE” mode?
Could it be that you’re just unmotivated to perform today, since there’s nothing externally driving you to do your best blogging work? I mean . . . there is absolutely no sign of any outside push factors that are willing to move you in the direction of finger-to-keyboard action. No sign!
After all, your blogging numbers are down. Engagement is tanking. You’re tired, irritable, and in need of some blogger self-care (now that’s a topic I totally need to get into in a future “Blogging Truths Be Told”). Needless to say, you’ve been downright neglecting yourself, putting your blog’s needs in front of yours. And of course, you’ve been putting in the extra hours — only to see little-to-no return on your stellar creative work ethic. In other words, the virtual pats on the back aren’t coming in droves. Let’s just be honest here.
Question: “So, what time is it?”
Answer: “Perhaps, time to give up.”
Actually, “NO!” That answer is most definitely the WRONG one. And, you’ll just have to take my word for it, if you don’t know this already. Why? Well, because I know this mind state from first-hand experience. It’s the mind state that tells you that you’re putting in all of this work but you’re not seeing the signs that what you’re doing is creatively making a positive impact in the lives of others in a BIG outwardly sort of way.
So, you might be wondering what I do in those instances when I’m in that type of mindset. Am I right? Okay, you don’t have to twist my arm. I’m going to tell you right now. It’s precious intel though. . . my secret recipe . . . but I’m willing to bear it all out there in hopes that my creative revelation will bring about a life-changing BREAKTHROUGH in your blogging world. Now, take special care of what I’m about to tell you.
Here goes all the fixins to my SUCCESS SAUCE. . .
I . . . KEEP . . . ON . . . BLOGGING!
Did you guess my earth-shattering secret?
Well, I know what you’re probably thinking right about now. You’re probably thinking that I wasn’t the originator of this so-called secret, which is not a secret at all. Many a person has and will adopt the “keep going” philosophy and put it into practical application. This no secret isn’t earth-shattering at all. It’s pretty down-to-earth and doable on any blogger’s part. And that’s why I’ve adopted it in my own blogging life. It’s something I can do to combat the mind games that come to tell me I’m not good enough and that no one really likes me in the blogging space I’m in.
In fact, the mind is a truly complex piece of work, my friend. My mind has taken me, more times than I care to admit, to the pity party of all pity parties, where I’m a guest of honor. And, I might frequent the festivities a bit. But I’ve come to increasingly dread these types of get-togethers, since the overall vibe of these awful occasions is pretty much a downer. If you had any creative enthusiasm in the tank before getting there, then these types of get-togethers will pretty much drain whatever blogging energy you had in that tank and its reserves.
Oh, and I really don’t appreciate the conversations that take place there. Talking about Cringe City. The “pep talks” tend to cover topics that don’t put you in a mood of blogging worthiness or in a mode of blogging action. And so, I find my visits pretty brief. Thank goodness. Fortunately, I don’t get caught in the inactive trap the party throwers promote.
However, I’ve seen other guests there that DO get caught in that trap. It’s a sad thing, too. Eventually, those individuals end up giving up on their blogging dreams. But then I often wonder were those individuals really in it (blogging) for the right reasons or for the long-haul, even. Did they initially start out “in it to win it” no matter the obstacles that could potentially come their way?
You have to have some wherewithal in the blogging space you occupy. And sometimes, you have to KEEP . . . ON . . . BLOGGING even when the signs of life aren’t there in the BIG displays you envisioned you would see them.
Actually, one of the major reasons that I’ve been able to keep going is, quite frankly, YOU. You are MY signs. You make all the difference in my blogging world. If it wasn’t for individuals like you, who take time from your life’s schedule to tune in and see what I have going on in my blogging nook, I wouldn’t feel that sense of connection to this online space I reside in.
I’ve learned not to focus on the numbers in what I’m doing. I focus on the mission behind the work that I do and the individuals who need and support the mission. And because I know that my message/my mission matters, I have faith that it will reach those who it’s meant to reach — those who care to benefit from it. It’s just a matter of time. I mean . . . you’re here, aren’t you? And that’s what I’m talking about. Making connections with real people who are on the other side of this blog is what it’s all about for me.
When you read content from Degrees of Maternity, like something you’ve read, comment about something you’ve read, share something I’ve written with others, and keep coming back for more, it makes me feel incredibly honored to do what I do. I want to do this content creation mission some justice and impact people in the right way. You know?
And having numbers doesn’t necessarily equate to making a positive impact in peoples’ lives. In fact, you can have someone who has blogging numbers but doesn’t have a message that truly encourages or inspires people to make self-improvement advancements in their lives. Don’t get me wrong though. Numbers are great. The more numbers, the more positive impact. But if I could only chose one, I’d chose “making a positive impact” every time. Positive impact can leave a lasting living legacy of promise, while numbers can fade into obscurity.
Here’s what I firmly believe in the core of my being. I believe that good things happen for good people. And if people have a desire to bring good into the lives of others, then their good efforts will be matched in some way, shape, or form. See how it’s all GOOD?
So BLOGGERS: Don’t give up the blogging fight!
If you truly know that you have a message that’s worth hearing and it’s going to bless someone out there in some way, then KEEP GOING. Your blogging tribe needs you. Just think: if you give up early in the fight, you’re going to miss out on all the potential audience members who could be some of your biggest fans, friends, family, frenemies, and foes. And yes, I included the frenemies and foes. They need your content too.
Perseverance is an importance piece to the blogging puzzle.