Inspiration: On The Road…
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Jack Kerouac
UPDATED: 12/6/2015 Many come to blogging all starry-eyed… We start with the belief that it is a creative endeavor that we can set aside when more pressing needs come calling, and we jump in determined to make it something big and fab. “Oh, just a post daily or bi-weekly or whatever,” we say, and before we know it, we are consumed with all the minutiae that keeps a blog humming along and gaining ground. Erica V’s post On The Road got me thinking about some of the challenges we all experience with our blogging routine. Something she shared in her post resonated with me “…after we find ourselves in a groove with our writing, life happens and we’re pulled away from our regular habits.” I can relate as it’s been hard to get back in a groove on this end; handling lots of changes, recovering from a shoulder injury, furiously catching up on blogs and commenting, shifting priorities and plans, and we get the picture. I don’t know how you do it, but the tips Erica offers are great even for those of us who might not be on the road. Many if us schedule posts and set them up to publish as planned… sometimes a glitch stops us in our tracks and we have to pause and go back to fix things. I particularly like the post by voice and email option and will have to try them sometime. How is your blogging routine coming along? Do you feel as if you’re on the figurative road to or away from your blog rhythm?
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” Buddha
Updated: What do we need to keep us going? Hiring a Virtual Assistant or two or three is imperative. Mine have given me back my life and kept me off the internet 24/7. I find that reading others posts and suggestions on staying the course helps. Another terrific tool is the wisdom I find in quotes. I use them liberally in my posts because they motivate me as much as they motivate my readership. I spend a good chunk of time finding quotes that fit my posts perfectly, and their message lifts me up as I craft each post. For example, how can one resist Buddha’s admonition above to stay on the road? No matter what, we start and we aim to finish, come rain or shine. It is not always easy, but our daily/weekly commitment to stay on the road, to journey to our inner conversations, to share our point of view through our blogs is a tremendous blessing. It is also a very personal accomplishment. Whether others view it as such is not as important as how we view it. Do the work to make a difference in the lives of all around you and make peace with the rest. We must remember to acknowledge our efforts and press on. What gets you writing and sharing? Today is World Water Day and you may pledge your birthday at CharityWater.org
“Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.” Khalil Gibran
Are there times when we feel spent? Sure. Every time I want to throw in the towel, and just sit and do nothing or do something else, an inner tug gets me back on track. I listen to the voice of wisdom that reminds me that the journey is as important as the destination, if not more so. Yes Khalil, I do listen to its call… Perhaps a response that comes with age is our ability to distinguish our flights of fancy from the clear, quiet voice of wisdom. Perhaps, it is just our sheer doggedness that keeps us going even when people ask: What’s the point of all this? Perhaps…
What are your thoughts? How is your blogging routine coming along? Do you feel as if you’re on the figurative road away from your blog rhythm? Do you have a personal approach that works for you? What helps you with your writings? Do share! Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: On The Road by Erica V.
Positive Motivation Tip: Whether we find our struggle on the road or in our home, key is to keep on trucking… All changes and complex situations do pass.
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