• What has this blog done for my business?

  • SkydivingAbout a year ago, when I was brand new to internet marketing, I was inspired by Tracy Repchuk to write 30 blog posts in 30 days.  Tracy is the author of 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles, and was my first internet marketing guru.

    When I attended Tracy's Dream to Reality Success Summit in May 2009, I didn't even know what I wanted to sell online.  I just knew I wanted to be part of the hottest industry in the world, internet marketing.

    So I started a blog on something I knew a lot about ... how to become an entrepreneur.  You see, I have been a serial entrepreneur since I was 12 years old.  Over the years, I have started dozens of businesses... from selling vintage clothing to operating a bicycle shop in Washington, DC. 

    Based on my experience, I took Tracy's challenge and wrote a 30-day blog entitled Rags to Riches: Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur.  You can still see some of early posts here.

    But something funny happened to me along the way.  I was having a great time, working full time as a law professor, and writing a blog post every day. But I did not yet see how this was going to lead to anything beyond fun and a creative outlet for my inner entrepreneur.

    Then I was introduced online to a network marketing company that really resonated with everything I believed about the mind-body-spirit connection.  All of a sudden, I had a real use for my newly discovered internet marketing skills...the fusion of the internet and social media with network marketing.

    So, the most important thing this blog has done for my business was ... to connect me with a business that fulfills my unique combination of skills, passions and creativity.

    Another great thing this blog has done was to re-connect me with my authentic voice.  You see, I have been a law professor for more than 15 years.  I have a great job teaching students how to represent small business and non-profit clients.  But I live, eat and breathe legalese every day.

    It took several months before I could bring myself to write in short sentences (and sometimes that still presents a challenge).  It took even longer before I could talk about my personal opinions, without citing to some authority!

    Anther great thing this blog has done is connect me with a community of like-minded people who are knowledgeable, generous and just plain fun to be around.  I have learned so much from other bloggers, I only hope that my experience can help someone else along the way.

    For example, this blog post is in response to a meme.  This means a blogger tags other bloggers with their post to have them answer a question for example. This meme was started by Ana Hoffman who asked the original question.You can see Ana’s post on this subject here: How Blogging Can Increase Your Lead Generation by 67%.

    I read about the meme on my Unified Tribe friend Marcus Baker's blog.  You can read his post, "What has this blog done for my business?" here.

    I was not tagged, but I decided to write a response anyway.  The idea is to see how viral this question can go. Ana will receive the most links as the originator of the meme because everyone links back to the original post and then I will of course get links back from everybody I tag.

    I will be tagging bloggers who as far as I know have not yet been tagged for the meme.  Remember you don’t have to be tagged to participate.

    So I am tagging some of my Unified Tribe friends to answer the question: “How Did Your Blog Kick-Start Your Business Success?"

    Heather CS ~~ John Engle ~~ Chris Bernardo ~~ Vicki Berry ~~ Linda Nuyts

    Answer the question in your next blog post, link it back to this post and Ana’s post and tag some of your blogger friends to do the same. Thank you and be assured if you start a meme I will support yours too.

    Please leave me a comment and be sure to share this post with your followers if you believe they will derive some value from it. Thank you.

    To your success,