I have been learning a lot, not just from blogging, but mostly from the people I’ve met on my journey. It’s been a true adventure, and even though I didn’t start out, looking to meet people, the people I’ve met has been the most exciting part of my blogging journey so far.
Yesterday, I wrote about my most important WordPress plugin, because I kept asking myself the question over and over again. Which plugin would I keep, if I could just keep one? I have also been asking myself a question regarding what I would have done differently, if I started blogging from scratch today. I have thought a lot about it, and I’ve come up with five things.
1. Focus on people
I started this post by letting you know that I have met some incredible people through blogging. They’re not only gifted, and passionate about what they’re doing, but they care about other people, more than anybody most people I have met. They’ve helped me out when I’ve had problems, and they keep stopping by my blog to give me advice.
If I had started blogging today, I would have focused on people and building relationships. I would have started helping them, and letting them know more about who I am and what I want with my life.
The first thing on my mind when I started blogging was to focus on the technology, and get things right with the design, and that everything was working ok. I was focusing on driving traffic, and it was more or less all about numbers for me. Now, I know that one person can make a huge difference.
2. Be great with one
I really enjoy testing new software, and I really enjoy social media. I am all over the place, testing new marketing methods on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many others. But, if I started blogging today, I would have started with just one method and one social media network, and I would have worked hard to be great with that one network.
3. Be happy with what I’ve got
It’s always something new happening. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought that I should switch to a new software, switch to a new webhost, or buy a new iPhone/iPad/Mac. I keep looking at what’s new and I just want it. I’m thinking that my life will be so much better, if I just got my hands on the latest technology or the latest gadget.
I have a new philosophy for a happy life, and I’m happy with what I’ve got, instead of focusing on what’s negative and the things I can’t do. If I keep focusing on the positive things about what I’ve got, I get a lot more done, and I’ll be happy doing it (in the end, I believe that I will turn out to be more creative, if I just keep using what I’ve already got).
4. Avoid over-thinking
I started my blogging journey, by looking at statistics and analyzing the behaviors of my visitors. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent, looking at numbers, thinking about ways to develop my blog and how the design should look. I wanted everything to be perfect for everyone. I was looking at the bounce rate, and I didn’t want one single person to leave my site without taking action. I wanted them to either sign up for my newsletter, or to visit one of my old posts.
If I had started blogging today, I would have focused on content instead. I would have focused on how to become a better writer, and I would have stopped analyzing everything. I want the words to flow. I want you to understand who I am and why I keep writing. The more I write, the more time I add to getting better at writing, the better results I’ll get – because I really want to be a better writer.
5. Commit to my goals
I didn’t have any goals when I started blogging. I thought everything was interesting. I wanted traffic. I wanted to earn money. I wanted to learn more about marketing, and I wanted to share what I was learning. Things have turned out differently, and some of the things I’m most proud of are the two stories I’ve published. Here are the links:
If I had started blogging today, I would have committed to goals, like writing new books, or projects that would help turn the world into a better place. It could be anything really. I would have added goals, and I would have committed to each of the goals – like I do today.