I have been noticing a pattern in the blogosphere that I think is at the root of many problems. I spoke with a client the other day about the â€œanalysis paralysisâ€ issue that seems to be common for many bloggers. Iâ€™m going to go out on a limb here and Iâ€™m going to bet that you donâ€™t implement most of what you read and youâ€™ll even comment on a post with at tip that sounds like a great idea.
So whatâ€™s the deal with this? Whatâ€™s the cause? Itâ€™s simple.
People are overwhelmed because they donâ€™t have a plan and they are attempting to do way too many things at once. The byproduct is they end up doing nothing at all.
If youâ€™re anything like me, you read 100â€™s of blogs every day with great ideas and in many cases you donâ€™t end up implementing many of those ideas. The problem with this approach of trying to do everything at once is that itâ€™s like trying to eat an entire pizza in one bite. Itâ€™s just not going to work.
Iâ€™ve said before that you should focus on what you can do today. But letâ€™s break it down in the context of implementing advice that you read on a particular blog. Letâ€™s say you read a post called five tips on how to grow traffic to your blog (that sounds like a post youâ€™ll commonly come across). There will probably be an ongoing discussion in the comments about the value of the tips, etc, etc.
But after reading the post, the ideas will be an afterthought and youâ€™re on to the next blog post in your RSS reader or chasing the next distraction. If you stop for a moment and look at the tips and realize that all you need to do is implement one thing a week then youâ€™ll make 10 times more progress then you would. Depending on the complexity of the tips you might be able to do one every single day.
A big part of why I am a huge supporter of mentorship programâ€™s like the ones run by A-list bloggers such as Yaro Starak or Chris Garrett is that they give you some structure and use almost this exact formula. The result is that you make progress every week because you are not trying to do too much. At the root of most of your time management issues is that you try to do too much and you end up getting nothing done. Work less and youâ€™ll accomplish more. It seems counter-intuitive but I encourage you to give it a try.
Creating Your Blogging Advice Implementation Plan
Repeat the following exercise until you have implemented all of the things you have written down from each of the five blog posts you have identified. What youâ€™re essentially doing is creating a strategic plan for how to grow your blog. Every day youâ€™ll be crossing off items on the list and adding new ones to it.
- Take Action: The first thing I want to you do before doing anything else or before moving on to another post is to get out a piece of paper and take action on this post. Label it your blogging advice implementation plan.
- Identify the Advice You Want to Implement: As you go through your RSS reader, write down the titles of 5 posts that had interesting ideas that you think you could implement. One of the easiest ways to do this is go to the Fetching Friday Resources and choose 5 posts. This work nicely because itâ€™s on a Friday and you can start your plan on Monday since weâ€™re working with 5 posts and there are 5 days in week.
- One Tip Every Day or One Tip Every Week: The approach you take here is up to you and itâ€™s really dependent on how quickly you can implement advice. If itâ€™s something like a plugin installation that you read about, donâ€™t use an entire week to do something that takes 30 seconds. This is really dependent on how difficult the advice is to implement.
- List the Tips from One Post: Start with the first post you identified and write down the tips in it. Spread the list out over a week or over couple of weeks. Implement one tip each day or each week.
The point is to take a series of small actions that end up creating a big result. When all is said and done you may even have created your first e-book that documents how you did everything you accomplished and you can sell it or create a manifesto to spread your brand.
Your Action Plan
When it comes to all of the advice, tips, and strategies that you read, what do you do to ensure you’re applying the information and maximizing the benefits of what you learn?