Happy Birthday to Me
Why did I start this website and why it launched by my birthday.
I am convinced that this year is going to be competing with some of my top years of living. Especially the timeframe of 2011-2017, babies-marriage-careers are hard to compete with but I have a good feeling about 2018. New goals and the family is healthy & growing- Life is good.
Goal setting is important to me and I thrive better when I’m working towards something. I juggled with the idea of getting my Master’s or a specific certification to support my RD credential, but this website idea had a potential for a wide reach and was seemingly attainable financially.
Birthdays seem like a good day to mark things off your bucket list- so here we go!
Where did this whole website concept come from?
For a while now, I’ve had idea after idea of passion projects I wanted to start on the side. I love my current job but a lot of folks have a little side hustle and that intrigued me. The process goes like this….
This is the creative process (see left)… Then it morphs into writing out an action plan on paper basically figuring out if this will be worth the time spent or a time suck. The ideas never came to fruition.
Three months ago, the insane idea to start a website as a way to channel my nutrition-related ideas popped into my head. It’s crazy if you think about it that when you have a passion, you make time to prioritize this “thing” that is filling your bucket so to speak. I took to YouTube to feel out this whole blogging thing.
How I started this website in three short months, with three kids, & a full-time job.
I drive A LOT for work and the time spent in the car often goes towards a good podcast (specifically Pat Flynn these days) or audible book. These “fringe” hours were really important in setting the foundation for understanding how to create a dang website! Specifically, when you don’t have that kind of background, Organic chemistry is not compatible with Word press (yes that’s a bad computer nerd joke).
The biggest resource that impacted my ability to ACTUALLY EXECUTE this site was the videos available on Create & Go. There is a lot of information out there for blogging, kind of like nutrition & food, but what really helped was the action plan and direction that these courses provide.
Bottom line- If you want to create a website or start a blog buy this course early because you will absolutely get it started faster than if you start digging into the World Wide Web. Be efficient with your time so you can focus on the bigger blocks.
I would get stuck on an issue, get frustrated and resort to writing a blog post instead of tending to the site customization. This was great because I had plenty of content for when I did launch my site.
What happened 24 hours after launching my blog What the F? Mikala
- Lots great feedback and tweaks made from friends and family
- I made a sale! Officially became a “paid” blogger and it wasn’t from someone I’m related to.
- 1,100 site visits
These are small accomplishments that I will forever celebrate as huge victories. I started something and was able to execute a project I proudly stand by.
- Pinterest is going to be the marketing platform for my site. My meal plan and recipes should do really well there from a search perspective. I want strangers to find my posts!
- Continue working with breweries and distilleries to create boozy (better-for-you) recipes
- Start working with homebrewers to see how they like to cook healthy recipes with their beer. Email me at Mikala@whatthefmikala.com if you have a recipe you’d like to share.
Wish me luck and thanks for reading!