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Posts by: Chase Reeves

I think, fiddle and flahoolick. Excitable. Co founder and drawer guy at Fizzle.co

When you’re working on a big project by yourself, you’ve got to have a system to keep your sanity. Most of the big projects we work on — starting a blog, creating a product, publishing a series of podcast episodes, etc — have tons of moving pieces and there’s no one but ourselves to manage things.

How do you go about building new skills when you need them but you don’t yet have them? Maybe you need to learn how to create a blog or podcast. Or maybe you want to get better at design. Maybe you need to do some customer research but you don’t know how. Or maybe you’re trying to write killer articles that get shared and make some serious impact.

I watched Woody Allen’s Sleeper last night. It’s an early 70’s faux-future weirdness movie… in a good way. There’s an orgasm machine. (Which, by the way, I think we’ve come far enough into the future to deserve an orgasm machine. We all work hard, we deserve this. C’mon the future!)

Everybody talks about personal brand. Some people have made their whole business about it. Others have made their whole business through it. I find that a lot of the time, when people ask about personal brand, they’re really asking about an “easy button.”

A Fizzler recently launched their product and achieved significantly lesser results than she expected. If you’ve been there you remember the heaviness of that realization. “That was my launch. These are my results. Now what? Does this product suck? DO I SUCK?”

This is the second and final part of the conversation where we each share our best advice for bloggers. (Here’s the first part.) I asked Corbett, Caleb and Barrett to prepare their top 10 tips for bloggers and bring them to these conversations. We critique, discuss and share stories.

Blogging is where we came from. We’ve built our careers and a substantial audience by blogging alone. So let’s uncork the stopper and let our best advice pour out. In this episode and the next (are you a subscriber?) we each share our top 10 biggest pieces of advice for bloggers.

No matter who you are you’ve been stuck. In fact, we’ve noticed there are a few stages where lots of people building websites and businesses get stuck. In this episode we address each of those stages with some advice on next steps for each. Enjoy!

How do you keep an eye on the business stuff while in the throws of a new creative endeavor? That’s one of 4 listener questions we get into in this episode. Our thanks to Myke, Greg, Nick and Tom for sending in your questions. Enjoy!