How to Right a Sinking Blogging Ship (or How to Bail and Find a New Ship)
**This is a guest post from Ryan Biddulph**
The boldest move of my blogging career involved:
–deleting 3,400 blog posts
–trashing my old blog
–trashing my old brand
–releasing my online cash flow streams
Each move made way for Blogging From Paradise.
In a world where bloggers whine on parting with a single blog post, the idea of deleting 3,400 posts, an entire blog and your brand may induce vomiting. But you never truly grow until you let go.
Sometimes you need not delete the blog. All it takes is a few adjustments to right a sinking blogging ship.
In either case though you need to let the sucker slam into the shadowy depths or make changes to right the seaworthy vessel.
Before my lead in goads you to visit your nearest Long John Silver’s for the premium fish platter I want you to be honest about your blog.
Do you still have fun blogging? Did you EVER have fun blogging? Have you lost the fire? Or was the fire never there to begin with?
I personally know the agony of holding onto an old, worn out blog for way too long. I also know the miraculous power of release.
Follow these tips to right a sinking blogging ship. Or to let that bad boy crash as you bail to find a better ship.
Ask this Question
Does blogging feel fun to you? If so, carry on. Keep having fun. This post is not for you.
If blogging doesn’t feel fun, think through a few things:
–has it been weeks or months since you last had fun blogging?
–are you blogging mainly to make money?
If blogging feels like a drag you have 2 options:
–fix the blog aka fix your energy
–trash the sucker
Righting the Sinking Ship
In many cases, you lost your way. Like a sheep that got a little high on itself, cockily straying from the flock, you got a little uppity and full of yourself and then, find yourself in unfamiliar territory.
You still love your blogging topic. But you feel the tension of worrying about traffic or profits or social shares slowly suck the life out of you.
Take a deep breath. Relax. Be with your growing attachments to outcomes. Get back to the basics. Blog mainly for fun. Blog with love. Feel the emotions of not having enough traffic or not generating enough profits. Release the “not enough” feelings and get back to blogging your passion.
Making this energetic shift from not enough to having fun is where the change starts.
Help people. Serve people. Spread love. Helping people moves your energy from “this is a drag” to “wow it feels good to help folks with their problems.”
Help folks on:
–your blog, through your posts and comments
–Facebook (The Blogging Boost Group is fabulous)
Ask folks if they are having specific problems in your niche. Share answers.
It feels good to help people. Feeling good is THE prerequisite to righting your blogging ship.
Patch the Holes
Stop taking on water. Patch holes on your sinking ship by:
–tidying your blog sidebar
–adding a blogging income stream
–writing in YOUR voice
–telling personal stories through your posts
Again – noting a theme here? – these good-feeling activities help you feel better about yourself and your blog. Holes plugged. The ship is a’rising. We’re not taking on water anymore.
Add Wind to Your Sails
This is an old skool ship guys. A sloop.
Everything seems OK on the repairing front. But we’re caught in the trade winds. The doldrums.
You need to add wind to your sails by finding…..well…..spots where the dominant winds push your sails, and your boat.
Add wind to your blogging sales by feasting on the advice of experienced professional bloggers. These folks will lead you in the right direction, out of the doldrums and into a gale that pushes your blogging ship along.
–subscribe to top blogger’s blogs
–buy their online courses
–purchase their eBooks and audio books
–study their posts; take notes, review, learn
–apply what you learned; move into persistent action
By following these tips you will right a sinking blogging ship.
Now, on to the capsizing part.
Skull Island and a Maritime Graveyard
My wife Kelli and I just watched Kong Skull Island here in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
No, not in person; although some Thai islands actually look like Skull Island, we saw the movie version.
Anyway, a permanent storm surrounding this mythical island led to the demise of countless ships, creating a boat graveyard around the place.
Believe it or not, sometimes you need to let your ship go to a similar maritime graveyard to build a new, fun, energized blog from a loving space. Because letting go a losing venture makes room for a successful venture.
Ask yourself this question:
Does blogging feel like a trip to a proctologist who uses a spiked mace for examinations? (if you know what this feels like, why didn’t you leave the office the moment you saw he/she reach for a spiked mace?)
If you hate blogging this much, and have felt this way for 3 months or longer, you are clinging on to a losing venture. You stopped having fun months ago. In 95% or more of these cases it is time to trash the blog. It’s time to let the sinking ship, sink.
When I trashed my old blog I felt this way for 3 to 6 months. I hated blogging sometimes. Other times, blogging felt boring, or bland, or, I was just blogging to get money. Terrible feeling. I lost the fun. I lost the love. I lost the passion.
I trashed my old blog. I created Blogging From Paradise. I never looked back.
The Right Answer Every Time
Only fear stops you from letting a sinking blogging ship sink completely.
You can face, embrace, feel and release this fear by sitting in a quiet room for 30 minutes.
Lock the door.
Ask yourself “Do I need to trash this blog?”
Sit. Observe. Allow the answer to find you, via your intuition. Your intuition is NEVER wrong. Ever. You get the perfect answer every time. But your fears – which will arise when you sit in quiet – drown out your intuition. Which is why you need to sit in quiet. Allows your deepest fears associated with attachment and letting go to arise, so you can feel them, and so you can let them go.
Do you need to right your blogging ship?
Or do you need to let your blogging ship sink completely?
Ryan Biddulph owns the website Blogging From Paradise. He’s a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.