The 3 Magic Words That Will Change Your Blogging Life

When I heard about the blog carnival being hosted by Joella at Blogs With Wings, I knew I had to participate. In the carnival guidelines, Joella asks bloggers to remember their first days of blogging and consider what they’d do differently if they knew then what they know now.

The truth is there are about 1000 things I’d do differently.

As I was pondering how I was going to shoehorn the 1000+ lessons I’ve learned in my seven months of blogging into a single post, I realized that the most important lessons could be summed up in three short words: Relax. Focus. Enjoy.

Relax

Most newbie bloggers try to perform the blogging equivalent of running a marathon in 20 minutes. We want to learn, do, and have everything as quickly as possible. Because of our impatience, we find ourselves feeling tense, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Plus, we have a tendency to take ourselves and our blogs way too seriously.

If I had it to do over again, I’d relax by:

  • Embracing imperfection. I’m all for giving things my personal best, but I drove myself straight into ‘analysis paralysis’ more than once by over-thinking things. I was so intent on making things perfect that when I finally did take action, I wasted huge amounts of time checking and rechecking things that were just fine. I’ve since learned that the world does not stop spinning if there’s a typo in a post.
  • Hitting the ‘easy button.’ I created a lot of needless tension in my early days of blogging because I thought I needed to do everything myself. The truth is, there are lots of blogging ‘easy buttons’ we can push so we can keep working in a relaxed manner. Some ‘easy buttons’ come in the form of hiring others to perform tasks we’re not good at or don’t enjoy, saying ‘yes’ to hosting quality guest posts on our blog, or deciding to cut back on our posting frequency or the length of our posts. If I had it to do over again, I’d be on the lookout for the ‘easy buttons’ straight off and push every single one that would help me be more relaxed and effective.
  • Running my own race. I listened to a few too many gurus in my early blogging days and got sidetracked into running a race that was all wrong for me. I’ve since realized that my blogging journey isn’t a race at all. Instead, it’s more of a leisurely walk down a beautiful path where I create, connect, and provide fuel for others on the same journey.

Focus

When I first started blogging, my attention was scattered. I’d sit down to write, but instead of immersing myself in the flow of the process, I’d think about what a piece of rubbish a post was going to be and how poorly it would be received. Then, feeling lower than a worm’s belly, I’d crawl over to Facebook. I couldn’t keep my attention on that either though because I’d feel guilty about procrastinating on my writing and the umpteen other things on my blogging to-do list.

If I had it to do over again, I’d improve my blogging focus by:

  • Identifying and doing the essential things. Because I thought I had to do so many things, I often felt overwhelmed and ended up doing nothing. Now I know that my blogging essentials are writing–posts, guest posts, products, etc.–and promoting that writing. There are many other important activities, but these two things are my top priorities and get my attention and focus before anything else in a day.
  • Take one step at a time. I was blown away by how much there was to learn about blogging. My problem was that I tried to take in everything at once, which was both ineffective and overwhelming. These days, I only study information that applies to my current level of blogging, and I make sure to apply at least some of what I learn before moving on to the next stage.
  • Eliminating distractions. If there was a 12-step program for distraction addiction, I’d join it. I learned the hard way that I simply cannot be trusted to work in an environment with distractions. For me, distractions come in the form of keeping a Twitter window open, checking email, or being around friends or family when I’m writing. These distractions can easily become diversions that keep me from getting anything done. To keep myself in check, I do most of my blogging in my office that’s set off from the rest of the house and I don’t check email or interact with others online until I’ve done my essential blogging items for the day.

Enjoy

There’s so much beauty and cause for celebration on the blogging path. Maybe a fresh post gets published. Perhaps a subscriber emails us to tell us they enjoy our blog or we learn a new blogging skill. It’s easy to get caught up in striving for more–more subscribers, more traffic, more sales–and miss the magnificence of our current circumstances.

If I had it do over again, I’d enjoy blogging more by:

  • Making friends right away. I wasn’t aware there were blogging forums or places like the A-List Blogger Club where I could get to know other bloggers. Plus, I’d never read articles like Tess Marshall’s 14 Tips to Turn Bloggers Into Friends. I’ve since found that blogging friends are a true treasure, and it’s never too early to start looking for these gems.
  • Keeping my balance. When the number of visitors, comments, emails, and out-of-the-blue requests for writing and coaching shot up on this blog, I was totally unprepared. I said ‘yes’ to nearly every blogging related project or activity that came my way, tried to keep up with my previous level of blog visiting and commenting, and nearly drove myself to a breakdown as a result. The upside of this is that I learned how important it is to learn the art and craft of saying no and to take regular digital sabbaticals. I’ve also learned that anyone who gets cranky at me because I insist on having a full and rich life while I grow my blog isn’t anyone I care to have in my blogging life anyway.
  • Participating in more collaborations. I love the sense of community and the energy that comes from working on collaborations like The Daily Brainstorm and with the We Blog Better Team. And it’s a joy to write posts for collaborations like Abubakar Jamil’s Life Lessons Series, Cori Padgett’s, ‘Entrepreneurial Wisdom’ masterpiece, or blog carnivals like Joella’s. If I were starting over again, I wouldn’t wait for someone else to invite me to participate in a collaboration. No, I’d have the good sense to create my own.

Although my early blogging days would have been easier if I’d lived by my three magic blogging words, I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned along the way. It’s been good for me to see that I can make mistakes, take wrong turns, and even fall flat now and again and everything still works out okay.

Which is yet another reason to simply relax, focus, and enjoy this incredible blogging journey.

Your turn: Do you have any magic words that guide you in your blogging?

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69 Responses to The 3 Magic Words That Will Change Your Blogging Life

  1. Hector | Blog Marketing Tips September 27, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    What an awesome post.. Jean I totally agree with those three words. Too many times I was stuck with getting everything perfect. Too many times I got discouraged because the GURUs were doing things I couldn’t do.

    And I wasn’t having any fun. I think it’s something we all have to go through when we’re first starting out. But I’m sure articles like this will help make that process a lot less painful for new bloggers.

    I’m definitely sharing this.. :0)

    talk soon
    Hector
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  2. Jennifer Brown Banks September 27, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Hi Jean,

    Love this post…and agree with many of the principles and practices mentioned here!

    I think my 3 magic words would be: goal-setting, relaxing, and fun. I too was overly concerned with some of the wrong things, and participating in the “comparathon”–which in retrospect was kinda’ silly and exhausting.

    Now I’m a little bit smarter and more balanced. :-)

    Thanks for sharing this post!
    Jennifer Brown Banks recently posted..10 Things That Make Me Happy!

    • Jean Sarauer September 27, 2010 at 9:50 am #

      Hi Jennifer. It seems like we all go down that comparathon road a time or two. I still catch myself edging towards that lane sometimes and have to ask myself, “What in the heck do you think you’re doing???” I’ve learned that road doesn’t lead anywhere I want to go! So glad you’re feeling more balanced and enjoying the journey!
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  3. Josh September 27, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Jean, you hit it on the head. When I first started, I did just about everything the long way. Now though, I’ve found those time saving short cuts that allow me to focus on what I enjoy, which is the writing, as opposed to all of the stuff I don’t enjoy and am not very good at.

  4. rob white September 27, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Yes, Jean… a simple and powerful word… relax. Understanding that we will never get it ALL done… and we will NEVER get it ALL done perfectly allows us to move forward unperturbed. Moving toward excellence is long journey of course correction… time and sincere persistence is formula for success in any endeavor.

    • Jean Sarauer September 27, 2010 at 9:55 am #

      Relax is my mantra today, Rob. Your comment is so fitting! I’m still up to my neck in my Dad’s move, have a cold, and know there is a tall stack of stuff that needs to get done. But you know what? I’m going to stay relaxed, do my best and forget the rest! Oh, and I’m also going to enjoy the heck out of this day!
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  5. Karen September 27, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Hi Jean,

    Hard to believe that 7 months have flown by, eh? I can relate because I have no idea where the last year has gone with my own site. The idea of relaxing, focusing and enjoying the process more is a good one. I particularly like the advice of running your own race, rather than someone elses. When you’re a newbie to anything you look to others for advice and it’s so easy to try to emulate others who appear to be so successful. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of following every gurus’ advice just because you don’t know any better and you have so much to learn. That’s where the relax comes into play, too. It will all come in time and it’s important to enjoy the journey because it goes by so fast.
    Karen recently posted..Why We Sabotage Ourselves and How to Stop

  6. Katie September 27, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Awesome advice as always Jean. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your heart in every post. Sorry to hear you’re under the weather (via twitter).

    My magic formula for blogging goes something like this: balance + love = momentum.
    Katie recently posted..How to Grow Momentum in Your Life

  7. J.D. Meier September 27, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    Relax, focus, and enjoy sounds like a good recipe.

    I find that passion is the secret. Passion makes it easy to focus. Then I think it naturally follows to have an ebb and flow of excitement.
    J.D. Meier recently posted..When To Use Task-Oriented vs Relationship-Oriented Leadership Styles

  8. Sufism World September 27, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    My 3 magic words are : Realisation – Purification – Connection. Lived with these words all my life – all tasks I do (big or small) I apply the same principles. When I read you 3 magic words it was a breath of fresh air as now I know, I’m not the only one with magic words.
    Sufism World recently posted..Love – the missing piece

  9. BLOGitse September 27, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Enjoy, learn, share, balance, curiosity, loyalty…
    Would you like to have more words? :)
    I’ve been blogging for two years. I moved from Blogger to self-hosted WP and it’s been hard but I did it and I’m happy about it!
    I love learning new things…(even if it’s hard and time consuming).
    Thanks for sharing,
    have a great week!
    BLOGitse recently posted..SUMO digital fun challenge 1

    • Jean Sarauer September 27, 2010 at 11:20 am #

      oops, my reply to your comment dropped down below :(

  10. Ryan Biddulph September 27, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Hi Jean,

    Beautiful post here. I’d offer similar advice. Although I have little problem saying No and can hyper focus on my blogging duties, the rush for more, more, more and trying to do it all on my own stressed the heck out of me in the beginning. I achieved balance by letting go of the neuroses.

    My #1 Boo-Boo was not making blogging buddies from Day 1. As you note blogging buddies can be your greatest treasure. A world of wisdom, networking opportunities and fun people await.

    Thanks for sharing your insight and have a great day.

    Ryan
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted..How Powerful Is the Impact Factor for Your Internet Marketing Campaign

    • Jean Sarauer September 27, 2010 at 11:20 am #

      ‘Letting go of the neuroses.’ That really sums it up, Ryan. Wishing you a great day too!

  11. Jean Sarauer September 27, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Congrats on making your move from Blogger. That’s a big step! And thank you so much for sharing your magic words. Beautiful.
    Jean Sarauer recently posted..The 3 Magic Words That Will Change Your Blogging Life

  12. Keith Davis September 27, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Hi Jean
    When you mentioned three magic words I thought it was going to be… “her’s the cheque”. LOL

    However ” Relax. Focus. Enjoy” are almost as good.
    If I had to pick just one word, I’d go with “enjoy” because if you don’t enjoy the writing and the interaction, you won’t stick at it long.

    Thanks for adding to my enjoyment with na super post.
    Keith Davis recently posted..Two way traffic

  13. Cori Padgett September 27, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Relax, focus, enjoy… hmnn… excellent advice that can be applied to just about EVERYthing in life. :) Stellar post Jean, and thanks so much for the mention. I’ve been focusing like mad today, and plan to continue the trend for the week.. so that I can relax on the weekend! I have a wedding to attend. :) And the enjoy part, that’s pretty much all of it usually, so I think I’m covered. XoXo
    Cori Padgett recently posted..BGB’ers I Need Your Help

    • Jean Sarauer September 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

      I hope you had a relaxing time in the spam bin, Cori, because that’s where I plucked your comment from today :) Akismet wants you all to himself, but he shall not have you! No, you are mine! I really need to lay off the NyQuil :)

      Hope you get tons done this week and have an awesome weekend off!
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..The 3 Magic Words That Will Change Your Blogging Life

      • Cori Padgett September 29, 2010 at 8:57 am #

        LMAO!!! Akismet luvs me, what can I say? But I luv you more, so ty, ty, TY for saving me! Hmnn…no nyquil, but muscle relaxer for me yesterday…mayhap I’m still a bit loopy. LOL

        XoXo
        Cori Padgett recently posted..Be Your Own Most Valuable Brand and Sell Yourself to Anyone- 13 Essential Steps

        • Jean Sarauer September 29, 2010 at 11:32 am #

          I hate to be the one to break it to you, Cori, but I don’t think that loopiness of yours is due to a muscle relaxant :)

  14. Evelyn September 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    Wonderful article you have posted!

    3 Magic words that guide me:
    #1 Set goals and proceed in reaching those goals.
    #2 Slow-down. Move at my own pace.
    #3 Be myself/be creative. Like you, I started
    out trying to do what the gurus were recommending and I realized that all I have to do, is be myself.

    Thanks for this post!

    Take care,

    Evelyn Parham
    Evelyn recently posted..10 Must Reads and Must Sees

  15. Linda September 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Jean-I completely identify with the perils of distractions. I cannot have the kid, the dog, or FB and Twitter pages open or I’m like an ADHD-teenager on Red Bull.

    Thanks for the useful tips for blogging forums :)
    Linda

  16. Jered September 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Jean,

    If I could start all over, I would most certainly want to increase my focus, enjoyment, and relax.

    I particularly like your advice of taking it one step at a time. For some reason, I think you communicate that so well.

    It’s so easy to let the big picture paralyze us with fear. Instead, let’s have a vision of the big picture, what we want to do to get the big picture, and then create the big picture one step at a time.

    Thank you for this dose of inspiration.
    Jered recently posted..Is Christine O’Donnell a Good Witch or a Bad Witch

  17. Meg September 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Yep! You said it all, Jean! Just had to retweet this one. There’s a stunning number of hats one needs to wear doing this sort of work, and if we’re not careful or can’t delegate some of it, we’re in danger of losing the whole point of doing it in the first place. Onwards and upwards!
    Meg recently posted..A Change of Seasons

  18. Jake LaCaze September 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    I feel that you’ve identified some of the problems that nearly all new bloggers experience. They’re so frustrating yet so simple to overcome. I hope new bloggers will run into this post and really listen to the message.

  19. Srinivas Rao September 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    Jean,

    One of the major things I like about your blog is that amount of discussion that goes on here in the comments. That’s what drew me to writing an essay when I first showed up and of course made me want tow write a guest post for you. I didn’t even check your #’s because I didn’t care. I was more interested in providing value to your audience and connecting with your readers. Anyways, that’s a side note, but I’ll share my thoughts on what you said:

    Relax: I know there’s this huge temptation to learn everything and know everything. The truth is that most of what I know now is based on my mistakes, not on what I’ve learned from other people. So I think mistakes are important and that it really is a marathon, not a sprint. Just to give your readers some context, in November 09, I had roughly 166 subs, today 1125. Sticking it out and consistently taking action will provide a result. Relax and do what you can today.

    Focus: I’m the poster child for ADHD as I’ve mentioned to many people. I even wrote an ebook about it :). Here’s the thing I’ve found with focus. People read lots of advice and don’t implement enough of it. I realized this going through my own archives on BlogcastFM. I’ve interviewed over 100 bloggers who are successful and many extremely successful. They told me exactly how they did it in some cases. I finally decided to just do it and the results were great. The key to focus in my mind is to just aim for one strategy a week. If you read something that sounds great, then spend the rest of the week working on that and make a list of other strategies and tackle one each week.

    Friends/Collaboration: This is pretty much the lifeblood of the blogosphere. Interesting projects are basically the byproduct of people working together to share ideas. In fact one of the fastest ways to spread your influence is to participate in projects or even lead them. The best people to target are people at your same level because they are looking to connect with people. A collaborative project was what lead to my first passive income stream.

    • Jean Sarauer September 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

      Srinivas, it’s a joy to have you sharing in this community. Thank you once again for your inspiration and insight.

      I LOVE the thought of focusing on one strategy per week. That sounds powerful, yet doable.

      I’m really excited about your guest post going up!
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..The 3 Magic Words That Will Change Your Blogging Life

  20. Angela Artemis September 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Jean,
    As usual you’re tips are spot on! Everything you say is true. Prioritize, then relax and enjoy the journey.
    Thanks so much for sharing your special wisdom with us!
    Angela Artemis recently posted..Do You Know What Your Pet Wants

  21. Abubakar Jamil September 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Jean, wonderfully written. :)

    My magic words are CONTRIBUTION-GROWTH-CREATIVITY-FUN

    • Jean Sarauer September 28, 2010 at 10:38 am #

      I love your magic words, Abubakar. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  22. Clearly Composed September 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    I love your words! Enjoy really resonates for me because if I am not enjoying the process I know not only will the product suffer but readers know. Real passion rings true. :) Hoping you feel better sooner than soon.
    Clearly Composed recently posted.. The Gifts of Anxiety

    • Jean Sarauer September 28, 2010 at 10:41 am #

      Enjoying things makes all the difference to me. And if I don’t enjoy it, I ask myself why I’m even doing it!

  23. Aileen September 28, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Great words of wisdom Jean! You’ve navigated the blogging world quite brilliantly – although it wasn’t a smooth ride :)

    There is information over load when starting out in the blogging world and this post clears the way and reminds us where we need to keep our focus.
    Aileen recently posted..12 Low Cost Luxuries …Indulge Your Senses

    • Jean Sarauer September 28, 2010 at 10:43 am #

      I almost got buried under a big pile of information overload. Or maybe it was a pile of overwhelm? Yes, it hasn’t been a smooth ride, but it’s been a good one overall. Glad to be sharing the road with you, Aileen!

  24. Ramona September 28, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    If I had to start over again I’d do the following:

    1. POST CONSTANTLY – writing 4 articles one day and then nothing for 3 weeks is wrong. I’ve done this mistake too often in the past. For some weeks I am posting daily on my Romanian blog. The traffic doubled. On my .com blog I am doing this for a week. I see a serious increase

    2. Get permalinks sorted and then leave them there. I had my blog on a /blog/ folder, after Rowse’s advice. Well, it’s not gonna be anything but the blog, so I changed it to the root. OF course 404’s pile up.

    I can say that in a way I am starting over with my blog, so it’s OK to know all the stuff I now know.

    • Jean Sarauer September 28, 2010 at 10:45 am #

      If I wrote four articles in one day, I’d be taking the rest of my life off because I’d be dead :) Seriously, I’m glad you’re finding what works best for your own situation, Ramona. That’s what it’s all about!

  25. Rosemary Hannan September 28, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Hi Jean, If you log on to my facebook you’ll see that I’ve used this article to try to explain to my poor teenagers (and dogs and cats) why for the last 6 weeks (since I discovered the blogosphere) I begrudgingly get up from the laptop to cook meals ONLY when their tongues are hanging out with starvation! I love this post and am going to get on with writing now instead of disappearing into the myriad tips and hints and wonderful advise for bloggers that is out there. A huge amount of it is way above my head so I’ve started to save a lot of stuff for way down the road…when my walking eventually catches up with the running I’ve been doing! I have definitely reached saturation point, so I’m taking your advice and from now on I will focus on writing my posts and connecting with more of the fantastic people who are out there in this community!
    Rosemary Hannan recently posted..Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

    • Jean Sarauer September 28, 2010 at 10:48 am #

      Rosemary, you crack me up :) I was so ridiculous when I first started blogging as far as trying to learn everything at once. It was just plain nutty–sort of like trying to drive a car before it’s even been assembled. That doesn’t work too well :)

  26. Retirementlover September 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    I have a domain name but haven’t taken the time to transfer off blogspot because: 1)I’m too busy 2) I’m afraid I’ll screw it up and lose what I’ve built up so far. 3) I’m not sure how important it is for me.

    I have found the right posting frequency and the type of posts that generate the most traffic. But, I still feel I have so much to learn before I can relax and probably have subscribed to too many feeds to stop all the distractions.

    Your advice gives me hope.
    Retirementlover recently posted..More Life Lessons from a 3 year old

    • Jean Sarauer September 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

      That blogspot transfer sounds like something that might make me a little wobbly in the knees :) I know people do it all the time, and I haven’t heard any loud screams, so it must be easier than we think it is?

      I used to subscribe to a crazy amount of feeds. It’s like I thought I was going to miss some all-important, super-secret piece of knowledge and my blogging would be doomed forever if I missed it. The only thing I was dooming was my sanity :)
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..The 3 Magic Words That Will Change Your Blogging Life

  27. Sibyl - alternaview September 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Jean: Can’t believe you have only been blogging for 7 months. You are definitely an inspiration and it shows how much you can accomplish if you put your mind to it. I thought this was a great post and had a lot of advice. It really drove home the point of the importance of enjoying yourself and pouring all your positive energy into blogging and being a part of the great blogging community. Thanks for the great advice and post. Congrats on all you have already accomplished.
    Sibyl – alternaview recently posted..How to Make Everything Work to Your Advantage

  28. Maggie September 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My magic words are don’ quit. It is easy to get distracted from what you are doing. I like all of your other magic words. I try to follow most of them, too.

  29. Joy September 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    Everything you say in this is so true!
    I’d say have fun..enjoy writing, meeting people, the inspiration..the rest will all fall into place..
    I believe the energy that I create with is absorbed into the creation, so I make sure to prep my space and enjoy it all..there is plenty of joy, peace, delight, and surprise through my blogging connections..
    I allow my blogging space to be an extension of my heart space..so the experiences I have in one directly affect the experiences in the other..
    Early on, I made amazing connections….I opened my boat/home to meet a few bloggers, am attending a conference next month to reconnect and meet a few more, and have a standing open invitation to others..
    I cannot express in words how magnificent this journey has been..more than I could have asked for, far more than words on a page, or quantity of subscribers….
    Joy recently posted..Fearless Fun Friday- Say Hey I Love You

  30. Carol Tice September 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi Jean from a fellow A-list blogger!

    I found this post interesting…because I recently did one myself called The 3 Magical Words that Help Writers Earn More.

    My conclusions were different! My words are: I’m Fully Booked. Of course, being fully booked really helps me relax, focus and enjoy. :-)
    Carol Tice recently posted..12 Steps That Make Blogging Clients Think You’re a Genius

    • Jean Sarauer September 29, 2010 at 8:32 am #

      Hi Carol. Your article is awesome–anyone who has ever freelanced can fully appreciate how magical it would feel to say, “I’m fully booked.”

      I commend you for having the wisdom to tell folks you’re fully booked. Freelance writers (and bloggers!)have a tendency to take on more work than is realistic and end up putting themselves in meltdown mode. Or maybe that’s just me :)
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..Why and How to do a Quarterly Report for Your Blog

  31. Erin Hill September 30, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    Oh…MY…GOSH. Thank you! Relax – THAT’s the missing piece! I totally just wrote this huge, craziness of a post for the carnival, trying to get everything perfect, and I just need to RE-LAX about this whole blogging thing. Thank you for a very timely reminder. Whew! I feel better.

    • Jean Sarauer September 30, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

      We are all so good at driving ourselves nuts, aren’t we? WordPress needs to come up with a ‘chill pill’ plugin.

  32. Adrienne September 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    Thank you for this. Like you said, it’s so easy to get caught up in wanting to be “there” now instead of enjoying the process. After being away from my blog, my computer, my phone, and all things electronic for several days, I’ve gained a fresh perspective.

    In the grand scheme of things, my blog is just one small piece of a much larger puzzle. If I miss a post or make mistakes along the way, it’s much less noticeable to everyone else than it is to me. Of course, we all write in the hopes of providing value to our readers; but, if we disappeared, they would just move along to get their value somewhere else. Our blogs have to be a gift to ourselves as much as they are a gift to others. You’ve got it exactly right…relax, focus, enjoy. :-)
    Adrienne recently posted..A Deeply Real- Profound- and Incredibly Human Experience

    • Jean Sarauer September 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

      Hi Adrienne. Isn’t it amazing how a digital break changes our mindset? I love that and have committed to unplugging every weekend. Thanks for sharing your positive perspective!

  33. Tess Bold Life October 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Relax…is it too late too begin? LOL
    I so appreciate your link love. You rock for more reasons than that though!
    Tess Bold Life recently posted..Relationships that Nurture Your Spirit

    • Jean Sarauer October 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

      I’m pretty sure you can jump into the relaxing pool at any time, Tess :) Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  34. marlon @ productivity bits October 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    I’ll probably print this and keep it in my stack of references for my blog. I think I’ve learned a lot more about blogging in few minutes of reading this than in months that I’ve been learning about blogging from different sources. Other sources on similar topic tend to push one to impatience – do this, then you’ll get this right away.

    But that’s not what reality is; at least, in my own experience.

    All I need to do: Relax, Focus, and Enjoy.
    marlon @ productivity bits recently posted..How To Effectively Manage Your Priorities – Part I

    • Jean Sarauer October 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

      Hi Marlon. No impatience allowed here :) I really don’t see the point in getting in a frenzy. It definitely doesn’t help our creativity, the quality of our connections, or our effectiveness!

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