Hello my Thankful Thursday dreamers!
This week I am grateful for new opportunities and the chance to meet new people.
Blogging, even though it sounds like so much fun to readers, can be at times, tedious, because much of the hard work you will do is created as a solitary effort. Meaning, much of what you do as a blogger is completed all by yourself.
Bloggers get lonely.
I think many bloggers don’t realize when they are first starting out as bloggers that when you blog, or run your own website, you will be basically living the life of a writer, locked away in some room banging out your thoughts on a computer all by your lonesome.
It takes real discipline to do show up alone over and over again to blog without getting much int he way of feedback.
Famous writer, Ernest Hemingway once said,
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
I would take some of his words and further say that for you to be a true professional blogger, each post that you work on should be treated like a new beginning where you try again for something that may be beyond attainment, but you do it anyway.
Each time you sit down in front of your computer, you should always try for writing something about your given subject that has never been done, or that other bloggers have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, you will be a great success as a blogger.
And if you are lucky, people will eventually recognize your great efforts and you can spend some of your time in the public eye in person–rather than over a computer.
Enter blog events.
This month, I has such a chance when I was invited to attend the Alila VIP and Media Launch at the House of An Image Emporium in Greenstone Shopping Centre, Johannesburg. These opportunities are a wonderful way to dress up and get out of the house and connect with people who recognize what you are trying to do with your blog.
As a VIP guest at this event, I was treated like a queen and pampered at their make-up stations with luminous cosmetics and Pravda Vodka. The ladies that attended the launch got to enjoy product discounts of 30%, as well as free brow services, waxes or tints with purchases.
While enjoying myself, I was interviewed by the Citizen Newspaper about attending the launch. I was asked a few questions about my blog, Just Pursue It and it gave me a chance to plug what I do for women in the media.
These events make you feel connected to a larger world that recognizes the value that bloggers have in the media and with the world at large. We have very real followers and fans who show up to read what we put out there for the world to review.
And when we are feeling the loneliness that blogging can bring on from too much time spent alone, we need to remember that there is a very real public enjoying what we are doing and that the loneliness is just an illusion.
Blog events remind me of this.
Stepping out from your regular dream routine is a healthy way to gain perspective. Interacting with like-minded dreamers who are on the same path as you teaches humility and helps you feel the glory of being a person who has chosen to take a chance on your big dream. Hanging out with your community reboots your creative juices and forces you to think in new, bold directions.
No matter how hard you work to keep your creativity flowing and your dream goals interesting enough to motivate you, eventually every dreamer reaches that place where the dream seems boring, and you feel lonely and disconnected.
It’s a part of the dream process.
It could be the feeling you feel when you know you should be working on your dream but you don’t want to and you resist doing what you should, or you are experiencing a creative block and don’t know how to get past it so you use it as an excuse to ignore your dream, or there’s the sadness you are feeling when you make yourself sit down to work–all which make you question your dream.
The essential point is that your dream suddenly seems less exciting or less glorious than it used to, and this is when it’s super important to make a change in your routine so that you don’t give up.
Don’t be the same–be better!
Look up Meet-up groups that are like-minded or attend an event that attracts other dreamers like yourself and get off your butt and go meet new people. Change up your routine. Move your office around. Go work in a coffee shop. Go do your work at the local library. Spend some time volunteering helping others to take your mind off of yourself.
Just don’t succumb to the loneliness of dreaming and make long term changes because your feel bored that you will soon regret.
Your dream will test the limits of your patience and perseverance. That’s why they are called dreams because most people don’t get past the day-dream state. The real dream lies within the work–the boring work–you must overcome.
Be thankful for the boring. Be thankful for the loneliness. It means you are on the right dream track.
Just Pursue It.
Sue Faith Levy
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Sue Levy is the founder of the South African Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. She’s a motivational writer and media designer, who is obsessed with everything inspirational with a hint of geek. She thrives on teaching women how to be brave and take big chances on themselves.