Find Meaning in Work and Play

One of the smartest, funniest social media mavens I’ve met is Nicole Nicolay – aka nik_nik for those who Twitter. She toils away at reaching out to blogging Realtors via her “My Tech Opinion” blog as well as driving t Agent Reboot workshops. Did I mention she also started her own company, Agent Evolution and is mom to a rambunctious toddler?

As Nicole will tell you, she knows all too well how hard it is to juggle life/work commitments and find the time to blog meaningfully. I wanted to share one of her posts that will ring true for many of you.

“In the past I’ve suggested creating a content posting plan and shared several blog topic ideas. These tips can really kick start a new blog or create consistency with existing blogs. But what happens when the plan doesn’t match the voice?! Well, now that I’ve experienced this firsthand…I do have a few suggestions. So here’s my advice when you’re faced with a nasty case of “blogger’s block.”

1) Read, read, and read some more. Reading other blogs or a really good book will often inspire your own thoughts and ideas.

2) Go to an event, or just have a coffee (or better yet, wine) with a friend. Sometimes a good conversation is all you need to get your creative juices flowing. Plus you may have colleagues or friends that ask REALLY great questions…which make for great articles!

3) Make time to write…at the right time. Only you know the best time of day for your inner voice! So listen to it. But if you sit down…and all you can think about is “how do I get this over with”…walk away, go do something active or interesting. You can’t force the inner voice!

4) Your best bet, ALWAYS, is to write what you know or write about experiences you’ve had. Take that a step further by relating your expertise and experience to your target audience by giving them a little nugget of advice, a tip, strategy or an “ah-ha moment” that they can benefit from!

I know these suggestions may seem fairly obvious…but that’s because they work. And they are only suggestions until you put them into play! So go now…it’s time to play!”

I think that’s good advice – how about you? Do you find that when you seamlessly blend your work and play, life is so much more meaningful?

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