Hello lovelies! Wow, I can't believe we're already on Day 16 of this challenge. That means I've been blogging consistently for over two weeks now. It's been a LONG TIME since that's happened, and I'm pretty sure it was last November when I did the Thanksvember challenge! I might not have blogged every day, but I've caught up within a couple days and that's saying something for my lazy, procrastinating butt! ;)
Speaking of catching up, here I am catching up!
Day 14's prompt:
"What are two key ways you could use the habits of a millionaire to monetize your blog in the next month?"
The first habit would be... NO EXCUSES!!!
I have lots and lots and lots of excuses on a daily basis. My art isn't good enough, I'm not ready to put all my thoughts into my ebooks, I'm on a creative block, I'll do it tomorrow for sure (my favourite), I don't have the energy/patience, I'm too depressed, I can't concentrate with people in the room.
So... the first thing I can do is very simple, really.
DEAR LORD, JUST START ALREADY!!!
No more excuses, no more self-doubts, no more second thoughts or any of my typical hesitant behaviour. No more approval seeking. Just get active and don't even stop to think! RUN LIKE THE WIND! Ride that wild donkey until it's been mastered!
The second habit that resonated with me was to always move forward. Every single day, do something that gets me closer to that sparkly destination. Big or little things, every thing helps forward momentum! So to that end, I'm going to open up my Incredible Year workbook and set up a project section where I write down exactly what I want to do, what I need to acquire or learn to do it, and I will go after it!!! NO EXCUSES.
I have to make this happen. No one else is going to do it for me, and wishing won't bring it into being.
Day 15's prompt:
"How are you building your email list?"
Natalie's Top Tip: If you’re not at this stage you can instead choose to answer what the purpose of your email/ newsletter would be, how often you’d like to send it and the type of content and value you would provide to readers. In fact this is good to include in your blog response regardless!
You know what? There's actually a LOT I hate about email subscriptions and newsletters. Too sales-pitchy, no personal content (just ads, giveaways and other filler!), too messy (If I get lost in a sea of ads, jumbled graphics and crazy fonts, I'm lost forever), oh and TOO MANY. Yeesh!
I know, that really made me sound like a bitch!
But what do I LOVE about email newsletters? I love rich, personal slices of life sprinkled with good humour and excitement. I love tidbits of inspiration, snippets of upcoming goodies, and basically whatever brings a smile to my face and makes me glad to open my email.
So when I build my email list, I would like it to be the following:
- To smile as I write the newsletter!
- To be positive about the whole process and not view it as another chore.
- To get great feedback about the newsletter and its contents.
- To have a clean, concise newsletter that's informative and interesting, with easily readable formatting and neat little snippets, perhaps a monthly freebie as well. I don't think I'd send out a newsletter any more frequently than twice a month. And I want it to be enjoyed every time!
Day 16's prompt...
"How will you build a team around your vision and work smart instead of hard?"
For right now, I can't imagine relinquishing control when I haven't even begun yet!
I might like to have two or three contributors to the blog to share stories, inspiration, and other tidbits.
If what I'm doing gets big enough and brings in enough revenue, I would probably look into a personal assistant, perhaps some social media marketing assistance, and someone who was good at web design/troubleshooting.
But that's not for right now.
I hope you all have a great night (or day, depending on where you are in your personal galaxy!) :)
Love and light,