If you’re trying to be a daily blogger, note – it does make an impact on your life

So I realized recently that I don’t talk about blogging very much on my blog. Which makes sense since my blog is focused on domains, but as a blogger I feel like every once and a while I should talk about what I do every day.

When I started this blog I had absolutely no idea I would still be writing eleven years later. I also didn’t realize how this would impact my life because it does, and mostly in a very good way, but in some ways it certainly creates complexity.

As you know I run a startup, which means that I work pretty much all the time. While people who work at big tech companies like Facebook or Google get to enjoy a “work-life balance” I get constant stress and work that really never ends. Of course, as a founder you give up this work-life balance because you should be doing something you truly believe in. So for me, this sacrifice as been well worth it.

Then you layer in my blog. I write blog posts usually after work so typically sometime after 7PM. After working all day, a lot of people come home, decompress, have dinner with their family, etc. When my day ends, I usually try to have dinner, and then it’s often back onto my computer to write my blog post.

Sometimes what I want to write about just pops in my head, other times I start to search around and see if I can find something interesting that I think all of you would enjoy. Over the years I’ve kept an eye on which posts/topics get the most reads and comments, and I try to keep those coming. This means, sometimes something pops into my head and I think, eh – I don’t think my readers are going to find that very interesting.

If I ever miss a weekday, which does happen from time to time, I feel guilty. It’s a strange feeling but if I go to sleep and didn’t write a blog post that day, I actually have trouble sleeping and feel compelled to write a post right away, if I don’t then it just eats away at me all day.

Vacations are also tricky. Usually, if I’m planning on going away for a week and actually “trying” to unplug, that means I will spend typically an entire weekend day just writing to schedule the posts for the week. This year we went to Yosemite and I wrote four posts in our tent the day before we went on a backpacking trip and actually were completely unplugged.

Okay, now I’m making it sound like blogging is a hassle – but it isn’t, it is a commitment though. What I learned over the years is that blogging is actually incredibly relaxing (for me), in some ways it’s a bit like meditation. For over a decade now I’ve been writing, pretty much every single day, and it has become a lot more than just writing a post, this is a core part of my life. It’s the way I center myself at the end of an incredibly busy day and I honestly can’t imagine life without it.

Okay, so now let’s get back to the title of this post – I’ll remind you so you don’t have to scroll up, “If you’re trying to be a daily blogger, note that it does make an impact on your life”

I was talking to a friend last week who was interested in starting a blog. They asked me how hard it is to stay consistent and keep blogging every day. And well, I told them pretty much everything I wrote above. They told me, “wow – I need to think about that, I’m not sure I like writing that much”

Blogging every week or writing a Medium post here or there is one thing, but running a daily blog is a serious commitment. It’s a commitment to your readers to make sure that your content is a priority and that you pay attention to what they’re reading and commenting on and bringing as much of that as you can. If you can make writing part of your daily zen practice, then it can make a very positive impact on your life.

At the same time, it’s not for everyone and if you want to live your life as you do today, this might be more of a sacrifice then you’d want to take on. All that being said, I hope all of you live well into your hundreds because my plan is to keep on writing! If you made it this far, thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Supratik October 31, 2018, 12:18 am

    It enriches my thought…keep it coming, 👍

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  • Scott October 31, 2018, 1:37 am

    Best blog around. Always interesting. Thanks for putting in the effort.

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  • Richard Morris aka Bulloney October 31, 2018, 2:02 am

    Hi Morgan…i enjoyed your post, and it motivated me to learn more about your profession. Here’s an interesting recap of the History of blogging; https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-blogging/
    Although I’ve been a startup guy and entrepreneur all my life, I lack the discipline to be a blogger. I might be able to do it for a few years, but having started and “named” dozens of businesses since college in 1970, I’m sure I’d soon be looking for another opportunity/challenge.
    That said, I love life and I love people…..and most of all, I love to laugh. As you’ve probably learned, I have plenty of critics when it comes to your industry….the Domain Industry. I didn’t set out to draw so much attention to myself, but it’s certainly happened through my writing on an online community for domain investors called NamePros. As a result, in just a year, I’ve gotten to know domain investors from all over the world…from Australia, India, Prague, Kosovo, Spain, the UK, Canada and from the Atlantic (Virginia Beach) to the Pacific (Southern Cal to Alaska).
    Like you, I don’t sleep much, but I don’t need more than about 4 hours of sleep a night. And it seems I do my best work for creating and registering domains when I first get up. Already this morning I registered the domain; IncredibleConsultants™.com. And not only did I register that domain about an hour ago, I used it in an email to follow up with a potential business partner for my business DomainGorumet™.

    Morgan, I’m having so much fun doing what I’m doing now that maybe I can be doing this until I’m a hundred. I find myself thinking of names 20 hours a day (remember I sleep four hours). Finally, I’ll mention that I created and registered a domain MakeSomethingHappen™ with Network Solutions September 1, 2001. Ever since, and every day, it’s been my mantra and my goal to Make Something Happen☺

    Thanks Morgan for your IncredibleBlog!!!

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    • John October 31, 2018, 12:13 pm

      MakeSomethingHappen is a very good domain. In my view the consultants one you mentioned was a waste, but to each his own.

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      • Richard Morris aka Bulloney October 31, 2018, 12:49 pm

        Thanks John for the compliment about Make Something Happen. As for Incredible Consultants you’re probably right, but I own about 50 more “incredible” key first word domains like IncredibleRome, IncredibleVegas and IncredibleFlorida that have more potential.

        I create, originate and register my own domains meaning they’re all hand registered and every domain I register has a vision of a business behind it with a few exceptions.
        I noticed I also spelled DomainGourmet wrong in my post…thank God I didn’t spell it wrong when I bought it. With 1,500 domains in a little over a year I have spelled a few wrong that I learned about later….Duh!
        Thanks for commenting

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        • John October 31, 2018, 3:39 pm

          I see you are using WP theme 2017 for MakeSomethingHappen, Richard. I dabbled very briefly with that theme once, but I guess just barely and I’m not aware it even operates quite like you have it. Does it come that way automatically as you scroll down to the bottom of the page and the images appear like that, or did you have to do any customizing beyond just uploading chosen images to get that effect?

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          • Richard Morris aka Bulloney October 31, 2018, 4:46 pm

            John…in all due respect I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about, and I honestly don’t care. I’ve owned, created, and registered MakeSomethingHappen.com over 17 years ago, and I’ve only used it for m and my wifes personal email address. I’m pretty amazed that Go Daddy appraises it for almost $3,000, but I guess that’s because it’s been off the market for all these years. I’m 71 years old John, and the fact that my mind is still sharp enough to develop a business model/plan and spot an opportunity to do DomainsMyWay™ is pretty incredible. John, it doesn’t bother me that I don’t understand what you’re talking about for I’ve always hired people I can trust to do these sort of things. However, I’ve met so many people in this industry that I wouldn’t trust, I need to wait until the right one comes around.
            Getting back to Morgans blog, “everything” makes an impact on your life, but it’s all in how you deal with it. I just love the challenges my critics pose, and in that respect it has a very positive impact on my life, but you would have to get to know me to understand that. I think it comes with maturity John. Have a nice evening.

        • John October 31, 2018, 6:23 pm

          Well it’s a good idea to check where your domains are going from time to time because this is WordPress (WP) theme Twenty Seventeen and to my knowledge some person had to actually choose to put some of that content there: http://www.MakeSomethingHappen.com

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          • Morgan October 31, 2018, 8:51 pm

            Thanks for the kind words everyone, and more importantly – thank for reading!

  • Mike Kenner October 31, 2018, 5:37 am

    Morgan, you have it easy, wait until you have kids, I have 4 of them, then you will know how busy you really are:-) Happy Halloween, keep up the great work Morgan!

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  • Uknowledge October 31, 2018, 6:53 am

    Thank you for writing and enjoy doing it .Your blog was part of my early beginning knowing about domaining and it was a daily routine to check to see what sales you just made and the name that sold.Can you try to at least mention from time to time also.Makes it interesting for me even if you cant say how much it sold for. My advise is to keep doing what you have a passion for but dont have a balance. If you need to take a break, just write an article to inform us and dont feel pressured and dont feel guilty when you can’t find something to write about .Let it flow out naturally when you begin to write.

    Thank you once again Morgan.

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