Firstly, I do apologise that my posts have been a little hit and miss of late. From this week I really hope to regain my regularity, but if I don't then please feel free to give me a prod and say, "Hoi! Get posting!" 😉
So, what do I have in store for you this time?
Well, what I'm doing for this post is something a little different and it's something that I believe has NEVER been done before!
Stick around and I shall reveal all...
A few months back I was struggling to settle on something to write about. I'm sure you've probably experienced those occasions where the more you think about something, the harder it seems to be able to think clearly.
So I decided to just throw caution to the wind and start writing about whatever came into my head.
I received lots of positive comments about that concept, not only from people who commented on the post itself, but privately too.
One thing I did mention in reply to one of the comments on the post was that if people didn't believe that I really wrote that post without any kind of planning then maybe I should do it on a live webinar and have the attendees come up with ideas for the subject! I've mentioned this idea to many people since and it generated a lot of enthusiasm.
Is it really possible to write a blog post with literally no preparation whatsoever?
Would I really be able to write a post based on a suggestion given to me on-the-fly?
And what can you learn from this?
As you may or may not know, I am now working for Dean Holland as part of the Internet Profits Ltd. team. One of my roles is to hold weekly coaching webinars on a Thursday with some of our iPro Partners on which I cover a variety of 'how to' subjects.
Many of the Partners expressed a desire to watch me create a spontaneous blog post live on a webinar, so this post is the result of that!
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Now, just a caveat:
Of course I couldn't expect the Partners to just sit there and watch as I wrote, re-wrote, pondered over and edited the post, so I wrote the original, live post in mainly note form, explaining that I would pad it out and make it more 'post-like' during the week.
Today I will publish this post live on our webinar and I will explain to our Partners how I've structured everything, the next steps to take, etc.
So, the subject that was decided upon was: "Finding the best places to hike".
Here is a screenshot showing the suggestion that was taken during last week's webinar:
I don't know about you, but I'm not someone who does a lot of hiking! I do enjoy being outside in nature and I do have a few favourite places where I like to walk, but I'm certainly not an avid hiker!
When I do go walking, one of my favourite places is a lovely area in nearby Cheshire called Alderley Edge. This is a place stooped in myth and legend and has been the inspiration for many stories, including The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, both written by Alan Garner.
It has been suggested that J.R.R. Tolkien possibly got his inspiration for Middle Earth from this area (the Shire = Cheshire).
Aside from it being a beautiful place with a variety of inspiring scenery, Alderley Edge is a great place to go walking because it contains a variety of terrain too.
So if you want something nice, easy and sedate then it's perfect, but if you want something a little more rugged then it offers this too.
Now, although I'm not an avid hiker, as I mentioned, I do recognise the importance of proper planning. Even if you're venturing out for a more sedate walk, it's still essential to know where you're going, to plan your route, to be well-equipped, what to do in an emergency and so on.
However, when you've done everything correctly, hiking can be a very rewarding experience.
So, how do you find a good place to hike?
Firstly, you could ask other other people for recommendations. Perhaps you have friends or family who have experience of certain places. Or you could do research in hiking publications, on the 'Net, etc.
Maybe there are communities that you could join where you can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of experienced hikers.
All of this will ensure that your experience is a good one and, most importantly, a safe one!
So, all this talk about hiking and finding a good place to do it is all very well and good, but what on earth does any of this have to do with online business and making money online?
Well, when it comes to any important decisions in your online journey, you have to take the same type of precautions and do the same type of research.
For example, if you're considering investing in a particular program, you need to do your research so that you know about any possible pitfalls and, indeed, if it's viable and safe!
After all, we know that not all online opportunities, programs and products are created equal. Some are like a well-lit track with a nice, firm foundation that is easy to navigate and gives you a good, firm footing.
Others are more challenging and require a lot more effort, stamina and determination in order to succeed.
Then there are those that are more like a dark path that's filled with obstacles, hidden hazards and maybe even dangerous animals lurking in the shadows.
So how do you find a good one?
Well, just as you could speak to others to get recommendations for good places to hike, it would be good to speak with others who have first-hand experience of the product/service/program you're considering.
You could also do research on Google, YouTube, forums, etc.
But no matter what you decide and no matter what product, course, program, etc. you're thinking of investing in, you need to make sure that you are properly prepared.
For example, are you mentally and emotionally ready to take on the task of starting an online business?
Whether you're just starting, you have some experience or you're already established, can you feasibly sustain the thing you're considering? For example, if it's something that requires a substantial investment, can you afford it? Can you invest the time?
So for example, if you're considering venturing down the video marketing route, it would make sense to have the equipment you need and to be completely familiar with it before starting on that journey.
By making sure that you address all these points, you can be well-equipped to avoid potential hazards and pitfalls and have an enjoyable, profitable and successful online journey.
I hope you found this useful. Hopefully this post illustrates not only what you can learn from the example of finding a good place to go hiking, but also how it's very possible to write a blog post without any kind of preparation.
Now, I'm not suggesting that you do this all the time, although if it works for you then hey, why not?
But all too often people get stuck in 'think, think, think' mode.
We can get so stuck in the thinking mode that we struggle to actually get anything to come out! But hopefully I've shown you how easy it can be to come up with content.
Sure, there will be those who find it easier than others, as we're all different and have different abilities. But even if your mind is blank, there's no need to allow this to cripple you.
As a musician, I've often heard it said that if you're struggling to write a song on your usual instrument it can be good to try on another. In the same way, if you're struggling with what to write about, why write at all? Why not jump on a video instead? Or perhaps try creating a graphic of some sort?
Regardless of how you do it, blogging should be enjoyable. So try your best to relax, go with the flow and have fun! When you lose the tension and just 'run with it', you may be surprised at what comes out of you.
Do you enjoy hiking? What do you feel are some important points to bear in mind?
Likewise, with regards to online business, what things do you feel should be addressed before making any important decisions?
Also, with regards to coming up with content, what tips do you have for beating 'mental block'?
Let me know by leaving a comment below!