Day #12: The Limits Of Writing On Forbes
I've been talking about my writing on Forbes a lot. I just put out another big piece today.
I was hoping that this would be "The One." The story that would finally put my name out there.
I was hoping that this story would go viral and help drive growth to my mailing list.
That didn't happen. It's not the first time that I put my hopes in a story going viral.
It will be the last time though.
I've come to realize that no matter how good my writing is for Forbes, how well a story does in terms of views and visitors is beyond my control.
It sucks, I know. But there's nothing that I can do about it for now.
That's the whole purpose of my mailing list - to give me the power of the distribution of the content. Instead of relying on Forbes, Google, the founders and investors I cover, or some other third party to spread the news, I can do it myself.
I won't be writing more than seven stories a month from now on. This is a $500 hobby, no $50,000. I've been treating my writing work more like the latter instead of the former.
That ends on Thursday. Once the last story goes published, I won't be publishing more than seven stories a month for the foreseeable future.
I think that's what I need to do, so I can focus on taking care of more important things in my life.