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.
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.
When I decided that I wanted to start a blog I brainstormed several names for the site. I knew what I wanted to write about and the message that I wanted to convey to my readers. After a few names, one stuck and I knew that it would be the name for the blog. Imagination Salvation. It struck a chord with me.
So why Imagination Salvation? It is because I truly believe that the only limitation that we as human beings have is our imagination. Throughout the course of history time and time again the word “impossible” has been evaporated from society when an individual with imagination changed the course of human civilization. When we condition our minds with a positive mental attitude towards a purpose we feel is worthy of coming to fruition, imagination becomes the only limiting factor. We often settle for what we can conceive within our minds of what is possible for our lives based on limiting beliefs that we have set for ourselves.
Our imaginations are a blessing because they allow the finite mind to connect with a higher universal power. But as we grow up and become adults in society that imagination slowly dies. We allow reality to set in and we settle for concrete evidence of life that we can see in our physical world. It is limiting beliefs in our own minds because of external influences of society that we accepted as our realities of what is possible for us to achieve for our lives. It is a crying shame that imagination so often dies this way. Because it is a gift that we must cherish for us to live our life to its maximum potential.
We must revive that imagination that we possess in our minds. The reason being is that our imagination is an immensely powerful force. Through invisible forces it attracts to us ideas, concepts, inventions and theories that can change the course of human history. It also attracts to us everything that we see in our day to day realities and everything that will come to us in the future. We must save our imaginations by cultivating them and nourishes them because they will nourish us in return.
What if I told you that you can achieve anything in life? I mean anything. It is the truth. Your imagination is your only limit in life. Let your imagination run wild. You will live your life to its maximum potential. I believe that its possible for you. Set your goals high and don’t settle for anything less than your best.
As human beings have sometimes have a tendency to always look at the bigger picture, especially when that picture is the composition of thoughts that we have for our future. We may set goals or create countdowns for things that we truly desire out of life. More times than not this often creates the mindset of “I can’t wait to get this day over with so I’m closer to this goal”. That mindset will often generate frustration and sometimes even have someone eventually quit on pursuing that goal. The reason being that we are not in the moment of the present.
Don’t count the days. Make the days count. Muhammed Ali
The mindset of just trying to get the day finished must be replaced with a new mindset. A mindset of “What can I do today to the best of my ability to get myself one step closer to my goal“. The only day we have is today. Yesterday is gone. It is etched into history never to return again. Dale Carnegie said in his book How to stop worrying and start living “Let the past bury its dead. Don’t saw sawdust”. The past is only a valuable learning experience that we may apply for our present lives. Learn and move on. That old thinking of trying to get by in the day may be put to rest as well. Let’s make the most of each day. The 24 hours that we have at hand to make today the best it can possibly be.
Now we have the other end of the spectrum. The future. The great unknown of future events that have yet to unfold into our lives. Peering into the only the future causes frustration and anxiety. Because we don’t have a time machine to peek into what our lives will be like in 5, 10 or 20 years in the future. All that we can do for the future is have faith, most importantly faith in ourselves that we can make our future what we dream of it to be. We go about this by having goals that give a level of accountability for the realization of those dreams. Those goals with the end result is the only thing about the future we should spend any energy thinking about. Then we must center ourselves back to the reality of today. Again the 24 hours of what we can accomplish today to guarantee that the future is better. It is the sense of being at peace with the present moment and being concentrated on the task at hand right now.
Let’s get to the present moment of today. What can you do today to get the most out of your day? Even if it is just a couple of hours you can take a moment to reflect upon the day. Look at those things that you want out of life or begin the process of writing them down. You then have a vision of the end result. From there you can write down a few small goals to set for yourself. They don’t have to be anything major but they can be the first few baby steps towards the end result. Next plan out our day and prioritize the most important aspects. You should do this now because if you wait till tomorrow you’ll lose the initiative of the habit of living in the moment of now. Take each day as they come and only focus upon today. Do everything you possibly can to make today productive towards your goals. With living in the present moment you can begin to gain progress from each day. Those today’s day after day will eventually compound and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish for your life by living for today.