Once upon a time, Mark from 45n5.com tagged me for a blog meme. Mark, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to this one as I totally forgot about it and then found it again as I was going through some old posts that I’d never finished. Hopefully, this will make up for my tardiness and you’ll find it in your heart to forgive me!
Back to Mark’s post; he was a little sneaky with his response. I had originally tagged him in the Simply Successful Secrets meme and he took the liberty to change the idea around, but in a clever way that I think will prove useful to many readers. He also used a video to provide his answer and I think this is a great idea. I’m putting a webcam on my wishlist, unless someone wants to donate one to me!
Obviously, the new meme is to list five things I should be doing online to make more money. This is a great way to take a good, hard look at yourself and see where you are right now. It’s a way to measure your progress by asking yourself how you’re spending your blogging time and what might you be doing better.
These are some of the things Mark listed in the written portion of his post and then elaborated on in his video, as well as adding a few more:
1. Focus – turn off the feedreader and email more
2. Metrics – start measuring more
3. Create a system
4. Give more of my opinion
5. Not putting money first when that’s my goal
With that inspiration then, here are the things that I’ve come up with, in no particular order:
- More doing and less researching. I’ve spent a great deal of time over the last year and a half in researching blogging and other online money making ideas. I’ve learned a lot, but I’ve only used a small portion of what I’ve learned so far. It’s time to start getting more serious about this stuff and trying new things (like podcasting or vlogging!).
- Monitoring results. Mark talks a bit about metrics and this is a great point. Without measuring what is happening with your sites, how can you tell how to do better? In light of this, I should be paying more attention to stats, not just how much did Adsense bring in today, but how many uniques came to this blog, where did they come from and what did they click on. These are important questions and could show me how to make some much needed improvements.
- Finding new ways to network. Not only should I be networking more, but I should be finding new ways of networking with other bloggers. I’ve made use of some of the social networking sites, but it’s time to check out new ones as well as more fully utilize ones I already am using.
- Writing more content. Yes, I should be writing more. Period. My posting has fallen off lately due to a number of circumstances. I need to get back into writing something every day.
Focusing more and being more disciplined. This one goes along with all of the others, but I find that it’s the key to bringing it all together. I need to set some concrete short term blogging (and other) goals and make sure that I work on them each day. I should be making some sort of progress toward one or more important goals each and every day.
I couldn’t agree more with what Mark says about turning off the feedreader and email. These distractions are lethal to achieving our goals. My own little addiction that I battle with every day is reading a few of my favorite news sites (damn, you Matt Drudge!). I’m going to stop reading the news!
One more thing that I haven’t included above, but which needs to be said, is that I need to be working harder! I needed to remind myself that if it’s not hard, I’m not making progress. I’m planning on renewing my efforts at blogging and setting new goals for the near future. If you’re finding yourself stuck on a plateau, I encourage you to do the same.
since it’s been so long since this meme was started, I don’t think I’ll tag anyone else right now, but if you’re interested, feel free to write a post and leave a comment with a link.