Left Side of the Road GPS Night – Driving and Blogging.
What could left side of the road GPS night - driving and blogging possibly have in common, you ask?
A lot more than you think.
There I was in a rented SUV at Stansted Airport outside of London, approximately 11:30 on a Monday night.
I was on my way to the Crawley Business Quarter near Gatwick Airport to take part in a training programme which was starting on Tuesday morning.
So, I'm in an unfamiliar vehicle, on an unfamiliar motorway, driving on the left-hand side of the road - which I'm also unfamiliar with - and on top of all of that, I'm driving at night.
Clearly I made it to my destination and back, as I am writing this post for all of you.
Nevertheless, there was a very clear lesson that I can apply from that experience to the experience of creating and maintaining a blog.
And you can apply it also.
One of the lessons has to do with our brains and how the habits we develop become embedded inside of our brains and once embedded can be challenging to unlearn.
Take driving on the left side of the road as an example.
As a Canadian, that's something I'm not used to doing, as in Canada we drive on the right side of the road.
I'm also not accustomed to driving with a stick shift, as in Canada the vast majority of drivers own cars with automatic transmissions.
Nevertheless, whenever I have driven with a stick shift in Canada, it's naturally on the right-hand side of the driver since the driver is seated on the left-hand side of the vehicle.
So that's what my brain is or was wired for.
So imagine yourself, if you've never been in this situation, seated on the right-hand side of the vehicle with the stick shift on your left, at night, in an unfamiliar place on an unfamiliar motorway going to an unfamiliar destination.
That's actually quite a lot of new information for your brain to take in, process, and then help you execute.
Nevertheless, our brains are amazing! In fact, scientists say that within the known universe, the human brain is the most amazing object.
Our brains are extremely plastic, meaning they're very adaptable and can change their own wiring in order to help us as humans acquire new skills and abilities, such as learning a new language.
Or in my case, driving at night in an unfamiliar place on an unfamiliar road seated on the right-hand side of the vehicle and shifting gears with my left hand instead of with my right.
By Brain Works - Yeaaa!
Thankfully, the ole' brain adapted fairly quickly to the new circumstances. I was happy about that, because that's what it's supposed to do, right?
I would say that within about 15 to 20 minutes I was fairly comfortable driving on the left-hand side of the motorway, shifting gears with my left hand and doing both of those new tasks at night in unfamiliar surroundings.
So, long story short, I made it to my destination in one piece, enjoyed the training I received very much, and made it back to that same airport, driving on that same motorway on Wednesday afternoon.
But, I must say that driving back to the airport in the afternoon when it was light outside was a much easier task than doing so at night and on an unfamiliar road.
Being able to actually clearly see where you're going with your own eyes as well as what's around you is a much better feeling than the former one I've already described.
And that leads me into how all of this relates to blogging.
Get and Use the Right Tools for Blogging
One of the things I haven't explained yet is that I did have a very useful tool in the rented vehicle that made the unfamiliar left side of the road night-driving a somewhat easier task to accomplish.
And that was the GPS.
With the GPS I was able to enter the destination I was heading to, and even though I was driving in an unfamiliar place, at night, on the left side of the road while sitting on the right side of the car and shifting gears with my left hand instead of my right hand, the GPS really made a significant difference in helping me to get the driving task done.
Imagine if I hadn't had access to the GPS and needed to use a paper map instead.
In your minds eye, picture how much more challenging it would have been for me to be driving with so many unfamiliar factors involved while trying to read a map in the dark.
How many times would I have needed to pull over and stop the vehicle in order to safely consult the map to ensure I was headed in the right direction or that I was about to make the correct route change?
That would have definitely slowed my progress as well as created a more stressful situation for me to deal with.
So I would say that the GPS system was an incredibly valuable piece of hardware/software that benefited me immensely and is well worth whatever cost was involved in having it installed in that vehicle.
Likewise, in order to make your website design/construction and blogging a significantly easier, less stressful experience, there are also very valuable tools available for anyone who wants to have his or her own site and begin blogging, writing online, designing websites, etc.
Taking advantage of the tools available will help you to, relatively quickly, make the task of doing something you may be initially very unfamiliar with much easier and enjoyable.
And that's the main lesson I'd like you to take away from this post.
If you get and use the right tools for designing and constructing your site as well as for creating and posting your content, you'll save a ton of stress and very quickly become a real pro at the new task.
And in my next series of posts, I'll share with you the exact tools I use to make this job so much easier, convenient, enjoyable, and fun.
Watch for those posts and in the meantime, I wish you all of the success you can handle.