Following yesterday’s post about building a successful blog, a number of readers emailed me with the same question. They wanted to know how I motivate myself to write and publish blog posts as often as I do.
Here’s the answer.
Push or pull?
This quote from the late Steve Jobs answers that question beautifully:
If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.
– Steve Jobs.
If your vision of blogging is that it’s a necessary evil, you will fail on every metric:
- You will fail to write as well as you can, because when you work through gritted teeth, it shows.
- You will fail to show up with new information, often enough.
- You will fail to engage people.
My blogging vision was different
I saw it as a professional and personal development opportunity. I knew that in order for me to share useful information regularly, I needed to keep feeding my mind with useful information regularly. I quickly found another massive benefit to blogging, which is that writing regularly makes you a better communicator — a huge asset for anyone in business.
So, even if I failed to attract a commercially valuable reader community, I’d still be better informed and a better communicator, than I would have been had I not written all those articles. This made it impossible for me to fail.
If you’re struggling to publish posts regularly enough, don’t carry on working through gritted teeth — change your vision.
Yes, this works on every area of your business and your life… not just blogging.
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