I Know a Lot and I Know a Little
February 22, 2013 § 7 Comments
For the past two days I’ve worked on a post about the steps I’m taking to get my blog to begin to pay for itself. The trouble, I think, is that this has been the priority, the focus of all my social media research since I fled to self-hosting way back in December. Too much to encapsulate in less than 750 words (usually my goal).
The more I wrote, the more I harkened back to a conversation I had with my good friend Monica (she of The Revelation Project) a few weeks before.
She called me a social media rock star (I admit I liked the sound of that).
I told her I didn’t know what the heck I was doing.
And herein lies the problem, and what she suggested that I write about.
I know bucket loads of information in regard to the social media ocean.
For something that started as a hobby, I know way more than I need to. And the technological stuff is what’s caught me off guard.
I thought I’d just be writing some paragraphs that people would read about marathon training. I had no idea I’d get jiggy off of HTML. I wouldn’t have believed that I’d enjoy hours of plugin experimentation. Seo’s and Google analytics and bounce statistics and traffic sources and the importance of email subscriptions (they’re really important, so do sign up okay?).
All of it (even my writing has tightened up) has lit a fire in my soul; lit a match to my entrepreneurial spirit that ignited my dying human spirit. Technology brought me back to life.
I decided, if you are really interested in learning about how to get your blog to pay for itself, go and read katy at katywidrick.com, because she is a wealth of information, totally self-taught, and really, really helpful. I spent two full days referencing her blog as I put together my press kit, which I now sit on, biting my nails and wondering when I’ll have the confidence to go out and sell all of this knowledge and ability?
After more than a year of blogging I know a lot more than I ever expected to, and yet in some ways I know very, very little.
Seat belt tightened as we are now almost four months into year number two. Like watching children grow. Don’t blink. It goes much too fast.
Where are you on your journey in social media or otherwise? Do you find yourself still learning or are you stagnant in your career?
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