Bloggers, Fishes and Kayaks – a Recipe for Your Blogging Success

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.
Shall we blog?

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.

Bloggers, Fishes and Kayaks – a Recipe for Your Blogging Success

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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Gera is a techie & foodie passionate about how to succeed in social media. He focuses also on successful blogging tips and food connections. You can connect with him on Google +. Subscribe to his Free WPulsar Newsletter about WordPress Plugin & Theme Reviews, Blogging and Social Media.


Hi Gera,

It’s a nice , funny, strange, creative, connective tale – with more than a touch of truth. Thumbs up !



Thanks Will! I know that is a bizarre story and I tried to make it appealing to bloggers. Really those swimmers in the middle of the sea were fantastic 🙂


Hey Gera!

That sounds like it was an AWESOME experience. You are so alive, doing all of these things.

I think that is the key; relationship building and experiencing life – it is very easy for bloggers to resist doing either of those things. So many of us get caught up in our blogs, almost to the point of becoming narcissistic. It hinders growth and hinders all of the amazing things that come out of life.

Your story is inspiring. Expect the unexpected. That is the truth! Thank you for sharing. I learned through this that I need to break out of my comfort zone as a blogger and also to open my eyes – what appears to be one thing could actually be something even better!




Hey Gera,

nice little story. To be honest I love stories. And I think too few people use them on blogs, yet they can be so powerful.


As a foodie I’m trying to push my own circle to new territories and sometimes to uncomfortable zones, but guess what, those swimmers showed that you can afford practically everything.

I’ve the motto expect the unexpected since I was a kid, because my sensei (coach) of martial arts always said you never know when it can come the next beat 😉
Glad you enjoyed Tia! 🙂


Yes Julius they are powerful and unique. I love stories too because they add a personal touch to the blog.

Happy you liked 🙂 Thanks for coming by!


Blogging is a marvelous way to share experiences no matter is a hobby or not, fortunately due to the internet. Thanks Claudia!


Blogging is another family. I just posted for Challenge No. 1 of Foodbuzz.
I enjoy reading you and will follow you religiously.
My recent post ARROZ CON LECHE VENEZOLANO Venezuelan style rice with milk – pudding


What an interesting story! I love the picture of the dolphins… even though they weren’t really dolphins, it is still a lovely picture. I hope you are doing well!


Greetings from Tia’s blog where I saw your comment.
It’s interesting how bloggers get together: food bloggers with other food bloggers, experts with other experts, photographers with other photographers etc.
That’s my problem (as I wrote on Tia’s blog) I love too many things in life and don’t have only one, clear mission.
Oh boy…Am I all alone? 🙂

Cajun Chef Ryan

Gera, you are so right, just like relationships are made in person, they are also built on the Internet. I have never met you in person, but we have already networked some on our personal blogs with food being the central focus.
You have opened me up to new blogging tools and networking that I would have never know had I not met you through the foodie network.
I always look forward to reading your lastest entry and hope to learn more each time.

Bon appetit!


Really special – thanks! It was difficult to find a photo of black dolphins but this approach a lot. I didn’t want to put a photo of a swimmer, if not the secret was reveled just for the picture 😉


Great coming from Tia! You aren’t alone! I think it is a natural blog-process to match the person according to your tastes.

I believe is nice to explore other niches and with different mindsets. Thanks for coming by 🙂


Yes I feel the same! I’d like to meet other bloggers – in your case to taste Cajun kitchen 😉 but really blogging is more than just food is people, and if it is possible to meet them offline, much better.

Glad you enjoy these “out of topics” non-food related 🙂


That photo is incredible. Great story to get one thinking.
My blogging surprises come from reading and discovering other blogs.
Everyone has their own style which doesn’t work for 100% of the visitors. As long as the blog is offering the reward to the owner, the reason why it was created, it’s working.
Still kayaking Gera?
My recent post Travels and Chilled Peach and Apple Soup


Took a while to find a suitable – related photo. I enjoy also a lot when I discover new good blogs, they are like gems.

Yes I’m still kayaking, but not too often like I wish, leaving more for summery days and doing enough no-water sports in pure winter brrr. Thanks for stopping by Joanne!


You made an impressive connection between blogging and this story. And you’re right, blogging is a work of a team; you and others.
Your blog always opens my mind about blogging. Thank you for this nice article. Please keep up the good work.
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Thanks so much Zerrin! I try my best to touch blogging/social themes to enlighten bloggers (and myself included to think and to write the articles LOL)


Excellent post, Gera. It was very personal to me, because it reminded me of an essay I wrote in my journal some 20 years ago that I called “On The Easy Way”.

I was surfing and while waiting between waves, I noticed bugs flying offshore, to a certain death since there was no where for them to land. I realized the only reason they were doing that was because it was easier than flying against the wind. Sometimes it’s easier to fly with the breeze but that doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

Inspiring work here, G.

Barbara Bakes

So true! I’m always amazed when I look back at old posts how far I’ve come. I think the relationships I’ve created have been the most rewarding.
My recent post Candy Corn Macaron for MacTweets


I simply enjoyed the story, Gera. It also seems that you had a very good experience in this one.
Anyway, that’s an excellent connection you have made with blogging. Challenging ourselves and pushing our limits to expand is the part where most people get stuck, including me. It’s like getting out of my comfort zone, and even though it’s necessary to get out of it, but it is not an easy thing to do.
My recent post Make Your Blog Look Beautiful With ShortCode


It happens to me that some weeks is difficult to have a routine in blogging more as a part-time like my case. As you see I like analogies because everything is connected in some way. And yes part of blogging success is the mutual support. Thanks for coming by!


I’ve experimented several cases of not following the general stream and I went against it, sometimes results and others not.

My blog is an example of some non-standards for a foodie, but I’m blogger and techie too. If you’re convinced then go ahead without seeing to the sides!
I much appreciate your story and the concepts Chris 🙂


Sourav I know is easy to tell than to do it, for me too, but the key is to try the maximum as possible of times.
This post is an example of out of a foodie-comfort zone and I entered in a 100% blogging type, because is my wish to be more social/tech at this blog. Thanks for stopping by!


Ooh! I’m glad to find your site. I’m a co-poster on Ekat’s Kitchen’s Friday Potluck and found you there. I love the combo of food and blogging support/community. I’m kinda new to the blogging world and will definitely be back for more 🙂

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