One of the best lessons I learned after 15 years of blogging is to go with the blogging flow. Life is change. Blogging is part of life; by default, blogging is change, too.
Either you go with the blogging flow to prosper or fight the flow to fail. Everything hinges on your intimately personal decision.
As a rule, flexible bloggers who go with the flow tend to succeed. Pros usually remain calm, cool and collected when the blogging shit hits the fan. Pros see solutions when everyone else panics, fails and goes into a blogging fit like a blogging baby losing its domain name rattle. Amateur hour bloggers complain from being rigid. Pros succeed by being open to solutions amid the appearances of obstacles.
For example, any time my blog slammed into issues over the years I usually flipped out for a few moments. I resisted what was. But learning how to be open moved my focus from the past to the moment. Making this shift kept me in the blogging flow. I had to develop the skill of being flexible to stop moaning about a server error and to get busy:
- solving the problem
- outsourcing to people who could solve the problem
- doing what I could to grow my blog and business while my blog was offline
Let Go the Past
A wise man imparted cyber-wisdom to me a while back. He did not share these words personally but through a video. He said he never thinks of the past because he has no use for it. Going with the blogging flow means adjusting to the now by letting go the past. People who cling to the past remain rigid. Holding on to what passed and never returns leaves you equipped to handle a world long past. Where does that leave you now? Point blank, if you rigidly cling to the past you can never go with the blogging flow now.
Fighting change keeps you bound. Fighting proves your fear. Doing things from fear makes things worse. Fighting is foolish. Fighting blocks solutions to problems. Imagine your blog going offline for some reason. Fighting the flow makes everything worse because instead of seeking solutions you complain about what is. Why cry over spilled milk? Why moan and whine about events transpired? Complaining about your blog being offline wastes your energy.
Go with the blogging flow. Stop complaining. Find solutions to your blog being offline. First, email your hosting company. Alert customer service of the issue. Begin trouble shooting. Did hackers corrupt your blog? Or does the issue seem to be server related? Get in touch with a web developer. Pepper the professional with a few questions.
Do you see how being flexible allows you to go with the flow in order to find solutions for blogging issues that will arise during a long haul blogging journey? No matter your blogging level of skill and clarity, issues meet every blogger who’s been online for years.
I care not who you are, your connections and the level of expertise you possess. Life happens. Any blogger online for 5, 10 or 12 years faces situations arising from time to time. Either go with the flow to solve the issues or fight the flow to prolong issues. Problems grow or dissolve in response to your willingness to go with the blogging flow.
Going with the blogging flow does not mean:
- giving up
- being resigned to some difficult to situation
Do not get it twisted; going with the flow means being open to solutions to any blogging problem. Embodying this quality also means generously, patiently and persistently allowing your blogging success to grow organically, slowly and steadily. Right now, you are exactly where you need to be to appreciate your blogging growth. Avoid pining for greater blogging growth than you experience, right now.
Go with the flow. Surround yourself with pro bloggers. Feed off of their calm, confidence, flexible energy. Follow their lead. Accelerate your blogging success.