They say you should ignore imposter syndrome…but what if it’s really your gut telling you you’re on the wrong path? ?>

They say you should ignore imposter syndrome…but what if it’s really your gut telling you you’re on the wrong path?

Probably half of my posts on this blog have dealt with self-doubt or “imposter syndrome” in one way or another.  But for good reason; I honestly believe it’s the one thing that stands between us and success, particularly for entrepreneurs. Because there’s absolutely no reason we can’t have what we desire as far as online business success goes.  The resources are all there.  The same ones all the other already successful entrepreneurs used.  And as long as you’re using those resources…

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Stop letting the trolls starve, you cruel person. ?>

Stop letting the trolls starve, you cruel person.

Vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards.  Cinderella, Red Riding Hood.  Those types. Books and TV have reinvented those classic characters over the last decade or so, weaving them into modern times and relevant situations, while still preserving the essence of the fairy tale.  It’s a trend.  The “fractured fairy tale”, it’s sometimes called. But there’s a fairy tale character that’s been ignored, and it needs our attention.   Because it has changed, and morphed into something unrecognizable.  The old fairy tales don’t…

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The One Person You Shouldn’t Miss ?>

The One Person You Shouldn’t Miss

Day one-and-a-half of getting back to me. What does that even mean? The last post was about having no free time, even as a “free”lancer.  Seems like a bit of a contradiction, right?  No one freelances because they want MORE structure, more strict deadlines, more micromanagement, more long hours. Freelancing should mean freedom.  Lots of it.   Freedom to pick your work, pick your hours, pick your coffee shop for the day (or if it’s a work-from-bed-in-your-underwear kinda day). But…

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Lie: Freelance Means Free Time ?>

Lie: Freelance Means Free Time

Perhaps the one thing I’m not loving about being self-employed is, surprisingly, the lack of free time. I know what you’re thinking.  Some people are out there, commuting an hour each way to their office jobs, putting in 10-12 hour days, and still trying to squeeze in time to work out, be with their families, and maybe have just one hobby (oh, and that sleeping and eating thing is important too). And here I am, working from home of my own…

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Blog?…me. ?>

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Blog?…me.

Y’know, I’ve been thinking a lot about the fate of this little notebook for a while. I’m coming up on domain renewal, and every few days I get an email in my inbox warning me that it’s about to happen, and that my card’s about to be charged again. I’ve flagged the email to look at later…because I’ve been debating on whether I should just drop the blog or not.  Save the twenty bucks. Why? Because, as you can see,…

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99 Problems But…At Least There’s Bacon ?>

99 Problems But…At Least There’s Bacon

I’m grumpy today. Really grumpy. I’m on Day 3 of a 21-day sugar detox, which has me feeling sluggish and hangry and craving Reese’s peanut butter cups like woah.  I made these apple streusel egg muffins yesterday with high hopes.  They looked delicious.  They tasted like absolutely NOTHING. It was like a piece of tofu that someone made while thinking about apples and cinnamon. This morning the only way I could choke one down was by combining each bite with…

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This Keeps You From Being Admired ?>

This Keeps You From Being Admired

Have you ever been told by someone that they admire you, or are inspired by you, or wish they could do what you’re doing?   And then you didn’t know what to say back?   Are you supposed to smile and say “thanks!”?  Are you supposed to be polite and say “awww, no, YOU’RE the one who’s inspiring!”.  Are you supposed to be humble and say “nah, I’m just little ol’ me, nothing extraordinary here”.   You’ve probably said all…

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Webinars: The Seductive Sirens of Online Biz ?>

Webinars: The Seductive Sirens of Online Biz

Since when does being “relentlessly helpful” mean selling people something that “could” be helpful. You see it everywhere.  How do I get a following?  How do I get people to opt-in to my email list?  How do I get people to notice me? “Be relentlessly helpful” is the advice I’ve seen many times.  It’s sort of along the same vein as “epic content”, which I ranted about recently (totally spurred by Ash’s post on the same issue, by the way)….

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Stinking, Rotting, Threadbare Online Biz Advice ?>

Stinking, Rotting, Threadbare Online Biz Advice

  “The Internet: EPICCCCCC CONTENNNNNTTTTTTTT!” – Ash Ambirge, on her latest post “An Ode to the Internet’s Worst Business Advice”    Translation? Just go read it.   Fucking. Epic. Content.   If I see those two words together on one more piece of advice on how to gain an online following, I’m going to poke my eyes out with this green straw in my iced coffee (no, not Starbucks, it’s a local small business, thank you).   If you’ve ever been in my…

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A way to be creative AND mess with people’s brains? Yes, please. ?>

A way to be creative AND mess with people’s brains? Yes, please.

Introducing Copywriting (for all us non-business people).   A few months ago, I had no idea what ‘copywriting’ was. Most people hear the word and think it has something to do with legal claims to original work and it looks like a ‘C’ with a circle around it.   Then you see it written down, and notice it’s “write”, not “right”. Huh? It makes sense, though. A copywriter is a person who writes copy…duh.   But what the heck is…

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