I’m a big fan of the Lean Startup movement. The book is one of the most thought-provoking I’ve read, and really re-writes the rules of how startup companies are (supposed) to work. I’ve based a lot of current projects at work on the Lean Startup method, and now a friend and I are putting together a small company based on the ideas presented. In some ways, it’s evident in the way I’ve been blogging, at least to me.
How can the Lean Startup help bloggers? Here are a few quick tips:
1. Start writing now
Don’t delay, make excuses, or say you’re not ready. You’re as ready as you’ll ever be. Stop hoarding and start making things happen.
2. Get out of the building (or out of your writing app)
Once you’ve taken action and written something, send it off and see what people have to say about it. Don’t get too happy or too sad, there will be people who love it without offering criticism (parents) and others who just try and pull you down without any encouragement.
Be steady, ask what people want to read about, mash it up with what you LOVE writing about, and produce. Keep promoting too, and create connections. Keeping your head in the sand and simply churning out content won’t cut it anymore either.
3. Measure & learn rapidly
Plug in Google Analytics, and spend a some time learning how it works, and how it can help you. Narrow your traffic to referral sources, and put energy in to the ones that pay off for you. If you spend all your time on Facebook, but Twitter is sending you traffic, learn from it!
Also keep track of when you post, and notice when you get a big referral, e.g., 99u was kind to tweet one of my posts, and it resulted in my biggest traffic day ever.
Takeaways? Pitch a guest post to 99u – research to see if any other bloggers RT’d or favorited, and pitch them – funnel more promotion to Twitter.
10 More Lessons from the Lean Startup
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