The Myth of Overnight Success

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“Overnight success is a myth. Dig into almost every overnight success story and you’ll find about a decade’s worth of hard work and perseverance. Building a substantial body of work takes a long time—a lifetime, really—but thankfully, you don’t need that time all in one big chunk. So forget about decades, forget about years, and forget about months. Focus on days.”

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

Getting Started

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“The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn, and make a commitment to learning it in front of others.”

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

The Internet is Karma

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“When you’ve been on the Internet long enough, you just assume that whatever you did, good or bad, will appear somewhere. So you suddenly start caring whether what you said was the truth or not. If what you did was honest or not. If who you are is good or not. The Internet makes us behave ourselves. The Internet makes us accountable. The Internet keeps it real. The Internet is Karma.”

Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear by Hugh MacLeod

Use Your Voice

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“We’re always being told find your voice. When I was younger, I never really knew what this meant. I used to worry a lot about voice, wondering if I had my own. But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.”

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

Blogs Create Human Relationships

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“Through my blog, my entire career as a cartoonist, author, and marketing guy was made. I met my girlfriend through my blog. I met my business partner through my blog. I meet all my clients and customers through my blog. They all start off as readers.”

Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear by Hugh MacLeod

Personal and Professional in Blogging Business

One of the things I find most fascinating about individuals running professional blogs online, with an entrepreneurial perspective, is the combination of very personal and heart-touching articles published beside real-world (cold?) advice. This was something that I found myself mulling over while perusing the Ask Vixen blog. She provides business advice, travel articles, and many other things – including commentary on her miscarriages and current pregnancy.

It’s a good blog and an excellent example of the personal aspects of a small town brick-and-mortar being transported into the virtual world. I am often sad that we are losing this personal touch in our real world lives. Is the prevalence of personal in online small-business ventures (blogging and other web-based businesses) proof that we, as human beings, both crave and need this personal touch?

It’s something to think about.

Here are a few quotes from the Vixen:

“To make money blogging, always remember that your blog is a business. It’s taken me a while to inculcate this into my brain, but it’s just as true for me as it is for you… To me, making money blogging is like finding a job. We’ve all had to look for employment several times in our lives. Use the steps to finding a job as your template.”

Guaranteed Way to Make Money Blogging by Catherine Gacad on Ask Vixen

“Mama readers, I need your help. I’m stumped. Everything I’ve read so far has led me to believe that cloth diapers (over the duration of diapering your child) are less expensive than disposables. If that’s the case, that cloth is cheaper and also better for the environment, why don’t I know a single person who has ever used cloth?”

Pregnancy Question #2: Diaper Decisions by Catherine Gacad on Ask Vixen

“I attended a blogging webinar sponsored by a design brand. The Head of PR said she was looking for blogs that were well-designed with page ranks 3 and above. That’s not me. I shrugged and figured I’m not a design blog so I wouldn’t have been the right fit anyway. Hours later, the company contacted me about advertising on my blog. The takeaway? Don’t reject yourself before companies have the chance to consider you. Have confidence!”

How I Make Money Blogging by Catherine Gacad on Ask Vixen

(C) Adora Myers 2014