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I'm Back

I’m going to apologize in advance for my absence from blogging for so long. Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls your way and messing up any sort of routine that you have set in place. Anyway I’m going to be getting back to posting content. Probably not at the same frequency as I was before. I’m going to shoot for two times a week and build up from there. Hopefully life won’t sidetrack me again.

The main theme will remain the same and my goals for this blog won’t deviate. I also hit the 100 follower mark while being away from blogging. I just want to thank each and every one of you for supporting this blog in one way or another. I am eternally grateful.

I also want to share with you an idea that I’ve been bouncing around in my head for some time now. I would like to branch off and cover some new areas for blogging. The first being a blog about personal finance and how to make every penny count for your financial goals. This was an idea that I was working on before. I’ve learned so much over the years about how to make the most of your dollar. I would love to share that information with you.

The other blogging idea that I have is just a hobby that I’ve been passionate about for as long as I can remember. That hobby is gaming. Any time I need to unwind I tend to boot up a system and just relax. Over the course of my life I have played numerous games. It is something that I would like to share my ideas about.

For both of these ideas they have not much to do with the central theme of this blog. I would have them be separate blogs about each given topic. One for personal finance tips and tricks and the other to be all about gaming. While I haven’t thought about the names for each of these blogs I would love some honest feedback from you my readers on your opinions.

I will give updates on the progress of these other two blogs once they are more concrete and are closer to launching.

This blog will be up and will continue to have new content posted on a regular basis. With personal development, blogging and writing being the central themes. Also for updates on the progress of the new book that I’ve been working on. (More on that in a future post.)

Hopefully all of you have had a great start to your new year and I look forward to interacting with you again on a more regular basis. I have a lot of great blogs to catch up on!

Don't Count Followers

The goal for almost every bloggers is to build an amazing community. Having other people interacting with your posts and having them continuously returning to your blog. This typically isn’t the case when you first start out blogging. Followers slowly build with each post and accumulate over time.

The key is in those early days of blogging is to not count followers. A task that is easier said than done. Followers are not the only metric of running a successful blog. Sure you might have 100 or 200 followers. But are those followers constantly interacting with your blog? Not every follower is going to be active with every post you have. But you should have a few loyal followers that are always up to date on your newest posts.

These are the followers that you should pay attention to. Because they have fallen in love with your blog. If you don’t currently have any of these types of followers, you will get them. All good things take time.

Whether you have 10 followers or 1,000, don’t count followers. You will only be disappointed with the numbers, no matter how high they might be. Instead focus on your writing and the essence of the content you post. Writing blog posts that others will fall in love with. That should be your priority when blogging. If you continue to produce great content then the followers will eventually come.

Taking a few days off…

So things have been hectic these past 2 weeks and I feel that I need to take a few days off to recharge and continue to deliver you my loyal readers quality content. I will be back to the normal schedule Monday. I apologize for not giving you your daily dose of content.

Scheduling Blog Posts

In the hustle bustle of the digital world, we always have a million things that need to be done. Having any amount of free time seems to be becoming more of a luxury. When having a blog, making the necessary time for it is no different.

Writing content that readers will love, keeping to a blogging schedule, networking, interacting with readers and the countless other things involved with running a blog. Taking the time to write out blog posts in advance can pay off in a big way.

Being able to post on a consistent basis can be tough. That is why scheduling your blog posts for a week ahead of time can benefit you and your blog. Want to have a specific time and/or day you want to post content? Schedule it. Want to not have to worry about writing posts everyday just to barely keep up with content? Schedule it. Scheduling your blog posts, especially a week in advance can free up time for you to focus on other aspects of your blog. Or if you are too busy and can’t write for a week it gives you a cushion so you don’t have to go days without posting any new content.

For me I like to schedule my posts a week ahead. That way I can focus on the other aspects of my blog. It gives me the freedom to keep ahead of the content that I post. Also if I am too busy for a few days it gives me peace of mind knowing that I’m not falling behind with content.

Now you don’t have to be as in depth as me but sometimes having some extra content, even if its in your drafts will help you if you are too busy to write or can’t come up with a new topic to discuss. Blogging is a time consuming endeavor, so any way you can get ahead will allow you to have the time to continue to make your blog great.

The Love of Blogging

Let’s face it. Blogging isn’t easy. It might be easy when first starting out but that quickly fades away when you try to make your blog something great. Creating great content for your blog on a consistent basis is hard. Driving traffic to your blog and having people come back is difficult as well. There is only one solution.

You have to fall in love with blogging. Having passion for the content you create. Love is the only way you will be able to endure the hardships with blogging along the journey. As with anything in life, you must love what you do.

Blogging is an amazing way to create a positive community. Giving your readers genuine appreciation for their interactions with your blog. Treating them as if they were your close friends. Creating content that gives those readers value. Having them fall in love with your blog. Because you love your blog. It’s about never losing that love for your blog or for your community.

If you haven’t done so yet, fall in love with the process of blogging. All of it. It is a craft that must be mastered. A labor of love. Something that takes time to be built. But in the end it’s all worth it. Having built yourself an incredible blog.

Let your blog convey a message of love to your readers. That message doesn’t have to be in words, it can be felt in the overall essence of your post. So express love for your blog. You never know whose life you might change because of it.

Blogging Calendar

Blogging Calendar

I’ve come to the decision that I want a more robust blogging calendar. When I started out with this blog I wasn’t sure if I needed a blogging calendar. As the months have passed I feel that it is essential to give my readers a preview of the content coming to imagination salvation.

This new and improved blogging calendar is combining two of my passions into one central theme. Personal development and writing. Now while personal development is more of the main focus for this blog, I also want to post about writing and blogging. Putting a personal development twist on these topics.

My goals for this blog are simple. To help you live a better life. To give you inspiration so that you may achieve anything that your heart desires.

We are all writers here on WordPress. Whether it be blogging, freelance writing, consulting, poetry short stories, or even full fledged novels. Whatever your ambitions are, you are a writer at heart. That is my other goal. To motivate you to keep writing.

Here is the new and improved blogging calendar for Imagination Salvation:

Monday (2 Posts)

Affirmations

Affirmations are the best way to start your week off right. Feeding yourself positive affirmations allows you to build confidence, feel more at peace and most of all, to positively charge your mind for the week ahead. To believe in yourself and in your dreams. Knowing that you can get more out of your life.

Question of the Week

I will post a question that will aid you in getting to know yourself on a deeper level. The more you know about yourself the more you will find strengths, weaknesses, hidden talents and new insights that you may not have known previously. The key is to really think about it and answer honestly. You will only improve from getting to know yourself.

Tuesday (1 Post)

Blogging

This day will be all about blogging. Tips and tricks, growing your community, networking, developing your voice within your niche and many other aspects. These posts will have a personal development twist on them. Inspiring you to continue your blogging journey. Helping you build an amazing blog that fits your goals.

Wednesday (1 or 2 Posts)

Writing

This theme is all about developing your skills as a writer. It is about finding that powerful voice you have within you. Honing in on your skills and delivering your message in the most influential way possible. This is going to be more tailored to those who are authors or are looking to become published authors. Though some of the posts may be geared to a broader audience. The goal is to write with confidence.

Journey of the Author (Bi-weekly)

My ultimate goal is to publish my book. Here I will give you insights into my book, progress being made and things that I’ve learned along the way. I will post journey of the author every other week so that you can see the progress being made.

Thursday (1 Post)

Personal Development

This theme is all about helping you live your best life possible. From Finding Your Purpose to giving you insights to living a happier and more fulfilling life. You deserve to be happy and deserve to live your dreams. This is about living your life to the fullest.

Friday (1 Post)

Creativity

You only have one true limitation in your life. That limit is your imagination. This theme is all about giving your imagination a spark. Allowing the creative process to manifest and be brought to fruition. This will also be a place for sharing my personal poems and stories. As well as creative ways of writing a story.

Saturday (1 Post)

Success Philosophy

Whatever goals, dreams and ambitions you have for your life, you want to be successful. Success is a mindset and a philosophy. It is something that needs to be developed before it can be brought to fruition. This theme is about helping you build a success mindset.

Sunday (1 Post)

Wisdom

This theme will be a much more personalized standpoint of wisdom. It will be a more one on one type of experience. Fireside Chats will continue as well as other wise words to give your more wisdom for your life.

I look forward to this new blogging schedule of mine. Giving you my amazing readers something of value every single day. Thank you for your continuous support. You’re awesome!

Question of the week #4

If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you do?

The fear of failure keeps so many from pursuing what they truly want to do in life. Failure is inevitable, no matter what you do in life you are going to fail at some point. Sometimes multiple times before you succeed. Remember when you learned to ride a bike? You fell down. But you got back up and tried again. It was the same when you took your first steps.

See you fail at some point or another but you get back up and keep trying. Failure only becomes permanent if you stop trying and quit. Fear plays a major part in failure. That fear of failure makes you not want to try in the first place.

Sure you don’t get you bumps and bruises along the way but you also don’t experience the sweet taste of victory. In my opinion if you don’t try you fail by default.

Here are a few more questions to help you dig deeper into this question:

  • What risks would you take if you couldn’t fail? Start a business? Learn a new skill?
  • How would you feel if you were guaranteed success?
  • What else could be holding you back from taking a chance besides the fear of failure?
  • What dreams would you chase?
  • How different would your life be if you couldn’t fail?

Take your time with these questions. Hopefully you found some good insights about what you would truly love to do with your life.

Failure is something that is going to happen no matter what. So why live your life so cautiously and carefully to the point you don’t take any risks? Life is too short for that and you only get one chance to live your life. Why not make the most of it?


I would love to hear your answers to these questions. We all have different dreams and aspirations for our lives. Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement to start the journey.


Would you like me to continue this question of the week series? If you would be so kind please take a moment to take the poll below. Thank you.

Experimenting with Blog Content

Do you experiment with the content for you produce for your blog? Or do you shy away from experimenting with content? Staying with what’s worked for you in the past.

Maybe you have some ideas you’ve been batting around in your head but feel that it doesn’t relate to your blog. That it won’t resonate with your loyal readers. It might not be a completely different topic from what you currently write. It could be approaching something from a different point of view, putting a new spin on something or even writing about a different area of your blog’s niche.

When we get into a groove or get into a set schedule for our blogging routine. We stick with what’s tried and true. The reason why being is it’s what has built our reader base. We want to continue to grow our blogs in the way that has worked for us up to this point.

The thing is when we continue to do the same thing over and over, it often leads to stagnation. Sure you might have a couple different topics that get rotated. But it only delays the stagnation.

Experimenting with blog content is a great way to attract new readers or to give your current readers some fresh content. Now I’m not saying that you need to constantly experiment, one post a week or even once a month is more than sufficient.

This applies to all blogs whether big or small. Creating content that has a different twist to it could have tremendous results. Or it could do terrible. You never know unless you try. For smaller blogs that might not have tons of views, this could be a jolt that brings big growth. For larger blogs it can bring a wave of new readers.

It’s a risk, especially when you have an established blog. But without risk there can be no reward. Try something new with your blog, it doesn’t have to be as drastic as a topic outside of your niche. Write about something from a different perspective, make your post more personalized. Do something fun and be creative with it. You never know what it might do for your blog.

2 Months Later

I decided that I wanted to continue doing this on a monthly basis. I can’t believe that another month has gone by. Where does the time go? It’s been 2 months since I began my blogging journey.

First and foremost I want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone who has interacted with my blog posts in one form or another. Thank you to my followers. I have enjoyed interacting with each and every one of you.

Since my last update a lot of changes have been made to this blog. I finally buckled down and set up a blogging calendar. Taking it upon myself to post something everyday that hopefully inspires you or gives you new knowledge in some way.

As you’ve might of noticed lately, on top of my normal blogging calendar I’ve been posting topics throughout the course of the week. This is my way of experimenting with posts while I still try to find my voice in blogging.

I have a lot of things planned for this blog in the upcoming months. More free resources and guides. New topics for the blogging calendar (something that I will post about later this week). And a bunch of other plans. My goal remains the same since I’ve started this blog. To help you live a better life.

My ultimate goal also remains the same. I still want to get my book written and published. It’s been fun sharing that with you in the journey of the author series. Slowly but surely it will be written.

In the past month I’ve really enjoyed blogging. It has become a passion of mine. Something that I want to continuously improve on not just for myself, but for you my readers. And while I’m still in the process of figuring everything out. I’m enjoying every step of this journey.

Till next month I promise to keep delivering to you the best content I can possibly produce. Thank you again.

Journey of the Author #2

I’m not going to lie… I’m kind of bummed out writing this post. I was hoping to be able to share with you an excerpt from the book. I’ve been incredibly busy with this blog which I will discuss a bit more in detail later in this post. Hopefully in the next week or so I will have some sufficient content written so I can share it with you. Even if its just a paragraph.

I really didn’t have much time dedicated to writing the book in the past week. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I was able to actually sit down and spend some quality time on it. I’m still brainstorming chapter outlines on paper. I love the process of handwriting something. It helps me crystalize my ideas.

I’ve started those outlines on the second section of the book. The section I titled: building your foundation. I was able to get three chapters outlined before writing this post. In the future I will have more time to focus on writing. I did have one accomplishment with the book. I finally stopped doing outlines and began writing the first rough draft. I know that if I don’t start the process of actually putting the chapters together, my desire to write “Rock Bottom: Rise from the ashes. Rejuvenate your life.” will sit by idly.

I started the rough draft last night but wasn’t able to put that much time into as I liked. Progress is still progress. No matter how small. Since I am unable to share an excerpt with you I thought that it would only be fair to at least give you some detail into what the book is going to entail.

Rock Bottom: Rise from the ashes. Rejuvenate your life. is going to be about how to get out of rock bottom for your life and how it is actually a positive to hit that low point.

Part 1 is going to be about getting to know yourself and the world around you. It describes how the world can be a cruel teacher. How influences in your daily life shape who you are at this very moment. Getting yourself to the moment of now. An in-depth questionnaire to allow you to get to know you at your very core. Finding intangible assets to help you get more out of life. And finally how you can begin to rise out from the depths.

Parts 2 and 3 have not be completed to the point that I can give you a concise description of them. When the time is right I will share with you parts 2 and 3 for the book.


So getting back to the blog aspect. I have been putting the majority of my time and efforts in the past week to bring you the best quality content that I possibly can. I’ve been continuously writing posts, scheduling them and trying to find new ways that I can give you valuable content that can help you live a better life.

I have to admit. I’ve fallen in love with blogging. There is a certain peace about it. It allows me to experiment with ideas for the book and also helps me improve my writing on a daily basis.

So I’m going have some cool stuff I’m going to be sharing with you in the coming weeks and months for this blog. I will post these neat things as soon as they become available. Along with the scheduled blogging calendar, I will have some random posts throughout each week. I also have some new series ideas that I’m excited about.

I just want to say thank you to all of you who have supported this blog in one way or another. You’re awesome!