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I've changed everything

I've been feeling for a while that my system for monitoring my progress on #minigoals and #conditionals was not quite robust enough. I've complained about it a few times like when I said it was forcing me to choose between money and fame from as far back as April.
So, it's been a long time coming, but I did it! I have a new conditional system.

There are a couple really big changes. Probably the biggest two are:

  1. 🚫 There is no more engagement conditional
  2. 🚫 There is no more popularity conditional
Say what!!!
Yup! I just celebrated my 3 month anniversary as a #contentwriter! #Popularity and #engagement are no longer my focus. I need to scale this #pilotidea into a full-blown business. What does that entail?

Well, first of all, like literally every other successful business on the planet, I need to earn a profit.

There is no second of all.
Everything else that we #entrepreneurs focus on like branding, marketing, networking, productivity, sales funnels, pipelines, etc. is just strategies and channels that we are using in the hopes that it will bring in revenue that exceeds our expenses and taxes. So, yeah, #profit.

The other big change I've introduced is a Piggy Bank 🐷

So, it's no longer about #success or #failure, because I've just spent 12 weeks proving that I can not only succeed every single week, but grow tremendously (minimum 50% #growth every week!).
Instead, every time I exceed my #minimummonetary, I add that excess amount into my Piggy Bank. If I don't meet my minimum monetary, I subtract the difference (between my goal and what I actually earned) from my #PiggyBank balance.
It works just like a profit and loss statement. As long as I have bank in my bank, I continue to push forward and grow this business. If my #bankbalance goes negative, I re-roll with a new pilot idea.
Yup, scary as hell!.
But it also reflects the reality we all live in. If you #invest in yourself, build a #business, and turn a profit, great! But if you take all the same steps and go broke or into debt, you close up shop and move on.

I'm also piggy-backing Bonus Bucks onto the Piggy Bank (get it? πŸ˜‚)

When I exceed my minimum monetary by more 10%, I pay myself a bonus of 10% of that excess called Bonus Bucks. If the next week, I exceed by 20%, then the #BonusBucks are equal to 20% of that excess. Every week, the Bonus % increases for as long as I'm on a streak. Miss a week, and reset.
Bonus Bucks help me to increase my Piggy Bank when I'm doing really well and help me offset the weeks (or months πŸ˜”) that are slow. Or, ya know, if I just want to take a vacation. I can use my Piggy Bank balance as a buffer.

I'm really excited about this change and to see what happens this week! 😬

tl;dr I changed my entire conditionals system. I've dropped engagement and popularity altogether. It's all about monetary for business success, which is why I brought in Piggy Bank (to track how I can surpass my goals) and Bonus Bucks for doing really well. It's not about success or failure each week. Now, it's all about keeping my bank balance in the green.

Author Bree Weber Published 6/11/2018, 10:37:10 PM Permalink

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This week has been a nail biter 😬

It was a major challenge for a couple reasons. The primary being that my #monetary #conditional was above what I've been clearing most weeks. I thought I might need to rely on #popularity and #engage – or even use up my freebie week that I earned after the first successful month – but I also hadn't published any of my own #writing recently.
It surprised and delighted me, but I met my monetary conditional today!!
  • βœ… Monetary – 28,844 PigPoints
  • πŸ• Engagement – 1,921 PigPoints
  • πŸ• Popularity – 3,141 PigPoints
I also made some pretty good progress with my #minigoals:
  • 🚫 I didn't publish a new Medium article, so this is carrying over into a new weekly goal
  • βœ… I sent in a submission to Entrepreneur 🀞
  • βœ… I submitted my pitch to The Spruce
  • 🚫 I didn't submit a new article to PopSugar, so this is also carrying over
  • 🚫 I also didn't pitch any hotels, but this didn't feel particularly useful/important since many hotels offer a comped stay in lieu of monetary compensation
I'm drafting up some bigger goals. Think less mini goal and more #massivegoals, because ::drum roll:: I'm coming up on 12 weeks! I'm getting closer to my minimum monetary conditional (where I stop multiplying and continue working hard) and I want to start thinking about where I can take this #business

tl;dr I wasn't sure if I'd make it since this was a big week, but I met my monetary conditional! I didn't make as much progress with mini goals, but I'm rolling them over and drafting up some new massive goals.

Author Bree Weber Published 6/2/2018, 1:48:23 AM Permalink

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This has been a busy week, but with the long holiday weekend, all I want to do is be outside! So, I'm planning some outdoor days and pool-side work stations for next week. πŸ’¦
Speaking of next week, I have a lot of a goals to hit 🏁. My #monetary #conditional is going up, and even though my #popularity and #engagement conditionals have been stagnant, I'll be working on them quite a bit.
I've been doing well in the triple digits lately πŸ’°, but next week's requirement is getting close to the top of my monetary history. In short, it will be #challenge.
In the meantime, I've been focusing on my #minigoals, and have made some great #progress:
  • Drafted new Medium article to finalize and publish on Monday πŸ“†
  • Reaching out to friends πŸ™ to ask for an intro to Entrepreneur editor
  • I have a general idea for my pitch to The Spruce, but need to clarify it more πŸ€”
  • Outlined article for PopSugar; need to write ✍️ and submit next week
  • I've identified a few hotels, but really need to hone my hotel stay pitch 🀫

For now, I'm taking the rest of the weekend off to rest, relax, and enjoy the weather β˜€οΈπŸ˜Žβ›±

tl;dr Next week is a big challenge to break a monetary record that I haven't been hitting. I feel good about my mini goals, but am ready to relax over the long holiday weekend, first.

Author Bree Weber Published 5/26/2018, 2:23:58 PM Permalink

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New week, new #conditionals. I've decided to maintain the current system for the remainder of April. That said, I'm still exploring adding in conditionals to track and measure #popularity and #engagement with private clients, as well as how best to structure a new #system.
But for this week, let's start with the increased conditionals:
  • Monetary – 3,798 PigPoints
  • Engagement – 1,921 PigPoints
  • Popularity – 1,858 PigPoints
A success this week means that #contentwriter will be tied for longest lasting #pilotidea thus far, essentially one week from beating out #videogamestreamer. Content writer is already more monetarily successful and has achieved greater popularity and engagement than any other pilot idea in the shortest period of time.

tl;dr If this week is a success, I'll be tied with video game streamer for longest pilot idea. Content writer is already the most successful for every conditional type. But I'm still considering changing the system.

Author Bree Weber Published 4/23/2018, 12:08:29 PM Permalink

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New week, new records to beat!
After reviewing my progress last week, I've decided there is still room for improvement. Hence, more changes:
  • For the #engagement #conditional, only claps πŸ‘ from new users will be counted for #Medium
  • I'm dropping the Alignable #platform πŸ‘Ž
  • I'm dropping the Slack platform πŸ‘Ž
This week, I'm introducing objective #dropoffconditionals for my own network. My network of friends, acquaintances, and colleagues πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ get involved in the same way I see #popularity and engagement on other platforms. So, I'm counting them in on the fun!
Popularity has been primarily based on people viewing, liking, commenting on, and sharing what I do. But what is the network equivalent?
  • Introductions and referrals
  • Twitter likes, retweets, and shares
  • Reddit upvotes and comments
  • Instagram likes, comments, and reposts
  • Pig Pilots likes and reads
Engagement has been primarily based on people responding to my work, asking me about paid work, and sending queries about next steps. The same is true for my network:
  • Someone texts/emails/calls to ask me about hiring me as a #contentwriter
I still think Popularity needs a bit of refinement to determine the validity (as well as the calculation) of each point. But I think it's a great starting point.

tl;dr This is a new week, and I'm already dropping platforms. I really want to hone in what is working and discard what isn't pulling its weight – as objectively as possible.

Author Bree Weber Published 4/2/2018, 8:31:51 PM Permalink

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Pig Pilots agree that 4 out of 5 platforms are lame

Since starting the #contentwriter #pilotidea, I've changed my platforms... oh, about 8 times.
And I'm doing it again!
  • Fiverr
  • ClearVoice
  • Contently
  • Skyword
  • WriterAccess
Yup, I've just cut 4 teammates from the roster. ClearVoice, Contently, and Skyword are really just online CVs with a tiny possibility of being contacted for a project. There is no way to actively put myself forward for projects and no metrics of #popularity or #engagement. So, they're out.
WriterAccess may end up being an active #platform and it actually does have #metrics that I can use for popularity and engagement, but the process is moving super slowly. Ain't nobody got time for that!
Maybe if WriterAccess picks up the pace, I'll add 'em back, but for now, they're benched.
After looking into #Medium's Partner Program, I've decided to add it into the mix, for a handful of awesome reasons:
  • I can write about whatever strikes my fancy
  • I can create my own writing + publishing schedule
  • I can make money from their membership program
  • It's not advertising-based
  • The UI is super pretty
2 down, 3 more to go....

tl;dr I'm dropping every platform except for Fiverr. The others just don't offer enough opportunity to be active or track metrics. I've found one replacement: Medium, but I need more to increase my chances of meeting conditionals.

Author Bree Weber Published 3/27/2018, 8:37:29 AM Permalink

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I met my first #contentwriter #conditional! πŸŽ‰πŸ€©πŸŽŠ
I earned over 500 #PigPointsβ„’ in #Popularity from #Fiverr
  • Each view or click = 14 PigPointsβ„’
You can see that I didn't receive any impressions, clicks, or #views (let alone orders or cancellations) from the top three gigs, because I only created them earlier today.
I made a lot of changes to bottom 2 gigs listed trying to figure out what works and how to get engagement. Over the course of this week, after setting up the original gig details, I:
  • revised the description
  • recorded and uploaded a video
  • uploaded new, customized images
  • changed the pricing structure
  • changed the title
  • recorded and uploaded a new video
  • changed the title again
  • changed the description again
  • lowered the prices
  • reduced the turnaround time
  • changed the title again
  • changed the pricing structure again
Even so, there were some things I couldn't change.

Why do I look scared in the video preview imageβ€½β€½β€½

Anyway....
I chose not to include impressions (number of times my "gig" shows up as a thumbnail) as a Popularity Action, because someone scrolling through a search page with my face next to a 100 others may or may not even notice me.
Initially, I chose to include clicks (from those impressions), but looking at my results, I realized that I'd be counting these numbers twice in my points calculation since they're technically included in views.
So, I've revised the Popularity Action conversion to PigPoints for Fiverr to:
  • Each view = 14 PigPointsβ„’
In any case, 14 PigPoints x 43 views (24 from gig 1 + 19 from gig 2) = 602 PigPointsβ„’
Since I needed at least 500 PigPoints, it's a #success! That means I extend this #pilotidea for another week, and the popularity conditional drops off until I meet a monetary conditional.
Since I have new platforms, I really need clarify the Engagement Actions for each platform, or find replacement platforms. All of which, I'll do before Monday!

tl;dr I earned PigPoints and met a conditional as a content writer. I changed up my approach a lot, including what counts towards PigPoints conversions. I'm extending my pilot idea for another week, but the popularity conditional drops off. I'll have to meet a monetary or engagement conditional next.

Author Bree Weber Published 3/23/2018, 8:25:58 PM Permalink

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