I stayed away from blogging for over six months. I wrote my last blog post over seven months ago.
That’s really a long time especially when your business is online. I must admit that I’ve got no excuse for not blogging for that long.
What I’m about to write might not make sense to some people. It’s okay. I’m writing this to let it all out and to bring back my blog.
But in the deepest of my heart, I sincerely hope that this post make sense to you. I really hope to touch someone’s heart with this unusual post of mine.
That been said. Here’s what happened.
I was immersed in learning. I was honing and practicing my new skills.
I learnt about topic generation, headline optimization, lead generation and conversion, writing, editing, proofreading, checking for plagiarism, search engine optimization (SEO), pitching, email marketing, guest blogging, marketing outreach, business communication and a whole lot of other topics.
These topics are related to content marketing, copy-writing, digital marketing, sales, and SEO.
The journey is not easy. The more I learn, the more I discover that I know nothing. This knowledge in itself drives the hunger in me to learn more.
I’ve gained a lot in the past six months that I was away. I’ve also lost a lot.
Several times, I felt like quitting because of the challenges but I pushed on. I held on tight and I’m still holding on.
Challenges will come. They are not meant to break us but to make us stronger.
I lost a lot of money in the last six months. I didn’t make any money. I was only spending money. My savings has gone really down. I changed accommodation twice. I lost clients. I disappointed friends. I was sick. I was angry. I was frustrated. I was bitter. But I held on.
All in all, I learnt to control my emotions. I learnt to hold it all in. I became stronger. And tougher.
What did I gain?
I made new friends. I gained new perspective to life. I learnt to let go. I learnt to be quiet. I learnt about controlling my anger. I read about amazing people. Case-studies that are real as me.
I learnt about priorities. I learnt about being the best version of myself. I learnt about moving and not standing still. I learnt to be super proactive and not to give excuses. No one cares about your excuses or your challenges. Just get the job done and move forward.
There are several times that I feel like crying and breaking down. But then, it doesn’t help. Instead of crying I work. I work aggressively.
In the past six months, I’ve contributed to several blogs and publications. I’ve also pitched a lot of new blogs and publications. I’ve succeeded in some, and failed in others.
That’s life. Failure is not the end of the world. It’s a stepping stone to greater things.
At the end of last year, I’d a goal to self-publish at least a book in 2017. So far, I’ve not written a single word for that book. Despite the fact that I’ve written thousands of words.
Sometimes, I feel like I’m not in control of my life. In fact, I’ve felt that way the greater part of these six months. This on its own is scary. I know why I feel this way but I don’t want to feel that way.
But oftentimes, I find myself relapsing to that state again especially in my quiet time. So, I decided to change my thinking and my perceptions of things.
I will trust the process. I’ll do my part. I will give it my all, no matter what. And I’ll overcome my fears. This is my business. This is our business. It’s my responsibility as much as it’s theirs.
Don’t worry if you don’t understand all I’ve written up there. This is an unusual article from me. This is just a quick summary of my life in six months. It’s just a tiny snippet of it.
My goal now for the remaining six months of 2017 is to blog every day. This is a tall order but I will try. I’ll be sharing everything I’ve learnt with you. I’ll be sharing everything I’m learning with.
I will be sharing my work I will be open to you.
You will notice a lot of changes on this blog soon. I will reveal more details in my subsequent posts.
In the meantime, I will leave you with this new favourite quote of mine:
“A writer is a reader. A reader is a leader. A leader is a writer. A writer is a leader” — Adeyemi Adetilewa
Always remember that your imagination equals possibilities. Remain positive.
Adeyemi Adetilewa is the founder of Ideas Plus Business, online brand strategist, digital marketing consultant, and cryptocurrency enthusiast. He writes about business, marketing, and technology. Featured on the HuffPost, Evan Carmichael, Thrive Global, and several other publications.