Why did you start blogging?

by Craig McBreen · 117 comments · Social media


I had one reason.

Speechification. I wanted to improve my speech writing. A blog would be my accountability platform. Not a soul would pay attention, and my writing and elocution would improve. Easy peasy, right? This was my desire.

Be careful what you wish for.

Copyblogger was a revelation. I lost hours on that site.

I listened to all of Srini’s podcasts. All. Of. Them. BlogcastFM nerd, I was, and still am.

Ashley Ambirge rocked my world.

Danny Brown motivated and advised me.

Nancy Davis showed me how to be real.

John Falchetto helped me see the possibilities.

Kaarina Dillabough sparked me to action.

I rebooted that account with zero followers and one stupid tweet.

Then Mark and Gini followed me back on Twitter. I was starstruck.

I commented on blogs. A leap for me, really. And receiving comments back. Whoa! The first time a blogger responded to one of my posts I skipped around the block like a little kid. Bill Dorman, are you listening?

This was a brand new day.

I was learning the lingo, hobnobbing, Twittering away, and … why did I start this again? I was in this to improve my ability to scribble, then speak, hopefully a bit more creatively. That’s it.

I thirsted for more.

This preoccupation was intoxicating and I was obsessed. I wanted in. As in, tribe “in.” To monetize. To gain a loyal base of followers.

Oh, I didn’t even have a blog yet.

I figured I would follow the model of bloggers with fire and passion in their bellies, and lots of expletives. By the way, I still love some of these bloggers, but that ain’t my style. Dig?

So, I wrote: I will. I will …

Write epic shit! (I really did write that)
I had never before used the word, “epic.”

Always use real life experiences!
(Well, I could do that.)

Go out and have kick-ass, epic life experiences and then write about them.
(There’s that word again.)

And write more epic shit!
(Okay, enough with “epic” already.)

I know. How epic.

I couldn’t contain myself. sorry.

I would. I would. I would …

Be a lionhearted blogger, storming intrepid into unknown territory. Um, Okay.

This was the beginning. I was excited. Really excited.

Dude.

You might detect trace elements of sarcasm. You would be right, but I really did feel this way, so I’m really laughing at myself. I do that a lot.

I’m still excited, but maybe a little more focused on presenting the real me. Does it show?

But … why am I here, really?

1. To write about my personal experiences. Check.
2. To improve my writing. Check.
3. Offer something that will help someone out there. Hopefully.
4. All while bringing some levity to my writing and never taking myself too seriously. We shall see, eh?
5. To eventually make some money. There, I said it.

Now it’s your turn.

I would love to learn what brought you here.

What steps did you take along the way?

Were you surprised what you discovered?

Why in the world did you start a blog?

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Nancy Davis October 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

Hi Craig,

I always loved to write. I knew I wanted to start a blog, and so what I did was joined a blogging group on Facebook that was run by Chris Brogan. There I asked questions and got feedback and learned. I read a lot of blogs and commented like mad.

I went to BWE in May this past year and met Danny and Gini and got to actually hang out with them which was really cool. I did two blog posts because I met so many cool people there.

I was very surprised to discover that I have more to say than I thought I did. I was making an impact and getting a good response and that was really amazing. What also surprised me is how kind other bloggers are. I would not be doing as well as I have been doing without some help from Danny and Gini and John and of course, Margie.

I started my blog because I wanted people to be able to find hope if they had none. I wanted a place where talking about abuse, sex, relationships would all be welcomed and not judged. I wanted to create a place for people who maybe need to laugh at life or to cry. I wanted my blog to be the place where everyone knew there would be no B.S.

I am now working on a longer work, and going to talk more about that in the next few months.

Thanks for the mention Craig, and I am so happy that you are doing what you set out to do. It really is great to see.
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 1:19 am

Hi Nancy,

I haven’t been lucky enough to meet these people in person, but am surely finding out how cool they are. In the initial stages I was going through a process of elimination. Which one of these bloggers – many, top-tier like Gini and Danny – would actually respond to me. Well through my little journey about a third never really engaged with me at all. A third kind of, sort of engaged. And, the third that Danny and Gini and several others are a part of, not only engaged, but kept responding and offering advice. Little bits here and there help a lot, don’t they?

There is certainly no B.S. on your site, Nancy. It takes guts to post what you do, but I’m sure you have helped more than a few along the way, but you’re just getting started, right?

Looking forward to reading about your longer work.

You’re welcome and thanks!

Now what about those Yankees, Nancy? Tigers back-to-back homers in the first! The Yankees relief crew will be lining up.

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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Gini doesn’t really engage, mind you – she has Lisa Gerber do all that for her and then she takes the credit… ;-)
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Gini Dietrich October 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I used to think I wasn’t a masochist. Now I’m realizing, more and more, that clearly is an issue for me. Otherwise why would we still be friends?
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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I’m the only one that can keep Shrek in line?
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Gini Dietrich October 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

No, that’s not it. Otherwise his Ragu bullying post wouldn’t have gone out of control.
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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Maybe it’s because CC kept baiting Ragu, despite saying it was over? ;-)
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Mr. Schechter sure knows how to light up Spin Sucks.

Gini Dietrich October 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

WHAT?! You can’t throw that out there and then say we have to wait a few months.
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Nancy Davis October 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I told you ab out that! Further proof that you never listen to anything I tell you! :) Dear Gini, I told you first, or did you think I was fooling?
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Gini Dietrich October 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

(I was trying to get more info for everyone else)
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 12:39 am

As Bill would say … she’s tricky like that :)

Bill Dorman October 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

Because of all these porny Gravatars I kept following back I thought it might be a way to meet these hot chicks………….my wife said ‘good luck’…………….doh……….

I had no idea what the allure to twitter was until by a total fluke I retweeted a local person’s tweet that also had Gini mentioned in the tweet. Next thing I know, Gini followed me so I followed back and went to her site to see who this person was. I saw she was ‘blogging,’ and commenting was allowed, so I jumped right in.

I had commented for several months and used her visitors as other people to follow and comment on before I decided it looks like you are supposed to have a blog too if you are going to comment. So, I had my IT guy help set me up w/ a WP blog.

Was I surprised; yes at the time. I’m thinking ‘I didn’t know all this was going on in twitter, this is kind of fun’.

I kind of came in backwards (imagine that) but the blog was an afterthought because I thought nobody would want to read what I had to say. They still might not, but at least they are being nice about it.

That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 1:36 am

Hey Bill,

Porny Gravatars. I have no idea what you are talking about :) So, you’re supposed to follow them back, eh? :) It made me think of all these Russian brides who might want to move to Florida and then enjoy sunning themselves on your backyard deck.

Kind of stumbled into something great there with Twitter, didn’t you? That began the legendary commenting stream written about by Ari Herzog. I guess you’re having even more fun now, eh?

I liked the whole commenting thing, sans-blog, but man I felt like some kind of imposter jumping in there, but I never quite mixed it up like you.

I’m still surprised at all I see going on in the Twitter universe. Russian brides to be and porny gravatars aside, there’s a hive of activity there for sure. Still learnin’ the ropes.

I think your model works, going in backwards that is.

What about those Rays? … Man!

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Bill Dorman October 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm

True story, a friend of mine celebrated his 50th last weekend. He’s a doctor so he has several circle of friends. Part of the celebration was getting all these friends to play golf in the am last Saturday. So of course, I made 8 new friends.

At the party/dinner that night when we all showed up with our wives and somebody said ‘did you know Bob’s wife is from Russia?’ Huh? Bob is 62, his bride looked to be about 18 but I finally got to meet a real life Russian bride. Of course that was the talk of the table with all of us old farts……………I wonder what the going price is for one of those, huh?
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

That old devil. That is too funny :) That reminds me of Bill Wyman’s former child bride, or the guy from The Green Mile. He’s like 51 and just married a 16-year-old … well, actually that’s just creepy.

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Gini Dietrich October 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I didn’t know that’s how it all began. Too funny!
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John Falchetto October 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

Hi Craig,

I really enjoyed this post. I can see how you are setting some serious WHYs for your blogging.
I started my blog a year ago, for a simple reason I didn’t want to travel back and forth between Dubai adn the South of France. Blogging for me was a great way to move my business from a brick and mortar, face to face meeting place to a virtual one.
Blogging for me is a tool, albeit one I enjoy using, to build a lifestyle.

Without being active online I wouldn’t be able to spend as much time at home with my daughter and I would have to be on the road. My priority is my family and enjoying my time with my daughter, blogging and my online activities allow me to do that.
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Bill Dorman October 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm

So, if I blog I can move my insurance business to south of France? Is it all it’s cracked up to be or do I need to appreciate the beaches we have in Florida more?
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Hi John,

Thanks, Sir … Serious WHYs, indeed.

Your blogging journey is an interesting one. I see people like Ashley and Srini, who live a certain lifestyle I certainly can’t live. Well, because it’s impractical, but my wife is on board with moving to another local at some point. It’s fun tossing around Spain and France. Tough choice, eh? But that’s off in the distance for now, but maybe this will make it possible. We shall see :)

Anyway your journey is there for all to see and your adventure is a combination of the people mentioned above, with a no-nonsense, practical, no BS journey, Great, great advice. You don’t romanticize it like so many do, especially a certain famous author, entrepreneur, and speaker you’ve written about. If I was in my 20s, maybe I could live like them, but that ain’t practical. Your stuff is. Now, to get back to Expat Life Coach!

How’s that 30-day challenge going? Looks like you are helping quite a few.

Right now, blogging is taking up just a bit too much time, but that’s because I’m new and learning how to balance this work with the OTHER work!

Thanks so much, John.

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Betsy Cross October 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

I started my family history blog because I wanted to create a dialogue with the average person about their family history and what it would take to motivate them to start theirs. It was sort of an experiment. I can’t get out much to spend a lot of time with people, so I tried going online to see what would happen.
It has been a journey in self-discovery if nothing else. It hit me yesterday when I was out and about that at the bottom of everything I do is friendship. I was beating myself up for losing focus. But take away relationships and life gets pretty dull.
I am definitely finding my voice and am less and less attached to helping people do their family history. It’s one of those things that’s near impossible to measure online. So I’m back to having fun…
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

Hi Betsy,

That is a great reason to start a blog. Helping people with their family history sounds pretty amazing and fun, but a heck of a lot of work. I’ve been doing a bit of digging on my own, so will have to scrutinize your blog even more. Anyway, great experiment you have going over there! Interested to see how it all fleshes out.

This is certainly a journey of self-discovery. It’s hard to maintain focus when there are so many roads to take. Just blogging introduces you to so many people, and there are so many options, so you certainly can’t beat yourself up for losing focus. Well I should talk, I do that all the time :)

Glad you are back to having fun though. I guess it really takes a bit to find your voice. I’m doing a bit of experimenting on my own and who knows how long that will take.

Thanks for the comments, Betsy!

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Christine Geraci October 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

This post made me smile. :) “Epic shit!” I love it.

I started blogging because I missed journalism. And because I wanted to contribute something back to the community I was learning so much from professionally, especially when it came to social media.

One time I wrote a post that Mack Collier tweeted that he liked, and I got 10 comments in a couple of hours. There I was, in my living room at 11:30 p.m., doing a happy dance. I’ll never forget the feeling of writing something that someone else found useful or entertaining! :)
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Hi Christine,

Thank you for stopping by. Said tongue-in-cheek in the post, but in my youth – four months ago :) – I really did write that down.

Nice to have someone from a journalism background drop in. I’ve learned so much during my short stint here, I don’t know what to do with it all, so I have “to do” text files full of advice. Checking them off one at a time. It’s a great place to go to school, the blogosphere.

That must have been something when Mack sent that out. I certainly know the feeling. I joke about doing my own kind of happy dance, but just like you, I did. Great feeling.

Thanks so much for the comments.

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Christine Geraci October 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Yes, the blogosphere is quite the learning community! I’m right there with ya. Keep absorbing… :)
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

The people above are great teachers. Great places to start if you’re not already reading their stuff!

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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Interesting question, mate, and some great answers already.

I guess I started blogging originally as a way to get ideas out. Didn’t matter if they were heard or read, but just to get them out there.

As I progressed, I used blogging as a two-pronged attack – one, to generate leads (directly or indirectly) and two, to connect with people on a more engaging level than many other online platforms allow you to.

It seems to be working so far, so that’s all I can ask for.

Have a great weekend, sir!
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Yes, some great answers, and the comment bombs you and Gini are lobbing my way are much appreciated!

Loved your Three Years post. Great, great stuff.

I’m not going off the rails already, but that post was what I needed to read. Anyway, it tells a great story about your journey and it resonated with me, especially the “writing for yourself” part.

I’d like to use it as a platform to promote some other things I want to do, so maybe I’ll use the Danny Brown model … I’d say your system is working quite well :)

You have a great weekend too. Thanks!

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Gini Dietrich October 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

But what happened to the goal of improving your speech writing? I don’t see it listed at the bottom of the blog post!

It’s cool to see how people affect your online journey. But starstruck from me? LOL! I’m starstruck that you sent me a handwritten note!
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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I didn’t get a handwritten note – what the deuce?? It’s the spandex, right? Always the spandex…
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Gini Dietrich October 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Someday you’ll learn it’s because I’m better looking.
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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

You’ve been on the wine already, haven’t you?
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Gini Dietrich October 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Why must you always give away my secrets?
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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Oh, that’s not a secret, my dear… ;-)
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I didn’t expect this type of conversation: From Bill Dorman talking about porny gravatars, to inside jokes about spandex, and Gini’s a.m. wine drinking. Interesting where this is going.

I wish Michael Schechter would show up.

Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Shrek’s too busy getting his mirror ready for naked beer drinking tonight.
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I had no idea.

Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

“what the deuce??”

Danny, you are expanding my vocabulary every day. Now I can communicate more effectively by using phrases like, “what the deuce?” “shit goggles” and “flock off” ;-)

You’re on the list. It’s just that you happen to be in Burlington, Ontario. You know how expensive it is to mail to Canada, right? :) Actually, I think it’s 80 cents.

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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

US or Canadian currency? There’s an important difference… :)
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

We’re catching up to the loonie, I think. :)

Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Gini, About the speech writing …

Well I “fell down the rabbit hole” populated by an fascinating group of people. Fun trip no doubt, but I’m getting back on track with the speech writing. Now to find a venue or two that will listen to my silly nonsense.

It is cool. Hopefully I’ll get to know you and Danny better so I understand the inside jokes :)

I’m old school like that, but appreciate all you’ve done!

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Jack@TheJackB October 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Here is why I blog:

The very simple reason is that I derive a tremendous sense of joy and satisfaction from using words to express my thoughts. I have a great love for the language and I appreciate those people who can use words to construct a mental image. I appreciate their ability and craftmanship and wonder how it is they can take my mind and send it on a journey out of my body and into another world.
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Hey Jack,

You know what? If I told you how long it took me to write this post you might just crack up. Maybe I’ll get faster as I go, hopefully … From tortoise to hare :)

Everything you mentioned here: “Joy and satisfaction in your work … great love for the language … craftsmanship … journey out of my body and into another world,” is all there on your site. Add to that the fact that you are so prolific with your writing, makes it that much more rewarding. There is plenty to choose from on The JackB.

Did I tell you my wife is a fan? Now if I could only get her to comment on your blog :)

Thanks, Jack!

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Jack@TheJackB October 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Craig,

I can guarantee that if you practice you will get faster. I can bang out a post in about 15 minutes. Most of the time I am relatively confident that it is of good quality.

But the reason I can do it so quickly is because I practice writing every day and have done so for years. Oh, and I rarely worry about whether anyone else will like it.

Write for yourself first and this all becomes much easier.

You have this blogging thing down already. Keep going, I am enjoying it and tell your wife that she should comment. I don’t usually bite, bark or growl at first time commenters. ;)
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Okay, I’ll let you know if I’m improving in a month or so. I don’t think I could bang out a post in 45 minutes … but 15! I might be able to produce a crap sandwich in that amount of time, but that’s about it. :)

I’m trying to write every day. An hour each morning and I’m getting better at sticking to a schedule.

Thanks for the advice. I do need to keep writing for myself, and will just keep plugging away.

Thank you and I’ll tell her. She’s probably reading this right now, and now knows not to be afraid :)

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Kaarina Dillabough October 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Jack, you use words to construct mental images with every post: I’m always transported:) Cheers! Kaarina
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Craig McBreen October 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Agreed! I keep thinking back to “My Stairway To Heaven” Great stuff.

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Erin Feldman October 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Why did I start blogging? Hmm. I think part of it was the whole idea that I needed to blog. I kept hearing about SEO and search engine rankings. The problem with that reasoning is that no one’s going to find the blog if you aren’t writing about generalized or scandalous things. It also was a way for me to work on my writing skills – it still is.

I’ve taken a lot of steps since those initial ones. Part of it was finding topics that truly interest me. When I first started blogging, I didn’t know what topics were suitable for my blog or would sustain long-term interest for both me and my readers. As I started to grow as an entrepreneur, I began to discover them. I also found a writing voice. Even if I decide to write in third- instead of first-person at times, my voice, my angle is still present.

I think I have been surprised by the discoveries I’ve made, but that surprise is a huge factor in any writing I do. It’s a part of my writing philosophy. Maybe I should write about that at some point. I can see that perspective taking some explanation. :)

Great post, Craig. I enjoyed reading it.
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

Hi Erin,

When I first started looking into this I was focusing on headlines, SEO, etc. and wonder how much gaming the system could really do for you, and if could it bring you any satisfaction … well, no. If you’re in it only to make money, it might work, but that’s no fun is it?

Finding topic ideas or an overall theme is a challenge isn’t it? But it sounds like you’ve honed in on it and you’re making it work. I guess that’s the key, huh? Finding that consistent voice. Your angle. I have a framework, but figure it’ll take just a bit of time to really whittle it all down to a consistent theme or niche. But then I wonder if you really need to define it that narrowly? I guess we’ll learn as we go on this fun trip.

Erin … I think you should write about that at some point. Big yes, because I want to learn about these discoveries.

Thank you!

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Erin Feldman October 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

I’m against narrow definitions, which is probably why I have three, large niches or themes on my blog: writing, social media, and entrepreneurship. I should be able to avoid becoming bored for a good long while. The nice thing about it being my blog is that I can change it when or if needed (with an explanatory post to accompany the change, of course).

I will have to add the element of surprise to my list of future blog posts. I also have some ideas simmering about entry points and closings. Oh, and silence. I guess writing about writing probably is my favorite niche. It just grows and grows, and I can always revisit certain ideas as I grow as a writer and as a person.

As far as the SEO goes, I don’t think I knew about the money factor when I started blogging. I just knew I needed some new writing samples to show potential clients, and blogging seemed like a good way to create those. Besides, I knew I was destined to be a pauper when I committed to writing poetry. :) I’d like to make money with my blog at some point, but I’ll let that happen naturally. I’m not going to make it my aim.
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I just keep reading that you need a specific niche to succeed. I might be reading this from a so-called web guru or some kid hidden in his room pounding the keyboard and doling out advice to 40-somethings :) I guess I’ll learn as I go.

Well your three topic areas, writing, social media, and entrepreneurship is a happy trio. A cohesive blend which should work quite well. I’m leaning ever-so-slightly to the self-help crowd, with a dose of marketing-branding, and infused with stories about other people (interviews too). Your mix blends together a bit better than mine at the moment, but I’m working on it.

The element of surprise sounds good. You know we are going to need some teasers along the way :)

Yeah, if anyone knows any rich poets, please let me know ;)

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Erin Feldman October 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Having or finding a niche can be good, especially when determining a direction. I guess I find it dangerous because it can be self-limiting. Exploring unfamiliar subjects can be good for your “niche.”

I guess I do have a niche these days, which I don’t mind. It’s helped me to identify a better direction and goals for my business. That process has led me to discard some other things I was doing or trying to promote, such as art and graphic design, and has caused me to focus on the writing and social media. Entrepreneurship falls into the scheme of things since it involves the other two areas. You’re right; it is a nice blend. I’m sure yours will become one, too. I think we should brainstorm a name for it. :)
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Yes indeed. I won’t try to whittle it down that far just yet. Still exploring. Tossing around some tagline ideas for the future. Will let you know what I come up with when I get there. Thanks.

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Michael Schechter October 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Nicely done. Why did I start? Well, I said this the other day over at Marcus’ house. I wanted to sharpen my own pencil. I tend to be a bit of a mess and I like the idea of cleaning myself up. Fixing the things that need fixing and sharing what works (and what doesnt).

Bit by bit, my ideas become clearer. My writing gets marginally better. My connections with people get deeper. My connections to the things I love grow stronger. And somehow through all of this, I grow stronger.

It’s selfish and probably not why one should be doing it, but I find (and I hope) that by writing about what’s helping me, I 1) figure out more things that might help me and 2) that what helps me might actually help others (or just give Danny a good reason to make fun of me).

Thanks for the post, really enjoyed that.
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Danny Brown October 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

At least you didn’t say “I’m just a typist.”
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Michael Schechter October 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Oh, no, I’m a writer. A bad one, but a writer none the less.
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 12:35 am

Hey Michael,

Thank you. You say you are a bit of a mess, but that certainly doesn’t show online. In fact you seem like anything but a mess, and when you write over at Spin Sucks you tend to light the place up. Plus you keep us updated on tricks and tools for organization, something I’m in constant need of, so you’re very good at sharing what works … and what doesn’t. And, don’t you write most of this on the train?

I don’t know exactly how long you’ve been at this, but your writing is pretty damn good, and then you are lightening fast with the comments. Not sure how you were keeping up at Bill Dorman’s place the other day, but you sure did that well :)

Definitely not selfish. If you are helping yourself and getting better, you are giving us that much more, right? Yes indeed!

I enjoy your writing too, I just need to get a handle on my schedule, so I can visit more. Maybe a bit more evening work is in store, typing away on a tiny new iPad screen.

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Michael Schechter October 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

Oh, I assure you, the mess is there. The free form pieces are often written on the subway, the geekier techie ones are usually done at home as I like to mind map them out first.

I’ve been getting serious about the writing for about 6 months. Still have a long way to go :) Bill’s was fun, just wanted to show respect to those who jumped in (and show respect to the way Bill stays onto of his comments).

Thanks Craig, and if you just got the iPad, but Instapaper, it’s how I stay on top of most of my blogs. I like something, I send it to Instapaper and read at my leisure.
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Craig McBreen October 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I’ll take your word for it :) I’ve tried mind mapping, but usually end up doodling. Must tell you something about me :)

I’m going to start working more on the mechanics of copywriting for sure. You know the boring stuff, so I can get better. The creative part of writing is fun, but I’m too lazy to learn all the rules. Trying to change that.

Thanks for the tip. I’ll definitely check out Instapaper.

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Michael Schechter October 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

If it helps and if you are a fellow Mac guy, I talk about my writing workflows here: http://michaelschechter.me/my-perfect-computer/
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Erin Feldman October 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

See, that must be why we met. I like the all the rules. I am, in fact, planning a post about capitalization. I’m open to suggestions for my Write Right series. :)
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Michael Schechter October 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Erin, I should do an Overcoming Chimp Grammar series :) I can add it to the How to be a crappy blogger series I’ve been meaning to start.
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Erin Feldman October 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Would the overcoming chimp grammar series feature your wife? It could be a collaborative project. No to the other series. :)

Apparently, the real secret to being a better blogger is to be crazy, as in suicide attempts and PTSD kind of crazy. The information was found at Forbes, so it must be true. Jack penned a response to it today. I think mine will be published tomorrow or Wednesday. I need to make sure I didn’t simply rant before I let it loose.
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Alicia Jay October 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Do you end up “doodling” or falling asleep and “drooling?” Be honest. Ha ha! Anyway, if you’re interested in the mechanics of copywriting you should check out Copyblogger. Don’t know if you follow already. I don’t work for them or anything so there’s no sale here–they just have good info:)
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Craig McBreen October 11, 2011 at 12:37 am

I often drool and it’s only when I’m asleep and dreaming about the mind maps I was working on :) As I mentioned in the post I lost many, many hours on Copyblogger, and still do. Well I’m certainly getting something out of it, so shouldn’t consider those hours lost, eh? Love that site.

Craig McBreen October 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Perfect! Thank you both. I’ll check out your post, Michael.

Erin, you are designated teacher. Proper use of semicolons is one. How about why sentence fragments are okay for bloggers? :)

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Michael Schechter October 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I LOVE me some sentence fragments, but I get grief from my 8th grade English teacher of a wife for them CONSTANTLY. She says you are allowed to have some stylistically, but really it should be kept to a minimum. As for semicolons, that is way out of my grammar chimp league. Will be interesting to see what Erin has to say.
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Erin Feldman October 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I think I would enjoy meeting your wife, Michael. Craig, I’m not sure why sentence fragments are allowed. I use them for affect on occasion, which is exactly what Michael’s wife said. :)

A post about semi-colons? That is a rabbit hole. I’ll put the topic in the queue. I may have to pull out The Oatmeal comic about semi-colons. Hilarious.
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Craig McBreen October 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

“Overcoming Chimp Grammar.” Now I would subscribe to that. How about a HAPPY, Crappy Blogger :)

Semicolons are out of my league as well. Fragments? I. Like. To. Do. This. All. The. Time. So Michael’s wife would have a cow regarding my use :)

Ensuring that bad grammar is appropriately punished is probably a wish for some writers out there :) I read parts of Strunk and White many, many years ago, so have forgotten all. I’ve also heard of “When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People”

Maybe Michael and I need a reading list. At least his wife will be happy knowing that :) Please use The Oatmeal comic in a post :)

Erin Feldman October 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I’ll add fragments to the list of topics, too. I’m getting all sorts of writing ideas this week. Yay! I’ll also make a note to include The Oatmeal comic in the semi-colons post.

I don’t know if writers wish punishments existed for bad grammar, but I know editors do. :)

I still have my grammar handbook from college days: “The Little Brown Handbook.” It is neither little nor brown. Go figure. I also have an MLA style guide, but I don’t use that very often. It’s a better resource if I’m quoting from another work.

What is happening with the crappy thing? I can guarantee that if I didn’t like your writing or Michael’s, I would not be a regular frequenter of your blogs. I’ve quit reading a book by the second page if I can’t stand the writing.
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Craig McBreen October 11, 2011 at 12:41 am

I don’t want to speak for Michael, but I think he and I both have self-esteem issues :) ….. or we are just fishing for compliments. Thanks!

Brian Driggs October 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Epic, indeed, sir.

I’m late for a team builder event with my, um, team, but I applaud the pursuit of why and how over what, so I feel I must comment. (The team’s just getting greasy Mexican food right now, anyway.)

+ What steps did you take along the way?
Thousands of steps. I tried this, then that, then other things. I could probably connect the dots backward, but as long as I know I’m tracking the right direction, I’m happy to keep marching onward.

+ Were you surprised what you discovered?
Absolutely. What began as a way for me to document some automotive projects online lead me to discover my life’s work, which has inspired my passion for work-life-parallel over balance, which has taken my online automotive pursuits from platform-specific tech to global enthusiast movement. Powerful stuff.

+ Why in the world did you start a blog?
Basically, to document a rally car build back in 2004. I ran into delays (poverty sucks), so I tried writing about other things. Then I got a second car (as in, I have two of the exact same, limited edition, vehicle) which meant there was now automotive stuff to write about, so I spun the cars off to Tarmac-and-Gravel.com.

Since then, I started the online magazine (Gearbox), started developing an automotive journalism workshop (Penmanshift), and most recently soft-launched a new kind of global automotive community (Gearheads United). It seemed only fitting I renovate my personal site to be a sort of home base, where I bring it all together.

This blogging stuff is incredible. It’s shrunk the world to fit in the palm of our hands, and the biggest disappointment tends to be getting to know incredible people we may never actually meet face-to-face, but for all the ups and downs, it’s SO worth it.

Have a great weekend, Craig. We’ll see you around.
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

Hi Brian,

I’m going to start saying epic more often :)

I gave up the greasy stuff, but man the though of greasy Mexican food makes me hungry.

Thousands and you just keep goin’? There is just so much to learn. My approach isn’t exactly structured and I can’t connect the dots backward (heck, I’m having a hard time remembering what I did last week.) I’m glad you feel good with the direction you are going in.

That’s an interesting journey. Documenting automotive projects online to global enthusiast movement! I need to check out, “Gearbox Magazine,” because I do love cars. No mechanic, but Car and Driver is the one subscription I never cancel. But, great to hear about your journey and the surprises along the way.

Starting back in 2004 is something to brag about. You are a gray beard in the blogging crowd, no doubt. Sounds to me like you have a small empire on your hands, with the hub being your personal site. That is very impressive.

I totally agree. This blogging stuff is pretty damned incredible. It is so worth it.

Thanks for details on your journey. Love reading about this stuff. And thank you for stopping by, Brian. Have a good one!

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Kaarina Dillabough October 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Thanks so much for the tip of the hat, my friend: I’m glad I sparked you to action:) And talk about action! You’re rockin’ the house with the comments you’re getting: I can only wish for the same, and I’ve been at it a bit longer than you. What’s your secret sauce?

I’ve mentioned this before, so it’s probably quite repetitive by now. I started blogging 7 months ago to get rid of the self-editor in me…the one who’d always worry about saying things “correctly”, not being taken out of context, yada yada. Mission accomplished. I now write from the heart and with abandon.

You’ve got a great engaging style, Craig, as evidenced by the top-level comments and commentors (I don’t think that’s a word, but I’m making it up for now:) you’re attracting. Keep it up. It’s awesome:) Cheers! Kaarina
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

Hi Kaarina,

You are most welcome. You have sparked me to action. And thanks for the details on speaking you sent my way. Now I need to get my sorry butt into “action” gear before you kick me in the shins! One day I’ll say, Kaarina Dillabough made me do it :)

“Getting rid of the self-editor in me,” is a great way to put it. I’ve always worried about what I was saying, and writing, but this whole blogging thing is liberating in that way, isn’t it? Yes, mission accomplished for you, plus you inspire and spark a few into action :)

Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it. I was really worried about exposing myself here, but reading people like you and the fine folks mentioned above helped. Seeing what you were putting out there.

Actually I think I just got lucky. I mean, look at the banter between Danny and Gini :) I’d certainly say that helped in the comment department. I’m learning inside jokes and cool Danny-isms too.

Cheers to you!

Hope you have a great weekend.

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Kaarina Dillabough October 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’m honoured and delighted to spark you into action, and that kick in the shins…well, you know it isn’t real…is it?:) I will take great pride in you saying “Kaarina Dillabough made me do it”:)

And Gini and Danny banter…wow. Many yearn for that and would say you’ve made the “cool kids crowd”…I’m just on the outside lookin’ in:)

Keep up the great work, my friend. You’ve accomplished in short order what many others have spent ages aspiring to do. Cheers! Kaarina P.S. It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, so I’m sending cyber turkey and trimmings your way:0
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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Sometimes I need a kick in the shins (figuratively speaking of course), but I have actually been kicked in the shins a few times, and that wasn’t pleasant. Shin splints too … oh, back to the topic … your writing and advice has been a huge help, really.

I was just wondering what the heck Gini and Danny were going on about ;) Good comic relief, no doubt. I really hope they keep showing up :)

Thanks, but taking ages? You’re too nice, really.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Turkey, canadian bacon, and Molson, right? Ha ha, I know, hard to kill those stereotypes ;-) Hope you have a great one and thanks again.

I like this quote, “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.”

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Jens P. Berget October 8, 2011 at 6:15 am

Hi Craig,

Speechification. That’s a word I haven’t seen before. I’m a little like you when it comes to why I started blogging. I wanted to improve my writing, but mostly, I started blogging because I was working in marketing (and I am still working in marketing), and I didn’t get any help or new input whatsoever. I was all alone trying to figure out how the world works. No money, no people, no conferences etc.. I thought, why not start a blog and write about my experiences and interact with people in marketing around the world. This way I’ll learn and hopefully I can teach other people what I’ve learned.

So, that’s how I got started :)

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Craig McBreen October 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Speechification is actually in the dictionary: 1. to make a speech or speeches and 2. to talk pompously and boringly . I’m shooting for number one, but we shall see, number two probably comes more naturally :) I know, the word sounds funny. All the more reason to put in in there, right? :)

Looks like you’ve had a nice little trip through the blogosphere, Jens. I wish I would have started this a bit earlier, because, as you mentioned, interacting with people around the world is a great way to learn. Advice from people who are doing what you want to be doing, at your fingertips!

I’ve read your blog and you are certainly teaching. By the way, I love the new look of your blog. Very clean. Nice color choices too.

Thanks, Jens.

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Adam Sokoloff October 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Craig,

Very well done..terrific post! Your enthusiasm is contagious Craig!

For me, the blog I started at my sign and graphics company was created to keep the lights on. I needed a way to get my business found without paying out the ying-yang in paid clicks. The blog was the answer.

For me I needed a way to get free PR to get the name of my young business out into the world. The blog was the answer.

And for me, I needed a way to interact with those in my industry, to put ourselves out there as thought leaders. Yes the blog was the answer.

Thanks for posting Craig. You really made me think back to the why’s? -Adam
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Craig McBreen October 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Hey Adam,

Thank you. I was really, really enthusiastic in the beginning, but I’ve had to tone it down just a bit, just so I could actually get something done. When I’m amped up about something I spent too much time thinking and planning. Not enough doing :)

Creating to keep the lights on. Can’t imagine a better reason, and there are certainly parallels with that other guy refered to as the Sales Lion. I imagine you are now quite a few steps ahead of the competition because you put in the hours and learned a creative and effective way to implement your blogging strategy, eh?

Thanks for stopping by.

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Alicia Jay October 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Hey Craig!

I’m late, but I’m here! I started blogging because I have a niche business and all my research told me that’s what you should do to gain more exposure. That’s the honest truth. Well, I started the business because I wanted to stay home and raise my son while still earning an income. There’s a whole post on that about my site if you’re interested but I’m not linking it here because this blog isn’t about me;)

Anyway, I created my site and did tons of research about blogging. Then I thought, “What the heck am I going to write about?” I still think that some days. I do think it’s a bit limiting because I have a niche site so I can’t write about anything under the sun. I try to use my posts to educate and offer business tips and inspiration.

I’m in the process of creating a new site as we speak and I have TONS of things to write about there!

I think the biggest surprise of all that I took from blogging was the relationships I’ve made. I read many other blogs and leave lots of comments. I love meeting new people that way and perhaps seeing things from a different perspective through their eyes–or realizing that others see the world just like me. All in all, I just love the connections. Oh, and the fact that I can read about porny gravatars, Russian brides and early morning wine drinking all in one place;)
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Craig McBreen October 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Hi Alicia,

Welcome :) It’s great you did the work and spent the necessary time researching. I certainly think sharing your content with any potential customers out there will pay off. Content marketing is what it’s all about these days, and a key to keeping a home-based business like yours going strong. I am very interested and will have to check out your post. Thanks for letting me know.

It’s nice to have a broad range of topics, but why can’t write about many things anyway. You can work to tie the subjects into the theme, but don’t necessary have to every time. Maybe you can write about everything under the sun, but try and make it work with your core. I know, easier said than done.

Looking forward to seeing the new site!

Agree with you on the relationships, but such conversation, eh? :) I see you are reading all of the fine content here at The Daily Globe and Mail / Enquirer. Thanks!

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Alicia Jay October 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Ha! The Daily Globe–I love it!

Yes, I’ve definitely been trying to mix my personal and professional lives on my blog a bit more. It’s taking some getting used to. I appreciate your thoughts!
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Lori Gosselin October 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hi Craig,
I’m not sure if you were typing this the way I heard it but I had to laugh when I read your last question: “Why in the world did you start a blog?” Hahahaha
There have been a few times in the past year when I asked myself that question. Then I remember. To write. To build a community of people who want to talk about life. To create a launch pad (a readership) for my book(s). To drive traffic to my other business, Terra Cotta Pendants. There, I’ve said it too! ;-)
Isn’t it fun!?!?
Lori
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Craig McBreen October 11, 2011 at 12:30 am

Hi Lori,

I wrote that line because I’m asking myself that question all the time, and my list of reasons is growing :) It looks like you’ve accomplished everything on your list, so you can now kick back and relax ;) … right? Uh huh, like your gonna do that. No slowing down for you I’m sure.

I think I’ve gone emoticon crazy, but that’s okay. You are right, this is fun! :)

Thanks for stopping by.

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Alicia Jay October 11, 2011 at 1:03 am

Ugh! You DID mention Copyblogger in your post. Duh! I SWEAR I was paying attention:)
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Craig McBreen October 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Oh, that is nothing, you should see some of my earlier comments :) I keep hearing the term, “social media mush brain,” and I have a bad case of it.

Copyblogger is great and I’ve started to listen to their podcast, which is really well done.

Thanks again for stopping by.

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Stuart October 11, 2011 at 8:42 am

Gah, I’m already late enough, then I find that Bill Dorman has dribbled on about porn and Danny and Gini have left 50 comments each! Not good, I’ve gotta turn up earlier where I can eat the nibbles before they’re devoured.

Now, it’s the age-old question – why did I start a blog? I started a blog, initially, because it was a relatively cheap way to have a website where I run the show and I could voice my words of wisdom in a way that everyone could read. Of course, that was the idea, but in the beginning no-one was reading. Then I started to understand just what was involved with blogging, and the rest is history.

I guess the motive behind my blogging start, and why I still blog today, is because of the people. I enjoy helping others, I enjoy the conversations I have with others, and I enjoy making a difference to someone, somewhere in the world. And it has happened, I have the e-mails to prove it ;-)

But although there’s a lot more to blogging than I ever thought possible Craig, I still enjoy it like it was my first day. I think that feeling is important to have, because if you lose that sense of fun and enjoyment, then you lose the soul and spark of blogging.

Now then, are there any nibbles left?
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Craig McBreen October 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Hey Stuart,

Yes, that was good fun with Danny and Gini. Those two have a special comic rapport that I will welcome here anytime! That, combined with Bill, a little porn, russian brides and the like … now that’s some fun, eh?

Yes, that is the trick isn’t it? Figuring out ways to get people to actually read what you’re saying. This means networking and it is work, but the best part if all is just the people you meet. I like the networking, and the people who visit, but I want to give them a reason to stay. I’d say you have that down as you seem to have a laser-like focus now, and a strong theme to your blog. Now on to fame and fortune for you.

It must be an amazing feeling to make a connection with someone, somewhere in the world, and actually make a difference in that individual’s life. It’s obvious from your blog and the way you operate that you focus on others and you are always spreading a great message, plus you have the “Value 101″ series.

More to blogging than you thought, huh? Tell be about it :) It’s a ton of work yes, but I’m still having fun. You’ve been at it much longer than me, so it’s a good sign that you’re enjoying it like it was your first day.

Your comment made me think of doctor fish. You know “nibble fish?” Used in spas to chomp on the skin of patients with psoriasis. Sorry about the visual, but it’s what came to mind. :)

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Stuart October 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Yeah I’ve heard of that ‘fish therapy’ – my toes are fine enough though, unless the fish can also cut my toenails for me.

Saves me the job then ;-)
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Craig McBreen October 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Yes, toenail clipping is a burden, isn’t it? They say fish pedicures are unsanitary. Who would have thought? :)

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Stan Faryna October 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

Craig: Hello from Bucharest. How’s that speech writing coming along?

Bill: If Bob is lucky, his Russian bride will stay long enough to have a kid. Then she’ll take it all. But don’t feel sorry for Bob, he gets a handful of years of making up for a lonely ride in high school. And I suppose that is priceless. [grin]

Gini and Danny are too much fun. I stay out of their way as much as I can. Temptation must be guarded against…

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Craig McBreen October 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi Stan,

Nice to have someone from the fine country of Romania here :) I mentioned muschi poiana on Bill’s blog, but really know nothing about it. Did I get the spelling of that dish right? I would like to give it a shot, as I like to cook. Would love to become an expert on the best Romanian vodka though :)

The speech writing has taken a bit of a back seat because of my blog, but am working hard to get that back on track in the next few days. Thanks for asking.

Yes, I suppose Bob is grinning ear to ear.

I’m just glad Gini and Danny took the time to come to this humble little shack. Nice to see the big guns.

Thanks so much for commenting, Stan.

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Stan Faryna October 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I have never heard of muschi poiana. Or seen anything like it. But I googled it. [grin]

The thing is that Romanians do not really eat beef. At least not in the regions that I am familiar with (South, North, and West). Pork is king in Romania – generally speaking.

Ham hocks and beans is one of my favorite Romanian dishes. It’s easy to make. It’s called Ciolan cu fasole.

Soak three pounds of dried beans overnight with some basil.

You’ll boil the beans twice. At the first boil, drain. Replace the water and boil again for five minutes.

Boil two smoked, two-pound ham hocks in water for about 30 minutes.

There’s the sauce too.

Bring 24 ounces of tomato puree, a tablespoon of thyme, sea salt and paprika to a gentle boil. You need to add some things too.

Shred a pound of carrots and a parsnip. Finely chop a bell pepper, two Roman tomatoes, a clove of garlic, and a pound of onions. Sautee them. Add them to the tomato thing and gently boil that bad boy for five minutes. Add a few cups of the juice from the boiling ham hocks.

Take the meat off the bone if you want to be civilized about it. Put the meat and drained beans in a pot. Throw the sauce in and mix it up. Bring to a gentle boil for ten minutes.

Now you’re eating like a Romanian grandma made dinner. Myself, I add ketchup.

Enjoy.

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Craig McBreen October 13, 2011 at 12:23 am

Who cares if you know nothing of muschi poiana, you’ve given me something to experiment with :)

It’s funny, not sure if you are familiar with Anthony Bourdain, but I was watching his show, No Reservations last night and the location was the Czech Republic. They seemed to eat nothing but meat … with plenty of beer :) Anyway he mentioned his Romanian show, where he didn’t have a great experience with his hosts and said he was now considered and enemy of the state because of that show. Anyway, here is the link.

Thanks for the recipe. It’s been logged and I’ll have a Romanian food night with the family, thanks to you. Will let you know how it goes.

Thank you.

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Stan Faryna October 13, 2011 at 12:59 am

Bourbain is a grade A jerk – love that about him. [laughing] His experience in Romania was horrible and funny. I’ve seen the show a few times and I couldn’t stop laughing.

There’s eight things to do as a tourist here: awesome sex, folk art, look at bare-breasted or naked hotties at the public beach, drink, pray, experience a quiet and dignified rural poverty, get upset often, and spend lots of money.

Bourbain did maybe four or five of the seven but in the worst possible way.

The Ministry of Tourism paid Bourbain to come here and expected him to gush about how cool Romania is. Obviously, they didn’t pay him enough – not to mention that the Ministry made an itinerary with all the lackluster imagination of the average Romanian idiot. He wold have had a much better time if he was traveling with someone like myself. Or on his own. I feel for him.

I hear Prague rocks.

Craig McBreen October 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Stan,

Bourdain is the king of snark, no doubt. That’s what I love about him too. He loves to mix it up with other food celebrities here in the states also. Kind of calls them out. I did watch the show a while ago, but the mention in his Czech Republic show reminded me of how odd and funny it all was.

Stan, you should work for Romanian tourism! I’m sure your list would be popular with some. You might make a few people angry though … like folks in The Ministry of Tourism :) I can see that incredible list of eight going viral, can’t you? What a mix :)

Well, they didn’t know him, that’s for sure. Maybe they didn’t watch his show or read his books before they invited him to your fine country. Don’t know.

I say you should go on Tony’s blog at the Travel Channel and offer your services. He’s done that kind of thing before and I think he wants to make amends. Plus we could all see you on TV. I have a feeling you would do very well :)

I’ve talked to people who have visited Prague and have nothing but great things to say about it. I plan to go there one day.

Thanks again for visiting!

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Adrienne October 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Hey Craig,

See, I told you I’d be by for a visit. Love your site and I’m floored that you are just beginning and look at the interaction here already. Most people work months or even years to get the kind of comments you are receiving right from the start. I applaud you for that my friend. Congrats to you!

Why did I start blogging. That’s easy, because I ventured into this industry and as soon as blogging started picking up steam, was told it was the way to get noticed and brand myself. Yep, things I didn’t quite fully understand getting into this which is why for the first year and a half my blog just existed. Yeah, I know, I know… We live and learn right! But I did learn and said to heck with it, I’m just going to write about what I learn and take it from there. Wow, who would have thought people were more interested in that.

Glad to see that you too are a Bill Dorman fan. Little did he know just how uninvisible he would become. :-) I love that!

Thanks Craig, loved the post and love your writing style. Keep up the great job and you’ll be teaching this soon!

~Adrienne
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Craig McBreen October 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Hi Adrienne,

Well, thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate that! I am just beginning, but I started to comment and make friends starting in May. I really wanted to get comfortable before I actually had a blog. I honestly thought everyone would think I was some kind of hack when I hit publish, but this has been a very pleasant surprise.

Yes, we live and learn :) I’ve seen you commenting all over the place, and yesterday finally had the time to visit your blog. I wish I would have visited a long time ago. So content rich and so many great posts to sort through! I also like your style of writing. It makes it easy for rookies like me! I’ll be back, and I hope you don’t mind me pestering you with a question or two … ha ha. I won’t bug you too much, promise :)

Yeah, Bill is cool. I started engaging with him very early on. He was very responsive and has given me some helpful advice along the way. I also like the way he networks. Not sure I can maintain his pace though :)

Thank you and I’ll see you around.

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Adrienne October 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Well that was smart Craig, starting to comment before you even had a blog. Don’t feel alone, the majority of us don’t sleep the night before we are to hit the publish button. Wonder why we were all so afraid.

Well happy to hear you finally had a moment out of your busy schedule to stop by. You know, running a company and all. I feel so honored. You and Bill both, when do you find the time? I’m always eager to help so ask away.

Bill is all over the place which is how I found him as well. I thought wow, how does he find the time? So stopped by his place one day and among the hundreds of comments he was receiving, thought I would add my two cents worth. Who would have thought we’d be buddies now! Gosh, I do love the blogging community! So many awesome people.

Thanks again Craig and I’ll be seeing you. :-)
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Craig McBreen October 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I simply followed the model of a few others, including Bill, and it was just more comfortable for me that way. Time, did you say, time? :) Yeah, there is the day job, but lately that’s just getting in the way :) Just kidding. I love my day job, but this is kind of okay too. Thanks for the offer and see you around!

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Melanie Kissell December 18, 2011 at 4:38 am

Hi Craig

I wish you didn’t have such a huge readership. Would you be willing to eliminate a handful of people? There’s got to be a bad weed or two in this bunch you could pluck out.

It’s taken me 90 minutes to read all the doggone comments! It wouldn’t have taken nearly that long but some of the commentary is so blinking good, I had to read it twice. :)

Why in the world did I start blogging, you ask?

Oh, that’s simple.

I hate writing articles.
Too stiff. Too formal. Too blah. Too many rules (not that anyone has ever deemed me a radical, rebel, or revolutionary kind of gal).

I also started blogging to make lots of money. (That’s an industry joke)

I find blogging exhilarating and therapeutic (Well, anyway, it sounds like a good thing to say when you’re not making any money at it). :)

Bottom line …
I blog because I can.
And because there’s NO better way to meet the neatest people on the planet!
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Craig McBreen December 22, 2011 at 1:27 am

I’m sorry Melanie, but I’m not dumping anyone here. :) No bad weed is going to come to this place, madam.

Yes, I’m lucky I get so many great comments. I ask and I receive, huh? Man, always thoughtful, great comments, like yours!

There is way more freedom in blogging and I too think that’s what makes it fun.

Let’s touch base when we both make out millions. :)

“I find blogging exhilarating and therapeutic.” I do too, actually. Blogging has opened up an entire new world to me. Exciting stuff. And yes, many, many great people.

Thanks for the visit!

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Melanie Kissell December 22, 2011 at 3:12 am

“Let’s touch base when we both make our millions.”

You can count on THAT, Craig! And maybe we’ll be touching bases in the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands. Europe, maybe? ;)
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Craig McBreen December 23, 2011 at 12:33 am

You’re on. I’m thinking … Barcelona :)

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Melanie Kissell December 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Barcelona, it is!

My mom has done a lot of traveling over the years, Craig, and she told me Spain was one of the most beautiful and fascinating countries she’s ever visited. She’s 84 now but still dreams of making a return trip.

So let’s take Mum’s word for it, spend some of our millions, and touch bases in Barcelona! :)
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Craig McBreen December 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

Hey Melanie,

Sounds like a plan! When my wife and I talk about living part-time somewhere else (we’ll see if that’s possible) Spain always comes up as our no. 1.

Now, … onto those millions. :)

The Real Supermum March 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm

To help others and to save my shrink from even more visits from me ;)
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Craig McBreen March 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Hi again, Supermum,

Ha ha, I love that answer! And I can relate. Writing helps me as well, in many ways.

Thanks for stopping by.

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