Where are you in such a rush to get to?
This is a question I ask myself a lot.
Just stop it! Slow down! I hear myself think.
Why am I always running around like a crazy idiot?
Where is it that I’m rushing to get to? Is there a finish line somewhere I’m not aware of?
I look around and see other bloggers sprinting from one project to the next writing guest posts and creating products as if they had a legion of assistants at their disposal and wonder what’s wrong with me? Why am I so darn slow?
I don’t know!
That’s all I got. I just am I guess.
It took me more than a year to put out my 47 page free ebook: The Intuition Primer.
And, now moving in on close to 1 1/2 years after I started this blog I am just near finishing my first full length book.
Mary Jaksch, one of the founders along with Leo Babauta of the A-List Bloggers Club is mentor of mine and she had a wonderful video about the two routes bloggers take titled: Are You A Tortoise Or A Hare When it Comes to Blogging?
Hi – MY NAME IS ANGELA ARTEMIS AND I AM A TORTOISE. (Group responds: HI ANGELA!)
I admit it. I am a tortoise.
Mary wrote in her post on this topic that this was “okay” though, and that we tortoises would get “there” too as long as we remained consistent with our blogging.
I have to remember that – which is why I bring it up here now for all of you too.
If you’re a tortoise too stop feeling bad.
I’m not a sprinter – never have been. I’m slow and steady, but I always get where I want to go. Always.
The way to get where you want to go is to look forward and watch the road ahead.
Don’t crane your neck looking over at the other people on the road.
It’s the same principle we were taught when we learned to drive. Wherever your eyes go – your car will follow, remember? You could easily crash into another driver if you don’t keep your eyes focused straight ahead.
There is no finish line.
There will always be more to do. The main thing is not to burn yourself out and not to give up. Just go at your own pace – like me – the Queen of the Tortoises!
When you first start blogging it is overwhelming.
There is so much to learn. Sometimes you feel as if you’ll never be able to absorb it all (I still feel like this at times….gulp…don’t get me started on AWeber) But, that’s when I think back to Mary’s very reassuring post about taking the tortoise route to blogging and then I start to relax – and enjoy blogging again.
If we don’t enjoy what we’re doing then why are we doing it?
I love blogging and meeting so many new people from all around the world. It’s like traveling – only without the all the pain in the ass parts like getting to the airport and schlepping a suitcase through security. (Okay, I am exaggerating a bit here….) But, when I relax and realize that I’m doing the best I can and going at the pace that’s right for me I do enjoy the entire experience of blogging again.
I give myself a pat on the back for all I’ve accomplished with my blog and remember that I:
Still work a full time job; am a caretaker to my 82 year old mother; give intuitive readings at night; take mediumship development classes twice per week; try to exercise consistently; just finished a book, am a staff member on The Daily Brainstorm, and oh yeah – I try to fit in a SOCIAL LIFE TOO!
When I remind myself of how many balls I’m juggling it puts my accomplishments in perspective and I don’t feel so bad anymore.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with blogging, or feeling that you don’t “measure up” to the “hares” in the fast lane on the blogosphere highway take my advice and give yourself permission to be a tortoise. Give yourself a pat on the back for all you do everyday and for all you’ve accomplished so far. Life is not a race, and neither is blogging – you’ll get there in your own time.
Slow down. Take your time and remember to enjoy what you’re doing.
When you get stressed
Breathe. Walk away. Call a non-blogging friend and talk about something else.
You can do it. Know that there are people who can help you with any aspect of your blog.
Stick with it
Don’t give up just because you think your progress isn’t fast enough. Blogging has no completion date.
If you’re a fellow tortoise – introduce yourself. What are you struggling with right now? Have you learned something new you never thought you’d master?
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