Way back in the beginning of August, I wrote a blog post called “Project Blog Full Time: My Master Plan“.
In it, I listed all the ways that I was going to get ready to become a full time blogger. I thought it would be fun to look back at that plan and see how I’m doing 4 months later…
Wake Up at 6 AM: Fail
My post back in August said, “I’ve been trying to wake up and write posts at this time, but my brain is too fried. I am not a morning person. I can barely force myself to sit up at that time… I’m thinking that leaving and answering comments and writing e-mails takes less brain power than writing a 500 word post for a client, so I might do the former instead of the latter in the morning.”
Yeah, so I’m not waking up at 6AM every day. I usually sit down with my computer at about 9AM after I’ve had my breakfast, etc. I do answer my e-mails first and have gotten in a good habit of trying to clean them out by the end of the day so I start fresh in the morning.
Write Down 3 Important Goals to Conquer Every Day: Pass but sorta Fail too
In August I wrote, “I can’t add hours in the day. I need to just accomplish three big things every day, not twenty, and learn to be happy with that. This is going to be the biggest challenge of all for me.”
Well, I feel like I passed this and I failed it too. I have gotten better at making lists with my priorities for the day at the top. I’ve been knocking those out quite well. The problem comes in where I want to do the non-high priority things just to get more done, so I’m still probably still working more hours than I should.
Increase Affiliate Sales: Pass
Luckily, this has been going well. I still need to integrate more affiliate links in my posts, but at least I’ve made a dent in it!
Clean Up Old Posts: Fail
I still need to do this!
Fix Broken Links: Pass
I hired my friend Grayson to fix my broken links. Best idea ever. He took something I was dreading and finished everything in about 4 hours. Highly recommend him.
Not Freak Out: Pass but sorta Fail too
I wrote back in August, “What I’m trying to do here, work entirely for myself, really freaks me out. On one hand, I’m beyond excited about it because blogging is the perfect job for me. On the other hand, I’m terrified I won’t be able to provide for my family.”
The uncertainty and variability of this blog income thang still freaks me out, but I’m getting more and more confident that I can do it as the days go by. I realized that my income is directly related to the amount of work I put in. Comparing my income in September, when I was sick/tired in my 1st trimester to my income in November when I’m re-energized and working hard is a huge difference.
I still need to work on setting a better schedule, sticking to that schedule, setting some boundaries, putting some more moolah in my retirement fund and savings funds (for my readers abroad, you can read up on SMSFs if you want more info about retirement.) Basically, I’m still fine tuning this little business, but it’s getting there. Only a few weeks to go until this all becomes a reality!
How are you doing on your goals this year?
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