It’s now been 2 full weeks as a Full Time Blogger and I’ve already experienced nearly every single type of emotion imaginable; there are days where I wake up feeling amazing and there have been a few days where I’m not feeling like doing anything with myself, including blogging!
And as I’ve mentioned before, I am very comfortable with having high highs and low lows; it actually has more to do with who I am as a person and not always what I’m doing with myself.
But what I’ve come to realize is that I’ve reached my “Escape Velocity” and the peace of knowing that I’m in my “sweet spot” is undeniable. I love what I get to do, I love the teams that I work with (8BIT & SoChurch), and there’s a deep and abiding sense of satisfaction that money can’t buy.
Escaping Planet Earth (and Coming Back)
I recently had the pleasure of working with Chris Brogan on one of his newest blogs, My Escape Velocity, which we built on Standard Theme (the same WordPress blog theme and platform that I use here on TentBlogger).
What’s I found interesting is that the angle that Chris was going after with this new property was exactly what I had been doing in the past year or so – I had been gathering momentum, establishing goals, and adjusting my trajectory to break through my personal obstacles and leave that which wasn’t 100% optimal for me (even though it was pretty much 99% there!) for the next step in my career and vocation. I was identifying the risks, changing the definitions of it, and reducing it.
And ultimately I was moving toward some sort of action, something that would require me to make a decision. In fact, I was training myself in the art of giving myself permission to be more closely aligned with my talents, skills, experience, and interests as it pertains to my job.
What fun! I was headed into outer space so that I could make a grand return into a better spot than I was before.
And it’s been two full weeks and it’s everything that I had imagined and more.
Establishing a New Outpost(s)
But again, it was a process that took a while to plan, commit to, and then execute. Ultimately I wanted to protect my family (which continues to grow) as much as possible. I built multiple channels of income and expanded and matured my reach into different arenas.
I hunkered down and then just started. I even created a few more outposts, like TentBlogger, and began to execute that vision into reality. You see, it wasn’t enough to simply dream, I had to do something about it that was both strategic and calculative. Remember, it wasn’t that they needed to be 100% complete (take for example the obviously un-finished design here on this blog!) for me to take the first step but rather mature enough to be reasonable, wise, and moving in the right direction.
I planned, prayed, and then trusted that it would work. I also wasn’t too worried if it didn’t.
Building Takes Time
And it’s only been two weeks! I have to remember that although the “escape” part of this plan is extremely exciting it’s not as glamorous as people make it out to be. You start small and humble; you keep your head down and you work hard.
Ultimately it’s going to take time for the escape velocity to mature so as to prove sustainable. I’ve created “check points” to know if I’m headed in the wrong direction and my partners, friends, and family will be the first to know.
So I’m taking one step at a time, and thankfully I’m not alone! You guys are joining me in this very exciting season and we’ll see it grow and blossom or tank and fail together!
Thanks for taking that risk with me!
So, Last Week…
So, let’s take a look at what the last week was like then, shall we?
Here’s a look at our traffic data via Google Analytics for the last week:
It’s always healthy to take a weekly look at your stats! Don’t get obsessed with them though, it’s not worth it.
A really encouraging piece of data here is the fact that there are about 2.25 pages viewed per visit! That means that most people are finding something of interest beyond the initial page! That’s great news.
Here’s a look at Feedburner growth (RSS Subscriptions) in the last week:
A week ago Friday we had about 94 subscribers. So the growth is steady and increasing nicely. Subscriptions are an important part of a growing blog. You should make mention fairly consistently through your blog property about the ability to subscribe as well as provide easy options. I can definitely improve in this area as it’s not obvious how to subscribe to this blog (but we’ll get to design elements later!). No rush and I don’t feel much pressure at all.
In fact, if you’re new here make sure you subscribe to this blog!
Here’s a look at growth in terms of Twitter:
We started the week with around 144 followers and now @TentBlogger is at 184. So, we’ve gained about 40 followers in the last week or so. Modest growth, at best.
Finally, I use another analytics application called ChurchAnalytics which provides neat stuff like real-time tracking, among other great reports, like analyzing tweets and who’s retweeting, etc:
Overall, the growth in the past week has been good. It’s in the right direction but overall we’ve lost a bit compared to the first week (but launch week was exceptionally high).
Finally, here’s a look at our Facebook Page:
We grew to nearly 161 Likes and continue to get more with 116 friends.
Historically I haven’t done much with Facebook pages but I’m excited about some things I want to “try” out! If you have any tips and tricks would love to hear them!
Interested in last weeks? Check it out here.
So, how was your last week in terms of growth? What have you learned? What do you need to improve?