Which are the connections between blogging with fishes and kayaks? I guarantee a lot! The following was a personal-inspirational story that shocked me – I’m pretty sure it will surprise you too.
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This story happened to me on end of March 6 years ago, at noon – in a sunny but quite cold day of an ending summer and when autumn was coming. (Just in case, my country Uruguay as is in the South, has warm days from December to March, but with the climate change this is variable)
A friend and I (part of a team of three persons) had that day a training session with kayaks for running races that were approaching.
We needed to “move” a lot as a team because those adventure races need that you give a long effort in a long-time, may be a day or more.
As usual we began to row deep to the “sea” (really is the Rio de la Plata), the water was freezing, even with a sunny day the environment wasn’t utterly pleasant. After rowing several kilometers (miles) in it, at the long distance we see several black river dolphins – here called “toninas”.
Oh we said, let’s speed up to observe closer in the water to those “big fishes”, but after several minutes when we get closer, we saw something strange and the movement-patron was not as usual.
Those “black dolphins” were moving relatively straight and in a single file. Closer and closer, we were extremely shocked. Those big fishes weren’t what we thought – they were swimmers!
In the middle of nowhere deep – deep inside, a team of open water swimmers with their black wetsuits of neoprene (that avoid the cold waters) were training. That was absolutely incredible!
We were complaining about the cold water, the wind and those guys were making history! Unfortunately we couldn’t meet in person to those swimmers but we learnt big lessons applicable to all aspects of life and related to bloggers, suit perfect:
# Expect the Unexpected
You never know what will be the next life-move. Is your mindset prepared for new and unexpected blogger-opportunities?
This can be new social circles, new friends, eventual new jobs and the imagination is the limit, but stop: have you clear your long-term blogging strategies when those episodes could occur?
# Push Even More Your Boundaries
Remember those great swimmers? You think that specific blog skill is too hard or complicated, may be, but there are plenty of information at the blogosphere in how-to, manuals and guides of everything! Just search a bit and you’ll find someone/something to help.
Boost your social networking and relationship with other bloggers. If you want to improve further the exposition of your blog beyond of your daily-time-limit in the social arena, consider to not making these social media mistakes.
# Have an Open Mind
Is there a point that you are afraid to ask or publish? Why? Perhaps isn’t too serious like you think.
Explore new social communities out of your normal circle, new software applications for your blog that will help and simplify your routine.
Have you tried new media channels or other marketing techniques? I’m in this process and it’s fascinating how you can learn and achieve with them.
# Work like a Team
Blogging is people and that means you aren’t alone. Try to get fun with other bloggers, sharing their content on social mediums, linking, and if you can, have blog-partners to maximize efforts. Have you tried forums on your niche? You can find friends online (may be great friends offline too) and this is extremely important for bloggers, play as a team.
In the races, every member of a team move forward and have different tasks, but the same objective, to reach the goal the best as possible.
Have you had a personal strong story that opened your mind? Have been affected your blogging in some way for this fact? Do you know a remarkable story to tell?
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