When thinking of what I would discuss with you today, my mind quickly took me to all the excuses I’ve told myself (a time or two or more) for why I can’t be highly successful at blogging like —
- I’m not a tech whiz — how can I update my blog site to the 21st century?
- I’m just not into social media and I don’t have a big social media following — how can I spread the word and gain more audience attention?
- I’m too old school — how can I stay relevant in an ever-changing world?
- I can’t do all the things — well, what human being actually can?
- Certain aspects of marketing are cringey to me — so, how do I position myself so others know Degrees of Maternity exists and it’s out here to make a positive impact?
- I’m a wife, mother, and daughter and have major family responsibilities — how do I make time to do the work involved in blogging?
- I hear time and time again that I need to niche down and pick a topic already, but I have different topics I want to blog about — am I hurting my chances of ranking in SEO?
I just provided a few examples of the limiting thought processes I’ve gone through over the course of my blogging career — a little over 3-1/2 years now. There are definitely some more. But those listed are the more prominent ones that have taken up WAY TOO MUCH of my blogging time in worrying about.
But, guess what?
I’m still here.
So, what makes a person stick around, doing something that disrupts the serenity of his or her inner sanctum, making that person question the steps taken, the path traveled, and the direction he or she is going with a process that challenges the mindset on a daily basis?
Hmmm . . . Well . . .
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
And when there’s a mission (with passion fueling it), limiting factors are worked around, worked out, or worked over. One of the three.
Now, I could take the list (above) and break it down based on which of the three methods (“worked around”, “worked out,” or “worked over”) I’ve used (or am using) to overcome those limiting factors that have tried to keep me stuck in my blogging mission, BUT —
THAT WOULD BE TOTALLY BORING! So, one-sided.
A better use of our time would be to talk about you.
Yes, let’s turn some introspective focus on you — self-inventory-style.
If you blog, then there’s obviously something that made you take on the process. That something was your driving force (the catalyst) to take action on the act of blogging. Let’s call that driving force your MOTIVATION.
Maybe that MOTIVATION involves the fact that you enjoy writing and want to see where your written creativity will take you.
Or, you want to connect with people on a broader scope through your written messages.
Or, you want to make money.
Or, you want to engage in an activity that you can comfortably do from home because that’s where you like hanging out most of the time.
Maybe you blog because you want to get customer feedback about a product or service your business offers.
Maybe you blog because you have thoughts and aspirations, goals and feelings that you want to chronicle somewhere — like you would in a diary.
The list goes on and on because MOTIVATORS are different for each individual. And do you know how many bloggers we have out here in these online roadways? Hundreds of MILLIONS!
But, motivators are different from the MISSION.
Motivators are the driving forces that get the process started, but mission is what carries the activity through until the goal destination is reached. And, sometimes the goal destination is an ongoing endeavor, measured by progress moving in a positive direction instead of reaching a final destination.
Again, motivators initially get your rear into gear, but mission propels you forward, taking you the distance and carrying you the rest of way through your process where motivation has ushered you in.
And since I’ve introduced you to some good stuff that I plan to follow-up on next Friday, I’d like to know what was the motivating factor(s) that led you to blogging. Just the motivator(s) that started it all. I’ll share mine with you. Actually, I shared it with you a time or two before, but in case you missed it . . .
I started blogging to develop my writing and help build up my book writing career.
Tag, you’re it!