Quick Update - Hang in there!

Quick Update - Hang in there!

 Okay, so you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been a little quiet over the past several weeks.   It’s been a busy period of real estate acquisitions and writing (albeit not blog work).  I’ll fill you in on the real estate stuff in coming weeks, but for now I’m going to give you a quick sneak peek into the upcoming writing projects.

First, I have a self-published novel that I’m targeting for release on December 1st, 2018.  I’ve worked on this story for over a year and half now.  I’m extremely excited about this one and there is some method behind the thought process on self-publishing.  Those mystery readers who are into personal finance will dig this story line.  I’ll do a separate post on this soon.

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Wow! A YouTuber on Tour is Real Business!

Wow!  A YouTuber on Tour is Real Business!

Back on April 6th (that seems forever now, but it was only four months ago), I wrote an article Making Money with the Internet is a Real Business!

The article was about my 9 year-old’s fascination with YouTuber, Dan TDM.  At the end of the article I reported how I had bought us tickets to see his live show.

I couldn’t believe I spent $150 to take a kid to see some YouTube guy.  Well, now that the show has come and gone, I figured it’s time for an update

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On Writing Good

On Writing Good

When I was in junior high school (the early 80s), an English teacher handed out a list of funny writing rules.  The list had been typed and mimeographed.  It didn't attribute any authorship to the work.  I loved these guidelines so much that I later typed them into my computer during college.  The paper I’d been given years prior was badly worn.  

Recently, I rediscovered the list and conducted some research, wondering if there might have been a source to this list.  A different version of it appeared in The New York Times Magazine, November 11, 1979 in the article The Fumblerules of Grammar.  It was written by author and columnist, William Safire.  I can't guarantee it, but this appears to be a possible source for the material.  However, Safire collected suggestions from his readers before creating his list of bad grammar rules .  He did mentioned that English teachers had been doing this for years.

I found a couple other locations around the internet that have added to this list or have variations of it.  However, none of the additions seem as good as the simple list I was originally given.

Therefore, with a nod to Mr. Safire, I’m sharing the basic list as provided by my junior high English teacher.  Hopefully, you enjoy it and learn from it as I have.

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Sometimes You Have to Ignore the Voice in Your Head

Sometimes You Have to Ignore the Voice in Your Head

Creating Building-Income and then developing weekly content for it has been a great experience.  It’s allowed me the opportunity to meet other bloggers who are creating some really great work.  Studying their content has given me a goal to strive for each week and beyond.

I’ve also had the chance to connect with some readers who have had questions about some of the articles I’ve written.  In thinking about how they have responded, it’s given me new ideas for articles as well as a potential road map for the future.

The entire process has allowed me to sharpen my writing, both in voice and in time of production.  I wake up every morning and spend an hour or two creating something new.  I believe each day is helping me develop a stronger presence within my words as well as decrease the time to actually produce an article from idea to post.  It’s a wonderful and heady experience.

Above all, though, it’s finally given me the opportunity to grow more comfortable with "The Little Editor," that entity on my shoulder who questions every move I make with my writing.

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What I’ve Learned in My First Four Months of Blogging

What I’ve Learned in My First Four Months of Blogging

Until now, I’ve been hesitant to write about my blogging experience.  This is for a couple reasons.

First, I’m new to this genre.  My blog went live on February 19th, 2017 with Let’s Start Talking About Real Estate, a post that essentially said nothing more than “Hey, here’s my blog.”  So, it’s been a little over four months that I’ve been at this.

Second, it feels like I’m pulling back the curtain.  I’m going to reveal some things that I haven’t talked about with anyone.  I’m not sure why that feels weirder than talking about my personal finances, or my business failures, or anything else I feel rather free to address on this site.  I guess I want the site to present a certain image of success and professionalism. 

Discussing this subject is a bit humbling, sort of like opening the books on a new business.  Hopefully, these revelations will benefit others in their blogging experience as well as continue to point me in the direction of further success.  

So without further ado, let’s get rolling …

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Making Money with the Internet is a Real Business!

Making Money with the Internet is a Real Business!

Recently, my girlfriend and I took our son and his friend to the movies.  While driving to the theater, the boys talked about two of their favorite subjects: YouTube and Minecraft.  At this point, I usually tune out since I think Minecraft is about the silliest video game ever created.  Minecraft graphics remind me of playing on a Commodore 64.  

Anyway, the boys prattled on wildly about the game when their conversation morphed to our son’s favorite YouTube channel host, Dan TDM (which stands for The Diamond Minecart, don’t ya know).  Dan TDM hosts one of the most successful YouTube channels on Minecraft and gaming. 

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