Back in the late 1990’s when blogs were first starting to reach the public consciousness, they really were just web logs (thus the term blog). For most folks, they were a form of online journal that in some cases were shared with the public.
Back in July on my knitting blog I shared my insights from reading Austin Kleon’s book Steal Like an Artist. Because I purchased his second book, Show Your Work at the same time and I found such value from the first one, I quickly devoured it as well. Since the formation of this blog, now several years ago, I have been struggling to define and then build a new B2B venture based on my knowledge and expertise. The reason is simple: “helping small business owners” is just too vague to turn into a practical, useful business. Then it occurred to me – I need to take Austin’s advice and show my work!
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In the United States, the 4th of July is the day we celebrate our birth as a country – often with setting off fireworks. I have long associated the phrase “starting off with a bang” as a good thing, and I assume it is tied to shooting a starter’s pistol at the beginning of a race. But in reality I do not actually know and I wasn’t prepared to take the time to research it for this post.
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My goal for 2013 is to expand my current knitting instruction business into a much broader market of consulting, speaking and training for independent businesses. My tag line is Teach-Train-Talk, thus the name of my website for the blog portion of this new venture. I have also set up a new business blog and website, which you’re reading now!