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Stanford - cool post and interesting concept! I read somewhere someone call Slideshare the 'youtube' of powerpoints. About time I brushed up on my Keynote skills!
3 years, 3 months ago on 7 Ways to Use Slideshare to Get More Blog Traffic
@Corbett Barr It's a great book - I was researching a book on practice for the bass guitar when i found it. Totally blew me out of the water and turned my life upside down. If you want some articles on 'deliberate practice for online business' I could definitely write some.
Here's an example of one I wrote on my blog - and also an introduction to Deliberate Practice:
Another book worth reading is The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.
3 years, 3 months ago on Is Talent Essential to Greatness? | Expert Enough
@jrcooper I agree.
'Talent' is also a convenient cop out for people too - there's no point practicing much harder I've reached the edge of my talent at (insert whatever discipline they are talking about). Whereas if you use the right training and practice methods you can get better at anything on a constant and consistent basis. (If talent were all that were needed why do all the top sports players and musicians train ferociously hard???)
I've been waiting for this blog to start posting with interest - because it touches upon a topic I'm really, really interested in.
There is such a thing as talent - and you need to be supremely talented to be 'world class' at anything.
But that talent ISN'T something you were born with, it's something that you get from 1000s of hours of the right kind of training and practice (that practice is called Deliberate Practice by the way).
For me the most illuminating book on the subject is TALENT IS OVERRATED by Geoff Colvin.
The one thing you NEVER see written about anywhere is that every blogger has got to find their own way, has got to find what works for them. What works for me will not work for you - because we are different people, different writers, and we have different goals.
Sometimes you can use someone as a mentor or as a model, and follow their path for a while. But you will ALWAYS have to veer off and find your own path at some stage.
Your path Jack is different than most other bloggers - because of how you blog. There's a guy who used to be a bit like you - in the last year or so he's changed a bit - but if you go to his blog and scan back through the archives I think you'll find some stuff that you'll like. His name is Steven Barnes - and he blogs at Dar Kush. If you google him, you'll find him.
The reason your path seems hard some days is because you have to make a machete out of your thoughts every day to cut through the jungle of noise to say what you want to say. That's a hard battle to fight on a daily basis. But if you stop - then who will people like you use as a model in a years time? Or 2 years time? Or 5 years time?
3 years, 8 months ago on Help Me?
@Brankica Ha ha - I don't have a strategy yet. Have to work out how to do this - obviously it's vital to get great quality (othewise I could just write it myself! Ha ha ha). WOn't be until later in the year - got a couple of eBooks going live in August, and then one at the end of September. Once I start generating some income, then I'm gonna roll it out.
3 years, 8 months ago on How to Blow a Chance To Score a Guest Post
I was about to write that I can't believe someone would submit a guest post without knowing the blog, and without establishing a relationship with that blogger either.
But then the 'get rich quick' people are taught that they can take loads of shortcuts...and then wonder why they don't work!
I plan to have guest posts on One Spoon later in the year - and I will pay $50 a post too. I'm wondering how to control the quality of the submissions. And expecting to reject 99% of them too. Maybe more!
Oh and I meant to say that the Gaudi Building is very cool - back in the day I played a corporate gig there with my band!
3 years, 8 months ago on Are You Settling for Mediocrity?
It's way overdue that I stopped by.
At the moment I have only one question: how did you get Ingrid to write short? LOL. Will be back with 'pithier' thoughts when coffee is available (tomorrow AM UK time)
Glad you enjoyed the post - and glad you made a bit of cash too. That's also great because it means people took action and actually purchased the book. I particularly like that because it means that (a) they'll get hold of a great book and (b) my passion for that book must have come through in the post and encouraged people to go buy it.
There's an interesting lesson here - I just don't know what it is! LOL! When I work it out, I'll come back to you with another guest post!
and p.s. the guy that originally wrote that line on Facebook is an ass, because there's always someone younger and faster than you out there just waiting to make you look stupid!
3 years, 8 months ago on Are bloggers the most self centered creatures in the world?
and of course, I meant to type: Paul
3 years, 8 months ago on The Bartender Economy
You should write a book with that title: The Bartender Economy. Sounds very cool....though for a moment when you described your local bartender like this:
"The bartender we go to see because he knows our name, he sincerely seems to care about us, he listens to our stories. He knows all about the neighborhood and can inform us on all sorts of matters. He knows what we drink. He gives us a free one every now and then. He makes us feel welcome."
I thought you were going to go off on a 'Cheer's analogy. Glad you didn't, always loathed that show.
Mine's a Guinness btw!
@timjahn @ginidietrich Hey Tim (and Gini)
Just bought and read the book.
It's a good primer in conducting interviews for your blog or website. And this is a 'traffic strategy' that few bloggers are doing - so it's a relatively simple way to make you stand out from the crowd.
Some suggestions on how you present your video would be cool - and also a 'traffic' case study would also be an interesting addition.
But to anyone thinking about buying it, there's enough info here to get you started on a strategy that very few people are doing. And that could really make you stand out. (that should make it a no-brainer).
3 years, 8 months ago on Three Premium eBooks
@ginidietrich No worries - if you search on Amazon you can find out how to do it - it's very straight forward. Basically you should have set up two email addresses for your Kindle when you purchased it, and you send the pDF to one of those addresses with the subject line 'CONVERT' - Amazon takes care of the rest. Sync your Kindle about 10 minutes later and you should be good to go.
Don't know if you know - but if you have a Kindle there's an email address at Amazon that you can email your PDF too - within 5 to 10 minutes it will get converted to Kindle format and be ready to upload to your Kindle next time you sync it.
I know about Danny's book (and have only been putting off buying it because I don't have the time to read it). But I knew nothing of Tim's book - that's the kind of book I like the sound of. So jumping over there to check it out.
Thxs for the recommentdations.
@RobertDempsey I'll look forward to those - it's the 'addictive' element that I worry about! I could see myself checking it ten times a day instead of creating content!
IN a month or so I'll have more time to look into it - as I say, I'll be following on (and asking a ton of questions!).
3 years, 8 months ago on When Is The Best Time To Blog? Let HitSniffer Tell You
I try NOT to be a numbers geek - but it can get addictive! I'll be watching your HIT SNIFFER series carefully to see if it will be beneficial to install and use.
I find bucket loads of ideas for posts in comment threads. Both my blogs - and other people's blogs. It's a literal treasure trove.
Never tried the 'keyword' route because I've never been stuck for posts. Might give it a whirl though - can you use Market Samurai for similar?
3 years, 9 months ago on 3 Steps To Hundreds Of Blog Post Ideas