Just a little over a week ago I set off on the journey of setting up a blog and website. There have been a few frustrations along the way but for the most part I have to say it has been a very rewarding experience.
For an analytical guy like myself it has been fun to see the website stats. The page views. What posts did better than others. What links people click to get here. Fascinating stuff.
To get the notification that someone left the first comment was really cool. Finding out it was from a best selling author was even better. The fact he tweeted a link to my blog was icing on the cake.
More than the stats and comments I am most excited about the process. Researching, trying things, making mistakes, and then learning from them. Not letting the mistakes stop me from my goal.
Early on I had the site all set up and ready to go. One wrong keystroke and it was gone. That didn’t deter me. A few calls to customer service and setting it up again in half the time and it was on the internet.
WordPress? Yeah, I’m learning it. Same thing when it comes to promoting this blog on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Tumbler. Before, I hadn’t given SEO much thought. Now, I want to learn more about it.
If you don’t have a goal… dream until you get one. When you have it. Don’t wait. Go after it. I really appreciate the advice a friend gave me when I told him I wanted to start a blog. His advice? Just go for it. Start writing and post. He shared his experience of getting so bogged down in the aesthetics of his site that he wasn’t creating content.
This blog has given me a new energy and focus. A reason to get up earlier. A reason to think in a way that I haven’t in quite some time. A reason to learn. My wish is that you can find something that does the same for you.
Can’t wait to see what week two brings.