This is Bloggingtips.com. It’s supposed to be about tips.
Here’s one: don’t give up. Here’s another one: don’t get down on yourself or this process. It’s all upside from here.
Now if that seems ridiculously simplistic, allow me to elaborate. I’m sitting here at one in the morning, an hour after Ryan Seacrest helped Dick Clark (God love him) lower that over-priced crystal ball toward one million drunk Times Square partiers on national television.
Happy new year to all, by the way.
My post for Kevin here at Bloggingtips is due… well, now. So I’m thinking, what can I say to my fellow Blogging Tipsters out there that might actually make a difference in the coming year.
That’s what we’re supposed to be up to with every post, right? Making a difference. Adding value.
So here’s my post-midnight shot at it.
I’ve been blogging for seven months now. I have absolutely no frame of reference to know if my 1200-plus subscribers and 7000 visits per month is good, average or laughable.
Kevin didn’t invite me here for my numbers.
The only time I came close to bragging about that (in a pitch for a guest blog aimed at one of those Mr. Celebrity Blogger types), the guy fired back that he’d just launched a new blog and had 28,000 subscribers in two months.
I think he’s bullshitting, actually, but it doesn’t matter. I’d still never heard of him.
The reason I’m up this late, submitting this post this late, is because I’ve been busy putting the final touches on my notes for a writing workshop I’m giving this weekend. For which I’ll be paid a thousand bucks or so (counting meal money).
Which is one of about five such workshops that I’ve booked thus far in the new year. More are forthcoming.
All because of my little blog.
The consequences of hard, diligent, value-delivering work haven’t stopped there, either. About two weeks ago I got a contract offer from Writers Digest Books to publishe my core story development model (it’s called The Six Core Competencies of Successful Storytelling), which is essentially what my blog is all about. This is the real deal – not an ebook, not a self-published hope-my-friends-buy-it project – complete with bookstores and signings and all that other stuff I’d almost forgotten about in the six years since my last novel was published.
I had a choice to begin another novel this year or launch my blog. I’m glad I picked the latter.
In these seven months I’ve also written and launched two ebooks that I sell through my site, and have moved close to a thousand copies thus far.
And, I’ve landed a bunch of story coaching gigs at fifty bucks an hour or so.
Am I getting rich? Nope. Not even close.
Never expected to this early in the game. But the good news is, I never expected to be generating any cash at all before I hit the 5K subscriber mark, which is what more than one blogging guru type told me.
Am I making more than anyone dared tell me at this stage, seven months and 1200 subscribers in? I think I am. Not enough to live on… but imagine what all this will look like when my blog is at, say, 20,000 subscribers (which of course Mr. Celebrity Blogger could rake up over a couple of three-day weekends)?
My point, and my New Year’s message to my peers: hang in there.
Make a plan, then work that plan. Keep churning out the value, giving it all away as fast as you can. Brand yourself. Stay up late and create things.
And write like you’re trying to seduce someone. Which is to say, put a little personality into it.
The acid test is this: if your blog makes you feel alive, connected and contributing, then its working.
Because in this first year, that’s all you can expect. The rest will come. For now, hang in there, and celebrate what you do.
And keep on doing it in 2010.
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