As I Swam Towards The Door - The Cellar Journey Part 5

As I Swam Towards The Door - The Cellar Journey Part 5

This is part 5 of The Cellar Journey, a multi-part fictional story. Click here to view all parts of the Cellar Journey.

As I swam towards the door, I noticed a small knapsack on the floor. I grabbed it thinking it would be great to hold my stuff. As I placed my things in to it, I looked around. Next to the knapsack was a mirror. As I gazed into it I saw myself, or at least an altered version of myself. I was still wearing my colorful clothes and my blue eyes stood out, but there was something different about how I looked. The change was slight and hard to specifically identify. Whatever bit me was slowly causing me to change.

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What Are The Benefit For Marketers Using Quora?

What Are The Benefits For Marketers Using Quora?

As a result of writing my first book, one of my marketing strategies for building authority and creating awareness was to consistently answer questions on Quora about freelancing. The endeavor was successful within the Quora community. In fact, I rose in ranks with this writing experiment getting listed as number four in the top freelance contributors list after answering fifty-nine freelancing questions. At least two of my answers went out in the weekly email digest and I currently have forty-thousand views across all my answers over all time (this count includes twenty non-freelancing questions)

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The Ultimate Guide For Building Awesome Joomla Websites

The Ultimate Guide For Building Awesome Joomla Websites

Have you ever heard of Joomla, the open-source content management system (CMS)? Introduced by a friend when this tool was in its infancy, this became our go-to resources for websites when I owned and operated my marketing company. Joomla drives my personal website and blog, as well as Path Of The Freelancer. I also drive most of my website design clients to build their website on Joomla. 

This guide originally started as a response to a Facebook question on my wall. "Can you suggest any resources for a Joomla beginner?" As I shared my Joomla work on Facebook, other questions and comments came up about the CMS and this quickly grew.

This page is designed to help those curious about Joomla on how to maximize their experience. Here's what you can expect as you read this ultimate Joomla guide.

  • An Introduction To Joomla
  • Why Use Joomla (Instead of Wordpress)
  • Website Hosting
  • Designing Joomla Websites
  • Joomla Extensions
  • Image Repositories
  • My Process For Building Semi-Custom Joomla Websites

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Where Does Weekday Blogging Take Me In The Month Of October?

Where Does Weekday Blogging Take Me In The Month Of October?

Today, month three of the weekday blogging challenge continues with twenty-two posts to be penned in the month of October. So far, I've published on the previous forty-four weekdays, so by this month's end, I'll have written sixty-six blogs in three months.
 
My friend Jim Karwisch and I began this journey in August. In September, we invited several others to join us. Craig Haynie, & Allison Miller were the only two from the new group to make it through the entire month writing each weekday.  For October, Jim, Craig, and I will continue the challenge with the addition of my friend Addison Williams
 
I've definitely enjoyed running alongside others bloggers as part of this challenge. It adds a level of energy, accountability, and focus to the endeavor, making it more enjoyable and meaningful. As I enter into my next month of writing, I'm reflecting on my vision for the month. Where do I expect this writing to take me by month's end?

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My Reflections After 44 Days Of Weekday Blogging

My Reflections After 44 Days Of Weekday Blogging

Today I enter the weekend as part of my blogging halftime for the weekday blogging challenge. I've spent two months blogging each weekday accumulating a total of 44 new blog posts, which is more than I did in all of 2016. With my total word count, I've essentially written an entire book's worth of words. While it has been a challenging two months, it's exciting to excel at this level. When I look back at my work, I can't help but feel a deep sense of satisfying accomplishment. I'm proud of what I've created.

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Side Projects

These Are The Potential Next Side Projects Bouncing Around My Head

Since I began freelancing, I've had an assortment of interesting side projects.
 
With the help of two former teammates, we put together a comprehensive page on how to capture and sustain ideas. With the help of some friends and family, I put together a short story and narrative framework. With the prodding of some fellow freelancers, I wrote my first book on how to flourish in this vocation. This past August, I launched into a weekday blogging challenge ramping up the volume of writing to a point where I'm almost writing a book every two months (in terms of word count). 

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Life & Legacy

When You Look Back At The Life You've Lived, What Do You See?

This post is part 9 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.

I have a pattern of learning in the real world, and sometimes the hard way before I become a formal student in a topic. It's played out this way several times, and my current experience with the Leaders Lyceum development program is no exception. 

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Formula For Intetionality

How To Setup Your Business For Success

Many go into business with the intent to succeed, but few endure long enough to arrive at sustainable flourishing. In a previous blog post and the Path Of The Freelancer book, I dive into the Formula for Intentionality as the foundation for building a business that lasts. As you see in the graphic above, this foundation is firmly rooted in knowing our purpose, vision, mission and core values. In this post, we'll explore these concepts.

Let's Get At It! 

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What Is It Like On The Other Side Of You?

What's It Like On The Other Side Of You?

This post is part 8 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.
It's been eye-opening for me to work with business owners as a freelancer. It feels like the last three years I've got to feel what it's like to be on the other side of me (a business owner), and this includes both the good and negative dynamics. As a business owner, we have a tremendous amount of authority and control, and while we might mentally recognize how our words and actions affect people, we don't FEEL how it is to be those employees.

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My Exploration Of An Ongoing Sustainable Blogging Habit

My Exploration Of An Ongoing Sustainable Blogging Habit

Blogging is a wonderful outlet for getting found and one I wish I had started over a decade ago. But doing it well and consistently has been challenging since I started weekday blogging on August first and as I've continued here in September. My intent going forward is to continue weekday blogging through the end of November (where I'll then take my annual blogging break).

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