After writing my first post I’ve started to re-evaluate my goals and the path I’m going to take in regards to this blog. Writing an article about pickup was not only very difficult for me, but I felt like the end result didn’t provide the value that I want to offer. So I want to take a break from pickup to talk about this past month. This past month has moved by at light speed. When I decided to start helping guys approach girls I was forced to get acquainted with the blogosphere. And I want to take a second from figuring out how to provide that value to geek out over blogging.
Blogs, podcasts, and websites owned by individuals are all new things to me. I’d never written, read, or followed a blog before just a month ago and I have to say my mind is blown! For someone used to buying products, and gaining information from conventional corporations, big brick and mortar companies, and the giant conglomerates the experience of researching and learning from individuals that host blogs has been indescribable.
What follows are the five things I love about the new blogging community, and some blogs I’ve fallen in love with.
The Five Things I love
1) The availability is CRAZY!! Rather than just being directed to a FAQ page or talking to some operator in New Delhi I can email these guys directly. Guys that earn thousands every month. People that have thriving businesses and followings nearing the millions. And I can contact them via email or Facebook?? I seriously can’t imagine going back to the old telephone operator way of dealing with businesses.
An example is www.smartpassiveincome.com
2) The Free Stuff!!! And I’m not talking BS free stuff. I bought a book online one time, I think from BooksAMillion, and got a “free gift”. It was a paper bookmark. I simply joined some blogs and got free ebooks. Their podcasts are free! Chris Guillebeau has a conference coming near me in May and I printed out a ticket to go. For Free! That’s pretty friggin awesome 🙂
An example is www.writersincharge.com
3) These are regular guys. These guys earn more than I do in a year every single week. And when I read their pages or listen to their podcasts it’s not the same as reading a book written by Donald Trump. Every time I read one of the really good blogs I get that sense of connection along with the information. And the information I get from these blogs alone trumps the information I’ve paid for in the past. The blogs I could list for this category would take up a dozen more paragraphs but my favorite is www.fluentin3months.com
4) The support I’ve gotten is impossible to describe. I posted my About Me for pickupuniversity just a week ago and my blog has had 2 comments, several ‘likes’, and 33 views. The support I’ve gotten from people I don’t know rivals that of my friends and family. And the people supporting me over the internet and cheering me on aren’t “Marty the 33 year old still living at home”. The people cheering me on are successful bloggers, they are the guys I’m working to be like and they’re liking my blog! They’re commenting me good luck. There is nowhere else in the world that a person can get that kind of support fom people they don’t know. From people in the market I want to break into!
Two best examples for this one:
5) Timothy Ferriss, ‘nuff said. To me Timothy Ferriss is the super star of the blogger world. I see him like I see Tiger Woods in Golf, David Beckham in Soccer (or European Football, whatever), and Pavarotti in Opera. He’s the guy you know even if you know nothing else about the subject. And not only is he an awesome business guy, he’s an awesome guy! Camping, cooking, working out, blogging, tango… This guy is badass. And he still offers the free stuff. He moderates his own blog. He’s open to his fans and followers. And in spite of his awesomeness he still manages to be a regular guy.
I’ve been in blogging maybe a month now and before I started I viewed individual startups and online businesses as fleeting. I viewed them as the next dot-com bubble, or the next housing bubble. And I’ve read things online to show I’m not the only one to ever have this sense.
But I have to say, since starting to learn about blogging and getting involved in the community I get it now. This isn’t a bubble, or a fad, it’s a change in the way we think about the customer/business relationship. Or rather, a return to the good old days when customers knew the people they were buying from, and the owners cared about their customers on a personal level. I honestly believe this will grow and grow until the entire world has fallen in love with it. I look forward to seeing how the growth of blogosphere is going to change this world for the better.