It is currently 8pm Sunday evening and I’m sitting down to my pc, whiskey in hand. Happy and quite frankly exhausted.
I’m officially two weeks down with ‘The Challenge’ and I’m fairly happy with where things are going with my product so far. The ultimate objective, writing an eBook to release on Amazon’s Kindle platform, is in place and the end is in sight. However that’s not to say that I’m not having a few problems with the process.
The daily instructions seem to have veered from the helpful and inspirational into the boring and the mundane. This isn’t entirely the fault of the presenters and the Challenge itself however. Many of the things they are teaching are more than a little below what I’m capable of. So as a result I find myself dedicating large chunks of my morning to processing the material only to find that the time would have been better spent working on more copy for my book. I already know how to use software and layout text, so in depth tutorials on setting styles and how to preview are a little wasted on me.
Furthermore, I’m finding the focus on dawdling along with just creating a single product as opposed to also building a following, with backlinks and mailing lists, and all the other things that I feel would help with actually selling the thing once I’m done writing it, frustrating.
And yes I get it. The idea of the 30 Day Challenge is to get novices from absolute zero to making that first ever dollar from selling a product online. But surely if you just wanted to make a dollar online you would just sell some of your old crap on Ebay? The amazing and exciting thing about building an online business is that you can sell your passion to anyone and everyone, no matter where they are located.
To be fair, as of writing this I’m only sitting at the midway point, and there are many more lessons to come. I remain dedicated to the process regardless of how slow things seem to be going right now. I just hope they can return to the fresh and exciting stuff they kicked off the challenge with at the start of the month.
I’ve spent a large chunk of this weekend setting up material and researching marketing avenues for when I launch my product in the coming weeks. I have the domain in place and have started working on pillar articles to start building a readership. The challenge has 2 more weeks to go, but if I’m completely honest I think I’ll need an extra 2 weeks to get things to the level I’m happy with before releasing.
Watch this space.