Two months -Where did the byproducts come from?
Two months in from the creation of my blog and time to reflect
So this has been an awesome journey so far and I am having a great time and most importantly learning lots. In total 55 posts and 259 comments which surprised me as I did not see that coming for my little niche site.
Rather than list my achievements in one paragraph and struggle :) I thought it would be useful to list 5 “byproducts” that have come out of being part of WA. So the things I have got but did not expect.
5) You get a sense of community and give it back.
I have felt a sense of belonging since I arrived and that has been a great focus. A shared purpose is a great motivator. I think it is actually what gets people out of bed in the morning if truth be told once the bills are looked after and WA gives you that opportunity. So, thank you, it is really great spending time here.
4) Process over options and the shiny new toy.
The shiny new toy does not exist but in our minds, WA and the community has taught me to be steady as she goes and about discipline following the training big time and taking action which I think has spread into the rest of my life. I have a new WA language! I have always been an “options” person but this time I said “no” take it step by step. It works!
3) Finding a niche can often mean finding your voice
On my blog I have written about personal experiences I would never dream of saying previously as a relatively private person. I started writing and it all came out. I actually found it cathartic not something I really planned when I joined WA so a massive by product of just being here. The dream of typing in your innermost thoughts as keywords into Jaaxy and finding out people are searching for those things you want to say or help with totally inspired me.
2) Measuring what gets done
In coaching we often say are you off track or on track and everything from site health to the stats you get gives you an inner tick box of going or not in the right direction. Even those google indexed emails still fill me with a jump and spring in my step even when they never arrive !
1) Site comments
Has opened a whole new world, people have commented on my blog and are challenging, insightful and helpful. I have learned so much from that already. However, no matter how hard it is going through someone else's site that you know nothing about it opens up a whole new world. That of course is the power of a niche blog.
So as I continue my job of preparing the garden at the moment, not building a forest I know I need to dig and nurture first.
What are your byproducts of joining WA? Things you get but did not expect. Thanks for reading!