Making the Most of the Forks in Your Blogging Road

I took my daughter to a local Fall Festival and they had an incredible corn maze; the largest I’ve ever seen!

She loved it and I had a great time as well. But, there were so many forks in the road and honestly I couldn’t stop thinking about how we face these types of decisions every single day, sometimes in a big way and sometimes in a small way, as it relates to blogs and blogging.

Upon reaching this particular juncture, I whipped out my iPhone and captured my daughter dealing with this type of pressure in decision-making:

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She took it like a champ! I loved seeing how she just made a decision and went on her way and I felt like this how we should almost always approach our efforts in blogging: Decisively.

At the end of the day it’s just a blog and nothing we do, whether it be content, design, or a new widget here and there, will do irreparable damage to our blog. Right? We can make significant changes and “risk the farm” without actually risking much at all!

It affords us the opportunity to be exceptional entrepreneurs without the dangers and costs associated with entrepreneurship! And just like the corn maze we knew that there was no danger of choosing the “wrong” path ever since we could always retrace our steps or just walk out of the corn itself!

Face those “critical” forks in the road in your blogging journey with a bit of courage and chutzpah and spend more time doing than making a bigger deal out of relatively small decisions!

So, how do you handle decisions as they relate to your blog? What keeps you from freezing due to “paralysis by analysis”?

  • Ben

    First thing that came to mind “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” There is a phrase I learned in college that I forgot recently is “It’s easier to turn a moving car than a stopped one”. I find myself withdrawing when I get unsure about what the results will be. Instead of moving forward like I should be I lose ground. In other words, you find more answers to your questions by just keepin’ on keepin’ on. Thanks John for the great reminder!
    (come to think of it this blogging thing really has a ton to do with real life, ha! isn’t that amazing. Hmmmmm)

    • John Saddington

      blogging is life and life is blogging….!

  • Kenny Jahng

    Cute kid! BTW, I try to lean toard the *right* answer. >har har har<

    Seriously, I could take the metaphor and extend it a little for my own approach. I tend to look around and see if I can pick up clues. Of course, it depends on the issue, but many times finding the beaten path usually gives some comfort and direction to pursue.

    Thus, the 3-2-1-0 rule usually is a good one to take abide by – take *3* minutes to Google (or call a friend) and find other examples, scenarios, etc in order to narrow down choices to *2* solid good ones. And then pick *1* and have *0* regrets.

    • Randy Kinnick

      I like the 3-2-1-0 rule! Makes sense. I will use that.

      • John Saddington


    • John Saddington

      never heard of this approach but i like it!

  • Josue Izaul

    I haven’t experience this yet with my blog. But I can imagine. When it comes to decision-making, it really plays a big part in life. And feelings like fear, insecurity, and doubt are what we are confronted with in that very moment of making a decision. The key is to be assertive and a risk-taker. Just trust the gut.

    • John Saddington

      and get thoughts from other people! the power of community is huge!

  • Daniel Decker

    Great blog + life lesson here. Sometimes we can make way more of something that what it is. It’s like manufactured stress. In most cases, what we make as an issue today won’t even matter a week or a month from now.

    I try to remind myself of that as I approach the forks in life. Makes it much more fun. Very few things are as serious as make them.

    • John Saddington

      “manufactured stress” <~~~ so true.

      and yes, you’ll hear that a lot from me…… let’s not take ourselves too seriously!

  • Greg Simmons

    For me, the fact that all of this is just 1′s and 0′s thrown together for a temporary moment means changes are NOT such a big deal. As long as I have back-ups, drafts and my ever trusty – (I’m on a PC) then anything can be reverted.

    According to Thomas Edison:

    “Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward….” ~Thomas Edison

    • John Saddington

      love that quote!

      never thought of it from a 1/0′s perspective……. geek!

  • Brian Notess

    Kudos for using the word chutzpah in a post. I always suspected you had Jewish roots.

    I’ve never been one to get paralyzed by indecision. More often I’m in danger of not thinking things through enough. Usually my strategy is.

    Get advice.
    Analyze advice.
    Ignore advice and go with my gut ;-)

    That’s obviously a different issue.

    • Randy Kinnick

      Brian…sounds oh too familiar!

    • John Saddington

      clearly my asian heritage proves my jewish background……. …… …..


  • Dewitt Robinson

    How do I handle the situations? Get it done. Complete and done, sound much better than explaining how to make it perfect. Pastor Stanley talked about momentum yesterday at #catoneday. Momentum, IMO is also achieved when we constantly improve in the direction of PURPOSE.

    Check out my fellow #tentblogger Blane Young’s post on Stanley’s session.

    • John Saddington

      LOVE THIS. momentum is serious!

  • Randy Kinnick

    Decisions are not usually paralyzing for me, but, depending on the situation, I may spend sufficient time gathering information and analyzing. Other times, I just go with my gut. Sometimes this pays off, sometime it doesn’t…until I spin it or tweak it to make it work! ;-)

    • John Saddington

      yeah. the metaphor doesn’t hold perfectly, but for blogs it’s pretty darn close.