I love it when bloggers are transparent and generous.
These qualities vary from person to person, but they are characteristic of many successful bloggers.
And it isn’t always the success stories that are most instructive.
Sometimes it’s the fails.
My biggest fail in the last 6 months is trying to get an email list off the ground.
I’ve made two attempts and fallen flat on my face both times.
What’s the problem?
I get hung up on technical issues that prevent me from moving forward.
I can’t keep up with a regular posting schedule and still add something new.
I miss deadlines and get discouraged.
I don’t take into account busy seasons of the year when I can’t get much accomplished.
I’ve also struggled with finding clarity for my blog and staying focused.
So what can you and I learn from by blogging fails?
Learning what doesn’t work is a win.
Thomas Edison is famous for realizing that every time he discovered which materials didn’t work to make a light bulb, he was one step closer to discovering what did.
Finding out what doesn’t work is valuable.
It’s not a failure if it’s a learning experience.
Run your own race.
This nugget from Jeff Goins has been echoing in my head recently.
This is true even if your race has false starts. Even if people can see your fails. Being transparent and humble are both qualities that people admire.
I think comparing our lives to others is a bigger temptation than ever due to prolific social media.
Some blogs gain traction and a following and an income quickly.
Mine has not.
My blogging journey doesn’t look like anyone else’s. I’ve had a hard time getting clarity on why I’m writing and who I’m writing for. Progress has been slower than I’d hoped.
It’s okay if my journey looks different. It’s okay if progress is slow.
I like reading Victoria from Snail Pace Transformations for this very reason. Slow progress is still progress. Moving forward inch by inch takes a clear vision and tons of perseverance.
Don’t beat yourself up for missing goals.
It’s better than not trying at all.
It’s the man in the arena who will get criticized, not the spectator on the sidelines.
Sometimes failing means you’re trying. Trying is commendable.
Failure is not final. Keep getting up.
It’s hard to keep running after a fall.
But getting up is critical.
You can’t finish the race if you don’t get up.
You can’t run your own race if you don’t get up.
Don’t lose heart. Don’t stay down. Slow and steady wins.