I love to get organized. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to organize a space & then bask in the glow of my newly tidy space afterward. I'm starting to think this mentality is bad for working in the online world.
For the last week I have been paralyzed by research:
- Which keywords should I be using for each post?
- Which topics are less competitive, so I could possibly rank faster with Google?
- Which niche will keep me interested for the long term?
- Twitter Feed, Twitter Parties, JustUnfollow, Sponsored Tweets, Hashtags, Retweets, Hoot Suite
- Pinterest, Group Boards, Followers, Pin Tweets, Viral Tag, Secret Boards, Pinning strategy based on Google Analytics, Repinning Popular Referrals, Scheduled Pins
- Affiliates, Sponsored Posts, Ad Networks, Link Parties
- Spam Filters, Keyword Research, Plugins, Analytics, Themes, SEO, PicMonkey
- Hangouts, Podcasts, Youtube, Followers, Subscribers, RSS Feeds
Starting from scratch feels daunting. I look up at the mountain in front of me & remind myself that the climb does not happen in one huge step. I can not organize the path I will take to the top, but I can find the right equipment to navigate as I go. I'll only reach the top by pacing myself during a journey of small steps.
Rather than attempting to master the entire (overwhelming) list above, I'm going to keep a log of what I do each day in the hopes of keeping myself motivated (I am taking small steps forward) and of documenting what I learn as I go.
Don't get me wrong – this "get started" mentality helps, but I will still attempt to get organized as I go! The weekly log below is categorized, so it's also clear WHY I'm doing these activities.
- Income: Increase number of Twitter followers using the iphone app JustUnfollow. This app is free & quickly shows me which followers I can remove, making space for new followers who might follow me back. I LOVE this app & it's a great activity for when I'm nursing the baby! I'm considering upgrading to the paid version (the free version has limits on the number of updates per day, but it's still very helpful). Update: Jan-22 Accomplished & even attended my first Twitter party!
- Traffic: Apply for Group Boards in Pinterest that are relevant to baby toys & baby showers for my BathTimeFunTime.com website, so I can start pinning there (Pinterest is a great source of traffic for me).
- Traffic: I heard a great tip today & will create "Best of" Boards on Pinterest for all articles from BathTimeFunTime.com and MomResource.com.
- Income: Applying to Ad Networks and Sponsored Post Networks.
- Website: Signup for PicMonkey & Canva to learn how to & start making my own graphics.
- Website: Narrowing down my Website Ideas for new 2015 site.
Clearly I'm spending a lot (too much? ) time on activities related to building traffic & income on my existing content. Because many of these money-making avenues are new, my plan is to become familiar with these tools, hopefully start increasing my current traffic & income, and then apply what I've learned to my new site to get it off the ground more quickly.
How about you? What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?
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