So I’m starting to get an idea of where this internet plan is going to go.
At first, I was going to run everything from http://writingmyself.com and just have different categories to differentiate what I wanted to write about. After doing a lot of research, I believe this is the wrong direction. If I do this, my site will have no focus. The problem at first was that I didn’t know what my focus was going to be. Now I believe I do.
I need to focus my time on something that will be interesting to me and make money. In order to do that, I wrote up a bucket list of all the things I’ve wanted to do as well as some of the things I’ve accomplished. This was just the first step.
Next, I needed to find something that would fulfill some of the stuff from my bucket list (which I’m now calling my Life Goals) but would also make money so I could turn my interests into my job. There are some issues with this though because as much as I love to drink Guinness Extra Stout and vodka martinis, I’m not going to be able to make money doing it. So, I needed to come up with a plan of what I’m going to do. Here are the essential elements of the plan, or requirements, if you will:
1) Must be a profitable venture
2) Must be something I’m interested in
3) Must be a product that I have the skills to provide
4) Must involve a subject that I’m either an expert in or REALLY want to learn to be an expert in
I looked at everything and thought maybe my focus should be to separate my survival, shtf, teotwawki, and prepper interests from this site and make it a primary interest. I’ve started a book relating to the subject, but it’s still in the framework stage. By creating a whole new website/blog on survival-related stuff, I can maintain a focus on that site for just that.
That will help me focus on what I’m doing as well as help you all (the prepping-minded ones, that is) to want to keep reading the site. I could still keep this site to write about writing about stuff, as well as anything else I feel like writing about.
I think the most profitable venture in this will actually be several related sub-ventures of interest to preppers such as:
- A blog
- Affiliate sales
- A newsletter
- Products for sale
- A book
Prepping and survival are sufficiently large enough subjects that this shouldn’t be an issue. I’ll just have to maintain the right balance between being focused to provide interesting information and keeping the scope wide enough so that it interests many people, including me.
So here’s the basic plan as I see it at the moment: Start a blog and include affiliate links that will auto-populate as I write my posts so I don’t have to think about it. As I get enough information out there and get my rhythm going, I’ll gather more and more readers. At some point, I’ll be able to put out a newsletter. The newsletter should keep people interested in the blog and may even contain affiliate links that may cover expenses. With enough newsletters, I can put information together to start making ebooks. These ebooks may either be for sale or my just be for more publicity. Once I get a large enough reader base and understand the market better, I could maybe sell things like bug-out bags or things that will help preppers organize like software or vehicle attachments etc. At some point, I’ll have enough information compiled and organized to put it all into a book. The book will bring more attention on the blog and everything else and everything else will help sell the book. Sound like a plan?
Now that that’s settled, I need to tighten the focus of Writing Myself (WM) so this site will be useful as well. WM isn’t designed just for me. I’m hoping it will help you all decide what you want in life and how to get it, as well as get ideas about your life goals and plans. The first step will be to reorganize my blog categories. No need to go into any detail here; you can see the things at the top of the page.
I thought for a moment that I might just make a subdomain of WM to put the new prepping site on but that wouldn’t be good for SEO so it’s off to figure out what I’m going to call the newsite.