Staying disciplined was difficult in May but I’m excited about what was accomplished. By trusting the process I was able to publish (almost) every MWF of the month. I became lost on podcast and video creation, not making a single episode of either. Yet, in achieving the word goal and experiencing an upswing in traffic late in the month I became confident of the value of this blog. The source of that traffic remains mysterious.
For June I plan on being prolific and am setting the motto to be “Just write.”
The writing, editing of blog posts continues apace
I published another eight (8) posts in May averaging 1,207 words per post for 9,652 words in posts but over 10,000 overall when counting updating older articles, etc.. Technically I hit my 10,000-word goal but it wasn’t all from newly created content. This needs to change.
In April I dedicated myself to publishing 13 articles in May. I posted eight.
The MWF schedule continues to provide a solid structure for posting. It reminds me not to continue tinkering with the article, just get it out there. This monthly report allows me to recommit to this blog and (hopefully), those of you reading will become committed to it in return 🙂
The June word goal has increased 10% to 11,000 words across 13 published articles.
The statistics are finally coming around
There was a spike in users and sessions this month. I don’t know what happened or where they came from (mental note to figure this out) but it was exciting seeing the work pay off. It’s nice to see the increased traffic and know the content is being seen.
Podcast production sat gathering dust
In April’s monthly report I set the following goal for May:
So for May, I am again dedicating myself to four (4) produced podcasts.
What I actually did:
Despite the sad-face-alone-computer-emoji here is the goal for June: For June, I am again dedicating myself to four (4) produced podcasts.
Likewise, I’m in a rut with video production
Here’s how my youtube videos looked in May.
I think I need to get out of my own way and just produce some damn videos!
This blog makes no income and that’s okay!
The expenses to keep the lights on come out to about twenty dollars a month, which I gladly pay. Like the visitor statistics, I expect the efforts I’m placing into content creation, editing, and engagement will pay off monetarily…someday. They already are in non-monetary ways. Recording here that the blog is struggling to produce a dollar may be an inspiration to some of you (reading this from the future) who are wondering if you should continue with your endeavors. Do it!
I think income from a data science blog is going to come from the production of data science content in book, audio, and video formats. I plan on exploring in this direction throughout the remainder of the year.
No income from the blog this month but I have yet to invest in a campaign in that direction. I’ve seen the more seasoned bloggers and YouTubers actually request individuals fund their work. I haven’t ruled this out.
So, guys and gals, I’m looking for thoughts on the content you’d like produced. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, note in the email whether you want to collaborate.
After an adjustment period, I’ve really come to appreciate the one-meal-a-day diet and have lost some serious weight. I may be plateauing and will need to supplement this effort but I’m down to 206 at the moment. Still feel great.
This past month I completed an Olympic distance triathlon, which I never imagined I’d be able to do. I’m signed up for another Olympic sprint in September.
So there’s that.
Book recommendation, an important slog
I’m slogging through The Great Leveller. This book is a tome but has some really important foundations. Essentially it shows that throughout history income inequality has only been reduced in times of political upheaval, famine, plague or war. Incomes rose generally during the Renaissance period, for example, but you needed to have survived the plague to be able to enjoy it. Wages rose because the supply of labor had fallen so drastically.
Why it’s important
In a time when income inequality is rising across the U.S., we should be thinking about its impact and repercussions. If nothing else, this book shows it will be a struggle to reduce income inequality peacefully.
The Great Leveler, I recommend it.