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Have you ever felt like you were just floating along, without ever getting anything done? Have you been living in your dream world even when your awake?
I’m not saying you should totally lose your subconscious mind, I’m asking you to think of ways you could become a more productive blogger. To produce more.
They say that you need 10,000 hours to become a master. I think with anything (something like blogging) it’s a worthwhile endeavor even if you never get paid.
That said, we all want to get paid even before we reach the time required to become a master! A lot sooner in fact. Some of us want results in 3 months!
That said, we’re going to have to work hard on our blogs, putting in the time even when we could be just living in our dream world on the couch.
What’s better than taking action! When your producing, your taking action. That’s why I wanted to break down production into 5 tasks of blogging. I hope this process serves you in writing your best content. I know that it helps me, write more and write better, so I encourage you to give it try and see what works for you.
Without further a due here are the 5 steps:
5 Tasks For Productivity With Your Blog
1. Keep Another Income Open
Don’t close the door to your day job. Keep it open and bringing home the bacon. Even if you don’t make a lot, at least your earning, and you can keep working on your blogging. If at all possible try to get as close to a stress free job as possible, one where you work only part time so you have plenty of free time to blog. What’s important here is your taking the stress off blogging being your only income, and if your just starting bloggging, you’ll want an income in place to keep your blog up and running until your in the black with your blog. Working a part time day job is a good idea.
Another good thing about working outside of what you do for your blog is that it gives you something to do other than work on your blogging career. Another thing that pays you. For me, I work in a ham store and drive a lot of the deliveries. I love being out of the store. Nothing to do but drive. It’s a great feeling and I love getting paid for it. I hope as it is with me, so it is with you as well, and you can love your day job. It will make blogging so much easier.
Keep that income open, you’ll have something to do other than blog that gets you out of the house and into the world, and you’ll gain another opportunity to be of service. You’ll be doing all this while becoming a professional blogger.
2. Visualize Before Blogging
I’m fresh off of 20 minutes + of visualization impressing love into my imaginary ideal life. When you visualize before blogging your blogging can take on more life, and it can be of more service to you, and hopefully serve others better. When you visualize living your dream life, doing your dream work (maybe it could be blogging), it makes you want to take action and get to creating the thing you desire. This is why visualization is so helpful.
When you set into your mind “I earn more than enough money to buy a house by blogging” you are placing the work ethic needed to get that house. If it comes down to blogging everyday, writing comments everyday, becoming a better photographer, networking more, you’re going to take massive action when your desire is so great you have to do something about it. Visualization can make you even hungrier for your desired end result, so that hunger can translate into the action needed to get it done.
Don’t forget to call God to help you. I’ve read that it’s not arrogant to command God to come help you with something. I like that sentiment. But be sure as your calling God, your visualizing your end result as a completed fact and your injecting into that fact love.
3. Journal Before Writing
I have always found that journals help me with a lot of things. One of them is writing blog posts. If you sketch out a blog post in your journal before you write it, the journaling will help clear your mind and focus your thoughts. That thought should be to serve (if you aim to earn money from blogging). What kinds of blog posts could you write that would serve your audience? Who is your audience to begin with? What can you do for them that will lead to relationships and sales?
Answer these questions in your journal. I love personal development, and I believe the journal is a key tool in personal development. When your journal daily you can do many things. One of them you can do is “bitch” to your journal. Get all those annoying thoughts out of your head. It’s a relief to put them on paper and I recommended it to a friend of mine when he broke up with his girlfriend. He said that writing all his feelings down helped him get over her. This is the power of the journal.
More specifically than keeping a daily journal, journal about your blog posts before you write them. It will add clarity to your ideas so your not just pounding the keys until the words come out- although that can be valuable at times. Come up with a plan for your blog posts and put it all on paper. As you write your blog post you can refer to your notes as you write!
I had a network marketing leader once teach me that your results come from your focus, and although I didn’t get 2 sales a day that he was teaching me to focus on, I did come to realize that I love blogging.
The pitch was selling blogs to other people, and then try to upsell them to the more expensive products. I really like the idea of selling blogs to people who want to blog, because you inspired them to do so, and become bloggers of their own. With their own affiliate links and ebooks and products of their own. Maybe they even sell their own bumper sticker. One could wrap their bumper sticker in red ribbon with a bow in the front. Like it’s a present. It might cost more money to do all that, but you might have a true fan for life. Just some ideas. That one fan could quickly turn into 1,000 and then you’d have enough fans buying all your stuff that you could make a living off it.
So you could say my focus has gone from selling 2 deals a day, to just trying to help people blog. It’s my mission: to help people blog. It’s what I write about. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of mistakes in blogging of the past but I don’t ever want to go back there again. The past is the past, and it’s time to focus. Do you think that if you could burn the past memories that don’t serve you forever, you’d be better able to focus on blogging?
Focus on the action you have to take now. You’ve been reading a lot of books, and your ready to blog. Visualize, journal (or prewrite), focus your mind, and then:
5. Take Massive Action
You’ve done it all by this point. Your focus is on your audience and how you are going to make their day better. You’re taking massive action by blogging everyday! Even if you don’t write enough in one day to consider it a publishable post, you can finish it the next day, because your still writing everyday, and a post every two days is good in my book. God is good and so is the action of posting a new post every two days.
The beauty of it is, that blogging isn’t really all that hard. In fact, it’s easy! It even has multiple beauties and another one is it all comes from you. It’s Your Word. It’s also a potent personal development tool. Blogging has dramatically helped me think thoughts that serve me better. It’s all because I wrote it down on my blog that I function better in the world. Expression is powerful. It’s like I’m manifesting my life the way I want it to be, and I’m keeping a public account of it at all here at this website. I am taking massive action, and the universe is aligned so that we can reach our highest calling. Only take massive action with blogging seriously, another beauty being that you can get serious with only 2 hours a day. You CAN do it much more than 2 hours a day if you want to, the point is you do it for a minimum of two hours a day, and you do that everyday. All money aside, the personal development benefits you get from blogging are stupendous. They are miraculous. Another beauty being you get to share it with the whole world, and form meaningful relationships with other people, all over the world!
You get all this and more, more than I could put down on one blog post (maybe a book) with taking massive action blogging. And the beauty of the beauty of taking action with your blog is that you can do it in just 2 hours a day! So you really have a lot of free time to devote to reading and journaling to make your blog even better, working your day job, or spending time with your family.
5 Tips For Productivity Blogging Wrap Up
I hope this has inspired you to look at blogging from a vantage point of love. It’s not about the money. It’s about art, and it’s about serving others. It’s about positioning yourself so that you are of value to other people. It’s about building relationships with other bloggers. It’s about seeing your traffic get a spike upwards. It’s about getting that next email subscriber, whether face to face or over the internet. It’s about building your brand, building your business.
Productivity blogging is about doing it for the love of it first, and then doing your best to see that you earn money from it.
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Also, if you liked what I’ve wrote, you may like to read Ruth Soukup’s book “How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul”…