In spite of it I will smile…

Sometimes you just have to stop and get out of the house, just to breathe…

Stifling… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Just get out, sit on the beach watch the waves break on the shore and breathe… deeply, slowly… mainly just get grounded.

In the moment.

A nice place once you are there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

All this doing it all yourself at the kitchen table and burning the candle at both ends stuff…

You know…

Doing it all alone

Typing, more typing, editing photos, editing websites, promoting the sites, formatting articles to post over time, planning and sorting out other things I’m doing…

It’s all go, go, go… All the time!

You know how it is if you ever ran a website, or even your own business, you have to put the effort into it because no one else will do it for you… yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You end up going at the work 16 hours a day…

Not healthy really and I should take more breaks, problem is it’s easy to lose track of the time and get sucked into doing just a little more.

Just another 500 words… just another ten images… and so on. Before you know it a few hours have passed by. A blur, but at least I get stuff done.

I mean last week, I wrote about 8000 words one day, did a few other things…. and before you know it it was midnight and I hadn’t eaten a thing all day!

Been down this route before, and it was why I stopped for a few years, it was not a healthy thing to do… It’s not just eating, it’s sleeping, everything.

So… a few changes to make… in order to prevent that happening again, more so for the reason that I need to take this far more seriously, if I want it to work properly and do well.


I need to sort that out, so I do specific task at specific times, I know myself and know I am a night owl type of person so I do often do my better and most productive writing during the evening.

As I have other things I have to do, with all this website work, like taking local photos, for this and the other site, I know I can enjoy that during the nice days, then write at night.

I won’t change that but as you can see I do often write during the day, at times I write and publish immediately. Depends how I feel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Getting a structure set up will allow me to be more productive while also making sure I don’t over do it so quickly. I don’t want to burn out again.

Treat it more seriously and not like a hobby and I shouldn’t go far wrong. Planning my time better will help in so many ways, more than I thought.

This is probably one of the most important things I have to do. Structure life.

Simplify things

Another simple thing I am starting to realise, we make stuff way more complicated than it needs to be. As I had that break and then come back to it with a vengeance after a change happened recently in my life, that spurred me forward, yet…

I realised how out of the loop I was, things had changed massively online, so a new learning curve sprung up in a few ways.

I feel I have caught up enough with what I already do, I can do what I have to on both sites to keep them going, keeping it simple at the moment because it’s saving me a headache or two. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I just need to refresh things in some ways in order to move in the right direction in the right way, for example the way we market things, promote. SEO, (optimising for the search engines) the way we get our traffic, and a few other things I am keen to get to grips with.

The Portland site is teaching me alot in this sense. You have seen the growth of that site in the last month. Great results. Pleased and motivated me.

This site not doing so well at the moment but that will turn around soon enough, as I have a better plan of action for it now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Keeping it simple though is going to pay off in time, I will learn more too as I can broaden my learning… learn things I wouldn’t get the chance to if the websites were hard work and I had to keep sorting things out.

Stick to the 80/20 rule

It’s like a law…

This is why I have to track and measure what I do, it’s partly why the Portland site is doing good at the moment, I found out what is working and did more of that and stopped doing what wasn’t working.

We know 80% of our success is from 20% of our efforts, so what better improvement can you get than doing more of what the 20% is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Likewise, I know I am wasting 80% of my efforts on the wrong things. That’s a big chunk of what I am doing. It’s only giving me 20% of any success! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also notice this 80/20 rule applies to where my traffic comes from and the effort I put in so I get that traffic. Surprised me… hence the growth on the Portland site. . ๐Ÿ™‚

I may well write about that Portland sites growth someday, what I did, and why … ๐Ÿ˜‰

I need a proof reader!! Just a side note for Ab someoneย myself! ๐Ÿ˜†

Learn something new

Many of you will know I learnt something new last year, didn’t take that long but it did a big thing for me, mentally and confidence wise etc, glad now, as I needed it to cope now…


Some know what it was, others won’t, but I got a unicycle, yeah, a one wheel bike, you know the things, a clowns transport. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What a Muppet!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


It was a great thing to do and I always wanted to learn to ride one, 4 hours in total it took to get to the point I was riding it as above. Look at that wheelie I am doing… come on… it’s a cracker. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Juggle on it next!

Learning something completely new like that has benefits I never would have thought it had…

So I aim to learn something new this year too, a few things if I can… at least one thing, something different.

Something inexpensive and simple, yet challenging. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also hope to learn a few new things online too…

I have an idea of a few things that I could use with these sites that would work well, if done right. ๐Ÿ™‚ Time will tell.

Enjoy it

I keep telling myself this one important thing, I am going to do it, so I may as well enjoy it all this time round and do it in a way I can enjoy it, by switching off when I should before any sort of frustration sets in.

I learnt this with the unicycle…. you can’t ride it without relaxing… and if you get frustrated and annoyed you are going to tense up, everytime.

So I learnt in only a half hour burst, half hour a time on the sea wall, I didn’t let myself get frustrated. 8 visits to the sea wall and I cracked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not really smiled or laughed much this last month or two… not good, although I have my reasons, it’s unhealthy, so, relax, enjoy it, and things should be easier, more flowing. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can’t just enjoy the fruits of your labour, too many do that spending a lifetime in jobs they don’t even enjoy… just to enjoy the wage! :/

Better to do something you enjoy, or enjoy what you are doing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, I will aim to do this with a smile on my face and enjoy the experience, in spite of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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