DJ - Star Wars The Last Jedi

How DJ, From The Last Jedi, Mimics the Island Story Shark

If you're a storyteller interested in creating compelling characters and story arcs for your movies, books, and comics, I've created a narrative framework to help you achieve this goal. The structure is also a way of codifying and articulating the narrative patterns we see in movies, books, and other mediums across time. By understanding the underlying motivations, goals, distractions, and traps in a character's journey, we can create stronger and more compelling stories.

Explore the narrative framework you can use on your next project

Spacex rocket launch

March 2018 Mini-Experiments, Goals & Events

March is here and the time has come to look ahead. Do you know what you want to accomplish by month's end? If not, here are ideas of what I'm working on as a way to inspire you forward.

My Brief List of March 2018 Goals

Let's explore my biggest milestone before we jump into several new mini-experiments & the details on these monthly goals.

Continue reading my look forward to the month of March 2018

Fork - Sign In The Road - Choices

How To Decide Whether or Not to End a Business Venture (or Side Project)

No matter how well organized and self-directed your organization (or project) may be, it truly does require a strong vision-centric leader to move it forward. If you thought you could launch something and have it lead itself, I'm sorry to say that type of business is quite rare (if not impossible). 

Hopefully, you recognize this and take the time to intentionally decide what happens next with your organization or side project that currently hangs in the balance of your decision.

Let's start with a question. Does it make more sense to change and continue or to stop and shut down?

As you think through how to answer that question, let me share several stories of when I've ended or pivoted along a journey to inspire you towards your most appropriate next step.

Continue reading my venture and side project audit stories

Harpoon Computer User

My Freelancing Story Showcased as a Harpoon Customer Spotlight

Since May 2017, I've been using Harpoon* to manage my invoices (automatic payment reminders), track my expenses, and project my future expected income (with dashboard charts). It wasn't until after I wrote Path of the Freelancer that I found this wonderful tool, and when I did it seemed like they created the app from the what I wrote! We were aligned with our philosophies when it came to managing income and invoices as a freelancer.

Find out more about this interview

Girl Lost In Desert

You're A Freelancer Who Lost Several Clients At Once. Now What?

Freelancing is hard. The roller coaster is wearing. And then it happens. You lose several clients all at once for a variety of reasons. You experienced what it was like to survive as a freelancer on your journey to sustainability, but it's a different situation when you regress back to survival mode after a season of success.

In an instant, it feels like your back to where you started. Depression sets in and doubt creeps your way as you begin pondering if you have what it takes. So where do you go from here?

Get back up and keep moving.

If you fully commit to making this work (pursue new clients instead of a new job), I've got five systems to help you move forward and minimize the risk of this happening again. It starts by planning with the expectation that these challenges will continually come your way. 

Explore the systems required for freelancing success

Man Creating | Business Owner

The Top Challenges 28-55 Year-Old Self-Employed Married Fathers Face

With $100 in credit at the real-time survey tool 1Q (referral link), I had the idea this past weekend to send an open-ended question to business owners as a way of exploring topics I could write about here on this blog. I set up my AskVert (what 1Q calls each survey panel) and sent out the question listed below. 

  • What's one of the biggest challenges (Business, Personal, Relational, anything...) you're facing right now?

The mini-survey went out to self-employed married men ages 28-55 with at least two children and earning at least $75k per year (a similar profile to myself). The question went out at 1:06 pm and within 41 minutes, I had one-hundred answers.

This open-ended question received a combination of short and expanded answers. Some answered with more than one challenge while two of the results were null (it's why the numbers don't add up to 100). Here's a summary of the results after I sorted through and organized them for a more effective understanding.

Explore the self-employed survey results

Stop Sign - Breaks

How Google Responds To Blogging Breaks & Subsequent Publishing

If you’ve wondered how search engines respond to breaks and the activity following them, my unique data below points to Google sending traffic to websites with active blogging and they reward websites who become active following a break. Let's dive in. 
Since I began blogging in 2014, I’ve taken a break from blogging at the end of each year providing an interesting and unique set of data for evaluating Google’s response to both my inactivity and the subsequent reengagement. 

Continue exploring my date on how blogging breaks affect organic traffic

How My Most Googled Blog Post Unexpectedly Happened

There are unexpected events along the blogging journey, and those ahead of me that share provide insight and inspiration to help me along. So here I am, doing the same. One of these surprises included discovering the blog post driving a majority of my site's organic search traffic (Three Ways We Can Respond To Those Who Offer Their Help).

Until recently, I wasn't writing articles with a focused intent to generate organic website traffic. So, it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered success ten months after publishing my article on how to respond to an offer of help. Out of everything I wrote, I would not have guessed this post to be the one to drive a thousand visitors my way.

Continue reading about my search engine traffic success story

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