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The Paradox of Changing Oneself to Get Rid of Negative Traits

We think we are made of skin and flesh and muscle and bones, but that’s not true. We are made of stories, of hope, of dust and stardust, and it is in our nature to always tell stories.

Yes, you might not be a writer, you might not be a blogger, but you are telling yourself the story of who you are, and why you are who you are, and maybe, just maybe, the story of why someone like you has to be.

For example, I like to go to the gym. That’s not the issue. But I hate having to place all sorts of items in my backpack, walk to the gym, work out, go home, take a shower…

In other words, it’s the tasks that need to be done that kind of ruin my motivation. And it’s so in most other aspects: I like to write, but I hate to edit. I love shooting videos of myself talking about life, but I hate to edit them. You get the idea.

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Who the F$#k Is Cristian Mihai?

The author of this article, age 8

When I was a kid, I thought I was destined for great things. I was born on Christmas Day, exactly one year after they shot Ceausescu, the only ruler of a Communist country to ever be executed. Now, in the same spot, they’re building a shopping mall.

Maybe because I was born when I was born, I don’t really listen to what other people tell me I should do. I never did.

I don’t like authority. I don’t like to follow rules.

I am not afraid of the consequences of not doing what I am told. I am not where I’d like to be in life because I don’t like most people. I have long suspected they don’t like me back.

I am a rebel without a cause, garnering a bit of applause here and there from those who read my stories.

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Updated: Book Marketing Timeline

Marketing a book is often a time and energy-consuming process that has to take into account two aspects:

  1. Tell a story that persuades potential readers that they need your book, while also seducing them that they want it.
  2. Develop a proper plan of action that helps you build anticipation, drive word of mouth, and effectively distribute your book.

As long as you keep these two aspects in mind, you can design your own timeline, that takes into consideration your own workflow, creative energy, and time.

That being said, I believe it’s equally important to have a starting point, a framework we can work with:

If you’ve ever wondered what steps to take (and in which order), our updated marketing timeline tutorial will provide you with the answer to that question.

The Trojan Horse Strategy: How to Network with Other Bloggers

Alexander the Great was a supremely talented battle tactician. Yet, his often convoluted strategies were used only to mask a simple endgame. He deployed his significantly smaller army in a way that would allow him and his best cavalry to break through the enemy’s battle formations and try to capture or kill the Persian emperor.

That was it. He knew there was only one way to defeat a significantly superior fighting force: by going after the commander of the opposing army.

What does that have to do with blogging?

Well… all the popular niches are…

Courses, workflows, and insights

When I re-launched irevuo back in 2021 I had one goal: to turn it into the primary library of resources for creative entrepreneurs.

That’s why this announcement is quite exciting!

Elevate your skills with our courses

While we’re proud of our crazy, comprehensive tutorials and video guides, there are certain topics that require a bit more… space…

That’s why we’ve decided to incorporate some of our content, compile it, add video lessons, downloadable resources, and more… and turn them into courses.

You can find our first course (Email Marketing Masterclass) here.

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But what if you don’t have the time (or patience) to go through a lengthy course just because you want to learn how to do this one, simple task?

Well, you’re not alone.

In fact, about 90% of people who enroll in an online course… never finish it.

Why? Because people inevitably get busy, and setting time aside for learning is never a priority.

And if you need to figure out how to monetize your blog through Adsense, for instance, typically your option is to go through a lengthy course on Google Adsense. Or go through hundreds of convoluted, poorly written (a.k.a. optimized for SEO) tutorials and guides until you figure out the best way to do it.

When you want deep knowledge, you go through our in-depth tutorials and guides. But when you need to learn how to do that one specific thing, right now, you go to…

A library with thousands of tasks broken down into 10 steps… or less. We call them workflows.

You learn for 10 minutes, implement in the next 10 minutes.

So, the next time you need to figure out what’s the optimal way to get that one thing done – e.g. put together an email newsletter, optimize your blog’s design, or set up Google Analytics – there’s a workflow for it.

Copywriters have swipe files. Creative entrepreneurs now have workflows.

Insights

I believe in the terrible, terrible cliche that books are magic. They are. But the truth is that when going through a 500 page stuffed with value that makes us go, “Eureka” every other paragraph, we sometimes miss the most important (and useful) insights.

That’s what insights is all about. We share 3 key insights on art, creativity, business, freelancing, and more from some of the best books out there.

Last but not least, we’ve updated our membership page to reflect one big change:

Yearly members also get a one-on-one call with me (over Skype, Zoom, etc.), so you can get a feel for what to expect from the platform (and I also get to know what YOU expect from our platform).

That’s about it.

More will be added soon.

P.S. New tutorial going live by the end of the week.

The Skills of Highly Successful Bloggers

Like it or not, there are certain blogging skills you’ll need to build (and strengthen) if you have hopes of growing and profiting from your blog in the long run.

Whether you’re thinking about starting a blog for the first time, or you’re working hard to grow your existing audience—it’s normal to wonder if you really have what it takes to make your own blogging business work.

Do you have the right blogging skills to capture the attention of readers, promote your content, and make money blogging? These are all good questions to ask.

10 Principles That Helped Me Grow My Blog From 0 to 145,217 Readers

Over the past decade, I’ve spent all day, every day, as a full-time blogger, creator, and writer.

I’ve experimented with all kinds of weird and wonderful content, tools, and platforms. I’ve designed strategies, reports, and brainstormed enough ideas for articles to keep my content calendar full for the next decade or so.

In other words, I have a lot of experience to share, and that’s what I am going to do: share with you the guiding principles that have enabled me to go from 0 to something that looks like this:

That’s why today I am going to share with you 10 principles that have helped me build some of the most popular blogs on the web.