Watch Out: My Inner Geek is Coming Out

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I’ve been having a blast indulging my inner geek lately!

It’s one of those things I just can’t deny. Every time I try to get too spiritual and serious, things seem to jump up at me and bite me in the butt. What’s up with that?

It’s likely one of those annoying lessons in self-acceptance! You know, the ones where you just have to accept that you are who you are!

So, rather than continuing to resist my geekiness,  I’ve finally decided to embrace it, accept the messages from the universe, and start offering up my web development and internet marketing knowledge to help other Conscious Business Owners thrive online.

And that’s what I’ve done with the WordPress Launchpad Program. Today was the last day of the first round. And the entire 6-weeks have been a blast.

Here’s what one participant wrote:

Ed is a fabulous teacher. The WordPress Launchpad Program was clear, concise, and really easy to navigate. He presents things in bite sized pieces that are easy to digest, and build in a natural, comprehensive way. The support system he has created for it, with workbooks, blog postings, and Q & A, adds to the value immensely and adds to the fun and group learning process.

It’s just a thrill to be able to create immediately, with confidence and watch others do the same. Ed is incredibly present and responsive…generous almost to a fault! This is not a job for him. It’s a passion.

The value is extraordinary and I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to build an excellent, kick ass website/blog that isn’t just pretty, but actually does something! Thank you so much Ed!.

Rachel Flower Sensoma

And why am I telling you this? Well I’m glad you asked. It’s because I’ve got the next round of the program beginning on May 13th. And if you register before May 1st, you’ll save $200. So I wanted to make sure I told you about this now so I won’t hear any whining after May 1st!

If you’re a conscious business owner and you don’t yet have a website – or if you have a website that is just sitting there because you don’t know what to do with it – you just might want to join the next round of the WordPress Launchpad Program.

At the end of this six week course you’ll have a fully functional website up and running and have the knowledge and tools needed to update it yourself.

To find out more about the WordPress Launchpad Progam and how it can help your Conscious Business thrive online, visit Mystic Marketing.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, this crazy economic “crisis” that all the media pundits tell us that we’re in, makes this absolutely the best time to launch a website!

When you do, you’ll have a professional, effective website up and running in just 6-weeks. You’ll know how to update and maintain the site yourself. And you’ll have the basic knowledge needed to drive traffic to your site.

So if you’re ready to get your business online, or upgrade your existing web presence, go check out the WordPress Launchpad Program and take advantage of this virtually turnkey opportunity.

And, because of the backend work that I do to setup the servers and wordpress software and … oh right, you don’t have to worry about any of that, becaue I do it all… But because I do it all, I’ve got to keep this class small. And that’s another reason to get registered for this program now.

If You’re A Writer You’ve Got To Read This

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Blogging is great. But let’s be honest with each other: Most bloggers, myself included, would love to have a published book. I mean, we can call ourselves “authors” and there certainly is some truth to that. After all, we are “authoring” our blogs. We are publishing written content. But when you come down to it, most people apply the term “author” to someone who has written and published a book.

Even ebook “authors” have a hard time getting recognized as authors outside of the world of internet marketing. For the vast majority of people – yes even business people – the Internet and especially the blogosphere remains uncharted territory.

Want proof? When I was promoting a blogging course to my business networking group, I asked, by a show of hands, how many members knew what a blog was. You ready for this?

Out of 50 business people in that meeting, fewer than ten hands went up! I was amazed.
Now this was certainly not a statistically valid sample. But if it’s even close to the reality, it means that less than 20% of business owners know what a blog is. Which probably means that the percentage in the overall population is even lower than that.

And why is this important?

Because if you are just blogging or just writing ebooks, you are missing out on as much as 80% of your potential market. (Unless your target market is the internet marketing or blogging crowd). And not only that, you’re also missing out on the credibility that comes along with a published book. (Yes, I’m hearing this too!)

Now the reason I’m writing this today is because I just read something that shook the foundation of my business model. The ultra-refined, Cliffs Notes version of which is:

1. Use blog to build platform.
2. Use platform to attract publisher.
3. Use platform to market book.

What I just read blows that theory out of the water for a number of reasons. Here are just two of the key reasons:

  • Current technology makes it possible for anyone -yes ANYONE – to become a bestselling author.
  • The window of opportunity during which published authors will continue to receive increased credibility is closing. (Perhaps very quickly).

Rather than tell you more, I’d rather have you go read it for yourself. It’s a free report called Rise of The Author.

And by the way, you don’t have to be a blogger to benefit from this report. If you have ever wanted to write a book, this report could very well be the spark that lights the fire for you.

Download the free report here.

The Law of Attraction Blog Carnival Returns

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If you’ve been reading Evolving Times for a while, you know that for over a year, I hosted the Law of Attraction Carnival, the longest running blog carnival dedicated to the exploration of the Law of Attraction. And you may have noticed that it’s been more than 3-months since the last edition of the Law of Attraction Carnival. And the last mention of the carnival was this Law of Attraction carnival update posted back in December

Well for those of you Law of Attraction Carnival fans out there, I’ve got great news. Two wonderful Law of Attraction bloggers are going to inject some new life into the carnival and make sure that it keeps going!

I’m very excited to announce that Dean Lacono of The Law of Attraction For Beginners and Ellie Walsh of Living the Law of Attraction are going to be the co-hosts of the Law of Attraction Carnival!

The first edition of the new Law of Attraction Blog Carnival will be on Thursday, February 21st. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 19th.

And the topic of this edition, in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday is The Law of Attraction and relationships. If you have a excellent post on how to use the Law of Attraction to improve your relationships, submit it over at the Law of Attraction page at BlogCarnival.

I am thrilled and grateful to be handing the carnival off to these two wonderful Law of Attraction bloggers. So be sure to stop by Dean’s and Ellie’s blogs and thank them for taking over the carnival!

Contact Form and Subscribe to Comments Have Not Been Working

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First, the bad news. I discovered last week that the contact form as well as the Subscribe to Comments plugin here at Evolving Times were not working. And they have not been working since I launched the site redesign back in early December.

So… if you’ve submitted a comment and wondered if there’s been a response, there probably has been.

And… if you sent me an email using the contact form, and have been holding your breath awaiting my reply, you’re going to be waiting a quite a bit longer because I did not receive it!

Now, the good news. The contact form and subscribe to comments plugin are both working now! So if you tried to contact me in the past month or so, please try again. And if you subscribed to a comment thread, you should start seeing updates now.

And I apologize for any confusion or frustration this has caused.

Is Mark Joyner Really A Blogging Moron?

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I highly doubt it. But don’t tell him that, because as long as he thinks he’s a blogging moron, he’s giving away a multi-media course on blogging for free!

If you’ve been through Simpleology 101 (another free course and incredible time/task management system) or any of his other courses, you know that Mark puts out high-value courses. And I’m sure that this blogging class will live up to Mark’s high standards.

“But haven’t you checked out this blogging course, Ed?”

Not yet. I haven’t seen the course yet, because in order to get it for free, there’s one little catch… you’ve got to blog about it. And that’s what I’m doing right now. To get free access to the course, you just have to cut and paste a little piece of html from the signup page. It will look like this on your blog:

 

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

And now that I’ve posted it here I’m definitely going to go check it out! And I really will let you know what I think. But in the meantime, if you’re a blogger and interested in what I’m sure is going to be a great blogging course, go snag it while it’s still free.

You can get it here.

And please, don’t tell Mark that he’s NOT a blogging moron!

A Law of Attraction Carnival Update

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If you’ve been a participant in or a reader of the Law of Attraction Carnival, you’ve probably noticed that there hasn’t been one in a while. In fact the last carnival here at Evolving Times was on September 25th. The last carnival edition was on October 9th hosted at Feels Like Magic.

So what’s up?

Well a few things have shifted. As I was planning for and working on the site redesign I also took some time to re-examine my vision for Evolving Times and the focus and direction.

What I discovered was that, while the Law of Attraction is an important piece of my work and belief system, it is not the only piece, nor is it even the biggest piece. And I was becoming a bit uncomfortable that I was becoming recognized as a Law of Attraction blogger. My approach to personal growth is far too eclectic to be defined and confined by the Law of Attraction label.

And I must also admit that I was getting a bit tired of weeding through carnival submissions that had nothing to do with the Law of Attraction or the specific edition topic.

There were always a handful of brilliant, on-topic posts, but there were far more posts of questionable value. And since I want every link on this site to point to something of real value for you, I just couldn’t include them.

My original plan was to take a short hiatus from the carnival and come back with renewed enthusiasm. But after my visioning process, it’s quite clear that it’s time for me to move on from the Law of Attraction carnival.

But I would really love to see someone take it over. If you do, you’ll inherit some good link juice. The Law of Attraction page over at the blog carnival site has a PageRank of 4 and it’s still the first page that comes up when you search for Law of Attraction within Blog Carnival. And you’ll also get several links from Evolving Times.

Since most -sane – people are out shopping instead of surfing around the blogosphere, I’ll put out another post after the holidays to see if anyone is interested in taking over the carnival. But if you’re sanity is in question and you’re actually reading this and have an interest in the carnival, let me know.

And, I have to say that, even though it’s time to move on, it sure was fun. I met some incredible people through the carnival and hopefully shared some positive, inspiring information.

When You Hear Those Negative Voices Remember That You Have A Choice

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Back in June, Joe Vitale moved his blog from a hosted platform to a self-hosted WordPress blog. It was a good move for him. But there was a bit of a learning curve involved and for the first couple of days he didn’t realize that all of his comments were waiting to be approved.

Here’s a bit of what he wrote about those two, long days:

I put up this new blog two days ago, wrote two new posts, invited my entire email list to come review it, and waited for the applause.

Nothing.

No comments.

No emails.

No love letters, cookies, cigars, care packages, Amazon gift certificates, or anything else.

What happened to my audience?

I started to think that no one loved the new blog, or my new posts, or me.

Amazing how the mind falls back to negativity if it isn’t guarded against.

Joe’s words kept ringing in my head today.

After spending weeks working on a new theme for Evolving Times and finally making the big change last night, I found it quite astonishing that there were absolutely no comments on the new theme today.

I went to bed last night, thrilled with how smoothly the update had gone. No glitches. No major snafus. And I was sure that I would wake up to a few comments from my east coast readers. But when I logged in this morning there were none. When I left the office at 1:00 to pick up my daughter, there were still no comments in sight.

By then, the negative thoughts were getting pretty loud in my head. I can definitely relate to Joe’s thought that “no one loved the new blog… or me.”

But I wasn’t ready to give in to those thoughts. I was not ready to let the negative voices “win.” So I spent a wonderfully fun afternoon with my daughter, walking around town, stopping in a few stores and enjoying some unexpected live music on the plaza.

I checked once more after dinner. Still no no comments. The voices were getting louder, but Joe’s experience still echoed in my head as I started coming up with possible reasons why there were no comments: “Maybe everyone is out shopping.” And, “Lots of people have switched out their theme lately. It’s easy for one more theme update to slip under the radar screen.”

But after Ella went to bed and still none, I started to wonder if there might be something wrong.Last night when I installed the new theme I submitted a test comment without a problem. But, maybe one of the upgraded plugins I installed messed something up. So I submitted another test comment. No problem.

So where were all the comments? Good, bad, indifferent: It didn’t matter. And it didn’t make sense. After all, it’s been a LONG time since a full day has gone by without a single comment here!

Then I had one of those “aha” moments. I logged out of my administrator’s account and tried to submit another comment.

Bingo.

There it was. The dreaded error message: “You have not filled in you math comment spam form. Please go back and fill it in.”

Of course, there was just one problem. There was no Math Comment Spam form!

The plugin was still installed and activated, but I had not added the form code to the comment page in my new theme. So anyone who tried to submit a comment – other than a logged in administrator – received an error message telling them to go back and fill out the field for the Math Comment form. And, without a form to do that, it just wasn’t going to happen.

It took five minutes to put the form is in place. I’ve successfully submitted a test comment after logging out of my administrator account. So everything is a go for comments!

Now I’ll just sit here at my computer refreshing the screen every 5-minutes until the first one comes in!

Not.

And in case you’re wondering, Joe had a similar “aha” when he realized that he had over 70 comments waiting to be moderated!

He ended his post with these wise words:

Goes to show you (or me): You can’t assume anything, you can’t allow negativity to slow you down and, with a little education, anything is possible.

It’s bedtime here. And I’ll sleep just a little bit better knowing that today, when I had a choice, I didn’t give in to the negative voices… and knowing that you all can leave comments now!

Personal Growth Resource Roundup #7

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It’s Saturday and time for another roundup of some powerful personal growth resources. As always, I’ll be drawing from sources beyond the typical personal growth arena. After all, personal growth is a full-time job and the best opportunities for growth often come in unexpected ways.

But let’s start with a very personal growth focused opportunity. If you have not heard of IONS – The Institute of Noetic Studies – I highly recommend that you check them out. They are on the leading edge of thought and bringing their extensive resources to the study and research of leading edge phenomena.

And, to celebrate the season of giving. IONS has opened their entire multimedia library at Shift In Action through December 24th. This is one of the most extensive collections of powerful personal growth resources I have seen. The library includes videos of Caroline Myss, Larry Dossey, Lynn McTaggart, teleseminars with Neale Donald Walsch, Deepak Chopra, articles from Lynn Twist, Jean Huston, and much much more!

So go check it out before the 24th. (You can become a member after that if you want).

Here’s the link again: Shift in Action.

Next up is an entry from Deb Call. I was very happy to discover Deb’s blog after following the trail begun by Karen Lynch, leading through a wonderful entry from Rick Cockrum and ending up at this insightful look at the Power of Plodding from Deb. Once again, I’m thrilled at the beautiful interconnectedness of this blogosphere.

I was having an online chat with my friend Dawud yesterday. I’m always amazed at how profound our virtual “chats” chats can be. Anyone who says that virtual communication is less powerful than personal connection has not had a chat with Dawud! And if you have not yet read Dawud’s entry about the birth of his daughter Laila it is one of the most beautiful birth stories I have ever read!

Another friend, Adam Kayce, has an extremely interesting post on the power of being a spiritual generalist. I’ve never thought of it in those terms, but when you read his post, you’ll see that it makes a lot of sense.

And finally, if you’ve ever had a difficult time accepting a compliment, Liz Strauss has some good tips on How to receive a compliment without looking like an idiot! Surely an important skill to have.

So until next week, enjoy these personal growth resources. They should keep you busy for a while!

Personal Growth Resource Roundup #5

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Here’s another round of personal growth resources for you. Last week was such a crazy weekend that I didn’t have a chance to get a resource roundup posted. So this week is a catch-up round with a few extras.

First up is the Birdyear Blog. Follow along as a 15-year old and his parents take a year to bike from Yukon to Florida and checkout a few birds along the way. If this doesn’t qualify as a personal growth experience, I don’t know what does!

Next up is a great offer from my friend Adam Kayce at Monk At Work. Because I didn’t get the roundup posted last weekend, there are just a few days left in the intro offer. This package includes everything you need to become a Monk At Work! And how cool is that?!? This really is a great package and the price goes up in 4-days!

In keeping with my intention to branch out beyond the “typical” personal growth site to find you good resources, here’s a post from Internet Marketing maven Ken McCarthy on the importance of sleep for success.

Over at Today is That Day, Aaron Potts has a great post about our protection mechanisms or shields. This post was right on target for some stuff that is up in my life right now. So I’ll pass it on to you as well.  Power Down Your Shields for Personal Development.

The 2007 Season of Gratitude is in full swing at the Balanced Life Center! Nneka is doing a great job of rounding up awesome articles on Gratitude. I’ve got my gratitude article ready to go next week. So look for it in the week 4 roundup!

We hear so much about Information Overload these days, but rarely get good information on how to get out of it! Tina Su at Think Simple Now has some excellent suggestions on how to reduce information overload.

And finally, over at The Instigator Blog, Ben has a great tip if you want to ensure you have a night filled with nightmares! How? Use your computer right up until you go to bed! This was another post that hit home for me. Want a good night’s sleep with sweet dreams? Take a hint from this post!

That’s it for this week’s roundup. I’ll be back east visiting family next week, so there may be another off week. We’ll see.

Personal Growth Resource Roundup #2

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It’s time for another Saturday roundup of Personal Growth Resources. My intention with these roundups is to turn you on to some of the powerful personal growth resources available on the web.

I’ll be including stuff from the some of the amazing personal growth bloggers out there. But what makes this roundup series a bit unique – I hope – is that I’ll also be reaching out beyond the typical personal growth sites to find personal growth resources in other areas.

Leave your comments below to let me know if you’re getting benefit from these resources. After all, they’re here for you!

Let’s begin with some inspiration from the Free Hugs Campaign Website. I wrote an entry about the Free Hugs Video just about a year ago. Now they have their very own website. If you want to add a dose of hope to your day, go check out their site.

Next up are some Blogging Lessons from Children over at the Brown Thoughts blog. I learn lessons in blogging and beyond from my daughter on a daily basis. So I can totally relate to this post. I love the last lesson – Every Day is an Adventure. Amen to that!

At Casual Keystrokes, Char reminds us to Look at Your Site Through a Different Set of Eyes. We all need a new, different perspective on our websites from time to time. And this advice applies beyond the world of the web. Having someone take a peek at some aspect of your life can provide just the kind of perspective you need to make a simple change that can make a big difference.

Outfit Inspirations has a wonderful post on the Five Rules Girls Should Learn In School. I would argue that most of these are rules that we all could benefit from. Here’s one of them – Never Make Fun Of Someone’s Enthusiasm. I’ve broken that rule on more than one occasion and the results have never been positive.

Then there’s Aaron Potts, at Today Is That Day, who has this truly timely – for me at least – post, Stop Waffling and Start Living! If you have trouble deciding what to do, or flip back and forth between your choices, go read this post right now.

Over at Copyblogger, Ryan Imel has a very interesting guest post, Are You Blogging With Confident Feet? Now hold on because this article has implications and applications far beyond blogging. Go read the information about how confident speakers pay attention to their stance and movement and see if you can translate that awareness into your life.

And here’s another link that may, again, seem a bit off topic for a personal growth resource roundup. But Robert Middleton’s post on The Christmas Tree Marketing Plan outlines a simple metaphor and plan for getting things done. The applications of the Christmas Tree Plan are not limited to marketing. Check it out.

That’s it for this week’s roundup. Tune back in next Saturday for another roundup of personal growth resources from around the web.

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