This morning I woke up with a foggy feeling in my head and it was as if I hadn’t slept at all. I felt lazy, and just wanted to continue lying on my bed, but I knew that doing so would simply set the wrong tone for my day and literally muttering ‘mind over matter, mind over matter’ I basically cajoled myself to crawl out of bed and take my antidote – which is to go out for a brisk walk, to get some fresh air and hopefully feel more alive in the process.
My brisk walk can involve various things depending on my mood, either listening and humming to music that I enjoy with an occasional shake and a jig to accentuate the notes that hit home, listening to a podcast or any talk that piques my interest, venting in my head and going over an argument that I had with hubby and realizing that maybe I should have used a better punchline than I had; mentally deciding to save a punchline and use it to drive home my point, going over my to-do list in my head, making a shopping list, thinking of random stuff and just watching people go about their business…
I had almost come to end of my walk when an idea popped into my head out of the blues and I was so excited at the thought that I made a mental note not to forget to include it in my soon to be executed plans. Right as I turned into the bend leading to our apartment block, I ran into a young dad and a toddler – who by my assessment is barely more that 24 months – attempting to play football, and I slowed my pace to absorb the scene.
The man kept a few paces apart and kicked the ball towards his son. It’s either because the baby was wholly new to the game or wasn’t sure what to do; he missed it not once but four times. After each miss, his dad patiently walked towards him, picked the ball and kicked it again. I was silently rooting in my head for the little one and just as soon as I thought that he would miss it yet again, his little foot finally connected with the ball and he kicked it back with gusto. The ring of his delight and joy from his accomplishment had me applauding both of them and a huge smile made its way to my face.
A brisk walk of 40 minutes not only brought me such unexpected fullness, it drew home several pointers and set a positive tone for my day. During my grudgingly taken walk, I got inspired, I saw love and patience, I saw resilience and joy, I became energized, I gained more clarity and buzz that I wouldn’t have found in my cup of coffee. These little things we often overlook, they are the things that matter.
Getting back to blogging, I have found myself at a certain loss. It feels so familiar yet strange, because like everything that changes over time, a lot seems to have happened in blogosphere. I feel like a newbie, albeit with some jaded sense of know-how. I am tip-toeing around my blog trying to find my way once again, afraid to click on unknown features just in case I break something – not literally, but you get what I mean.
I recall that when I started blogging I could plug away for hours on end and derived such joy from putting my thoughts in writing. The joy has not gone though it has ebbed a bit. The hours to plug away on the keyboard has gone with the vagaries of life, since bills don’t pay themselves. Back then, I jumped in with such gusto and gumption and decision to make it work; to eke out a living doing something that I truly love. Things got in the way, life happened so much so that it made me question my trueness.
I have questioned my authenticity and second-guessed my passion for written and spoken word. I have found myself comparing and wondering if I am really true to my art. If I really want to be a writer as passionately as I had supposed? Because, as we are told, if you want something badly enough, you will do what needs to be done and you will find the time to make sure that it works out. It may sound romantic being a hungry, starving artist, but the rude awakening and harsh reality of life makes such aspirations a near impossible feat to achieve in this part of the world and in most parts I daresay.
NOT paying your bills can land you behind bars in my neck of the woods. As valuable as words may be, mine are yet to land me that goldmine and to present the peace of mind that money can buy or rather being able to sleep without your landlord hounding you for rent. I derail.
I have had to revamp my mind. To remember that often times the key notes of our life’s story might be out of tune for a bit, but once our fingers glide over the keys, like the gentle caress of a cherished old lover, we kindle with familiarity.
My thoughts are on how the blogging field has changed though my keyboard remains the same. How there are now many icons, bells and whistles here and there. I almost feel as if I should enroll in learning how things work here once again. Sadly, the course is paid for and I most certainly can’t afford such finesse. What do you think? Is going to WordPress University a worthwhile investment or do you think that I can find my way just by tinkering around?
I took a second look at this blog that I started at the beginning of the year before COVID came to town, and I realized that some of the things I had wanted to achieve almost bordered on ‘being vain.’
I rewrite my list and wish as below…
Staying Alive… that will be top of my list.
Loving and showing more love to those around me.
Being thankful and grateful for each day and the opportunities that I have.
Staying in touch with loved ones near and far.
Giving more of me – ‘cos there’s an ample lot of me to give 😉
Quitting the complaining and worrying less.
Staying hopeful that ‘all things will work out for my good’
Focusing on the absolutely necessary
Laughing a lot more than I am at present.
Dancing a little each day.
Applying the 2-minute rule in trying to get things done. (I will expand this further in another post).
Eat healthier meals and savour every bite.
Taking back charge of my blogging and writing.
Keeping the right momentum with my studies and getting my homework done on time.
Approach change and challenges with a positive mind.
Stop letting the thoughts of financial struggle dominate every breath that I take.
I refuse to continue to mount pressure on myself and guilt trip myself over the failure to achieve all the high-achieving goals that I had on my previous list. It doesn’t mean that I am settling for less, rather I am pressing the ‘REFRESH’ button and allowing myself to exhale in order to inhale better.
To successfully make money with your blogging business, you need to ensure that it does look the part. Often, this means that you need to go out of your way to ensure it is as professional as you would hope. If it is not quite there in this respect, it is much less likely that people will really admire or respect it, and that will only result in fewer customers and less income. Fortunately, it is not too difficult to ensure that your blogging business looks the part, and as long as you take care of the following elements you should be able to improve its professionalism greatly.
In some respects, it can be helpful to make your blogging business appear as more than it is. This can be done in many ways, and it is a matter of thinking about what a larger business looks like, how it appears and making sure that your home business follows suit. To achieve this, you might want to begin with the way that customer get in touch with you. They can immediately tell if it is a much more humble business if you have a normal home email address and are using a home address for the post. Instead, you could make use of a cheap mailbox forwarding service to give your company a little more credibility, and you can make sure to sign up for an email address attached to your own domain. It doesn’t cost much to do, and yet it can make a significant difference.
Spruce Up The Site
Clearly, a blogging business’ most important asset of all is the website itself, so working on this is a great way of ensuring that you are keeping things running well. Regarding giving your business a professional look, you can easily achieve this just by ensuring that your website is exactly what you would expect a professional site to be and to look like. You can spruce up your site by using a service like Wix, or if you are happy to spend a little cash you could hire a professional web developer to do it for you. However it’s done, this will certainly ensure that your business appears much more professional as a result.
Ultimately, the best way to make your business appear professional is to approach everything that you do professionally. What this entails is up for debate, and it varies from company to company and individual to individual. But as long as you act professionally, you can be certain that at least some of this will carry over into how your business looks, and you will end up looking professional as well. Remember that, and don’t be tempted to lull yourself into an unprofessional approach at any time. You will find that doing this makes an enormous difference to how well your business is received.
The above three examples are all great ways to give your business a little more professionalism in appearance, and it’s worth considering them all.
I don’t know if it irritates me or amuses me. Still trying to work out my sentiments. Sometimes, someone would leave a comment that sounds completely odd and far away from your post that you actually have to go back to your post to read it again to figure out exactly what it was that you wrote to prompt such an asinine comment.
Then, it dawns on you that they didn’t read it, but they summarized what they felt you said and made their two-bit comment that makes you wonder, why people do that. Yeesh! I also think that there’s an automatic ‘like’ button that some bloggers have learnt how to manipulate ‘cos I can’t relate with how fast a post gets liked considering that you just clicked the publish button.