Usually I write about how others have found success. But this post is different. This post documents my journey to accomplish something, and in doing so helps others who are trying to do the same.
I haven’t been writing very much lately and I feel rusty.
But, the saying goes, “If you have writers block, lower your standards.”
The basic formula I went off in the past was writing as much as I could, not worrying about editing and just letting my thoughts and ideas flow — get it all out on paper.
Key Blogging Insight: Why even blog or learn how to write better?
I needed to remind myself why I wanted to write again in order to get started again. Writing is a skill that has multiple practical applications. For one, it helps make you a better communicator. You are able to see your thoughts on paper and through that understand your thought process more clearly.
I’ve been researching a lot lately on how to figure out what people are interested in learning about. I looked deeply into validation — that is talking with people to see if my business idea is something that people actually want.
Surprisingly, I realized that creating something for myself is really the way to go.
I know that I will be alienating a lot of people, but at the same time I will speak much more deeply to those who really care about what I create.
My audience is going to be people nearly exactly like me — 23 year old men who are employed, and tech savvy. The interests, dreams, and desires that I have, are likely to resonate with them as well.
I had a lot of great ideas in college — I wanted to create a podcast — create a stream, network with others and make money online. Lots of ideas — not a lot of execution.
A pivotal realization was that I can’t do this alone. I just can’t. Creating “passive” income online is tough, especially since there is so much competition and creating something that really stands out and provides a ton of value is tough.
My recent purchase and plans for this blog
I recently purchased a Black Friday Bundle by Bryan Harris. This purchase included a bundle of courses that all interest me and I plan on going through at some point.
The first purchase that I already worked through is Authority. It’s an ebook on why writing is a great idea for your business, and how one can go about making a lot of money writing.
It’s funny, even now as I write this I feel reconnected to this awesome feeling I used to get in college when I wrote.
The second product that was part of the bundle that I am working through is the rapid list building course. This course is all about creating an email list that you can develop a relationship with and provide value to as a consistent audience.
I’m really excited about building an email list because my employer has a huge email list and it is really encouraging to see that it is possible.
The first lesson in Bryan Harris’ rapid list building course is Module 1. Module 1 answers the questions: What is an email list, why do you want an email list, how do you build an email list, how to setup your first email sign-up form, and more.
Module 1 required that I post my calendar and introduce myself to the Facebook group which is really awesome. I always felt that I needed community – and now I have it.
This is what my calendar looks like as of today:
And the post I made on FB:
“Hi everyone. My name is Tom, I’m 23 and working my first job out of college and looking to create an email list that will inform other ambitious college graduates about personal finance, negotiation, business building and psychology.
It’s a pleasure to be a part of this community and I am looking to help out everyone/anyone in any way I can.
Please feel free to message me with requests for collaboration or any questions, or to just say hi.
Nice to meet you! :)”
I already have a few subscribers but I still have a long way to go, so this will be exciting.
In the past I have written about Psychology, but I think this will prove to be really exciting to write about, since it is something I find exciting to learn.
The promise of a 1,000 person email list means a consistent audience for your work, which could mean being able to support yourself financially instead of working a job.
This translates to a lot of extra time to develop skills and scale up the email list from 1,000 subscribers to 2,000 and beyond.
I’ll definitely post updates as I go along.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. add me on snapchat if you want! My username is, tomsnaps1337