When I shared with my readers, fans, subscribers and all the generally awesome people like you that I’m connected with online that I was launching a new blog, the questions started pouring in.
- Why a second blog?
- How can I possibly blog twice a day (once at DailyBloggingIdeas.com, once at MichelleShaeffer.com)?
- What if I run out of ideas?
- How was I going to promote my new blog?
- Was I getting traffic yet?
- What about getting people to comment?
- How’d I pick my theme?
- Which plugins did I start with?
- … and more.
I’ll work on answering all of those in blog posts over the new few weeks. (I answered some of them in this post.)
But thought it’d be more fun to do a “Monday Morning Quarterback” post each week and share what I’d done during the past week — right and wrong. I’ll also share my stats with you and just let you follow along as I build a new blog from scratch.
And I encourage YOU to take a few minutes today and play Monday Morning Quarterback with your own blog/business/website/projects. Take a look at how much you’ve accomplished, and what else you could be doing. You might be surprised how far you’ve come!
Here’s the review for Week 1: It’s Aliiiiiive!!
Launched on August 1st. That’s a good thing. Launched without having CommentLuv installed. Oops. That’s a bad thing. Couldn’t believe I forgot that one. And I forgot Subscribe to Comments! But on the positive side, I took action and got the blog live. If I waited until I had everything perfect, it still wouldn’t be live yet. Don’t get stuck in perpetual tweaking/planning mode. Just go for it and fix whatever needs fixed along the way.
Other positive steps I’ve taken:
- I setup Feedburner immediately and an RSS subscription as well as subscribe by email option.
- I’ve verified that my Ping setup is working to notify when I’ve added a new post.
- Found a nice free theme to start with (I can always upgrade later, and probably will move to Genesis Framework but I’m focusing on the whole “take action” and fix it later idea, plus I like this theme).
- Identified how I’ll be monetizing this site later. For now I’m focusing on building an audience.
- Brainstormed how I can leverage what I’ve already got to build this site and then added an RSS feed of recent blogging ideas from this site to main site to drive traffic (see it over there in the sidebar?), send out an email to all of my subscribers that included info on this project, and put up a blog post announcing this one. I’ve also been tweeting about it from my main account and sharing on Facebook.
- Setup a Facebook fan page, told people about it on my own fan page and a couple of Facebook groups, got 78 fans.
- Setup a Twitter account. I need to get it hooked up to the blog and tweeting through HootSuite.
What I haven’t done yet that I need to be:
- Setup an opt-in freebie gift to get you to subscribe.
- Make the subscription options more obvious.
- Start blogging commenting using this blog as my URL to get links coming in.
- Do some article marketing and/or guest blogging.
- I need to be doing more return blog commenting and visiting commenter’s blogs (I let personal life stuff really stop me this past couple of months and I need to get past that and focus. Just do what has to be done.).
- I’m sure there’s lots more, but we’ll stop with that for now.
It’s Engaging People
One of the reasons I wanted to create the DailyBloggingIdeas project is because it gives me somewhere to regularly feature other bloggers. I’ve had close to 50 blogging idea prompts submitted already. I can’t wait to get them scheduled to share. And friends and bloggers are sharing the site and telling others about it. And I’m getting a few comments here and there. Thank you!
- 8/1 the Alexa rank for this domain was 11,005,387 (yes, that’s 11 Million). By 8/7 it had dropped to 414,296 for the one month traffic rank (since this is a brand new blog the 1 month stat is what I’m watching most closely for now).
- As of today I’ve got 38 subscribers to the feed. It took me MUCH longer than a week to reach that with my first blog so I’m happy. It’ll grow if I provide helpful content.
- So far in August it’s had just about 500 unique visitors, 1,000 visits and 4,000 page views.
I want this blog to become an inspirational playground for bloggers. Somewhere to come when you’re hit with writer’s block (or even when you aren’t) and just surf for a creative idea. I’d love to see comments where bloggers promote the posts they wrote using the idea in the post they’re commenting on so we can see how many different directions a blogging idea can go, and meet more fascinating bloggers.
Your Turn to Play Monday Morning Quarterback
What do you think? Is this type of information helpful for you? Is it something you’d like to see me share weekly so you can watch the new blog grow and see what I’m doing to promote it?
Got any tips for me on what you think I should or shouldn’t be doing with the new site?
Oh, and do get yourself over there to submit your own blogging idea prompt – you don’t have to be a blogger to get featured, just have a URL you want to promote!