Setting sail for success…

Setting sail for success…

So…I’m at a turning point here, I started Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge full of enthusiasm at the beginning of January and churned out posts on an almost daily basis. I set time aside to do them and jealously guarded that time in my diary and I WROTE BLOG POSTS and learnt lots. I was setting sail for success…

Then…people started back at work after the Christmas break, children went back to school and my other work started kicking and screaming like a spoilt child! I gave up a little bit of my scheduled time and one of Sarah’s daily emails passed me by…I promised myself that I wouldn’t let it happen again…

So the next day, I got up early and tidied up my website About Us page in draft…and it is still sitting here now, in draft, sulkily throwing me glances from the Day One app I draft my blog posts in. Deflation set in..and a few more of Sarah’s daily emails flew past me.

Procrastination…

Soon…I found myself procrastinating with the best of them…all for good reason but I’m not going to indulge myself by giving excuses, because really I could have, and should have found time. This business is a new venture for us and I want it to be a success. I recognise that it’s important for a glamping business to have a personality, to paint the picture of where people will be staying and what there is around us. I decided to do this and here I was almost deciding to give up.

Then…bing, that fateful day when Sarah’s 30th email dropped into my inbox. It was yesterday, I was still engaged with the group, seeing people who started with me approaching the end of the challenge. But I’m also starting to think to myself that it’s not worth starting now…oh those little voices are so persuasive…I nearly fell for them!

Realisation…

But no, they haven’t won..I have slapped myself round the face with a wet fish (metaphorically speaking, of course ;-)) and I am getting back into the blogging seat right now – starting with this post.

I will only improve my blogging if I actually blog and there’s a great community on the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, all of us going through the same process.  If I don’t apply myself to blogging now, I probably never will!

Determination…

So welcome to Day 8, I’m walking back from the edge and quietly picking up my challenge. To finish, here are a few things that I am going to implement as I set sail for success once again.

– Listen to Sarah, she knows what she’s talking about – you have to put time aside to blog.

– If you can, write more than one blog post at a time so that you have some to schedule for later use.

– Remember that learning feels uncomfortable sometimes, so stay with it, celebrating success and learning from setbacks.

So here I go again…after a brief stop in a nearby port….setting sail for success.