This is the first of several articles describing how I intend to grow my blog to one thousand visitors per week. Today, I’m focusing on preparations that I need to do before jumping in and doing stuff to grow the blog.
What’s clear to me from the visible disruptions that I’ve had already with the blog is that I need to get my own act together. Whether it’s publishing a blog or any other on-going activity, if I don’t have things together, I will have difficulty giving the time and attention to it necessary for success.
So, the first thing I have to do is get my act together, at least enough to be productive most days and not have many melt-downs that just overwhelm me to the extent that I lose a whole day or more.
Next, I have to adjust my writing process (and my expectations) to fit my posting schedule. Part of that is finally treating the blog as a business and not a hobby. I need to focus on writing better and writing faster and focusing on the writing enough to get it done in a timely manner so that it doesn’t overflow and disrupt the rest of my life.
Before jumping in and working on growing the blog, I need to come up with a plan of what, how and when I’m going to do what and how I’m going to evaluate the results.
The first part of my plan is to get my personal act together, get my article writing nailed and outline the rest of the general plan. The next part of this series will discuss the general plan and the specifics of getting my personal act together and the writing process nailed.