When I first started blogging, I didn’t like to refer to myself as a blogger. At the time I made most of my money online through discussion forums and gambling related websites so the title ‘Blogger’ didn’t sit right with me. It felt a little pretentious. After years of blogging day in day out, I became much more comfortable with the title and have found that it’s quicker to tell people I’m a blogger than spending 30 minutes explaining what internet marketing is.
It’s 6 years since I launched BloggingTips. I had been using blogging platforms for a year or so before that and content management systems since around 2001. However, starting that blog was the reason I delved more into the world of blogging.
Today I’m happy with calling myself that and when others refer to me in articles, interviews etc; they usually say Blogger Kevin Muldoon. I love blogging.
I enjoy writing and I love connecting with people. The thing is, I need to change my habits. I’m currently working on my upcoming book ‘The Art of Freelance Blogging‘. It’s a long book that will probably be around 300 pages in length. My aim is to release at least two quality books every month. I had hope that I could produce two or three 70-100 page books a month and still maintain my blogging schedule on this blog. Now I’m not so sure. It’s tough.
I’ve been tracking how much I write recently and on a good day I can churn out about 5,000 words. Now, where should I spend those 5,000 words? Should I write two really long blog posts for this blog or write another few chapters for a book I’m writing? Working on the book makes more sense. Both financially and as a way to promote this blog more.
Someone who I have a huge amount of admiration for is Steve Scott. As an inspiring author, his work rate is inspiring. He releases great internet marketing books every month. I strongly recommend subscribing to his blog to get updates of his new books.
I mentioned to him recently about blogging and releasing multiple books. He noted:
“It’s definitely doable to write multiple books in a month. But it’s almost impossible to do while running a blog.”
I don’t want to give up updating this blog. I love blogging and I love connecting with people through this blog. I’m also excited about the prospect of doing podcasting and videos too. I want to release many books this year but I see no reason why I can’t write books, blog, podcast and do more video blogging.
The key thing for me will be to get the right balance. I need to stop thinking like a blogger. Up until this weekend I had posted on this blog every day since it relaunched. This is a fairly easy schedule to maintain if you don’t have other commitments but is difficult if are working on different things.
So, for the next two weeks at least, I need to take off my blogger hat and stick on my sexy author hat. My next book will be much shorter so I should be able to juggle everything a little easier. Time will tell 🙂