Blog Crash and Recovery

ErrorHey, gang. I know a lot of you were wondering what happened to A Couple of Quitters blog. As many of you know, the site was down for almost 2 weeks. Tammy and I were more than a bit on edge as we worked to get things back in order. Well, I say worked but we haven’t actually been doing the work. Someone from our web host was working behind the scenes to help us solve the issue. Technically, we had lost ALL of our blog posts, but we have a couple database backup programs running, which may have saved the day because it looks like we were able to get all the blog posts back. Whew!! Although, we lost a few comments, which stinks! Anyway, we’ll be back soon to fill in more details. For now, please be patient while we work to get the last few pieces back in place.

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Update: Business Blogs Launched!

We're Open!A couple of months ago, I wrote about a “Kick in the Butt” that Scott and I had come up with to help move us forward and (finally!) get our business blogs launched. Basically, we had bought tickets to see a concert at Virginia Beach and we agreed that if we didn’t launch our blogs by midnight on July 10th, we wouldn’t go to the concert. Well, I’m happy to report that we thoroughly enjoyed the Jack Johnson concert, and the beach, and the successful launch of our blogs! We made a long weekend of it, and it was a nice celebratory break for us. This was an eye-opening experiment for us, and really made us realize how dependent we’ve become on the system of “rewards and consequences” that is so prevalent in the typical 9-to-5 workplace. Even though launching our blogs was something we wanted to do and something that we both considered a priority, we had trouble actually taking the necessary action to get it done, until there was a consequence in place to hold us accountable and motivate us to act quickly and consistently. Of course, we eventually want to be able to “get it done” without a promise of reward or a threat of punishment, and we’re working on that. But for now, we’re doing what works for us. And the best part is, we have a tan and two live blogs to show for it…

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Announcing Behavior and Motivation – My New Blog is Live

At the time of this blog post, it’s Independence Day in the United States. Today is also the day I chose as my target day to launch my new blog. Symbolically, the launch of my new blog, Behavior and Motivation, represents another big step toward personal independence. I’m so excited that I was able to launch the blog today. Even though I still have some tweaking to do, It’s mostly done. And even though I had to find a balance between my original vision and what I could actually pull off, I’m very satisfied with the results. I’ve got big plans for Behavior and Motivation. I’ll be writing about them in the future. But for now, I’m happy to finally launch it and move into the next phase.

If you stop by my new blog, there is a Guestbook where you can leave general comments. It’s like the “wall” in Facebook. Speaking of Facebook, I have a fan page for my blog too. Go here to check that out. Anyway, I’m happy to share this exciting news. Let me know what you think of it.

Time for Another Money Give Away – Will You Be the One?

Hi everybody. This post is going to be short and sweet. If you’re a regular reader, you know that Tammy and I are about to launch our blogs and start our Internet business empires. Right now, we’re in the process of writing content, and planning our subscriber email content.

Speaking of email subscriptions, we’ve selected AWeber to handle all of our email marketing. Neither of us have actually signed up for our accounts yet. That’s where you come in. Whether you’re a long-time, regular reader, or you’ve found our site today for the first time, the first person who leaves their AWeber affiliate link in the comments of this post will win the contest. If you win, that means we’ll use your affiliate link when we’re ready to sign up for the service, which means YOU will get 2 commission payments: once when I use the link, and once when Tammy uses it. I don’t know if the AWeber commission is recurring (meaning, you’ll receive a commission monthly for as long as we’re both paying for the service), but if it is, that means more money for you. And we’ll all live happily ever after.

Need a Swift Kick in the Butt? We Did.

There are a ton of good, positive things to be said about having an internet business. And we are all too aware of all the “bad” stuff that comes along with having a typical 9-to-5 “rat-race” job. Most people would agree that one of the greatest things about an internet business is all the freedom it gives you. You can work pretty much any time and from any place you want. You can take time off when you want, and there’s nobody looking over your shoulder making sure you meet some ridiculous deadline. Having an internet business means you never have to come up with a new excuse for missing work or being late. And you will never have to rely on someone else to give you a raise or to approve an additional day of vacation after you’ve worked your butt off for 5 years. Whoopee.

But hold on there, Sparky. If you’ve been in the Rat Race for years and you’re thinking about starting an internet business, there’s a little dose of reality that you may as well face now: It’s probably not going to be as easy as you think. For all the great benefits of internet business and all the headaches that go along with the Rat Race, there’s one thing that holds true for most people regarding work habits. That is, you will be more likely to “get it done” when you are somehow held accountable, and when there are some undesirable consequences for not getting it done.

Think about it. As much as you dislike your job and want to get out of it, you continue to go to work every day and do what needs to be done. Why? Because if you don’t show up, you’ll have to answer to someone and you’ll probably face some consequences that you’d rather avoid. If that’s not enough, there’s always the risk of losing your income and any other benefits that come along with the job. If you had no one to answer to and there were no negative consequences, do you think it would be harder to make yourself go to that job every day? Yeah, it would. The reality we’ve been facing lately is that, even if you’re talking about starting your own business, being your own boss, and doing something you enjoy, it’s still sometimes tough to “get it done” – for the lack of the very things we hate about the Rat Race! There’s nobody telling us what to do and when to do it, and there’s no “punishment” for putting it off  ”just one (more) day.” At least, not until recently… Continue reading

Email Opt-in Lists and List Management Services

Anyone who wants to start an Internet business is obviously going to need a presence on the Internet in the form of a general website or a blog, which is the best way to create a community of like-minded people in the niche of your choice. Blogs are a great choice because of the communication potential due to regular blog posts and the ability of readers to leave comments. This open form of communication is essential to an Internet-based business. But this communication isn’t only done via blog posts.

Another popular and equally essential way to communicate with your readers is to offer them the opportunity to sign up for an email newsletter or other form of periodic communication through email. By adding an email/newsletter opt-in on your blog, you’re adding more depth to your communication. The people who tend to subscribe to this level of communication are typically more interested than passer-by readers. These people are your core subscribers and are the most important to the success of your blog and business. When you have the eyes and ears of a core group of die-hard followers via an email subscribe list, it is extremely important that you treat this email list like gold and be grateful to every single person who subscribes to your list. Fortunately, there are service providers who make the whole job of email marketing and list management do-able and affordable! Continue reading

Update: Overcoming Obstacles Without Giving Up

Whew! It’s been a while since we’ve updated you on our progress toward starting our businesses and quitting our jobs; we’re definitely overdue. I actually recorded a video update since our last update but I wasn’t happy with the outcome. The lighting was so poor, I couldn’t bring myself to post it here. But I’m using a new video camera and I’m still learning how to best use it. Anyway, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do and I want to start with a little background before I get into specifics.

My computer has been getting progressively more feeble over the past 6 months. It finally got to the point where I was struggling to do almost everything because my computer was getting so slow and flaky. So I finally decided enough was enough and I bought a new computer (a high-end Alienware computer, BTW). My old computer was also an Alienware but I had it for several years. Presently, I’m still working on porting over everything from my old computer to my new one, so that’s slowing me down a bit, but my computer is 10x more powerful. So this change will pay off very soon in terms of productivity while on my computer.

Tammy and I recently spent a little more than a week visiting my family in Michigan. It was totally a blast and we ended up getting addicted to Rock Band. Sometimes, it’s great to step away from your projects so you can get a fresh perspective. On that note, we have some exiting news, but Tammy will cover that in a separate post soon. I’m certain that you will understand why it’s exciting and it also may help you take a big, meaningful step that you may be struggling to complete. Keep watching for this important post! Okay, now for the business progress update. Here’s what’s new since our last update: Continue reading

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