Here’s what I was up to behind-the-scenes this month + traffic and follower counts.
Blog Your Way To a Writing Career Program Update
I’ve finally come up for air after a month packed with business surprises. Turns out jumping into a business idea the second you think of it may not be the sanest way to start one.
I spent March responding to emails from readers who were interested in the program. Filtered out poor matches. Scared off a few timid souls. And finally found my perfect clients for the Blog Your Way To a Writing Career Beta Program.
Figuring out how to host my clients’ sites with my web host proved simpler than I expected, once I knew what to ask for. But boy did it take me several long conversations with myriad reps and business pros before I figured that out.
I’ve had my head in the trenches with troubleshooting and research too. Because I realized just how tough it can be to translate what I know into a format others can learn from and duplicate. Usually I just research and do it. Now I have to explain it in words to clients. If you’re an INTJ too, you know just how tough this can be. That’s going well now too.
I’m not usually so impulsive. To jump into a project without planning all its contingencies first. But sometimes you learn best by doing. And when I’m this excited about something, things usually fall into place. So I jumped in. Now that I have a moment to breathe, I’m sooooo glad I did.
Sometimes, you just have to follow your gut.
I love the work. And I love, love, love my clients. Each of them is as excited as I am to get their writing careers and online hubs going. They’re strong writers, enthusiastic, and each of them is going places.
If you’re interested in the Blog Your Way To a Writing Career beta program, let me know. I’ll have a streamlined system for this service in the future. For now, just let me know you’re interested and I’ll send you the info.
Interview Series with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Journalist, Sonia Nazario
On top of the Blog Your Way To a Writing Career program, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on an interview series I did with Pulitzer Prize winning author and investigative journalist, Sonia Nazario.
I cannot wait to share this series with you. After months of formatting and design work, it’s almost ready to launch.
I never imagined it would take so long to put this series together. But Sonia’s responses are brimming with seriously useful advice for writers. From how to write a nationally bestselling book to landing a job with a major print publication, each article deserved the kind of design details that will spread her incredibly useful tips to writers who need them most.
I’m in the final proofing stages for this project. So stay tuned for the big reveal.
My Main Writing Mission: The Writers of the Future Contest Story
This month, I scrapped the first few scenes of my Writers of the Future contest story. The new intro cuts to the heart of the story while sharing important info in a punchier way (I hope).
It also saves me precious word count space. I knew I was on the right track when the story flowed. And now that I’ve reworked the opening scenes to fit, I feel good about my progress.
I’ve hit a new wall. Which feels both good and bad. It’s great to be onto a new problem. But it’s still a new problem, with all the anxiety that comes with it.
To help develop fiction writing skills, I signed up for writing tips from bestselling fantasy author and recently appointed Writers of The Future contest judge, David Farland. As an established author with decades of experience, David Farland offers advanced writing tips.
Because I share my experiences as a developing fiction writer, you get help with the kinds of problems authors like David Farland don’t even remember having. But he’s worth following for the advanced skills, his experience teaching writing workshops, and insights into what you can expect later in your writing career.
Looking Ahead: What’s Changing (Maybe)
I’m finally back on track to fulfill the longer-term goals I’ve talked about in previous wrap ups. Now that new projects are finally settling into a rhythm and big projects are almost finished.
That means I’ll have time for guest posting, switching to a more reliable email service (I’ve wanted to do this since for-EV-er), and maybe even a site redesign. Heaven knows my site needs an update already. Have you seen my services page? Pitiful.
Also, I’ve given some thought to writing posts only once or twice weekly. As much as I love posting every Monday/Wednesday/Friday, I could use the time to write higher-quality posts and tend to the projects clamoring for attention.
The idea is almost painful. But don’t be surprised if it happens.
Traffic and Follower Counts
Before March, I was a chronic stats checker. I’d jump into my Google Analytics app every few hours to see how many people had viewed which pages on my site.
Then March hit me, with its myriad projects and goals. And pretty soon, I didn’t have time to worry about traffic counts. Part of that’s because I didn’t have time to promote articles. And my traffic counts reflected the lack of attention to marketing.The traffic counts that had kept me excited about my work, were a confidence-killer instead.
So I stopped looking at them and focused on my clients and projects instead.
I had to look at them to write this wrap up though. Oh the trepidation! Here’s what I found:
- Pageviews: 32k (Not sob-worthy, but not progress either.)
- Email subscribers: 978
- Pinterest followers: 3.1k
- Twitter followers: 1.3k
- Number of posts published: 13
- Months blogging since reboot: 7
Until April <3
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