For the past 3 weeks, Darren of ProBlogger has had a video interview on his blog of Steve Pavlina and two others bloggers, giving some tips for being successful bloggers. The post is 3 Successful Bloggers Share their Blog Tips [VIDEO].
Steve’s tip is to do “wild, whacky and unusual” experiments on yourself, and report how things are going—this will keep the readers hooked. He talks about how he did a polyphasic sleep experiment, where he slept for 20 minutes at a time around the clock, and about how he ate nothing but raw food last January.
As it happens, Steve was in the middle of his raw food experiment when I discovered him. He kept putting up photos of his meals on his blog… endless photos of raw food on dinner plates.
This inspired my partner Frank to start taking photos of his late-night sandwiches in the making—something he still does now and then. Here are a few:
After hearing Steve’s tips, I was wondering… what wild, whacky and unusual experiment could I do, to write about on this blog? I don’t want to deprive myself of sleep, or stop cooking my food.
Then I thought… hang on a minute, this blog is actually about living forever! That is, doing away with aging, illness and death. Isn’t that wild, whacky and unusual enough?
Now I suppose an “experiment” is when you try something, and see how things go. I believe we choose our ideas, and that we all experiment with them constantly (and some of us are more willing to tweak them than others).
So how am I going with the ideas behind my outlandish blog topic?
There are 4 aspects to my experimentations, I think:
1. Wanting to live
I’ve got this nailed—I find my life is satisfying, exciting and expanding, and I feel I’ll be able to deal with any hiccups that might occur. I don’t believe dying gets us anywhere—but that we just come back again after a nice rest, anyway (and that we are “with God” now while in a body just as much as we would be if we were dead).
2. Being young and healthy
This is the biggy, of course—lots of people have wanted to live, and died anyway. As for me, people say I look young for my age… “surely you aren’t fifty-five!“, but I know I have aged. Frank took the little photo at the top of my blog last summer—there is a larger version of it on my StumbleUpon profile. He took the photo I’ve got on my About page this winter, so I look pretty pasty… it’s accurate.
I’ve been having some relatively minor but annoying health issues, one of which is I’ve put on weight, another is I’ve had a dodgy knee lately, and it is my intention to reverse them. I had a kinesiology session a couple of days ago and it moved heaps of energy—I know something has shifted. I’ll see. But I don’t believe aging and death are a natural state of affairs, so I’ll keep plugging away at the various healing techniques.
3. Living in the now
Although this blog is about living forever and I keep using those words, I don’t really think in terms of the years stretching out indefinitely before me. It’s more about slipping into the eternal present moment, with a background understanding that aging and death are not on the cards.
I think I’ve got a healthy balance between thinking and not thinking about the future… I have goals and plans for it, without worrying about it. And it is so much easier to go with the flow in the present when I believe I have plenty of time to express the different parts of myself (if I can’t do something now, I can do it later on).
4. The evangelical side
One thing I don’t like about this blog is the evangelical side of it… I don’t like to feel I am pushing ideas onto people. I have been into these ideas since 1986, and most people I know would have no idea I was into them, because I rarely mention them. And here I am plastering it on the internet—at least people can hit the back button on their browser—it’s not like I’m haranguing them down at the coffee shop! I do feel a bit uncomfortable writing about it.
I felt the urge to do this blog, and there must be a reason why. It’s probably mainly to help me to “get it”—after all, it would be easier for me to get healthy and reverse the aging process if there were a whole lot of 70 year-olds running around looking like they were 30, wouldn’t it?
My hope is that other writers on this topic will come out of the woodwork, and it will become more commonplace to hear about it—maybe my blog could nudge this along. From where I sit, I feel this could assist the shift that I believe is happening to humanity… a shift that is happening in many different guises.
So I’ll keep experimenting with my ideas and see where it takes me. They are working for me so far.
Anyway… who wouldn’t want to live forever with Frank’s cooking to look forward to?
Bloggers Recording Project
To those of you interested in participating, don’t forget to send me your recordings! The deadline is now December 17. I keep updating the post about it, Bloggers Recording Project, adding tips and so on… so if you have read it in your RSS reader it will be different by now—you might want to check it out again.
photo by B~