This is part two of a new coaching series I’m doing with a student. Names and personal information and details have been removed for confidentiality purposes.
Student Email #2
I went to work today, but couldn’t focus. I’ve been edging toward and away from falling ill
since I first started this job (obviously the stress in my mind about my job).
I decided to follow your instructions from the free week 1 yesterday. Seeing how I’m sick today, I may or may not start the blog today, but that is next. I only JUST now signed up for the full course, so week 2 is already in my inbox.
[Goes on to explain his idea for his blog…]
I do have one hiccup though, which may help you refine your product.
Facebook: Groups aren’t so easy to come by these days. It’s more PAGES that you “like”
So one problem I have run into is getting that FIRST friend for the new facebook account. Hasnt happened yet. So I tried adding more people and now I’ve run into the message from facebook admins banning me from adding people for the next 48 hours. I elected NOT to cancel those friend requests that I had already sent before.
As far as twitter goes, its new to me but seems to be working as you said in the course. I followed 80 ppl and received 17 followers. I’ve since added 80 more and hope to grow that list. I got the username I wanted for my Twitter account, [my blog name].
Now I better go rest if I want to give myself a chance of hanging on to this job I need for as long as I need it. If my profession ends up being a blogger, I will be grateful to you for life.
My Response #2
I hope your stress level goes down. Just try to keep things into perspective when you’re at work. If you need the job, you should be happy to have one (remember many people are unemployed right now). My goal is to help as many people as possible create an income for themselves so they don’t have to work for “the man”. I do not think that everyone is meant to work for someone else. Some people are meant to work for themselves. People who are self-motivated, self-disciplined, idea oriented people do not need a boss to succeed. Just time. But if you need the job right now, just try to be grateful about having it. That might help you. Every morning think about how thankful you are to have a job to take care of your financial needs for the time being.
Also, thank you for the tips. I try to remind people throughout the course that not every thing is for everyone, and not everything will work for every type of blog. So you can feel free to try things out and see how they work for you. I myself feel that twitter has been more useful to me than facebook. And I agree that facebook pages are more popular than facebook groups (especially now). It’s funny how fast things change in the technology and internet world.
However, even though groups have died down a bit, people have remained a part of any groups they have joined. That is why groups would be useful. Find a group that is related to your blog topic and add friends from that group.
The main thing about facebook is that it can help you gain popularity, so creating a facebook page is a definite “must”. That’s in Week 6 (but you can create your page sooner if you wish). And you don’t even have to create a facebook page if you don’t want (although I’d highly recommend it).
If you were going to choose between facebook groups and adding friends, and trying to get attention to your facebook page, I’d pick the facebook page. Nowadays, when someone likes your page, your page updates will show up on their home page. So that’s definitely the best way to go. I wish I could explain everything in the course this thoroughly, but I try to keep it as short as possible so people can just get to work instead of spending a ton of time reading.
Also, I do mention in the course to stop friending people on facebook for a few days whenever you get a warning that you’re adding too many friends.
I also recently made it possible for you to see all 52 weeks in the members’ area, so you don’t necessarily have to do everything in order if you want to do one thing sooner, and another thing later.
Oh, and as far as being grateful to me for life, don’t be. Be grateful to yourself for what you end up accomplishing. It will be you who does the work. And you seem very passionate, so I foresee that you’ll be a very good blogger.
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