If you couldn't tell by now, a lot of my emails aren't planned. I encounter some inspiration and I write an email to you.
This is one of those emails.
This all happened in the past hour...
One of my hobbies is fishkeeping. I have a number of aquariums and I love them all but I don't like doing maintenance on them.
Because I leave Sunday to go to Florida to see my wife (who is with her father) and son for a couple of days, I wanted to get some new filter systems in place so maintenance wouldn't be so bad.
This has been a huge pain in the ass.
Nothing has gone right.
Finally, yesterday I finished. The big tanks had better filtration (doesn't matter if you know what this stuff means, stick with me here) and I knew that I could leave my fish for a couple of days without any worries.
At 2am this morning, one of my dogs decided that she really had to go to the bathroom. So I walk downstairs and let her out.
Then we go back upstairs.
My youngest dog who usually just sleeps through the night decided that she needed to go (this is not normal) so since I was up I figured we'd get it out of the way.
This means they sleep in a bit in the morning so I get my sleep anyways.
Before going back upstairs I noticed something.
There was much less noise than usual coming from the fish tanks.
The fish tanks aren't noisy, but with water moving there is some type of noise and it wasn't there.
Because it's kind of dark I walk over to see if I can hear anything.
I get about 4 ft away and I step in water.
A. Lot. Of. Water.
I don't know what happened but my 60-gallon tank was missing a quarter of its water. It was all over the floor.
That means it was all over my wife's favorite rug.
That means the fish have been without heat or filtration for however long.
That means the wood cabinet stand was flooded.
It's 2:15 in the morning at this point.
I get all of the towels I can and I'm cleaning up the floor. I'm staring at the rug knowing I need a wet/dry vac which I don't have. Home Depot doesn't open until 6am.
I know I need to drain this tank and get the fish out of there and into another tank because a soaked, plywood stand isn't a good thing.
My wife is across the country. I'm exhausted.
All of the work I put in is pretty much down the drain.
I think about what I have to do today.
Oh great, I have to help my brother move into his new place.
I also have to send an email out to you to remind you that today is the last day to sign up for the Billionaire Blog Club (because I do enjoy making money) but I need to make the email valuable. When you blog a lot somehow you start to relate everything to blogging.
I put a lot of work into something only to see the results crash and burn. I have two options here:
- Know it's all not lost and keep going
I'm going to go with #2.
Because I know I'll come back to the fish stuff even if I got rid of everything. At some point, I'll be like "man, I want another tank, I wish I didn't get rid of all of my stuff."
Some things will just keep drawing you back because you feel like you are supposed to do them.
I don't feel that way about blogging but I do feel that way about controlling my own future. Blogging just happened to be the route that I took to make it happen.
I've started a billion and one projects that were supposed to get me to where I was supposed to go. Some had minor success, most failed. Each time I was done with a project I told myself that this was it. Trying to do my own thing just wasn't for me.
It's like I flooded my floor over and over and over again.
But eventually I would come back to try another project.
It's just how I function.
But I always had to do it alone.
My friends would just roll their eyes at me when I told them what I wanted to do and my Mom would just ask if I had been applying to any jobs.
When I met my wife things changed. I wasn't alone in this because she got me. She knew I would just keep on coming back and trying to make it on my own because that's how I'm wired.
She was hard on me when I needed to pull my head out of my own ass and supportive when I flooded the floor.
When I say the most important aspect of the Billionaire Blog Club is the Community, I mean it. Many of you reading this won't get that.
You just need knowledge. You don't need to interact with anyone.
But there will come a time when things don't go the way they are supposed to.
There will come a time when you look at all of this and wonder if it's worth it.
This is when you'll need to lean on others. This is when you need to see the progress others have made and remember that you can do the exact same thing.
It's not the idea of starting a blog that is continuously bringing you back. It's the idea of freedom for yourself and the people you care about and that idea isn't going to fade.
Once it's there, it's there.
You'll wake up at 2am and your floor will be flooded and you'll think that you can't do this anymore.
But I know you. You'll walk it off and eventually come back because you want the outcome.
And no matter what bullshit happens along the way, you'll get that outcome.
It's now 3:44am here and I'm not sure if I want to proofread this email or not.
So, if you decide to join BBC today, then awesome. Every member is awesome and helpful.
If you don't decide to join BBC (or can't), I understand. I'm still here to help and inspire you the best I can.
In fact, I'm going to throw in a blogging tip to finish things off.
It really comes down to content.
It's easy to look at everything else with your blog and think it's your promotion strategy or your theme or something else.
But usually it's the content.
Super, ultra, kickass content gets shared and visited.
It's easy to think that you are writing that type of content. Maybe you are or maybe you aren't.
I don't know.
What I do know is that I'm seeing too many bloggers look elsewhere for why their blogs aren't growing without looking internally.
When you come across something awesome, you share it, right?
Always work on getting better with your content.
This doesn't happen overnight and to be honest, a lot of you don't write great content. Decent content? Sure.
Great content that makes me want to explore your blog more?
You can get there but you gotta keep working on it.
This is the invisible wall that many bloggers don't see.
Content is King wasn't said by someone that wanted a cool tattoo. It was said because it is true.
So this weekend, if you have a blog, read some of your content and ask yourself (and be honest) if it's the type of content you would share with your tribe.
If you don't have a blog yet, write a blog post (no need to create a whole blog to do that) and look at your writing. Does it feel awesome yet? If not, get to practicing.
Alright, that's it, I'm out. I gotta go back to this soaked carpet and figure out how to keep these fish alive for the next 6+ hours.
I really just want to sleep.
Have a great weekend.
PS: If you don't want to scroll back up to the top here is the link to join the Billionaire Blog Club.
I'm soooo tired lol. sobs
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