10 Tips for Blasting through the Blogging Doldrums

September 1, 2014 52 thoughts
The home office view from Savusavu, Fiji today.
The home office view from Savusavu, Fiji today.

I like watching the sail boats cruise through Savusavu Bay, here in Fiji. Many glide effortlessly through the water.

We have some serious onshore winds here. Kelli’s 3 trashed umbrellas are a testament to the fact that we ain’t living in the doldrums.

The problem is, many bloggers get caught up in the doldrums. They feel stuck, or hopeless, sitting in a hole they can’t seem to dig out of.

If you feel stationary….or if you feel hopeless…or in an eternal blogging holding pattern….this post is for you.

I blasted through the blogging doldrums to blog from paradise. I wasn’t Lucky. Or Talented. Or “A Natural.” I blasted through my mental blocks.

I capitalized each word above to address how most people view prolific folks. No my friends, I worked on my mental game and pushed myself through uncomfortable but freeing situations to arrive where I am today.

 

Blogging from Paradise: Retiring

 

My blog’s focus is on retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. My readers want to retire. Or some have retired. Other readers have retired to a life of island hopping. Some of those cats are digital lifestyle bloggers, others, travel bloggers.

Some folks like Yaro Starak (click to meet the pro’s pro) are masters at teaching bloggers how to earn large sums of money through their online endeavors. I remember after starting Blogging from Paradise I made Yaro one of my chief inspirations.

I modeled some of what I did after his style and his teachings.

1 thing Yaro stresses was that you don’t need big traffic numbers to rock it out online. You need clarity. You need a super strict niche and an ideal reader and customer, to retire, to become a professional blogger.

Establishing full clarity in who you want to reach and letting go big number outcomes is damn uncomfortable but freeing. I get it because I’ve been there in the past.

I started BFP with a clear vision. Things took off because I had 1 core reader/customer for my blog, and I crafted every element of my blog for that core reader.

As for my old blog, I was all over the place. I changed niches like clothes. Naturally, I was stuck in the blogging doldrums and had a terrible time leaving the doldrums because hey, every time I attracted an ideal reader, that ideal reader changed by the next time I posted.

Lesson: to get clear on your ideal reader, and to craft your ENTIRE blog around that ideal reader, is a freeing, uncomfortable task that WILL help propel you through the blogging doldrums.

On to the blogging tips…..

 

Spotlight Fellow Bloggers

 

Feeling stuck? Shine the light on fellow bloggers. Doing so accelerates your outreach campaign, builds your friend network and of course, boosts your traffic and sales, as when you spotlight friends, many spotlight you.

Now, the “I scratch your back IF you scratch mine” approach (please click that link and read that awesome post by Carol Amato, to understand how the outreach thing works) is NOT the way to go. We spotlight people, then let go. Help, and cut the strings, my kiddies, to detach, and to allow your generosity to propel you through the “stuck” days.

Bloggers who need social media advice would read Rebekah Radice.

Bloggers who want blogging advice would read Adam Connell.

Bloggers who need networking advice would read Adrienne Smith.

That’s how easy it is, guys. Think about your friends, and spotlight them on your blog in a relevant, thoughtful manner, and doing so will make you feel good, which inspires you to leave the blogging blah days.

 

Get Back to Nature

 

Ya like videos? You’ll see a stunning video below. I betcha this video makes you feel alive. Goodness knows it inspired me, and I was the dude who filmed it.

Blogging tips are embraced or ignored. People who feel good, follow good advice. People who feel bad, ignore good advice, and follow bad advice.

People finding themselves in the blogging doldrums are following bad advice. These folks need a good feeling infusion.

Step outside. Get back to nature. Go to:

  • A national park
  • The beach
  • Your back yard
  • Your front yard
  • The local park

Go anywhere relatively green, or kinda green, for about 20 to 30 minutes. Soak up perfection. Then, see how quickly you’ll sail out of the blogging doldrums.

Far and away, this is one of my favorite strategies to churn out three, 2500 to 3800 word posts weekly, in addition to running my freelance writing business, engaging in an aggressive blogger outreach campaign, and of course, I’m also enjoying my time doing other fun stuff here in Savusavu, Fiji.

 

Why?

 

Why are you blogging? Revisit your why to exit the doldrums.

Visit Don Purdum’s blog if you want to meet someone with a crystal clear, razor sharp reason why he’s blogging. Don is a kind, generous person who continually shines the spotlight on others. Yep, he’s a master of good old tip #1.

Don’s why is directly related to helping folks with their web design problems. He’s a helper. He wants you to grow your online business and will go above and beyond to make your dream a fulfilling reality.

Just check out his testimonials. The man has a clear reason why he’s blogging, and that reason continually nudges him into new areas of growth and progress….said areas occurring outside of the doldrums.

Tie your reason why to being free. This emotion, this freeing, elated, unbound, unchained feeling, will drive you through any boring, dull, listless blogging stage you may find yourself wallowing in.

I love being free. That’s my #1 passion. Naturally, I did whatever it took to be free, because I’ve been circling the globe for the past 40 months

Rambling Mandie is an awesome travel blogger who I met recently. She mentions her passion, like mine, is the desire to be free, in a recent post. Please click her name to learn more about an inspiring, generous globe-trotter.

 

Exercise

 

I’ll spare you; you’ve seen enough topless pictures of me. No longer a physique model, or body builder, but I do have so muzzles, as Ahnold, one of my idols, would say.

I walk for 5 to 10 miles daily. 2.5 of those miles are spent carrying heavy weights – aka our groceries for a few days, including 3 to 4 bottles of water – and on some days I carry a small boulder up and down a 50 meter high driveway with a good 25% grade in some spots.

I hit that 25% grade once, twice or three times a day. Which is why my legs are starting to look like small tree trunks.

The point is, when things are circulating in your body – aka, when you’re exercising – you CANNOT be stuck in the blogging doldrums. Writer’s block is an impossibly.

Everything is surging, so naturally, your creativity flows effortlessly.

Walk, run or jog for 30 minutes a day, 5 to 6 days per week. Hit the gym. Do pushups, or sit ups. MOVE! Beat the doldrums.

 

Travel

 

OK, I got this one covered. I’m living in Fiji until October 27. Then Kelli (click the link to see WHO inspired me the most, to become the Blogging from Paradise guy….hey, before I met her my last vacation was a 3 hour trip to Delaware, in 1989….she deserves a click for inspiring me to make my first international trip a 23 hour plane ride from New York City to Denpasar, Bali, some 22 years later) and I are heading to Ubud, Bali for 1 month.

Then we’ll head back to New Jersey for a month or so, then off to maybe Central America. We’ll see.

I spent January through June in Thailand, living in Chiang Mai, Pak Nam Pran, Koh Lanta, Phuket, and even Bangkok for a day or 2. I’ll debut those pictures for my new readers in December, when I return to NJ for a while, so you can enjoy them.

Anyway, when you’re really, really on the move, you can’t get stuck. Does that make sense?

The trips need not be halfway across the world. Go get a bottle of milk – or a plastic container of milk – or take a 2 hour road trip into the country with your family.

Whatever the case, get moving, and you’ll be guaranteed to cruise through the doldrums, quite effortlessly, and your blogging mojo will return.

A change of scenery puts you into a higher vibration. That higher vibe accelerates your blogging growth. Bye Bye, Doldrums.

 

Connect with Influencers

 

Ana Hoffman created a masterpiece of a post explaining how to connect with blogging influencers. (click her name to read it)

Take this blogging tip to the bank; if you feel stuck, a pro can teach you how to get un-stuck, better than anybody. Pro’s have been there, feeling stuck, many times, during the lean days, so they have all the tricks in the book to blast through writer’s block, and attachment to outcomes, to enter into a new stage of growth.

Connect with pros. I’ve already mentioned 8 of them up top. Take a few minutes to click through and introduce yourself to each leader, to grow your blog more quickly than you can imagine.

 

Meditate

 

Sit, sit and sit some more. Meditating expands your awareness. After meditating, you can see your thoughts and feelings more clearly. Kind of like you’re watching a movie.

Me on the bay in Savusavu. That Ryan Biddulph sure knows how to live.
Me on the bay in Savusavu. That Ryan Biddulph sure knows how to live.

 

I meditate for 20 minutes each morning. Doing so has helped me spot the mental blocks (I have no time to post, I have no ideas, I have no connections, I am stuck, I need money, I need this blog to make me money) that I clung to, that prolonged my stay in the blogging doldrums.

 

What Are You Holding On To?

 

Money? Readers? Facebook Fans? Traffic?

If you’re stuck in the blogging doldrums you’re grasping at something. You’re attached to some outcome.

Attaching to outcomes retards your blogging growth.

Imagine a plane flying around in a holding pattern. After 10 minutes, or 20, you feel like jumping out of the plane.

I know the feeling well.

On our first “around the world” flight back home Kelli and I were stuck in a holding pattern above New York JFK. 7 other plans were queued up in front of us. After 14 hours on the plane we were prepared to sky dive, to hit sweet ground.

Finally, after our turn came, we landed.

When you’re attached to some blogging outcome, like making money, it’s almost like taking down your sails, in the doldrums.

Let me call on my meteorology degree. The doldrums are zones by the equator with little or no wind activity. The winds die down, and if you’re sailing, you’re screwed. If you find a little pocket of wind here and there, and work the sales intelligently, you’ll work through the doldrums.

Being heavily attached to money outcomes, or readers, or some other outcome, is like folding up your sail and burning it. It’s like, flooding your engine. Stuck.

Being in the blogging doldrums signals you’re heavily attached to some outcome. Identify the outcome, let it go, and you can create and connect from an inspired space – raising the sails and firing up the engine – and out of the doldrums you’ll flow.

 

Work Intelligently Not Hard

 

Trying to “hard work” yourself through the blogging doldrums is like trying to blow the sails with your own breathe, like, Old Man Wind, until you can travel through this stretch of ocean. If you can barely blow out the candles on a birthday cake, trying to blow the sails, of thousands of pounds worth of sail boat, to make it move, is kinda silly.

You can imagine, this approach, well, it may take a while.

Force negates. Try hard, and you’ll need to try harder down the road. And harder. And harder. That’s why hard work is stupid.

Hard work is for animals. Smart, intelligent, calm, persistent work, that’s where the fortune is. Working intelligently and calmly moves you through the blogging doldrums.

I once published 60 posts a day to 2 blogs. No, that’s not a typo. 60 posts. Mostly 30 to 60 second videos. This was part of my growth, and helped make me a creative dynamo, but it was borne of a hard work consciousness, and eventually, I burned out using this strategy.

Now I publish three, 2500 word or longer posts each week. Each post is detailed, well-thought-out, targeted for my audience and aligned completely with my brand.

Blogging from paradise has never been easier. Why? I’m simply cruising through the doldrums in an intelligent, relaxed, chill manner, working smart, not hard.

If you publish five, 600 word posts daily, to crickets, and I publish three, 2500 word, targeted posts weekly, and conduct an aggressive blogger outreach campaign, which connects me to leaders, who do you think will get noticed first?

Work smart, not hard. Relax. Cruise through the blogging doldrums.

 

Don’t Buy in to the Illusion

 

Change is the one constant. Everything is in flux. Being stuck is an illusion. You either grow, or die, create, or disintegrate, as my mentor Bob Proctor once said.

Knowing this, you can’t REALLY get stuck in the blogging doldrums. You’re always growing.

Detach from outcomes. Be present. Be in the now, by breathing deeply.

Help people. Spotlight bloggers. Connect with leaders. Connect with your commentors, and audience, and let go any need to make money, or to *get* readers.

Deactivate all metric tracking buttons/apps/plug ins. I did. Certainly didn’t hurt me, did it? You can always activate them again, when you’re more detached from outcomes.

Let go outcomes, to realize that you’re always growing, learning and expanding.

You’ll never find yourself stuck in the blogging doldrums again.

 

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52 Comments

  1. Kimsea Sok Says:

    Thanks for sharing, Ryan..! Today, I found another awesome article from your blog even it is a bit late.

    I went through, and I found Adriene’s old post. I read that article, and then I found you comment over there.

    Fortunately, I am not going to miss the opportunity to learn about some such as wonderful tips like this post.

    You know, Ryan..? The first time I came up with blogging, I admit that I am really working hard blogger. Sometime, I spent more 10 or 15 hours a day for research blog post, promote my article through social media, and writing my blog.

    However, I am not going to get better with blogging. Honestly, I feel like really disappointed about what I achieve of my hard working.

    I kept breaking for almost 2 months, and I found a guy who told me about working with blog. What he said is, I need to work smart, and not hard.

    I have tried to find out the ways to work SMART with blogging. So, I need regular game for both social media, and my content.

    Today, you have show me about intellectual working. I think that it was awesome working technique, and I would applied it to my work.

    Have nice day, and traveling..!

    • Kimsea, that’s the way to go! Smart, not hard, work, being persistent with it, makes things happen. Thanks buddy!

  2. Adrienne Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Sorry for my lateness in getting by here but had to pop on over now and check this one out too. Oh and imagine my surprise that you mentioned me here, thank you SO much.

    You know when I started this journey I was told to be everywhere and connect with everyone but through my own trial and error I realized that I can’t connect with everyone and make a difference. We need to focus on a smaller amount of traffic and you can still reap big rewards just like what Yaro says. It’s not about how much traffic you get to your blog, it’s about the connections you make along the way. 😉

    I’m so impressed with the direction that you’ve taken and I know you’re really thrilled with it as well. I applaud you for deciding to change directions and scratch that very successful blog you had even though you did feel you were all over the place. I didn’t get that impression myself but I did see that you were trying to be everywhere in front of everyone so now you even get that it’s about the connections and there doesn’t have to be thousands of them to make a lasting impression.

    Great share and I’m glad you continue to share your experience with us too. You are living it my friend and I’m so happy for you and Kelli.

    ~Adrienne

    • Adrienne, we make the greatest impact by being in one place at a time, because all of our creativity energy is there. You’re a master at this 😉 Thanks much!

  3. Hi Ryan,

    Hey I’ve known you a long time, my dear friend, actually maybe longer then more readers of your blog today, because I’ve known you since you’ve been in a totally different niche and I was there when you totally metamorphosed, yourself, slowly but surely become this blogger from paradise.

    I agree with you, there’s no need for big traffic number to make a name of ourselves. If we deliver a very specific niche and really publish some good and helpful content for our readers, they will come and grow.

    I know for me time has come to change my blog (the writing niche one) look and theme, for example, and at first I thought that I didn’t have enough traffic to do this, but a recent technical issue makes me do the changes that I was pushing back, sooner.

    Thank you for your dead on advice.

    • Sylviane, You’ve been there since almost the beginning. So true, and really, I’ve enjoyed following your career over so many years, which as blossomed beautifully. Thanks so much my friend.

  4. The Guy Says:

    Hey Ryan, thanks for an excellently put together article with some great advice and suggestions.

    Your post could not be better timed for me. In just over 3 weeks I hit my 2 year blogging anniversary and I’ve been feeling very down over the last month or so. Reasons being are – Google page rank and audience numbers.

    All other things are probably going as well if not better than can be expected.

    I’m constantly looking and learning from others, as you suggest. It is a constant effort of trying to find what fits you and works best for you. What is good for one is not always good for another.

    Whilst I have a “normal” full time job on top of this venture into the cyber world I do work very hard at blogging. I do try to work smarter rather than work harder as you suggest. If I can implement something new or do something a little bit better each week that has to be a good thing.

    The to do list is always extensive and the unexpected delays or issues can derail plans.

    I’ve had down times or doldrums as you call them before. I’ve always pushed through and I will continue to do so. A path of constant growth and discovery is what I pursue.

    Thanks for re-emphasising the need for drive and perseverance to get through this. It is what I need.

    Keep inspiring Ryan.

    P.S. I remember your days of multiple posts a day, which was just very intense. Little surprise you felt an element of burn out. I much prefer your approach now and am glad to hear that you feel the benefits too 🙂

    • Hi TG, Your blog is wonderful. Although we all hit these points at times I feel that you’re on the right track and that you’ll the breakthroughs will grow, because your content is wonderful, your community is SUPER strong and your presentation is excellent. Thanks so much and keep on, keeping on my friend 🙂

  5. Ryan,

    I really need to be better about the exercise part. To get done as much as you do and still get all that exercise, you must be the world’s fastest typist!

    I just got a membership to a gym that offers a free hour of child care every day and I spent that entire hour on an elliptical machine writing a blog post! Not the most efficient exercise, I know, but I was in a state of bliss, which has to count for something, right?

    Do you ever get bored blogging around such a tight niche? I guess it is still quite new… but even if it is tight, I suppose there are always fun new things to discover in paradise!

    • Hi Brittany, awesomeness. That is multi-tasking my friend. No, I feel we all have so many stories to share that each post for me can be a new, exciting way to reach my audience. I just dig a bit deeper, quiet my mind and the ideas flow in non stop. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Hey Ryan,

    Excellent post, my friend. Love that title.

    You said alot of things there that I agree with. “1 thing Yaro stresses was that you don’t need big traffic numbers to rock it out online. You need clarity. You need a super strict niche and an ideal reader and customer, to retire, to become a professional blogger.”

    This statement is so true, and I’m starting to get back into Yaro’s teachings again (not that I ever left, but I’m paying more attention to it again.)

    Another thing to mention, when you were talking about Don, that’s so right. He knows what he wants and he has a clear reason why he’s blogging. Just like yourself, you have a clear reason as to why you’re blogging. We all should know that answer if we want to obtain any success.

    Last point, you mentioned exercise and that’s important. For the past month or so I haven’t been able to do any of that and my energy levels are down and motivation lacking, etc. When I exercised regularly, I was full of energy. SO that’s a piece of advice I’m going to take and start right away … even if it’s just pushups, situps, meditation, etc.

    Sorry, this is the last point, “Help people. Spotlight bloggers. Connect with leaders. Connect with your commentors, and audience, and let go any need to make money, or to *get* readers.”

    How important is this? You’re living proof of it. If you let go of those inhibitions and focus on what actually matters, you’ll be better than you want to be.

    Great post once again. Hope you and Kelli have an awesome rest of the week.

    – Andrew

    • Hi Andrew, Exercise really is huge. No better way to raise your energy, to feel better, which of course boosts your creativity and networking energies, too. Amen on letting go those outcomes. What a challenge at times but shifting your intent to making friends and helping folks sets the good vibes in motion. Thanks SO much Andrew.

  7. Hi Ryan,

    I would love some banana’s for sure. Health is indeed the best thing out there, to make us go again with a fierce action.

    Connecting with nature, exercising and meditating fills the body and mind with good energized neurons.

    Problems and setbacks are common, but we need to find our way through waves of doldrums and emerge victorious. Determination is the key sometimes.

    You are the layman for Fiji, healthy man for your better half and the energy spilling like boiled water yet calm bogging personality. Love you.

    Anyway, just to let you know there is an extra “s” in the link to Phillip Dews website.

    Regards,
    Rohan

    • Hi Rohan, Aha, thanks so much for that spot buddy, I’ll check it in a bit. Amen on the health note. We can blast through issues blogging-wise and life-wise if we take care of home base. Circulation is one of my favorite life principles. Keep things moving much of the day to be in harmony with your true self. Thanks so much Rohan.

  8. Hey Ryan.

    Totally love the work of Yaro Starak. I recently became a member of his insider club. The man definitely knows his stuff, so I’m not surprised that he was one of your chief inspirations.

    Already have my vision and that’s what drives me through the bad days, but I’ve not quite nailed EXACTLY who I’m talking to just yet. Been discussing this a lot with Yaro after his suggestion to niche down and target a specific audience – just like you’re targeting bloggers who want to retire to a life of island hopping. 🙂

    Seriously Ryan, I’m so glad you touched upon the whole ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch your back’ scenario. That’s what I hated about the Internet Marketing space. So unethical! Marketers promoting products they never actually used, or truly believe in, just because their buddy promoted theirs – or they owed them favour. Get my back up just thinking about it!

    Now before this comment turns into a blog post of it’s own, I’d like to thank you for spotlighting other popular bloggers.

    Just like you suggest in your eBook, I’m focusing on blogger outreach very aggressively at the moment, so I’ll definitely be reaching out to build trusted relationships with those I don’t already know.

    From now on, exercise and meditation are on my to-do list as priority tasks. Writers block is my Doldrum. I struggle so much to get my knowledge out of my head into a blog post – very frustrating! And from what you’ve said exercise and meditation cold very well be the answer to that problem.

    Have a fantastic day Ryan and keep inspiring us with your life of island hopping.

    • Hi Kerry, I had a similar experience with IM. I check in on the Warrior Forum once daily to observe if any bloggers need help. If not, I get out of there. It’s a competitive-minded, poverty-conscious, angry environment for the most part because folks are mainly trying to make money and have no desire to help others from a detached place. Yuck. Thanks so much Kerry, again, I appreciate your support of me, my eBook and blog 🙂

  9. You have said an amazing thing about choosing one core reader for your blog and work for a specific audience. I have been facing a lot of issue with my blog. I kept changing my core audience from time to time. At first it was an internet marketing blog, then I have changed to a motivational/inspirational blog. Now, I have decided to make it a platform for self-publishing authors.

    I seriously have to sit and think which audience I want to target. Once I make up my mind, I should stick to it.

    Ryan, do you have any tips as to how one can make up his mind specially about choosing his one core reader when we are flooded with too many ideas?

    If I decide to go with a blog for self-published authors, should I go with a narrow niche such as “book marketing”, “copywriting”, “Fiction Writers” or a macro niche called, “self-Publishing” will do?

    I can clearly see that blogging for paradise has a clear message. “TRAVEL and BLOG”. 🙂

    • Hi Harsh, Hmmm….I’d say, choose a niche you feel in love with….like out of the 4 you mention, which one do you enjoy most? I suggest the narrow niche but make sure you feel wonderful about it, so you can write about it, no probs, and you’ll also vibe with like-minded folks if you choose your passionate niche. Thanks so much Harsh.

  10. Hi Ryan! What a blogging and business journey you have been on. It’s amazing what we learn along the way, isn’t it? I think back to when I first started blogging in 2004 and laugh at how little I knew. It’s a good thing we have the personality to just dive in and own something. 🙂

    Thank you for the mention. I truly appreciate it!

    • Hi Rebekah, My absolute pleasure. Oh yes, it is funny when we think about it. 5 years ago my blog was…ahem….well, it was a great starting point. Like you, I was happy to dive in, own it and learn along the way. Thanks so much Rebekah.

  11. Vernon Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    This was a fun read. I can’t say that I’ve had trouble with not knowing what to write. Usually it’s more being too busy or too lazy.

    But I do a number of things you mentioned, and for me one of the most important has been exercised. I think keeping fit and strong on a regular basis helps with so many aspects of your life. I’ve managed to keep up my fitness into my 40s, and I’m really grateful that I have.

    Cheers,

    Vernon

    • Hi Vernon, Likewise on fitness. At 39 I’ve kept at it since I was a little kid. Almost every day of my life I’ve engaged in some physical activity and feel so grateful for this. It really helps to keep our creative energies flowing. Thanks much buddy.

  12. Carol Amato Says:

    Hey Ryan!!!

    Thank you so very much for the mention – I’m stoked that you thought it was share/mention-worthy!! 🙂 Yep, we definitely align on the principles behind my post.

    Now, digging into yours- love the title!!! And… Spectacular and stunning view!!

    Wow, I’d like to watch the sailboats go by too – talk about stress-free living!

    Do you get to fish much or are you vegetarian?

    I have definitely felt the things you describe in the past, so will be taking notes to make sure I don’t get into the ‘doldrums’ (what a cool word!) ever again…

    Love the message Yaro gives – you need clarity <— awesome! 🙂

    Yep, I love to keep my customer/reader avatar before my eyes, in fact, I have pictures of them so that I speak directly to them (one lady, one man)… So helpful.

    I appreciate you sharing my post about reciprocation, thanks ever so much! I’m truly humbled.

    I LOVED your video – so real, Ryan – your energy is contagious!

    So many great tips – I love to meditate in prayer when I need to recharge.

    Also, I agree wholeheartedly with the “get outside, into nature” when you’re in a funk – great advice, as I’ve personally experienced this has greatly helped me.

    Thanks so much for this awesome, thought-inspiring post, sharing right now…

    Ciao Ciao,
    – Carol

    • Hi Carol, My pleasure! Loved your post. Actually, I do eat meat these days but for some reason I became allergic to fish after a bad case of food poisoning. I do eat chicken, with some red meat here and there but no fishing these days. Excellent advice on having a make and female avatar. I dig it. Thanks so much Carol….vanaka vaka levu, my friend.

  13. Adam Connell Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Just wanted to swing by and say thanks for the mention – I’m working flat out today so apologies for not giving you a detailed comment.

    But, I wanted to make sure I was able to drop by and say thank you for this. It really means a lot.

    Keep on rockin’ my friend!

    • Hi Adam, No worries, and my pleasure buddy. Keep on rocking too Adam 🙂

  14. Don Purdum Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Your article clearly describes the challenges that all of us who blog universally experience at one time or another.

    When it gets hard, it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If everyone could do it well just imagine how uninspiring we would all really be, lol…

    Tank you for bringing us back to clarity. It’s the #1 thing I think most people are missing. They lack clarity in their business, strategies, marketing, blogging and writing.

    You said; “…get clear on your ideal reader, and to craft your ENTIRE blog around that ideal reader, is a freeing, uncomfortable task that WILL help propel you through the blogging doldrums.”

    I LOVE that. I learned a while back to write to one person per article. Don’t worry about everyone else. The truth is if you do that they will think you are writing to them personally. That’s powerful!

    Outside of the things I write about often, you mentioned something that is profound… get rid of the attachments that are holding us back.

    That’s HUGE! How many people won’t blog because of something they heard or saw but never personally experienced? How many are stressing themselves out unnecessarily? How many are not willing to try with conviction and hope?

    It’s hard! Get over it! I learn every day from people like yourself and those you’ve mentioned.

    Getting ideas for blogs is not hard. Your readers will eventually tell you what they are needing from you and what problems they need you to solve for them that they can’t solve for themselves.

    Also, in college I had a professor say over and over again until it hurt; work smarter not harder.

    Then I heard it over and over again as an Army Officer. We also talked a lot about the “illusion” of things vs the reality.

    Things might look good from the outside looking in, but few rarely look into what it took to get successful. It takes a lot of hard work, prayer, sacrifice and persistence.

    No one just wakes up one day and suddenly out of nowhere they arrive. It was years in the making.

    Thanks for another amazing post Ryan and for mentioning me. What a blessing!!!! I’ll be sharing out now.

    I hope you have an amazing week!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Hi Don, Your college professor was spot on. We usually reject this idea for a bit, until we see super successful people who, even though they persisted and put in serious effort, get the results we’re desiring, without destroying themselves. Smart, persistent work brings fortunes. Don, my pleasure. You’re super clear on your reason why so a perfect example. Thanks so much for the awesome comment!

  15. More gold again! Every post you write contains such great advice and value. It’s a huge tip to just get out in nature and relax. I’ve been online working every day for a couple of years now and a week and a half ago decided to do the seemingly impossible, to disconnect from the net for a while!! Scary stuff for a marketer.

    What would I miss? What would happen to my clients? My sales? My rankings! Well, I shut down and didn’t touch the computer for over a week, spent time by the ocean with my other half and had a wonderful time. And, yes, when I returned, the world had not collapsed, I had tons of new ideas for moving my businesses forward and everything just kept moving along just fine without me. Often you need some distance to see the bigger picture. Funnily enough, my ranking had gone down even more after doing zero for a week!

    Thanks Ryan for the continued high quality stuff. Get the Blogging from Paradise book folks, it’s great!

    • Hi Andrew, well thanks so much for that second eBook endorsement!! I dig your experience. Letting go entirely must have been SO amazing, chilling by the beach. I did something similar on our trip from Thailand to Fiji. I was offline for 5 days. Planes, taxis, and hotels. We simply stayed offline and focused on the trip, and after we landed in Fiji and settled in, this blog was born soon after. Thanks so much Andrew.

  16. Phillip Dews Says:

    Top Notch Ryan :-),

    I remember reading somewhere about what seth godin said when asked ‘How to you combat writes block?’ ‘I talk don’t I!’ Loved that analogy of his.

    Your sail boat piece is great dude it reminds me of that docufilm I watched last week about Laura Dekker who fought the Dutch Courts for a year to be given the right to sail solo around the world and become the worlds youngest to sail around the world. I think I sent you a link to the film as well.

    You got some great names here and I will be moving onto them next. Great peice as usual dude.
    – PD

    • Hi Phil, Much appreciated dude. Yep you sent me that link. Now that’s an adventurer, right there. Godin is genius. If you talk, you can’t have writer’s block. Brilliant. Thanks so much PD.

      • Phillip Dews Says:

        All good dude, did you watch the film at all? I got it off Tim Ferris who I think as another top blogger when posting things on social media we all need to take notice.

        Anyway glad you liked my comment! That was a bit funny of my on Triberr today. Doh!

        Laters dude.
        – PD

  17. Hi Ryan,

    I just love the way you are blogging these days! Sharing part of your life as well as giving great tips to work smarter. That’s the best part of this post that stuck out to me.

    Working smart! When I first started, I was like a maniac blogging. Then, through trial and error, I reminded myself why I was doing this in the first place!

    As David and I are blogging and producing products, our work load has increased. But we moved to a place we call paradise and we can work smarter there. Yes, we put in our hours and then go down to the beach, even when the snow falls. (hey I like the 4 seasons lol)

    I focus on production and blogging is second nature now. It feels like the more I take on the more I can find the time to live a good healthy lifestyle.

    I know it’s not the most popular thing, but he sea veggies in Maine are my favorite things to eat. I pick them up on a walk, go to a local fish store and make a kick butt soup! It energizes me!

    Eating well, living well, relaxes the mind and stimulates the body with energy. This is the life we enjoy.

    My life/business is a journey, and I know you of all people can understand that.

    Focus and planning are the key and as long as we follow that, there is more fee time for ourselves now than ever.

    Cheers to working smart!

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna, You and David do live in paradise. I recall traveling to Kennebunkport as a kid. Amazingly beautiful state. It’s funny right? When your workload increases you’ve more time to do what matters and no time to do what doesn’t matter. The power of clarity. Thanks so much Donna, appreciate it.

  18. Ryan,

    Wow, here I was reading through yet another great post and nodding along, and all of a sudden I saw my name pop up. I had no idea! Thanks so much for including me in this, and for all the encouragement I get from both you and Kelli. 🙂

    I especially love the “work intelligently, not hard” point. This is a driving motto in my life. I’m a naturally lazy person & I’m 100% okay with that. It’s not that I don’t put my full effort behind everything I create; I just don’t run around letting my energy get pulled in a million different directions.

    “Detach from outcomes.” Okay, I REALLY need to work on that one. I’ll admit, it’s a bit addicting to check how many new likes or follows or subscribers I get every day. I’m going to make a conscious effort to pay less attention to that and focus entirely on whether I feel I am creating value for my readers.

    Thanks for more fantabulous tips – sharing across SM. 🙂

    Mandie

    • Hi Mandie, My absolute pleasure 🙂 Kelli and I love your energy, your humor and hey, you deserve it my friend. I hear you on devoting your energy to a core pursuit and working less, and of course the outcome bit is super tough to let go of sometimes. I’ve improved a bunch, but still practicing that letting go bit. Thanks so much Mandie.

  19. Emebu Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Firstly I want to say a big thanks for this awesome piece, I 100% agree with you on this: Work Intelligently Not Hard, may I add that you work wisely.

    • Hi Emebu, Intelligent work beats hard work any day of the week. Persist, be smart, prosper. Thanks much.

  20. kelli Says:

    Hey Ryan
    First off, thanks for the mention..I really appreciate that as always. Having seen you at work over these last few years, you definitely practice what you preach. Every tip is brilliant, but the one about detaching from outcomes can be the most powerful for lots of people. When we become overly focused on stats, it can create a mental state that zaps us of our creativity. We check our stats to see proof what we are doing is working, and when things aren’t as we hoped, we get deflated and it makes us not want to keep doing what we are doing. Rather than focusing on creating quality content that comes ‘from the heart’ we can over-think it and try to craft content we think will be get the most readers. That can make what we write lose a bit of something…not sure how to describe it but I’m sure you know what I mean.

    • Hi KC, We’ve both seen how that zapping effect works. After getting rid of outcomes – for the most part – I feel both of our blogs have flourished, because we’re devoting most of our energies to creating, and leaving little left over, to see if what we’re doing “is working”…thanks so much Kelli, for your support and encouragement.

  21. Hey Ryan.

    Wish I was there 🙂

    Great point about exercise. I think I’ve shared my experiences with exercise here before.

    It’s just the best thing anyone can do. I try and do something every single day. Just 45-60 minutes. A run along the coast (I’m blessed I live next to the Irish sea – yeah ok it’s not quite the seas you are used to, but it’s the sea at least!), or a session pushing big boy weights at the gym.

    Really does get the blood flow pumping. Makes you feel good. When you feel good, the world looks good. When the world looks good, and you are full of positive thoughts, the creativity surges!

    Some good other tips here too.

    Cheers Ryan, just sharing right now!

    • Hi Richard, Oh that sea is beautiful too. I want to visit one day, and imagine that your runs are so incredibly inspired. Ditto on the weights. Circulation helps blocks dissolve and inspires ideas to flow. Thanks SO much Richard.

  22. Ash Says:

    I like the idea of disabling all plugins that don’t help the userbility of your blog and have no traffic analytics to distract simply write blog posts and do blogger outreach. Easier said than done though lol!

    • Hi Ash, Really, once you do it, you’ll never look back. Let go, and remember, you’re blogging to help, and to inspire, and if you do those things, the traffic will take care of itself. No need for you to check, as the checking is doubting, and doubting saps your creative energies. Thanks so much Ash.

  23. Hi Ryan,

    You are SO right, as always 🙂

    I was just talking the other day with my husband and I told him you are so much like Yaro, when I saw his recent video on less is more (wonder if you saw the one on minimalism), it reminded me of you and the kind of your lifestyles are so similar – that’s just the way we are influenced by influencers, isn’t it?

    You are doing so well in the way you are living the life you want, and blogging alongside. Makes me wonder at times how you and Kelli find time to write every alternate days, yet you DO manage, and those shows you are way above the doldrums and having gone through all that, you are both coming out strong…great going! Wishing you both the best, always 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • kelli Says:

      Hi Harleena
      Thanks so much for the kind words…that means a lot. Sometimes I do feel a bit of post-creation anxiety, but once I get started, it usually goes away. Most times,I get inspiration for a certain topic that same day and when that happens the words just kind of flow out.

    • Hi Harleena, Yep that’s so true. We attract who we vibe with and learn from them. I started following Yaro at the perfect time; right before I started Blogging from Paradise. KC and I let the ideas flow although we may hit a block here and there. I want to know how you create your monstrous posts, with your freelance business, family duties, and your outreach campaign. Impressive, Harleena! Thanks so much as always, and please do the same. Enjoy.

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