Review of CYT Blog for 2010

About Steven Aitchison

I am the creator of Change Your Thoughts (CYT) blog and love writing and speaking about personal development, it truly is my passion. There are over 500 articles on this site from myself and some great guest posters.
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I can’t believe how quick time flies.  When I was a child my mum and dad used to tell me that time flies a lot quicker the older you get, I didn’t really understand that statement at the time, but I totally get what they mean now.

Focus

2010 was a year of focus for me with regards to the blog.  I was running a lot of micro businesses and making a decent income for a part timer, but I felt my mind was all over the place trying to manage these streams of income, despite believing that it was all passive income; I don’t think there’s such a thing as passive income.

I decided that 2010 was going to be the year I focussed on one thing and that one thing was the blog.  I have always loved the writing and interaction with all the readers of the blog so it seemed natural that I would choose to focus on blogging, and writing.  I sold all the micro businesses I had and went all out to develop my passion for writing, blogging, creating and interacting with like minded people.

Despite the loss of income from the micro businesses I am extremely happy with my decision to focus solely on the blog and the writing..

Lowlights

There has only been one lowlight for me this year which was the launch of AlterYourJacket.com – A video based training course.  I have written about it here.

It turns out that I learned a great deal from the launch of AYJ and have used this knowledge to go on and launch new products and use the material that I had developed over 6 months.

Highlights

Books

This year I have written and published 4 books

100 ways to Develop your mind

100 ways to find ideas for Your Blog Posts

How to Make True Friends

101 Ways to Boost Your Energy

I had help in the form of a motivational partner called Dragos Roua.  Dragos and I competed with each other to write and publish these books and between I think we wrote 9 books (Dragos came out on top)

I took me about 6 weeks to finish these books.  I published them and left them and haven’t really done any marketing and they have brought in around $1200, and I expect this will be a regular income for life.

CYTGuides.com

October saw the launch of CYTGuides.com and a new guide called How to Become an Advanced Early Riser.  Without the help of Sid Savara, Jonathan Wells, Arvind Devalia and Dragos Roua I wouldn’t have got this off the ground, so I am eternally grateful.

CYTGuides.com has managed to bring in an extra $3,500 since it launched, and more guides are planned for 2011.

Guest posters

2010 was a year for guest posts at CYT and there have been some fantastic writers who have joined the CYT authors club J

List of all the writers this year

Author Blog Link
Amit Sodha http://www.unlimitedchoice.org/blog
Anita Chaperon http://fithappyhealthy.com/
Annabel Candy http://www.getinthehotspot.com/
Armen Shirvanian http://www.timelessinformation.com/
Axel G http://axelg.com/
Barrie Davenport http://www.liveboldandbloom.com/
Belinda Munoz http://thehalfwaypoint.net/
Breet Hagberg http://pluginid.com/
Chris Akins http://www.chrisakins.com/
Christopher Foster http://www.thehappyseeker.com
Claire http://www.gratitudeconnection.com/
Cole Bitting http://www.goodfables.com/
Dia Thabet http://www.2achieveyourgoals.com/
Diggy http://www.upgradereality.com/
Douglas Cartwright http://www.livingwords.net/
Dragos Roua http://www.dragosroua.com
Eduard Ezeanu http://www.peopleskillsdecoded.com/
Evita Ochel http://evolvingbeings.com/
Farnoosh Brock http://www.prolificliving.com/blog
Farouk Radwan http://www.2knowmyself.com/
Greg Blencoe http://www.positivewavesbaby.com/
Henri Junttila http://www.wakeupcloud.com/
Hulbert lee http://frombottomup.com/
Jai Kai http://planetwell.com/
JC http://jcdfitness.com/
Jennifer smith http://www.reachourdreams.com
Jered Slusher http://www.massinfluence.org/
Jody Fransch http://www.jodyfransch.com/
Joe Wilner http://www.shakeoffthegrind.com/
John Anyasor http://hilife2b.com/blog
Karen Cripps http://sofaandthecity.blogspot.com/
Khushrow Dubash http://www.cuttingedgetrg.com/
Kitty Holman http://www.nursingschools.net/
Lisis Blackston http://www.questforbalance.com
Mark Foo http://www.77successtraits.com/
Melvin Ramos http://www.selfhelp360.com/
Michael Weaver http://www.findinspirationtoday.com/
Mike-Reeves McMillan http://hypno.co.nz/blogs
Parker Lee http://howtomingle.com/blog
Ryan Schmitz http://www.plantingdollars.com/
Scott Dinsmore http://www.readingforyoursuccess.com/
Stephen Borgman http://www.stephenborgman.com/
Sybil Chavis http://www.alternaview.com/
Tara Sophia Mohr http://www.wiselivingblog.com/
Tess marshall http://www.theboldlife.com/
Tim Brownson http://www.adaringadventure.com/
Tom Sorhannus http://experienceandgrow.com/

It’s been amazing to see the response to guest post for CYT and I have now changed my posting schedule for 1 article every two days with a guest post every 4 days, such is the demand.

Being associated with TheDailyBrainstorm.com

I met a few great people over at TheDailyBrainstorm whilst I volunteered to become their guest post editor.  Of the people I got to know better four stand out: Barrie Davenport, Geri Langlois, Mary Jaksch and Angela Artemis.

Whilst I am not as involved as I was at the beginning I think TheDailybrainstorm.com I am still proud to be associated with everyone and the well run team over there.

Statistics for 2010

2010 has been a great year for CYT in terms of change and growth.  Here are some figures:

Subscribers grew from 6,300, at the start of the year to 15,200 to date (141% growth)

Page Views: 1,204,645 up from 663,978 last year (81% growth)

Unique Visits: 767,994 up from 442,496 last year (73% growth)

Clicks out: 177,991 up from 109,184 last year (63% growth)

Top 10 Articles by view count

Article View count
5 Eye exercises to Improve Your Vision 61, 343
100 Ways to Develop Your Mind 54,671
56 Things I wished I had Know When I was Younger 49,465
8 Destructive Thinking Patterns and How to Change Them 38,257
40 Rules to Live Your Life by 36,344
How 12 Year Old Adora Svitak Taught The World A Lesson 32,219
12 Qualities Women Want in Their Men 29,958
22 of the Best Motivational Videos Online 29,946
6 Ways to Dramatically Improve your Eye contact Skills 28,124
Top 5 Gym Free Exercises 22.057
7 Irrational Thoughts that Disrupt Your Life 20,204

Social Media

Twitter followers for @StevenAitchison – 3,565

Facebook Fans at Facebook.com/StevenPAitchison – 1089

Online Earnings For 2010

Sale of micro businesses – $5,500

Affiliate sales -                   $3,100

CytGuides.com –                $2,793 (after paying affiliates)

Coaching -                          $1,100

Writing –                             $600

Book Sales –                       $1,200

Advertising on CYT -        $670

Total online earnings – $14,963 down from $19,348 in 2009

Although earnings are down due to not having as many micro businesses the stress related to running websites and everything that goes with it is much lower and I am much happier focusing on one thing, so this does not worry me at all.

Looking ahead to 2011

I have already made plans to release a new 28 day, blog based, course called

Mind Alchemy: Change Your Life in 28 Days

This will kick off in February 2011 and it’s something I am really excited about.  The initial course will be free for everyone to join and I am hoping to get a lot of readers participating in this.

The course will be based online but it is my hope that this is the course that I will start doing seminars with, so I am eager to see how it works out.

I plan to release another 4 books to sell on Amazon.com over the coming year to add to the 4 I already have. I already have books lined up and know what I am going to write about, it’s now just a matter of knuckling down.

New blog design for CYT.  This has been on the cards for a while

Another 4 guides to add to CYTGuides.com

Grow the CYT forum and promote it more.  I am aware that a forum is needed for the blog and I already have one up, but I would like to get more readers participating on the forum.  I have not done much about the forum since I put it up so this is a big goal of mine.

Thank you

Robin Easton - Robin has been a great support this year and our friendship has grown stronger over the last year.

Jonathan Wells – Another friendship that has grown stronger despite both of us being really busy.  I value Jonathan’s sage advice on everything and he has helped me a lot in 2010.

Dragos Roua - Dragos was an amazing partner for the Amazon book challenge and I deeply value his friendship and advice

Ayo Olaniyan – Has been tremendously supportive of my work and has regularly featured me in his online magazine at http://discoveringpurpose.co.uk/

Sid Savara – One of the nicest guys online.  Sid was a great support throughout the AYJ launch and the How to Become an Advanced Early Riser launch and just a good friend.

Charles Pabst – Another great guy to work with.  he is the designer for all the beautiful CYT guides

Barrie Davenport – I’ve got to know Barrie over the last few months and her work ethic, and commitment to her cause amazes me.  A true inspiration

Zeenat Syal – Another angel.

Farnoosh Brock – For all her support over the last year.

There are so many more people to thank and I have thanked them all in my own way over the course of the year.

What are your highlights of 2010?

would love to know how you got on in 2010, why not share it here.

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  1. Steven, I am so late to this party it’s not even funny – and I am still very impressed with the year you have had and the growth you have seen. You touch on it in your interview with Sid Savara and I remember your focus on the blog as this year’s theme. Excellent numbers and what a generous mention here – twice no less. I had a lot of fun writing that post for us….to much more partnership in 2011 and more growth for all of us so we impact even more people! Happy new year!
    Farnoosh recently posted..Crushing Travel Barriers- Your Quick Thoughts

  2. Hey Steven, I just ran across your blog and really appreciate your breakdown and insight into your last year’s blogging/micro-biz and other efforts. Very forthcoming and educational. I’ll be back often! Hope you have a great 2011…!
    Tim Patterson recently posted..What Gets You Noticed at a Tradeshow

  3. Hi Steven,
    I just opened my laptop after being unplugged for over two weeks for the holidays and saw this post. You are such a generous person. You give so much to your community of readers and bloggers alike and I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate you for that.
    Wishing you a terrific new year,
    Belinda

  4. Hey Steve,

    First time I am commenting on one of your posts but over the past year you really opened my eyes. Learning from your experiences, successes and information have allowed me to change a lot about myself.

    Thanks a lot and look forward to next year.

  5. It’s great to read such an open and honest review. And those stats are AMAZING!! You so deserve all this success (and more, obviously!)

    I only started blogging in April – had never done any writing before that and didn’t even really know what a blog was. Yep, had a lot to learn. Your blog has inspired me from day one and I have learnt so much from you (learn from the best and all that!) I have tried not to steal all of your ideas…;-)

    Guest posting on CYT a month or so ago was really exciting for me and has given me the confidence to go after some other writing gigs outside of my own blog.

    Can’t wait to read your 2011 review, you will probably be Chief Operating Exec of Blog Land by then! x
    Karen recently posted..Not just for Christmas

  6. Hi Steven,

    I love the title “Blog Alchemy.” I predict it will be a big success. :)

    You’ve had an amazing year. I congratulate you on increasing your blog readership so substantially. Publishing 4 books is incredible indeed on top of all your other endeavors.

    In all this, what touches me the most is your authenticity. A very genuine authenticity, not some made up blogosphere version. Thank you for all you have given us this year.
    Sandra Lee recently posted..Is a Lack of Forgiveness Holding You Back

  7. Steve,

    Thanks for sharing all of your successes and experiences in 2010 – a very interesting read for a lot of us that aspire to reach a certain level of success.

    I like the idea of finding someone to “compete” with in a sense to expedite growth and share experiences with.

    Best of luck to you in 2011!

    Mike Weaver

  8. Thanks for sharing Steve,

    That’s great to hear that you got your focus back. It probably helped you prevent a burnout.

    My highlights for 2010 are:
    1. Finding a great job that fits my passions.
    2. Co-writing their first Ebook.
    3. Increasing site visitors, page visits, comments, subscriptions, and more by double the previous year’s rate.

    I look forward to continuing that growth and helping The Balanced WorkLife Company further their goals.
    Bryce Christiansen recently posted..How Applying Behavior and Motivator Assessments Can Improve Your Life- Part 3

  9. We love your blog and find a lot of inspiration here. In particular, your 4 books in a year is an amazing achievement. Time for us to get the 2 books we’ve been cooking-up out of the notebooks and draft files and bring them to life!! Thanks for the inspiration and we look forward to much more in the New Year!
    HappinessandWisdom recently posted..Resolve to Choose Happiness

  10. Oh Steven…this is simply marvelous! You truly inspire by example. Just look at your growth graph this year…phenomenal!!!!..and its all cause you truly are focused, determined and most of all an amazing human(e) being!
    People come here to your blog, to find answers, to learn, to know you….and you provide so much more than just that. You are truly the expert in your field and your modesty through it all is what touches me the most.
    I loved CYT and You in 2010 and I will love you and your blog till time infinite :) By then well, the internet might reach other planets and the whole universe will have fallen in love with you ;)
    So Much Love,
    Z~
    p.s. thank you so so much for the loving mention…you are super duper awesome!! Happy new year full of love and happiness in advance :)
    Zeenat{Positive Provocations} recently posted..You are loved…Constantly

    • hey Zeenat, that’s why I love talking with you; you just light up my day and make me feel even more positive about the world.

      You really are an angel and a true inspiration for thousands of people around the world.

      I know you will have a brilliant 2011 and look forward to talking with you more.

  11. Wow Steve!

    You have been busy! This list is truly inspirational! I look forward to following you, and hopefully posting more guest blogs, in 2011!

    Chris
    Chris Akins recently posted..When inspiration strikes

  12. Dear Steve,

    You are inspiring. It’s great to have role models as I’ve entered the blogging world this past year. I can’t wait to see how you evolve your blog this next year.

    Best wishes for the coming New Year and thanks for sharing your experiences of the past year.

    Warm regards,
    Lauren
    Lauren recently posted..Start Your New Year with Attitude- A Day Above Ground Is Good

  13. Hi Steve,
    Congratulations on a well deserved successful year. You continue to be a tremendous resource of TRUTH to so many like-minded seekers. Seeing how you run your blog and your community has been an inspiration to me. It is no surprise you experience continued growth and success … You simply can’t lose when you give entirely of yourself and hold nothing back
    rob white recently posted..More About ROAR-ing

    • Hey Rob, Thank you for everything, your comments and support have always come from the heart and and your advice from the head of a wise person. I am hoping to connect more with you in 2011, and hopefully get on some of your live webinars :)

  14. hello steve
    merry christmas to you and your family.
    thank you so much for all the support in 2010. i really appreciate you. the blog would be nowhere without your input and i honestly mean that. i will never forget my first email to you 17months ago when i just started the blog. you have been an open book both on your blog and in your emails. i am confident 2011 holds greater opportunities and achievements for you.
    once again thanks for an inspiring 2010
    take care of yourself and God bless.
    ayo recently posted..The Eleventh Edition Of The Life Skills Magazine Is Out Now!!

    • Ayo, you have been great this past year and it’s been great getting to know you a little better and I hope we can connect more in 2011.

      All the very best to you and your family for the New Year

  15. Steven,

    Meeting you via the internet has been and is a true blessing for me. I started blogging in May last year and you have been an inspiration and support for me ever since I talked with you for an hour (coaching session) a few months after I started.

    I feel that this new course you will be birthing in a month or two will be a gamechanger for you and for many others Steven, a way by which you’ll be able to bring to focus and offer the fine essence of all you’ve learned and all you are as a person. (Which is substantial). Look forward with you to whatever the New Year may bring. With thanks, and every good wish.
    Christopher Foster recently posted..Give yourself permission to sit quietly — and see what happens

    • Hey Christopher. Of all the people I’ve connected with this year, you have been the most inspirational. Your determination, your gutsiness and your belief in yourself and the world around is fantastic. I hope I can help some more in 2011, but you really are doing great – it’s time to fly :)

  16. Steven,

    Thanks so much for the mention in your review and once again, for being my partner in that challenge. I think we both learned tremendously out of it.

    I also want to thank you for something you may never guess: the post in which you came out true about your suicidal tentative. You have no idea how helpful this post was. I am working on my own review now, in the form of 100 items list, and as I browse through them I realize how different this year was for me and how challenging this inner travel was. It may have not shown on the blog but I faced a lot of setbacks, almost all of them from areas when I used to think everything is fine, which made them even more difficult to bear. I just want you to know that you’ve been not only a valuable blogging partner and a friend, but also an invaluable source of light and courage.

    Thank you, Steven :)
    Dragos Roua recently posted..Playgrounds And Balloons

    • Hey Dragos. I sensed there was a lot going on in your life this year and I am so happy that we have stayed connected and friends. thanks for your kind words about the blog post, it was very cathartic, something I didn’t really expect.

      You’re an amazing person Dragos, I hope you never forget that and I know 2011 will be brilliant ;-)

  17. Thank you for sharing the information and experience Steven! I´m very grateful I found you and your blog this autumn. Cheers for an even more rewarding 2011.
    Tom Sörhannus recently posted..Storytelling Around The Camp Fire

  18. Hi Steven! At the end of this year I want to tell you that you did a great job here. Well done! Go on doing your great job! You give all of us a huge help and inspiration!

    Thanks a lot for this!
    Roman Soluk recently posted..Merry Christmas!

  19. Hi Steve and thanks for all your kind words. You did amazingly this year and I for one am extremely proud of you. It’s no exaggeration to say that, even thought we are half a world apart and have never met face to face, I feel a real brotherly connection with you. You are a truly exceptional person and I am grateful for your support and friendship. Man, are we gonna rock 2011. I am chomping at the bit. Thanks for all of your honesty and sincerity.
    Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills recently posted..How Do Others View You

    • Jonathan, you truly do continue to be my mentor and friend and it’s great knowing someone like you is only a message away. Thank you so much for your kind words, it’s great to know the feeling is mutual.

      Holding a glass up to 2011 – WE’RE GONNA KICK ASS :)

  20. Coach Rosie says:

    I can’t think of highlights at the mo. Mind elsewhere…but wanted to wish you and family an even better year for next year Mr.A! You’ve a good heart and you deserve it.

  21. Hi Steve,
    The information you have shared here is very useful for other bloggers like me. Thanks a lot!
    My highlights :
    -The biggest highlight : 3 months ago, I left my job as a software consultant with an Investment bank on Wall Street, to do something I found more meaningful and fun, I started a personal development blog of my own :).
    -The beginning has been very modest and my ambitious plan of ‘Write well and they will come’ has not worked out as I had anticipated :). I did get a few people who have loved my blog and have a handful of subscribers too. Time for re-evaluating strategies and, maybe, some promotion.
    -Before I took the jump, I was paralyzed for months with fear of how life would be after I left the comfort of a regular salary, New York and the US. I realize now that it was all wrong and exaggerated. I am so enjoying the challenges of this new situation. I still have self-doubts from time to time, but they are infrequent and far apart. I am humbly accepting the new experiences and their teachings.
    -Some people have written back to me that they liked my posts and got new ideas and motivation to make changes in their lives. This has been my biggest achievement. I have no doubt now that I made the right decision.
    -I discovered I can write in a manner that, at least some people find interesting!
    -I had always imagined what it was like to be your own boss, now I know! It’s more fun and more responsibilities, but I suppose the fun takes care of it all.
    That’s about it for this year. Next year, I might have a lot more to share with you all. :)
    Rahul Singh recently posted..Belief vs wish

    • Hey Rahul. That took a lot of balls to leave your job, but well done to you. Taking the leap of fear can be exhilarating and it sounds like you have experienced this. Wishing you every success for 2011 Rahul.

  22. Steve, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate all the informative and insightful writers that have contributed over the last year. Keep up the great work, and I’ll see you on the other side of the new year.
    – Contrarian
    Contrarian recently posted..Do You Have Approval Neurosis

    • Hey Contrarian, I’ve only got to know you through your comments over the last few months, but I have to say you have been a great support and I am hoping to reciprocate that in 2011. Have a great New Year.

  23. Hi Steve,
    I am so delighted and honored to be mentioned in your year-end review. You are such a generous person Steve, as evidenced by your willingness to share your strategies and earnings here in this article. I’m sorry to call something as old-fashioned as a gentleman, but that’s what you are. A true gentleman and a great friend. Thank you for your encouragement, brilliant ideas, and support. Wishing you a wildly successful 2011 with bucket loads of money delivered to your door!
    Barrie Davenport recently posted..Round John Virgin- Mother and Child- The Magic and Mystery of Christmas

    • Barrie, you really have been an inspiration this year to me. I love being called a gentleman, I am kind of old fashioned so take that as a real compliment :) I know 2011 will be an amazing year for you and I truly look forward to the year ahead for you.

  24. REVENUE VS. PROFIT

    You’re an amazing man, Steve. One of those generous souls who really makes a difference in our lives. Thank you.

    As a commercial guy, it’s very useful to see your numbers and how you have been progressing. It would be very interesting – and commercially pragmatic – to compare your labour cost figures i.e. total hours invested for all projects.

    This will give you an important measure of profitability – the life blood of your business ventures. Something that you could perhaps track for the next 12 months – and report this time next year. Let’s discuss further on skype.

    Very best to you, Steve

    Robin :)
    Helping YOU succeed in business
    Robin Dickinson recently posted..How to be brave in business

    • Hey Robin. Thank you so much for your kind words.

      From a commercial point of view:

      I spend about 20 hours per week on the blog; writing, commenting, putting up guest posts, deleting spam comments, writing to readers, reading readers emails, responding to contacts etc. So on the blog I make about $4 per hour :)

      On the CYTGuides.com; I have spent about 100 hours; writing, emails, website building, partner info, networking etc – $30 per hour.

      Will give you a Skype after the New Year, it will be good to talk with you again.

      All the best to you and your family for the New Year.

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