Six Month Review Of Buck Inspire
When I first began my blogging journey, I had two critical goals. Beat the Yakezie Challenge and continuously blog for six months. I accomplished the first goal and celebrated with a Blake Griffin dunk. (He is hands down the NBA Rookie of the Year.) I just accomplished my second of continuously blogging for six months.
If you let your blog consume you, you can and will burnout. I read warnings from veteran bloggers and I thought they were overly concerned for us newbies. Their warnings were justified as I almost burned out a few times myself.
Health and sleep can’t be neglected. There were many nights when I wanted to read one more blog, leave one more comment, or work on one more post. If you get sick or become sleep deprived, your new passion will suffer as well. Control yourself and find that happy medium between online work and offline rest and relaxation.
Expectations need to be managed. After beating the Yakezie challenge and cracking Alexa 100K, I thought I would be able to walk on water and part the sea. I used this mark as motivation, but when I actually achieved it and the accompanying results were not mind blowingly awesome, I suffered a letdown. Deja vu occurred when I hit my six months. I had to get a grip and remind myself of why I started blogging in the first place. My blog is also a marathon and not a sprint.
Just like when I beat the Yakezie Challenge, I am going back on a stat diet. Constantly refreshing web analytics, AdSense, emails, and comments makes me very unproductive. I will use this time focusing on content, building relationships, and optimizing my blog.
Special thanks to my top commenters and referrals. You guys all rock! What’s interesting are my top articles. Most of them deal with the subject of blogging. One was a guest post from Evan at My Journey To Millions. Thanks Evan! The other one was my reaction to a Robert Kiyosaki seminar.
Should I refocus my blog on blogging itself?
Thanks all for making my first six months a very interesting and fulfilling ride. May your journey be as exciting and satisfying as a Blake Griffin dunk! Next stop, the one year mark. See you all there!