Blogging has been one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done in my life. As I said back in August (when I wrote Should I Start a Blog?), I don’t know of many other ways to spend your time that can lead to a bigger impact or payoff.
I’ve been itching to get back to personal blogging for a long time. I miss the fun of writing, and of connecting with people over ideas and words. Writing here at The Sparkline is great, but I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like, and I don’t get to cover as many topics as I’d like.
Blogging has changed my life in more positive ways than anything else I’ve ever done. I run a business I love with an incredible team and I get to work from anywhere in the world where there’s an internet connection (read the full story of how blogging changed my life and led to creating this business here). Blogging opens doors and creates opportunities, and lets you make a name for yourself. It gives you credibility like you can only get from writing a book or speaking or being on camera.
But along the way, I got busy with running my business, and I forgot just how much blogging meant to me, just for the creative expression and connections it leads to. It’s a magical thing.
So I’m starting an all-new personal blog. You can watch my new blog develop, starting now. Sign up for the challenge for an insider look, and watch here for a public launch update soon.
But, instead of just blogging myself, I thought why not challenge all of you who have been procrastinating to start a blog too?
The Challenge: Start a Blog with Me
I’m going to kick off my new blog with a good, old-fashioned blog challenge. The challenge is simple: I’ll send you one email each day for 7 days. The messages will walk you through the process of setting up your new blog, and publishing your first posts.
And we’re going to get straight to the writing. It’s too easy to get stuck on the big picture strategy and technology stuff, and to forget how simple blogging really should be: set up your blog, start writing, adapt as you go.
So enough procrastinating. If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, this is your chance. Just sign up for the 7-day email series and I’ll walk you through it.
To make things interesting, I’m throwing in a couple of special bonuses:
First, we have special discount hosting offers from two of the best WordPress hosts in the business (we have a dirt cheap option, and a fully featured option with hands-on support).
Second, if you sign up for hosting as part of this challenge, we’ll give you three months of our full Fizzle membership, for free. This includes over 100 hours of video training plus access to the most active community of people working to become self-employed anywhere.
This offer is open to both new, current and former fizzle members. Just sign up for the challenge and I’ll send you the full details.
You must start this challenge by December 2nd, 2014 to get the special hosting + Fizzle discount offers. Enter your email below and I’ll send the discounted hosting and free Fizzle offer, plus your first steps.
To start the challenge, enter your email here:
Take the blog challenge. Get guidance from me, discounted hosting and three months of Fizzle on the house. And don’t forget, I’m starting my new blog too, so I’ll be working right alongside you.
Now you have no excuses :)
Questions? Leave ’em in the comments below.
P.S. – if you’re in, reply to the welcome email and tell me what you’re looking forward to most about your new blog.
The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business
Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between.
One topic that comes up over and over again with both groups is mistakes made in starting businesses. Newbies love to learn about mistakes so they can avoid them. Veterans love to talk about what they wish they had known when starting out.
These conversations have been fascinating, so we compiled a list of the 10 mistakes we hear most often into a nifty lil' guide. Get the 10 Most Common Mistakes in Starting an Online Business here »