“Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
Recognizing Grace: Five Basic Tools On the Road to Bionic Blogger…
Recently, my good friend, Rose, blogger/writer at What’s My Plaza, sent me a quick note via Facebook. It had to do with our blogging efforts and such. What struck me was the alliteration; bionic blogger, that was part of the note. “You are now the bionic blogger with your 365 day challenge!” She meant our WordPress DailyPosts PostADay/Week in 2011… I read it and chuckled. Perhaps you are a bionic blogger but, for now, I’m far from being one. I’m on the road like you, you and …?
I re-read the note and laughed because it was a powerful visual image; like the energizer bunny. Plus, if there is one thing we must learn to do on our blogging journey, it is to learn to laugh with others and at ourselves. Trust me, it will help ease the stress when
crap stuff happens!
What an interesting concept, I thought, as I visualized a blogger in bionic gear; just like the lovely Lindsey Wagner used to wear back in the days of the popular TV show – The Bionic Woman. I had to laugh out loud and, of course, look back on my blogging her-story. Take a moment and look back on your blogging history too. Are you satisfied with the effort you are making?
The WordPress DailyPost2011 blogging challenge got me on the road to daily posting and while I am flattered by my friend’s comment, I am but one of thousands of bionic bloggers out there; bloggers on the WP 2011 challenge, mom bloggers and their giveaways, a-list bloggers and on and on…
For budding bionic bloggers, five tools stand out as helpful to staying the course. I will list them, cover each one with additional details that helped me, and provide a few links to some awesome bloggers with great tools/tips below. Make sure to stop by often as I will update the list by adding valuable posts from blogging warriors/goddesses on the path.
EFFORT: Our self effort and commitment to the process is fundamental to becoming adept at blogging. It is imperative that we write … a lot. We must write often and clarify our writing goals as we go along. No matter what other wonderful tools we find, without effort, it’s all a waste of time. I can’t say this enough, but one of the great things about blogging is the opportunity to make changes. We can update/amend/correct and change items we post, so perfection is not necessary.
Even this post is quite different from what left my desk when I hit the send button by accident. We can correct our errors, update outdated data, add ideas from our friends and readers, and keep revisiting our posts to fine-tune and improve them. Yes, do ignore that original post that showed up in your box, close to midnight, at 23:59pm.
COMMUNITY: Blogging communities are a terrific way to build our connections as bloggers and others can help spread the word for us. When we join blogging communities like this one or BlogFarm, BlogFrog, SitsGirls, Posterous, or private ones like Seth Godin’s Triiibes, Problogger’s community for 31 Days to a Better Blog or build our own group of blogging buddies, we find yet a new way to enrich our blogging effort.
Adding your blog to relevant blog directories, see here, here and here, visiting other bloggers websites, leaving comments and sharing our knowledge are equally important ways to find like-minded souls to support our goals. Of course, you do this at your own pace – tempus fujit.
When I was trying to get this blog off the basement floor, I joined several communities and made the effort to leave comments for fellow bloggers. I volunteered to be a team leader on the SITGirls blogging support workshop and participated in seminars and workshops when feasible. Again, the operative phrase here is “when feasible.” We have other responsibilities to honor and everyone needs downtime.
GADGETS/TOOLS: Keeping our eyes open for any helpful tools, ideas for technology via software, our laptops, cellphone/blackberry, cameras, videocam, iPad, and external drives are great ways to help us manage our work and speed up the process.
We can look for other ways to make blogging/posting easy by staying abreast of any new gadgets and finding other webmaster, SEO, diagnostic or keyword tools to make the process efficient and effective.
RESOURCES: There are tons of additional resources available to bloggers; social network sites where our blogs can be programmed to show up immediately after we post; Facebook, Twitter, Digg, LinkedIn, Flickr, Networkedblogs, Stumbleupon, Myspace, Youtube, to tech support advisers, marketing partnerships, writers workshops and web designers help.
Research tools like KeywordEye, to Google webmaster tools, Wikipedia, News channels; the NYT, WSJ, BBC and other search options make our blogging life move smoothly. Other bloggers and people around us are also a terrific resource as they help nudge us along.
GRACE & PRAYER: I believe grace is an important component to self effort; we move our feet and the universe rallies to support us. Over and over again, I find that the power of grace, meditation and a prayerful heart helps ease the stress. Grace helps our daily effort to connect with others and share information with our blogging friends, readers and visitors.
Asking for help is another important aspect of grace in our blogging life. When I have blogging challenges, I do go to others with more experience and success for help. Don’t be shy to ask for help…
In the interim, for additional in-depth guides on your road to bionic blogger-hood and success, Check out the following from some well regarded bloggers:
CopyBlogger – Effective Habits
DailyBlogTips -15 Things I Wish I Knew…
Problogger – Boost Your Traffic
Jonathan Fields – That’s What Pros Do
JeffBullas – 105 Tips
ZenHabits – Goals & Motivation
Chris Guillebeau’s – Empire Building
With the tips in mind, it’s important to maintain a perspective and recognize that glitches/events can and do happen: For instance, my dear friend Viv had a post that stayed in draft mode, we have emergencies and other family matters to attend to, we have health/work/life demands too. Relax and breathe – Stuff happens Don’t forget to work, pray, think, believe, act and then let go and let God. Let go and let the process move forward.
The road to bionic blogger-hood is an ongoing learning process; fear and ego must be left at your blog door. Give some comment love, blogging buddy/reader high fives and thank you, and blogger credit as you go along… Rose, you get full credit for the bionic blogger term. There! THANK YOU to my blogging buddies, my blogging community guides and to everyone who stops by!
What basic steps have helped you on your blogging journey? What are your thoughts? Do you have a tool or two you’d like me to add to the list? Please share and thank you!
Positive Motivation Tip: On the road to bionic blogger-hood, follow the path that gives you ease and believe your efforts will bear fruit.
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PHOTO CREDITS: Licancabur Volcano by Hugo Machado via National Geographic