Learning a new platform fast was not a good idea.
I should know better. 🤦♀️
One of the options I'm considering for the 1 Million ARR product is a paid newsletter. Because of this, I wanted to find the best platform to set up a paid newsletter, so I can start testing it.
After about 1.5 hours of digging into each, I decided to go with Ghost. I paid for GhostPRO Basic plan at $108/year ($9/month). This allowed me to use a custom domain.
I also understood that I would be able to make changes to the code to customize a theme, but that was not the case.
I downloaded node.js (I'm not a developer/coder, but I can manage around working in code). Half of the time I wasn't sure exactly what I was doing = dangerous.
I messed around way too long trying to figure things out.
Finally, I managed to make sort things out and make changes to the code - only to find out that uploading a custom theme isn't available at the GhostPRO Basic level hosting.
I'd have to purchase a higher-cost hosting level. At this point, when I'm not sure if I'll end up with a paid newsletter, I didn't want to take on a $29 monthly recurring payment.
Option two was to go with some other hosting provider. Ghost mentions Digital Ocean and gives instructions on how to set it.
I switched hosting to Digital Ocean to bypass the upload custom theme restriction.
I wrestled to get through the right steps to set up the hosting.
And I wrestled some more.
I was ready to pull out my hair.
Things were not lining upright.
After hours into this detour, I pulled the plug. I realized that I'm wasting so much time with something that is not important right now.
The lesson of the day: Learn when to quit. 🙄
So, I ended up canceling the Ghost account.
(you may notice that I'm using Ghost... 😕, more on that in Day 004)
At this point, I was exhausted and decided to call it a day.
Progress = 0️⃣
Frustration level = 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣
DAY 002 ROUNDUP
⏳ TIME = 6 hours | total = 12 hours
🧾 COST = $108 | total = $0 (cancelled plan)
💰 REVENUE: $0
The best platform to use for paid newsletter
2️⃣ Set up Ghost.io, hosting, coding custom theme
🧩 PUZZLE PIECES
Looking at the bigger picture, you can quickly assess when you are wasting time with some less significant aspects. Quit fast and move along.