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Many years ago, I had a friend who was a professional astrologer. One late Montana summer night many, many moons ago, he told me my Uranus on a mid-heaven in the 12th house in my chart meant I’d be universally known for my wit, but I’d always be behind the scenes. Only a few would know of me.
Since I’d be universally known for my wit, he said, I needed to work very hard — so I would not instead be known as a dim-wit.
I don’t believe in astrology; but I do work hard and smart I hope.
And today I’m going to share a couple of things I’ve learned thru experience, study and research that I believe are true:
Much of what I’ve learned over recent years revolves around great marketers — the likes of Jay Abraham, Mark Ford (Michael Masterson), Bob Bly and others.
But early on when I first started surfing the web and finding out about these things, it was my friend Cheri Walsh who shared the most enlightening info.
She wrote a lovely little ebook that she sold online and I bought in 2002. It was a how-to ebook about starting a small business and working for oneself.
I put it in into practice, and before I knew it, I had my own little business. I wasn’t getting rich mind you, but I finally was able to bring in about $1000 profit a month.
Cheri also told me about Ewen Chia — the world’s #1 Affiliate Marketer. Cheri was working on making her first million online, she told me, and Ewen had already done it. Cheri started out online at the same time as Ewen, and watched him do it. She believed, trusted and liked Ewen.
I titled this section WEBSITES. And I’ve been leading up to it.
What I remember about Ewen Chia early on, is what he said below in this paraphrased quote:
“My online business did not take off until I learned to make websites.”
It’s important that we know something about code, website design — HTML, CSS, PHP, and WordPress.
I checked out my HTML5 and CSS3 books this week from my local library. It’s the least I can do to be more successful — learn a little Code for myself and my clients.
As we get good enough — we can hire a web designer who is better than us, who wants to do this full time. But as head honcho in our businesses, we need to know best practices and be expert at all of it — to give instructions that don’t lose us money.
Visit my site often, sign up for my ezine — and watch how my website and online image improve as I learn professional website skills — self-taught or otherwise!
I’m pretty excited about the new Amazon Fire Phone:
It’s going to make shopping on Amazon easier for everyone. The new buzz words are the Amazon Life. It can makes things real easy. No more shopping and driving all over town to find what you need — and spending all that expensive gas.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member — pay once a year — and get free shipping all year. Buy groceries, books, and watch TV and movies. It’s pretty great!
Who Is Doc Martin and What Is Your Passion?
In downtime at my house we’ve been watching this English series called “Doc Martin.”
I believe in preventative medicine, and “Let food be thy medicine – but I am enjoying this show.
A small town general practitioner who’s actually a surgeon – but homophobic (afraid of blood) – so he’s returned to his hometown to be the GP.
Every week – someone comes up with some new health issue. The Doc often prescribes an antibiotic or drug – not exactly natural medicine.
What I like is how perceptive he is though. I love the mastery of it all. The depth of understanding of the human body.
No matter what is thrown at the Doc – he gets it. And he catches it beforehand — in the gait, the skin, the eyes, the bump, whatever it is.
Steven Acuff – Health Diagnosis
Steven Acuff who counsels, practices and lectured on health for the last 45 years would make a good GP. He is a lot like the Doc. He knows Oriental Facial Diagnosis, which extends to the gait, the skin, the bump.
Watch for his health and recipe book coming out in July.
Mastery and Helpfulness
The Doc show brings me back to what inspires and moves me in life .. . and maybe you too.
We love a sense of mastery, understanding — the virtuoso — and then helpfulness.
A few times in life, I’ve really known what I wanted to do in life. And it was not to write blogs or even sell on Amazon either – but that’s OK!
1) To be a journalist and to speak the truth and bring awareness of the underdog and important topics to the world.
2) The next dawned on me one day years ago when I was a medical transcriptionist: work and mastery in health or medicine. A strong desire to be excellent in the field and to help people. (Read “Cutting for Stone” by Dr. Abraham Verghese, if you like. A book on passion and mastery in health/medicine as well.)
3) Mathematics. Don’t ask me why. It must be the engagement and stretching of the mind. Love math.
4) And languages – mastering a new language. Love studying words and language.
What do you have a passion for?
To be really really good at something takes time, dedication and sometimes money. Life happens – and dreams and passions do not always come into place the way we desire.
We can still dedicate our lives to what we love most and keep it alive by fitting it into our lives in little or big ways!
“You maximize your value to your readers by learning — and then
analyzing and reporting to them what you have learned through
your reading and experience. In other words, by sharing the
latest on what’s going on in your field right now. …..
“And now you know the way I do e-mail content marketing: fresh,
relevant, . . . ”
Bob Bly 06/16/14:
P.S.S. I am available for copywriting assignments, especially in the field of alternative health. I nearly have a pre-med background – math, physics, biology, chemistry. And I’ve been published and written for Healthnet.com, NSIDE San Antonio Business and Medical Journals and other publications and businesses.
Writer / Copywriter
San Antonio, TX
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“JOHN IGO is an award-winning poet and author of many books and plays. He won an Emmy in 1985 for his writing for a one-hour documentary” – Amazon author page
When I first came to San Antonio 16 years ago, and I was majoring in English, and I was introduced to John Igo at a small playhouse. He was “our beloved San Antonio College English professor.”
Years later now there’s a John Igo Library built on his family’s property. At a Friends of the Library meeting I met John again. He’s signed a number of his books for me, and my boyfriend and I’ve gone to lunch with him twice now.
I told him I was writing an ebook. He said everyone is writing an ebook. I said, but I’m writing an eBook with a well-known writer – Bob Bly. He says, I’ve heard that name. I mentioned “Secrets of a Freelance Writer….” and he recognized the title.
He then put his finger on my hand – and said “I’ve touched you.” (;
He is quite the storyteller.
Mark likes to tell people I’m a great writer and editor… da, da, da. However, John emphasizes the educated literati types he’s associated with all his life. He’s been very involved in San Antonio culture – playhouses. He’s written many plays.
Titles of his I’ve found on Amazon – none self-published:
Charco Martinez (“Where Profane Migrations Cross”
The Mitotes of John Igo
A Chamber Faust: A Lyric Suite
Folktales from the Helotes Settlement (Texas Folklore Society Extra Book)
On poetry and poetics