Yoiks and Away – Reflections and Directions

Darren Rowse at Problogger is once again holding a writing competition for bloggers. His last competition, on How Tos, was held just after I started blogging, and I entered a post I wrote called Account Security. This time around, the topic is about Reviews and Predictions. It’s pretty timely. As I’ve been thinking about what to write on this subject, it occurred to me that I’ve also been thinking a lot lately about where I want to go with this blog and the web. It seems a perfect match up.

 

Reflections

 

This time last year, if you’d asked me what I’d have thought about blogging, I’d have said "not much." I honestly thought that blogging was one of those flash in the pan things. After all, who’d want to hear what I had to say.

About four months ago, for some reason that I have since forgotten, I visited a web site called Dexterity. The owner of that site, Steve Pavlina, who used to be an independent game developer had gone on to start a personal development business and blog. An article he had written that fateful day led me to consider what blogging was all about. That same article led me to the Problogger website.

I decided to try a little experiment. I would start my own blog. I would write about something I was passionate about, and I would see if I could earn money from it. From that inauspicious beginning, Stropp’s World was born and three months later, and a whole bunch of posts, I have earned almost ten dollars from it. Not much, but it’s a start, and better than I expected.

 

Yoiks and Away

 

Do you remember that Warner Brothers cartoon where Daffy Duck is Robin Hood?

I can remember splitting my sides laughing at the scene where Daffy grabs hold of a vine and with the cry "Yoiks and Away" swings off a branch straight into a tree. Then again with a weaker cry he swings straight into another tree, and so on. Even at 41 years of age that still cracks me up.

Well that’s where I feel I am right now. Standing on a branch with a vine in my hand. Do I leap off into the unknown? Or do I just climb down the tree and stay where I am?

 

Directions

 

One of the criteria I had when I first started Stropp’s World was based on a principle called the thirty day money back guarantee. This was based on the idea that most people never followed through on their intentions because they looked too big in the cold light of day.

The internal argument usually goes, "How can I start blogging, how can I keep this going for one, three, or five years? It’s just too much."

But. If I say I’ll try it for thirty days, at the end of that time I have the right to stop. No questions asked. That takes a lot of the pressure off attempting something. In my case, for Stropp’s World, I set a ninety day money back guarantee. If I felt at the end of that time, that I’d had enough. I’d just stop.

I’m at the ninety day mark now. I enjoy blogging with Stropp’s World, and I’ve done better than I expected. My first direction now, is that I will keep going with this blog.

Secondly, I’ve been feeling for a while that I’d like to do better with Stropp’s World. Part of that is to get more readers. Like other bloggers, I get a lot of google hits, but it doesn’t seem like I get a lot of regular readers. I’m going to need to do some research into that.

I’ve also mentioned before, that I am working on a web project with a friend. This is picking up steam, and I reckon will fit quite nicely with what I am doing with the blog. It will be a MMO related website application, and will initially work in with World of Warcraft, but will also work with other games. This is probably the bigger, scarier part of my direction. More details later, probably late January if things go well.

I’ve also got some plans for not only expanding this blog, but perhaps, possibly, starting one or two other blogs. These will more than likely be devoted to my other passions. One of which is software development. Yes, I’m a geek. Geek pride baby.

 

To Infinity and Beyond

 

2007 looks to be a good year for me. Filled with some risks, and hopefully the rewards from taking the risks. I’ll probably need a little courage to take the risk and step off that branch. I’m hoping there won’t be a tree on my way down.

Yoiks and Away!

18 Comments

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  2. Ashish Mohta

    Cartoons and games been my all time favourite.Warcraft i miss that game.I lost th cds :(( I want to play it soon.Talspin was my fav.

    I also got entry in darrens project.
    http://technospot.net/blogs/index.php/2006/12/19/predicting-the-evolution-of-techspot-insideout/

    And i am feeding your blog.There wont be another chance to meet so many bloggers

  3. Madhur Kapoor

    nice post. …hope you have a good 2007 …am also a fan of Warcraft ..used to play DOTA on LAN …I also participated in Darren’s project http://www.whoismadhur.com/2006/12/19/what-blogging-has-taught-me/
    Drop by if you have time …and you also found a regular reader in me …
     

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  5. Jennifer Lynn

    Hi Stropp. I’ve never played WoW – it came out just after I stopped gaming actually. I’m an old Ultima Online junkie from 1997. I also beta tested Asheron’s Call, Dark Age of Camelot, Lineage II, and ShadowBane. I’ve put MMORPG’s aside for good now (no time in my life anymore), but I still have some great and rather bizarre memories from that era.
     
    Your MMO project sounds very interesting.

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  8. Mama Duck

    You and I started the same way – with Steve Pavlina who led me to Problogger and on to starting my own blog ;). Have a wonderful Christmas & best wishes to you in 2007!We also participated in this project, <a href="http://lilduckduck.com/to-think-a-lost-cell-phone-started-it-all/544">stop on by</a> if you get a chance! 

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