Blogging, WordPress, Goals & Doubters

As a blogger, most times you just have to shut up and kick ass. Do the dirty work that matters. And later sit (on the balcony) with your glass of wine to enjoy the victory. The view at the top is worth the good seeds sown.

Enjoy this piece from the Opinionated Man.

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I have been blogging through the tired for over a year now. We all hit the ceiling of motivation eventually and then we must decide what is important to us. Why do we blog? Why do we keep blogging? For me it has always been simple and I have had a general idea of my goals for this platform. It is that master plan that keeps me focused and keeps me inspired… even through the tired.

I am posting my entire stat model for this blog. Those are the views for the past three years. The “comments” total is not accurate due to the number of posts I’ve deleted and made private. The total amount of views make me sad honestly. It makes me realize how much effort I put into making money for WordPress. It also shows me what can be done.

I have been reading a ton of…

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PUSH IT IN… A LITTLE BIT MORE

I checked the time. It was 2:58am.

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I tried but I couldn’t sleep anymore. She kept on calling me. Of course, she had been on my mind yesterday.

Attractive, fresh, well groomed – these are the kinds of words I’d say are the best to describe her beauty.

She needed to look like a masterpiece. I needed to have that satisfaction that came from knowing that I had contributed to make her extra beautiful. It was a feeling. It was indeed a good one.

It’s true that I wouldn’t get her to look perfect.

I’ll admit. It’s a tough job. And I’m willing to try.

All I need to do is get her out. I need to see her — I actually love seeing her – in her naked state. Just keep your mind focused here. I’m talking about my writing.

THE PUSH

Writing is one creative art that can demand more self-discipline and focus from you.

And you know what?! This is really a good thing.

Imagine the extent that this craft can change you. You face a blank page. You dive in deep within you. You create links. You map out what matters. You prune the excesses to get out something called a draft.

It’s something you avoid doing haphazardly if you want to get a great result.

At first, you have to learn to write whatever comes into your head. It doesn’t matter if it’s babadash or not. You just write.

Of course, this is why it takes effort.

Great writing takes effort. Yet, the simplicity of the product to your reader should be effortless in experience.

And if it has to be that easy to read, I’ve learnt that it will have to take effort to write and the courage to do a bold ton of editing.

Yes.

That’s a tough part of the job.

But do you know that more important part of doing the actual writing? Well. I’ll tell you.

It is focusing.

FACING THE TASK THAT MATTER: Focus

In a perfect world, I’ll sit up. Get my machine in position. Then ramp out the words that pour into my brain with perfection.

But you see? This isn’t a perfect world.

So, I guess it’s best to leave the extreme, and face reality.

This will mean showing up, believing I can do this and then begin the actual writing.

This will also mean that every time I want to write, all my phones should be on silent (I’m still working on getting myself to shut down my internet connection. It has to be on if I need to check out a definition or something). Distractions should be avoided as much as possible.

I do this while doing my best to stay calm and focused. It’s all about sitting down and doing the actual writing that needs to be done.

KEEP IT SIMPLE SONYA

The finished product of writing should look easy for everyone. That’s how the reader should think of it. Easy.  So easy. Like pushing it in… a little bit more. 🙂

Is Your Pastor Dumb Too?

The rate at which divorce is creeping into the church is becoming alarming.

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The striking thing is that many religious leaders are just plainly dumb. They live in a fantasy land – keeping their head high – until it’s too late.

Is the church culture fast becoming a religious dogma? Are religious organizations doing enough to encourage people to seek practical help?

A research bears the hidden reality of this story. Read it all here.

2015 Top Posts and 15 Countries…

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To start this year, I’d like to use this opportunity to share with you the top PBW & Beyond blog posts of 2015.

They are…

(1) @Jenny_Chisom is Here on Her Blog Tour

In this post, I interviewed Jenny Chisom, one of Nigeria’s amazing bloggers. She runs Logos Audibles, a content development company in Nigeria as well as other blogging events in Nigeria.

When you read the interview, you’ll learn more about her person, her blogging style, her ideal blog reader and the challenges she faces as a blogger.

Read @Jenny_Chisom is Here on Her Blog Tour.

(2) All Bloggers Don’t Blog for the Same Reason

In this post, I share my opinion on why bloggers should stop worrying about their posting frequency and competitors.

The main thing you should do is to create time to blog – and enjoy your blogging journey. Stop killing yourself over your blog.

Read All Bloggers Don’t Blog for the Same Reason.

(3) #BLOGGING: 3 Simple Hacks That Will Make Your Blog Post Really, Really Persuasive

A persuasive blog post has the power to draw a reader in. It amplifies the author’s message to connect with the reader. All that is required of you is focused thinking and the ability to give valued content to your audience in a way that encourages them to do what needs to be done.

The main idea of this post is that ‘writing a persuasive blog post is easy’. Just follow the three tips I shared and you’ll be good to go.

Read #BLOGGING: 3 Simple Hacks That Will Make Your Blog Post Really, Really Persuasive.

(4) A Tribute to WordPress

According to Expanded Ramblings’ DMR blog, as of November 7, 2015, the number of pageviews on WordPress blogs monthly equaled 20.3 billion. Also, as of June 26, 2015, the number of posts that have been written with WordPress stands at 2.5 billion.

Those numbers are large.

This further proves one thing. It proves that the WordPress blogging platform has domineeringly been embraced by the blogging community. More and more companies are now running their blogs on the platform more than ever.

This post is all about my appreciation for the WordPress platform.

Read A Tribute to WordPress.

(5) Originality Is Relative

In creative works, there’s the talk of being original.

It’s a feat that has driven some people insane. It’s also a feat that has driven others to fame. Whether its music, business strategy, writing or blogging, you can create something original. Just follow the tips I shared.

In essence, this post contains three tips to help you become original in your work.

Read Originality is Relative.

Thank you again…

I also want to use this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you who visited and read this blog last year.

You all came from a total of 15 countries. Topping the list of countries that visited PBW & Beyond in 2015 are the United States of America, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Thank you to all my WordPress.com and Twitter followers. Thank you for staying loyal to PBW & Beyond in 2015. I appreciate your support.

I look forward to a brighter 2016 year ahead.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Prosper B. Wealth (Founder, Lovegeria)

10,000 Spoons & The Soup

I came home. She jumped on me.

She was so happy. She danced around me while I kept saying things that made her blush.

Then came that kitchen moment.

I prepared the meal. I dished it into her plate. I served her and she went for it. I left.

Nine minutes later, I came to find her licking the soup and leaving the balls. She looked at me. She knew I was about to shout at her for licking the soup again. She chanted her trumpet tone and wag her tail.

In my heart, I said “that’s my chihuahua.”

I felt so much love in my heart. The irony is that she’s grown from “that” puppy into “my beautiful” chihuahua.

Now, that’s my 10,000 Spoons.

ON FANDOM: I’m Not A Fan

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Am I a sports fan? No!

Do I love sports? Yes!

In my world, the main sport that unites people of different ethnic groups and social status is soccer (popularly known in Africa as football – Yes… I know you’re not that dumb!). And if there’s a  club I would have been a soccer fan of, that club would have been Chelsea FC.

As I write this post out loud, I got the question: WHY CHELSEA?

WHY I WOULD HAVE A BEEN A FAN OF CHELSEA FC?

My answer to that question is that I really had and still have a lot of Chelsea fans around me. Secondly, I feel like I still have a thing for that blue color.

Even though I don’t create time to watch EPL matches often, I try to get the gist when I can (too bad for Mourinho’s unhappy situation. Hope things turn out fine at Chelsea FC).

As I round up this post, I feel the urge to mention that I’m also a basketball lover. I played it in my secondary school days. It’s been a very long time since I played it. Sadly, as a competition, the last time I played it, my team were beat hands-down. We tried so hard against the better side. We lost the match and were out of the competition. The scores ended 82 – 18 in favour of our opponents. Yet, I get to watch the game once in a while. I still remember what it feels like to hold a basketball, bounce it, throw it in and hear the crowd shout “basket!”.

All in all, I still love sports….. but I’m not really a die hard fan for any sport. Are you?

P.S.: This Fandom post is a WordPress prompt.
P.P.S.: Image source is SkySports