I’ve been completely SWAMPED! Let me tell you about it all and then you will see my progress.
I believe I am a a fairly typical “newbie” to internet marketing. The technology of “the web” is not a problem, but there are so many different people telling you that their way is the best and that some other way is “old school”! I’m flooded with marketing e-mails offering me the latest “get going quick” strategies and I really don’t know which, if any, it sign up for.
I started my internet marketing journey about 6 weeks ago when things were nice and quiet at home. Unfortunately then exam season struck and my 2 boys came home “to revise” – and brought their girlfriends – because it was quieter and they didn’t have to think about meals and shopping, etc. WHAT!!!
Then my husband returned from his sojourn in Spain – bringing with him 2 Huskies – to add to my Jack Russell Terrier (crossed with something with long legs)
So now, instead of the house to myself and the commitment to give 1 dog a quick walk, I have a house full of youngsters and dogs! and MEGA competition for the computer!
Last weekend I squeezed 1 day away from the family to go to the Internet Millionaires Summit in London. I wanted to be there on all 3 days Friday to Sunday, but…
- On Friday my boss at my current part-time job couldn’t release me for the afternoon – I’ve lost count of how many Friday’s he’s rung me to say “nothing doing this afternoon, don’t bother to come in” but THIS Friday it suddenly became imperative I was at work … sigh
- A month ago I had promised my daughter that I would attend an event on Sunday with her – prior to her attending for officer selection with the RAF. So I couldn’t renege on my promise, could I?
Well, at least I got to the Saturday session and was able to meet Alex Jeffreys, George Brown, Dean Hunt, Roy Carter and Andrew X in person and shake their hands. Guess what! In all my rushing around and planning and sorting out the family I’d forgotten to take a camera! Oh well, next time, please, lads! Oh, and as the sessions were videoed, I’m really hoping George can arrange for me to have a link so I can catch the sessions I missed.
(The event with my daughter went off very well, thank you for asking 🙂 )
So, taking all this chaos into consideration, I decided I really must formulate a plan and write out my goals. Does this sound familiar to anyone else starting out? I do hope so, or I’ll feel a freak.
I’m still formulating the plan but I think it will go something like this:
- Timetable myself for 2 hours a day to “work”
Allow myself 1/2 hour to blog hop
Allow myself 1/2 hour to scan all these sales e-mails and begin to unsubscribe to most of them
Think how to fit in facebook and twitter too
Inform the family/dogs/hubbie what my “work” times for the week are and bag the computer and living room for that period of time
How does that sound?
I’ve also decided to write an “Elevator Pitch” for my blog. This is a short, snappy description to catch someone’s attention while you’re riding the elevator with them. It will also serve to keep me focused. Mark 1 of my elevator pitch is :
JenniferCTaylor.com is my voice on-line where I can paint pictures of my life and my on-line journey. My goal is to have an income that enables me to travel – when all is quiet in my olive grove.
What do you think of that for a focus? Please leave me your thoughts.
PS I got this idea from problogger.com’s course “31 Days to Build a Better Blog”