Are You a Patient Blogger?

720 words.

Right down the drain.

But I am as calm and chill as ever.

I just finished a guest post here. Image chosen. Text done. Linked up beautifully.

I loved it.

In a split second I clicked a link up top in the backoffice and for some reason the text disappeared. Everything disappeared.

What did I do?

Did I desperately scramble for the content, looking for saved files, trying to ensure I did not waste my time?


I simply began writing a new post.

Different topic, even.

I formerly wrote about a chapter from one of my eBooks.

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I picked one chapter. Explained how some tour operators in Bali and transport aka taxi drivers in Bali help you see what not to do when building a successful blog. I explained why some operators and drivers desperately scare off business.

I even mentioned my friend Sara Duggan and how she does outreach effectively, helping folks generously, promoting me on social media, noting me on her blog and even buying one of my recent eBooks.

But all gone. Down the cyber toilet.

No biggie though.

No crying over spilled milk here.

After 30 seconds of trying to find the post via the latest saved version thingee I simply began writing another post.

I am a patient blogger.

Are You a Patient Blogger?

Be honest.

Would you have flipped out after writing a post, formatting the post, grabbing the featured image, linking in, linking out, and deleting the post in a split second, watching text dissolve into thin air?

Likely, you’d have been upset.

No worries; the old me would have flipped out, even cursing, being totally frustrated with wasting my time.

The new me simply moves on. After a decade spent online I’d need to be insane to behave otherwise. I have learned the art of patience, through my blogging experience. Maybe I don’t have 1/10,000th of the patience of a Buddhist monk here in Thailand but I’m a chill dude.

Being patient prospers you. While most bloggers flip out for minutes or even hours after the poop hits the fan, blogging-wise, you calmly and confidently move on, letting go the past, and keep creating and connecting persistently, being unflappable, chill, at peace and prospering like a champion.

Some 19 minutes after the initial post and subsequent delete I’ll have written this post. I even get to use the same featured image 😉

Tack on 3 more minutes for the proof read and publishing, and after 4 more minutes I will have promoted the blog post to my tribe, giving it big traction on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the old me, and most bloggers, would have whined and moaned for 1 minute, 10 minutes or 60 minutes, complaining about making mistakes that human beings sometimes make. Since you are human it is OK to complain but it is even more OK to let go, move on and serve people. More prospering, too.

Your Turn

Could you use a little more patience with your blog?

How are you being more patient?

What tips can you share to develop blogging patience?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

15 thoughts on “Are You a Patient Blogger?”

  1. Honestly speaking NO… but in the long term i am much patient and can wait for months to see the results. But in the short term while working (as you said) i can work for too long.

  2. I would have lost the plot completely (and in the past have, when I’ve uploaded some content and the internet connection has not behaved itself and lost everything I’ve done. Nowadays I’m a lot more structured. I have a structure for the post, using headings (even if I don’t use them in the final article), helps me keep my head straight and my temper under control when the internet Gods misbehave!

  3. Honestly, I can’t say I am a very patient person. In your shoes, I would probably have gotten angry and wrote anything again only after some hours. Its very frustrating when you put efforts into something and it does not work. But I am trying to build that patient spirit, You sure already have it. Thanks ?

  4. honestly speaking NO… but in the long term i am much patient and can wait for months to see the results. But in the short term while working (as you said) i can work for too long.

  5. Hey Ryan!

    That sucks man!

    But, it happens to the best of us.

    This has happened to me a few times.

    It’s not a good feeling when it happens, but you move on. There is nothing else you can do. And flipping out will not fix anything or magically make what you have lost come back somehow.

    Learn to let go.

    If you were able to come up with such piece of content, chances are you can do it again and again and again.

    Think of yourself as a content creation machine. And you will be fine!

    When this has happened to me, I did the same thing you have done. I simply started writing from scratch all over again. No biggie.

    No need to stress too much about it. It’s pointless to do so.

    Thank you for sharing this!

    Best regards!! 😀

  6. Hi, Brian. Man, I’ve had that happen to me on more than one occasion. Oh, I’ve been in the cursing like a sailor space BUT now, like you, I just start again. No biggie. Well, maybe sometimes I backslide, but not often.

    Sometimes I think God lets things like that happen to develop patience but also to keep us from being so closed-in.

    What I mean is, your original post may have been spectacular (it was) but this post is what needed to be published.

    I know lots of woo-woo but really, it’s to the point and definitely made my day (even without the shout-out although I’m blessed by that).

    Keep doing what you do – making blogging fun again. ^_^

  7. Hi Ryan,

    Great to see you here on Enstine’s place.

    I have to say that I am a patient blogger. Stuff happens from technical difficulties to life’s curve balls. I learned a long time ago to roll with the punches from my off line business. There are ebbs and tides no matter what business you are in. If there is one thing we can count on is stuff happens.

    It is how we deal with things that count. Blogging isn’t for everyone. It is a long sustained part of our business. But it is our own and as much as we nurture it, stuff will happen. We just have to take a deep breath and go with it.


  8. Oh Ryan! I’m so sorry! I laughed and felt terrible all at the same time. But I completely understand on hitting that back button making you lose all your work and how at that moment you had a choice. You could have chosen to whine and complain, throw the computer out the (proverbial) window, and be a grouchy person the rest of the day…or you could choose to do exactly what you did.

    I feel in life, as well as blogging, that we have to expect the unexpected and have a plan for when life does bump us up. My best tip I learned from Donna Merrill is the DMO. Daily Method of Operation – I have color coded by importance exactly what needs to get done every day. So on my regular day, I know what I need to do. Versus last week when I was down the flu and pneumonia and homeschooling the kids AND be a blogger, I could schedule my priorities a little bit different. There were days my house was not perfect, but the kids got their school done. My blog post was shorter than I would have loved, but the family still was served a hot meal (my choice, my husband would have ordered pizza if I would have asked)

    Nothing in life will be perfect. Ever. When I step back and focus on the most important things, then my goal becomes clearer and I’m able to be patient with my family and my blog & business ~ Johanna

    • DMO rocks Johanna. Donna does it again. And I am sure the fam appreciated the hot meal while you still published a quality blog post. Being flexible rocks so much. Thanks as always for the comment my friend.

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