I didn’t blog about quitting smoking because I wanted to avoid accountability. I was going to quit smoking, because I was going to quit, not because I was going to do it in front of an audience.
I made the right choice. I’m glad I didn’t quit smoking in public. Although as a writer; now I’m thinking if I blogged through my year of quitting maybe I would have built a platform.
It’s hard building a platform about quitting smoking in hindsight. Smokers are curious about how to quit but they really don’t want anyone to dictate their quit. That is why nothing works. They just want to buy the book, go off in private to read it, extrapolate what pertains to them, then go quit on their own terms. Then move on with their life as a non-smoker.
If I am going to create a following, or a platform, I think I am going to start with something new, even though it may not be the same subject as my book. This will help me collect some notes, test some theories, and document what I remember from way-back when. This way it is live and ongoing and people could check in every-once in a while.
Besides, I don’t want to finish writing this book and then set up shop to be a smoking cessation coach. I am a writer who wants to sell books. When I am done writing this book, I want to hit the road to promote it and continue working on my next book and add a third book and a fourth book etc.
Anyway, I plan on attacking this like I did quitting smoking; with a calendar, note my activities, be aware of cause and effect, and question everything. This time I think I will hit the blogosphere instead of a notebook.