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What’s Your Blogging Strategy?

This post was most recently updated on March 26th, 2014

BlogAs bloggers, we sometimes get caught up with the posting deadlines we have set for ourselves. 

 

We might have decided to post a new article once a week or five times a day, as some bloggers do. 

 

It is easy to loose sight of the bigger picture, though, when we don’t have a strategy in mind.  The strategy I refer to is your monetization  strategy.  

Unless you are just blogging for fun (and many people are), then you must have a clear monetization strategy that gives you your “bigger picture”.

 

It can be to market your own digital product, an  ebook, or affiliate products and information.  You might also be a network marketer trying to interest people in your business opportunity.  

 

Whatever your daily blogging strategies are, you need to keep your “eye on the ball” so you don’t stray too far from your larger, ultimate monetization goals.   

 

While blogging is not a direct path to your overall profit structure, it is a great indirect one.  That’s because it is a wonderful platform for getting to know people and for them to know you.  You receive lots of engagement in your comment section.  

 

That’s where it all begins and then, well, you know guys, we go to their blog and reciprocate.  It is this engagement that, at the end of the day, helps you build a customer and client base that feeds into your business goals.

 

The purpose of this post, though, is to keep focused on those business goals.  So I’ve written a list of questions for you to think about as bloggers.  

 

 

1.   Did you find your right niche? Is it fine tuned?

 

2.   Can you define your goals?

    If so, did you write them down?
    Are your daily blogging tasks ultimately moving you closer to achieving those goals?

 

 

3.  Do you have a product or service that you sell or want to sell?

 

Are you writing the majority of your articles with that in mind?

 

 

4.  How much time, each day, do you put into either developing or curating your products and/or services?  
    

Do you make sure that this production part of your day is primary?  In other words, do you do your productive work first and foremost, and make everything else secondary to that?

 

5.  When you are working, which state of mind are you in?

    a)  Relaxed
    b)  Anxious
    c)  Clueless

If you have clear direction, even though you’ve got an enormous workload, you should be relaxed in knowing that you’re on the right path.

 

 

6.   Are you taking time out for yourself each day? 

It is so important not to get stuck behind that computer screen all day.  Bloggers need diversion and yes, a life!  It will give renewed energy and a certain calmness to your productive time.

    

 

7.   Exercise. 

 

Because we are constantly using our computers, we need to move our bodies!  Do you have an exercise regimen that you do each and every day?  It can be a walk, or going to the gym.  Exercise is something we all need to do.  Think of how many hours you are spending sitting in front of that computer. 

 

We can easily get lost, especially those of us working from home all day.  We start in the morning and look at the time and hours slip away.  Make sure to get proper exercise in the midst of all the chaos of building a business.  It will actually help, not hinder, your effort.

 

8.  Eating: 

 

Now I can all hear you telling me that you are on a healthy diet.  But what is a healthy diet exactly?  Here’s just a few simple tips to keep in mind.

  

    a)  If you are using the microwave, forget it!  You are destroying the essential molecular structure of even healthy foods.     

 

    b)  Stay away from packaged foods.  There is no nutritional value coming out of that box.  If you don’t believe me, Google it.  
    

 

    c)  Try to put as much organic food into your body as possible.  You will feel the difference.
  

 

    d)  Try juicing!  You will be surprised how much pep you will get in your step by          juicing veggies.

 

 

9.  Time:  If you are a solopreneur, then you might have forgotten that you are in your own business to live your own life. 

 

Give yourself the gift of time every day.  And while you are at it, give yourself some days off too!  Don’t worry, your social media friends will still be there when you get back.  You are not a machine, but a human being.  You need time to do the other things you love.  

 

 

10.  Breathe. 

 

You know those Yoga breathing techniques?  If you don’t, Youtube them.  Develop that deep breathing that starts deep in your belly….hold it…release through your mouth.  While you hold it for a few seconds give yourself an affirmation. 

 

Whatever it might be that you are working on, but make sure you are telling it to yourself in the present tense.  Example is “I am wealthy.”  So you are breathing in your affirmations, a great way to alter the brain neurolinking mechanism… this can become your biggest breakthrough of all.

 

These are just a few of the things you need to address as a blogger running a business.  

 

And make sure to work consistently on developing a successful mindset.  This will help you be in complete control of your tasks.  

 

A mindset that is positive will go further than anything else I could teach you toward building a profit structure to your blogging business.  Remember, Like attracts Like!  As your thinking grows positive, so will your profit base.  

 

Be peaceful, Be Blessed,

-Donna

 

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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54 Responses to What’s Your Blogging Strategy?

  1. mark
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    August 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Great advice Donna!

    I really like #’s 5,6 & 7. They’re all very important though. We really do need to take some time and get re-focused if you will!

    Blogging consistently is like to trying to plug a leaky roof! No matter what, you’ll always have something to do.

    But the key is, as you pointed out, are you blogging for leisure or for purpose? Great post!
    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Atish Ranjan
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    March 2, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    My blogging strategy is nothing but writing what I like and what my readers would like to read. Produce content which should get maximum shares must be the strategy and you will see tons of traffic to your blog with better engagement.
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  3. Rachel Lavern
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    February 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    When I was developing my 2014 business plan, I shocked myself when I realized that I was wasting my time blogging. Wasting my time because my blogging was not purposeful. I had to laugh at myself. I do love writing; however, I decided that it was time to begin blogging strategically. I started blogging to bring my offline business online but I have not been purposeful and consistent in that intention. I am slowly becoming more focused before I write a post.

    Thanks!
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  4. Kareem Williams January 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Picking the right niche is important but I believe you need to be into that niche. I use to blog about internet marketing and it was like having a job. Now I blog about Entertainment and I can not wait to get up in the morning and put out content. This was a great post Donna.
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  5. Karen Hoyt January 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Donna,

    I’m so glad you wrote this one. The list is awesome and really needs to be printed and checked off daily. Many of those things are a part of my daily routine anyway.

    One area that you really got me was in the area of goals. You know, it is easy to have a goal of helping just one person. It was my original goals and it is still what motivates me on a daily basis. However… I keep getting this inner urging to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

    Here’s how my thoughts go. Is my reader able to navigate my site well to find what they need? Does it appeal to the eyes? How much would a website makeover cost? How will I pay for it?

    All of these thoughts really bring me back to your point about setting a goal and monetizing the blog. It is obvious that some planning needs to be done!

    Thank you so much for giving me and all your readers a new perspective on blogging. Perfect timing dear friend.

    Karen Hoyt
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

      Hi Karen,

      So glad to be of help to you. Yes, all those things you have listed are questions we all have to deal with.

      I would say take only one on your list. Set up that as your goal. Then poke around and get as much information as possible to see what your options are.

      Write down all those baby steps you need to take to complete that goal.

      -Donna
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  6. Chery Schmidt
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    January 12, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Hello Donna! What a wonderful blogging strategy for us to follow I love how you stated that is it necessary to step away from the computer now this one is very hard for me. I get into the zone and I do not want to quit LOL

    Thanks GF I really needed to read this today. I for one have really not monetized my blog in the past.

    This is a new year and with this comes change. Yes you are going to see some huge change with my site as well as with Me!!

    Chery:))
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

      Hi Chery,

      How wonderful to hear that there will be changes coming up on your blog in the new year. I can’t wait to see them all!
      -Donna

  7. Adrienne
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    January 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    What a wonderful topic to share as this new year starts.

    I think when blogging everyone needs to have a clear vision of where they want to go and how they want to get there. I know when I first started mine I somewhat had that and at the time it worked until I changed directions.

    I’m oftentimes asked how do you make money with your blog and you and I both have the same answers. I don’t make money with my blog directly but the relationships I’ve built through my blog. You do have to have some type of business model set up though.

    It certainly doesn’t hurt to have these other things in place or in mind. I’m not as healthy as you and some other people but I do my best and obviously I must be doing something right because I have a clean bill of health at the moment.

    Staying positive though is a huge part of having any type of success. Without it we’re nowhere.

    Thanks for this inspiration Donna and hope your year is right on track. I’m trying to get there. LOL!!!

    ~Adrienne
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, I always get the same question and give that same answer too! We need to have our marketing plan in place.

      Blogging is the way we get to know people and you sure do a great job at that girl!

      I’m so glad you are healthy, even through the stress you had this past year losing Scott. Plus getting the flu right after the holidays.

      But you bounced back. I think we can chalk that up to all the water you drink. That’s one of the best health benefits there is and people just don’t get it!

      -Donna
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  8. Rebekah Radice
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    January 12, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Donna! #9 and 10 are great reminders. Too often as entrepreneurs or business owners, we rush from one client (or project) to the next and completely forget to take time out for ourselves.

    I know I have to actively remind myself to take the time to slow down and relax. Today is one of those days. I’m ready to kick back and enjoy the fruits of my labor. Every week is a busy one and it’s nice to take a look back and know that i worked hard not just on my blog, but every aspect of my business.

    I always love your thought-provoking posts!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      Hi Rebekah,

      I do notice on Sundays your Facebook status is always an enjoyable day. It is so important to take a day to sit back and see what you have accomplished from the last week.

      As entrepreneurs our business can control us, or we can control it!

      Thanks as always,

      -Donna
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  9. Mayura
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    January 12, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Excellent post enriched with a lot of advises dear 🙂

    Eventhough I’m blogging for fun which I find it’s a way to help people, it has been the primary source where my clients found me. Even it’s for business, I think blogging should be fun after all with integrated professionalism.

    Actually, in 2014, I already planned for less blogging but more involvement in business aspect and adventures Donna. On top of all, I’m focusing more on health aspect as my predefined dreams need certain mental and physical health to achieve ’em.

    As always, thanks to my mother, I don’t have to worry a little about my food and eating. No microwaves involved, never. I love juices, especially when they are made of fresh fruits, veggies and flowers 😉 Sometimes she becomes annoying but reminds me I have been staring at the screen for several hours. Almost onto more exercises and juggling 😉 As you say, GETTING A LIFE 😀

    Breathing might seem like something unusual but it has been very effective in my daily life too Donna 🙂 Actually, I’m not doing yoga, but meditation is a reliever.

    Now, need to focus on what I’m lacking and progress toward ’em 🙂 Thank you so much for this wonderful reminder and encouragement dear.

    You have a fantastic weekend Donna 🙂

    Cheers…
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Hi Mayura,

      Thank goodness for your Mother! Now that I have taken in mine, she is like my nurse. I am so bad at taking vitamins, that I put her in charge. Each morning she fills up my vitamins for the day and makes sure I take them.

      Although I’m older, I still listen to momma! She also helps me out on busy days when I cannot cook. We eat very plain food for nutrition and are vegetarian except for eggs and fish that is from local places.

      Yes, staring at our screens all day, we do need time out to exercise some how. When I wasn’t doing it, I found that my brain was as sluggish as my body.

      Juggling? I would love to see a Youtube video of that one! 🙂

      -Donna
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      • Mayura
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        January 13, 2014 at 5:27 am #

        LOL 😀 My bad Donna! It’s a *Typo*. I meant “Jiggling” dear 😉

        How nice to have such a lovely mom with you dear 🙂 Simply, that’s how moms, eh? Like you, I don’t know what I could have done without her either. To moms, we never grow old 😉 Isn’t it? Forever her baby.

        BTW I hope you are taking care of Sheeba now, Donna. Sending more strength on your way and wish for a miracle to happen!

        Cheers…
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  10. Monna Ellithorpe
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    January 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Great post today. I am so guilty of sitting here for hours and not realizing how late it has gotten.

    A lot of “light bulbs” have went off lately and I’m so excited about my progress that it’s sometimes hard to stop, but I will for now. Time for dinner out.

    Have a great evening. Monna
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  11. Heru Prasetyono January 11, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I agree with you that one’s health is everything. It is the most important thing in one’s life. Someone will not be able to work well if he is ill.
    So let’s keep our body healthy and have positive thinking. There will be happiness.
    What a useful tips it is! Thank you for sharing this.

  12. silviu January 11, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Hi Donna,

    A Happy New Year for you and your loved ones.

    Interesting post. Let’s see:

    1. I don’t have a narrow niche, yet. I am thinking of one more and more each day. What do you mean by “fine tuned”?

    2. I can define my goals … partially because the niche is not strictly determined, yet.

    3. Yes, I have two products that I sell but these are not exactly in the niche I am after.

    4. This is a problem here, because most of my time is used with blogging and not with promoting the products.

    5. When I work I am rather relaxed and sometimes clueless 🙂

    6. Yes.

    7. No.

    8. No healthy diet.

    Well, there is a lot of work to do to improve. At least, this list gave me some instructions to keep in mind in my daily work and life.

    Now, Donna, I tried to reach you on different social networks. I wanted to talk to you. Unfortunately there was no answer. You are either away or upset.

    Have a wonderful weekend
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi Silviu,

      Sorry I didn’t know you were trying to reach me because I’ve been off line for a long time this past holiday season. Then my 20 year old dog is sick and I have to make the choice to put her down, so I’ve been very distracted. I’ll get in touch with you asap!

      Now, back to the question:

      What I mean by fine tuned is to find your niche, then focus more and more on it in every aspect. Fine tuning is to think of all the ways you can reach out to that specific niche.

      Referring to No. 4 – It is so easy to spend most of our time blogging, but if you have an email list, spend more of your time there. Also you mentioned you have 2 products. Spend more time on figuring out how to get those products selling than blogging. Yes, blogging is important, but we need to spend most of our time on the marketing side of things.

      As for diet and exercise, I had to stick that in there because we need to be mindful of keeping ourselves healthy. It improves our mind skills lol.

      -Donna
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  13. James January 10, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I created my blog with the set hope that I should be able to publish at least 100 blog posts before the end of 2013, anyway, I could not achieve this.

    At the moment, I’m simply focused on creating top notch useful contents and not giving myself anxiety on numbers of post to create.

    I think quality will surpass all other SEO practices. My strategy is to simply focus and create good, helpful and resourceful content.

    Welcome to 2014, I wish you a prosperous new year.

    Cheers
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

      Hi James,

      A wise decision you have made. Content is what counts! If we try to pump out too many blog posts without good content, we will find ourselves with empty comments.

      You seem to be on the right track an I wish you a great year ahead.

      -Donna
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  14. Alan Jenkin
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    January 10, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Excellent reminders and a great checklist, Donna! I find I’m guilty of getting so caught up in the mechanics of blogging and other business tasks that I forget to exercise, breathe and just enjoy life.
    Thanks so much for a timely reminder! If there is one thing I might add it is to enjoy the moment with gratitude, excitement and fun whenever possible.
    Alan
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

      Hi Alan,

      Thanks for adding to this post. Yes enjoy the moment with gratitude and excitement and fun when possible has to be part of it all.

      I was guilty as charged a while ago too, but once I started taking chunks of time for myself, I found that I was getting more done in less time!

      -Donna
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  15. Kumar Gauraw
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    January 10, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    Happy New Year Donna!

    I am back from my vacation and now thinking about my new year plans now 🙂 A bit late, but every day is a Happy New Day, so I think it’s okay to do it now and take it forward. So, your questions are very intriguing and I thank you for posting them at the right time!

    Fine tuning the business goals and staying on top of them is the mantra for this year for me as I was discussing with my associates yesterday. We have done the foundation work in last couple of years and now, it’s time to focus on getting the results for which we have been planting seeds.

    I wish you all the success this year! Have a wonderful weekend and look forward to our future posts!

    Regards,
    Kumar
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  16. Marquita Herald
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    January 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    As always terrific advice Donna. I have to admit I’m rather anal when it comes to planning, but for that reason I especially appreciate your emphasis on the value of getting you act together and keeping the big picture in mind. Most of your suggestions on are my radar with the exception of one. Since I became a solopreneur I’ve given up fast food, sodas, eat healthier, rarely drink alcohol, shrunk into my thin clothes and exercise regularly. That said, nothing or no one is going to separate me from my two remaining guilty pleasures – coffee and my microwave. 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Hi Marquita.

      Looks like you are doing a fine job my friend! Nothing keeps me from coffee either. I’m not a purist, nor do I want to be lol.

      As a solopreneur, it is easy to get into a “slump” and not pay attention to all the other things in our lifestyle that we created in the first place.

      I fell off my healthy eating habits when I moved. But that just goes with the flow. I didn’t feel guilty, but rather accepted the fact. If I were to feel guilty about it, it would have probably have gotten me sick.

      -Donna
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  17. Jon Patrick January 9, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Fantastic post today – and you’re right. (of course!)
    Blogging is a tool, a means to an end, and the End must remain in your mind.
    Reflecting on 2013, I’d realized the source of much of the stress in my life was having too many blogs and social places to update, and too often. Was posting 1x a day meeting my goals for SERP, or providing value? Or was it just adding stress “Oh, geez, I’ve GOT to write a post”, or is it better to write better, longer posts but less frequently and allow myself more time to enjoy other activities?
    Sometimes you’ve got to step back and see where your ‘work’ has taken over your ‘life’
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      Hi Jon,

      Absolutely! We do have to step back and see how much of our work is taking over our lives.

      We come into this business in order to lead a fulfilling lifestyle and if we don’t do it, it will never happen.

      Having our work suck up all our time to me, is counter-productive. We need to look at the entire picture and be aligned in a stress-less life.

      -Donna
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  18. Jeevan Jacob John
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    January 9, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    I just got back to college, so my free time got a lot shorter (even though I am trying to squeeze all my previous habits into this schedule). I used to do many of these, like exercising and taking time out (Haven’t been able to add those to my schedule yet).

    My excuse right now is that it is first week (I just transferred to another university, so that makes the excuse even more justifiable).

    Microwaves! I know they are bad, but it’s just easier to do things with a microwave (time is an issue, especially when we are rushing to school/work. I suppose with proper planning – I could plan the breakfast previous night and get up accordingly).

    As for goals, I am just getting started on mine (I have a list of yearly goals…I just need to define my monthly short term goals).

    Anyways, thank you for the tips, Donna 🙂

    I have made a note of some of these, now all I have to do is fit them into my new schedule (hopefully, that won’t be too hard!).
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

      Hi Jeevan,

      I admire all that you do! Being in school, blogging, etc. It is difficult to eat correctly when you are away at school my friend, so don’t stress it!

      Do the best you can with all that you have to take care of in just one day.

      I just read your post and it’s fabulous. It is a good way to shout out your goals and have your blogging buddies (like me) keep you accountable.

      And BTW, thanks for the mention and link back to my blog. It is greatly appreciated.

      -Donna
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      • Jeevan Jacob John
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        January 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

        Yeah, the only problem is I might have to eat differently on each day (since for most days, I have class at around 1-2).

        You are right. As long as I eat healthy, it should be alright 🙂

        Thank you 🙂

        No mention, Donna 😀 Hope your weekend was nice!

  19. Lisa
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    January 9, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    Donna, great post! I am redefining mine and I finally got to exercise yesterday. It’s hard not to spend so much time with our blogs and let the rest of your lives go the wayside, not good! Keeping everything in perspective is my goal for this year. I hope to do another eBoook for mine and post a little more often but something will have to give. I think my post today may explain what that is. Eating better is the hardest when we are in a rush, I’m guilty as charged there!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      I too found myself spending way too much time in front of my computer screen.

      That’s when the red flags went up and I noticed I was not preparing my whole foods the way I used to.

      When it comes down to it, we are in business for ourselves. We are doing this for some financial freedom and we need to take time for ourselves to eat right, exercise, or just take time for the spa!

      We sometimes forget why we are doing this in the first place….it is to enjoy being free!

      -Donna
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  20. vijesh January 8, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Hey Donna,
    This post covers some of the best points a blogger should keep in mind to keep themselves and their blog fit. Your 8th and 10th point discussed above are must to be followed points for every blogger. Juices really keeps us healthy. Most of the bloggers just sit in front of the computer for hours and hours which is not at all good for their health. Thanks for this nice and precise post on Blogging Strategy…
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      Hi Vijesh,

      Thank You! Yes, I just had to remind folks that sitting in front of our computers for hours on end is not such a healthy thing to do. We do need to break up our day.

      Eating healthy, exercise and breathing breaks does so much good to refresh our minds.

      -Donna
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  21. Cole Wiebe
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    January 8, 2014 at 1:54 am #

    Hi Donna,

    So much emphasis is placed upon plugins and other tools, writing technique, getting past writer’s block, etc. Few people mention the need for looking after ourselves physically in order to be a better blogger. A much needed reminder.

    Wishing you a very prosperous and memorable 2014,

    Cole
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      Hi Cole!

      Yes, there is a lot of emphasis on plug ins, writing style, etc. But when it comes down to it all, running our own Business needs to have mind/body/spirit all aligned.

      When we are taking care of ourselves, we can preform better.

      -Donna
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  22. Corina Ramos
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    January 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    Happy New Year Donna!

    I’m catching up on the posts I missed while I was offline…I’m so glad I got to this one.

    I haven’t started on my business goals for 2014 (you know how it is playing catch up) but this checklist you shared with us is a great starting point for me!

    I just finished an eBook for my Work from Home Blog and can’t wait to share it but there’s still some work to do.

    I would love to put a set number of hours to work but there’s never a day when I’m not stopping to d o something so when I work, I dedicate the time to that only.

    And I’m in a relaxed state of mind. I haven’t used the words stress or anxious in the same sentence with my blogs…I guess I’m still in love 🙂

    Now #6 is a bit of a challenge. I read a couple chapters of a book before I go to bed…just me an quiet :).

    And it’s been too freakin’ cold to exercise but my boys finally brought the treadmill in from the garage and now I have no excuse. We’ll see tomorrow :).

    I’ve been trying to eat healthier but with my busy schedule it’s so much more convenient to go to a drive thru…I have made a commitment to cook more this year and so far so good.

    I love that you closed with Breathe. I’m looking for a Yoga program for beginners but for now I do breathing exercises my counselor taught me. She also showed me QiGong.

    This is a wonderful post Donna! Thanks for reminding us of the importance of having a strategy in place!

    Hope you’re having a great week so far!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

      Hi Corina,

      All you have to do is implement one thing at a time. For me, it is cooking!

      I always try to cook at home, but things get so darn busy. I had to tear myself away from the computer and re-organize things.

      When you do take time out to cook try this: Cook 2 or 3 meals at a time, refrigerate and there you go! Or..you can make a double portion and freeze the rest for a later date. A great time saver.

      Exercise is a challenge…I know! I must have a thousand and one excuses why I cannot do it. But, once you start, it does become a habit.

      As for Breathing! You know what to do!!!! Lock yourself in the bathroom while the kids are running around and stay there for 10 minutes to breath. It just may work!

      Good luck with it!

      -Donna
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  23. sherman smith January 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    I’m so glad that you put down numbers 7.8, and 10. This is something that is least talked about but is very important for developing great strategies. I Especially resonate with eating well and exercise.

    Once a week I eat a vegan organic meal before I go hit the gym for my club boxing class. I can feel a big difference with the vegan meal versus a McDonalds meal. You feel more energetic and clear minded as oppose to feeling lethargic and melancholy.

    Yes I need to do this more, plus I need to stop microwaving my food so much. I was at my conga/bata teachers house a couple of weeks ago, and his wife was telling me that they got rid of their microwave about 3 years ago and never looked back since. They can feel a big difference health wise.

    But in all, focusing on healthy eating, exercising and breathing well definitely benefit in being more creative and coming up with strategies that will benefit you in the long run. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      Indeed eating from a microwave will only cause health problems! Never ever use one! As I tell people about that they may think I’m nuts, but once one does the research, one will throw it out with the trash!

      Yes, there is a “feeling” we get eating certain foods. As you compared, eating vegan vs. McDonald’s it is a whole different feeling our body gives us.

      Listen to your body and it will guide you to health. Not many people do that. I think the last time I ate McDonald’s was on a long road trip late night.

      I’ve been away from the computer for the past several days myself creating a dietary regiment for myself. It’s all in the mindset. I’m juicing every day, having cod liver oil, and putting more supplements into my daily routine. There is a lot of cooking going on here at Casa de Merrill!

      -Donna
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  24. Bren
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    January 7, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    These are fabulous tips Donna. Ones that I’m sure a lot of bloggers will find handy so I’m happy to pass along.

    As for me, I’m a hobby blogger and just do it for fun. It’s a stress relief for me as well as a fabulous networking tool. I have no schedule and blog when the mood is right. I rather enjoy the pressure free version. 🙂
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  25. William Butler
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    January 7, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Happy New Year Donna!

    These are not just great blogging tips, these are excellent tips for a healthy life! Our health is the most important thing to take care of, for without it, we really have nothing. Healthy choices are wise choices!

    My strategy is to write from the heart and help as many people as I am able to. I have invested many resources into projects that are now coming to fruition. I will be putting more into marketing this year.

    I wish you tremendous success with your rollout.

    Warm Regards,
    Bill
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi Bill,

      Yes, because we are running our own business, our health is number one! Without that, where will we be?

      I know the times where I was so immersed in business that I lacked doing exercise, and was “too busy” to make sure I was eating healthy.

      Once that red flag went up, I gave myself lots of time every day to do the necessary things to keep myself in good health…well the best I can!

      -Donna
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  26. Susan Cooper
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    January 7, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    For me the first year was all about learning. The second year was about building traffic. This year is about finding a way to create an income stream. Your article really made me think, and that is a good thing. I am in the planning process now and will use some of these questions and thoughts to help me do what I need to do. Thank you… I really mean it.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      I am glad this helped you out! We do need a strategy in our business and the learning curve will NEVER stop!

      We also have to be aware of being our own boss and taking care of ourselves. Otherwise, we will find ourselves being overwhelmed.

      -Donna
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  27. Michael Belk January 7, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    Donna, I stopped trying to focus on a set amount of posts. I blog by inspiration now.

    If I feel like writing, I will write.

    I feel like I was killing my own motions by not putting my thoughts down.

    You never know what someone else is thinking and that can not be your concern.

    I write for the people who care enough to leave me their opinions.

    Because that is how I construct my future articles.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      I say whatever works for us is fine! I only blog once a week myself. It was suggested that I blog more often. But what would happen if I do?

      I wouldn’t be able to work the more serious side of my business.

      -Donna
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  28. Sylviane Nuccio
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    January 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Wow,you’ve put so much stuff out here all the way to how to eat which is very important for everything else.

    You know what? I know that microwaves are bad for years, and I don’t own one for this very reason. You know I’m serious with food, right? But that’s the first time that I read that microwaves are bad. Seems that nobody knows it. So go girl,thanks for telling this to the world.

    Sorry, I had to say that first 🙂

    It’s good to always recall why we are blogging really and not forgetting that our blog is our business vehicle, so to speak.

    Have a great week, Donna!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      January 6, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

      Hi Sylviane,

      Our business has so many things that it encompass. Our blog is called our “home” in terms of business.

      But there is so many factors we do have to consider when running a business and keeping up with our blogs.

      Our diet and exercise, peace of mind, etc.

      I am so glad you do not use a microwave Sylviane. When I moved to this new house there was one installed in the kitchen. I just unplugged it. We do have to raise consciousness of how dangerous it is to use. I can go on and rant, but I want people to go the extra step, Google it and then find out why.

      Have a great week!

      -Donna
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