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Do you ever feel like you've hit a wall?
It happens to all of us. To begin with when you start a new blog everything takes off. You're totally into it, you work your butt off and, because you're starting from nothing, you make progress fast.
But then, as time goes by, growth starts to tail off. You're still doing fine but your progress has slowed down. Right down.
Most of the time I feel like I'm doing well maintaining and growing both my blogs.
My travel blog is ticking along nicely with a tighter focus on travel and growing interest from sponsors and advertisers.
Meanwhile Successful Blogging is growing slowly but surely with my blogging book selling well and wonderful feedback from readers.
When I look at the statistics here I feel proud of the growth.
Yes, I feel like the time I've put into blogging is worth it.
After all, it took me a full year to get 1,000 subscribers over at Get In the Hot Spot but here at Successful Blogging I already have 600 after only six months.
That's good but I'm impatient. Of course I'd love progress to be faster, but I thought I was doing pretty well until I had an exchanged a few emails with Jon Morrow.
In case you haven't heard of him Jon Morrow is the Associate Editor of Copyblogger and the best copywriter on the internet. He's a blogger and writer I admire and a great role model for bloggers and writers like me.
So it wasn't much fun when Jon told me, in the nicest possible way, that my blog growth sucks.
He reckons I should have thousands of subscribers already and that I probably just need to do a few things to make that happen.
Hearing that didn't just make we want to cry. It really made me cry.
I've worked like a drone on my blogs this year and it's sad to think that I could have put in the same amount of time and effort with better results. That all those times when I thought I wasn't good enough it wasn't just the voice of a naysayer in my head. Maybe it was actually true.
What if Jon wasn't a big meanie? What if he was right?
Professional Development and Blogging
Then last week I heard that I didn't get chosen as a BlogWorld 2011 speaker. That was disappointing but also liberating. The upside is that I can now relax and I've decided not to go to BlogWorld in Los Angeles this year.
It's sad that I won't get to meet all the other amazing bloggers, especially readers like you, but it's good because BlogWorld 2010 took up a lot of my time and energy that I should spend on other things this year.
Don't get me wrong. If I lived anywhere near LA I'd be at BlogWorld 2011 like a shot. But I live in Australia and the time commitment and emotional investment of leaving my family for a week is huge.
I love professional development and meeting other bloggers so next month I'm going to the Problogger conference an hour by plane from me in Melbourne, Australia which I'm thrilled about. It will give me all the fun socializing, networking and learning opportunities that I love about BlogWorld and I even have a splendid sponsor on board.
But I also want to get personal help with my blogging from Jon Morrow because, while I hope I'm doing a good job mentoring you with your blogs, I could use a mentor too so I can take both my blogging to the next level.
I have massive commitments for the next two months so I'm planning to take the guest blogging course at the end of the year and put my all into it.
Why I Want to do the Guest Blogging Course
In many ways I know it's crazy for me to take the guest blogging course because one of the many glowing references for Jon's course comes from Brian Clark at who says:
“Only nine new bloggers made the Best of Copyblogger 2010 list this year and three of them have done Jon Morrow's guest blogging course.”
Brian Clark, Copyblogger
You see I made that Best of Copyblogger list last year and I'm insanely proud of that.
If I have done one thing right with blogging it has been guest posting. Guest blogging has helped me get published on some of the best blogs on the internet and grow my blogs faster than anything else.
I did it all by myself too and I'm proud of that too because I'm stubborn, strong and independent.
I don't like taking help from anyone. That's not what I'm about.
I've traveled the world and hitchhiked solo. I've given birth to an 11-lb baby at home. I don't need anyone's help for anything. I prefer to do things by myself.
But maybe that's been one mistake I've made in life many times before and I'm going to fix it now.
I'm ready to seek blogging help from Jon Morrow.
I want him to pass his eagle eyes over my blogs and give me tips on improving my writing.
I started blogging to improve my writing and it's worked. Now I want to take it to the next level.
This is an incredible opportunity to work with Jon who I've admired for years. He's easily the best copywriter on the internet and, as I've found out, he's brutally honest.
Yes, the brutal truth hurts but I appreciate his honesty and comments.
The brutal truth is what I need to help me shake off complacency, stop settling for good enough and start going for gold.
The brutal truth is what I need to help me get over this wall.
Guest Blogging Course Details
If you're interested in the guest blogging course Jon Morrow has created slideshows to tell you what to expect. You'll need a bit of time to watch and listen to them and work out if the guest blogging course is right for you.
I've signed up as an affiliate for the guest blogging course and am looking forward to taking it later this year. I'll give you my own personal feedback and another progress report next year.
As an affiliate I'll get paid if you decide to join the guest blogging program. You won't pay any more but Jon gets paid less.
If you prefer you can go straight to GuestBlogging.com without clicking on my affiliate link so Jon gets the full payment. It's true he deserves it as he's the one that's put all the hard work into developing his course and he's the one that will be helping you through guest blogging.
But if you've ever found my blog posts useful and appreciate my blogging tips feel free to use my affiliate link. I plough all my blogging profits back into my blogs to make them bigger, better and brighter and I donate 10% of profits from my blogging book (which is the main way I earn money from blogging) to Kiva.
Warning: the Guest Blogging Course Takes Time and Commitment
I recommend you check out the details on Jon's guest blogging course when you have at least 10 minutes to watch the slides, take all the tips on board and find out more about how it would help you.
If that sounds good you can find out more about Jon Morrow's guest blogging course here.
If you decide to take the course please make sure you have a reasonably clear month ahead of you so you can actually action Jon's tips.
The next guest blogging course starts this Friday 15 September with a limit of 100 students.
Otherwise just stay tuned to Successful Blogging. I'll be back with more blogging tips, inspiration and motivation soon.
What about you? Have you ever hit a wall in blogging, business or life? How did you get over it?