How to Practice Blogging Mindfulness #Bloggers #BloggingGals

 

Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness.

It means waking up out of autopilot and ‘taking the steering wheel’ of our attention again.

We practice mindfulness by maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment.

Quote from Mrs Mindfulness.com

I am a fan of practicing mindfulness as it has recently helped me get back on a positive track with writing.

So, I am thinking about how I can practice blogging mindfulness.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Be engaged in the process. Writing blog posts can sometimes feel like a chore. It is easy to lose sight of the enjoyment that comes from whipping up a blog post. I tend to be focused on what I am going to do once I have finished writing a post…put a wash on, make a cup of tea, clean the toilet, load the dishwasher..bla bla. So I have been focusing on enjoying the hunt for wild and wonderful blog post ideas. This year I am going random with my posts! More importantly I am writing posts that make me happy or smile. If I write posts that make me feel good I am a lot more engaged. So I am afraid readers…posts about insights on serious intellectual literature are off the table! Sigh!
  2. Stop multi-tasking whilst blogging. I normally write blog posts whilst flicking in and out of Twitter, Wattpad, Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp, Messenger, Email In Box and my WP Reader (makes me feel tired typing this). So I have started turning everything off when I write a blog post. I am trying to focus on one thing at a time and this will make sure I am fully engaged when I blog. Must stay mindful if blogging stats plummet from being too engaged…
  3. Be grateful. I am very grateful to all the wonderful people who engage with my blog on a regular basis. They make me smile and leave me fabulous comments. There have been some days where a comment has brightened up my day and put a smile on my face. A lot of people around me are also grateful for this too. I am also grateful to the WordPress writing community who have given me so much support on my blogging journey. In terms of giving something back I am running weekly slots on my blog where I interview those around me and help share best practices and insights. I also love interviewing people / being nosey but let’s go with the mindfulness thing for now.
  4. Let the mind wander. I am trying to be guided by my blonde creative mind and being careful to not pose limitations on it. If I want to write bad fiction, bizarre short stories and blog posts fuelled by cheese and coffee – I will!
  5. Digital Detox. This is hard as blogging and the ‘always on’ technological culture can consume you. So, I am trying to have daily periods where I step away from social media, my phone and my blog.
  6. Connecting with others. I am trying to focus less on my stats (only checking three times a day – sigh!) and more on reaching out to other kindred spirits. I am making a point of visiting other blogs, reading and commenting on other posts.
  7. Stop sweating the small stuff. I have been known to get my blogging knickers in a twist about stats, my theme, my links that sometimes don’t work, unsuccessful posts and discovering that my old posts are full of typos. This is all small stuff. I don’t need to sweat about this. These blogging knickers will never be in a twist again…can someone remind me of this the next time I am ranting about stats?
  8. Forget about the blogging destination and concentrate on the journey. Blogging is a journey and its important not to get distracted with where it might lead to….celebrity status, Vlogging, YouTube following, TV appearances, magazine shoots….sigh!

I hope you have found this post useful and please share thoughts of blogging mindfulness…

Have a fabulous day!

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37 thoughts on “How to Practice Blogging Mindfulness #Bloggers #BloggingGals

  1. Great incites. It’s “great” to see that I’m not the only having to reboot once in while when it all gets off track. And focus on what matter. Anyway, you’re doing a great with your blog! ☺ 👍

  2. Great post. Hmm stop multitasking or thinking about other things while writing the posts is a helpful suggestion. As for stepping away from “digital devices” that would be me needing to set my kindle down for a moment. In fact I’m typing this while walking outside waiting for my dog to do her business so we can got to sleep. My kindle is addicting

  3. I know exactly what you mean. We can become to obsessed with what we are doing that we stop enjoying it as much. I have arrived at an arrangement that works well for me. I do all the jobs that require a minimum of attention first, then, when my desk begins to clear a little, I sit back and do the good stuff. Sometimes the muse dictates its the other way around, but I try not to mix them up.

  4. Hi Lucy…mindfulness or not having just read this post I’ve resurrected one I started this morning which I thought perhaps a little too self indulgent…a little too me…its how the words came…and now that’s how they’re going to be…to be posted this evening….

  5. You amaze me, how many quality posts you produce — and with all those distractions! I’m forever checking my books sale stats on Amazon. That’s rather like trying to follow a yo-yo with your eyes. Best done once a week, otherwise the mood swings are too frequent. I don’t obsess with stats on my blog, unless I see I’ve lost a follower, then the paranoia creeps in.

  6. I like the “being grateful” and “being engaged”. Since I’m not a stat-checker, I tend toward writing what I want, what I feel like, and it’s a great way to blog mindfully for me. Though I find mindfulness difficult as a writer but can get on board with being mindful WHILE writing. If that makes sense. I wrote a post about that. Nice thoughts here. 💖

  7. I enjoyed this! I find it so funny how we have such a goldfish attention span nowadays and I’m definitely guilty of flicking in and out of websites and social media when trying to write. Is it any wonder when I come away from it at the end with a blank page?!

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