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How to Find Writing Consistency and Motivation for Blogging

I’ve written probably 300-400 pieces (about 20% of them 10,000-40,000 words) in the past 10 years with thousands of social shares across them. I’ve got some tough answers but I’ve found them to be most true.
 
The first part is you have to like writing. If it’s not fun to you, if it sounds like work…there really isn’t much strategy to help you want to do it. It’s like trying to make a game out of eating something you hate. Sure, you can try mixing it into other foods and what not but you’ll never like the way it tastes. And you can’t just be about the money, that’s just not enough motivation (even money can’t make lawyers love their jobs). Those who write only for the money, will never last long. Just my two cents.
 
The 2nd part is that you have to write from the heart and write from what you know. Most bloggers I see don’t have enough experience about the thing they’re trying to write about, they don’t have any strong opinions or knowledge about it to share with the world. Imagine trying to write a movie review about a movie you either didn’t watch, or didn’t finish, or kinda fell asleep while you were watching it. Your review would not only lack substance but also lack heart. You may even try to write your movie review based on what other people were saying about it (regurgitating information). If you want to be a real writer and write a lot, you need to have a lot of opinions on the topic.
 
The 3rd part is this is a real strategy of mine is that I write ONLY when I’m inspired. I might be inspired for 8-days straight…if so, I write every minute of all 8 days. If I’m inspired at 3am in the middle of the night, I wake up and write it. F**k sleep. And if I’m NOT inspired, then I don’t friggin write anything. I don’t care if I’m not inspired for 6 months. Being a good writer is like being an artist…so treat yourself like an artist. I know some people try to do that thing where you write consistently. IMO, doing that only makes you hate writing even more. If I were you, just write only when you’re inspired and if you’ve lived an exciting life, you’ll have more written down than what you release and so you always have a bank full of pre-written articles. Even now, I have 200 unreleased articles…I could be lazy for 1-2 years and still have unreleased “masterpieces”. Think of like how musicians are with their unreleased work.

How Do You Stay Motivated?

I do what I want. I think so many people don’t and that hurts their consistency in the long run. If you hate blogging, don’t force yourself to write. If you hate videos, don’t force yourself to get in front of a camera. Forcing yourself to do anything never works because you’ll quit in the long run and likely not be as competitive against someone who does love it. Try sticking only with tasks that you like doing and focus extra hard on that. I’ve been monetizing online for over 10 years now and that’s stood out more than most other things I’ve tried. Believe me, the excitement of making money online wears off once you actually start making it.

For those who wonder: but who gets tired of making money?

Well, some people are really in it to pile up a bunch of money. But others, like myself, just want free time or freedom to travel and work remotely, quit our jobs and that sort of stuff. And once you have enough money to stop working and travel…you’re going to start scheming how you can do even less! It’s like “yay, I don’t have to work anymore but damn…do I really have to keep writing blogs?”

The Secret to Life (Happiness, Success, Purpose)

1. Find what you love.

2. Dream big.

3. Work hard.

Find something makes life worthwhile. Don’t waste your time on anything that isn’t taking you closer to your life passion. Aim for the biggest reward, the highest peak possible. Don’t settle for second place. You’re giving up your life so might as well go all out for the jackpot prize. Pursue your goals is with 100% dedication and confidence.

Live happy. 🙂

Success is NOT a Surprise

It’s amazing how many people think success happens entirely by accident. They might not be actively thinking this but they don’t realize they’re actually living this way. My success was all planned, premeditated, with precision, conviction. I knew what what I wanted to do and then I made it happen.

This is what’s going to happen next on my list of success:

  • #1 Youtube channel in my niche
  • #1 Facebook community in my niche
  • #1 US Championship position in a competition I’m currently training for

Do tell me…what’s next on your list of success? And better yet, what are you doing to get there?

Couchsurfing B-Corp Is a Good Thing

Lately, there’s been a lot of divided opinions (more against it than for it) about Casey Fenton’s decision to raise money and turn Couchsurfing into a B-corp. It created legions of angry CS’ers and sparked heated debate among the themes of capitalism, altruistic communities, and [corrupted] corporations.

 

How I feel about the anti-corporation community:

Some people were demanding that Casey give up Couchsurfing and upgrade its members to shareholder status. To that I say: CS is still Casey’s project and he doesn’t owe any piece of it to any of you. You have every right to your own opinion and to play along or go elsewhere, but you don’t have any right to his intellectual property. Just because I use Youtube and share links with all my friends doesn’t mean Youtube owes me a percentage of their company.

Being a user of the site, we are all essentially “non-profit shareholders” of CS. We are all a part of this community and own it in the sense that we represent the company. Without users, CS is nothing.

We are already benefiting from the great service and travel convenience that it offers. Now you wanted money too for being a part of this? Or are you now wanting money because someone else is profiting money? (Is it not enough that you get to contribute to the ideals of couchsurfing? You want a reward, too?) I guess your argument supports the point of corporations moreso than it challenges it.

And for all the questions about “why didn’t Casey ask for more money?” That’s not what CS’ing is all about. It’s not about asking money for free couches.

As for all the questions of “Why didn’t Casey do this? Why didn’t Casey do that?”, Casey made the best decision to benefit the corporation as well as the community. He didn’t need to ask the CS community because he had the support of some of the world’s smartest and most experienced. And yes, they’re going to make a shit-ton of money. We [Americans] still live in a world where things cost money and those who have more will live more comfortably than those who don’t. Having money doesn’t necessarily mean your quality of life is better. You might be just as stressed out and unhappy as anybody else…but at least you get to do it from the comforts of a leather armchair and not a concrete floor of the subway station. Personally, I’d rather have a sucky life in a mansion.

 

Anti-Corporation Sentiment

It seems to me that many of the arguments are simply anti-corporation sentiments. They’re jaded by the big heartless corporations that sold their country’s natural resources, child labor, oil spill, manipulative advertising, etc. People will argue that a for-profit corporation will always become corrupted sooner or later because their first priority will always be about making money than it is to contribute to the community.

It doesn’t matter if a company is a profit corporation or non-profit corporation, it will ALWAYS have an opportunity and motive to be corrupted.

 

Couchsurfing Making A Profit

The way I see it, it’s good if Casey finds a way to make money while still providing the service for free. Re-designing and re-organizing the company so that it can take care of itself as it takes care of others. It’s not about profits, it’s about becoming self-sustainable. And for a corporation, the blood of self-sustainability can be MONEY.

Corporations are not inherently bad because they have a need to profit. Any corporation, profit or non-profit, can only prosper by giving us exactly what we want. If the new corporate CS fails to give users the experience they want in a traveler site, they will not exist (let alone make any money).

There is no reason why they aren’t allowed to make money. The only way a corporation will be successful if we are happy. And as long as we are happy, nothing else should matter. (Assuming no laws are broken, environments left unharmed, nobody exploited.)

There were even claims of Couchsurfing being a monopoly. That it FORCED users to turn into a profiting corporation. Couchsurfing is simply the best community, you are not forced to take part in it. (Btw, almost all the other traveler hospitality sites are FOR-PROFIT companies.)

I personally don’t care if CS makes a billion dollars as long as it delivers the best couchsurfing experience out there. The concept saved me a lot of money and if the service remains free, I think it’s fair that somebody profits out of this. As it stands, CS is the best traveler-hosting website and until that changes, I have no choice but to put up with whatever they do.

 

The Most Important Thing:

Is that the community of free hospitality is kept alive. Stay or leave CS if you want, but just don’t forget to do your part in helping other travelers out. You are not TRAPPED or FORCED to do anything against your will.  You still have your most important power, which is the power to meet travelers and still has fun.

And hey, guess what…maybe CS will be BETTER because of this new transformation. It might be the beginning of a new era. More helpful features added as they make money while delivering a better “FREE” site for CS’ers. I don’t see how CS can last, providing server bandwidth for free to millions of travelers. The users still have all the power, we leave the site and take our communities with us if they don’t deliver what we want.