Comment Luv

I was commenting on Men With Pens and discovered something really cool. At the bottom of each comment was a little line that said something like. “Ron’s last blog post..” and had a link to that post with its title.

Turns out that was because of the plug-in Comment Luv. Its so cool I had to add it to Reactuate and Distinctions For Life.

Try it out. Leave a comment. Let’s see how it works.

Internet Business

Internet Business

Went to lunch today with a coworker and we talked internet business and marketing. See I’m getting ready to launch a new business/web site real soon. It will take my passion for glamour photography and turn it into something I can hopefully make a living at. More details to come. Soon.

There were three main things that influenced and inspired me, and I thought they deserved a little blog time.

The first was Tim Ferris’ book The Four Hour Work Week. I realized just recently I read that book, and gave it to two of my co-workers, a YEAR ago. It did not seem that long ago. But it changed my way of thinking. I no longer thought success was having a multi-million dollar bank account to live off. Success was having enough income to let me live where I wanted, control my schedule, and do my dreams.

But like I said I read it a year ago and was no closer to achieving anything in the book.

Then there was SXSW and my discovery of Twitter. Me seeing the concept of micro celebrity and followings that I talked about before. Those peculated in the back of my head until I stumbled across Teaching Sells[aff].

Teaching Sells is the brain child of CopyBlogger.com’s Brian Clark. I’ve got great respect for CopyBlogger it is where I learned a lot about blog writing. So when Brian said he knew what the problems were trying to make money blogging and depending on Google, I believed him. I believed him so much I signed up for the course’s free trial with out even reading the free report.

He gives a $1 one week trial for the site. Before my second day I knew I was staying at least a month, and I knew I was going to do this. The material is really good, if a little PC centric.

Teaching Sells Free Report

Since I was going to be starting an internet business, I decided it was time to reread Four Hour Work Week. While doing so I decided to take to heart one of principles in it. (Sorry forgot the name and I don’t have the book with me.) That principle said the work expands to fill the time you give it, so do give it any time.

I decided I’d focus and get this website read to go in a month. Even though I had no idea how to do that.

The only reason I decided on a month was because I discovered I needed to build up a demand via marketing before the site went live and started charging money.

So I decided to do a survey and drive traffic to the survey via friends in the market.

I also decided I needed a partner and approached one of my studio partners about being part of it. He was on board from the get go and assumes I know everything. Even though he has extensive experience in direct marketing in the real world, and is a great salesman.

Internet Business Mastery

Now I needed to learn internet marketing. But where? Well back when I was doing my Apologetics course I needed to learn podcasting and discovered Jan Van Orden’s website How To Podcast and subscribed to it in iTunes. In one of his podcast’s he mentioned two things.

One, he was living the FHWW dream by moving to Argentina for 6 months. He wasn’t doing a literal 4 hour work week, but he did have a business that didn’t require him to be in the states. So why not live in Argentina?

That was a epiphany for me. I don’t need to have a business that only takes 4 hours a week. I just need one that lets me live anywhere.

Second, Jason mentioned he had another podcast on internet business. So I subscribed to it. After the first episode, I was clicking the get button in iTunes like crazy to get back episodes. There is a ton of great information in this podcast.

I just forwarded my friend from lunch the URL for Internet Business Mastery not 10 minutes after he asked me what got me motivated to actually do, and not just talk about doing it. Low and behold they had a new post up titled What is the Tipping Point Between Thinking & Learning About Internet Business and Actual Success in Internet Business?. I haven’t even read or listened to it, but my friend went “Wow. How strange is that. I just asked you about this. Weird. I appreciate you sharing all this, man.”

I want to convey the same sentiment to the people mentioned in this post. Thanks for sharing this with me.

Twitter as a Microblog

Twitter Logo

On the internet there are lots of ways to publish yourself. There are different things about each of these publishing mediums we could use to categorize them, but for the sake of this post I’m going to use level of detail.

Why is it important to understand in your own mind what level you are working at? Because not everyone wants every bit of information about you. For instance the firearm enthusiasts readers of my blog don’t necessarily want to know everything I do during the day. But they do want to know what I post related to firearms, and generally would like a substantial amount of information related to what ever subject I’m addressing.

I’m breaking down my layers using two criteria. The amount of information in an update and the frequency of that update. So here are my takes on the levels, or at least how I see my levels in the future.

Lifecasting – Amount:15 frames per second, Frequency: 1/15th of a second. I have no intention of becoming a life caster, but it is the most intense form of publishing your life. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, lifecasters literally strap a camera to their head and broadcast everything they do live over the internet. A lesser version of this it to broadcast certain events in your life and is growing in popularity with the advent of services like qik.

Twitter – Amount: Up to 140 characters, Frequency: Generally pretty often, at least several times an hour. Twitter is a service that lets you publish little one line post about what you are doing right now, or about a website you just found, or a link to a photo you just took. There are similar services including Jaiku which Google just bought.

Blogging – Amount: Pages, Frequency:Can be very often, but works best no more than a few times a day. Obviously blogging lets you write very long posts, include photos and videos. To me it doesn’t work very well with very short posts, though Instapundit generally posts just links and sentence.

Other places – Amount: Lots of different things, pictures, videos, comments, Frequency: For any individual site, rarely. For all of them together, much more. I post pictures to my gallery. I post pictures to my myspace page. Other places I post things, video sharing site (5), flicker, various forums.

So as I redesign Reactuate.com to be the central site for all things about Ron Davis, I’ve decided to use Twitter as a microblog. It is where I’ll posts links I think interesting. I’ve set up delicious to automatically post any new bookmarks I make. Twitter is the short form of stuff, and hopefully more a way to say “Look what new thing Ron did just now.”

The blog will be for longer form articles. As a matter of fact I’m really thinking of it as a repository of my deeper thoughts on things. The focus is on writing articles that have a long lifespan and that will be searched for and used in the long term.

But Reactuate.com’s home page is going to be the place where everything comes together. It will have the recent blog posts, but it will also have my twitter feed in a side bar. There will be links to photos and videos I create. Hopefully it will be very cool and useful. Reactuate Photography will also probably be rolled into the main site as well.

Wish me luck. I think I’m going to need it. 🙂

Twitter In Plain English

This is a video that explains what use Twitter. My comments after.

It seems to me that if you really do tweet about everything you do people get bored with it. I know I’ve stopped following people who have too much minutia. And it is a cliche that tweeting you went to the bathroom is a “poop tweet” and frowned upon.