How Has Blogging Changed Your Life?

by Craig McBreen · 34 comments · Blogging, Breaking out


Tree houseI know someone who blogs about living in a house fit for elves.

A minimalist who lives in a very small space.

When I first entered into this Twilight Zone built on 100 million plus blogs, I thought tiny house people were silly.

I did.

But I’ve just moved my family from a 3,500 square foot house with a view to a 900 square foot apartment.

Yup.

The reasons? Well, it’s involved, but it’s all good. Honestly? I’m more excited than Snoop Lion at a marijuana dispensary.

I’m still not crazy about tiny houses, but I’m on board with the 1,003.57 reasons why people move into them.

The 900 square foot apartment? This is one way the old weblog has dramatically changed my life. In fact, I’ll be writing about this and more on a new site, something I wouldn’t have dreamed of three years ago.

It’s all about making my life (and my family’s) richer, thus the excitement.

In 2010 I thought social media was silly, and I only read three blogs consistently:
Zen Habits
Craig Harper
Marc and Angel Hack Life

That’s it.

Why? Because I needed a morning bump to deal with life.

I certainly never thought I would be authoring my own dot com, and that this online property would change my life.

Onward and Upward

What about you? Just excited to have your own online property? Or are you expanding beyond the bubble?

Has the practice of writing and publishing online brought small changes? OR has it changed everything?

In “Choose Yourself” James Altucher writes: “Success comes from continually expanding your frontiers in every direction – creatively, financially, spiritually, and physically. Always ask yourself, what can I improve? Who else can I talk to? Where else can I look?”

… “When you give up searching for frontiers, inevitably you end up stuck in a swamp …”

No one wants to be stuck in a stagnant old bog. And in my world, blogging is the springboard to avoid this kind of “stuck.”

What about you?

Feeling mired in the reeds? Or continually expanding?

My humble little blog is what gives me the impetus to bust a move, daily. And it has indeed changed everything.

I used to think Tim Ferriss was an internet bird of prey, swindling the weak. I’ve since listened to him interviewed countless times and now understand his appeal.

Why am I writing about Mr Ferriss? Because it comes back to what I’m going on about today.

He’s a renaissance man who just happens to be fairly well known, very smart, and pretty damn wealthy (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

He also writes and speaks on topics I’m fascinated with and want to experience more of: Amazing food (and healthy eating), fitness (at any age), brain science, entrepreneurship and self-improvement (I could go on).

And the man is skilled at getting you to think about what you really want out of work and life.

To ask your (our) own big why?

He and a multitude of others have pressed me to keep asking, “why?”

And doing the time, putting in 1-2 hours a day on writing, connecting with like-minded people, being inspired by others, helps me explore the “why” and improve, every single damned day.

How about you?

Has “the blog” changed everything? And if so, how?

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Josh October 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Jammed for time, but social media has opened up doors that had been closed personally and professionally. It has absolutely changed my life in some very profound ways.

Looking forward to hearing about your changes, I am intrigued.
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Craig McBreen October 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Hey Josh,

I certainly know the feeling, but busy is good, right?

Yes, the practice will certainly open some doors, so good to know how much the practice has done for you.

This new project is all about the lifestyle changes I’ve made and will be making :)

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Sharon Gilmour-Glover October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Hi Craig,

What a great question!

Blogging has changed my business entirely. I’m not sure it’s the blogging per se. I don’t write and post original work every day. I am so grateful for being able to reblog work by incredible writers and thinkers to share with the Clarity for the Boss community.

What having a blog has done is moved me and our business into the digital world more. I have relationships with people ranging from passing acquaintance to partnering. Our business is set for some serious growth as a result of committing to blogging.

The very best change though is that I once again have an international community. I know people in different countries. I have really stimulating conversations that get me thinking. I feel like a global citizen again. I missed that when I left teaching in the early ’90′s. It does my soul such good to be connected to people who care and are passionate and committed to living fully.

I’m intrigued to hear what else is new for you. Looking forward to the next post,
Sharon

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Craig McBreen October 31, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Hi Sharon,

I know you made quite the splash with Clarity for the Boss, so great to hear what this has all done for your business.

I certainly don’t post every day, but try my best to write every single day. That has really helped.

Great point about the international community. I’ve made friends in a variety of countries too and I look forward to meeting some of them in person at some point.

“It does my soul such good to be connected to people who care and are passionate and committed to living fully.”
– Me too :)

Where did you teach?

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Sharon Gilmour-Glover November 1, 2013 at 3:58 am

I taught at a couple of environmental learning centres and in the educational department of a museum. I also taught grade 5, in a classroom for a year. All in Southern Ontario.

While I was teaching I was volunteer staff at the Institute for Earth Education. It’s an international organisation with branches in North America and Europe.

Even though it was the ’80′s and email and social platforms were non-existent, I had colleagues all over the world. I was part of a global community which had a global consciousness. I have really missed that.

Blogging and social media have reconnected me to others around the world. Yeah!

Cheers,
Sharon
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Craig McBreen November 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm

All sounds great … grade 5 sounds the toughest ;)

Cheers to those ’round the world connections!

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Sharon Gilmour-Glover November 4, 2013 at 6:41 am

Actually, grade 5 is really fun because they’re old enough to have the basics down, they’re really starting to think critically and decide who they are. But they’re still kids so there’s lots of room for magic and imagination!

They do tend to get hormones for Christmas though and then it’s a totally different game!!
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Craig McBreen November 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Yes, once the hormones kick in, watch out ;)

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Maxwell Ivey October 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Hello; Its amazing to hear your excitement, passion, and pure joy coming through the post. I can’t say that blogging has changed my life in a radical way like it has changed yours, but I do feel that my life is a bit richer and my blog and website are a lot more successful as a result of blogging, blog commenting, post sharing, relationship building, and all the other things that go into blogging when done right. My site has gone from about 3 million on alexa to almost 900,000 thanks to my blog and the help from other bloggers. I am getting more requests to list equipment on my site. And since the goal is to promote the amusement, concessions, and confections equipment i help people sell; then this is a very good thing for me. I look forward to following your journey to minimalism and a more fulfilling life for you and your family. Thanks again and take care, Max
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Craig McBreen October 31, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Hi Maxwell,

I’m glad that came through clearly!

It’s a slow, incremental process for sure, but that tenacity will certainly pay off if you stick with it, as you’ve clearly seen.

Great to hear how well you’re doing, Sir! Looks like a very interesting industry you’re in, and I imagine pretty lucrative.

Thanks so much for stopping in, and for the nice comments, I’m working on that other online property and will be making announcements here for sure.

Have a good one!

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Amber October 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Yep. Blog = New world order.

Everyone is “published” now and everyone has a soap box.

Can’t wait to hear about your new project, Craig!

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Craig McBreen October 31, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hey Amber,

Nice to see you here!

Ha ha, yes. We are gathering momentum and we will take over ;)

The new project will be a big part of my life, so looking forward to it too. Thanks for stopping in.

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Marc October 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Craig, I love your introspection and exploration of… “why?” It’s this same mindset that moves Angel and I to explore and create daily. For us, blogging has changed everything. It’s a long, beautiful story – one best saved for another day. I hope we get a chance to chat about it sometime. Perhaps WDS 2014?

PS: Thanks for the shout. :)
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Craig McBreen October 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Hi Marc,

Very nice to see you here, Sir! You and Angel gave this kid quite a bit of inspiration back in the day.

I would certainly love to chat with you about your story, and I’m sure we’ll get a chance to sometime in the near future, maybe at WDS 2014. Also looking forward to some other events after I roll out this next site.

Most welcome! Appreciate you coming by and thanks for all the creative energy over the years.

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Lori Gosselin November 1, 2013 at 5:39 am

LOL = how has blogging changed my life?! Interesting question to consider on my 3rd anniversary. But first, such an interesting life change you have made. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this!
I know I didn’t know what I was doing when I started – it was good that I had a coach for this. But it has opened up so many things for me. In the past year I have completely rebuilt my business site, started a business blog, created a Reiki site and am only now getting down to the business of using Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to do the earnest business of social media, something my new coach likes to call “Communicating”!
I’m also researching my second book and plan to begin writing in 2014. Life just keeps getting more and more interesting! Good thing I have a forum (my porch) to express and share these thoughts and ideas as they come to me!
Lori
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Craig McBreen November 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Hi Lori,

Congrats again on your third anniversary. That is quite the milestone in this fickle digital world. A big deal!

You will be hearing a lot more about this at the new site :)

I think it takes 1-2 years to really figure things out. It’s a slow, iterative process, especially when you throw in social media channels.

Wow, second book, huh? Looking forward to hearing more about that. Thanks for stopping in.

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Joe November 1, 2013 at 7:37 am

The changes have been smaller in relation to my blog, but being involved in the blogging universe as a whole has opened up new relationships, given me great information, and has made me a better writer and communicator.

It has also introduced me to a new concept of possibility. Although I have a job I like and colleagues that I love, I don’t expect to be a “cubicle dweller” forever. I think opportunities open up the more entrenched you become on-line.

Great post. Like the others here, I am also intrigued by what the “new” McBreen will offer!
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Craig McBreen November 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Hi Joe,

Well, it sounds like it’s done quite a bit for you. I like that you’ve written about the concept of “possibility” because there are so many … the new McBreen is all about Possibility :)

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Adrienne November 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Welcome to my world Craig, the world of smaller spaces!

I can’t wait to learn more about this move and what prompted it. The difference with me that most people just don’t get is I never had a family of my own to even need a big place. I actually don’t like a lot of “stuff” which is why I live in a one bedroom condo. So all these families that had the big house are now downsizing and having to start all over. My little home has been paid for for years and I still love living here. The complex is small and quiet, yep I’m pretty spoiled.

So on to the topic at hand, how has blogging changed my life. Gosh, can I say totally!

Since coming online to find out how to survive I eventually was introduced to blogging. Although it didn’t start out well it’s ended well. Not only have I learned so much but it’s been the outlet for me to connect with so many amazing people. It’s opened my eyes to new relationships and it’s helped build my business.

I think everyone should have a blog and I actually heard an interview with Neil Patel yesterday and he said the same thing. Unless of course you’re in a field like construction work or something that wouldn’t really warrant that but for the most part yeah!

Bet this got everyone to thinking and I can tell from the comments so far that it’s truly changed some people’s lives. I love that when that happens.

Can’t wait to hear all the scoop but until then have a wonderful weekend and take care.

~Adrienne
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Craig McBreen November 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Hi Adrienne,

Well, you will definitely be reading more about it on the new site.

I don’t like a lot of stuff either, so we’ve been shedding a lot. Shedding, saving and planning for fun (vs. house projects) ;)

Sounds to me like you have a perfect little setup, and the best part is the fact that it’s been paid for for years!

Well let’s just say, you’ve come a long way, baby! So cool to hear about your success and since you are a natural connector, it’s no wonder.

Stay-tuned for the scoop!

Thanks and hope the weekend was good to you.

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Mary Stephenson November 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Hi Craig

Hmm…going from a big house to a little apartment. Well I want to go from my little house to a big one with property. May be it is the longing for peace and country life again that lurks in my bones. The house I grew up in was also small, but we had so much outdoors to explore. I miss the quiet.

Blogging started out with the hopes of making money, well that soon turned out to be untrue. But I have discovered many things about myself on this journey. What I have learned has been far beyond my expectations. Being on the internet daily has lead me to discover more about alternative medicine, psychology, and many other things that I was interested in. I learned that I could write better than I had ever given myself credit for. Actually I am smarter than I once believed to be true. Blogging has taught me so much about friendships. Well the list could go on but although the initial reason for blogging fell short of great expectations, there has been extremely valuable lessons learned.

Mary
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Craig McBreen November 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hi Mary,

Living in an apartment is definitely different, but we decided it was time for a change and time to start doing bigger and better things. All fun stuff I’ll be writing about.

With that being said, I certainly understand what you’re saying, ’cause we all need some peace and quiet. We may get sick of apartment life, but we’ll continue to rent.

I do think many who go in only thinking of dollar signs will be seriously disappointed. Like any other entrepreneurial venture, it requires a ton of planning, determination and even a little luck. I think most of the people making decent money online have been in for 5-10 years. There are exceptions, of course.

Blogging is a drawn out process where you are constantly learning, changing, and growing. In your case, you’re gaining confidence and learning so much, so who knows where it could lead?

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Jeevan Jacob John November 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I started blogging as a hobby, so there wasn’t anything to change. I didn’t own a business. Blogging was all fun for me (it still is, but now, I have specific goals in mind. I want to build a business now).

Blogging changed me.

A lot.

Perhaps, the day I started blogging might be the most significant day of life (okay..that might sound exaggerated. But, no, it actually is). Blogging changed me. When I look back to who I was, I don’t recognize “me”.

Instead, I see a different person (I think that is for the good).

Blogging helped me to understand life, to rewrite my ideas about life, to question life and to improve/develop a lot of useful skills (I could say that blogging helped me to define my real purpose in life – to take action, to help others).

The list goes on…and that’s probably why I consider the day I started blogging as the most important day of my life (apart from my birthday of course :P).

Blogging is just amazing! And, so is life ;)

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Craig McBreen November 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Hey Jeevan,

Glad to hear it’s changed you for the better, and I can obviously relate to what you’re saying. I feel much the same way, especially when it comes to purpose.

Love your comments, and love you attitude, Sir! And I’m so looking forward to your new online property.

Have a good one.

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MarieDenee November 2, 2013 at 12:33 am

This was sooo good. Thank you for this question/thought/lead here… I found you via Twitter and this is food for thought… Will link you in my post about this!
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Craig McBreen November 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Hi Marie,

Thank you! :)

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Kenna Griffin November 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Craig, my blog is my favorite hobby and my most far-reaching teaching tool. It really has changed everything. I guess my biggest problem is that I’m trying to figure out what’s next. It’s time for me to take the next step in building something secondary off of my blog. I just need to determine what exactly that is and when the right time to do it is. Obviously I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit because it’s almost time to set new annual goals for the site. I have a feeling that this year’s goals are going to focus less on my blog itself and more on using it as a platform for other things. It’s exciting and terrifying. It sounds like you might be going through something similar.
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Craig McBreen November 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hi Kenna,

Great to hear!

Yes, I’m going through something similar. The foundation has been laid and now I’m slowly building.

This is exciting news for you, and I’m glad to hear it. The fact that it’s “exciting and terrifying” makes me think it’s going to be great ;)

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Ralph November 7, 2013 at 6:27 am

Interesting POV. I wish you all the best in your pursuits. One thing I do notice is that you seem 100% committed. That, in my mind, is what it takes to succeed.

Cheers, sir.
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Craig McBreen November 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Hi Ralph,

This kid sure is committed :) Thanks!

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Vijesh November 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

Hi Craig,
Blogging is different for many, some do it as a profession, some as a hobby, some for their live hood etc. It might bring some good changes in some people lives but in some there will be no change at all. Blogs are actually written as a personal online dairy which has changed a lot in course of time. we can start as many blogs as we can and we need be struck with the same old blog when we don’t get expected results. Just waiting to know why you moved from 3500 Sq yards to 900 square yards?
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Craig McBreen November 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hi Vijesh,

Yes indeed, people do this for so many reasons and many discover it’s just not right for them.

Good points. About my moving … I’ll be writing about all this in detail on another blog which is in the works. Thank you for stopping in.

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Sheree Martin November 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Craig–

We’re totally on the same page. I created my first “blog” in 2000, although I just called it a website and updated it every few hours. Later added videos that I edited in iMovie and published as Quicktime movies. Way before YouTube. I was just ahead of my time.

Fast-forward 10 years and new doors are open. For the past 12 months I’ve been on a spiritual-sort-of-life-quest to figure out how to use my knowledge, skills and passions to help others and solve problems related to health, wealth and wisdom. Without having to practice law, grade papers or write assessment reports that no one reads.

All the dots are starting to connect and I’m super-excited about the path I’m on. And it does include the blogging, which for me dates back to 2000, even though the terminology was different back then.

And I already live in a small house: About 1100 square feet. Love it.
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Craig McBreen November 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Sheree,

Wow, you are a veteran! So glad new doors are opening for you now … sounds like we are on similar paths … helping people break out in some way.

Not sure what percentage of people can say they’re super-excited about the path they are on, so that is great. I look forward to hearing more.

1100 s.f. sounds fine to me. I’m at the point where I just want to shed things.

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