I recorded a video recently delving into the idea: why do you do what you do?
Being fully transparent in exploring the idea gives you a glimpse into why you blog or do anything, for that matter.
One of the more uncomfortable aspects of blogging involves observing yourself in the light of truth. Virtually all struggling bloggers flounder for blogging for money, fame or love. But ego plays a wicked game. Ego attempts to blame Google, Facebook or some highly successful blogger for being the root of all blogging problems. No person or thing creates blogging problems save the mind of the blogger suffering through traffic and profits issues.
Across the board, every blogger who struggles blogs for fear-based reasons involving a lust for:
In odd cases, desperate human minds foolishly believe that blogging hard and fast for a few months brings massive profits, glowing popularity and oodles of human love, lobbed on these deluded individuals via a blogging fairy, sprinkling cyber pixie dust of these lucky ducks. Alas, blogging gives you specially what you give blogging from:
I feel grateful to have circled the globe for a decade through blogging. However, blogging gave me a globe-trotting life of living in Fiji, Bali and New Zealand because I gave blogging a time, energy and action commitment commensurate with living such a neat life. Luck played no part in the process. Inherent talent took no active role; I wrote and spoke poorly, as a newbie blogger. Some souls could claim my writing and speaking skills barely make a cyber ripple, these days. My work brought me a life of travel through blogging. But I only worked for a decade because I chose to blog mainly for freedom.
Blogging for freedom has nothing to do with blogging for money, fame or love. Freedom is a core human right. Humans are born free and remain free until sick puppies program fear into the minds inherently free souls. Money, fame and love are 3 bizarre drivers 100% aligned with fear and 0% aligned with freedom. Fools believe one becomes happy after:
- receiving money
- becoming popular
- receiving love from humans
Each belief bleeds with madness. One feels free as a natural state of mind. No person or thing can give you anything, even if this illusion appears to be true. Making matters worse, blogging mainly for money and fame proves to be almost completely impossible because in almost all cases, money and fame appear after you put in years’ worth of effort. What happens during those years of work? Money-hungry bloggers who see zero dollars, no fame and no love simply quit. Some quit quickly. Others quit after a few years. All eventually quit because one never prospers in chaotic, frenzied environments.
Biddulph Between Brothels
Kelli and I spent a magical month in Istanbul, Turkey, a few years ago.
Part of that magic involved renting an apartment sitting beating two brothels. One straight brothel and one transgender brothel made for an interesting month. Husky insults and full bottles of whisky were hurled from the 4th floor by hulking trans prostitutes, nearly murdering unsuspecting johns in the process. A few choice numbers even beckoned me with batting eyelashes and boobies exposed from the first story, open-air windows. I smiled like the Cheshire Cat and passed.
Even though I completed some decent work in Istanbul for the month it was far from my most productive stretch. Did I mention a loud, raucous club blaring obnoxious music thumped from 11 PM to 7 AM every night? One does not prosper mightily amid warring whores, Euro disco-techs and a general environment of chaos, frenzy and general madness.
Blogging is no different. Pining for profits and seeing none as a newbie blogger – you have no skills and cannot pay bills – creates a mental environment of chaos, frenzy and rank madness. Publish post. Zero profits. Panic follows. This cycle ensues until the outcomes-focused blogger quits. Meanwhile, freedom-focused bloggers blog mainly for the love of blogging and helping people. Blogging fuel flows from within, via these energetically clean intentions. Blogging fuel is:
- available on call
during newbie blogging days, while profits are zero, popularity is nada, and blogging love is nowhere to be found.
Why do you blog? Tie the reason to freedom. See the journey through until you go pro.