Each week I read so many blogs. I am always looking for people I agree with, ideas I have not tried yet, and places to get inspiration. On average, I read close to 50 different blogs each week.
One that I read on a regular basis is the “Leaving Work Behind” blog from fellow entrepreneur, Tom Ewer. Last year, Tom did 100 blogs you must read. I was so happy to see him make his second round. It is a point of pride that someone like him ranks you in with some of the greats. Of course, Tom and I agree that one of the top blogs out there is Seth Godin’s. Seth’s blog is one of the top, if not the top, entrepreneur blog in the world.
Many of the blogs I read are about making money online and how to quit your day job. Blogging really seemed to explode on those topics because they became popular after Tim Ferris released his book, 4-hour Work Week. And in my reading I am able to tell the ones who are just writing about making money with a blog. It’s like a self-turning cycle.
When I started my blog I wanted it to be a key that people would look to for inspiration for building and starting their own business. I looked to people like Seth Godin and Frank Kern to see what they were teaching. I did not want to copy them, but wanted instead to use them as inspiration to build my own special niche.
Yes, I would like to be the biggest and most read blog like Seth. That is the area I need to work on. I need to build a blog that gives so much content that people are always looking to come back for more information.
So often I hear the great, friendly praise of people who tell me how inspired they are reading my blog. But when I then turn and ask the question, “So what are you building with the information you read,” nothing hurts more than when they then jump to give me excuses.
So today I need to work to make this blog better, to influence people like Seth Godin does. I also want to get to a point where I get the stories from my readers to write how they are a success.
Now I do not want to build this blog just to be popular, or use it for my own fame. I need to build this blog to where the information is so powerful that when you stop me on the street, you tell me the success story, not the excuse about why you are not living your dream. That is what I need to have in common with Seth Godin.
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ’n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to take action and start living your dream. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?
PS: Be watching for the new book, You Can Always Get What You Want, due out soon. Stay tuned for the launch. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and coming to a bookstore near you.