I haven’t posted in a little while and I want to explain. It’s summer time here and there are lots of outdoor things to do where I live.
Plus, I’ve had some “life events” going on so I’ll explain.
Now, if you’re interested in tactical, how-to information, then this post may not be for you. There is a key take away that’s more important than a tactic.
Michael, we don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements.
I realize this post is self-indulgent and it’s less tactical. So if you care to read on…
Here’s What I’ve Been Up To
Looked for a house
My wife and I moved to Bozeman, Montana from Atlanta, Georgia last summer. We rented an apartment for a year. It was great since it was brand new and my office had a ridiculous view. But it was time to move on and we started looking for a new place.
We found a town home in the same neighborhood on a quieter street. We closed in about 30 days – just about as fast as possible!
Moved to a new house
The timing worked out great as far as when our old lease ended and the closing date on the new house. However, my wife had to leave on a business trip for about 10 days leaving me with the chore of moving!
Luckily, I have a truck and the old apartment was just 100 yards from the new house. I called in some favors and had people help me move the big items. And I have a kegerator which also helps motivate people to assist in the move – you just have to serve the beer AFTER the moving is done!
Installed new flooring
The floor in the new house was a cheap, builders-grade vinyl flooring and was poorly installed. So I decided to put in new laminate flooring, and I’ve never installed it before. Just like anything, you can learn how to do it with a search on YouTube.
Here’s one palate full. I had to make 2 trips to get it all home.
And, my dad my nice enough to fly here to join me in the adventure of installing the flooring.
We did take a day off and go to Yellowstone National Park. Here we are at Old Faithful Geyser.
Here’s the flooring after we finished up.
I’ve taken more days off too. I used to work a lot on the weekends, but I’m really tapering off.
It’d be silly not to list and proclaim some goals here.
Niche Site Goals
Don’t start any new sites
This is easy enough to not do since no action is needed. BUT if you have been around for very long in this internet marketing arena, then you know how it is. You see an opportunity everyday – things you think you HAVE to take advantage of. It turns out you can wait and it’s better (at least for me) to focus up on fewer projects.
Add 10 pieces of content per week for one niche site.
This has been going well. I have been adding a great deal of content over the last 6 weeks. You can see some of my ideas about how to hire writers here. I also have 2 editors to help too. Well, here is what the team could look like if you wanted to do the same thing.
Why am I adding so much content?
To get more traffic and revenue in the retail season. If I publish content now, it should have time to rank by the October to December time frame. At least I’m counting on that. I don’t need to hit home runs for ALL the content. I just need 10-20% to do well.
I said this was a self indulgent update so here are my personal goals for August.
10,000 steps per day for August
My wife started counting her steps when she rediscovered our GPS watch. It’s a cool watch and has a heart rate monitor – I used to geek out on the stats when I used to run a lot more.
My iPhone captures the number of steps you take in the Health app. I normally don’t like it when Apple forces an app to be installed, this one seems okay.
Most of the time I get in a decent number of steps, but less than 10,000 per day on average for the year. So, now that I’m tracking it I’m going to set some goals.
My wife and I will walk 10k per at a minimum. So far, so good!
Hike more – like at least one 3+ mile hike per week
I live in a pretty cool city and state. There are 100s of miles of trails within 30 minutes of my driveway. All I have to do is go there.
And, while I’m hiking I won’t be listening to any music or podcasts. There’s something really important about not filling your brain with new ideas constantly. I didn’t realize it.
You really need time to process your thoughts and have time to think. It’s critical. I resisted for a very long time, but reducing the inputs to your brain can be important.
Plus, when you hike around here where I live there are grizzly bears. They don’t normally go after people but if you walk around remote areas you may sneak up on them. That’s not a good thing and your sense of hearing is very important out in the wildness. So that’s another good reason not to wear earphones while hiking.
What’s the Point of All This?
Don’t forget why we’re working on these online, location independent projects.
Freedom with your time
You can spend more time with your family and friends.
Freedom with your money
You can take a day off if you want or eat out at a restaurant when you want. Perhaps you want to enjoy fancy beer. It’s one of my favorite pass times. (I’m a National Level Certified Beer Judge & award winning homebrewer. I really geek out…)
The POINT of all this not to be busy all the time or work hard all the time. Working harder is okay, but working hard is not the goal. When you’re working on something be sure you know why you are doing it and if it actually helps you reach your goal.
What have you been up to this summer? Let me know in the comments below.