Can you believe it?
I have been posting every weekday for four years.
It’s time to celebrate by eating a pile of genips!
Ah, that’s better.
My Original Goal
My goal when I first started this blog was to post every weekday for a year, try to build an audience and then publish a book.
I wondered if I could really stick to something so “big,” as I saw it. I did. And I have now published four books and a short booklet.
I never put my nose the grindstone like this before I started this blog.
It’s hard to believe I actually pulled it off. There are almost 1200 posts on this site. Though I can’t say for sure, that likely represents a half million words… or more.
As I wrote a few weeks ago, I’m not sure I’m getting the return I would like for all this energy and time expenditure.
I have two books sitting almost completed that I have not been able to finish.
I also have a rapidly growing YouTube channel.
I hit 7500 subscribers earlier this month:
Writing for other homesteading and survival sites has also taken a back burner to all of my weekday posts…
…yet I’m not sure I should slow down here.
Looking at all the work I need to get done this week, plus looking at the cast on my hand which really slows my typing down, I almost said, “this is it! I did 4 years, I’m cutting back to two posts a week!”
I’m good at cutting things.
In fact, that’s originally what I was going to announce in this post.
That I’m cutting back.
But I love doing this site.
It’s hard to drop off something that has become such a part of my daily life.
What I may do is cut back a bit on my more time-intensive posts.
I’m sure my publisher would appreciate it.
And Thanks to YOU!
For those of you who read me daily, thank you so very much!
Remember, I also write for ThePrepperProject.com, The Grow Network, Mother Earth News, The Ag Mag or and I’m even keeping my YouTube channel running at close to once a day (except on Saturday and Sunday).
Moving and reestablishing a homestead, along with keeping up my furious posting pace, has made it very difficult to finish anything other than just this site and the YouTube channel… yet I think I can work smarter AND harder.
Some of you are always giving me good input and I know you read regularly. You keep me running.
A special thank you to:
Neil in Jupiter
Derek the Grower
…and the many other friends who stopped by to share ideas and encouragement over the last four years!
Also, a very big thanks to the anonymous reader who bought me a better camera earlier this year. I still cannot believe that happened. It has made a big, big difference in my photography and video production and I’m still learning.
Can You Help Me in Year 5?
Would you guys help bring me some new traffic? This site makes me a few hundred dollars a month in advertising revenue and Amazon commissions, but it’s nowhere near close to giving me a “real” income.
I need a few dedicated Pinterest pinners, Facebook fanatics and Twitter tweeters to get the traffic here up to a point where it’s economically worthwhile.
If you could do that when you think of it, it would be amazing. Traffic boosts my ranking and helps people find my books.
The books are what pays my rent.
Thanks again. You all are the best.
Say “hi” in the comments… I’d love to hear your thoughts.