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Post #500; Something New For Me

Posted by on Sep 9, 2009
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This is my 500th post on this blog. It’s taken me less than 2 years to get here, and if I keep up the pace, I could hit #600 by December.

I don’t usually write a post acknowledging a milestone post on that day. What I usually do is wait until the post afterwards, where I usually give stats about the last 100 posts. I’m still going to do that, but I decided to go freestyle for this one, which is a pretty big deal in my mind.

When I started this blog, it’s intention was for me to talk about whatever I wanted to talk about. At some point, it turned into a blog that was about something. That something was more than one thing; well, is about more than one thing.

I’ve written about affiliate marketing, or lack thereof. I’ve written about websites and about internet things in general. I’ve written about social media, especially Twitter. I’ve written a lot about blogging. And I’ve written about writing, both books and articles. Every once in awhile, I’ve written about my businesses, diabetes, and of course my monthly income.

What I haven’t done is written much about personal types of things. Out of the first 499 posts, I’ve only written 16 personal posts. I think I got caught up in the money thing early on, the niche thing most of us like to talk about. I think I had high hopes that if I concentrated on more internet, computer, web stuff that it would give me the best opportunity to make money on this blog.

After awhile, I realized I wasn’t going to make any money off this blog. It its way, it’s considered a “make money online” blog. Nothing really wrong with that, except this isn’t the market that normally buys anything from anyone else, because we’re too busy trying to make money ourselves. In a year and 9 months, do you know how much money this blog has made? It’s made less than $5. Not only that, but in checking my stats, the products I’ve created, over there to the top left, have generated almost no clicks, and I get almost no clicks on the affiliate ads either. As far as making money, the blog is a dud.

Then there was the kind of pitiful attempt at trying to get more RSS subscribers by holding a contest. Well hey, we all try a contest at some point, right? I was trying to go from 54 subscribers to 250 subscribers in that contest, although I really was hoping to just reach triple figures. Instead, it “jumped” to 65 by the time I ended the contest. Pitiful indeed.

Even now, though I posted that article the other day showing that I’d actually hit 100 subscribers, finally, as I write this I’m back down to 90. And, according to Analytics, I’m averaging less than 30% on visitor loyalty, as in repeats visitors; it seems the days, at least for me, when CommentLuv, commenting on blogs where people wrote on mine, being a dofollow blog and basically trying to please everyone but myself, aren’t bringing folks back.

Where am I going with this? It’s a good time for a bit of reflection, and a minor change of direction. In the past week I turned 50 and I’ve now hit 500 posts on this blog; I’ve crushed the average. I’m close to milestones on my business blog also, almost 600 posts there. But the business blog must stay the business blog.

It’s time to get more personal. It’s time to talk about issues and things I want to talk about more often, such as the rant I had earlier this year. It’s time just to write, to not always have to research. I may get a bit more political or philosophical. I might rant a bit more often, or tell more funny stories. Heck, I think I’m going to turn into our friend Sire a bit more, only I won’t be writing poetry. I may share some old song lyrics, though; a couple of them I thought were pretty good.

I’m going to talk feelings. I’m going to talk society. I’m hoping I won’t start talking religion, because I don’t have one, and trust me, anyone who does really doesn’t want to get into it with me because I go for the jugular. Let’s just leave religion alone.

I’m not going to go for controversy; I don’t want to become that type of blog because, frankly, I can be thin-skinned. I will express my opinions, though, and allow others to express their opinions, as long as we keep a sense of decorum here. I won’t call any commenters names, and I won’t allow any commenters to call anyone else names. Those posts will be gone in a heartbeat; call it censorship if you will, but I’m paying for this blog, so it’s my prerogative. And it’ll all be clean; I don’t curse, never have, and I’m not going to allow anyone else to curse either.

Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m going to negate some of the other things I’ve written about all this time. After all, those things affect me as well, to a degree. It’s just not going to be my focus so much. I’m still going to market my affiliate programs, and any links you see attached to a word that’s not linked to a source or internally is probably linked to some product; hey, you did know it’s football season, right? ;)

So, here we go. The next 100 posts should be interesting, just to see what I come up with. Oh yeah, that next one will be the recap, so that’s something that won’t change. After that,… the skies the limit. I hope you stick around, and I also hope more new visitors come and subscribe. We all want to be famous, right? Okay, maybe not John. :-D

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31 Comments »

Your post made me smile broadly, Mitch.

Big congrats on reaching a milestone. Not many blogs make it to 500 posts.

From what I’ve learned through my own blogs, I find that the personal rants and insights have fared better in comments and for passive income than anything else.

You just might create a sales increase for yourself through your forthcoming posts.

Keep sharing.
.-= Shirley @ Solo Business Marketing´s last blog ..Where to Find Templates for New and Existing Projects =-.

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Shirley; I surely will (was going to do the Airplane joke, but decided against it :-) )

September 9th, 2009 | 11:02 AM

Seems like a good idea to me. I’ve found this blog very interesting because you have a very personal touch to your writing, even when you’re off on a topic like affiliate marketing. So, I’d have to say, I definitely approve, and I too am looking forward to football season.

Mitch Reply:

Thanks for your comment, Bob. As for football season, I have to say Go Cowboys! lol

September 9th, 2009 | 12:27 PM

Wow, it’s only taken me a little over 50 years but I’m finally starting to rub off on someone :D

Mitch, personally I am intrigued by your change in direction, and I will be following your posts with more interest than before.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs =-.

Mitch Reply:

I hope my earlier post this evening was the start in that direction; definitely look for tomorrow’s post before you go to bed. Heck, tomorrow; about 6 1/2 hours from now. lol

September 11th, 2009 | 1:36 AM

Is that my tomorrow or your tomorrow?
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs =-.

Mitch Reply:

Doesn’t matter, since I told you how many hours until it shows up; still 6 1/2 from now.

September 11th, 2009 | 2:10 AM

Mitch, congrats on accomplishing 500 excellent posts within a short span of 2 years. Yes! I did mention “short span”. Honestly speaking you will know the difficulties in keeping the blog updated with fresh content frequently. With these hard times one have to spend more than 40 hrs at work and finds it really hard and tormenting to do the same computer stuff when back at home. I think your 500 posts are inspirational for everyone intending to blog regularly. Me too. Despite the busy schedule I keep my blog popping with new posts at-least with business content.

Regards,
Mack McMillan
.-= Mack @ Las Vegas Real Estate´s last blog ..Las Vegas Property Investments =-.

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Mack. Actually, I have no problem with content for this blog, since I can, and will, pretty much write about anything. Working from home certainly helps a lot in this regard.

Las Vegas Homes Reply:

Mitch, working from home is always a boon and especially if you are into the internet. I am glad that you are blessed with such a lovely option. I can also work from home most of the times, but we realtors have a lot of field visit during unexpected times. I wish to follow you here and expect you to reach 1000th milestone very soon.

Best Regards,
Mack McMillan
.-= Las Vegas Homes´s last blog ..Commercial Real Estate Bubble =-.

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Mack. I’ve got a long way to go towards that 1,000th post, for sure. I also hope in the next 450+ posts that I learn a bit more about the passive income piece of things.

Homes in Las Vegas Reply:

Mitch, I am sure you will hit the 1000 mark very soon having said that you never go dry about what to write :D I think I should catch up with all the recent posts and spare this one :P All the very best bro and you are doing a fabulous job.

Cheers!
Mack McMillan
.-= Homes in Las Vegas´s last blog ..Commercial Real Estate Bubble =-.

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Mack. Yeah, I certainly have a lot to read, that’s for sure. lol

September 17th, 2009 | 6:59 AM

Five hundred posts is a great effort for just two years. That’s almost one a day over an extended period. It’s easy to hit lulls with blogging. I have a San Diego real estate blog that’s become like a third child. It takes a big commitment to maintain a good blog. And you are doing a great job!
.-= Geoff@Homes In San Diego CA´s last blog ..San Diego Luxury Home Foreclosures =-.

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Geoff. Thing is, I still have lots to say and share, and it’s been a fun ride so far. I just need to make sure I’m giving the same attention to my other blogs as well.

Geoff@San Diego Real Estate Reply:

It definitely is challenging to keep your eye on all the different blogs. Between my website blog, facebook, twitter, and others, it gets to be like a second job. So it is definitely important to have fun with it. Otherwise you really can’t succeed without burning out.
.-= Geoff@San Diego Real Estate´s last blog ..Extend Home Buyer Tax Credit! =-.

Mitch Reply:

Good point, Geoff. For some of us, we’re ready for it to be a second job, or even the main job, as long as it’s bringing back at least equal returns for the time we’re putting into it.

October 16th, 2009 | 6:15 PM
A:

You certainly outdid yourself with 500 blogs and a target of 600 by the end of the year. You do have a lot in mind to talk about and I appreciate it. Not all people have all that idea and not everyone could actually express what they have in mind. Not to include the time spent in front of the computer. It takes a lot of commitment and you inspired me.

Sire Reply:

Man, you got to luv this sort of stuff? :D

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Jeff. I’m certainly giving it a shot, and man, there’s just soooo much more to continue talking about.

S Reply:

@Mitch. I could not agree with you more. There are indeed lots of things around that could be a good topic. Keep it up!
.-= Short Sales in Las Vegas´s last blog ..Hard times for Hi-Rise lender =-.

October 27th, 2009 | 1:35 AM

Mitch great Job…you are well on your way big time!

Being a Realtor we spend a lot of time working from a mobile office some in our car, some from home and some from the office.

I love the freedom we have and what the power of the internet has done for us all! Especially in our Tulsa Real Estate industry. The buyers now have access to all the properties listed in our area within seconds.

If you try to think just for a minute about all the possible topics it is truly amazing.

Good luck with your Goals Mitch!
.-= Tulsa Homes For Sale´s last blog ..Winter and Holiday Home Tips =-.

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Al. Course, at this point you’re about 120 articles behind this one. lol

January 15th, 2010 | 2:19 PM

Well that seems to be a problem that keeps happening more often than not.

Being a newbie to your blog I’m not even sure how I ended up on this post.

Oh Well Congrats on your success.
.-= Tulsa Homes For Sale´s last blog ..Housing Stats =-.

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Al. Hey, anything that gets you to my blog, I love. I hope you’re very successful also.

January 15th, 2010 | 5:46 PM
Val:

I had actually wondered at what point you’d decided to add personal posts and not rely so heavily on the affiliate programs. I also wonder from time to time, when I visit your blog (sounds like I’ve been coming here for more than a few days, doesn’t it!) what ‘use’ an English non-business blogger like myself could be to you as a commenter! I’m kind of relieved to see this post. Makes me feel I’m not entirely out of place here.

By the way, your personal posts are so well written, I wondered if you’d thought of finding sites/magazine that take creative nonfiction and submitting some. What’s creative nonfiction? It’s factual accounts written in a way to make it read like creative prose. This site can give you some ideas (it doesn’t pay, that I know of, but many many other sites do):http://www.creativenonfiction.org/index.htm
.-= Val´s last blog ..Life goes on =-.

Mitch Reply:

Val, I’m someone who hasn’t had a lot of success in writing for, or on, other sites in this fashion. That’s one reason I wanted to expand this blog some, so I could just put all my stuff on here. Still, I’ve thought this blog was for everyone, regardless of background; at least I’ve tried making it inviting for everyone.

Val Reply:

You do making it inviting – otherwise I wouldn’t be here! But for a non-business blogger, it’s so full of adverts (and they do come at one from all over the place) sometimes it feels more like walking into the middle of a TV commercial! I do enjoy your posts, though – and you’re a nice guy.
.-= Val´s last blog ..Life goes on =-.

Mitch Reply:

It’s not as many adverts as you might think; way fewer than it used to be. But one never knows if someone’s going to find something they like, and if they do, might as well buy from me. :-)

June 25th, 2010 | 10:49 AM