It used to be that as I drove to clients around the Midwest, I listened to books on CD. The Harry Potter series and Pillars of the Earth entertained me during the sometime 16-hour round trips. Then one day, my world changed.
The CD player in my car broke!
I remember it clearly. I was listening to the second of five discs of the Bourne Identity. When that disc ended, it was time to take it out and put in disc three. The eject mechanism would not work. In fact, that disc is still in my CD player to this day. That was about 16 months ago.
For a few weeks I resorted to listening to music, sports or talk radio. None of these worked well to keep me awake during those long drives. I had to find something else.
Yes, I discovered podcasts by searching iTunes on my iPad. I found two that piqued my interest so I downloaded them to my iPad. I went to the store and bought the cable to plug my iPad into my car. That next out-of-town trip, which was seven hours one-way, was my test trip. Would podcasts keep me awake?
They did. This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt and The Smart Passive Income Podcast by Pat Flynn entertained, educated and intrigued me during that trip. These two podcasts persuaded me to share my passion and my knowledge with others through a blog.
The problem I had, though, was how to start a blog. I had no idea how to start one. Both of their podcasts and blogs helped me along the way. Within a few months, I had bought the domain name and started working on the design and content.
My goal with the site was to help others enjoy their jobs as much as I do by writing articles about mindset, communication and career advancement. Basically, readers could use the site as a resource of motivation and career tips.
In March 2013, I was asked to participate in a local television show about St. Louis bloggers. You can watch the episode here.
That experience was eye-opening as to what I could look forward to in my blogging career. I made a couple of great contacts through that experience. John Smith, the Strategic Learner, has been a very positive and motivating influence on me since we met nine months ago.
Although my subscriber count is not at near the level I want it to be (I want to impact hundreds of thousands of people), I’m happy at the progress the site has made. People talk to me frequently and tell me how much they appreciate the articles on the site.
Readers contact me through the site’s Contact page or email to tell me the impact the site has had on them. Here are a couple of comments I’ve received throughout the year:
“I have started my own blog, STLJobCoach.com, to help others find new jobs because I am now an expert in changing jobs. I encourage others to do so as well. So I am definitely looking for some inspiration from your blog…” – Michelle M.
“Way to go – I am loving everything you are putting on here! I definitely plan on following.” – Shelby R.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this past year was attending the Financial Bloggers Conference in October in St. Louis. When I saw that Pat Flynn was the opening keynote speaker and the conference was in St. Louis, I knew I had to attend.
I had two main goals for the conference. 1.) Meet as many people as possible but especially some of the podcasters I regularly listen to and 2.) Learn as much as I could about blogging that I hadn’t already learned.
Two weeks after the conference I was able to meet with Austin Netzley while on a business trip in Houston. Just this past week, he posted a short video interview we did in November about career happiness.
Christmas Day holds a prominent place in the hearts of people around the world. Christmastime 2012 was special to me because I was able to start sharing my thoughts with the world. Christmastime 2013 is special as I celebrate the intentional employee’s first birthday.
As we celebrate this one-year anniversary, let’s look at my three favorite posts from this first year:
Those were my favorite posts but the following are the three most popular posts according to page views:
There are so many reasons I am thankful for what has happened during this first year. I’m thankful most of all for you. You, reader, are the reason I continue writing and sharing. Thank you so much for continuing to visit me here.
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Thank you and happy holidays Reader!