4 Insights I Gleaned from Building My Own Platform

Last week, I spoke at the Catalyst Conference in Irvine, California on the topic of my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, May 22). As part of my introduction, I shared how my audience has grown since I started blogging in April of 2004.

Eight years of blog traffic

Note that these numbers reflect my average monthly unique visitors. I simply took the total number of unique visitors for the year and divided by twelve months (or in the case of 2004, eight months). With the exception of the first few years, this data came from my Google Analytics account.

I don’t share these numbers to impress you but to encourage you if you are working to build your own platform. Here are four insights I gleaned from taking a look at the big picture:

  1. It took me four years to attract more than 1,000 readers a month. In fact, I blogged for almost three years before I had more than five hundred readers a month. If you are not seeing much growth in traffic, don’t get discouraged. Focus on generating consistent, quality content.
  2. Suddenly, I hit an inflection point in my fifth year of blogging. I am not sure I can fully account for this, but I believe several factors contributed:
    • I started blogging more consistently (three days a week).
    • I focused more on my reader’s needs rather than my experiences.
    • A few big web sites linked to me, including Lifehacker. This gave me exposure to a whole new audience.
    • I found my blogging voice.

    So many people quit right before they hit the inflection point. I hope you won’t. Getting your message out depends on you sticking with it.

  3. I built a platform long before I needed it. As my audience grew, I was able to use it on behalf of my company to correct the media when they got the story wrong. I was even able to report on stories I felt the media had ignored.

    I also used it to promote my own products and, eventually, to generate enough income I was able quit my day job to write and speak full-time.

    Perhaps you have heard the old proverb about the best time to plant a tree. It’s also true about building a platform:

    Question: When is the best time to build a platform?
    Answer: Eight years ago.
    Question: When is the second best time?
    Answer: Today.

  4. It wouldn’t have taken me so long if I knew then what I know now. I made a lot of mistakes. I didn’t understand much about generating traffic. Social media didn’t even exist at the time.

    This is one of the main reasons I wrote my new book. I wanted to distill everything I have learned, so I could share it with people who need a platform but don’t have eight years to build it.

    Whether you are an author, recording artist, comedian, small business owner, or corporate marketing director, this book is for you.

Again, I am sharing this detail about my traffic to encourage you. Everything significant starts small. I didn’t achieve success overnight and you probably won’t either. But the great news is that it is possible. In fact, it’s never been easier—especially if you get started now and learn from the mistakes of others.

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  • GordonMarcy

    Clueless about blogging and social media, I discovered your blog after you hit the inflection point. By putting into practice what I learned from you and your platform, it took 18 months to attract 1,000 readers a month. Signed, a grateful student, still learning from you.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Gordon -
      Hope you are doing well.  Excited about what God is doing in and through you.  Cannot wait for Enspire to launch.  

      • GordonMarcy

        Thanks for the encouragement Tim. Congrats on being part of the leadership community here. It’s a great and trusted platform.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Gordon. Glad to hear from you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.cannell Sean Cannell

    1. Great Post! 

    2. Excited for your new book!3. A lot has changed from 2008 to 2012… and the noise is more than ever.  I have heard some say even if you have great content its much harder (if not impossible) to hit that tipping point today.Thoughts?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Sean. Yes, I totally agree with point #2. I’m not saying it’s easy, but I’m saying it’s easier than ever, because of all the tools. I really do think my book will dramatically reduce the learning curve. Thanks again.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Great question Sean! Thinking about how to respond…

  • http://www.CharlesSpecht.com/ Charles Specht

    Love this.

    Question: When is the best time to build a platform?Answer: Eight years ago.Question: When is the second best time?Answer: Today. 

    So much to learn here.  I’ve only been blogging for a bit over 7 months, but I’ve noticed that I’m getting a lot more search engine traffic because my posts have gained “time.”  Over time, you gain readers due to quality and consistent content, and search engine traffic will increase due to the same.

  • Sensitiveandcentsible

    Thanks for the great tips and encouragement. I am in my 3rd month of blogging– so definitely stage1. I’ve already been helped by some tips I learned listening to your podcast, “This Is Your Life” . Thanks again!

  • Agatha Nolen

    Super advice, Michael-can’t wait until the book is released in May.
    I had an idea for a book 18 months ago and was advised to : 1) start a blog and 2) read your blog each day! I’ve done both. After 16 months of blogging, I have 1400+ unique visitors per month and steadily rising. I blog 3-4 times per week on Putting Our Relationship with God first, and then working on Holy Relationships with Others. I write and also post my photography. I believe that bloggin is also improving my writing skills when I get back to that book proposal! I’m interested in learning more about developing your voice. I’m sticking to my very narrow topic and not getting off-track. Is that what you mean by developing your voice?
    Thanks again for sharing such wonderful experiences!
    Agatha Nolen
    http://www.agathanolen.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you. You are ahead of where I was at that time!

      My “voice” I mean the way you express what you express. It’s everything from your syntax and grammar to your choice of vocabulary. I probably need to write a blog post on this!

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    I’m pretty new to building my platform but I am encouraged.  Not a full year in yet and I have seen an increase in traffic and followers.  Praying for more as I work on providing quality content. My blog focuses on current events/politics and religion. I’m an aspiring author who hopes/plans to publish novels that will cater to those who are interested in our world, its changing climate (not weather) and how God fits in or is left out.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    I am in the beginning stage. This is only my 7th month. When looking at your chart I was amazed by your numbers! I had been getting frustrated with my blog because I was running around the same numbers every month. I have also let that frustration influence how much I have been posting, which of course only has a negative effect. Thanks for sharing this post and being encouraging!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m so glad. That’s exactly the impact I wanted to have.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Brandon -
      I am with you.  Keep it up.  

      • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

        Thanks for the encouragement!

  • http://www.carlosguereca.com/ Carlos Güereca

    I’m in stage 0, a few days from stage 1. Thanks to your encouragement and inspiration, next Friday I’ll launch my blog.

    I’ve following you for the last few years, and until now my platform consisted of a Twitter account @RectorUNID:twitter and a Facebook page /RectorUNID. With your advise, I’m now using tools like WordPress, Standard Theme, Hootsuite, Buffer, etc. in my platform building process.

    I’m president of UNID, a 24,000-student university in Mexico. You’re a great blogging artist and thanks for your sharing labor!

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      You starting with a large real-life community. That always helps.

  • http://www.tillhecomes.org Jeremy Myers

    Very encouraging post. I’ve been blogging for five years, and am now getting nearly 1000 uniques per day, but feel like I’ve hit a plateau. 

    I am now working on refining my voice and solidifying my platform. On the surface, it looks like not much is going on, but behind the scenes, I hope that what I’m doing will prepare me for the next stage. Your post seems to confirm this. 

    Thanks!

  • http://1minutedailyword.com/ Steve Martin

    Congratulations, Michael, on all your success!

    You have worked hard and deserve every bit of it.

    My goal (lofty, I’ll admit) is to have 1 million people a week reading 1 Minute Daily Word (.com)

    For a site that only asks 1 minute a day of people’s time, I think it is doable.

    Plus, that could often be the very best spent minute of the day for those who need a bit of renewal now and then.
     
    http://1minutedailyword.com/

    Thank you, sir.

                   – Steve M.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Steve -
      That is a great goal! Where do you stand on monthly visits at the moment?  

  • Jack Lynady

    That graph says a ton. Thx for sharing. Looking forward to the book Michael.

  • LivewithFlair

    I have about 2,000 unique visits a month, but I still like thinking about how special it felt to have 5 people who read each month.  Sometimes, the numbers make me lose focus and forget the real reason I’m blogging:  because I love writing, and I love people.  As long as I stay true to the task at Live with Flair, the more folks read and follow.  I have to check my heart so often because I start to want a platform more than I want to stay true to the task. 

    I love your advice about consistent blogging with a consistent voice.  That’s exactly what I think helped move me up from the 5 readers.  That, and I had to learn how to create branding.  I realized that a brand means I gain buy-in and promise pay-off with every single entry at Live with Flair.  The brand helps gain followers. 

    Did you think about branding early on? 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I did think about branding early on, but I still changed it several times until I got it right. Thanks.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      What is your blog address?  I can pass along branding thoughts if desired. Thanks. 

  • http://twitter.com/SulcusZone Erik Back

    Thank you for the encouragement! I needed that. My blog is 8 months old and has about 600 visitors. I’m struggeling to get subscribers (only have 1).

    I think I need to be more focused in my writing and, as you said, find my own blogging voice.

    I’m consistent in my blogging but I have taken a time out for almost a month because I felt frustrated that my blog didn’t grow. I have narrowed my topic down and I’m working on a plan for my blog’s development. I’m not ready to give up yet!

    Thank you again.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Keep it up Erik. You’ll get there. It’s really hard to get subscribers. I’ve had a lot more subscribers since I added the link to my site navigation. Have you given that a try? 

  • http://twitter.com/jmicoaching John Murphy

    Michael, really like this, so thank you. To get emails from those who land on my page has proven to be a bit of a struggle (I am pretty new to this!). I am an Executive Coach and I was offering a free 30 minute consultation, with little succes. Any suggestions for a good incentive to give email?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think it needs to require less of the reader than a 30-minute consultation suggests. That sounds like a sales call. I would offer a tool that enables people to “sample the brew” and they would find helpful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deairby Dea Irby

    Great post. Into my second year, still trying to focus my voice. One major paradigm shift has been, as mentioned, to write to benefit the reader not myself, share lessons learned to help others NOT to show off how much I’ve learned. 

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Dea -
      I am learning the same lesson.  

  • http://davidlarteyblog.wordpress.com David Lartey

    Wow! That’s a question I’ve never thought about before. Anyway I might say I’m still at pre-stage1. But I’m inspired that I can also do same as you’ve done.
    Thanks a lot.

  • http://twitter.com/MyHelpSource MyHelpSource

    Thank you for sharing, Mr. Hyatt! I am in the early stages of building my platform and while my early readership figures are on a similar trajectory to your first few years, I am working to get my message out and building a foundation for my own upward inflection point.

    Your work is informative and inspiring.

    Not only do I appreciate your work, but also that of those who comment on your site. I follow as many as I can back to their work, and find myself amazed at the high caliber of your audience.

    Onward!

    Guy

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Guy. I am blessed indeed. All the best.

  • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

    This data is most definitely comforting. I’m reminded of Dave Ramsey’s momentum formula: Focused Intensity/Time X God = Unstoppable Momentum

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love Dave’s momentum theorem. I heard him give this speech live at Catalyst in October 2009. Thanks.

  • http://davidlarteyblog.wordpress.com David Lartey

    But there is also the addition that ones current societal values adds, for example no 3. So what would one do if he or she doesn’t have that platform to start with?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Can you elaborate? I am not sure I understand the question. Thanks.

      • http://davidlarteyblog.wordpress.com David Lartey

        You said in number 3 that sometimes you used your blog to talk to the media on things about your employer, so my question is: if someone is doesn’t have that addition of a few media attention should he continue without the media or wait for the media?

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    I want to say that I’m on my way do building a platform (maybe step 3?) to spread the message that you can find work that you love.

    I have been very blessed to have guest posted on this blog (thank you Michael), Dan Miller’s blog, Jeff Goins blog, Dan Black, Tc Avey. I have done some interviews and podcasts, I’ve tried to be everywhere I can.

    I think we have the advantage (that you might not have had Michael back then) of having so much great material availiable to us to learn how to build platforms. Whole blogs are dedicated to teaching it.

    Can’t wait for the new book Michael!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kimanzi. You did a great job with your guest post here!

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

         Agreed. You’re doing awesome, Kimanzi! Love the hustle mentality.

  • http://www.ivanhoesanchez.com Ivanhoe Sánchez

    I’ve been blogging for 8 months; my subscription grows about 5 per month. I thought it was dismal. I heard about having patience before, but this post have definitely reshaped my definition of “patience”. 

    More than information, your encouragement is appreciated. Great post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JChadBarrett Chad Barrett

    I’ve been blogging since this past January. For the most part, I post Mon-Fri. For now, I’m just trying to do the patient thing and post consistent and relevant content. This post by you, Mike, was encouraging. Patience. Keeping at it. I love writing/blogging. Starting a podcast this week, too! Thanks for your encouragement to us, Mike.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Chad. Good luck with your podcast.

  • Pjrme1956

    A Couple of things if you don’t mind. This blog is useful to me even though what I am interested in isn’t blogging. It can relate to all sorts of ideas and purpose. I have been so scared of starting something and failing that it has paralyzed me. Starting now, today I have a new voice. Thank you! Secondly my daughter has always wanted to get into journalism. I have sent her your blogs to encourage her. I told her it doesn’t mean someone will begin to read it immediately but the practice of doing it will grow her capabilities and spark new Ideas. Just thinking you can’t, doesn’t do a dog gone thing.

  • http://themarriagechecklist.com/ Dr. Ann

    Okay – I’m motivated to get started on my e-book! 

    Thanks Michael, for your behind-the-blog insights.  They are so encouraging because they de-mystify what could otherwise feel overwhelming.  

    It looks as if diligence and perseverance will continue to be the tools God wants us to use to serve Him!

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    Wow. For April I nearly have 300 unique viewers according to GA…I thought this was terrible, but I see that I’m doing pretty well. Thanks for helping me gain some perspective.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      It’s often a matter of perspective, isn’t it? 300 is 300 more than 0, which is what you’d have if you weren’t blogging at all. Good job, Rob.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      It’s amazing isn’t it Rob? I know I felt bad when I seen small numbers on my site but putting it in perspective against Michael’s, I see it in a whole new light!

  • http://www.momentsofgracelotr.com/ Anne Marie

    I am moving slowly toward where I need to be. I have a blog but not many followers yet. (http://momentsofgracelotr.blogspot.com).  I’ve had a few articles published. I am focusing the next few months on getting my name out there more. I am almost done with my first book. Looking forward to your book, Michael!

    Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie :)

  • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon

    This is a perfect post for me. Right now, I am at the beginning. I average about 5,000 pageviews per month. Sometimes, it goes a little under. I recently switched to self-hosted wordpress to my new site: http://www.brandongilliland.com.

    I hit a plateau with my wordpress.com site, and there was hardly any traffic the last few weeks. That is what pushed me to switch to self-hosted. I am glad I did! The traffic has been up over 200% in just the first week! I am really excited…

    It all really comes down to content. I have started to discover who I am as a blogger, but translating that into posts can sometimes be difficult. I am on this journey, and it is only the beginning!

    It is encouraging to see your numbers in the beginning because they look about the same as mine.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       That is amazing Brandon! Glad to hear that the switch-over went well and has increased your traffic. I also see you’ve got advertising spots on your blog now. Looking forward to hearing how that helps you out.

      • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon

        Yes. I am with BeaconAds now…They are a great company. I have had to use the support a lot because I am not tech savvy! haha. They helped me out a lot! I’ve learned a lo about CSS working with them! :)

        I have the ad prices ridiculously cheap, so if you know of anyone looking to advertise, they can on my site. i have it for $.25 per 1k impressions right now…so it would be roughly $1.25 per month!

        Have you run ads on your site yet?

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           No, I haven’t run any true ads yet. I’ve posted affiliate merchandise and have seen a small return. Nothing great but it helps pay for the blog.

          • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon

            Gotcha. Do you mean amazon affiliates?

          • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

            That is one of the affiliate programs that I am part of. But there are others as well.

  • http://MacedoniaFilms.com/ Dan Baker

    Oi! It’s hard not to be discouraged. We originally wanted to gather 5,000 followers within 6 months, but looking at our site stats, that likely won’t happen. The long haul it is!

    Michael, you mentioned focusing on your reader’s needs rather than your expectations. Have you written any posts that expands on that? I’m curious to hear about your journey in discovering that concept.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t think I really have, Dan. However, you might check the blogs of Jeff Goins, ProBlogger, and CopyBlogger. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/idelette idelette mcvicker

    On SheLovesmagazine.com we’re currently at about 1,000 unique visitors a day after nearly two years on the web. Our first year was really just figuring out who we actually were. In February last year, we started publishing at least five days a week and suddenly noticed, “We have a pulse!” We’re growing every month now. I am so grateful to see the map of your progression and be encouraged that slow and steady certainly does it. Thank you for leading the way!

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      That’s inspiring!  I love the Half-marathon cause!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1200247366 David Johnson

    I’m at stage 1, month 1.   I appreciate the time it took for you to understand and respond to your readers’ needs and to find your voice.  I just launched a website/blog: LessonsforUS.com and am trying to find the right formula.  My site provides short videos addressing Tea Party Christian issues.  However, I’m not sure it is positioned correctly or clearly.  I will have to go through several iterations and try to get feedback to adjust.

    Guess it will take awhile, but I am committed to making it work.  I am also resigned for it to take several years (3-4) before I can generate reasonable income from the site.  I am a devoted reader of your blog and plan to order your book.  Keep up the good work and thanks.

  • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

    Wow! I’m doing much better than I thought! :) Thank you for such an encouraging post. And this did peak my curiosity about your upcoming book. Looking forward to it! Blessings! 

  • http://www.atlumschema.com Andy Mort

    Helpful post! I like, nay need the constant reminder to hang in there. It’s often a fear of success that leads people to quit I reckon. When things begin to pick up and you realise people are actually reading what you write, that’s when the fear sets in, and can in my own experience be quite a paralysing factor, provoking weird narrative from the ‘lizard brain’. That graph is very encouraging so thanks for posting, Mr Hyatt!

  • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

    Michael, as you know, I started less than 5 months ago and am happy to say that the traffic has been solid. Your guidance was one of the reasons. Anyone out there who wants to save years should read Platform.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Did you read an ARC? What did you think?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Skip. You have been a huge encouragement to me! Thanks.

  • http://www.explorelifeblog.com/ Joseph Bernard, Ph.D.

    Michael, I very much appreciate the inspiration of this post.
    I have been blogging since 2007 about living life as an exploration. I worked full-time for organizations as a therapist helping those with addictions until recently. I decided it was time to shift towards more personal freedom. I have redone my blog and am  building my coaching, consulting and speaking services. I am taking time now to learn from several people who I see as experts so this time my platform is built on a foundation of the best ideas for success.  I focus my work now on how I can better serve those interested in being more conscious and compassionate human beings.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    Michael, I’m really looking forward to reading your book when it comes out!

  • http://twitter.com/eccle0412 Jackie Anderson

    between you and Jeff G. I have decided and actually started a wordpress ?account. I think I actually need to blog just to keep track, document and share the amazing events that are occurring around my life.  
    Too many people have told me I should write a book. I always thought all the things I am allowed to see were just for me to savor, grow and live in gratitude. Maybe I should go over to wordpress now. When I care about traffic or need other assistance I know where to look. Thank you! Sincerely.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    In my 6th month of blogging. Posting 4 times a week consistently. Still trying to figure the rest out. Trying to be “social” too.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I think it’s a figure-it-out-as-you-go kind of thing. :) Of course, Michael’s book makes the learning curve much more scalable. Your blogging consistency is admirable, Kari. Nice work.

  • Mgredler

    I signed up for the timed purchase of your new book and look forward to it.  I was recently thinking my blog isn’t growing very fast, but then I am heartened when I compare my first 17 months to your numbers:  first year (2 months) averaged 131 per month, second year (12 months) averaged 441 per month, and the first three months this year averaged 707 per month.

  • adm123

    Mr. Michael,

    What a wonderful team, family, ‘platform’ of followers you have.

    It is all so encouraging to read. There is such a personal and warm camaraderie among your followers!

    It may just be the right thing for me to start blogging after all.

    Wow! Thanks so much, Michael!

    Arlen Miller, Ohio

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Arlene, I agree with you! The friendships formed from the community has kept me here and is the reason I applied to be one of Michael’s community leaders. It’s like a tight-knit family.

      I hope you enjoy your time here! (-:

  • http://twentytwo30.wordpress.com/ Kevin Weeks

    Hey Michael, thanks for the encouragement. I’m new to your website but I’ve been checking in frequently and appreciate the insight. I’m in the very beginning stages of ‘the big picture.’ I launched my site last week to encourage Christian guys to be the men, husbands, fathers, and leaders God has called us to be. You can find me at http://twentytwo30.wordpress.com. Keep writing! Kevin.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      That’s an important topic to write about, Kevin!  I just subscribed to your blog.  

  • http://lifebeforethebucket.blogspot.com/ Adrian Waller

    It’s very encouraging to see that at around 1,100 unique visitors/month, I’m not a total loser. =)

  • http://twitter.com/mafeinberg Margaret Feinberg

    Your new book sounds like a must-read for bloggers, new and old. Love the breakdown of the image–really puts your blogging platform growth into perspective.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Margaret, the book is excellent. Even though you have a pretty solid platform already, I think you’ll find the practical, easy-to-apply insights extremely valuable. Nice to see you here!

  • Bill Holmes

    I am just beginning to understand the importance of social media and I have a long way to go in learning how to use it well. Your book sounds like the best place to start. I have had a Facebook account for a while and just started a Twitter account. I am hoping to build a platform because (based on something you wrote in one of your recent articles) I am about to publish a sci/fi novel for teens through Westbow Press. The title is Angel Falls and should be out in a week or two. I will have a blog site with Westbow and I currently write for Yahoo’s Associated Content. 

  • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

    Great post. It gives me hope that my numbers will increase as I continue to be faithful, and I write reader-blessing content.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Your content is awesome, Mary!   The thing I notice about your blog is that you seem to clearly know your audience and you write directly to that group.    

      • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

        You just made my day, John. I appreciate it.

  • http://amotherscalling.wordpress.com/ Heather Anderson

    This was very encouraging to me.  I have been blogging about one year with less than 100 signed up for my blog.  I had been very discouraged up until recently.  I see that I have had a huge learning curve and that I didn’t blog really consistently until the first of the year.  Thanks for sharing wisdom for the journey.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Just keep plugging away Heather. The more consistent, great content you put out the more people will find and enjoy your site.

      BTW, I had to check out your site because you share the name of a person I attended church with. Your site looks amazing and I can see it doing well!

  • http://www.aminutecaptured.com/ Jenny

    Although I have been blogging a number of years, it has just been recently that I’ve started to take myself seriously by developing a vision and setting goals to take me from where I am to where I want to be.

  • http://www.LifesongConsultants.com/blog Joe

    Thanks for the post, Michael. I’ve just been blogging for a couple of months, but I’m feeling the discouragement setting in. Looking forward to your book and will not give up. You’re a real inspiration and I appreciate all you do to help us just beginning to build our own platform.

  • http://twitter.com/OneCraving Focused Heart

    Call me a beginner. I just actively started blogging on my WordPress.com account that has been without use since its creation. May not have gotten it off the ground, but for the encouragement and continual push from my friends. 

    Your blog is awesome and insightful; and I absolutely love #5 of your comments policy. I was just wondering if you could include a search bar on your blog, I’m having trouble finding a blog post that I want to recommend at the following link on my blog: http://focusedheart.wordpress.com/reckonnectrefresh/

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      I’m glad that you’re encouraged.  Keep writing!  By the way, the search box is the second item down on the sidebar to the right.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      There is a search bar in the right-hand sidebar. It’s right under my photo. Thanks.

  • http://www.andygill.org/ Andy Gill

    I’m sure having the title CEO of thomas nelson, and writing a new york times best seller helped ;) 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Interestingly, not as much as you think. My NYT bestseller was in 1999. By the time I started blogging, I was forgotten. I started blogging in 2004 and became the CEO in 2005. As you can see from the chart above, my traffic didn’t take off until 2008. Thanks.

  • Speakergal8111

    I have my domain name, the title of my blog “Light for the Night.”