A few posts ago, I wrote about what I had accomplished online in the year in 2010. Recently I was reading a blog where the author asked not just what went well in 2010, but what mistakes did you make as well.
I know we don’t like to admit it but we’ve all made mistakes along the way. Maybe we’ve taken a wrong turn in our career.Â I say it’s time to come clean, and help prevent others from making the same mistakes we did.
The first one that comes to my mind may or may not be considered a mistake, depending on how you look at it.
I had been helping some friends with blogging for a while. When people asked me about my work, I babbled on and on about blogging, not my (then) home business. I really loved the blogging.
My accountability partner encouraged me to take it a step further and start a coaching business.Â I had helped her and several others who were totally lost regarding blogs at the time. But to do that, I would need a self-hosted WordPress.org blog.
I hesitated and hesitated…I loved Blogger- it was so easy to use….But I knew I had to get off of Blogger.
I had started generating an income on my blog with affiliate marketing. Blogger frowns upon that.
And if I was going to be coaching others, I had better learn more about WordPress than I currently did from playing around with WordPress.com.
So I made the switch, and it was so much easier than I feared. I am self hosted with Hostgator and I couldn’t be happier. I have unlimited blog capabilities and they have great customer service.
This is where I wonder if I did the right thing….I kept my old blogger blogs, and made new WordPress blogs.
Basically, I wanted to keep my “foot in the door” so to speak with blogger so that when I am coaching, I am still current with it. I also wanted to start from the ground up with my WordPress blogs so I can go through everything my clients would.
This was an ok theory except like I said, I was essentially starting over, even though I had been blogging for years.
I did try to get all of my old followers to my new blogs, but that is easier said than done.Â I think some people ignored my emails as they associated all email with Spam.
Other mistakes……not Tweeting enough or posting to Facebook enough in the earlier parts of the year.
They really are great tools.Â Someday we’ll get into all the people I have connected or reconnected with…very strange and unusual, yet exciting!
All in all, I am pretty pleased about 2010 and I know 2011 will be better. I actually have some people lined up waiting for my next blogging class and a few for private coaching as well!
One lesson I’ve learned (and should already know) Don’t be afraid of change!
My question to you is this:
What do you feel were your mistakes in 2010?
What have you learned from them?
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