Have you ever set yourself a writing challenge? Today I have with the challenge of writing a blog post using an analogy.
Analogies, as I have always known, make writing more interesting and can leave a greater imprint in the mind than straight forward information sharing. Just ask Tristan from The Blogging Bookshelf and I’m sure he’d agree!! He also has a great guide to analogous writing if you’re interested. You can read it here.
So today’s post is my effort to draw the following two subjects together – blogging and weight loss – and see what we (or I) can learn from the experience.
Why Blogging is Like Trying To Lose Weight
There are several key components to blogging. One is regular posting – at least 3 times a week – and although we all sometimes fall below that goal, as long as we ‘get back on the horse’ again and don’t let our blogging habits fall too far behind, we are still heading in the right direction.
Similarly with weight loss, the best and most effective habit to is to exercise at least 3 times a week. This will give you the best results. However a workout once or twice a week is still a great practice and definitely beneficial to your overall success.
Something is always better than nothing.
Other important strategies to implement during a weight loss journey include those on the following list. The related blogging parallels are written in bold, next to or following them.
1) Having a schedule. Planning meals ahead of time helps avoid poor food choices. Planning blog topics ahead of time also avoids last-minute posts where you end either not posting or writing a rushed or short post, rather than something that may provide value and information.
2) Keeping a food journal. Writing down everything you eat is a great practice for the serious weight loss achiever. Statistics have proven that those who keep a record of their food intake lose twice as much weight as those who do not.
Although most blogs are a journal all of their own, keeping a record of what and when you will post it is still a sensible and helpful tool for most bloggers.
I have just received my own Blog Planning Kit from Tristan at The Blogging Bookshelf and have already found it great for getting down my thoughts and plans for this blog.
3) Consistency of Effort. For a weight loss journey to be successful in the long term, there is no doubt that you must be consistent in your efforts to make healthy eating and more activity your new lifestyle.
Having only short ‘health kicks’ where you stick to your goals for a day or two and then reinfect your lifestyle with food binges and/or other negative behaviours will not only frustrate you, but will result in poorer weight loss outcomes. NOTE: The above said, it is still very common for most of us to have the odd ‘bad day’, which is fine as long we don’t allow it to become an excuse for returning to our old habits permanently!
Blogging also requires consistent effort ! Not just in the form of churning out posts, but also toward nurturing your blogging potential.
This might include (but is not restricted to) reading other people’s blogs, accessing quality information about blogging (writing techniques, wordpress software, guest posting..etc…) and making the business of blogging part of your overall focus!
Of course,the application of this knowledge is also important. Lots of knowledge and no action equates to only minor progress (in any endeavour!)
4) You need to stay positive!! 🙂 Are you a ‘glass half empty’ or a ‘glass half full’ kind of person. In other words, do you focus on finding the good in things?
Or are you critical – of others or of yourself ? Of what others say (or write!!) or of how they behave and react?
Being too critical or negative toward yourself or others can become somewhat of a habit if we allow it too. The Chinese call it Ying energy, as opposed to Yang (the good, positive life energy) but no matter how you label it, there is no doubt that looking for the good in things will benefit your emotional wellbeing and will also help you to focus on your achievements instead of your setbacks, thereby encouraging you to keep going!
Okay, so there it is for you – a brief comparison of blogging and weight loss. Oh and I would like to add this one too – linking to others as often as you can.
What’s that old saying that I often hear? Together Every One Achieves More.
I think it’s true. None of us are an island – or if we are, we’d better get off it from time to time and visit a few other islands. The scenery will be better and the journey will be far more exciting.
Before You Go……
Why not leave a comment…….
Perhaps you would like to share some blogging or weight loss secrets of your own or maybe some other practices that you hold true or are committed to sticking with ?
Life is a journey of learning, growing and change and it definitely involves other people, so your input to each and every discussion here is truly appreciated.
It also adds value to the discussion itself – these posts are my thoughts only, however your opinion and feedback is highly valued! 🙂 🙂