Practicing What I Preach

written by BlogEx on March 21, 2008 in Reader Questions and Site News with 16 comments

While I was writing the LOST: Lessons on Blogging posts, I was struck by the fact that I’m not practicing what I preach when it comes to one of the lessons. The last lesson was to “Know Where You’re Going” and I wrote that

“Taking the time to create a plan for your blog and it’s success, or carving out a period of time to schedule a strategy session with yourself, is often all it takes to help make sure you know where you and your blog are headed.”

Don’t get me wrong, the goal of this blog is to make a full time income with it in one year’s time. I even recently had a week long break that included several hours of strategic thinking and planning. However, as increasingly more and more of you have asked, what happens when this experiment is over? To be perfectly honest, I have no idea.

When I started this blog, I didn’t really know what to expect and therefor had no real ideas as to what would happen at the end of the year. As things progressed and the blog became more and more popular, I began focusing on more and more ways to monetize and reach my goal. It’s a bit hard to believe considering the fact that I have a daily counter staring me in the face at the top of the blog, but the end of the year really snuck up on me a bit. As of this writing there are just over 100 days left in the experiment and as my dad recently pointed out, the time to plan what’s next is now.

I’ve been thinking about this for the past few days and the ideas I’ve come up with ideas that are all over the map. I’ve thought of everything from just discontinue posting to combining all the content into a book and trying to find a publisher for it. I’ve learned a ton over the past 8 (almost 9) months and I think the fact that the blog has gained roughly 1,000 subscribers means that there’s an audience for this kind of information.

One of the Proverb says that “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” So, rather than limiting myself and this site to only the ideas that my mind can come up with, I’d like to ask a favor of you, the readers that have made this blog successful. Over the next few days, please answer the following question either through a comment, or using the handy dandy contact form.

The question is “What would you do with once the year is up?