I just had a delightful lunch with Barbara from Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel Blog.
What a blast.
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After lunch I skipped the Uber and walked from south of the moat to well beyond Wat Pong Noi in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
For 99% of my readers these words seem Greek. For the 1% Chiang Mai aware crowd, you’d ask to please examine my noodle aka brain.
Prior line is code for: I walked 2 hours. Plus it’s about peak hot season here. Meaning walking on city streets the whole way, temps easily reached 100 degrees.
I learned 3 successful blogging lessons during the walk; aren’t I always learning these blogging lessons?
For your benefit, my little blogging sweet robbins.
Pull up a chair, down some ice water to prevent dehydration through osmosis and enjoy.
1: Prep Work Makes Things Work
I’d not walk 2 hours in 100 degree, Sahara Desert style, bone dry temps unless I trained my body for the experience.
I have exercised regularly for the past 40 years roughly. Started shooting baskets at the sweet young age of 5 years old, 38 years ago.
But for the past year I have walked or jogged for 45 to 90 minutes 6-7 days weekly. Religiously. Toss in 30-40 minutes of deep yin yoga daily for 7 months and my body handled the walk like a champ.
Bloggers; the prep work of:
- learning blogging
- practicing writing daily
- creating helpful content for years
- building strong friendships with top bloggers for years
readies you for this blogging journey.
Put in the leg work now. Be patient. After years of working with a predominant loving, generous energy, worldly success is yours.
2: Your Power Is In The Moment
The 2 hour walk felt like a blur.
I was in the moment for most of the 2 hours, following my breathing, or observing the scenes of Chiang Mai around me, without adding anything.
Most human beings would mentally crap their pants when faced with a 2 hour walk in 100 degree temps. Even fit ones. The mind races ahead to the future (I’ll die!) or the past (I got so dehydrated and sick that one time), taking you out of the moment, where all your power is.
But the walk felt like a breeze to me. Prep work helped. But being present – not allowing my ego chatter of future demise/dread or past devastation – helped me tap into my power.
Be present. Be in the moment. Follow your breathing. Meditate daily.
I devote 1 fundamental of the:
to being present. I share techniques for establishing presence of mind. Fundamental #1 of course.
Being present helps you:
- blog from love and fun versus fear and tension
- detach from outcomes
- be generous with your time and talents
- be patient
- be powerful
Blessed, fun-loving blogging success flows to present bloggers, tapping into their powers, in the moment…and all feels like a breeze, blogging-wise….at least when you remain present.
3: Tools Are Cool
I drank 2 full thermoses of water pre walk.
I drank a full thermos during the walk.
I downed an orange juice and noshed on a banana during the walk.
Even though I am fit and remained in the moment during the walk, I required certain tools of the trade for a pleasant experience, living in a meat suit aka human body, and all.
Sans H2O and potassium from nanners I’m screwed during the jaunt, almost certainly suffering from cramps and mild dehydration due to copious sweating and ridiculously dry conditions.
2 weeks ago my blog rendered horribly for some United States readers.
After 10 days of back and forth with my hosting company I realized it was time for a tool change.
I went with a VPS and a new host. using the new tool, and sheeet….things have been cool. Lightning load times. Nearly 100% up time.
Some blogging tools to use:
- domain and hosting
- premium or bespoke theme
Your success is not in the tools. If I didn’t take care of my body and mind, I’d likely have dropped dead during the walk, even if I ate 500 bananas and downed 40 gallons of water (I’d have been really fat after eating and drinking, too). But using the right tools augments success; today’s walk woulda been a bitch sans bananas and water and my blog woulda been a real bitch sans VPS and CDN, considering my pretty high traffic portal. In both cases, I survive, but using effective tools makes things easier.
What blogging lessons have you learned recently?
Have you ever walked in 100 degree temps for more than a few hours?