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Addiction can be an ugly thing.
Cigarettes for example. They cost a lot of money, they cause the body pain, they can even make a mess of your relationships. People still smoke. I imagine they smoke for more reason than one but one of those reasons could be because they are addicted. I’m not recommending a cigarette addiction because of the many downsides. I am recommending becoming addicted to habits that serve you and others. I believe blogging does this. This is why I believe being addicted to blogging is a good thing. I’m going to outline 4 ways you can become addicted to blogging. But first I would like to go over some reasons why you might love the idea of being addicted to a thing like blogging.
You may want to become addicted to blogging so that you can be sure you’ll master blogging within a given time frame. To be sure that your going to get your 10,000 hours. If you are addicted, then you’ll be sure to do it everyday, and doing it everyday will lead you to your 10,000 hours.
You may want to become addicted to blogging because you want to earn an income off of it, and you know that the only way to get massive results is to take massive action. By being addicted to blogging you will take massive action, because your addicted to doing so. Addiction to blogging can be highly attractive to those who wish to earn an income from their blogs. Addiction to blogging is helpful in building a blogging business as your always working everyday.
You may want to become addicted to blogging because of the personal development benefits. When you blog you become more aware of yourself, thereby increasing the choices you have on a daily basis. Do I behave in this way that isn’t serving me?, OR Do I behave in this way that is my highest calling? When you blog, the answer that benefits you most becomes obvious. At that point it is only up to you to take action on those empowering answers and live a better life. As far as personal development goes blogging is one of the most powerful tools you have in your arsenal so being addicted to blogging will serve you in better improving yourself, for yourself and for others. Being addicted to blogging will supercharge your personal development.
Also, you may want to become addicted to blogging because it will help you serve others better, by helping you to refine your craft. When your always writing with the question in mind “How do I serve others with this post?” then you’ll always be looking for ways to serve people, and service to others leads to ultimate happiness and fulfillment. If you serve people better and faster because you were addicted to the act of blogging, and did it so much that you became masterful at it, wouldn’t your addiction have served you in achieving your highest aim? Wouldn’t that blogging addiction be serving you in a very meaningful way?
Being addicted to blogging can serve you in many ways. Here are 4 ways you can become addicted.
How To Get Addicted To Blogging
1. Push Yourself
If you get through an 8 hour day at work, and then have to go pick the kids up, then take them home and put them to bed, and on top of that you have dishes and laundry to do, then take care of your responsibilities. That will take most of your day. But if you want to become addicted to blogging and reap the benefits, then your going to have to push yourself on days like those and stay up late and blog.
You’ll be building your habit by not neglecting blogging on this day, and you do so by pushing yourself to blog.
A tip I use to make it easier to blog when the time comes is to go through you day asking yourself what blog titles you could expand on. Keep a note on your phone (your phone because that’s easier than lugging a journal around with you all day) and when you get a break in your day, think up a few ideas on what you could blog about. Expand the title into subtitles for that post. Before you even sit down to blog you’ll already have an idea for a great post. Hopefully that will make it easier on you when your busy, and keep your creative juices flowing all day, even before you type a single word.
When you’ve established a habit of writing, you won’t feel as if your pushing yourself, it will feel totally natural. Until the habit is established though, push yourself to blog everyday. You don’t necessarily have to publish a post everyday, you can take a long as you’d like to do that. What’s important is the everyday habit of writing and that’s going to take work to put into place. Push yourself to write everyday until you are addicted to the results, and you’ll work to continually improve.
2. Set Goals
If you want to get the benefits of being addicted to blogging, it’s a good idea to set goals for yourself.
You’ll be giving yourself something to shoot for, and whether they are astronomical goals, or just baby step goals, you’ll be working with the end in mind.
Your goal could be to simply write for an hour everyday. That’s a very real goal you could achieve each and every day. I recently read that one should be thankful for what they have created, even if it’s not yielding results. The action of you creating something is a miracle in itself, and to be grateful for the miracles of life, no matter how small, is to be in touch with God (in my humble opinion). I am saying that creating a blog and writing on it everyday is a miracle in action. We don’t have to write, we get to write. That is a miracle in itself. Set a goal, any goal, and work towards that goal. In that way you will become addicted to blogging.
3. Measure Your Results
If you would like to become a better writer, and therefore a better blogger you may find that the process comes easier if you are addicted to blogging. My idea here is to measure your results so that you can get a little more excited about what blogging could really do for you.
Get a traffic monitor, I use Monster Insights. I found it by searching for it on WordPress. Here is a screen shot of the tool.
My best day was 20 pageviews in a day. It used to be that my best day was five, or I received mostly no visitors at all. So although I’m not yet getting massive numbers, I’m still seeing growth and progress equals happiness.
I think I learned that one from Tony Robbins, who by the way I love and think that his books can help anyone who seeks improvement. You can buy one of my favorites “Awaken The Giant Within” by clicking the picture below.
Back to measuring your results. One thing you’ll learn from reading the Tony Robbins book is that progress equals happiness. You don’t necessarily have to reach a goal to be happy. Progressing towards reaching that goal does make you happy. There is a sense of accomplishment even before you complete the task. That’s why when you want to become addicted to blogging, you should measure your results as you go. It will be a good indicator of how your doing, and even if your not doing well yet, those little spikes in activity on your blog will be inspiring and further cement your habit.
4. Make Progress
Yes, we’ve been lead here with on our path to becoming addicted to blogging: progress.
When your addicted, or developing a blogging addiction you’re going to inevitably make progress in the direction of your goals. This is what your habit is all about. If you get a spike of 20 pageviews in a day, in the near future set your goal to hit 40 pageviews in a day. When you reach 40, make it 80, and so on.
When you talk about pageviews, what is another example and what I think is really important is your mailing list. I’ve heard it over and over again from high paid internet marketers that the “money is in the list”. If you want to earn an income from your blog, you need an email list. You can get one here. It’s a great way to hone your relationship building skills emailing those people on your list.
I can tell you that there is nothing like sending out an email to my list, and getting an email back from one of them telling me that they liked what I sent them. It’s a good feeling because it makes you feel like you’ve done a good job. When your working on becoming self employed there is a lot of noise about your endeavors from the people in your life, so it’s good to be acknowledged by one of the people you are serving. It’s a rewarding experience.
The link above is for Convertkit. I’ve been using them for about a year now and I really like them. They also offer extras for members at no cost, and they help you grow your business. It’s a great product. I highly recommend it.
At any rate, making progress on your blog can be very rewarding and addicting. You can be thankful to God or whatever you believe in that you created something that is valuable to other people. You’re doing a good job. And nothing is going to stop you from continuing, and not only just continuing, but also improving as you go. Being addicted to blogging will serve you in improving your life, both personal and professional.
The Wrap Up
I hope you have enjoyed this post about how to become addicted to blogging. I hope that you are inspired to take action right now on writing your blog post for the day. I hope that you take action and begin to build an email list, the rewards are great. If you can’t tell I dwell in feelings of hope and optimism and I hope that that rubs off on you and serves you as you strive to lead a better life.
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