I’ll be honest, I was going to add ‘And What ‘It’ Is In The First Place’ to the title, but thought that might be stretching it a little, even for me!
So, I’m using the April blog challenge to get back into the swing of things. I noticed that when I took the challenge in January, I was writing lots of content that I considered to be of good value.
I enjoyed writing it, and found the ideas starting to flow more easily as I wrote more. That’s a common thing with writers/bloggers, and in fact it made the basis of one of my posts in the challenge!
It did push me, because I had to juggle time deadlines, and often found myself writing when I otherwise wouldn’t have. That point was certainly felt at the end of the challenge, because I stopped writing. I kept up the daily posting for a few days, then decided to give myself a few days off.
That was a mistake.
It was a mistake because it was telling both my conscious and subconscious that it was ok, to slip back, to ease off. The head of steam I had built up during the month started to fizzle out.
I had realised that making the effort to comment on anyone’s blog if they commented on mine was also taking a lot of time, when I had been intending to sort out and launch a coaching programme about how to monetise blogging efforts.
Sorting out the coaching programme didn’t happen though, precisely *because* I had let the head of steam ease off!
One positive that did come from the January blogging challenge, was that I decided to take my own goal achievement/personal development advice, and I signed up to a 7 week stand up comedy course.
Having found a passion when I did professional entertainment in years gone by, I wondered if stand up might be a way back in for me, so I dived in with this course.
At the end of the course there was a showcase for all the students, in front of a paying audience. I found that it really reminded me how much I had missed the feelings that performing produces in me – feelings that when I am performing, it feels right to me, that it’s where I should be, that’s it what I should be doing.
So, what’s stopping me following that up? Well, the next step is to go to lots of open mic nights, where you get up and do a 5 minute slot. Starting out in stand up, you can expect to be doing those for a year at least. There are many places to do them in London, but I live 30 miles from London, which means it will cost me to get there, either petrol and tolls, or train fares.
It’s a money thing.
That means, I need to get back into the swing of things and progress my efforts to get my coaching programme launched, leveraging the value of the content I write. That’s why the April blogging challenge has come about at a good time for me.
It will give me some firm deadlines to stick to, and it will see me making progress, while having the added benefit of lifting me out of my recent funk.
Due to ‘things’ in my past, it can happen that I slip into these funks, and when it happens I deal with it by recognising it, letting it happen without trying to block it out, while still trying to take opportunities if they present themselves.
So, I’m back on it, and moving onwards and upwards!
As ever, I’d love to get your feedback/comments!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
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