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Jackass of All Trades

I’ve been meaning to do more writing since, well, forever. I mean, it’s not like I don’t write anything at all. If you add up all the message board posts, emails, song lyrics, and shopping lists I periodically write, there’s a decent amount of writing going on. But I think you know what I mean.

That’s why I decided to start this blog. I’m going to try to get into the habit of writing new posts at least once a week, if not more. It’s certainly not a hard goal to achieve – now if I said I was going to climb Mount Everest once a week, that would be hard. But this? C’mon man.

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But that brings me back around to a mind-crippling question. What should I write about? On one hand it makes sense to have a common theme. Maybe this could be a music blog. Or a politics blog. Or a sports blog. Or an ultra-specific niche blog solely devoted to the question mark. ? But I take some pride in having all kinds of interests, so my blog should be about all kinds of things. I can’t just write about music, for example. I think I would probably just lose interest. But if I have so many interests and can write, then what’s the problem? I should have more blog topic ideas than your average Joe Blogger, not less. It’s kind of an enigma.

Random Musical Interlude – check out this masterpiece by The Beatles, and really listen to the song structure and melody – brilliant! I’ve been listening to this song (and album) a lot lately. And it’s just an album throwaway track, not even a single. Yup, these guys could sit down and whip up a song in an afternoon just because they needed one more for the album, and it would still be better than most band’s best songs.

Now, back to my existential crisis, or whatever the hell I was whining about up there. Listen: to hell with it. I am going to write about whatever I want to write about. It’s the only way this is going to work. Please follow me anyways!

Lately, I have been obsessed with the nebulous world of “online marketing”. (Insert trademark symbol here). It’s time to start an online business of my own. I’ve been doing a lot of research, and I have a lot of ideas. Some are better than others, and it will take a while to sort through it all because there’s just so much to learn. I can definitely say I don’t want this to be “another online marketing blog” (insert another trademark symbol here). But it’s what is on my mind a lot right now.

So if someone stumbles on this post later on today, or many years down the road when I’m a rich and famous hermit living in the Hollywood Hills who nobody has seen for 4 years, here are a couple of places I suggest you start.

The first is Pat Flynn’s ‘Smart Passive Income‘ website. The blog, resources page, and podcast are all top-notch. Pat seems like a cool dude, and has provided a lot of tools for people just starting out. He legitimately wants to help you succeed.

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Another great resource: the Warrior Forum.

Awesome freelance resources: Freelancer.com, Upwork.com and Fiverr.com. Great sites.

I don’t know what the future holds, but I am definitely going to write an e-book or two, keep updating this blog (right?), perhaps pursue some freelance writing or design gigs. I’ve already been playing around with affiliate marketing. I guess that is ultimately the thesis of this blog post: You don’t just wake up one day and decide you’re going to make money on the internet, at which point you walk through a door, get handed a blue pill, and push the “Free Money” button. There is no one simple answer. Nothing in life is easy, and there are literally dozens of ways to pursue your goals online. Like trying to figure out what the hell to write your blog about, you just have to do a lot of research, filter the information through your own sensibilities, employ some trial-and-error methodology to see what works for you, and go make it happen. The odds are, what eventually clicks for you in the end is probably not something that was even on your radar in the beginning.

And so it goes.

 

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