How can you possibly blog consistently when you can’t even count on having electricity? Or when you’re writing is interrupted by the 20 foot python your kids are trying to catch in the backyard? Or when you are in the midst of a triple continent move?
As bloggers, we all face obstacles. Joy Forney has had some pretty spectacular ones and has managed to blog consistently through all of them. There, of course, have been slower seasons but I am incredibly inspired by her dedication and commitment to her craft and to her readers. You will be too.
Joy Forney blogs at JoyForney.org and has been writing to inspire women (particularly wives and mothers) for several years. She has blogged from Indonesia, Oregon and she’ll soon be writing from Uganda. She is the wife of a Missionary Pilot and the mother of 5 children.
I honestly did not want to stop talking with her. She had so many fascinating stories and some incredible wisdom. This is truly an entertaining AND educational episode.
Today’s Blogging Wisdom
Blogging Through Obstacles
In Indonesia, Joy had to be proactive about her writing. She never knew when the internet or electricity would be out for extended periods of time. She had to prepare her content well in advance of when she wanted to post so that service interruptions wouldn’t affect her blogging plan.
You and I may not deal as much with questionable electricity or network connections, but we do deal with life. It is just as important for us to be prepared so that we are not affected by last minute schedule changes, sicknesses or computer issues.
Know Your Capacity
With 5 kids, a husband who traveled a lot and 20 foot pythons in her backyard, Joy had a lot on her plate. She knew she couldn’t do “all the things” bloggers are “supposed” to do. So, she learned to know her capacity and let things go. What is your capacity? What “blogging things” do you need to intentionally let go of instead of feel guilty about?
Social Media Tips
Joy shares some of her social media highs and lows. She has had huge success with Facebook and Pinterest and she shares her best tips. She mentions her favorite image editor, PicMonkey, and I thought I’d add a new favorite of mine, Canva.
Take Action Now
1. Build a Blog Cushion – Write one simple, timeless post and SAVE it. Our tendency is to share our writing right away. Save it instead.
2. Intentionally Stop – We simply can’t do everything everyone says bloggers should do, so what is one thing you’re going to intentionally stop doing? Let go so that you can focus on the most important things.
Do you struggle with blogging consistency? What action are you going to take this week to be more consistent? Will you build your blog cushion or let go of something? Click here to tell me in the comments!
How to Listen to This Podcast
If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.
1. Listen right here on the blog. Click through to the site and click the little play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.
3. Subscribe to the Podcast – just click here to access the podcast in iTunes. You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.