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This is going to be a little different.  My posts usually are, frankly, but this one is personal.

I’d like to share the story of the last 24 hours of my life.  Which, for me at least, represents a discovery of the inherent potential of online marketing and the importance of listening to the wisdom of our blogging elders.

Which ain’t me, by the way.  Even though I’m here every week, waxing oh-so-confidently knowledgeable.  Fact is, I’ve only been blogging for a little over four months.  I still have to call a friend to explain how to change a widget in WordPress.

I’m here Because I’m a Writer

One who blogs.  Not a blogger who writes.  Sometimes that’s a big difference.

This makes me a bit of a neophyte on one the hand, and it gives me a leg up on the other.  If nothing else than from the fact that I can do for myself that which other bloggers often have to pay for – I can generate killer content.

I’m here at Kevin’s behest to talk about writing.  To tell you that using words such as “ain’t” is perfectly okay.  At least in the proper context.

Writing isn’t about what your grammar teacher once said or even what she might  think if she read your stuff now, it’s about what the reader gets.  And if my use of the word ain’t rubbed you the wrong way, hey, I’m cool with that.  You can’t hip a square, anyhow.

But I digress.  Here’s the backstory behind these past 24 hours.

The Little Site That Could

My blog is for fiction writers.  In four months I’ve gathered about 900 subscribers – I have no idea if this is good or just okay… I’m pretty sure it’s not bad – and have a few hundred other discreet visitors each day.

Brian Clark isn’t losing any sleep about me breathing down his neck.

A while ago I wrote and released a little ebook on writing tips, and it went over pretty well.  Generated about two grand in revenue over three months.  About what Brian Clark spends on lattes.

But I kept posting, and I kept hearing from readers that I was delivering something that they couldn’t find elsewhere.  That my posts were making a difference.  Pingbacks started showing up, and gradually my brand began to emerge.

My readers learned that they could trust what I said.  And that’s the key to everything that follows.

Learning As You Go

Meanwhile I was a student of Blogging 101 (I dunno, is there a site by that name?  I have no idea…), and while posting on Bloggingtips.com, I also devoured everything else it offers.  Gradually I became more comfortable here, and thus more confident in putting myself out there on my own site, delivering value without asking for anything in return.

Because that’s what the conventional wisdom says works.

Late yesterday I released my second ebook, which was a compilation of a series of blogs I’d done on story structure, with significant enhancement that includes new material.  It’s called Story Structure – Demystified, aiming at what has turned out to be my niche is this fairly crowded little corner of the internet.

Yeah, I’m the structure guy.  I get hate mail from pantsers, those who write by the seat of their pants with little regard to structure or dramatic principles or what I call story planning.  But that’s fine, as they often make my point for me when they brag about writing a dozen or so drafts of their stories before they feel close to getting it right.  As if that’s a good thing.

Here’s What Happened

The new ebook is virtually (and I mean that literally) flying out the door.  It’s a pre-release, typos and all, not even available yet on Clickbank.  I’ve offered a discount to my subscribers and visitors, who have surprised me with the enthusiasm of their response.

I’ve sold well over 100 copies already.  I’ve already made well over half of the entire revenue generated from the first ebook, and a full day hasn’t gone by.

It’s the math that’s amazing here.  With about 125 sales so far on 900 subscribers, or about 1200 folks counting other visitors today, that’s a conversion ratio of about 10 percent. I dunno, folks, is a 10 percent conversion pretty good?  I’m thinking it is.

Gets me to thinking about how and why this happened.  Not to mention what might happen going forward as my site grows.

And the Keyword is…

And that can be described in one word: value.  Deliver it, and they will come.  Keep delivering it, and they will stay.  Make your blog about them, not you (like I’m doing here), and they will tell others about it.

We read this sage advice all the time, here and elsewhere, but I thought it was valuable to put a stamp of validity on it.

Maybe I’m in the right game after all.  And maybe, with the teacher remaining the student as I go along, my waning career as a professional fiction writer will be resurrected in the process.  I have a new novel coming out in February, and with somewhere around 1500 subscribers to my site by then, that’s a pretty good head start, sales-wise.

I know my creative and entrepreneurial spirit has already been resurrected, and I have my blog to thank for it.  Because I can’t wait to get up tomorrow and see how many new orders are waiting for me.

Prior to my blog, I just didn’t want to get up at all.

Larry’s new ebook, ‘Story Structure – Demystified,’ is available on his site, Storyfix.com, for a few more days, at a pre-launch discount price of only ten bucks.  You can read a review of it here.

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Do You Seize and Use Blogging Opportunities Aggressively?

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Look at the featured image for this post, guys. I love guest posting. Zac asked me to guest post here way back in 2015 right after I left the jungles of Costa Rica. I felt humbled but a little scared to seize the opportunity to guest post on Blogging Tips. Did I think I was good enough? Not quite. I also feared being criticized and failing because I would meet and greet a new, large blogging audience. Fast forward 4 years. After publishing posts on and off, I near 1000 guest posts on this blog alone. That, my friends, is seizing and using blogging opportunities aggressively. Zac said I could guest post on this blog whenever I wanted to guest post on the blog. I took his invite seriously. About 1000 guest posts later, I experienced increasing blogging success because I do not delay, hesitate or waffle when it comes to seizing and using blogging opportunities, aggressively, swiftly and with a single-minded focus.

I quickly seize blogging opportunities to promote my 100 plus eBooks daily – like this fun blogging tips eBook – because opportunities seized lead to big time blogging success. Opportunities you seize and use quickly lead to more opportunities which feed more opportunities as you swiftly become a more successful, prospering, fun-loving blogger. But most bloggers rarely seize and use blogging opportunities. Do you fear grabbing opportunities? What could go wrong? Why do you fear using opportunities for growth? True; sometimes you simply have no resonance with opportunities. Someone may try to convince me to freelance write for them but even a large financial promise cannot goad me toward freelance writing again. Bad match. However, I grab and use most opportunities that flow my way because gobbling up opportunities enters you into the spirit of opulence.

What do I mean? The spirit of opulence simply means if you think, feel and act abundantly, you seize most blogging opportunities immediately, using these opportunities to enter into a rich, wealthy, fun, freeing way of life. Example; most people who struggle financially feel so filled with fear that they stammer, delay and hesitate any time a blessed blogging opportunity knocks on their door. If you turn down opportunities for growth, you go broke. Plain and simple. Meanwhile, I publish 10 to 12 posts daily – or more – because I gobble up opportunities left and right and live a pretty neat life by adopting this frame of mind. I appear to be all over my niche because I seize blogging opportunities quickly, aggressively and clearly. I do not play around. I do not fear seizing opportunities for blogging growth because we all have to seize opportunities fast and use these blessings to gain the skills and exposure for becoming a successful blogger.

Every blogger who appears to be everywhere grabbed opportunities quickly. Do you notice some bloggers in 10, 20 or seemingly 50 places, at once? Said bloggers wrote and published 200, 300 or 500 guest posts over 6 months to gain such massive exposure. Doesn’t it feel good to help people? Don’t you feel fulfilled by being of benefit to your fellow blogger? Tap into that feeling, seize and use opportunities for growth and you will slowly but steadily experience greater blogging success. Blogging is not for meek, scared folks. Be clear. Be direct. Gobble up opportunities like a blogging beast to accelerate your growth and success to exponential levels.

Hey; if you don’t seize opportunities, I’ll be there to gobble ’em up 😉

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How Most People Think Blogging Is and How it REALLY Is

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I love my gig. Right now, I blog from beautiful NYC. Quick 9 day trip to Manhattan. Can you imagine how fun and freeing this life is? Circling the globe, seeing places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand, experiencing these spots for years at a time? Amazing journey indeed. I feel appreciative of this fun, freeing life. I also know how most people think my life goes; write a few words, tap a publish button, make money, soar off to Fiji for 4 months. Most human beings cling to a terribly flawed aspect of their personality; ego. Ego sees free people and assumes, to preserve itself, how freedom must be an easy, comfortable journey for other people to take, because ego KNOWS freedom has not been an easy, comfortable objective, for ego.

Most human beings vibe from a dominant energy of fear so most human beings see illusions, appearances, NOT reality, a magic trick, something not REALLY happening. Most humans see me living in Thailand for months and see the illusion of me spending 2 hours to publish a post, seeing me making money, then, flying to Thailand. What fear-filled folks cannot see is the truth of this: me blogging for 5,000 hours – or more – through ups and downs, highs and lows, love and fear, peace and terror, and an even wider range of emotions….to live a life of blogging in Thailand for months at a time. The truth, the reality, of how blogging really is: blog for thousands of hours, make little or no money, then, after blogging for thousands of hours from a generous, calm, trusting, abundant vibe, feeling deep fears here and there along the way, the money flows in freely and you get to circle the globe whenever you want to circle the globe.

Take a look at this picture of me in Lyttelton, New Zealand:

Most people see an illusion: “Ryan is SO lucky! He gets to spend 2 months in New Zealand! I wish I had his life!”

The few human beings on earth who see the truth see this: “That guy lives an amazing life, being in New Zealand for 2 months, because he blogged for 10,000 hours, often times, when things did not appear to be coming together, outlook, appearing bleak.”

Truth seers are rare birds, folks. Why do you think I spend 3 or more hours daily meditating, doing yoga and exercising? I stabilize my vibe, uncover and purge illusory-producing fears and see the truth, more often than not. You need to see the truth to taste freeing, sweet blogging success. Can you taste my life? Imagine how it’d feel to live in NYC for a week? Imagine how it’d feel to live in Bali for 6 months? Fun, eh? Freeing, right? Of course you’d feel free, circling the globe, changing time zones like people change their minds. But to live this fun, freeing life, you have to live the truth of blogging for hundreds to thousands of generous, trusting hours, before you live the life, and, before you experience this level of fun and freedom. Most humans mean well but totally get caught up in the illusion, not seeing the truth because they fill their minds with fears, creating the insanity of luck and the delusion of envy, and the crazy, mentally ill, concept that you can live an amazingly fun, freeing life with a few hours, a few weeks or a few months of lazy blogging effort.

Do you want to step up to the blogging big time? Step away from most people. See the truth. This blogging gig takes serious effort and serious time. Most people live in delusion, in an illusion of fear. You know better. You know how blogging REALLY is. Sure blogging feels scary in moments but the ride feels largely fun and freeing when you follow your fun, generously help people and trust in yourself, and, trust in the blogging process. I know you’re up it!

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10 Reasons Why Fijian Fruit Bats Would Be Absurdly Successful Bloggers

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Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success

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Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.

Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.

What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.

If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?

Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?

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