16 Comments

  1. Kiyoko
    August 1, 2017 @ 8:53 am

    I just might have to print this article out and hang it on my wall to reread when I’m feeling particularly frustrated. Like others, I have a lot of big ideas but then often fern overwhelmed by all that needs to be done to attain those goals. This article is a good reminder to take things one at a time.

    I also particularly like the “notable moments” for each week in the EBA Planner. When I’m feeling particularly frustrated or feel like nothing is going right, it’s a way for me to find a small positive and keep me going.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Liton Biswas
    August 2, 2017 @ 8:26 am

    Sound inspiring for new bloggers. Thanks Ruth.

  3. Ember @ An Intentional Lifestyle
    August 3, 2017 @ 10:19 am

    This is exactly what I needed right now. We’re still in the beginning of building our blog. But I see all these people that have grown theirs so huge and I start to compare. But I’m comparing my now to their now, which is completely different points.
    The daily tasks never feel huge. They actually feel tiny and like they make no difference. I’m trying to focus on now and keep our dream in mind, just not get worn down because we’re not there yet.

  4. Evette
    August 3, 2017 @ 10:49 am

    Thanks for posting this article, Ruth! This was right on time–I was journaling about my frustration with my website/blog posts and how I could get more traffic (will definitely check out your post about that) and I got an email that led me to this post. God’s trying to tell me something! I admit, I have not been doing as much as I could be doing to promote my website, so I really shouldn’t be frustrated. Not only that, but I’ve been distracted by other things (should I continue to use my website or try another one in hopes of getting more organic traffic and better SEO? What on earth do I write about?). But the key is to be consistent and not to give up. Thanks for the encouragement!

  5. Heather
    August 3, 2017 @ 11:09 am

    Man did I need this article today! This whole week I have been doing some seriously tedious tasks and feeling that “is it all worth it” feeling. I’ve been updating all of my old posts with better writing, SEO, Pinterest sharing images – stuff I do now regularly but back then had no clue about it. Need to remember the bamboo farmer analogy when I get bogged down and feel frustrated! Thanks!

  6. Bill
    August 3, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    Very true! I think knowing where your talent lies, like creating content for example, and being able to put a lot of focus on that is important. And although we hear about outsourcing the stuff that you don’t have expertise in, there’s still a need to get involved somewhat with every part of your business. Maybe you don’t need to be an HTML expert or a professional photographer, but you should at least spend some time with it. If for no other reason than to know what you want and what kind of effort goes into it. And that takes some time. I agree, there’s definitely no shortcuts!

  7. Linda Todd
    August 3, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

    Ruth, I know this is true, because I have been doing this a while. I get putout and want to think I must be crazy or something, and then deep inside I have the determination that one day, someway, somehow, this whole thing will turn around. i just published my new website today (SSL Certificate & all). The Niche has sold 22.9 B, so I am hoping that I can at least make $100. LOL

    Enjoyed the read.

  8. Stacy R.
    August 3, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

    Ruth, thanks for the reminder. I did so much work in my first unit of EBA…in anticipation of starting my blog. Unfortunately, we moved to an area where getting good internet service has been a HUGE challenge. It’s always good to hear stories like Rosemary’s and know that it’s okay if you’re not through the program in 12 weeks! Also, I screen shot and printed your quote. I wish you had a collection of them somewhere. I like to keep inspirational reminders where I can see them. Thanks.

  9. Eliza
    August 3, 2017 @ 7:04 pm

    Thanks Ruth. The bamboo analogy was great! My small thing this month is to not check my stats. I’ve become a bit obsessive about them and it’s a waste of time that should be spent on actually working on the blog. Plus it means I second guess everything – the types of posts I’m writing, who my audience is, my marketing strategy etc. Endurance is the price tag of achievement.

  10. Lauren Kinghorn
    August 3, 2017 @ 7:38 pm

    Adore this post! So spot on. Thanks so much, Ruth. I have been blogging for 18 months and progress has been super slow. I earned a total of $50 in year one and $282 so far in the first 7 months of year 2. Yet I know I’m going to make it, however long it takes me to figure out what I really have to offer my readers. What really helps me is to celebrate the tiny successes along the way.

  11. Danielle / Welcome 2 My Jungle
    August 4, 2017 @ 2:04 pm

    I definitely needed to see this post!! Thank you for writing! I think we constantly get tied up in the idea of hitting it big overnight. Wanting to wake up to our traffic being through the roof because a post went viral. But I needed to hear, “Hey, I’ve been working on this for 5 years.” Some of my mentors have hit it big within their first year. I’m closing out my first year this fall and have yet to hit it big due to taking a few months off for a move and illness. But I’m working hard and back at it and this was just perfect timing! I’m working on all those small things now and I do notice how they help out so they are totally worth it! like SEO stuff that helps organic searches. Stuff like that. Pinterest and Instagram visitors too. All of that adds up! Thanks again!

  12. Jamie Rockers
    August 4, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

    Hello,
    I have started blogging myself. I am trying to find out the basic problems that my blog is having and looking for solutions. Also, I’m searching for some basic things like themes and other stuff.
    I have read your whole article, I am looking forward to getting a positive result after performing this myself.
    Can you suggest me any basic idea that I might need in the future as a new blogger?
    Thank you

  13. Amber
    August 10, 2017 @ 10:55 am

    This is the best article I’ve read so far on my blog launching journey! I have yet to launch and have been reading and reading and reading some more. I feel like I need to master it all right away! I will NEVER forget “little hinges open big doors”. I’m going to put that quote next to my computer! Thank you so very much!

  14. Pete McPherson
    August 14, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

    Fantastic post. The myths of overnight successes should be shouted from the rooftops far more 🙂

    Also, Rosemarie is a brilliant person, and one of my all-time faves in the blog-o-sphere. She’s a delight!

  15. Janine
    September 17, 2017 @ 12:32 am

    Thanks for this Ruth, this is just what I need to hear right now! I am committed to my blog and making those small steps and recognising those small, however tedious, steps along the way.
    Here’s to keep moving forward one step of excellence at a time. : )

  16. Rachel @ The Improved Me Project
    September 17, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

    As a beginner blogger this was a a very good article to read. One of the reasons I wanted to blog is that i wanted to understand what go on in the background. And I can say it is a learning experience for sure! I think it is important to enjoy the process instead on only focusing on the end result you want.