I’ve been working on an online business for the past few years and on a blog for the past few months.

Here are the similarities I find between the two:

  1. Choose one thing and stick to it - It took me a while to choose a single project to work on and put all my effort into. Until then I tried to various things but mostly looking for a quick shortcut to make money. I now try to apply the same thing to my blog. I have different ideas about what kind of writing I want to do but it is probably best to keep working on a single one and try to push for results even if it takes a while.

  2. Only what you ship counts - Shipping working code to build something that generates revenue is the only way to build a successful product. I look back at all my attempts to build apps that I abandoned half way and for me it was a waste of time. I think similarly about my writing. All the drafts and half finished posts that I wrote are useless. Only what I actually publish counts. Completing something and publishing it is hard but there’s no other way.

  3. No substitute to actual consistent work - Same way I learned how I should stop trying to do a lot of small things and focus on one core thing, which is to write code and keep publishing it, I try to do the same with writing. The core is to write consistently every day and publish it. All the other things like a better design, seo, building links can wait.

  4. Little by little - Doing work little by little adding more and more improvements until all the parts work together. Similar to adding more functionality and improving small things, I try to write daily posts. Anything is better than nothing.

  5. Shooting in the dark - When I started working on my online business I had no idea what I’m doing. But I’ve realized that it’s better to do anything, even if it won’t work, than do nothing at all. With the hope that it will lead me somewhere. With the combination of luck with some more luck, I finally stumbled upon something that worked for me. By that time I already was somewhat prepared for the challenge. I feel the same way about this blog. I’m not sure what I want to write about, who is my target audience and how to get more readers (nor do I have the time to do come up with these things) but I think that if I’ll keep writing and publishing stuff, when I’ll get am opportunity, I’ll be ready to take advantage of it.