I have been schooled right before your eyes for the last two weeks, and you didn’t even know it. During the last 14 days I’ve produced content like never before. Most of my work was released immediately, and you never knew I was measuring real time results.

What an interesting, invigorating, challenging time it has been. Most of you didn’t know that I was taking part in a blogging challenge. It’s kind of like taking a continuing education course to further a goal, or be better at one’s profession. This blogging thing is pretty cool, and I love writing. I have benefits as takeaways, and am on the path to making my blog healthier and moving it forward professionally. I’ve been to blog school, got tools, and steps to make success a reality.

I’m a processor, so I like time to meander through my thoughts before producing a final product, but there’s a deadline looming and this is the last challenge. Here we go.

I have a better idea on how to write a book. I am an English major, with Creative Writing and Journalism minors, but don’t know how to write a book. My high school friends dubbed me future author. They all pegged me to write a book, at least one. But I never actually put pen to paper to complete the task. Well, that’s not true anymore.

One book complete, and another to come

During the task I published an ebook. No release or fan fare, but it is on my site. A subscription to my newsletter earns a free copy. I did it! I have the steps to write a book and I have two more planned.

I promise the Halloween release of a book currently in the research phase. Research is over half done, and I am formulating what topics to cover, how to cover them, and outlining them in book format. Now that I have completed the task of one book I have a much better idea of how to move the book forward in a healthier format. It will be more extensive than my first, and that’s a good thing because I get healthier at the process as I wash, rinse, repeat.

I am not ready to release a precursor to the second book because it will entail a lot more research, and is a controversy in the making. First steps first, okay?

A healthier blog

During the challenge the appearance of my blog got healthier too. There is a free infographic on the sidebar, a resources page, and a free ebook—did I already mention that?

I learned a lot of technical aspects that you will never see from the outside looking in, but you might notice the overall improved product. Check it out. I am not a techie, and these tasks were extremely challenging. The result is they make my blog a healthier place to be, and hopefully you will want to visit again and again.

I also learned about types of content. A good story is great, but a variety of content keeps a blog healthy. I have overcome the fear in my head and learned how to produce magnetic, authority, affinity, and action content. I also wrote a lead magnet. You don’t need to know what those things mean. Suffice it to say it’s a variety that will keep your interest.

What’s up next?

For the rest of this week I am going to kick back regroup, plan next steps to make the book a success, and analyze how to produce content while writing the next book. I will list goals and put them on the calendar for daily and weekly guidance. I’ll also work on macro goals for the next 3 to 6 months. I have a couple of posts that I haven’t shared with readers yet, so I’ll schedule those while I process.   

Then what?

I think I’ll take another course. This one will help me develop the writing habits and figure out how to put them to work by developing a life plan to move this farther still. There will be one on one strategy sessions with my coach to make success a reality. I don’t know all the details yet, but it will be much slower paced, and allow the ability to keep the content coming while writing those books. Gotta maintain a healthy balance, eh?

I am growing and getting healthier at my craft. You get to enjoy the benefits of my work. Mike Allison is a fantastic coach and is passionate about helping writers be a success. Check out his website: http://contentigniters.com/

Thanks to my readers for being a force to be reckoned with in a healthier world. Thanks, Mike Allison, for your time and talent. Thanks to the group for being awesome. Please stay in touch.

See you soon on the blog, or I’ll be visiting your blog to keep connections healthy.