Kelli and I have lived in each spot. For months at a time. Which feels amazing.
Imagine how sweet it would feel to circle the globe indefinitely, spending 4 months in a place like Savusavu, Fiji?
Or imagine living on the grounds of a villa in Jimbaran, Bali for 6 months, like when I did my best Higgins from Magnum PI impersonation, watching over the glam property with other house sitters? (replace his pleasant British accent with my harder NJ accent).
Life is good now. I am living the blogging high life. But….it was not always this way.
I was a blogging low-life once. Not a piece of excrement type low life. Not a dirt bag. Although my wardrobe is dirt bag chic.
Anyway, by blogging low-life I mean I was a blogger who felt much lower than successful bloggers. Like, about 40 levels down from established pro bloggers. Like, you may feel like you aren’t worthy to kiss my blogging boots after I hiked through the remote, muddy jungles of Costa Rica type, lack of worthiness, low-life issues.
This is horse crap, of course. You can pucker up at any time and kiss ’em (this is a joke). Seriously, every blogger is on the same level. Although I once put bloggers on a pedestal. When I was a blogging low-life.
I followed a few strategies though to raise my energy, to love this blogging journey, to blog primarily for fun, and to become a full time, island-hopping, pro blogger.
The blogging high life awaits for you. Fun, love, excitement, and receiving the opportunity to serve legions of adoring, rabid fans, all is hurtling toward you when you follow specific tips.
If you are super excited to live your dreams through blogging follow these tips to live the blogging high life.
1: Hug the Fear
Hug the fear, and the fear you shall clear.
No way to move up the energetic ladder unless you eat an energetic “plop plop” sandwich sometimes.
You cannot get over what’s still in you.
Grab a pillow for punching or weeping into if some strong feelings arise when you sit with your blogging struggles and failures. Or maybe the feelings will not be super intense.
Either way, feel your fears around blogging to cease being burdened by these energies.
Then blogging will feel more fun, more enjoyable, more fulfilling and over the short and long haul, more rewarding too.
2: Blog with Love for Fun
Living the high life for me means doing what you do for the love of it and then, if you choose to live a worldly life, gradually allowing in money to do it full time.
It means not working. It means getting paid to play.
Going from Survival Mode to Success Consciousness involves jumping on a bouncy, elastic springboard consisting of your love and passion of blogging for fun.
Blog mainly for fun. See money and traffic and comments as extra, or icing on the cake, or the cherry on top.
Cultivate this type of energy to steadily transition from blogging low life to the blogging high life.
3: Be a Blogging Student
I recently published a post on Janice Wald‘s rocking blog explaining how to become a blogging student.
Peep it here:
Acquire knowledge. Study. Practice putting your newfound knowledge into action. Develop skills. Rock it out.
Works with any discipline in life, including blogging.
You can’t go from feeling like a blogging sea slug (wearing a cap pointed slightly askance) to feeling like and being a superstar blogger unless you learn, practice and develop your blogging skills.
Learning is the critical first step, and this involves being a diligent blogging student.
What would a good blogging student learn?
Why the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging, of course.
4: Practice Your Writing Skills Daily
I write 1,000 to 10,000 words daily to get clear on my talent especial.
I can gab at the camera until the cows come home – or until you mute me – but writing is my #1 skill, the core of my blogging success.
Think; if you practice writing, you will publish blog posts with ease, and guest posts on virtually any blog in the world. See how you’ll go from struggling blogger to successful blogger through this foreign concept known as “writing practice”?
Open a Word document. Write 1,000 words. Daily. Trash the World document to detach from your writing.
Doing so will also help you find your writing voice.
5: Learn from Successful Bloggers
Learn from the top pros how to become successful so you too can become successful and live your dreams like the pros do.
Blogging serfs cannot teach you the ropes of how to succeed.
Gotta seek out the kings and queens of blogging to learn how to rock out your blog.
For some successful bloggers, see tip #6.
6: Befriend Successful Bloggers
Successful bloggers teach you how to live the blogging high life.
Back when I was a low-life I would have tossed rotten fish at these blogging big dawgs, being jealous as hell of their success while I counted my piddly pennies.
These days, I feast on what each blogger has to offer and have befriended Zac, who is an all around fabulous human being.
I introduced myself to John Chow too, to lay the framework for a possible blogging buddy-ship.
7: Guest Post to Establish Your Presence
Guest post on lower profile, then medium profile, then top blogs in your niche.
Go from blogging unknown to blogging big dawg through the leveraging principle.
How it works; I have 60,000 BFPers here but when I guest post on other blogs I expose myself, my blog and my brand to hundreds of thousands of individuals, if not more, the way I guest post.
Align with top bloggers.
Readers see you in a different light.
A more powerful, authority light.
The High Life type o’ light.
8: Adopt a Power Half Hour
Or 40 minutes.
As of this writing I do 20 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes of meditating on waking. Think Pretzel-Biddulph meets Buddha-Biddulph. Or Stretch Armstrong meets Sai Baba. Or Plastic Man meets Pema Chodron (who has received multiple mentions on Blogging From Paradise this week).
I went from blogging loser to blogger winner not by screaming chicken dinner but by doing the energetic legwork on waking that helped me face and purge my fears so I did more from an energy of love, blogging-wise and life-wise.
Example; at 9:40 PM on a Saturday night I’d have been involved in some form of Hedonism many years ago. Probably watching Cops, binge-eating Little Debbies like they were being discontinued soon.
But at 9:40 PM on this night I am writing a blog post, prepping it for this week. Life changes when you commit 100% to your power half hour – or 40 minutes – on waking.
Toss in an icy cold shower and 30 miles of running weekly, and some meditating on lines from A Course in Miracles, and you are good to go.
9: Buy Premium Products
Pay up to play up.
Buying premium products helps you think, feel and be the role of a blogging big dawg.
Successful bloggers pay money to get the best products and services.
Struggling bloggers freebie their way to blogging failure, trying to scrum the piss out of their niche, gobbling up freebies like I gobble up Thai sweet snacks, expecting to become a successful, full time blogger despite paying no online tuition.
Imagine if I tried to learn physics for free? Through free blog posts?
Then, imagine if I tried to learn how to build a full time, pro blogging career, from soup to nuts, learning the intricacies of networking, content creation, practice, monetizating, mindset work and about 50 other things, through blog posts alone?
You are a loon whose doom is on the horizon if you dare try to freebie your way to blogging success. Pay up. To play up.
Pay money for premium courses, eBooks, audio books and coaching. Cut years off of your learning curve. Do as blogging pros do. Invest in your skills. Invest in your business.
10: Create Premium Products
People saw me differently the moment I created blogging courses.
Ditto after I wrote and self-published my first eBook.
After 4 blogging courses and 126 eBooks people see me in an even more positive light.
I felt like a bottom feeder during my early blogging days. A pleco. Sucking up scum from the riverbed.
But creating my own premium products helped me feel better about myself and also inspired my readers to see me more as an authority.
Get busy creating:
- audio books (or co-creating audio books with producers)
Send off an expert air. Inspire folks to see you as a blogging big dawg.
Most anybody can blog. But ya gotta know your stuff to be a product creator and service provider.
How are positioning yourself as an authority?
How are you transitioning toward living the blogging high life? Or are you living your version of the blogging high life now?
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