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A Day In the Life of a Software Engineer Blogger

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Most of the authors of blogging tips are sharing their day to day activities and here is the schedule I follow on a day to day basis as a Software Engineer. I have been in love with computers since early 1994 though much of my Internet life began much later in the late 90s.

I trained to become a Software Professional in 1999 and have over 7 years of experience building and deploying applications for the Internet platform. I work with Java, J2EE, PHP, XML, XSL and lots more (My Resume is actually made up of 7 pages LOL). Just in short I am a Internet Data Mining Expert 🙂

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

I am not much of a early riser and prefer to sleep a bit late in the morning. I am more of a late to bed and late to rise kind of person. I usually get up around 10 and go on with the usual rituals by around 10.30 I leave the house for office and reach there by 11:15 AM.

While traveling to office I read fiction novels to keep my reading habit satisfied (I finish at least one novel every 2-3 weeks).

11:15 AM to 12 PM

This is the time I usually use to read emails and news papers online. Other than that I skim through my feed reader and stop to read all the interesting content taking notes for my future articles on the way.

I actually carry my notebook wherever I go since I like to take notes about interesting things which I can write about later.

12:00 PM to 12:15 PM

This is the period I go through all the things that I have to do and create a TODO list prioritizing each of the things as high, medium and low priority. I usually add this list to the backlog from yesterday and know first hand on what things I have to work for the rest of the day.

12:15 PM to 7:00 PM

Well this is the period in which I do the most of the work going through 1000s and 1000s of lines of code or writing 1000s of my own, fixing bugs, going through code submitted to me by my team, replying to emails from colleagues, helping others with their code and more.

To be frank it’s the time where I rarely look at anything else other than the computer. But my first love is computers and I really don’t mind it as I love the challenges that my profession provides me with.

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Travel back to home while once again satisfying the reading habit. Well to be quite frank I get quite edgy sitting idle and need to always do something or the other and reading is the perfect ploy for my idleness.

8:00 PM to 9:30PM

This is the time I do most of my freelance blog posts and personal blog posts. If I have any ideas I try to create posts for the next day during this time. I write for more than one blogs so I tend to fit most of the posts in this time.

You may say that I am giving much lesser time to blogging but I more than make up for it during weekends and holidays where most of my time is spent in creating quality posts for my readers.

10:00 PM to 12:30 PM

During this period I work on my freelance software projects I take up for clients. I usually have a huge load of work to keep me busy for a month in advance but when I have spare time on hand I work on some of my WordPress plugin ideas. I usually spend around 10 hours in a week during busy periods working on WordPress plugins.

I have quite a few of them which are incomplete and yet to be released, that said the bulk of the time is taken up by freelance software projects which I take up. Well so as you see my work does not end where it ends it just gets into a different mode.

12:30 AM to 2:30 AM

This is the time I spend chatting with family and other loved ones, since I live in US and they in India this is the best time we get to talk since it’s day time there.

I also spend some time in between to read the news papers online again (I read about 8 newspapers online) and catch up on the feed reader once again before going to bed.

Summarizing

Due to lack of personal blog posting time during the weekdays I tend to write lots of blog posts during the weekends and holidays. I usually try to post on all the ideas from my notes then as I have more time on hand and can work much more peacefully on the blog posts.

What I like about Software Engineering?

Well the best part of the job is the money I make out of it but rather than that I like the challenges about solving problems for people through software. My job provides me with ample amount of challenges that keep me satisfied with my work.

The day these challenges subside I will start looking at another avenue 🙂 so for me it’s the satisfaction in what I do is what matters most.

Should You take up Software Programming?

Software Programming is not hard to learn but hard to do, you need to have your concepts right once that’s there you will definitely enjoy doing software. There are many different programming platforms which you can choose from, most of them differ only in syntax whereas the concepts remain the same.

Other than that it’s not a stressful job if you learn to prioritize your work and divide them into smaller tasks. I have been doing this for last 3-4 years and have never felt much stress on the job. Yes you will come across quite a few pressure cooker situations where you will have to work on tight schedules which will drain you out, but that is a part of any profession you will choose.

I would definitely advise you to take up Software Programming.

Hey you can summarize you day and post it in the comments too, I would love to know what your day is like :-).

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1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific

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I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.

I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.

A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.

Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.

Not super shabby.

I am kinda prolific.

If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.

Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.

Do not wait to create.

Do Not Wait to Create

The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.

Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.

Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.

I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.

Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.

No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.

All because I chose not to wait to create.

Being Prolific Impacts Folks

Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:

I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.

Tips to Be Prolific

  • Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
  • Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
  • Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
  • Do not wait to create
  • Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.

Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.

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How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck

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I lose blogging momentum sometimes.

You may be in the same boat, being human and all.

But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.

I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.

You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.

1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive

I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!

Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.

What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.

If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.

2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles

Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.

Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.

I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.

Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.

3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers

I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.

Each day I:

  • do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
  • exercise for 1 hour
  • usually take an icy cold shower
  • focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes

I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.

You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.

Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.

Wrapping it Up

Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.

 

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1 Clever Way to Find Blogs for Reading and Commenting

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Have you missed me?

I dove full bore into promoting my eBook through blog commenting a number of months back. Toss in a prolific blogging campaign over at Blogging From Paradise and some serious video creation and you see I am a busy bee.

A few days ago I uncovered an incredibly neat and pretty clever way to drive traffic to your blog through blog commenting, via a neat method of finding new blogs for your collection.

The Problem

Do you feel stagnant, blog-reading-wise?

I did. For a minute.

Turns out I dug deep into my blogging comfort zone for too many years, reading and commenting on the same blogs week after week, month after month.

If you know anything about successful blogging you likely know that all blogging growth occurs well outside of your comfort zone. So I had to venture out of the familiar by finding new blogs in both the blogging and travel blogging niches because my readers gravitate to both.

Enter a cool method for identifying new blogs for reading and commenting.

Google Image Search

The other day a neat little idea knocked on my mind’s door; why not use a Google image search to find blogs in my niches?

5 minutes later I literally had an unlimited number of blogs for enjoying, commenting and for connecting with fellow bloggers.

The method is simple. Google a competitive keyword in your niche. Example; I Googled “blogging” to start my search.

I then clicked on the “image” link by the top of the page. A series of images popped up related to that keyword.

Some images link to business sites but for the “blogging” keyword, most images linked to well-read, reputable blogs. Perfect.

Blog by blog, I slowly worked through each image, clinking on the blog post URL related to each picture. After reading each post I published a personalized comment and retweeted every blog post, adding the #blogging hashtag for increased targeting on Twitter.

Why this Strategy Is So Powerful

I – like you – have run into stagnant blogging circles on social media and through forums. Even if new bloggers join sites like Facebook and G Plus daily you cannot access and unlimited number of new blogs on a daily basis through either channel once you become an established blogger.

This is not the case with a Google Image search because the sheer volume of new blogs – for competitive keywords – yielded through such a search boggles the mind. Even better? Ranking high for an image search usually indicates a high quality blog for reading, for commenting and for building friendships with top shelf bloggers.

Downsides

Some of these blogs linked to images are low quality offerings. Resist the urge to grab and scarf down rotten blogging low hanging fruit. Stick to quality blogs.

Some images point to business sites. I found this to be especially true when Googling major cities and islands around the world to find new travel bloggers. A high volume of images found during a search linked to tour operator sites. Sifting through tour sites or local chamber of commerce sites to find legit travel blogs requires a significant amount of time and energy.

Spending the time and energy to find new blogs is worth the effort but if you find some keyword image searches seem dominated by business sites – not blogs – feel free to try another keyword that may be linked to predominantly blogs for an image search on Google.

The Verdict

I only dove into this traffic driving strategy a few weeks ago but I noted new bloggers finding me daily through this approach.

If you are stagnating in familiar blogging circles commit 100% to this Google image search method. Reach out to new bloggers, build brand awareness and drive traffic through an easy to follow tactic.

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