Second month of blogging

Two months ago I started posting blogs. As with the tradition I started after my first month of blogging, I thought I would publish a blog today to announce some highlights in the blog.

Thank you to my subscribers. I have increased to 21 subscribers to the blog site. Subscribers get an automated email as soon as the next blog post is published.

I post a blog three times a week. In May, 18 blog posts were published.

The site’s top five most popular posts were:

  1. Check your attitude: Its your responsibility
  2. What do you do? . . . in 60 seconds
  3. Are you following the crowd? Make a difference with your own path
  4. Cut the strings: why you need an internet based email
  5. People are watching you

The site now has ten categories (Accountability, Effectiveness, Evaluation, Motivation, Personal Development, Planning, Producing, Productivity, Relationships) and 198 tags.

The site’s busiest days was Monday, May 2. I have several improvements planned for June.

In addition to Facebook, I can also be followed now on Twitter.

Thank you for supporting the site and for your personal support of me. I hope you have a great week. Normal posting will resume on Friday.

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One month of blogging

One month ago I started my new blogging project. It has been a tremendous experience. I thought I would publish a short blog today to announce what has happened to the blog in the last month.

Let me first thank my subscribers. I have 13 followers that have chosen to subscribe to the blog site. Subscribing means that they get an automated email as soon as the next blog post is published.

I posted three times each week. In April, 13 blog posts were published. The site has received 37 comments by 10 readers. More people link to the site from Facebook than any other platform.

The site’s top five most popular posts were:

  1. Life is a test
  2. Keeping Momentum
  3. Hand me that rake: Tools for results
  4. Everything deteriorates
  5. Come clean: Turning a wrong in to a right and coming out ahead

The site now has seven categories (Accountability, Evaluation, Motivation, Personal Development, Planning, Producing, Relationships) and 103 tags (most commonly used are motivation, results, and success).

Not surprisingly, the site’s busiest day was my big launch day when I sent personalized emails to most everyone I know. I also announced on Facebook. The site’s second busiest day was the day after the announcement (also not surprising). So if I throw out those days statistically, the sites busiest day was Friday, April 22.

You will see a lot of improvements to the site in the coming month and year. In addition to Facebook, I can also be followed now on Twitter.

Thank you for supporting the site and for your personal support of me. I hope you have a great week. Normal posting will resume on Wednesday.

Does anything in April’s summary surprise you? What do you find most interesting? Read other people’s comments here or post your own comment.

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Why do I blog?

Bloggers will often write about why they blog. All bloggers have their own reasons. My blogging is a means to and end in several different ways.

I was teased and made fun of a lot growing up. As an early teen I had low self esteem. I have a learning disability and really struggled through school. I was a slow reader (still am but I still read). Because of this, I didnt like school or do well in school. I was never expected to go to college (although I have a bachelors degree now). I started to believe I wasn’t going to do much with my life.

I began to get out of that rut and started to become more than what people thought I would be. I looked for ways that I could be efficient.

I decided to start reading. I found a way to enjoy reading. I remain a slow reader but have improved my reading speed and comprehension. I read what motivates me. Through reading I have learned a lot about finding inspiration, creating systems that make me better organized, and accessing motivation through other people’s examples. If you can relate, then this blog is intended for you.

Have you ever said, “If I knew then what I know now . . . “? I blog to share my experiences. I am driven to help people like me so that they can find inspiration to make a difference in their lives and the lives of other people.

I like sharing resources that I have found and have helped me. Most of these resources are very simple and easy to implement. It is diligence and persistence that is hard. Its hard to make the time to find these tools. This blog is to put that information in one place that is easy to find and use.

The topics you find here will not be perfect. I expect to have spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. You may be an English teacher or think that it ruins the credibility of the blog to have mistakes. I am writing to people who can see past that. I believe it is the content that is even more important than having it perfect. I will make corrections and edits as readers like you let me know (and I appreciate every correction).

Thank you for reading and especially for your comments.

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Hand me that rake: Tools for results

Now that spring is here, I like to clean up the yard, mow the lawn, edge the flowerbeds, and spread mulch. It is important to get everything cleaned up to make the yard look beautiful again while setting the stage for easy upkeep through the summer months. Before I can do any of this, I need to make sure the lawn mower is tuned up, the wheel barrow tire is inflated, and the edger blade is sharp. This is pretty simple stuff that most people can easily do. What is more difficult is using your tools to maintain throughout the season. Not only tools but time and dedication to weed, fertilize, water, and prune.

Have you or someone you know planted a garden but didn’t plan for taking care of it? If not, weeds grow, the plants are stunted or dry up, the fruits fall to the ground or spoil on the branch. Projects can be easy to get started, but without calculating what is needed to maintain the project and finish can get you over your head before you know it.

When preparing for any project, make sure you have all the tools for the job. Take that little bit of extra time to plan, determine all the tools you will need, gather them so that you not only start the project but finish it.

A few years ago I started blogging. My only consideration was to start. I didn’t have a plan, a purpose, or an end goal in mind. I really didn’t know what I needed to be a blogger. I blogged about topics that came to mind. They were scattered and unorganized. Over time I blogged less and less. Eventually I realized that I stopped blogging. What result did I create from this blog experience? Not much of anything that I or anyone else can use. Looking back now I didn’t have a plan or the tools to be a blogger.

For your next project, plan and gather your tools.

  • What result are you shooting for? This is the Stephen Covey habit of “begin with the end in mind”. When I decided to create this blog site I decided that I wanted a blog that people could look forward to and count on. I envisioned how my blog would look and how people would interact with it. I determined the purpose of the blog so that the content is consistent.
  • Plan. List the steps it will take to start and maintain. For several months, I created a simple project plan that listed major tasks I needed to accomplish to set-up and maintain this blog site.
  • Collect your tools. Determine the tools you need to create your results and to continue to create those results. You will probably have some tools but others you will need to get. One tool I needed was a blog hosting service that met my needs. I decided that a free blog site wasn’t going to get the results I planned for. So I subscribed to a professional blog service.
  • Learn how to use new tools. If you haven’t used these tools before, take time to learn how to properly use them. I watched videos and followed tutorials to learn how to use WordPress.
  • Get to work. You can only spend so much time preparing. As soon as you have enough to get started, start. Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you start (this will be a post later). I could have planned forever but my accountably group pressed me to start on April 1 with my first post.
  • Review. Evaluate how successful you are at achieving your original plan. Make refinements and continue with your project.

What project are you preparing to start? What do you need to get started, and what do you need to keep it going? Read other people’s comments or write your own here.