The Law of Attraction

moab_motel_4blocksIn 2014, two different friends approached me at different times who were serious about starting their own businesses and wanted to hire me because of my skill-set and social capital. At first these “opportunities” seemed legit but as time went on I realized one thing. Some of these people might only be interested in my secrets to building big communities on social networks. It turns out,  the first company could care less that I was a photographer, first and foremost. They were simply interested in my followers and not me. I had invested a lot of hard work with this company who branded themselves as Facebook marketing gurus. Yet, when the company’s own fan-page began to suffer, they went and purchased a bunch of fake followers. After about the fourth month of work, they had extended an offer to make me one of their “founders” but I didn’t take the bait for specific reasons already mentioned. Six months later they went out of business, unsurprisingly.

The next dude was a friend and colleague with whom I had worked with on a previous job. He was a  CPA (public accountant) but this is a rant, so forgive me! It comes down to the fact that he was a big-talker slash pipe-dreamer who was always introducing ideas to me of partnering up in a business with him. He wanted me to help him develop a lucrative tourism company near Zion National Park. Personally, I was pretty dang ecstatic and enthusiastic about it for a while and dedicated; always giving him my strongest energies and ideas. In truth though, he was always leading me on, promising things, extending offers, but NEVER delivered or followed through on ANYTHING. Eventually, I gave up on him.

Right now, I’m waiting on another job. One of my close photography friends wants to hire me to partner up with him to photograph multi-million dollar properties in Las Vegas, Nevada. The income is supposed to range around $80,000 in the first year and I was supposed to start three weeks ago. Nothing is materializing yet, and I’m finally running out of money as I wait with crossed fingers.

Is there a pattern that is forming here as a result of my past thought processes? Is this level of consistency LIVING PROOF that I should have changed my negative thoughts into positive ones long ago?  It quickly becomes apparent as I flush-out the rest of these negative energies down the toilet. According to the Law of Attraction your thoughts and actions become your reality; thoughts become things. Right now, I’m imagining a million dollars sitting in a personal bank account while my content grows super-viral. I dream and desire to find new friends who are dependable and reliable entering my life, as I strive to be that way, myself. I believe in the Law of Attraction and I’m grateful for what I do have. Count your many blessings!

Learning SEO and Copywriting!

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So I’ve been obsessed with learning everything about WordPress even though I’m not a Junkie or a hardcore coder by any chance but several companies in the blogging slash content writing world are catching my attention over the last few years and want to share these valuable companies and resources.

  1. Studiopress – Creators of thee best framework and theme for WordPress. If you’re interested in blogging, this is the best upgrade you can give open-source WordPress. In 2012, I purchased the framework. Having tried other themes, after going on a long roundabout tangent, I’m back to using Genesis, and I’ll stick with them for he foreseeable future
  2. Copyblogger – This company also owns Studiopress but several successful bloggers are using their training in order to build authority on the internet. I’ve always wanted to learn effective content writing and plan on signing up for the training once I can pay the $399 per year for it.
  3. The Art of Nonconformity – Chris Guillebeau is one of my favorite book writers. He was one of the main reasons I wanted to learn more about business and living an unconventional lifestyle. Most of the content that Chris provides his followers are FREE. He’s also a great public speaker.
  4. Four Hour Work Week Blog – A lot of people scrutinize the author of New York Best Seller; “Four Hour Work Week” – Tim Ferris, whois an amazing person and one of my greatest inspirations. I read his book and it is awesome. I need to get my hands on another copy because I loaned mine out to a friend who never returned it as promised he would.
  5. Quick Sprout – Nick Patel is another amazing authority of everything SEO… I just barely discovered him last week and plan on learning his methods in the near future as I evolve. He’s the ultimate inspiration in my journey of learning how to build a blog.

So far, this is a list of some of the companies and people that inspire me to learn more about blogging and becoming an entrepreneur. I love WordPress and will be learning and keeping track of what I do, as well as blog about it. As a photographer, I’ve been obsessed with photography and honed my skills in that field for over 15 years. As a writer, I want to practice by keeping a few blogs and updating them weekly. So far, I have four blogs. So check back and learn more as I continue this journey.

Writing Daily for Practice!

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So I’ve been doing photography for 15 years, obsessively. I cannot claim to have been naturally talented with it. Quite the contrary. It took a lot of practice and being a geek with my passion. That’s what I tell people who are just starting out learning how to take better photographs. I’ve rubbed off on a few people who had no prior interest in photography but my enthusiasm encouraged them to develop their creativity. I’ve been hearing a lot about applying this same logic to writing daily to develop skill, etc.

So, I’ve revamped four blogs and started writing again. I’m utilizing the StudioPress Genesis Framework on my four WordPress installations and use Media Temple for my hosting. Yes, these blogs are self-hosted and I update the software regularly. I’m blogging as an experiment and to gain experience. Simply writing a few times a day will help me improve my ability to build rich content for my readers, if I actually get a few?

So I’ve got this little bit of curiosity about affiliate marketing and living a life of nonconformity. As a photographer, I’ve managed to live this lifestyle and survive up until now. As they say, I’ve never had the 9-5 job but I have managed to lead of life of outdoor adventure and travel, etc.

Like all things worthwhile, daily practice is essential to developing talents and honing skills down to a formula that works and gets better over time. Regarding the affiliate marketing and learning to write more creatively on a blog, I’ve stumbled across two resources that I may try pretty soon: Copyblogger & Wealthy Affiliate – But I won’t simply pull the trigger on these two learning resources until I learn a bit more about them both. I’ve learned to avoid MLM marketing and anything that has to do with a pyramid styled business.

On that final note, this isn’t about the money, or what may come financially. As a photographer, I am learning how to survive and monetize but I believe in serving others FIRST before doing anything else. I believe money or economic gain comes from building professional networks and helping real friends when they are in need, etc.