What do you do when things get busy and your creative energies are being focused elsewhere? You cut back on things that aren’t as important or as interesting. I cut back on my online reading and playing with new start-ups – and, well here we are 1 year to the day and no posts. Maybe you are in the same boat as me? You like having a site and like that you’ve written some things that people still find useful, and have a few things you’d still like to write about?
What can you do to breathe a little life back into your site?
- Set the bar LOW: Once a month is a crappy goal when you were cranking out 5 posts a week, but better than once a year!
- Set a specific day: Put it on your calender, think about your post during your commute, type some notes on your break at work, have lunch at somewhere with wi-fi and crank out that post.
- Get a buddy: Know someone else that is still posting away or even that isn’t and wants to get back to it? Have lunch with them and talk about posting or even write together
- Reward yourself: Pick something small as a reward for yourself when you finish a post
I’m sure that there are a number of other things that people have done to get the ball rolling again and if anyone is still out there that has succeeded I’d love to hear about it.
Today I am proud to announce the launch of the newest Knetwork site KnightWebsites.com. Now that I have a few sites of my own under my belt I’ve decided to branch out a little bit and build websites for others. I’m still pretty new to this but using freely available templates form sites like OSWD.org you can build a simple and very attractive website quickly and inexpensively. This idea came about when I took a look at the business card of the company that replaced my old heat pump and noticed that they didn’t have their own website or e-mail address. I offered to put something together and so Knight Websites was born. Wish me luck in my latest whim and I’d love to hear any or resources or advice people would care to offer!
Resolution #1: Read a self-improvement book
As I mentioned yesterday, the Pragmatic Programming book inspired me for:
Resolution #2: Learn a new Skill
For me, this usually means I learn a new programming language. I’ve picked PHP for this year since WordPress is written in PHP, I’m pretty sure it’ll come in handy and I’ll be more likely to use it and not let the skill rust away. I always find learning a new language is easier if you have a project in mind and so I’ve decided to play around with Google‘s chart API and see what I can so with it. I also have been thinking about putting together a PHP/mySQL site to help with another resolution, the one I’ve gotten some much needed motivational help with which I’ll go over tomorrow.
We’re a week into the new year, how are your resolutions holding up? I’m actually pretty excited about them this year so I started a couple of them a little early and the one that I’m no so excited about I’ve put off starting so I can get a little help in the motivation department. As I get back into the blogging spirit this week I’m going to cover my resolutions, and if you’re a programmer I’ll highly suggest the first two. Here’s #1:
1. Read a self-improvement book: I’m not talking about anything from the self help section, I’m talking about learning something general that you can use to make your life better. Job related books are definitely a good place to start. I like to get something that’s about programming and computers in general or that can help me improve my interpersonal skills. This year I’m reading Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software. Last year I listened to How to Win Friends & Influence People, and the year before that I read The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master Pragmatic Programmer actually inspired Resolution #2, which you’ll hear about tomorrow.
Ok, so really Wesabe is in the Money and I’m just tagging along. I guess that’s fitting because tagging along with Wesabe is how you save Money! hhmmmm I think I’m going to get another e-mail from Wesabe PR making fun of me for that, but all that aside I DO highly suggest Wesabe if you are interesting in tracking your expenses and putting the squeeze on your budget without totally squishing your lifestyle. I know, I know you’re saying that you’d NEVER be so stupid as to put all your financial information on the internet! Well I won’t waste my time trying to talk you into it if you don’t want to, but if you’re teetering here’s what you need to read: