Can Writing Light A Fire?

Turn Around Or Keep Going?
Turn Around Or Keep Going?

Here’s an excerpt from an email I sent yesterday.  It started as a simple note to encourage a friend (purposefully maintaining anonymity), and fellow blogger, who had sent the link below.

Thanks for the tip on the website design link. Book marked https://Flavors.me

I often think that writing for a year has allowed the opportunity to create a vault of content. Which comes first, content or candy?

Anyway, while others fuss about stuff, I simply wake up and write. Closing in on 2,000 posts.  In a year. It’s because the first priority is to write. That’s what a blogger does.  Write.

Over time, people will either like it or not. The blogger then has to decide to continue or quit.

Most quit.

People like people who don’t quit.  People also like people who have big dreams, for the right reasons. People like honest, open, real people.

They also like people who have something to say that makes them laugh or think. I’m not that funny when I write. And those that don’t want to think about what I write are free to move on.

And yet, last month, there were over 15,000 unique visitors and well over 30,000 visits.

Hits (different from visits) and page views are off the chart (between 100,000 – 200,000 monthly). This means, slowly but surely, content trumps candy. If you want to generate more visitors, where do you think you should focus?

PS.  You know why, and who, I write for.  The rest, as they say, is a bonus.

What Lights Your Fire?

Burning Desire
Burning Desire

What is it that is the one thing that will move you to action?

What’s that “hot button” that makes doing what you need to do, no chore at all? The trigger that lights your fire?

I hate to say it, but most people, myself included, don’t have a ready answer.

Once this realization was etched in stone – on my heart and soul – magical things, transformational things, began to happen.

Your clock is ticking. No one wants to admit it, but it is.  The older (and wiser) you become, the clearer this becomes.

The secret is to find your hot button that will unleash your motivation and untether your excuses, your barriers, your worries, your fears, your doubts.

You really do deserve the best life has to offer, but it ain’t gonna fall in your lap.  Ya with me?

Yeah, A Little Edgy Lately

Edgy Or What?
Edgy Or What?

Have you noticed it the last few days?

Is it happening to you too? I can’t be the only one.  There has to be a ton of us. A ton who are really impatient as we wait for our economy to turn around. Perhaps the whole world feels this way.

And yet, in our dissatisfaction, the predictable happens.  You already know the answer don’t you?  What happens is what always happens.

Nuthin’.

Nuthin’ happens.

This is why the past few days have been unusually exciting. I’ve come to the realization that this time last year, I was on fire.

And then things started to hum, and by August, jungle jeff, Mid Life Celebration, Lane 8, jeff noel.org and jeff noel.com were cranking out the numbers. (humbly, everything has more than doubled since then)

This led to a feeling of relief, and a feeling of panic.  And both emotions impacted these five daily blogs.

There are some writers and bloggers that write for the numbers, the traffic.

That makes me nauseous. Seriously. I pray that none of these blogs ever become status quo or worry about being mainstream.

But when it does happen (and it will), it won’t be because I caved, but because I pushed and pulled and didn’t accept bull crap excuses for why people have to accept anything but excellence.

And the part of the equation that’ll make it all possible is the core group of you who get it. Who act on it.  Who transform themselves.

And then they’ll start to influence others around them in a transformational way, and this ripple effect is what will make the world a little better before I die.

Way Too Much Of This?

There’s way too much of this:

  • Fear
  • Uncertainty
  • Doubt
  • Bull
Yeah, It's Bull....
Yeah, It's Bull....

So the million dollar question is this: “Are you piling it up or cleaning it up?”

What’s Your Leadership Strategy?

Guts?
Guts?

What do you do to stay ahead as a great leader?  The trends, technology, social media, innovation, results, inspiration, challenges. Most leaders are good at these things.  Some are very good. And a few are excellent.

Which are you? Do you even know if you are a great leader? Most of us aren’t.

In today’s world, we need people with vision and guts. Ya with me?

What do you do to create a visionary wildfire?  What are you willing to risk to see your visionary flames spread?

I’d really like to challenge all you jungle jeff readers to list your top three strategies or tactics. Not to publish in the comments, but just to satisfy your own accountability. Here are mine:

Fanatical focus on my purpose (vision).  Insatiable learning.  Daily risk taking (launch, learn, revise).

PS. If you want to share them, please go ahead.