Jul 06

I Was Distracted with Poker This Week

poker pocket acesI realized about a week ago that WSOP.com is livestreaming the final tables of many of the events taking place this summer, which took away my attention from writing on the blog. Of course, this is something I learn about at the END of the WSOP, when many of the events are already over. Fortunately, between now and the November Nine, I can catch up and watch all the final tables in the archive if I really want to. I might watch some of them since poker always makes great background noise and I don’t know any of the results so it would all be a surprise. But, for now, I’ve gotten my poker fill so I can get back to work and writing blog posts (especially since the July 4th weekend is over).

I Have a New Idea

I mentioned in a previous post about starting a podcast, and I’m tabling that idea for now. I still would like the start a podcast, but I have a better idea that I’d like to pursue, and getting that idea going doesn’t involve a podcast at this time. I don’t think it’s the best venue for the better idea, although it would be great to incorporate a podcast if I can complete the vision I see for my new, better idea.

I’m not going to talk too much about my new, better idea because I don’t want to jinx it. I don’t remember where I read or heard this, but from what I remember, there is such a thing as “talking about your ideas too much.” The problem is that talking about the idea too much can result in a sense of progress, making it more difficult to achieve actual progress. I completely forget where I heard about this, so I could be making it all up,. However, if keeping it under a bit of secrecy helps me to achieve actual progress, then that’s “help” that I should take.

I Will Be Testing the Idea on Twitter

I will say that I will be testing the idea on Twitter by tweeting on some of the topics involved in my idea. I’m testing the idea on Twitter to see if there’s any traction to this idea and what kind of traction I get for it. I particularly want to look at which tweets and topics get the most engagement and who’s engaging with those tweets. Engagement is good, but I’m hoping to target a specific audience demographic with my idea, so know looking at who’s engaging with my tweets is very important.

I’m also utilizing Twitter to continue building an audience on the platform. If I decide to take this idea to the next step, then having a substantial audience that’s already familiar with who I am and the topics I cover is an incredible asset. I’m not sure how long I’m going to test the idea before taking the next step at this point, but I think I’ll have to test for about a month or two in order to get a good sample size and to give each of the topics enough time on Twitter. I want to test this long enough so that it’s clear over time that certain topics are more popular than others and engaging the right people, versus looking at results where other factors could explain the engagement or the popularity on that particular day or week.

Right now, I want to do one thing at a time and avoid overwhelming myself by taking to take this in too many directions or in trying to move too quickly with it. If I overwhelm myself, then I’m not going to want to pursue the idea anymore.

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