Blogging Challenges – Keeping Your Discipline and Avoiding Failure

DisciplineSo you’ve been blogging for quite some time now and you have been feeling fairly confident that you are well on your way to success. Blogging challenges have been under control and you’ve been working your tootsies off staying ahead of the multitude of tasks associated with running an online business. That great idea you have is starting to look like it may actually work.

Hey, you’ve got it going on right?

The increase in traffic and readership has emboldened your thoughts of success. What a nice place to be along the road to blogging wealth. Your online business model must be on the right track. Perhaps, but this is no time to enjoy the scenery.

If there is but one single lesson to learn about blogging, it would be that you must absolutely avoid distractions at all times. Yes, it is easier said than done but this is a vital skill and discipline that you have to have.

What is it that allowed you to progress to where you are today? Discipline.

The internet is a wonderfully beautiful place and it has more points of interest than you’ll see in a lifetime. It is so easy to become distracted, you can quickly find yourself using your most valued resource (time) inefficiently.

There are a number of distractions that will challenge you regularly and you must constantly evaluate your time.

One of the questions I ask myself continually is, do I have time for that? It makes decision making simple because the answer seldom changes.

Here are a few reminders of blogging challenges that are unhealthy for your business development.

Opportunity knocks

Here’s the thing about opportunities, the ones you don’t find will always find you. There is always some new must have, super hot product being pitched right before your eyes. Many of these are really up and up legitimate products that can do what they claim, if you apply the techniques and learn the skills required.

But do they fit in with your current business plan?

Do you have time for that?

No matter how great the offer, it will do you no good whatsoever if you cannot dedicate the time required to make it work. Plus, you have now allowed yourself to be taken away from your main focus. This is time wasted and time lost, as you can never get it back.

Spread too thin

Surely you’ve heard this term before, it’s when you are trying to do more than you can do effectively, performing at a level far below you capability.

Take the social networking sites for instance. You know you have to get out there and build your brand and gain some respect among the populous, but creating accounts on 20 different sites is just unreasonable.

Do you have time for that?

Whatever amount of time you have will likely be spent on 2 or 3 of the sites, leaving you to look like a slacker on the others.

Another example

I’ve wanted to launch another blog for one of my favorite past times for awhile now (and no I’m not telling you what it is just yet). But the reality is that it would take away from my effort here on The OBB right now, so it will have to wait.

Sure I could go ahead and do that, and likely do a half a$$ job at both because I don’t have time for that at this juncture of my blogging career. There are too many other higher priority matters that require my attention first.

This is not to say that it’s a bad idea to have more than one blog, but if you’re still in the developmental stages or have not gotten your main blog to where you want it to be, keeping your focus there may be the best option.

Stay on track

Some of you may have experienced similar situations where you’ve had to rely on your discipline or even correct your focus. We’ve all been there and some are there now, not realizing that failure awaits if they don’t get back on track.

Avoiding these types of situations always come back to your discipline. Realizing that succeeding in business is more important than allowing yourself to be sidetracked is key.

New bloggers beware, if you want to succeed and build an online business, taking action and being highly disciplined is what will get you there.

Keep blogging!

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5 thoughts on “Blogging Challenges – Keeping Your Discipline and Avoiding Failure

  1. Mike CJ

    There was an interesting debate about this in the Problogger forums yesterday. And the thing that sets really successful bloggers apart from all the also rans, is that they just kept doing what they were doing, consistently and with passion.

    Pete Cashmore? Blogged seven times a day for a year from his little office in his parents house. Result=Mashable. And all their stories are similar.
    .-= Mike CJ´s last blog ..Should you get your knickers in a twist over bounce rate? =-.

    Jimi Jones Reply:

    Missed out on that one, and would have put up another topic today.
    It is one of the largest challenges and the way in which it is handled will make or break you.
    7 post a day for a year? Wow, that was real dedication and serves as a great example of how one can make things happen with persistence. That’s quite a success story.
    .-= Jimi Jones´s last blog ..Blogging Challenges – Keeping Your Discipline and Avoiding Failure =-.

  2. Blaine Bullman

    Discipline is so vital because there is so much to overload and distract you online, we need to have a strong and focused head.

    Im also thinking about starting a second and third blog which I have the domains for but it can take so much time and if we’re not good at time management and know all the processes then something will fall behind.

    Good luck though Jimi on your next blog when you start it :-)
    .-= Blaine Bullman´s last blog ..The First Blog Contest On Blaineblogger Coming Soon…. =-.

    Jimi Jones Reply:

    Thanks, Blaine.
    I’ll likely launch the next one before the year is out, but have to nail down some other things with this one first.
    .-= Jimi Jones´s last blog ..Banking Regulations – Where Are They? =-.

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