It’s Not About Speed – It’s a Marathon and Not a Sprint

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[This is part of the Blogging Foundations Starter Kit Series. Like the quality of the screencast? I use the Screenflow app for it!]

Rest in the fact that there’s only so much that you can do to grow your blog and that history has proven herself over and over that a growth of your blog is one of of consistency and steadiness and not one of speed.

There’s honestly not really anything to rush either! It’s about steadiness, consistency, and not speed. It’s about a marathon race and not a sprint.

One of the lies that I buy into at times if feeling the pressure of others writing about something first or covering that particular piece of content better than me, or feeling like my competition is growing faster than I can with my limited amount of time, resources, and bandwidth.

Here’s the truth about that…

The fact is that someone is covering it before you, they are writing it better than you, and they are most likely growing faster than you can, for a variety of different reasons.

It's a long distance game.

Does this mean you give up? Nope! It means you find alternative and more long-lasting motivations for writing than the ones that the world and the marketplace present to you.

You decide that blogging is an opportunity for you to ____________ so that you can do ______________ because you want to and not because _______________ does it better than you or whatever else goes in the blanks.

So be encouraged!

I’ve got so much energy behind this blog but I realize that I can only commit to at least 1 post a day. Is that disagreeable to my natural tendencies? Absolutely. Does it make me upset that I can’t’ do more? Absolutely. Does it mean that I give up? Absolutely not!

[This is part of the Blogging Foundations Starter Kit Series.]

  • http://servantsdiary.com Christina Meyer

    So true! Thanks!!! Long live blogging.

    • John Saddington

      :) agree!

  • James Brooks

    Yeh, this is seriously wise words. Totally with you on this! Slow and steady wins the race.

    You will thank youself for being consistent too. In my opinion consistently posting quality material is the best SEO strategy you could ever use!

    **Off topic** – John – how do you create the links that are like tentblogger.com/ispoweredby/mediatemple or whatever. And also how do you show them in your RSS like you do?

    • John Saddington

      this was asked in the q/a post. i will get to it. :)

      • James Brooks

        But what if I am impatient and couldn’t possibly wait that long?

        • http://jarederickson.com Jared Erickson

          ahhh the irony!

        • John Saddington

          :)

  • http://www.dewittrobinson.com Dewitt Robinson

    Thanks for encouragement!

    • John Saddington

      sure thing bro. how are things over in j-ville?

      • http://www.dewittrobinson.com Dewitt Robinson

        Life is great man! Thanks for asking.

        • John Saddington

          :) actionville is what i called it.

  • http://tinyurl.com/tomjam Tom Jamieson

    Hey John! Definitely something I needed to hear. I’ve been blogging for about a year, but the growth has been slow. Thanks for sharing and encouraging!

    • John Saddington

      hey tom, i reviewed your blog as well as gave you some ideas about the way you fill in your comments… with tinyurl.

      • http://tomjamieson.wordpress.com Tom Jamieson

        Hey John! Thanks for the review, advice, and encouragement. Good stuff!

        • John Saddington

          sure thing tom!

  • Derek Jensen

    It’s always a constant battle to keep going and being consistent. I think of a day that I don’t succeed at this as a failure and even though failure is a good thing to practice and learn from, you need to prevent failing at the same thing.

    • John Saddington

      loved your note about “fail and fail often” on your tumblr (i believe). that was a great reminder.

  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    This is great encouragement and something that I needed to hear today. Thanks John.

    • John Saddington

      sure thing Tony!

  • http://jizaul.com Josue Izaul

    Nice and Steady.

    • John Saddington

      … wins the race.

  • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

    This is my biggest challenge in posting…consistency. Thanks for the encouragement. Got together on a Skype conference call this morning with our blogging buddy group. Great encouragement and “sharpening” there as well. Thanks for leading through the process!

    • James Brooks

      I second that – it was an awesome meeting!

      • John Saddington

        oh… you? neat!

      • Dewitt Robinson

        I third it :) Looking forward to the next time together.

        • John Saddington

          that’s so neat.

    • John Saddington

      sweet! who is your buddy?

      • James Brooks

        I think Dewitt and Blane have buddied up – but there is a slightly larger group of us who have started meeting and interacting too – SO encouraging.

        • John Saddington

          that is awesome! when?

          • http://www.dewittrobinson.com Dewitt Robinson

            Two weeks. Wanna join us?

            • John Saddington

              sure. love to check it out.

              • James Brooks

                That would be great =)

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    As the saying goes… Most overnight succeses are 10 years in the making. Real, sustainable success takes time. Love all that you are doing here to help us all succeed.

    • John Saddington

      seriously. it’s been about 10 years. literally.

  • Stephanie Holmberg

    Thanks for the encouragement! Your blog has helped me so much. Keep using the gifts God has given you. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks so much stephanie! i love what i do!

  • http://www.hugskissesandsnot.wordpress.com Stephanie

    Thanks for this post! I’ve only been blogging for 6 months but have discovered that I love it and am working on long term goals. Sometimes I find myself getting impatient with growth and obsessively check site states. This was a great reminder to slow down and enjoy it for what it is.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      it’s a looooooooooooong run to the top….. and one of the challenges is realizing that there is no ‘top’…!