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Share Your Ideas, Write Posts and Do It Now

I've had several great ideas on how to build a site or what content to create for months now, but the lack of time doesn't allow me to do much.

As time passes by, I notice people doing what I thought would be a good idea or already developed sites, right what I was thinking about. This was and is not only amuzing, but also interesting.

For example, I've noticed this phenomenon a while ago and surely enough, Aaron Wall finally writes about sharing your ideas now (with more examples of this lazy bloggers plague).

Do it now

It simply means that if you want to gain a larger share in the market, you need to start and act now. Since otherwise, other thoughtful rivals and brilliant minds will come up with the same ideas and benefit from them. And you'll be trailing at the back.

Why do other people have the same ideas?

Sometimes, this can be really creepy. Once, I've had an idea and the same day I've seen a newly built website, based on the idea. Other times, I was just thinking of building a worthy post, and bam, someone else does it before me.

Why does this happen?

If you:

  • are an active reader of the thought leaders' blogs
  • learn what your customers want every day
  • always seek ways to provide value to your target audience
  • talk with other industry experts, share ideas and get amazing feedback in return
  • observe what other industries are doing and think if you can use those ideas

you should have a solid understanding of what your customers want and have plenty of neat ideas in your head.

It also means that your rivals, who are doing the same, have them too.

In a SEO Refugee thread (you'll need to register to access members-only subforum), I said that it happens, because "we feel the pulse of the industry", we live it and come up with natural extensions to provide value to our customers.

How to cope with it?

Generally, the only solution would be to actually do what you want. But, most likely, in order to do that, you'll need to find more time. Here's how:

  • prioritize your actions
  • stop wasting time on useless stuff
  • do things more productively
  • get someone to do mindless repetitive tasks, if you can
  • only focus on your core competency (that's the normal advice in outsourcing, btw)

Another thing you might wonna do is to stop being afraid to do something that will propel your business. While you need to differentiate the fear that prevents you from doing a stupid thing from the fear that holds you back, you should think about it.

Share your ideas

When it comes to ideas for blog posts, you really must write now what you want to share with your readers, because otherwise, you won't. Paraphrasing Seth Godin, who said

ideas are easy, doing stuff is hard

I'll say that writing what other people should do is easy, doing things is hard.

So start writing and sharing your ideas with the world (if that's what you want to do, anyway).

As Seth Godin says:

My feeling is that the more often you create and share ideas, the better you get at it.

So, if you've got ideas, let them go. They're probably holding you back from the hard work of actually executing.

Thus, sharing ideas will let you actually do something.

Speaking of which, if you recommend something on your blog, you are more likely to do it to at least the blog and maybe to your other sites. Writing helps you better understand what you know, because you may not be using your own knowledge for yourself.

Write your posts now

While there may be more things to hold you back from doing something in real life, there's less things holding you from writing, blogging and sharing your ideas with your audience.

So instead of planning, setting a posting schedule and only fixing yourself to write only one of posts (even if it is superb quality posts), you may want to share your ideas when you have them to:

  • create timely content for your site
  • actually create posts that you would have otherwise not written
  • get more ideas from writing (like I've got a post idea from writing this one)
  • start putting your ideas to life
  • gaining a significantly larger market share

Aaron Wall should be a good example of writing when he wants to (I think he admitted doing it, at least). Aaron now comes up with plenty of interesting, worthy posts almost daily and I can't stop marveling at his writing productivity. Needless to say, Aaron's blog far more popular than an average SEO blog.

While the reason to have plenty ideas is to work a lot, the concept of writing when you have it still rings true to me.

Examples

For example, a post, describing all the ways to improve and write titles, which I have been thinking about for a while, was a hit and is one of the most popular posts on the site.

Another example that I invested a lot of time in is 20+ tips on improving a blog. And it worked wonderfully. I haven't regretted for a second that I have spent hours on these two posts.

Go, do it now

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Comments

I've always wanted to start my own online male modeling agency. It's a great niche to get into as most agencies focus on women. It was going to be a place where new, fresh, talent looking for exposure could post demos, sell merchandise, and let people or scouts get to know them better. But somehow, I never had the time, or more accurately, never made the time, to develop the idea. Recently, I discovered that ondisplaymen.com exists. It is exactly how I've always pictured my online agency to look like. While I must definitely say that they've done a good job and I thoroughly enjoyed going through their website, I am a little angry at myself for never having made the time.

So, act now friends time doesn't wait for you.

Cheers,
Lilly

Thanks for sharing another example, Lilly :)

Hopefully, you'll be better at catching luck by its tail next time ;)

Reading lillys comment made me think back to when I was a kid. My grandmother used to make a pot of coffee in the perculator type style coffee pot. It must have taken at least 30 minutes to perk. My mother was a tea drinker, heat the water 10 min put the tea bag in ta da a cup of tea. I asked my grandmother if they have tea bags why don't they make coffee bags? They both laughed at me (cute child) Individual Coffee bags is a million dollar business. My parents missed that one. If you have an idea run with it. You never know where it might lead. Don't be afraid of success!!

The Best is yet to come.
Deb

As far as I understand, coffee bags don't make great coffee, or it'd really be great. Tea bags are't that good, too, but at least not by a large margin.

But yes, it'd be great to start early.

Thanks for stoppingby, Deb

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