I know I stunned the world yesterday (or at least surprised 37 people) by announcing that eduClaytion is going to die. I really appreciate so many people stopping by to read and leave some thoughts. I’m going to carve your initials in my locker today just to show how much you mean to me.
I have some fun funeral festivities in the works for the next couple weeks but wanted to take a minute today to write one last “normal” post. Mostly, I want to explain a bit of where this decision came from and what this man has to do with it.
In a way, the decision to end eduClaytion came out of nowhere. I certainly never expected this when I launched a new version of this site at the end of February. At the same time I launched Clay-Morgan.com (which is also going away) because I thought I had some things figured out.
But sometimes you need to take a few steps in the best looking direction so you can get off the path you’ve been on and see an even better route to where you want to go. When I finally arrived at this decision to kill my site, I knew the plan was necessary and good.
Some of you who also write on the internet might experience some of the same frustration/tension that I’ve felt with blogging over the past year. There are so many voices out there talking about platform and stats and SEO and content and it makes you want to scream sometimes. I started this site over 3 years ago because I wanted my words to have a home. I didn’t start with ANY plan and certainly wasn’t producing focused content. Then when people start telling you how to be a more effective blogger your stuck because you’ve got months or years of the wrong way built into your site. Yet I LOVE my site and the amazing community we’ve created here.
What do you do when you have a blog but lose focus, grow stagnant, or just want to start all over again? What if you have subscribers and Google juice? I understand this mindset and was wrestling with such thoughts, especially as the Killer Tribes conference rolled along a few weeks ago.
By the end of that day I could feel myself wavering like a madman, the blade in my hand held over my precious blog like the hand of Abraham over his only son Isaac on that mountain centuries ago. I figured I would only come close to plunging the steely point into eduClaytion but at the last moment someone would step out from the internet bushes and tell me to wait, that eduClaytion would live.
Instead, Jeff Goins appeared.
In case you’ve somehow managed to miss the GoinsBlitz hitting the internet lately, Jeff is a writer who has been skyrocketing as a leader in how to establish yourself in all the right ways. His new book You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) has been busy kicking other titles off the top shelf over at Amazon in the past week, and EVERY writer needs to read it. This book is about how to thrive on the internet, and he’s established himself as a credible authority.
As I described my bloggy dilemma to Jeff that afternoon at Killer Tribes, he told me that he had been in the exact same position with a blog that was doing well like mine. But he made the decision to kill that old site. Then he began his current internet home GoinsWriter and the results have been astounding.
Jeff gave me the encouragement I needed to take this giant, scary step. I asked him to explain some of his thoughts in a nutshell for you today. Here’s what he said:
“I believe most people know what they need to do without someone having to tell them to do it. Trust that feeling. Obey it. Rip the band-aid off. It doesn’t hurt as bad as you fear it does. Moreover, when people consider the what-ifs or risk-taking, their minds almost always go to the negative side of things. But what about the potential positives? What if this works better than you imagined? What if it’s awesome? What if you’re amazing? Those are possibilities, too, you know.”
So true that we focus on loss more than potential gain. I know I have.
I don’t have the space here to go into more detail but would love to chat with anyone about the decision or process or whatever. If you have questions ask away in the comments section or use the Contact page to get my email address and we can have an exchange that way. So many others have shared what they know with me, and I’m always happy to pay it forward if I happen to know anything too.
In the meantime, we have a death to plan! And it starts tomorrow–Obit Day. Be sure to come back for some fun and a little contest/giveaway as well. I won’t go away and leave you empty-handed. Unless you’re all the people who don’t win the one prize I have. But you’ll still have all the memories and stuff.
Finally, if you want to know more about this world of internet writing or how to connect with a lot of people authentically and quickly and in the process take on that nasty beast we all fear called, gulp, platform, then get Jeff’s book today and follow him on Twitter. You won’t be disappointed.
“I don’t have the big plan, just small glances and every now and then I’m still unsure.” ~ Children 18:3