NOT my first blog post
So . . this isn’t my first blog post! 😉 I started blogging way back in July 2006. This post is going to be different to most of my others. It’s going to be personal, about ME and my desire to change things. Sounds serious huh?!
It is serious to me! I want to help and provide a better life for my family.
I’ve recently finished (and hopefully passed) a three year part time Degree in Management. Its been a real struggle at times, not so much the knowledge level but the time element. You see I’ve a full time job, children and a disabled partner and finding the time to do the assignments was difficult. But now its finished, no more assignments and I’ve got all that time back! Great, so what am I doing with all this extra time? Well… I’ve started a new course!!
It’s not an accredited course, it’s better, it’s all about internet marketing. The course is called “Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge“. I had my first “class” last night and I found I could really relate to Dean, in particular his desire to change and provide a better life for his family. I’m hoping Dean will teach me how to create my own products that will be of real value to people and enable me to create a sustainable income. During the first session we were given our first bit of homework … to create a blog post and reflect on the course.
I feel I’m starting a new journey. I’ve never been a regular blogger and this site has never had lots of visitors, maybe because I’ve never promoted it properly. Maybe because I’ve never been open and personal about me.
I know I have the knowledge and skills to be successful. That sounds big headed, but I’ve been involved with the internet and marketing online for many years. I’ve been building web sites for local businesses since 1997. I’ve even taught web design to hundreds of local college students. It’s time to use my skills properly and I’m hoping Dean can keep me on track.
During the first training session Dean also spoke about how people love reality shows and that people would feel more connected to us if we opened up. Again, I know the power of reality shows only too well. In May 2001 I created a community fan site for a reality show called Survivor. It attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. So many in fact that the tv channel threatened me with legal action! I had to scale it back and the site gradually died as people moved to other forums and then social networking sites like Facebook in order to discuss tv shows.
Recent changes to Google’s ranking system have had a detrimental effect on my affiliate web sites. For those of you who don’t know, an affiliate is like a sales agent, they refer people to other web sites in return for commission. I have had some mild success at this and have even managed to earn more than my full time wage during one month last year. But that has all changed and I haven’t been able to dedicate much time to my web sites because of time constraints but also, if I’m honest, its been down to time management. Dean gave out some great tips on effective time management in the first session.
Dean started his journey with a blog post titled “My first blog post” and this is the start of my journey… but it’s NOT my first blog post. 🙂
If you’ve read this far I hope you will check in regularly to see how I’m doing. Perhaps you can even help me stay on track by posting a comment or asking me to give a progress update?
If you’re a fellow ‘student’ on Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge then please leave a comment. Lets connect and support each other.
Thought I would keep updating my post with links to the blog posts of some other people on the challenge:
- Elisa Navarette
- Dennis Melin
- Graham Herbert
- Marlene Kristensen
- Paul Clutterbuck
- Kelvin Nikkel
- Mark Salmon
- Andrew (Mr Marketer)
- Kabelo Tlhapi
- Stephen Floyd
- Denny Basham
- Carolyn Collins
- Timmy Wright
- Ray Boreham
- Bibs Yap
- Sherwood Tucker
- Keith Sneed
- Robin Danielsen
- Sorina Dascalu
- Linda Burbank
These are the ones I’ve found. Sorry if I’ve missed you off. Let me know in the comments!