Today I’m so excited to share this post on how to quickly seize blogging opportunities from ace blogger Ryan Biddulph of Blogging From Paradise.
4 Tips to Quickly Seize Blogging Opportunities
I asked my friends on Twitter and Facebook:
“Who wants a guest post?”
Corinne took me up on the offer in 5 minutes flat. I began writing this guest post 90 seconds after she took me up on my offer. I do not usually write guest posts 90 seconds after receiving the opportunity but I never play around. I hop on blogging opportunities fast.
Seizing blogging opportunities fast:
- Improves your skills
- Increases your traffic
- Boosts your blogging profits
In essence, blogging is a series of opportunities for helping people. Seize the opportunities to succeed. Let the opportunities slip through your hands to fail.
Follow these 4 tips.
1: Realize that Opportunities Have a Shelf Life
Imagine if Corinne invited me to guest post on her blog. Awesome. But picture me waiting 1 week, 1 month then 6 months to take her up on her offer. Perhaps her invite remains open if I reply 1 week or 1 month later but guaranteed, it’s off the table 1 year from now.
Opportunities have a shelf life. Sear this idea onto your mind. Either seize opportunities fast to help people and to succeed. Or let opportunities slip through your blogging butter fingers to not help people and to fail. You choose.
2: Manage Your Energy
Human beings resist seizing opportunities for one reason: fear in their minds scares them into not gobbling up opportunities.
I spend 3-4 hours daily – or more – doing various forms of yoga, meditating and exercising. I manage my energy to follow my fun, to develop a better relationship with fear and to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Developing these traits allows me to grab opportunities quickly. I do not wait around. I do not hesitate. Seize the moment!
Manage your energy through some daily ritual. Consider meditating. Do yoga. Exercise. Whatever resonates with you, follow that path. Managing your energy unearths fear for you to face, feel and release. Being more fearless influences you to seize and run with opportunities fast.
3: Let Go Past Rejections
I considered asking my friends yesterday about the guest post thing but fear arose in my mind. I recalled two bloggers in the past rejecting guest posts I submitted. More bloggers rejected my guest posts during my career of course but both experiences triggered fear in my mind.
I faced, felt and released these rejection fears today. Letting go past rejections created space for me to extend the guest post invite.
Release rejections of the past. Someone who appears to reject your guest post simply prefers a different writing style, values a different writing approach or flat out lacks resonance with your blogging presentation. Do not take their personal preference personally because their view has to do with them and has nothing to do with you.
Carry on being unburdened by the illusion of past rejections. Today is a new day rich with blogging opportunities.
4: Hold a Freeing Why
I blog to be free to circle the globe. I blog to have fun helping people. Do I sound like the type of guy who’d put off blogging? Would you not seize blogging opportunities lightning-fast if you blogged to be free to circle the globe?
Most bloggers blog for weak or non-existent reasons, treating blogging like a casual hobby or pipe dream. Do you give 1000’s of hours to a pipe dream or casual hobby? No!
Treat blogging seriously by picking a fun, freeing, liberating reason why you blog. The moment you blog for freedom you will never put off blogging opportunities until the weekend or next week. Blog for freedom to seize and use opportunities for growth fast. I slept for 3 hours last night but here I am writing this guest post 90 seconds after Corinne invited me to do so.
In life, there are the quick and the dead. Blog for freedom to be in the quick crowd. Let everyone else be the blogging walking dead, putting off blogging until…..forever.
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Helpful tips. Fear of rejection is the one holds most of us back. Thank you for sharing.
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Great tips! I let past rejections hold me back a lot.
Lots of helpful ideas. I do let opportunities slip by a lot. Hopefully following some of these tips will help.
Great tips! I’m guilty of procrastinating and overthinking, even though I know that rejection rarely has anything to do with my skills/expertise and more to do with it not being a match with a publication.
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This was a great read. You totally nailed in the concept…act fast when you get the opportunity..don’t sit over it.
Wow! So blogging and guest posting are alive and kicking in 2020 – 2021? Who knew? And how brave of you, Corinne, to ask “Who wants to write a guest post?” on Twitter!! (Thank you, Ryan, for saving my dear friend from the guest-posting botnets – you’re a prince! And 90 seconds – wait, it took you a whole minute and a half to jump on this gracious invitation from Corinne!? 😀 Nice to see you here, it’s been a minute. Or a decade. I seem to be caught in a ball of timey-wimey stuff.)
“Opportunities have a shelf life.” I’ve never thought they didn’t, but so many people treat them as if they do. I’m always grateful for the second chances, but I don’t take them for granted.
It’s interesting that you mention a daily ritual. Since taking early retirement and landing not in a ritual of travel and fun, as planned, it’s been hard to find a grounding ritual – is it Monday? Or Thursday? Does it matter? And ultimately, reinventing the pattern of days takes time. It changed with school, and each transition during those years. It changed with work. It changed with marriage, and again with children. Why would I ever have expected this time to be different? Daily rituals are grounding.
My fun, freeing “why” of blogging is really just to provide a little fun for readers. When I forget that – when I get sucked into the world of “blogging” for other people’s “why,” then I fail at that. And it’s no fun for me, either. It’s what we used to call “phoning it in,” eh? I told Darren Rowse in 2009 that my goal was to dominate the no-niche niche. I’m well on my way with that. I should revel. But now… having been declared it’s Queen… I have to hang onto my paper crown with both hands. 😉
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Helpful post. Will apply these tips going forward. I am guilty of procrastinating. This post once again teaches me how to not sit on opportunities. Thanks, Ryan and Cory.