Up until the last two years, I spent a lot of time kvetching with my friends and family about how the Internet was going to morph people into anti-social, glazed over automatons.
I was sure nothing good could come from spending hours on the computer, connecting with bloggers online, and socializing without the benefit of an actual human being in the room.
I am now eating my words.
- Because of the Internet, I now have a blogging career that I absolutely love.
- Because of the Internet, I now have new friends all over the world, several of whom I have or will visit in the next few months.
- Because of the Internet, I have grown as a coach and a writer.
- Because of the Internet, I have challenged myself to do things I never thought I could do, including creating a blog.
- Because of the Internet, I have helped thousands of people with my words, people who would never known about my writing otherwise.
- Because of the Internet, I have built a great entrepreneurial business and make a livable blogging income.
- Because of the Internet, I have joint venture partners, mentors, and peers who have helped me build my business.
- Because of the Internet, my life is more exciting, more fulfilling, more interesting than it has ever been.
Do I think that Internet connections should replace human interaction? Absolutely not. Do I think we should spend our entire day, every day, hunched over a computer without a break for exercise, socializing, and recharging? No, those things are essential.
But I can say without a doubt that the Internet, when used for good and productive purposes, can provide life-altering opportunities.
How It All Started
Two years ago, as the result of a chance encounter with the blog Zen Habits, I learned about the blogger (Leo Babauta) and his blogging course. I wanted to start a blog to promote my coaching work, so I signed up for the blog training.
I started my own blog and became hooked on blogging. I wanted to learn everything I could about it, so I offered my assistance to top bloggers at every turn in order to soak up more. As a result, they saw me as a trusted resource and eager learner. She offered me many opportunities which opened a variety doors for me.
As a result of that one connection, I became editor of The Daily Brainstorm, an aggregate blog featuring the top bloggers on the Internet. I also got to know many other bloggers with whom I shared ideas, joint venture partnerships, and guest posts. And I got to know Leo Babauta as a friend and kindred spirit.
Leo is the biggest personal development blogger on the Internet and has been named as one of Time Magazine's top 25 bloggers. I have since joined Leo and Katie Tallo (of Momentum Gathering) to present The Habit Course, a program to help people create life-long, sustainable positive habits. The course has been extremely successful — in fact, we plan to offer another one in October.
A New Adventure
Recently, along with my partner Ron Clendenin, we are launching a brand new blog called:
Bold Blogging Income: Profitable Blogging Made Simple.
This new blog is the culmination of a lot of interests and passions that Ron and I share, as well as our commitment to purpose-driven blogging and marketing. We strongly believe that passion, integrity, and trust should be the driving factor for our online businesses. We believe that what you put out to the world reflects what you will get back from it. In fact, we will be donating a portion of any proceeds from A-List Blog Marketing to charity.
At Bold Blogging Income we share information, techniques, and tutorials on how to market and make money blogging. Both Ron and I know how to teach this, because we've done it ourselves. And we have a great network of blogging experts who will share ideas on the blog as well.
As a valued follower of Live Bold and Bloom, you would do me a great honor if you'd visit my new blog, say hello in the comments, and maybe even subscribe. If you do, you'll get access to my free Passion to Profit guide.
If you are wondering what to do with your life; if you are looking to make more money; if you want to create a lifestyle of freedom and flexibility; if you want to do something you love and make money blogging — why don't you consider starting your own blog? Ron and I will welcome you with open arms!
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