Blissdom Bliss for Non-Bloggers #5club

blissdom bliss for non bloggers

I had an awesome and amazing time at Blissdom and I came back with ton of stuff I wanted to share – my Blissdom Bliss

My blogging friends have asked me what I learned, and I can’t blame them.

But I also remember what it felt like to read these kind of posts when I didn’t have my own blog.  I felt left out.  I wanted to just move on to the next post because I didn’t see why I should care.

So here’s the deal.

Most of what I learned applies to EVERYONE – not just bloggers and social media junkies.

(besides, if i don’t tell you how amazing it was, then i can’t possibly meet you in person at a future blossom event and hug your neck, right? i promise – i’ll put blogger or social media specific stuff in it’s own section where the rest of you can ignore it.)

So over the next few weeks, I’m planning on sharing some Blissdom bliss posts on a random basis.

The very first speaker I heard at Blissdom was

Jon Acuff – 5 club

If you don’t know, #5club is at 5am.  I am NOT a morning person.  But I did it.  And it was worth it.

Jon Acuff was the same in person as he is in his books.  I love that kind of authenticity.  And he was LIVING out what he was writing about.  Double authenticity points.

Without looking at my notes, my number one take away was about being willing to sacrifice for your dream.

5club at blissdom

 What he said was “If you can’t get up early for your dream you have the wrong dream.”

(his ability to speak in tweet sized bites amazed me.  he would literally speak something profound and tweetable and the pause while we frantically tweeted it.)

This was a great way to start off Blissdom!

(oh — tweets are only 140 characters.  it’s a tiny amount of space to cram a big idea into.)

He wasn’t implying that you should get up at dark-thirty every morning to achieve your dream.  Y’all know me better than that.  I’m NOT a morning person.  I’m not going to listen to ANYONE that says I need to get up early every day.

Instead, he was talking about being willing to make that kind of sacrifice occasionally, when needed.

Case in point?

His #5club meets only ONE time a month.  Once a month he’s willing to sacrifice some sleep to meet with people before the sun comes up.  Because part of his dream is to be a speaker and influencer and encourager.  (my summary, not a direct quote)

And I thought about it.

I’ve had lots of dreams.  I’ve had more than one effort at turning a hobby into something that would pay the bills.

But I could only name one time I was happy to be sitting in a meeting before the sun came up.  And it was a real-time kind of thing.  I was IN THAT MEETING.

Did I mention I woke up early enough to write an entire blog post before 5am?  Yeah.  It was Five Minute Friday, not something I could pre-write and post ahead of time.

So my key take-away from a 5am session was that I was already doing something awesome.  I had found something I was passionate about and was turning my dream into a reality.  

Not only was this incredibly validating, it was comforting.  It went a long way to explaining all the times I thought I was pursing an awesome dream only to watch it fizzle.

I also realized that while I may “dream” about having all the laundry done, I have NEVER been willing to get up before the sun to pursue that dream.  It’s more of a day-dream.  I’m not willing to put in the work to actually make it happen.

Being able to put “dreams” into two buckets is helpful.  There’s the laundry bucket, and the sunrise bucket.

(see why i said this applies to everyone, not just bloggers?)

Jon Acuff  #5club for Bloggers

Without looking at my notes, my number one take-away was that shorter is better.

Jon said his posts are between 300 and 500 words.  He wasn’t the only speaker to say this.  I heard it being discussed in the hallway a bunch.

He said that a few years back, longer posts were acceptable and more common.  But that with the advent of instagram and twitter and the like, a reader’s attention span just keeps getting shorter and shorter.

Best advice?  If you have more to say, split it into multiple posts.  You can squeeze an entire week’s worth of content out of that 1200 word post.

(yep, i’m over that 500 word count limit.  i can squeeze another post or two out of this talk alone.)

The next post in the Blissdom Bliss for Non Bloggers is now available.

 

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. Happymomsusan says:

    I wanted to add- don’t beat yourself up for laundry pile dreams. Don’t worry if you don’t have a single sunrise dream.

    I went a long time with only laundry dreams. Most people do.

  2. Hi Susan! It was so good to meet you at Blissdom and soak in all your Pinterest tips. My head is swimming with all kinds of thing I want to do now–including waking up early for dream work. I look forward to following your blog! Lets keep in touch.

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