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Absolutely Everything You Need To Make Your Blog Outstanding

This guest post is by Ollin Morales of Courage 2 Create.

Nearly a year and a half ago, I was a complete mess. I had lost my job in the recession, my then boyfriend broke up with me, I didn’t get into grad school, and I had to guide a loved one through her very serious depression. I had never been under so much pain, turmoil, and stress in all my life.

To my surprise, in the midst of all of this, I had a mysterious calling to write a novel.

In order to keep myself accountable to this novel, I was encouraged to start a blog documenting the process. At the time, I only had the humble goal that in 5-10 years maybe someone, somewhere (other than my sister) would read it.

It turned out that writing the first draft of my first novel amid all the chaos in my life was a nearly insurmountable task. But, luckily, I was able to get through the process by inventing a series of tools. Every time I overcame an obstacle, I created a new tool, and I shared this tool with my readers.

Turns out that these tools not only helped me write and complete the first draft of my novel, but they were also becoming a lifeline for hundreds of readers who were also forging their way through life’s many challenges.

Miraculously, within LESS than year, the blog went from obscurity to Top Ten Blogger status; from 12 readers a day to up to 3,000 readers a day; from zero subscribers to four hundred and counting; to zero income, to earning money from clients who took my writing consultation service through my blog.

In retrospect, I realize that it was only with the help of blogs like Problogger that I didn’t have to wait five or ten years for hundreds of people to notice my blog—I only had to wait less than year.

So, today, in the tradition of great bloggers like Darren, instead of keeping all my best blogging secrets to myself, I wanted to help you by sharing my absolute best tips on how to make YOUR blog outstanding in less than a year.

The story of my good friend, his wise teacher, and the lake

Before I tell you how to make your blog outstanding, I would first like to share with you this story.

A friend of mine, who was facing many problems in his life, told me of a dream he had in which his teacher appeared to him. In this dream, my friend’s teacher led him to beautiful, pristine lake in the middle of a jungle.

The teacher pointed to this big, beautiful lake with its great, roaring waterfall and asked my friend to drink from it.

Having grown to trust his teacher, my friend reached into the lake, cupped his hands, and drank a cool, fresh gulp of the water.

After my friend was finished, the teacher said:

“Now, I want you to drink the entire lake.”

My friend turned pale, and was hesitant for moment.

But as he trusted his teacher, my friend did not question the instruction, and simply brought another handful of water to his mouth. Then, he brought another handful to his mouth. Then another. Then another. Then another.

My friend drank and drank and drank until the water was nearly up to his throat, and he had no choice but to spit it out.

My friend shook his head.

“Sorry,” he told his teacher, “but I can’t drink this whole lake. It’s impossible!”

The teacher gave a smirk, and then, with a twinkle in his knowing eye, said:

“Then why do you insist on drinking all of your problems, and all the world’s problems all at once?”

At this point, the teacher pointed to the roaring waterfall.

And that’s when my friend finally understood.

The lake represented all of the problems my friend was facing in his life; and the relentless waterfall represented the world’s problems that just kept coming and coming and never stopped.

It was clear that just as my friend could not swallow the entire lake and the entire rushing waterfall on his own, my friend also could not—no matter how hard he tried—swallow all of his problems and all of world’s problems all at once.

Finally, the teacher suggested that my friend only drink from the lake what he could, and leave the rest up to something bigger than him.

Absolutely everything you need to know to make your blog outstanding

Through this little story, we can learn that there are only two ways by which we can ever become an “outstanding” blogger.

1. Do your best

When blogging focus only on what you can “drink” from life’s “lake.” By that I mean, focus only on the responsibilities that you can carry out to the best of your abilities:

  • Don’t just write “good” posts—write posts you are madly in love with and trash anything you think is just “okay” or “great.”
  • Don’t just summarize what others are saying—“synergize” two different points of view to arrive at a completely new point of view.
  • Don’t just offer your readers inspiration, information, wisdom, and guidance they’ve come to expect—give them inspiration, information, wisdom, and guidance they never expected you’d give them.
  • Don’t limit yourself to only intellectual arguments or insights—allow yourself to share insights you have gathered using your physical, psychological, spiritual, social and emotional sensibilities as well.
  • Don’t just make your blog posts specific—make them universal by utilizing storytelling techniques like metaphor and simile to help drive your point forward.
  • Don’t just write well—learn how to write exceptionally.

2. Show up

My friend could not have possibly drunk anything from the lake if he was not at first present.

So make sure you “show up” to your blog every week, and put your best self out there so that new readers can discover you.

  • Don’t just guest post on other blogs, or feature guest bloggers—guest post on blogs, or feature guest bloggers that reflect the same level of excellence, thoughtfulness, open-mindedness, and care YOU have become known for.
  • Don’t only keep up a consistent schedule—inform your readers through Facebook, Twitter updates, and newsletters of what kind of content they should be expecting, and when it will be rolled out, so that they, too, can show up and support you when the content appears.
  • Don’t just blog—pay attention to other aspects of your life as well: your emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual “selves” are just as important as your “blogging self.”

The bottom line

In the end, all you need to do to be outstanding at blogging is to show up and try your very best. Trust me, when you do this, people will start to notice you all on their own—and your readership will grow.

Oh, and by the way, that story about my friend? It was actually about me.

What I can say that, in that dream, when I learned that all I needed to do was drink what I could from the lake, I felt a tremendous wave of relief brush over me. I also felt that one day I would have to share this great lesson with others. Because to become an outstanding blogger you must not only show up and try your best—you must also be willing to share your greatest lessons, allowing them to expand throughout the world far wider than any lake, and far louder than any roaring waterfall.

Ollin Morales is a fiction writer whose blog, Courage 2 Create, chronicles his journey as he writes his first novel. His blog offers writing advice as well as self-help strategies to deal with life’s toughest challenges. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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Comments

  1. Harrison Li says:

    When I first started reading, I didn’t read, the bunch of text just looked boring to me, but as I looked at the first sentence and then again and again it just got my attention. It was nice to know you have found an online stream of cash and then it can help you with your real life concerns and troubles. Hope you feel better with the past.

    Anyway, this post had all rock solid tips, I loved the waterfall concept from the teacher and the point you made don’t just write “okay” or “good” content, it needs to be exceptionally good. To me, if I wrote a post that was good, I would actually read it myself and it wouldn’t hurt to do it again.

    Thanks for sharing your story with me, it was interesting reading your work too. Wish you more success in the future :D

    • You’re welcome. Thank you for the kind words. It’s my first time hear at problogger, so next time, maybe I’ll make the beginning a lot more eye-catching for ya. :)

    • Vago Damitio says:

      I fell into the same groove but as I read on I was sort of like “ah jeez…another inspirational story” but then at the bottom you really pulled it out and offered some great advice. Congratulations on your success and I look forward to seeing your novel in print.

      • @Vago Well, I showed up and tried my best. That was all that was within my power to achieve, and I’m happy with that.

        by the way @Harrison yes I’m a lot better now. I’m actually working as a freelance writer and there are a also a lot of new, promising opportunities that have been popping up for me–and of course some great exposure, like on probogger. So, I would say things are looking up.

        If you read my blog archives you can see how much I have really progressed over the year and half.

  2. Jacob says:

    Wonderful story. I have actually started working on my own novel and I thought of doing something similar to you, but then looked at all of the other projects I have and decided a fourth blog wouldn’t be a good idea with a full time job.

    With that said, you’re right. Trying your best and showing up are the biggest chunks of the battle. Most people don’t show up…They go through the motions, but they don’t really become a part of their blog. A blog is an incredibly emotional connection with your readers–depending on the subject obviously–so if you are not all there, the readers will know and you’ll never really grow.

    Wonderful story…I really enjoyed it.

    • Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      “Most people don’t show up…They go through the motions, but they don’t really become a part of their blog. A blog is an incredibly emotional connection with your readers–depending on the subject obviously–so if you are not all there, the readers will know and you’ll never really grow.”

      Great point of elaboration. I completely agree. But sometimes in order to show up to your blog or novel, you have to show up to life. Meditation has helped me be more present–and allowed me to show up to life. So there’s another tip to becoming a better blogger: mediate. Trust me, it works!

      Thanks for your kind comment!

  3. Rob McGuire says:

    You make some good points in this post, but does it live up to the headline?

    • Ahh, so you were looking for a way to drink the entire lake and the waterfall?

      I’m afraid you’ll never find that. And you may only over stress yourself with the trying.

      All you really need to do is show up and try your best. That is, literally, absolutely everything you need to make your blog outstanding.

      I recommend your read the post again, and you might learn that trying to do more is really quite impossible.

      Good luck to you!

      • Rob McGuire says:

        Don’t get me wrong Ollin, I thought you wrote a good post. I just felt that pairing this kind of sensational headline with what you wrote didn’t quite match up. To me it just felt kind of anti-climatic.

        • I see your point.

          The purpose here was to challenge people’s perceptions of what they expect from blogging and from themselves, and that being outstanding at blogging is actually much more simple than you think.

          So in a sense, the anti-climactic part was done on purpose, it was a paradigm shift. We expect more than what we need to expect. True wisdom, I have found is actually very anti-climactic. Our mind wants complex answers, but truly the simple, straightforward, answers are sometimes the best.

          Thank you for your honesty, though, I really appreciate it. I will see in what areas I can improve to make the experience better for others in the future!

    • Joseph says:

      I felt I was going to read a post about “Cool themes” or “Great Plugins” for blogs. All the same I learnt Something from this Post.

      • But I did give you some cool themes! :)

        They were philosophical themes, but great themes nonetheless:

        Focusing only on what you can achieve, and leave the rest up to something bigger than you.

        And probably the best philosophical plugin you can have:

        Getting back in touch with what great heights you can climb and what awesome things you can achieve when you just ask yourself to show up.

        ;)

  4. Perfect timing for a very inspiring post- sometimes I need a little ‘drink’ to help me keep my enthusiasm going.
    Thank you!

    • You’re welcome! I never intended to be inspiring when I started off blogging, but it turned out it was something I was very good at. Who knew?

      Thank you, and good luck to you!

  5. Megan says:

    You read my mind today. I have been struggling with things in the last couple of days – feeling like no one is reading my blog and that it must be a bit rubbish… My blog post today was all about these feelings and how I have to compare them to what I must have felt when I was working in the “real”world. back then it would have been much crappier.

    So yes, it is important to understand that you can only do so much. But you still need to have a plan of action to make improvements. It is all in my own hands and you have added yet another slice of inspiration.

    • Yes, Megan! You’re welcome!

      That’s exactly the point I was getting at. The post was meant to give you a sense of relief and inspiration to keep going. Many bloggers think they must be these perfect robots churning out brilliance every day and having complete knowledge and control of every social media marketing tool out there.

      But let’s face it, that’s impossible. But what you can control is you trying your best and showing up to your blog, in that you have great personal will power.

      Good luck to you!

  6. Pam says:

    That made me cry.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Peace

  7. So inspirational! Whatever it is, live your blog like you live your life!

    • Haha! Thanks Ruang! That’s actually the theme of my blog: writing your novel like you live your life, and living your life like you write your novel.

      Good luck to you!

  8. Ann Khee says:

    Ollin, just as the current time while reading your article, I am a bit down over sudden life problems. Thanks for sharing great blogging lessons to a newbie like me. I am touched and motivated by your story.

    Cheers,
    Ann Khee

    • Ann,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your current life problems. Some of my readers are also going through crisis in their life I encourage you to visit the blog and talk to some of my readers. You can also check out a recent post I wrote that offers a guide to turn every crisis into an opportunity. You might find it really helpful:

      A Guide To Turning Every Crisis Into An Opportunity:
      http://wp.me/pPq2W-1RY

      Good luck to you!

  9. Auto says:

    Perfect timing for a very inspiring post- sometimes I need a little ‘drink’ to help me keep my enthusiasm going.

  10. I enjoyed this guest post. It’s one thing to do your best and it’s another to take it to the next level and achieve excellence.

  11. hashif says:

    Inspirational post ! Enjoyed every bit of reading it..Your story makes me think..Swallow one problem at first than swallowing all at once..:)

    • Exactly! You got it! Take life just in the little bits, the bits you can handle. It’s really all you can do.

      Good luck to you on your blogging journey!

  12. Joseph says:

    Nice post, I enjoyed your Story.
    Though I was expecting something else when I saw the post Title via Problogger on Twitter.

  13. Thanks for the tips: have taken them on board for my miniscule blog, but have also forwarded it to my daughter – who seems to do nothing but try and drink a whole lake every day. Perhaps she will follow this advice – as like daughters everywhere, Mothers don’t necessarily understand! Hmmm…. Best of luck with the novel and thanks again.

  14. “Don’t just offer your readers inspiration, information, wisdom, and guidance they’ve come to expect—give them inspiration, information, wisdom, and guidance they never expected you’d give them.”

    It’s one of the rules! That’s what makes problogger outstanding!

    Glad you enjoyed it Joseph.

  15. LC says:

    One of your best, Ollin. To those on ProBlogger who haven’t visited Courage2Create, there’s a whole reservoir of inspirational content from where this came from. I think we’re all constantly in a rush to learn absolutely everything we need to know to be the best, to be perfect. The truth is that we’re already perfect just as we are and all we can ever do is just do our best. Take things one step at a time.

    I LOVE the irony of the title. I knew right away that the title was a lesson in and of itself. The internet’s drowning in be-perfect-quick articles with get-rich-quick tips. What’s beautiful about Ollin’s blog is that it’s all about slowing down, and like the story of the lake, taking your life one step at a time and accepting that to become as great as you dream to become, you have to first accept that you’re human and that carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders will only cripple your ambitions.

    It may feel counter-intuitive, but it makes perfect sense.

    Congrats, Ollin! If ever there was a problogger, you’re it.

    • Thank you so much for that thoughtful comment! :)

      You’re support has been so essential to me and you know I couldn’t have done it without you.

      You are absolutely right, the title was a lesson in itself. But I’ve learned a good lesson about audience in this post. Some people are just not ready to slow down and realize that be-perfect-quick and get-rich-quick tips never work and will never work. I hope one day they might come to realize that truth.

      Thank you for your kind, encouraging words!

  16. I almost close this page at first, because there’s no look of exciting post (that usually using points :lol: ) on this post, rather than your own story. But next, after I knew you are a novel writer I try to stay a while. And the next line is really refreshing my mind about how to blog, remind me of my first time blogging, give my best shot, building community and long list of blogroll that make my blog’s PR raise to 6.

    But that’s all is my past time of blogging. Thanks for this, this encourage me to wake up and write the same rep.

  17. Seeing the headline from my Twitter I clicked on hoping that there is something new that I can learn. The keywords “absolutely everything” was really an eye catcher, I give you that. But reading through the first lines honestly bored me. A headline should always be backed up with a strong first paragraph.

    I skimmed through the parts and something caught my attention. So I went up and actually read through. I find your story very inspiring and in the end I did learn a thing or two. Kudos!

    • Hey Ramcel,

      I’m glad you found something that you could take away. I realized that not everyone is looking for philosophical advice to approach both blogging and life, lol.

      Some people just want to learn about plugin’s and themes. Which is totally cool, it’s just not what I deliver.

      I’m more for those people who are on a spiritual journey and are deeply searching for meaning and purpose – and I use blogging and writing as a metaphor for this.

      However, for some, this is just not what they want from a blogging site. I get it. Most of this post probably wasn’t for you, then. It was geared towards a different type of audience.

      But judging by most of the comments here, I can see that some people really needed to hear it.

      And for that I’m glad. :)

  18. sokun says:

    Totally agree with do your best. I’ve given my blog my best and things have turned out ok so far.

  19. Ollin, great to see you here on Problogger, and rightfully so. The story about the lake is what makes this post shine. Moreover, it’s the lesson I’m taking with me: swallow what you can and leave the rest. It’s impossible to take all of the world’s problems on your shoulders. This isn’t as much about blogging as it is about living. Thanks.

    • Ahhh, great to see a familiar face… errr… avatar. :)

      I think it’s about both, but you’re definitely right. Can’t take on all the world’s problems. Just focus on your own and you’ll shine. :)

  20. ‘blogging aint easy but someone’s gotta do it’ – one of the fundamental lessons I learned when I first started out was that you have to be yourself in your content, let your personality shine through, too many ‘bloggers’ out there write for SEO and not their readers…great post!

    • Great point Herbie!

      Your own personal style and voice is what makes you stand out among the rest. Don’t ever let it go just for a couple of people who don’t like it. You got to gear what you write towards your audience. You can’t please everybody unfortunately. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today!

  21. Hi Ollin,

    2 wonderfully powerful tips my friend.

    I intend to stay present and write my best for each post. I don’t write because I have to write a post each day, or need to write one. I write to inspire others to conquer issues I’ve encountered in my life.

    By setting the proper intent and holding to it you usually put out sensational content, and you’re present for it, too ;)

    Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Ryan

    • Hey Ryan!

      Many bloggers are encouraged to just blog a lot, but truly, you should not write something you are not completely in love with. In fact just yesterday I trashed a post that I really didn’t like.

      I spend hours on it, but it won’t ever see the light of day. That’s the kind of behavior that some might see as a waste of time, but I think that’s exactly what makes a blog outstanding. If the blogger is willing to invest the time and effort to really make the blog shine.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  22. I like your point about the lake and not trying to solve all of life’s problems at once. We have to allow time for digestion too.

    Blogging is a skill like anything else and with consistent focus and action is has to improve.

    • Nice point about allowing time for digestion! Your absolutely write, consistent focus and action. Great way to elaborate my point. Thanks!

  23. resim yükle says:

    Hi Ollin,

    2 wonderfully powerful tips my friend.

    I intend to stay present and write my best for each post resim yükle

  24. Fahad says:

    Great Article i really enjoyed reading it and about the two ways, I am definitely gonna try those out and implement them on my upcoming posts, Inshallah. Thanks

  25. Awesome story, I really like that!

    The main thing you need is passion, that and drive/discipline. :)

  26. Meghann says:

    What an awesome dream! The lesson learned through it is amazing, to. Very insightful. Thanks for sharing and thanks for bringing some simplicity back to blogging. I want to do the best I can and sometimes I can feel so overwhelmed with all the do’s and don’ts of blogging.
    This is a nice little breather. Thanks for the post!

  27. This was a very inspiring post. Not only was it inspiring, but is is something that is manageable. Should we not do this in all aspects of our life? Be who we are and strive to be the very best that we can be. Thanks so much for this post today.

    This is just the start of my second year blogging. For some reason I felt so much pressure to try to get followers and traffic and such I lost sight of the fact that I needed to write what people wanted to read. Duh! I’ve learned a ton. I am excited to see what blogging can bring! Time to put my best foot forward!

    • Thanks Becky. Yeah, I think we shouldn’t forget to create great content first and then worry about traffic and subscribers later. Usually the traffic and subscribers come anyway.

      Good luck to you on your blogging journey!

  28. I super appreciate your article. It is heart-felt and I find it very refreshing in terms of helpful hints with blogging in a way that really resonates with me. Timing is everything and your article came at the right time for me to receive it. Thank you so much!! It has given me much to ponder.

    • I’m so glad to hear that. Thank you for sharing. It’s always a good feeling for a blogger when he’s reached someone at the time they needed to be reached out to. There’s something Helen Mirren said about acting and about how she just tries to aim and hopes she hits the mark with the scene. But sometimes she doesn’t hit the mark, and it’s just what happens. All you can hope to do is aim for it.

      I’m glad that with you and most of the others here, Shileen, I hit the mark!

  29. Maimoona Rahman says:

    Wow, Ollin! You inspire and amaze me.

    • Thank you Maimoona. It is readers like you who have stayed with me from the beginning that is one of the secret parts of my success.

      I am happy that you and others, who have been my fans from the beginning, are enjoying this ride with me as I get bigger and bigger. :)

  30. I’m a fan of your’s Ollin so I followed you here. I love how you make blogging and writing a metaphor for life. I love your inspirational style and voice in your blogging and can’t wait to read your novel. I think you have garnered a following by telling the story of your life in realistic ways and not left out the tough stuff.
    In my own blogging journey I don’t have a focal point in what I write about and write about whatever strikes my fancy for that particular post and it shows in my reader ship.
    Recently I have shared my difficulties about getting published and in getting an illustrator for my children’s book and it is more real to me. It is sharing my life. And this I think is what you have done. I hope you don’t think I’m stealing your idea but it was what was crying out to be written. Later I’ll go back and do the how to’s about stuff like I used to. Thanks for this post.

    • Thanks so much for following me here and for sharing your thoughts!

      I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed the blog and it’s been a pleasure having you as a reader. That sounds great about your blog, and no worries. It’s your story, so there’s no way you could be stealing from me. I think the idea of sharing my story wasn’t mine to begin with, and in fact I encourage more people to share their stories. Good luck to you!

  31. Hi Ollin, first of all a big congrats! Apparently you found the Holy Grail – posting on Problogger that is … :)

    Great post. You have a beautiful writing style which I really enjoy.Yes I do agree that your title suggests that another list of blogging tips and tricks are coming up, but how many of those articles does one need anyway? I loved your perspective – its a breath of fresh air. Keep up the good job. See you over at your blog … :)

    • Hey Marya,

      I’m so glad you got the whole point. It was exactly meant to be a breath of fresh air. Something a little unexpected that got people talking. And it has been very successful.

      Thank you so much for all your kind words and encouragement!

  32. jeri says:

    Ollin, I learn something from all of your posts (I am still working my way through your list of under-rated books), but this post is especially beautiful. Well done.

    • Hey Jeri,

      Thanks so much for visiting me. Yes, I’m actually not going to do book recommendation posts for a while, because I know people still have to catch up on everything I’ve recommended so far. When you finish I’d love to hear your thoughts on those books. Send me a message through my contact page and tell me what you thought of them! Much love to you!

  33. Siegfried says:

    i really like this one, most people think that after setting up a wordpress blog (which is very easy), visitors will find their way to the site… but it’s the AMAZING content which can drive traffic, nothing else

  34. keshav says:

    The story was awesome my friend. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Thank you so much Keshav. It’s great to have readers like you who have been following me since the beginning. It’s great that you can see my progress and follow my growth with me. Thanks for being such a loyal fan.

  35. Paul says:

    Great story and post. You make it seem so easy but in reality it is not…at least for most bloggers. We show up, and stare at a blank screen and do our best to start clanking away on our keyboard.

    Sometimes it makes sense and other times it’s complete garbage.

    Ollin you have a knack for writing maybe even talent…I sweat buckets just trying to write one sentence.

    Thanks for the story it does inspire me.

    Paul

    • But how can you ask for anything more than your best Paul? But of just trying your best is to not compare yourself to others. If you do, that is probably what will make you sweat. Instead, just focus on showing up and trying your best, I be you anything you’ll sweat just a little less.

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  36. I followed you over here. Glad I did. Thanks for this post and sharing on your blog.

  37. Janet says:

    When I read your work, I’m reminded of the fact that I’m never alone. While I’m not a writer per se, I do make a living out of words. As an ESL teacher, and more so as a person, I connect with your advice and experiences. I know that being a great teacher involves the same steps: show up and do your best. Thank you for reminding of how wonderful I already am. ;) And remember that I’ll always be there with you (you might not have seen me because I get thirsty at odd hours) taking my daily fill of water from “our” lake.

    • Hey Janet,

      Thank you for being such a great friend and from being with me since the beginning. Yes I try my best to make my posts universal, and one of the reasons for this was because I knew I had friends who were not writers and so I was trying to make it something you guys would enjoy, too. Because at the time I only had a few readers and I thought if I could get my friends addicted to it at least I’d have more readers! Turns out the strategy has worked to not only get you guys on board, but hundreds of others as well. Thanks!

  38. Sarah Dale says:

    A great simplicity to “show up and do your best”. It’s easy to become obsessed or disheartened (or over-excited) with numbers (numbers of followers or visitors etc). The reality is that not everything that even the best writers write is for everyone – so even if you have very few followers, if what you write is with integrity (show up and do your best) then that’s probably all that counts.

    Sarah (psychologist, coach and author of Keeping Your Spirits Up)

  39. rabbia says:

    im so glad to have read this, i think i am trying drink the lake, been blogging now for about 8month, and feel i have hit a crossroads, i think i need to see why i started in the first place and just get back to showing up ( i do) and try my best and not worry about anything else :)

  40. Kandy says:

    Not sure if my dreams teach me lessons as profound as this…I’m jealous.

    I agree 100% with this post in that we all need to do our best in what we do. In my experience, that in and of itself is monstrous to carry out. I have always enjoyed writing, not that I have written, and keep coming back around to the idea of letting a blog “kick start” my writing for me. This post is encouraging. Still a daunting concept……I guess I will just have to “jump in” and see if I can keep my head above water.

    Thanks

    • If it helps, I’ve never had that kind of dream until recently. Most of my life, about 24 1/2 years of it had no cool dreams whatsoever. I don’t remember most of them.

      I have learned, however, that if you journal in the morning and meditate for long hours your dreams do get gradually more cooler. Maybe you just tap into that wise and ancient part of yourself. Who knows?

  41. Do your best and show up – two absolutes in blogging. Interesting tactic, but it works, the way I see it. Thanks for sharing. Yes, e owe it to ourselves and to our readers – to do our best and to show up!