Every now and then I get knocked off from my saddle here on A Maui Blog. Â Because this is more of a hobby and not a primary source of income, it tends to be put on the side burner Â when that primary source of income needs more time and attention. That’s what happened this month. Â In July I was officially employed to do some Social Media coordination for a realtor broker on Maui. It was a good challenge for me. Â The goal is to jump start all his social media involvements, which I think I did a good job. Â For example, their FB Fan page which was stagnant for a long time with 14 fans, now is up to 360+ fans within a month. Â More importantly, there is now engagement going on. That FB fan page is all about Maui, so it was fun for me, but I totally neglected the A Maui Blog Fan, LLC fan page because of that. Â The work was going well, but glitch came about when I was required to come to the office more. Â You see, I love working from home. (Oh, I do work at Starbucks too using their wifi, but that’s a different story). Â And so, without telling you the details, bottomline is we mutually decided that yesterday was my last day working for them. Â And I am fine with that. Â Totally fine.
One thing I realized during that experience is how much I really enjoy and love my blog and all my social media involvement here at A Maui Blog. I really missed it when I was doing it for someone else. Â With that thought, I came to a decision to be intentional about improving this blog. This A Maui Blog managed to be on top of Google Search for Maui Blog without me doing any SEO work on it. Â Oh I know all those SEO tricks. Â I’ve hang around long enough with enough great geeks that I know them. Â However, I do not have the time to implement them. Â Thus my blog hasn’t reached its potential and hasn’t had as much page visits as it should for the popularity and influence it has.
I was good with it.
But now I am thinking… Â I should really strive for excellence, not just on A Maui Blog’s influence but on the number of visits as well. There are many companies who are wanting to advertise but I need to get my act together. While working for this realtor last month, I was introduced to this guy named Ken Rockwell. Â To some of you, he’s a big guy. Â You know him already. Â For others, you will be like me asking … Ken who? Â Funny how popularity is relative. Â It really means something to someone who is into something that someone is onto, isn’t it?
Back to Ken Rockwell. Â I was told he’s the “god” of “photography review blogs”. Â Oh… so sorry, I didn’t know him, but I quickly Googled his name to find his blog. Â That’s what we are supposed to so, right? You know what caught my attention on his website? On his landing page, there’s this button labeled “make a donation”. Â Hmmm … I thought he is so popular and is making a lot of money from the blog … why is there a “make a donation” button in there? Tada! The lights went on! Â In order for me to be able to spend time improving this A Maui Blog and talking story online about Maui, maybe I should also add a “make a donation” button on my blog as well as the “ways to help A Maui Blog” button similar to Ken’s. Â There won’t be any pressure. Â Everyone would still be welcome to read A Maui Blog for free. Â The only difference, the only thing new would be the fact that the readers would be given the opportunity to help me improve this blog. Hmm… I think I am liking this idea. Â I will think more about it and will let you know. Â What do you think? Yes? No?