Waiting it out, Being Patient, and Riding the Waves

by Jenny on December 7, 2009

Blogging is a lot like surfing because it’s about a continual commitment to improvement. With that comes lots of ups and downs, and the willingness to linger in obscurity, unskilled, unpolished, but tenacious as hell.  Today I checked my analytics for the first time in about a month. When I saw the growth rate I was a bit irked to say the least, but then I realized that I’m only looking at the growth in the last month. So I decided to do a side by side comparison of each month. While the growth rate has slowed a bit, it’s steadily climbing. It just took a slight shift in perspective to keep myself from getting frustrated.

Waiting it Out and Being Patient

Today I sat in the water for nearly 3 hours without catching a wave. It was really quite frustrating, but I had to realize I was on the schedule of the ocean, not on my own schedule. In some ways blogging is kind of similar. You need to focus on what you can control and let go of what you don’t. You control the following:

  • How much content you write
  • Where post that content (i.e. do you do alot of guest posting)
  • How much time do you spend commenting on other blogs?
  • Are you building relationships with other bloggers?

All of these are things that you have complete control over and you can determine exactly what the effort will be.  When it comes to traffic and growth, you can’t necessarily control the exact speed of the growth rate. I surf because I love it, not because I’m going to catch a dozen waves every time I go out. Your approach to writing should be the same. You should write because you love it. It’s been said that if you are passionate about what you do, it’s really easy to be successful at it because there’s no distinction between work and play.

Patience

Many people say that surfing teaches you how to be a patient person.You have to be willing to wait it out in the ocean for your first wave, even if it is a slow day. But when you get that first wave everything changes. The hour or two you waited seems to have been completely worth it for the momentary bliss.  If you are not patient as a blogger, then you are going to be very frustrated because it is something that takes time and consistent effort.

Riding the Wave

The bliss builds on itself too because you become more and more skilled. Blogging is kind of the same thing. The first time you write a guest post on a well known blog you will be fighting your way out of obscurity.  Then you will see the peaks and be able to ride out your first wave. But just know that you have to be willing to get back out there and go for your wave again. Some people have written over 40 guest posts in less than a month.  Once you become skilled at riding the wave repeating the process over and over again becomes easier. Then you’ll be able to take on bigger and bigger challenges.
Like anything else in life, being good at blogging is simply a matter of practice. If you practice on a daily basis, by the end of one year you’ll be amazed at how good you are at it.

Srinivas Rao is a blogger at the Skool of Life, where he explores personal development through spending as much time possible surfing. HE also has recently launched a new surfing blog, Stoked for Life where he is writing about the spiritual aspects of surfing, reviews surfboards, and other surfing gear. He might have been a fish in a past life.

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