I started blogging about a year ago. I jumped in with both feet. I researched for a while and decided on purchasing a professional theme. After exhaustive research I landed with Standard Theme by the team over at 8BIT because the design was simple, easy to use and the content would be king. I even went ahead and paid for a full year’s worth of hosting.
I was in over my head and there was no turning back!
I blogged for months and slowly built a tribe and a few months into it my wife gave birth to our third child, my work schedule exploded and we ended up burying three close family members. Because of the tidal wave of confusion and busyness I had to shed anything that wasn’t necessary. I opted on keeping the family and gave up blogging.
Months later my hosting was up for renewal and the day before my hosting agreement would expire I had decided to give up. My dream of becoming a writer and digital scribe was dead. Before going to bed that night someone messaged me and said, “Don’t give up blogging. I really enjoy reading what you have to say.” They didn’t know what I was going through, but that is all I needed!
I’ve learned two essential principles since the night my dream almost died:
1. The right motivation will sustain you when life gets difficult.
When I first started blogging I wanted to be heard and gain a following. I saw blogging as a way to gain notoriety and to sell books and services. Now I write to simply encourage and help people. When I decided to make it about others, instead of myself, I was liberated.
I took the time to really question my motivation. Have you done this yet? What’s your motivation? Hint, it needs to more than just about you!
2. Learn to ride the wave of momentum when you have it.
I wasn’t prepared for success or had a real plan for where I wanted to go. Recently, I sat down and made a list of goals and strategies that would guide me in this process. It really helped when I took the time to write them down. Someone once said,
He who fails to plan, plans to fail.
One of the keys to building momentum is thinking next steps. You might ask yourself, “What should my next step be to go to the next level?”
Since that time my blog has taken off again. In fact, I’ve written guest posts for websites such as Relevant Magazine, Catalyst Space and a few others. I’m not where I want to be, but at least I’m headed in the right direction.
The key to not losing my dream was letting the wrong dream die. When life becomes just about us we quickly run out of stuff to say and do, but when we focus on others we never fail to have something to offer others.