Monthly Archives: November 2009

I’m a Published Author. Sort of.

Don’t ask me how, but for some reason I came across a reference online, which told me that one of my old blogs (Bobmeetsworld.com) had one of it’s articles quoted and published in a real book.

So that might not sound like much, but I bought the book just now, and reading back my own words on actual paper, gave me the urge to write a blog post! Trust me, seeing your words in a paperback is SO much different than seeing them on your computer screen.

Blogging is what got it all started for me. Before Bobmeetsworld, I was an average Internet user. I emailed, I browsed, I downloaded, I chatted. then, I started blogging, out of sheer boredom and a bit of curiosity.

Today, I consider myself as an ‘Internet Insider’. I run a popular TV series website which attracts over 1.5 million page-views per month, I have connections with many other successful insiders, and I make more money online than what I earn in my day-time job. To be honest, I just have my day job so I get to spend time with real people during the day.

The Internet is a magnificent tool, a place to communicate with the world. Getting ideas, passing knowledge, making connections. There isn’t a thing you cannot do online. What you need to learn though, is how to use it. How to behave and communicate with other people online. You only get out of it what you put into it.

Collaboration is key in most online success stories. Bloggers collaborate with their readers. Social networks collaborate with their users. We all need each other to gain success, and that’s why you need to respect other views and opinions. It’s all too easy staying anonymous and give out. It’s much harder to adapt and engage on more levels than your comfort zone has.

The book: (Now Is Gone: A Primer on New Media for Executives and Entrepreneurs)

I Dont Think I’m Cut Out For This Blogging Stuff

Seriously. All the time and effort you have to put into a blog. If you add it all up, was it really worth your time? You could be blogging, just for the fun of it. But chances are, you’re in it for the money. (Haha, who ever told you there was money to be made in blogging?)

There are a select few bloggers that actually make (quite a lot of) money with their blog. I hate to burst your bubble, but it is safe to say that you are not one of them. I can count them on one hand.

The trick.

Remember what a magician does when he pulls a rabbit out of a hat? They distract you with one hand, and do their “magic” with the other. Po0f! instant rabbit!

The distraction these bloggers use is simple yet effective – They tell you how they do it! WTF!

Over the years they have managed to build-up an online profile that is recognised by hundreds of thousands of readers. This is one of the main reasons they make money. With time comes mass, with mass comes credibility, with credibility comes more mass. You get the picture.

I’m not going into specifics, but if you just have a look through their archives, you will see that they have touched base on the same subject over and over again throughout the years, but by slightly rewording things, mixing in new examples of recent “achievements”, their information always seems fresh.

It’s just not for me, rewriting the same old bullshit, over and over again. Sure, it gets you a popular blog. It will earn your readers respect, AND it will bring in the money you are looking for. But what about job satisfaction? I simply cannot derive any pleasure or satisfaction out of repeating myself – over and over and over again.

*Edit – This post was about twice as long, but for some reason, WP gave me 404 errors every time I updated the post! See? Another reason why I think blogging isn’t for me.