0 to 200 Articles In A Year, Here’s What I’ve Learnt
Over the last year, I’ve written nearly 200 articles for various websites that I operate. That averages out to around an article every two days or so.
These articles, some of which were over 2,000 words long, have helped me start and grow a site from 0 visitors per month in November 2019 to nearly 4,000 in November 2020, the majority from organic search traffic. For many, that may not be anything to get excited about but for me, it’s been a personal triumph as I had no real clue what I was doing when I got started. I’ve had to learn how to build and maintain websites as well as gain some understanding of SEO in the process all the while trying to consistently produce content.
If you’d told me I’d have written so consistently when I started last year I would have laughed in your face. I simply didn’t have the time between a full time job as well as being a husband and a father to three under 3’s.
Or at least that’s what it felt like until I decided I wanted to make a change and start working towards more than just my day job.
Here’s what I’ve picked up along the way.
#1 — Take Control of Your Schedule
Before you jump into any new projects, the first thing you need to do is take a look at how you use your time. To do this break up each day from the time you wake up until you go to bed and detail what you do with each hour. It sounds tedious but it’s a highly effective exercise.
My previous schedule before starting my sites looked like this:
- 06:00am — 07:15am: Wake up and get ready for work
- 07:15am — 08:30am: Commute to work & watch tv shows on iPad/read
- 08:30am — 12:00pm: Work
- 12:00–12:30pm: Lunch/walk around the park
- 12:30–5:30pm: Work
- 5:30–7:00pm: Commute & watch tv shows on iPad/read
- 7:00–9:00pm: Dinner, playtime & bedtime for the kids
- 09:00–11:00pm: Hang out with my wife/watch tv shows/social media