It’s been over a year now – just over a year – since I launched jeremynoeljohnson.com. As such, I now have the credibility to share exactly what you can expect after one year doing a blog if you give that blog a moderate amount of attention, such that it is a side hobby you spend 5 or so hours a week on. I will admit, however, that the FIRST 3 months of this website were about 20 to 30 hours a week to get everything setup.
Even so, the year mark is over and let’s run through some statistics.
Feedburner subscribers: 40
Facebook Followers/Likes: 35
Daily Visitors: ~ 50
Bounce Rate: ~ 71%
Most Visited Pages: Abs with P90X, Make Green Tea Taste Good, The Ant Philosophy
Most comments on a page: 22 (The Ant Philosophy)
Intent of the website originally: The magic of getting off your tush and taking action
Current intent of website: Unlock your true potential
With a years worth of work, writing and doing a website, this is what I did. I would imagine it’s about average. I believe I have great content here. I also recognize that the kind of content I have here might not have mass appeal. I believe there is a select group of people in the world that are ready for what I’m discussing on my website here. Even so, it’s a good start.
I believe in the power of exponential growth. Ray Kurzweil, one of my many mentors illustrates the exponential power of computing as it relates to the human genome.
The Human Genome Project (HGP) is an international scientific research project with a primary goal of determining the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA and to identify and map the approximately 20,000–25,000 genes of the human genome from both a physical and functional standpoint. (Source: Wikipedia)
The project began in 1990. It was expected to take about 15 years, but the first draft was ready in 10 years. Kurzweil states that this was due to exponential growth in computing power and processing, which allowed us to more rapidly complete the project.
I think the same applies here to what I am doing, in a different way. Right now, it feels like a small percentage of people are interested in the things I am. Such things include:
- Reaching our maximum potential happiness, wealth, physical body, and intelligence.
- Living as long as I possibly can until the point technology allows me to live forever.
- Understanding and following the progress of successful people and finding out what makes them successful.
- Learning the psychology of people and what really makes them do the things they do.
Perhaps the next year will be much like the first, but I think there will be an increase in all areas of my website. I think I will achieve 100 subscribers and 100 website visitors daily. That may seem small and for two years of work, might seem like such a small return. But I don’t see it that way. I see it like this.
I’m going to be alive for a while – with an end goal of being alive indefinitely. It may take me until I’m 40 to really have a website here that is reaching a large audience. Each success I have here will build upon itself, each person adding value, like a giant snowball that has no traction at first, but as it grows in size, is able to pick up that much more snow.
Age 40 for me is 7 years from now. I understand that great things don’t happen instantly. It’s like the fly wheel, from Good to Great.
Above all, I quote a passage from the book, “The Greatest Salesman In The World” by Og Mandino.
A portion of “The Scroll Marked III” – I will persist until I succeed.
Henceforth, I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. The first blow may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third. Each blow, of itself, may be trifling, and seem of no consequence. Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble. So it will be with my efforts of today. I will be liken to the rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours a tiger; the star which brightens the earth; the slave who builds a pyramid. I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.
As a note: success for me is the influence and income to do whatever I want, whenever I want, with whomever I want, for as much as I want. I will need to reach thousands, if not millions to do this. My income will need to far exceed the number of people I reach as well. That’s fine. I have a plan in the works to do it. Credibility through my books (one of which is close to completion), websites, and experiences. Here’s to another year of strikes against the mighty oak.
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