Monthly Archives: January 2014

How to succeed with the drip

Continuing on with my theme of authors I admire who recommend writing daily I include this short post from Seth Godin.

If we were to publish one post a day for three years that would equal over 1,000 posts.  What would 1,000 posts centered around a common theme be like?  What level of mastery would be obtained?

Seth says, “When you commit to writing regularly, the stakes for each thing you write go down.”  Most of the posts written may be mediocre but out of the 365 that will be published during the course of a year there will be a hand-full that will be “art”, that will move people.

“You don’t launch a popular blog, you build one.   The writing isn’t the hard part, it’s the commitment.  Drip!”

 

 

 

Should I learn to code?

Why in the world would I learn to code?  Over the past couple of years I have heard many people say that it is a good idea to learn at least the basics of programming.  At first I thought they were crazy.  Math was my weakest subject in school and it just seemed way too complicated and boring.  A couple months ago I came across a free site called Codecademy.com.  It teaches you the basics of coding in a step by step manner.  The first course is called Web Fundamentals which teaches the basics of HTML and CSS.  I committed to completing this course to see what it was like.  Well, I am proud to say that I just completed the Web Fundamentals course.  I think it took me about 10 hours in total.  I for sure am not a pro at HTML or CSS but I have been exposed to it and it turns out that I had a lot of fun going through the course.  I don’t ever plan on learning enough to be a programmer for a career but I would like to gain a good grasp of the coding necessary to be able to make modifications to my own websites.

My first coding project I am going to tackle is going to be building my website for work.   I am excited to get started on it.

If you are thinking about learning how to code take a look at this quick video, it is very inspiring.

Check out this  short video President Obama put out about learning to code.

 

Write every day

Leo Babauta, in this post, writes persuasively that we should develop the habit of writing every day.  I recently shared a video from Beth Dunn talking about similar benefits of the daily writing habit.  As I have started to write every day one thing I have noticed is that I am paying attention a lot more to what is going on in my life so I can come up with things to write about.  I find that I think about ideas throughout the day, topics that I would like to delve into deeper.  I am still apprehensive about sharing my thoughts each day but I am taking a leap of faith and trusting in the process of authors whom I trust and admire.

It feels good to “create” each day.

A surefire way to get the world to beat a path to your door

Ahhhh, classic Seth.  Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors.  He writes so simply, yet his words paint a complete picture.  I love getting his daily blog posts.  Here is his post today:

As I am building my online business I am going to continually be thinking about what perceived problems my target audience has and figure out a great way to solve those “problems.”  I want them beating a path to my door.  That makes it a lot of fun.

Write like crap if you have to

I watched a talk (twice) today by Beth Dunn on how to become a better writer.  In a nut shell Beth says that the key to becoming a better writer is to create the habit of writing every day.  It is not so much the quality of the content that one puts out but more of developing the habit of “pushing the publish button” every day.  She says that words are the currency of the web.  Focus on keeping the streak alive.

I have heard this concept of writing every day before from other authors that I respect.  Even though I am not sure of how it will change how I write I am going to trust them and begin the habit of writing every day, whether or not what I write is good or not.

I would highly recommend watching this talk.  This one will go on my list of talks to watch again periodically.

http://youtu.be/PErprM6nQDc

Currently studying

Currently I am reading Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins.  I am also breaking down episode 6 of the Ilovemarketing.com podcast.  Good stuff.

I purchased the domain name for the new site I am planning on launching.  It will be my lab for implementing all of the marketing principles I am learning.

Gary Halbert Letters

As I have been digging into direct response marketing the name Gary Halbert comes up again and again as someone who was a king of direct response.  He has passed away but his teachings continue to provide inspiration and direction to marketers.  I found this post that organizes Gary’s letters chronologically.  I have gone through some of his letters but will do more and report on them in the future.

10 x talk – Episode 20

“The conversion goal of each step in that process is to only take the next step.”  Dean Jackson

I listened to Episode 20 of 10xtalk this evening.  It is the one about the 50 Person Strategy.  Dan and Joe haven’t finished the conversation (will continue on the next podcast) but I like the concept.  Dan talks about only having people that you interact with regularly who meet the criteria and standards that you set.  For example he talked about how he plans on not interacting with people who don’t see the world as a great place, a place filled with opportunity and abundance.  I can see the wisdom in this.  When I am around people like this it only lifts me up.  I think I am able to lift them up as well.  It is a synergistic lift.  But when I am around people who are only complaining and think that there is scarcity in the world then my energy and drive slowly diminishes.  I’m looking forward to hearing the next episode as they continue the conversation.