The minute I clicked ship for this e mail marked my 20,000th hour blogging.
Throughout these 20,000 hours I’ve:
Had 5 totally different places of work; three had been in three totally different homes. Two had been leased exterior of my home. I’m at present in workplace #5.
Gone by means of 4 computer systems. I’m on quantity 5.
Wrote round six million phrases.
Printed no less than 12,000 articles (not all written by me and positively all not profitable).
Tried no less than 25 totally different WordPress themes and lots of of plugins.
Used six totally different internet hosting companies.
Earned income from ten totally different advert networks and companies.
Made it by means of no less than a dozen Google core updates (with blended outcomes).
Smashed up two automobiles. A type of crashes I wasn’t within the automobile. Forgot to placed on the e-brake on in a sloped car parking zone. Automobile rolled throughout the lot. To this present day I’m grateful it was one other automobile that stopped it fairly than an individual.
Not that crashing vehicles has something to do with blogging.
Most of these 20,000 hours had been nice hours. I can’t think about having finished anything.
Not as soon as did I take a look at the clock wishing extra time had handed.
Which jogs my memory of the bit in The Workplace TV present the place they’re unloading a truck.
The Temp says “we may get this finished rather a lot faster if we shaped a kind of meeting line.”
Stanley, a veteran on the firm, replies with a glance of disgust “this here’s a run-out-the-clock scenario identical to it’s upstairs [in the office].”
Watch the clip here.
I’ve had my justifiable share of “run-out-the-clock jobs”.
Blogging is the alternative of a run-out-the-clock scenario. It’s by no means finished. That’s each good and unhealthy. It’s good as a result of meaning it will possibly all the time develop. It’s unhealthy as a result of it’s laborious to be taught to stroll away on the finish of the day and never dwell on it exterior of labor.
I’m a sluggish learner. At all times have been. But when I like one thing I preserve at it. Finally I determine stuff out.
Every now and then I truly get good at one thing.
Up to now I’ve managed to construct up some first rate websites.
Creating one thing recreation-altering nonetheless eludes me. Hotmail, Google, Fb, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Zillow, YouTube, Zoom, Shopify, TikTok to call a number of are examples of recreation-altering internet properties.
I don’t have visions of grandeur. I don’t anticipate to ever construct one thing like these lauded websites.
However that doesn’t imply I can’t try to push the envelope. Do one thing totally different throughout the content material publishing mannequin.
I don’t have near the coding chops or assets to launch a brand new platform or app.
What I do have is the willingness to dig deep attempting to provide you with content material angles that attraction to folks.
A quite simple model of that is digging for matters and key phrases which have little or no competitors. That’s a really simplistic option to do one thing totally different from different websites. BTW easy doesn’t imply lower than or unhealthy. Easy is commonly the easiest way to go about issues. Complicating issues is simple. Distilling one thing all the way down to easy and retaining it easy could be robust and requires self-discipline.
Publishing low competitors matters is my bread and butter. I proceed doing it every day. If it ain’t broke…
Over the past 20,000 hours I’ve labored laborious to hone my content material publishing expertise and writing.
Every now and then I did issues that labored wonders.
Two weeks in the past I found a brand new kind of content material I hope would be the greatest hit but. It’s not completely novel however it’s additionally not all that extensively finished.
It’s a visible content material idea. No, it’s not an grownup web site.
There’s a lot demand for it. A lot in order that at present folks pay for it. I swear it’s not an grownup web site.
As somebody who loves incomes from advertisements I’m blissful to present away that which others cost cash for.
Given what advertisements pay nowadays, I feel it’s value giving freely.
My level is to not reveal exactly what I’m doing. If I did that I’d surrender my angle. My area of interest websites are nonetheless my focus… not merely an experiment or supply for case research to serve Fat Stacks.
However I can let you know this a lot.
If there’s a option to give away stuff that’s in any other case offered, you simply might need an enormous alternative.
Not solely can the visitors and advert income be good, however content material that’s so good that persons are keen to pay for can most undoubtedly appeal to hyperlinks. Always remember in regards to the energy and alternative to draw hyperlinks from content material. Pure inbound hyperlinks repay for years.
Okay, I’ll provide you with an instance.
Software program and on-line instruments.
This not what I’m doing however I’ll down the street.
Provide on-line software program instruments without cost. Assuming the server prices don’t bankrupt you, free on-line instruments can do wonders.
For instance, I just lately had a developer code a easy plugin so as to add options to a different plugin I exploit. It price me $280.
I may give it away. I would. I commissioned it for my private use. Seems I’m not going to make use of it however it works.
The purpose is to dream up stuff folks actually, really need. If folks already pay for it or have to enroll in it, that’s even higher. Think about how excited they’ll be to get it for nothing.