On January 8 of this year I wrote a post about writing. I may have written another but I can’t seem to find it.
I’ve been especially committed to writing this year. This will be my 15th post since January 1st. That’s pretty close to how much I’ve written all the other years combined. That doesn’t include what I’ve been doing on Tri Coaches. There I’ve got a 4 posts published plus 1 more that’s been written and needs some graphics.
I’m not sure what’s different for me this year than any other. I’ve always wanted to write. I’ve always felt like I didn’t do it enough and had the desire to do it more. Writing has always been a great way for me to purge some feelings and thoughts but it’s never been a consistent thing in my life. When something happens, like my dad in the hospital (something that’s never been published) I write. It’s cathartic for me. I’m dealing with this shoulder injury, so I write.
What is different for me is my desire to be a triathlon coach. I posted about it here and here. One of the things I realize about coaching triathlon versus swimming is my confidence. I can coach just about any level of swimmer. I’m less confident coaching about any level of triathlete.
I need to learn. I need to continue reading books. One of which I need to pick back up. I need to write and form thoughts and opinions. I need to show my expertise and I realized a blog is a great place for that. They don’t need to be set-in-stone facts but they need to be formulated and communicated.
I had the domain tricoaches.com and was thinking about using it for some kind of coaching job board. I was looking to monetize it. I think that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse, though.
One of the things I’ve learned from a few podcasts and content marketing people on Twitter is 1) you have to just write valuable content and hit publish. 2) You need to find a market that will find your content interesting.
So, I’m writing content. I’m writing about the business of triathlon and what’s it’s like starting my own business. I’ve invited an old friend to start writing as well because she’s starting her career in coaching/personal training.
Our next hurdle is getting content out in the world. I’m always nervous about this. It’s a lot of the fear I mention in my post about what is going to make this year different. I need to get over that. Working with someone will make it easier, for sure.
Working with someone is also motivating. I want to keep up and stay on top of things and keep coming up with ideas.
Ideas are easy to come by if you’re paying attention. It’s really tough when it’s not on the forefront of your mind. I’m trying to keep it there and schedule posts immediately with a working title.
Using CoSchedule is proving invaluable. I’m plotting out 2 posts a week and I’m good through the middle of March. I can’t believe how much CoSchedule helps. It’s like magic. I’ve tried other calendars but this one seems best. It might just be the timing but I think it also has to do with it being a software as a service and hosted elsewhere. It just does way more than the top plugins that operate within the confines of your WordPress site.
This blog will still be a dumping ground for me. I don’t give a shit if no one reads it. I don’t publicize it at all and that’s fine by me. It’s not for others. It’s for me. If someone finds it useful and wants comment, great! But I’m not trying to do anything special here.