Don't take on too much
Well, here I am in that part of the year where I am able to do this online stuff full time. No distractions. And it will probably stay like this until late January next year.
So I have all the time in the world, I naively think. My existing sites only need some looking after now an then, and I can concentrate on some long overdue new projects.
My first project is an idea I came up with early this summer when I was in the Philippines. I was visiting the beautiful city of Dumaguete and the idea actually made me fall down some stairs at my hotel. I was on my way to the local coffee shop for my morning coffee and I was researching the project on my iPad instead of watching where I should put my feet.
My iPad survived, but I got 2 strain ankles and had to spend the rest of the trip plus my whole 16-hour flight home on crutches. But the idea evolved and pieces are being put together for the blog to be released very soon.
The second project is an e-commerce thing that came in from the side some weeks ago. It's an angle of e-commerce that I haven't tried out yet, so I'm a bit curious how it turns out. So I will set up a test site and see how it works out.
Project number three is video. As some (actually a lot) of you noticed, I have decided to put aside my reluctance for video and make one, or most likely more.
That means I have to learn something new. But I am putting my own twist on to the video so it's not straightforward at all. This project has the lowest priority at the moment.
Project four came up today. It was a topic for a new blog within my field of interest. It was a "hmmm, I can write about that" moment, and it's very much related to the story about my first project. So I rushed to check available domain names and found a brilliant 11-letter brandable domain with keyword and no prior history, except it had been registered and dropped some years ago. So now that is registered and ready to build.
I'm growing a beard. This is both the slowest project and the one that requires the least effort, and it is one of the perks connected to the work-from-home status. However, this project will most likely be brutally canceled by my wife in very near future.
The 2+1 points I'm trying to make
So where am I going with this story? Well, I have two points I want to make.
The first one is that I'll never learn. I always take on too much and I have still not accepted the undeniable and proven fact that any project related to website building takes at least twice as long as estimated, and most likely much, much longer.
My second point is that by telling you all about what I am doing, I'm making a commitment. I have announced what I'm doing, so I better deliver. And hopefully, all of you have forgotten about this in three months, but I have not.
The third and most important point
There is a third point also. In my professional career, I have been working with project management and been running projects of many sorts for many many years. And I have had to manage many more simultaneous projects than the five I'm working on now. I am also used to the technical part of designing and building websites. That experience helps me now.
If you are new to this, don't take on too much. Start with one website and learn how to master all aspects of this new trade. Learn one thing at the time. If you take on too much, you will be overwhelmed and lose the drive to continue.
And for those of you who want more details about my four projects, you'll have to wait. Manager-me just signed a non-disclosure agreement with developer-me until release date :). And if you want details about project number five, you should strongly reconsider your priorities.