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2013 Half way Mark Progress Report

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2013 Half way Mark Progress Report

Last month I responded to someone’s Facebook post about how 2013 was flying by with the comment that I wasn’t even sure I’d caught the flight.  Although the first quarter was a bit quieter for me – which is normal as I tend to be a more “stay at home gal” when the weather is in the minus 20’s – the second quarter has been rather exciting.

In fact, I’d say it was jam packed with productivity.   I have never entered a new quarter of a year with such a clear focus of where I’m heading!  I worked closely with a friend I met in 2010 and I became her admin assistant in the Facebook Fan Page Challenge in April and May.  From there I got involved in a YouTube Challenge in June.  I’ve made lots of great connections.

Major Shift in my Business Concept

Although I track the statistics of my social media to create this progress report, I think my biggest progress has been in the area of finally coming up with a “Point of View”.  I can’t even say it was one ah-ah moment that helped me come up with my “Brand” – it sort of evolved from April to June.  No longer was I content to just create websites and Facebook pages that had not real purpose.

Starting After 50My new brand is  STARTING AFTER 50.   That’s it.  Now I know it seems a bit crazy since I’ve owned this domain since June 2007 I never considered it as my brand.

In the past six weeks I have re-purposed a lot of my content that’s spread all over the net on various websites to have it all branded as Starting After 50.  Same for Facebook … and youTube … Google Plus … and even Pinterest (although I just realized this week that I need to brand my Pinterest.

In the vision – I see a Starting After 50 membership and I’m actually working on my first actual product that I hope to have ready for release by the end of the summer.  I’m actually excited about the future of my brand!

Here’s my Progress Report for the first quarter of 2013

Let me update my SM statistics that I track show some great progress.  As of June 30, 2013 these are my statistics.

Twitter Status

On occasion I do follow new Twitterers, but I’ve mainly just made some tweets.  Once I get my brand truly set up, I will be tweeting more often as a way to drive traffic to my sites, channels and pages.

  1. Startingafter50 – 3,574 followers and I’m following 3,573 (I gained 24 followers).
  2. EricaFath – 2,807 followers and I’m following 2,814 (I lost 94 followers).
  3. PricelessAlways – 3,065 followers and I’m following 3,070 (I lost 54 followers).
  4. BlockYourSugars – 989 followers and I’m following 990 (I lost 96 followers) – This was originally my CashGiftingWork account that I renamed.
  5. DiabeticsUnite – 298 followers and I’m following 298 (I gained 58 followers).
  6. TOTALS:  I have 10,733 followers – that’s down 79. NOTE TO SELF >>> Start tweeting!  I really do have things to say!

Facebook Status

  1. On My Facebook, I have 1,053 friends right now. That’s up from the 990 folks friending me.
  2. I do have a few fan pages that are growing:
    1. StartingAfter50 has 343 likes and an Edgerank of 27 for June.
    2. EricaFathOnline  has 82 likes and an Edgerank of 8 for June.
    3. DiabeticConnection has 376 likes  and an Edgerank of 3 for June.  This is just a personal interest page, not business related.
    4. RecipeBox Diabetic Connection has 77 likes  and an Edgerank of 4 for June..  This is just a personal interest page, not business related.
    5. ILoveMySugarBlocker has 105 likes  and an Edgerank of 7 for June. This page promotes the Natural Sugar Blocker I use to stabilize my sugar levels.
    6. FillMyCupOhLord has 29 likes and an Edgerank of 0 for June.   This is just a personal journaling page, not business related.

LinkedIn Status

My LinkedIn account is at  EricaFath and I have 340 connections.  In this next quarter, I need to link this account to my new brand, but I will onlyhave the one account

YouTube Status

My new branded channel is StartingAfter50 and it currently has 44 subscribers watching my 5 videos

Pinterest Status

I currently have two accounts although the branded on is only a few days old.

  1. PricelessAlways has 128 people following some of my 24 boards and 168 pins and 68 people  following me totally.
  2. StartingAfter50 has 1 person following my 2 boards and 0 pins and 1 person (my other account)  following me totally.

List Status

  1. My list still sits at 329 people.
  2. List building is still needs to be more of a focus the next six months but the past quarter I’ve focused on building my Facebook, youtube and Pinterest lists.

Conclusions

Well, that’s the mid year  progress report.  It sure looks like I’ve had a busy year and I know it’s only going to get better from here on out.
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Starting 2013 with a Progress Report

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And suddenly it’s 2013!  The world did not end in as predicted.

2012 was a year I focused on family not on business and my stats truly reflect that. I’ve called 2012 our year of events –  We planned and hosted three big family events – a 60th anniversary for my parent in January – the 80th birthday party for my mom in June – the wedding of my “middle” daughter in December.  I never thought I would spend the year talking decorations, catering, invites, who’s who and all that goes into hosting events of 100 people or so.

But I have some amazing photos to show it was a very successful year!

Here’s my Progress Report for the end of 2012

Social Media has statistics we can track – that show our progress – or lack thereof.  As of January 1, 2013 these are my statistics.

Twitter Status

I haven’t spent any time in the past six months to find new followers, and really haven’t even tweeted very often – I could just never thing of what to tweet about.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve sent a tweet in six months – and I was a little surprised at how the numbers had gone down.  Make me realize that people really do delete connections if they aren’t active – just like I did last year.

  1. Startingafter50 – 3,550 followers and I’m following 3,738 (I lost 360 followers).
  2. EricaFath – 2,901 followers and I’m following 3,371 (I lost over 500 followers).
  3. PricelessAlways – 3,124 followers and I’m following 3,492 (I lost 219 followers).
  4. CashGiftingWork – 1,085 followers and I’m following 997 (I lost 128 followers).
  5. DiabeticsUnite – 240 followers and I’m following 1,023 (I just started this one in May and forgot I had it so I’m surprise that I have 92 new followers).
  6. TOTALS:  I have 10,812 followers – that’s down 282 even with new account being up some. NOTE TO SELF >>> Start tweeting!  I really do have things to say!

Facebook Status

  1. On My Facebook, I have 990 friends right now. That’s up from the 942 folks friending me.
  2. I do have a few fan pages that are growing:
    1. DiabeticConnection has 1115 likes
    2. RecipeBox Diabetic Connection has 39 likes
    3. EricaFathOnline  has 46 likes
    4. VISIhomebasedBusiness and IloveVISI have been deleted as I ended up being allergic to the product

LinkedIn Status

Did I even mention I have a LinkedIn account?  I don’t think so.  I just checked and I actually have 313 connections, although I can’t remember the last time I really logged in there to do anything.  I hear good things about LinkIn so it’s definitely something I will focus on in 2013 as it’s a great place to network.   I’m there as EricaFath so come connect with me.

Pinterest Status

So with all the wedding planning last year, Pinterest was a place I was constantly looking to for ideas or to see why my daughter is planning.  I have no clue if we make connections on Pinterest or where to look for that info.  Wonder if this site could be used for business concepts?  Something to check into this year.

List Status

  1. My list still sits at 329 people – but I’ve did nothing to promote them in 2012.
  2. List building is definitely on my To DO list for the next six months.

Conclusions

It’s a new year – and no family events in the planned future – although I do still have two children in the “marriageable” age.  LOL  I’m spending this first week to create a refocus so I know where I’m actually hoping to go this year.  Trust me, I’ll be starting with small steps as I really have to catch up and get back to the momentum I had in 2011.
That’s my progress report for the end of yet another year.  Feel free to comment.
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Half way Mark Progress Report

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Can you believe we are half way through 2012?  I must admit, it’s just a flying by.

Not much to report as the business options, although I’ve got some serious contenders I’m doing more indepth research on.

But since it’s July now, I thought maybe I’d get the facts on record.  I have done some things online the past few months, although no serious list building.

Here’s the facts for the first six months

Social Media has statistics we can track – that show our progress – or lack thereof.  As of July 2, 2012 these are my statistics.

Twitter Status

I haven’t spent any time in the past six months to find new followers, and really haven’t even tweeted very often – I could just never thing of what to tweet about.  Yet the numbers keep growing.  I find that pretty amazing actually.

actually.

  1. Startingafter50 – 3,701 followers and I’m following 3,801 (WOW, that really went down).
  2. EricaFath – 3,081 followers and I’m following 3,325 (I lost almost 300 followers).
  3. PricelessAlways – 3,254 followers and I’m following 3,545 (that went down).
  4. CashGiftingWork – 1,058 followers and I’m following 1,103 (that  dropped too).
  5. DiabeticsUnite – 152 followers and I’m following 1,030 (I just started this one in May).
  6. TOTALS:  I have 11,094 followers – that’s down 611 plus the new account of 152.  Guess that’s what happens when you stop interacting with your followers. NOTE TO SELF >>> do more tweeting between now and Christmas!

Facebook Status

  1. On My Facebook, I have 942 friends right now. That’s up from the 882 and that’s just folks friending me.
  2. I do have a few fan pages that are growing:
    1. DiabeticConnection has 1094 likes
    2. VISIhomebasedBusiness has 1348 likes
    3. IloveVISI has 1614 likes

List Status

  1. I someone added one to the list so it sits at 329 people – but I’ve done no giveways this year.
  2. List building is definitely on my To DO list for the next six months.

Conclusions

I have six months left in 2012 and I need to spend my time wisely if I want to make a profit online by the end of the  year.  But I will be honest – with all the things happening in my family this year and a wedding this fall, I have to admit that my focus has not always been on “How will this be reflected on my next progress report?”  But I am OK with choosing family first.
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Spring is joy for my family

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It seems like it’s been ages since I’ve been here.

And it has.

2012 has not exactly progressed in any way that I could have predicted.  Family, family events, and family emergencies have taken over my life.

Let my update up.

January

My daughter announces she’s engaged  so I’m now thinking “wedding planning” ideas.

I make the decision that I need to get more active building my network marketing business to create a bigger residual income for my future.

My parents celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary and as the only able child, I spend the month as an event planner.  It was an amazing day and a fun one as well, even though there were days in that month when we wondered if dad would live to his 60th anniversary.

My dad spend 2.5 weeks in the hospital – he collapsed the day I had gone with my brother to fit his tuxedo for the 60th anniversary.

My father was diagnosed with liver cancer…. talk about being thrown a curve ball.  Family gathered and surrounded dad.

February

We recoup from the anniversary celebrations.

All business activity is put on hold as I focus on being completely available to my mom and dad for the multitude of medical appointments.

Learning to deal with all the stresses is a major challenge… but I am so thankful that I know my God is in control and He directs my/our paths.

March

Dad is back in the hospital for his first cancer treatment.

I spend a bit of time focusing on my networking business and I start to implement a marketing strategy … but business is still not my main focus.

We finally get around to having the engagement party for my daughter – the one we had originally planned for mid January.

My daughter finds her wedding dress and deposits have been placed on all the other major decisions.  The big day is 12/12/12 and she’s been busy the past two months making lots of major decisions.  I’ve tried to be there to support her.

Mom and I finalize the details – like venue and caterer – for her 80th birthday party in June.  Her birthday is actually on Mother’s Day, but we choose June 2 as the day to party.  Yes, I’m event planner again.

April

It’s Easter – and I realize it could be my dad’s last.

I seem to have caught a cold and so had my brother.   Since we know dad has a very compromised immune system, both my brother and I decide to not attend the family Easter dinner.

I get very sick .. my cold ends up as pneumonia .. and spend three weeks trying to recover.

May

I can’t believe it’s May.  I feel well … and I think I can focus on business again.

Dad is booked in two weeks for another cancer treatment and mom has an appointment next week with her surgeon.  She’s on the waiting list to have hand surgery done and we hope to know more soon.  But I’ve told her she cannot agree to a surgery date the week before her birthday party – so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

I can’t remember the last time I tweeted or did anything major on Facebook … other than share prayer requests for my family.

I have a big networking event happening next week.  The president of the networking company I’m with is coming to western Canada for a weekend event and I’m going.  I know that will “recharge my batteries” and let me get caught up in all I’ve missed the past few months.

 

Well, there you have it.  You probably thought I’d given up as I had been offline for so long – but that wasn’t the case.

I just had life happen and family came first.  It always will –  before business.  Actually, my God comes first, then family … then my clients and customers.

I am still here.

I am still building my retirement plan using the online tools and marketing methods.

I am looking forward to your comments … so please feel free to let me know what you thing.

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My Year in Review Progress Report

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And now we are at the end of 2011.

It’s been an interesting year, that’s for sure.  I’ve really made no money to speak of, but I have lots of new programs, education, and computer “toys” as I call the software as a result of convincing myself that if I bought just that one more thing, I’ll be making money.

Progress Report Reveals lack of Focus

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I Need Some Focus

I really have tried to focus – but there are so many distractions on the net that it’s hard to stay focused.

So let me do a quick review of what I’ve accomplished this year.

  1. I have developed a site all about building a list at PricelessPotential.com   I need to keep adding info to it more regularly as I do get the concept that the “money is in the list”.
  2. I have made a few videos but they still take so much time for me to make that I haven’t made one in months.
  3. I’ve love social media arena and I’ve learned everything I can about them – but since Facebook and Twitter and such are always changing, this is a very ongoing process.  I am starting to share what I know with others and I love doing that!
  4. I have created a site about what I can offer people at OurBusinessSolution.com and I know I need to add more to that over the coming year.
  5. I have made a few affiliate sales but I can’t say I’m in profit.

Let’s review the final Progress Report of 2011

Social Media has statistics we can track – that show our progress – or lack thereof.  As of December 31, 2011 these are my statistics.

Twitter Status

I haven’t spent any time in the past six months to find new followers, and really haven’t even tweeted very often – I could just never thing of what to tweet about.  Yet the numbers keep growing.  I find that pretty amazing actually.

  1. Startingafter50 – 3,869 followers and I’m following 3,910.
  2. EricaFath – 3,385 followers and I’m following 3,416.
  3. PricelessAlways – 3,328 followers and I’m following 3,343.
  4. CashGiftingWork – 1,123 followers and I’m following 1,125.
  5. TOTALS: I have 11,705 followers.  Not bad considering Jan 1, 2011 I had none

Facebook Status

  1. On My Facebook, I have 882 friends right now.  I was really hoping that I’d break 900 in the year, but in December FB froze my account and I couldn’t add anyone as a friends so I didn’t reach my goal.
  2. As for groups, I am in way to many to stay active in all of them.  This is something I need to look at for next year

List Status

  1. Using a few giveaways this fall, I grew my list to 328 people – that’s up 50 from the last report.
  2. This list building is something I need to continue more aggressively in 2012.

Conclusions

It has been an interesting year.  The progress report numbers show the effort has been worth it.  Last year at this time I had 0 on the list, 0 contacts and no idea of what I was doing.
2012 will be a year to take my new knowledge and the connections I now have and use both to make a profit online.
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