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What my blog is about

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BlogWhy do I blog?

It is the first assignment in the WordPress Zero To Hero Challenge to build a better blog in 30 days. Why do I blog instead of writing a personal journal? What are my blogs about? Whom do I love to connect with through my blogs? If I blog successfully throughout 2014, what would I hope to have accomplished?

All kinds of socially correct answers swirl through my head.

But the truth, is I started to blog to attract more visitors to my website and turn them into clients. I wanted to raise my income.

Frequently adding pages to your website tells the search engines your website is current. Writing about the same topics tells them your website is relevant, and voilà, your website shows up higher in the search results.

Then came National Nonfiction Writing Month along

And the challenge to write 50,000 words in one month.

Bang.

Straight back to my lifelong ambition to become a published author.

Finally.

A book about marriage. How to transform anger, resentment and jealousy into love and connection. How Nonviolent Communication helps. Mindfulness. Compassion.

Bang.

The core three elements of my business. This work is my road to success, I can feel it in my bones.

As I write, and write, and write, I get less and less excited. I often struggle in my marriage. I am not a textbook example of transforming anger, resentment and jealousy. How can I  tell others how to do that?

How am I different from all the other experts in this field? I have no clue. If this is not my specialty, what is?

Know yourself

Then I remember Socrates quote, Gnothi seauton: “But I have no leisure for them (=mythology) at all; and the reason, my friend, is this: I am not yet able, as the Delphic inscription has it, to know myself; so it seems to me ridiculous, when I do not yet know that, to investigate irrelevant things.” (Wikipedia). If Socrates tells us to understand ourselves, who am I to doubt that that is an honorable thing to do?

So I decide to write about my experiences on the path of deepening mindfulness and expanding compassion. About my stumbling steps, my faltering failures, and my small successes. About my enthusiasm and dedication to this path.

I hope my blog inspires and encourages you to continue on yours.

And grow the wave of mindfulness and compassion enthusiasts together

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You want to explore how I can help you with your mindfulness and compassion practice? Contact me for a complimentary, discovery session 512-589-0482.

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Author: Elly van Laar

I am a coach. I specialize in helping professionals schedule time for relationships and self-care. I have a Master's degree in Political Science, Leiden University, the Netherlands. I love meditation, walking, gardening, biking, and hanging out with family and friends.

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