@itravin asks – “you’ve gone from blogging to b5 to become an author now, can you do a post on blogger growing beyond blogs”
You know it’s never really been my long term goal to write a book or even to start a blog network. In fact when I started blogging I didn’t even think it’d be more than a hobby! So I guess without going too deeply into the topic my advice would be to go into whatever you do with low expectations but with eyes wide open to the opportunities and possibilities that might present themselves to you.
b5media came about as an opportunity as a couple of other bloggers (Duncan and Jeremy at first) approached me to ask if I’d like to explore what working together might look like. None of us had any real idea on what would come out of the discussion but we all entered into it open to the possibilities.
The book was similar in that Chris and I started out to write an ebook together. This evolved into a ‘real’ book one day when a publisher at Wiley dropped me an email to see if I’d be interested in publishing something with them. It was out of the blue and unplanned but when I began to explore it it felt right.
The same thing was true for me when I started Six Figure Blogging with Andy and even when I started the Job Boards here at ProBlogger. In post situations it came about as a result of someone else approaching me with an idea.
Of course this isn’t the only way – other bloggers are much more strategic and proactive – but my personality and style is perhaps a little more laid back.
So to sum up my approach – work hard, watch, listen, be open and when opportunities that ‘click’ come along – leap at them.
Do you have any tips for itravin on how to extend from being a blogger to explore other mediums and opportunities?