7 ways to build your blog by getting away

One of the things I enjoyed most about Tobi Fairley’s Blog Camp was getting out and about. There’s nothing better than travel to open your mind to new ways of doing things.  I tend to get stagnant spending too much time at the library and coffee shops.

Tobi says, “You can’t sit home and think you’re going to build your business or your blog. You must get out there and build relationships.”

You don’t have to necessarily get on a plane. There are probably all kinds of events, classes and networking opportunities happening near you, right now.  Here are 7 reasons to shut the laptop down and get away, even if it”s just down the road:

1. You learn you’re not the only one who doesn’t have it all figured out.

It’s easy to forget that when you spend your day following all the gurus who do seem to have it all figured out. There’s a whole world out there still learning, just like you.

2. Getting away changes your energy.

Creative juices start flowing. I left Blog Camp with pages of blog post ideas, a completely revamped editorial calendar and blog posts written before I landed in Tucson. What in the world!

sorting through my mishmash of notes & ideas at the airport

3. Spend some time alone while you’re away.

Don’t pack every second.  Get outside, go for a walk, find a great spot and take it all in. Your mind will be swimming with ideas and maybe even some overwhelming “you shoulds.” Quiet your mind and see what settles. Calmly remind yourself that you’re right where you’re supposed to be. Your path is different than everyone else”s. It’s unfolding as it should.

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4. Spend some time with others while you’re away.

Have a glass of wine after the event with other attendees.  That’s when connections are made and real-ness is revealed. Make an effort to stay in touch.

fellow blog campers: (L to R) me, Jennifer Brouwer, her friend Liette, Donna Hazzard and Jasmina Boulanger

5. Use the experience as content for your blog.

Brainstorm all the ways you can share what you learned with your readers. I came up with six different post ideas from this one experience. Writing them while they were fresh in my mind was key. I now have a  few posts “in the bank.”  Perfect, because I have other writing deadlines to attend to this week.

6. Send a thank you note, maybe even a little gift.

We shouldn’t need Tobi to remind us of this. Hopefully, all of us have a bit of southern hospitality within us. Besides, it feels good saying thank you.  Especially when you give something that means something to you. I sent Tobi the book that inspires my creativity, Journey to the Heart, by Melody Beattie. I wrapped it in butterfly paper and enclosed  the butterfly bookmark and poem I sent with my holiday cards.  I hope it inspires her as much it has  me.

7. Simply enjoy the new surroundings.

While you don”t have to stay in a beautiful hotel, it was nice to be spoiled by The Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock.  Their service was impeccable. The setting was charming. They even prepared a special veggie dish for me when I arrived late Thursday night… and didn”t charge me because it wasn’t on the menu. (I must get their french lentil recipe!)

Do you get out and about for your business? How do you use the experience for content on your blog?

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