Blogging Metaphor: Blogging is like Exercise

Liz Strauss has issued a Blogging Metaphor challenge on her blog.  Essential Keystrokes has joined the call with a great analogy on her blog as has Word Sell.

These two blogs use blogging as food metaphors while mine talks to the other side of the coin… exercise.

Yesterday, during a conversation with a client, she commented, "You make it sound like work!" 

My response was, "I’m assuming that if you had an innate love of blogging, you would already be doing it and I wouldn’t have had to work so hard and so long getting you to this point."  (This client’s blog was launched 6 weeks ago and we were working on her very first post.)

There are people who exercise just for the love of moving their bodies.  I am not one of these people.  I exercise because I LOVE what it does for my mind and body.

When I bring up blogging with a client or potential client, the first objection I seem to get is "I don’t have time to blog."  My response is "OF COURSE YOU DON’T! But do you have time to exercise?" 

Before I moved to the eastern coast of Florida two years ago, I was living in a home in the Midwest on almost an acre of land, with a huge fenced back yard.  In those days, exercising my dogs meant opening the back door and allowing them to run until they had their fill, when they would appear on the back patio to come back inside and lie at my feet.  It was great cardiovascular for the dogs, but not for me.  (By the way, during this time of my life, I complained that I didn’t have "time" to exercise regularly.)

Then, my husband’s job relocated us to the densely populated Florida southeastern coast and we found ourselved living on a postage stamp sized lot.  With two active dogs who needed exercise to be polite house guests (and no opportunity for them to live outside), I had to begin carving out 40-60 minutes a day to walk them.

While I’d like to say that after two months of walking, I saw incredible changes in my body… I can’t.  However, after about 18 months of walking (16 months beyond the point where walking was "fun"), I had an interesting experience.  I slipped on my yoga pants (which I had purchased years ago during a short lived yoga phase) and an oversized t-shirt to go on our walk.  I was grateful for the oversized t-shirt, because about half way through the walk, my pants literally fell down.  Had it not been for my shirt, I would have given our neighbors quite a show!

My twice daily walks were creating gradual changes in my body…. ones I didn’t recognize.  If I had jumped on the scale after every walk, I would have been disappointed in my progress.  However, I was obviously making changes in my shape….changes that were much more evident that the lower number on the scale.

And THAT is how blogging is like exercising….

Because you won’t find yourself a raging success after one blog post… or two, or even three blog posts.  But if you keep blogging, and keep posting, eventually you’ll build a body of content…. a body of content that potential clients can peruse.  As you gradually build your content, and as you study what successful bloggers have to say about the art and science of blogging…. you’ll find you’re building links and connections…. and before you know it, your blog will have a respectable Page Rank with Google….and you’ll find that new clients are mentioning your blog entries in their conversations with you.

Why is this important?  Because clients need to get to know you before they contract to hire you.  You need to build trust and the best way to begin building that trust is to communicate REGULARLY.  Blogging is a GREAT way to achieve that level of communication. 

I guess I’ve chosen exercise because I don’t really enjoy walking… but I certainly enjoy the benefits of a regular walking regime.  Many of my clients are NOT frustrated writers… they aren’t hungry for the adoration of a wildly successful blog, they just want a way to attract new clients to their practice.

IMHO, blogging is that essential key.  It’s a boot strapping entrepreneur’s best friend.  It’s by far the best way to launch a web site that is heavy on content… content visitors need to make a decision whether or not to engage the services of the blog site owner.

By the way, I’m enjoying blogging more now that my original blog is doing so well.  It’s already attained a PR4 in just under a year from it’s launch date.  

Comments

  1. That is a fantastic analogy! Now that you mention it, blogging is how I exercise my writing muscles. It tunes me up for delivering the best work I can to my clients.

  2. This is an apt and valuable metaphor. You really developed it well.

    I blog because I enjoy it, not for profit. I guess I’m playing a bloggy sport for fun right now.

    Blogging as exercise is the first of these metaphors that addresses the idea of discipline in blogging. I really like it!

  3. I love that answer to “I don’t have time to blog!”

    That one will stay with me for a long time. I used to know it, but I had forgotten. Thanks for reminding me of how to do that. :)
    Liz

  4. Great metaphor! The company I work for recently started a blog a couple weeks ago. We’ve been around for over 20 years, but we are very new to blogging! We are trying to learn everything we can.

  5. As a blogger and fitness coach, I really like your metaphor. I think it comes down to expectations. If you expect to be a world famous blogger after 3 posts… you will be disappointed. Just like if you expect to be a shapely super model after one week at the gym.

    The trick for successful blogging and exercise is to make it a natural part of your lifestyle. Once you’ve been doing it for a while, it should feel strange not to blog.

    I’m one of those people who love to work out. I feel weird if I don’t. Blogging on the other hand, took a little more work. But I’m in iot for the long haul.

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  6. I agree with the previous commentators – comparing working out and blogging is a great way to point out that regularity and persistence is key in whatever endeavors you are into. When you work out hard and then suddenly skip a week, you are almost back to basics; you skip 10 days – you are at point zero. Same is with blogging – relax for a little while and you have to start all over again. I have to admit though that blogging is at times harder than working out in the gym.
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  7. Peter says:

    Why not try engaging to physical exercises after blogging? I see the point why blogging is considered you exercise. It exercises your mind and you are doing what you really love. But physical exercise is different. Try cycling, it’s really fun.

  8. Kathy says:

    Physical exercise is a great way to get your “blogging juices” flowing.

  9. Good stuff. There’s nothing like a few sets of finger curls on the keyboard. Here’s some great tips on how to stay healthy while also building muscle and looking good :)
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  10. Hi glad to see that you made progress changing your body with walks. There really is no need to go to the gym and do hard workouts. 2 walks a day with proper nutrition is more then enough to change your body.

    I got a blog with really good information about nutrition and pec workouts. If you have time plz take a visit and let me know what you think :)

    All the best // Mike
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  11. Good stuff, your linking blogging to exercise is a good metaphor. Keep it up.

  12. Excellent stuff. You provide some amazing tips on how to stay healthy, confident and looking great and still blogging !!!

  13. Wow, a really interesting article about blogging and exercising. It’s all about sticking to the diet and you become better and better every day!

  14. Great post, what you mentioned about time is very true. No one has time for anything yet they have time to do things like exercise, watch tv, or be on the phone. You have to make time in order to accomplish whichever goal it might be. It is the persons decision and responsibility to take that step.
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  15. This is a very interesting post on the metaphor of blogging and exercise being similar. In a way you are correct since blogging requires use of the mind to be exercised in some way if you will. It is not something that anyone can do. Although with practice anyone can do it. It is beneficial for one to also perform physical exercise as well though to stay healthy and fit. You don’t want to be sitting in front of your computer gasping for air after typing a post.

    Best Regards, Dustin

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