This is the 13th post in a series of seventeen posts I’m doing following Kim Roach’s list post of “17 Copy-And-Paste Blog Post Templates“. You can see all the posts from this series on my blogging challenges page.
The saying goes: “Hindsight is Twenty-Twenty”.
Basically it means it’s easy to know what you should’ve done once you’ve seen the results of what you have done.
In my case there’s a few things in terms of my online business that I wish I had done differently, but right now I’m going to tell you about one specific thing I wish I had done differently, knowing all that I know now.
I wish I had started one blog/website and put all of my efforts into it.
As you may or may not know, I run dozens of websites, both for myself and for my customers, but I wish back in 1995 when I created my first website that I had kept it up and running all this time, and put all my efforts and budget behind it, I could only imagine how big it could’ve been today.
I’ve invested thousands of dollars into marketing and design for a lot of my different web properties, and a lot of time creating content for them as well, and it’s paying off now because they are becoming more and more profitable, but I know if I had concentrated my efforts into only one, I would’ve been profitable a lot sooner and be making even more money.
Every once in a while, I think about trashing a bunch of projects to concentrate on only one or two because of this, but I’ve invested so much time, and love all my websites/blogs to do this, instead I’ve come to an alternative.
Since blogging takes a lot of my time, I’ve decided to reduce the amount of blogs I have and turn some of them into niche websites, meaning they won’t be updated as often, and won’t be presented in a typical blog fashion.
At the beginning of the year I made myself a plan for 2012, for each website I have a goal for each quarter of the year, and so far I’ve been pretty much on schedule. If everything goes to plan, I will have 20 active and “completed” websites (not counting my clients sites) by January 1st 2013, and then in 2013 I will focus on marketing them all.
All this to say that I wish I had never started multiple projects, and focused on one, but unfortunately (sometimes fortunately) my mind is built in a way to think a lot, specially when it comes to entrepreneurship.