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Do You Focus to Much On the Wrong Things?

Do you remember all the energy you had when you started blogging?

You felt this rush and could not wait to get back into WordPress, check your comments, write your next post, and continue to blog!

Well, fast forward a few days, months, or even years.  It seems as if the newness has worn off, and you’re dragging to stay ahead of this whole blogging thing.

Trust me I know the feeling!   I have been right there before!

Let me show you some statistics that I have seen around the blogging world.   Very few bloggers will post more than 2 to 3 times a week.  Only the top few will blog more than, and usually if they post more they are not writing the actual posts.

Blogging Can Wear You Out

Let’s face it the workload that comes with blogging, leaving comments, trying to think of new creative ideas, etc can wear just about anyone out.  Here was this fun, new, and cool thing you wanted to give a try called blogging, but now you find yourself spending more time on blogging than you ever imagined you would.

What happened to the idea of blogging was a great way to make some extra money, land you better job, or the ultimate six figure gig.

The issue seems to be able to come up with consistent, quality, and fabulous blog post.  The time that requires continues to push your limits.  This leaves me with this question only.

What is the purpose for my blog?   Traffic? Income?  Success?

So many times I have to pull myself back to the simple plan that I have in place.  I find myself trying to focus on to many things, not accomplishing a thing, and completely forgetting my plan that I have laying before me.

If you start focusing to much on traffic, than you almost become obsessed with just trying to drive as much traffic to your blog as possible.  While I will never disagree that traffic is very vital to any blog, when you start and end with just traffic you lose so much more value, credit, and focus within your blog.

I have seen this first hand.

When all you care about is the $$ your focusing strictly on money results, and how bring in the money.  Again, I would never disagree with anyone that you should be getting paid for all the hard work that you put into your blog.

The problem comes when you strictly just focus on one aspect of your blog.  It’s not that one way is wrong or the other way is right.  Though, I can only share from personal experience when I start focusing to much on just one aspect is when I either get frustrated, lose momentum, or start missing the mark.

How I Resolve It?

Again, I can only share my experiences; I am never going to tell you what to do or how to do it.  Because I don’t know believe I have all the answers.  Though, I know that this can help so many others out there as well.  So here are some of my suggestions.

Rethink

This is a mindset that I have to put in place in knowing what I am going after and why.  I have to collect my thoughts and make sure they are aligned and moving in the same direct.  It’s the times that I found myself starting to drift off course that I have go back starting with where is my mind going.

Recenter

Once my mind is in the right place, I can recenter on the most important aspects.  This helps me create healthy boundaries, balanced strategies, and be able to focus and accomplish tasks.  This is a great way to create checklists, expand my business, and have a correct intense approach within my blog and business.

React

This is the result of the rethinking and recentering for me results in a react.  This could play out in several different ways but usually in a very clear, clean, and achievable plans/goals.  Again, this could look different, but it’s the action steps that result from all the hard work that I have shared from the first two processes.  I have seen some do monthly challenges, others create a monthly goal plan, or even see full year strategy broken down into weekly or monthly processes.

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3 Responses to Do You Focus to Much On the Wrong Things?

  1. Rob Trube March 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Great article Eric!

    I also found that taking a step back from my own blog and reevaluating really helped me to focus more on what message I was trying to convey to my readers. Valuable and relevant content is the key to making a successful blog and you can only create such content if you have a clear goal in mind and the motivation and excitement to do it.

    Valuable advice for novice and experienced bloggers alike. Keep up the good work!

  2. Will Hull March 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Good info.

    I find myself concentrating on traffic and revenue. Our blog/site is relatively new so we are generating content in hopes that the other two metrics will come, in time. We have been up and running since August 2012 and traffic is around 20-40/day and during a giveaway item it peaked at 200/day and when we giveaway free printables (especially during Valentine’s day) it drove 500 unique hits/day to the site. It was incredible.

    Topics are coming slower and slower to us, but we still manage to keep it moving between my wife, myself and a family friend. I find myself mostly posting for the both of them, however.

    You’re right that momentum can definitely slow, but as long as I refocus, I should be okay.

    Thanks for being such a great resource, Eric.
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  3. vijay March 22, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    good information has been given here about blogging.

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