This is a personal blog. It is also a business blog. I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. This blog is going to be taking on new life.
Some of what I’ve discovered is that when you’re selling something (which if your blog is a business you are going to be doing) you’ve got to drop your ego and become centered around what your prospect wants. What do the people you are selling to want? This is what I’m thinking of when I write about getting 3 more email subscribers on my list.
This, as I mentioned, is a personal blog. It is also about business. So I wanted to share my personal journey about my business with you by letting you in on a little secret. I got 3 more subscribers. It was a matter of me putting myself out there with video, and showing it to someone I knew. A coworker. She signed up on the spot, and on top of that she also shared my video with her social network and I got 2 more subscribers! Talk about progress! When your list is only at 8 people and you get 3 more in a matter of a few days, it feels incredible. When it took you a year and 9 months to get 8 people, you cheer when you get three in a row. It may sound like I’m not getting results with the numbers I’m working with but if your thinking that you’re missing the big picture.
I am producing a result with this blog, and if your on my email list, your taking the journey with me. Just know by me sharing my personal story my goal is to help you blog. If I can do it, surely you can do it too. My main message I’m going to be coming across with is that there is no better way to develop personally and professionally than by blogging. That’s just what I believe when I think over what can be done for personal and professional development. I’d love to hear what you think about that in the comments of this post. That is if they are still open when you get here. Although there are other ways of contacting me if you would like me to hear what you have to say. I’m open to that.
To be honest I wish I would have asked my coworker that signed up if it would be alright if I used her name in this post (sort of to make her famous) before I started writing it. I don’t like using people’s names, I’ve never said where I worked other than it was a ham store, and I like protecting people’s identities. But as I’ve said, I’ve been doing some reading, and what I’ve found is that your readers like it when you make them famous by writing about them on your blog. It adds to their own personal brand. It’s valuable to them. I don’t think I would do it without asking them first though. Suffice to say, I have another subscriber and she brought 2 more people along with her. It’s a small victory, but a victory non the less.
I know you’ve got to be thinking to yourself, Jess, if you’ve been blogging for almost 2 years and you’ve only got 11 subscribers then what chance do I have of starting a blogging business and becoming profitable now?
Well, I’m not claiming to know all the answers, but I will tell you that blogging is a long term game. Most blogs aren’t profitable until they are almost 3 years old (according to Darren Rowse of Problogger). When blogs do make money though, they can make a million dollars a year like Pat Flynn does at SmartPassiveIncome.com. It’s all in how well you do it.
You and I may never make a million dollars a year spreading our own unique message to the world. But we could make something! I’ve heard on a podcast that you can consider every subscriber you have to be worth one dollar a month. If you get into that game, every subscriber you get is worth something to you, so each one, even when you only have a few, is awesome to get. It’s a marvelous game. This is part of the beauty of blogging. This is part of my message that blogging is the best way to develop personally and professionally. It’s fulfilling and it’s all yours. It’s your very own business.
So even if your a schizophrenic, or you just have challenges with life, you can build a business at your own pace, be it working 4 hours a day, or just 4 hours a week on your blog, spreading your message (of course with copious amounts of love in it) to the entire world and live a fulfilling life. The best part is it only costs $40 a month to do so. Get hosting through GoDaddy and get your email list from Convertkit. That’s all you need maybe other than a bumper sticker and some business cards that have your website on it. Do the rest for free on social media. Bada bing bada boom, you’ve got yourself business to work on.
Part of the beauty of blogging being the best way to develop personally and professionally is you can do it everyday in every way. You can do it while your working your day job by talking to the people you work with about it! I would advise you not talk about it to the point where you are annoying them, but you can definitely creatively work it into some conversations here and there and get real time feedback on how to make your work better (that is if their feedback is constructive).
If you are finding yourself wanting to blog right now, to blog your message to the world, I can say I’ve done my job. I’ve got myself 3 more subscribers. How many subscribers do you think you could get in your first week after just a few blog posts, just telling the people you work with about it? Maybe it’s a lot more than I can do.
I would love to hear your feedback on how many people you think you could get in your first week. All you have to do to get in instant contact with me is to subscribe to my email list. You’ll get a free ebook, and updates to this site. Be sure you subscribe and if you ever have anything to say just reply to one of the emails I send you. I’ll be sure to write back.