Have you ever felt productive working on your goals, happy you’re making progress, only you find yourself stuck in the same spot months later?
I bought my domain name on July 19th.
I launched my website on November 17th.
I was proud of myself. Finally taking action on starting a blog. Building my online presence.
I felt busy!
How to start a blog in five easy steps.
- Chose a domain name.
- Buy a domain name.
- Buy hosting.
- Post first blog post.
- Launch website.
What I did instead…
Agonized over Website design
The ideas I had surrounding my header are endless. A few are below or feel free to scroll past my daydreams:
- I played with the idea of taking the definitions of “persistent” and “action” and combining them into a cool feature image. Unfortunately, I have no design skills.
- I would ask, “What small action step did you take today?” With a form to submit your answer. But the positioning of the title and form submission made an awkward fit. And where would the answers go and what would I do with them?
- I would update the top of the header I update every day about what action I took that day.
- A calendar view that somehow was interactive showing my action steps throughout the month. Providing a good visual over time.
I spent weeks testing each idea. Never satisfied with the final product. This only led to frustration at the lack of progress with my site.
I gave up. The end product is a simple tagline I continue to be unhappy with.
But hey, at least I have a blog!
Rewrote my About Page
How do you introduce yourself to an audience that doesn’t know you? How do you pique their interest in who you are? And what you’re writing about?
Will my friends laugh at my self-description?
I banned myself from my own About page because I didn’t have the self-control to stop tinkering with it.
Researched Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
As I began writing my first few blog posts, I fantasized about the Google front page.
Sadly, you can’t show up in google search without launching your website.
I spent hours researching keywords, backlinks, pages indexed and other factors for every blogpost. Factors that won’t be significant until I build up a base of content.
The information is endless when you try to learn a new topic.
SEO is important. But not at the expense of writing. Not at the expense of launching my site.
Increased Typing Speed
At my best, I use six fingers. I can’t look at the screen and type at the same time.
Blogging meant I would be writing every day. How can I be a blogger and type slow?
I need to be more efficient.
I researched proper finger placement on the keyboard and finally understood why the “F” and “J” keys have bumps on them.
I had a 23-day typing practice streak on “keybr“!
Taking action every day right?
I focused on the small details.
Small meaningless details camouflaged as taking action.
I dreamed of a beautiful website. SEO research didn’t scare me. I felt productive increasing my typing speed.
Are you focused on the wrong tasks?
Reflect on the progress you’re making on your goals. Are you headed in the right direction?
Are you focused on the highest priority tasks?
Falling into the trap of feeling busy and productive is easy.
Take a step back.
I needed to launch and share.
What do you need to do?