Well, this is embarrassing, you guys.
I haven’t written a post in four months.
That’s about the time I decided “I’m going to get serious about writing and really be a blogger.” I decided to live my dream. The process has been looking a little bit like this:
- Should I make my own website or continue using WordPress as my website?
- Can I write about non-minimalist stuff on my “Born Again Minimalist” blog?
- Is “Born Again” too religiousy, causing me to miss out on target audience?
- What’s my brand?
- Do I need a logo?
- Is the lotus thing overdone?
- Should I offer additional services or products to people?
- I should write a book, or a free PDF report, or something, to offer people.
- I need a podcast or newsletter to stay in touch with people.
- How many blogs per week should I be writing?
- What is my MISSION for blogging?
- How can I turn my blog into a business?
- What’s my goal for blogging?
I was overwhelmed. That is a lot to think about.
In the process of asking all these questions, I became paralyzed with the fear of not doing things right. Of not doing things perfectly. Four months and a lot of personal development books later, I realized a couple things:
- Some is better than none.
- Done is better than perfect.
In realizing this, I have come up with the million dollar idea! A simple two-step process to being a blogger. I am going to rock your world with this, are you ready?
The two simple steps to being a blogger are just below…
- Write a blog post.
- Publish it on the internet.
I know, right? How am I not a millionaire with this kind of imaginative, creative, think-outside-the-box type advice? I’m on fire today.
That said, there really are more things to think about when it comes to being a successful blogger. First of all, what defines success for you? How will you measure it?
Success can be measured in all sorts of ways, depending on your goals for your blog or website.
- Number of newsletter subscribers (I will be successful when I have 1,000 subscribers)
- Number of blog subscribers (I will be successful when I have 100 blog followers)
- Number of people who purchase a product or service (I will be successful when I help 50 people with my service)
- Number of Facebook Likes, Shares, and Comments (I will be successful when 50% or more of my audience engages with my posts)
- Number of posts per week (I will be successful when I consistently publish two blog posts per week)
Those are some examples. My current success metric will be consistently posting to this blog at least once per week. At the same time, I will be actively working on answering all those other questions posed above, in my overwhelm. But in the meantime, I can’t say I’m a blogger if I’m not actually blogging.
In conclusion: I apologize for my absence! I have really missed engaging with my regular readers and I feel like I have been neglecting you all.
If you’re on Facebook, you can check out my new “Like” page – Happy Fit Soul – Caitlin Reed, Coach!
My end game will be to provide services and tools for various aspects of life “fitness,” including health and nutrition, personal finance, personal relationships and communication, and careers, among other topics as I see fit.
(Ha! Get it? See fit? Because… fitness?)
I totally still got it.
See you guys again real soon!
2 thoughts on “How to be a blogger”
Caitlin, I was just thinking about you and wondering if I had your contact info to check on you and see how you were. You must have heard me because then I found this post. 🙂
I don’t know any of the answers to your questions, but I can tell you from my experience that changing platforms is disruptive. When I switched from WordPress to Blogger WordPress wouldn’t let me export my posts so it’s up to me to do so manually. I lost a few followers who prefer WordPress and don’t like following any other platform. There were also problems with commenting on Blogger for many so depending on what platform you choose or commenting system you select you will find people who aren’t happy.
Enough of that, how have you been? What, besides redefining your blogging, have you been up to?
P.S. I love the lotus flower, it sets you apart from other bloggers and makes you memorable. I wouldn’t give it up.
Lois! I have missed you too. I have been doing okay, pretty stressed at times but working on that. 🙂 How are you?