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 people 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 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 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 called A-List Blogging Bootcamps. I wanted to start a blog to promote my coaching work, so I signed up for the Bootcamp. Leo’s partner, Mary Jaksch, was setting up the Bootcamp, and I connected with her to ask some questions. Mary sent me the most encouraging and thoughtful reply, and her words set me off on a new direction for my life.
I took the Bootcamp and became hooked on blogging. I wanted to learn everything I could about it, so I offered my assistance to Mary at every turn in order to soak up more. As a result, Mary 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
Today, along with my partner Mary Jaksch, we are launching a brand new blog called:
This new blog is the culmination of a lot of interests and passions that Mary 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.
A-Listing Blog Marketing is a sister site to A-List Blogging Bootcamps, where we share information, techniques, and tutorials on how to market and monetize a blog. Both Mary 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 free video course called The Heart of Successful Online Marketing. You might even discover that you are interested in building your own online business the “Good Karma” way!
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 get paid for it — why don’t you consider building an online business? Mary and I will welcome you with open arms!
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