Long time no see – I’m just returning from a blogging hiatus and I have some news to share. There’s been a lot happening.
Also, this week (Wednesday, specifically) is the anniversary of my site launch – though I’ve had a website for sometime, I wasn’t really online until July 27th 2010. It’s been one hell of a year and I’ve got some war stories (aka entrepreneurial learnings) to share.
Since no post on this site would be complete without psychology/business tips, I thought I’d kick off this update with a breakdown of the game-changing things I’ve learned in the last twelve months. Here goes…
Learning 1: Writing is way easier (and harder) than you think
When I launched the site, I was terrified of the idea of publishing my writing. I was petrified that I would somehow jam up and be unable to post, or run out of ideas to write about. Turns out none of that was really a problem. Writing is actually pretty easy, once you get in the habit of it. Ideas? I have a running list of blog titles (post unwritten) of about 150.
The hard part is creating that habit of sitting down and writing. What’s harder? Recreating that habit after you let it slide.
Case-in-point, in the last three weeks I haven’t updated the site with any new material. Sudden and dramatic events in my life led me to use up my valuable willpower elsewhere and the writing habit was broken. Today I recreate it, with much internalized kicking and screaming.
Before I started this blog, I read and ignored Chris Guillebeau’s advice of committing to a set-in-stone publishing schedule. I wish I hadn’t.
Learning 2: Email is amazing for coaching and therapy
I’ve talked about this before but I really can’t stress it enough. The discovery of email as a therapy format has changed my life – it’s also rocked the world of all the clients who’ve used it in the last year. Some folks are downright addicted!
‘nuff said. Email rocks.
Learning 3: The internet is great, but the real magic still happens offline
The coolest thing this blog has done for me doesn’t involve computers. Blogging has opened up a network of terrifically interesting, game-changing folks dotted around the world that I previously never would have had access to. However, it’s been connecting offline that’s really solidified these relationships.
One year in and I’ll tip my hat to the value my blog has added, in terms of sparking off new relationships… but I’ll also acknowledge that the old school rules of offline networking are just as (if not more) applicable than ever before.
Until we get immersive, 3D smell-o-vision internet there just isn’t any substitute for meeting, charming and connecting with fascinating folks in the flesh. What’s changed (massively) is my ability to stay in touch with them.
Learning 4: Most of viral success appears to be guesswork
I’ve enjoyed a modestly viral effect of link sharing via twitter and other social media platforms, for a few of my articles that have somehow captured the attention of the community at large.
Why People Won’t Pay Your Rates is easily my most popular post of all time. What’s weird is that I wrote this post (confession time!) at 2:45am, in about twenty five minutes. Meanwhile, other posts like “All your customers are crazy” I poured my heart and soul into only to receive a fairly underwhelming response.
Turns out I don’t really know what people want to read and talk about. Maybe by this time next year I will – in the meantime, if you have any clues, please email and fill me in!
So here’s the news…
I’ve moved to New York City! This is a big one for me and it’s happened rather suddenly. The way my business runs now gives me the freedom to live absolutely anywhere in the world. Typically, when this happens to internet entrepreneurs they move to some tropical beach somewhere.
I started out living right by a tropical beach (Sydney does beaches well) so I decided to do the opposite and head to the hustle and bustle of New York City. Folks who’ve been following on twitter will know that I arrived a few days ago and have finally gotten on top of my jet lag.
I’m here to work on a couple of very exciting projects, one of which is in the social entrepreneurial space. You’ll be hearing more about it very soon, but for it’s all top secret.
Other important news is that my client roster is utterly jam packed – I’m sold out like crazy.
This has prompted me, one year on, to bump up my rates for the very first time since launching the email consulting service a year ago. I don’t actually publish my rates publicly, but there’s an easy way to find out what they are if you’re interested in working together. Some client attrition is normal (and healthy!) so I expect spots in the roster to open up periodically.
I’ve also made the decision (after a couple of secret experiments) to officially offer phone consultation as an alternative to email. Even after I’ve ranted about the awesome advantages of email as a therapy format!
Why? Because I’ve learnt that the format doesn’t agree with everyone. However, it’s mainly because I miss it! Plans are even underway to offer face to face consulting in NYC, in the near future. As of now though, phone consults are available (if/when a spot on the roster becomes available) for those who don’t dig the email vibe.
So holy wow, what a year. My life has radically changed since July 2010. I’ve created a six figure location independent income doing work that I love, connected with some of the world’s coolest entrepreneurs and moved halfway around the planet.
I’ve published ebooks and dozens of blog posts. I’ve provide psychological insight into the performance of a small handful of incredible entrepreneurs and their businesses, then watched as things have taken off for them.
Believe it or not, I’m only just getting started. What’s coming up in the next twelve months is going to rock your world.
Thanks for being here where it all began.