For today, think of yourself not as a blogger, but as the CEO of your business. – Dan R. Morris, Blogging Concentrated [paraphrased].
I had been praying about attending Blogging Concentrated in Seattle for a while. I struggled with guilt over the cost. I struggled with the fact it was only one day vs a 2 or 3 day conference like I have attended in the past. It was also in January which meant driving the mountain pass could be an adventure.
I had The Principal’s blessing. He said it would be an investment, and honestly, I would learn more than I would at the other one I like because that is more of a girls’ weekend with my friends in my computer. While that is a wonderful thing, I need to take my blog to the next level.
Read: I need to bring in some income.
I prayed that if He wanted me to go, the money would be there–and not out of our budget. Well, silly me! He provided via money that was owed to us and a sponsorship from Homeschool Blogging.
I had an amazing weekend. Yes, Blogging Concentrated is only one day, but I had a 6-hour drive each way.
I came home refreshed and on fire for blogging again. My traffic is not stable yet, as I sometimes get featured on a certain site and have yet to retain that traffic as subscribers or “likes.”
Here are the things I have since implemented with my blog:
I now have a schedule of specific types of posts on certain days. (For example, Tuesdays are doTerra Tuesdays.) This way my readers know what to expect. It also helps me know where I need to focus since I have more than one niche.
I set reminders on my phone. I forget about G+ and sometimes I even forget Twitter. The reminders help me to not forget to interact at least once on each of these sites. If I can’t interact, then I can at least schedule something.
I try to share one or two posts from other blogs in my niche. It’s not all about me and we don’t all write about the same stuff.
I had not liked the idea of ads on my blog. It didn’t bother me that other blogs had them, I just didn’t think my blog was worth it.
Well, guess what. My blog IS worth it. My time is worth it. Am I making enough to pay the mortgage? No, but I might be able to buy a coffee this month, and that’s OK.
Do you treat your blog as a business? What are some tips you can share with us?
This post is from monthly contributor, Mama Kautz.