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ProBlogger Email Newsletter Update

If you’ve signed up for the ProBlogger’s Email Newsletter in the past 36 hours you’re not alone. I’m really happy to say that there are already over 60 of you who’ve taken a step deeper into ProBlogger in this way. Scanning the list I see quite a few regular contributors to the comments of this blog as well as a couple of what I’d consider to be A-lister bloggers – overall the quality of those in the list is fantastic and I’m hoping we’re going to have a good time with it.

If you’re impatiently waiting for an newsletter to hit your inbox you’ve got a few more days to go as I will be sending the first ever one early next week.

As I said in the introductory post – the newsletter will be no more than a weekly one at this stage with highlights of the week that was on ProBlogger – a few special ‘members only’ tips – previews of ProBlogger news and down the track some competitions. Sign up in the sidebar to the left and join the growing numbers of readers who want to take their blogging to the next level with ProBlogger.

Back in Town

Just arrived back in Melbourne after a whirlwind trip to Sydney for 36 hours of meeting with my blogging partners from the Breaking News Blog Collective who were up there for a few days from overseas. I won’t disclose all that we talked about at this stage except to say that it was a very worthwhile time together and that I’m excited by some of the dreams that we talked about and the blogs and blog services that will no doubt emerge in the coming months.

It was nice to have some face to face time with them also as our main interaction is via MSN Messenger which can be effective on some levels but nowhere near as productive as sitting together in front of a blog you’re working on together and talking it through.

The next few days are going to be about catching up on the work I didn’t do while away as well as working on some non blog related projects but have no fear – ProBlogger will be back to normal (although I probably posted more while away than normal as I had the advanced posts going off as well as some new ones (we had a wifi connection in Sydney) so I doubt anyone would have realized I was gone).

Receive ProBlogger’s Email Newsletter

The community at ProBlogger is growing in size and involvement so today I’m happy to announce a way in which readers can become a little more involved in the blog by subscribing to a special free members newsletter.

This weekly(ish) newsletter will include:

- a short summary of the hottest posts of the week
- special reflections on entrepreneurial blogging
- advanced warning of ProBlogger news, interviews and tips
- prizes and give aways (hopefully down the track)

I’d also love to highlight some of the blogs of those who subscribe from time to time here on ProBlogger as case studies at some point in the future (with permission).

Submit your email address at the top of the left hand menu to be added to the newsletter. Your privacy will be valued and your email address will not be used for any other purpose than to send this newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.

On submitting your email here you will be sent an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Let me know if you have any problems.

Sydney Bound

I’m heading to Sydney today for a couple of days to meet with some blogging partners (the co-owners of Breaking News Blog). It is time for some reviewing and planning for the collective which has been live for five months now.

So blogging will be a little scarcer than normal until Thursday night. I’ve set a couple of advanced posts to go live in the next 48 hours but if you’re expecting email or replies to comments it might not be til I return unless I get a little spare time online in Sydney. So talk nicely amongst your selves and last one out lock the door please.

Have a good day or two.

Download MP3 Interview with ProBlogger

Andy over at Easy Bake Weblogs has just posted an audio file of the interview that he did with me last week. So if you want to hear my Aussie accent and learn a little bit more about my blogging strategy download it and let me know what you think. It goes for about 40 minutes in total.

Andy and his listeners ask questions like:

- what would you do differently if you were to start it all again
- is there too much competition for new bloggers to start niche blogs?
- what traffic volume do you need before using ads?
- which is better, individual blogging or writing for a network of blogs?
- what is the biggest mistake of beginner bloggers?

We talked heaps about Adsense.

See a full running sheet of what the interview covered here.

Hope you can understand me – my phone line wasn’t the best and I have a cold.

Australian Blogger Get Media Attention – Is this as Good as it Gets?

Darren-Rowse-SpamA few days ago when I was lamenting the fact that Australian Bloggers don’t get enough local press coverage I was hoping that it might cause some reporters to do a feature or two – but I wasn’t expecting the article that the Herald Sun published today which highlighted a post on my personal blog that was written over a year ago titled I’m Pro SPAM! (click to enlarge the article – no online version that I can find). I laughed so hard when I saw this – I guess any publicity is better than nothing.

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Interviewing ProBlogger

Just a quick reminder that I’m doing an interview with Andy in a couple of hours time that you’re welcome to listen in on live. Details are at Easy Bake Weblogs; Exclusive Interview: Darren Rowse from Pro Blogger. Drop in and say hi – it could be fun.

Update – We just did the interview – it was FUN! Thanks to Andy and his great listeners/readers. If you want to ask more questions after reading through my archives just let me know in comments below or via my contact form.

Andy tells me that the interview will be posted on his website for your download in the next day or two.

Help ProBlogger Find a Business Model II

I’m quite overwhelmed by the response to my post asking for Help in finding a business model for ProBlogger. There are 29 comments there already from some bloggers that I really admire and respect the opinion of. Thanks to those of you who have left your opinion and who have messaged or emailed your thoughts also. Feel free to continue the discussion (its a useful one to have for more than just my own situation).

Let me re-emphasize that I the issue is not about me making more money. Whilst I’m not opposed to the idea of a higher income from this blog the purpose of what I’m doing here is genuinely about helping the blogging community. The issue at hand is not about my own greed for more cash – rather it is about how I sustain what I do whilst still helping as many people as possible in relevant and effective ways.

I’m now going to spend a little time thinking through my response to the issue with your many comments in mind. I am leaning towards writing a book (the question over whether it should be an e-book or an actual physical book is a question I need to ponder – your opinions would be valued on this too) and would like to further explore the possibility of both forums (although the work involved in maintaining them worries me) and some sort of course/tele-seminar.

In the short term I’m not going to change my approach over consulting – if its basic advice (that won’t take long) you’re after and IF I have the time I’ll attempt to help out where I can – if its more comprehensive than that I’ll probably either simply explain that I’m too busy or that I need to find some way of making a little money for the time I put into it. I’m not going to force anyone to give me a link for my services – but would appreciate this if you feel this blog and the advice I give are worthy of it (It probably won’t hurt your case if you do – but its not a prerequisite).

Thanks again for your support – now lets get back to some blogging!

Help ProBlogger Find a Business Model

I’m hesitant to post this but its something I’ve been pondering for a while now and I’d appreciate your thoughts and ideas.

You see I love writing on this blog – it is the blog I’m most proud of and that I put most time into. I get more feedback and interaction with readers here via comments, IM and email than any other blog in my stable. However for the time I put in its the least rewarding financially. Ads for blogging services pay next to nothing and my readership is not really big enough to attract any big private sponsorships. I’d be lucky if this site pays for my morning coffee most days (and I go to a cheap cafe).

Now before anyone worries that I’m about to either can this blog, or start charging people to read it, or that I’m going to ask for donation – please don’t worry – this is a free blog and I intend to keep it that way. In actual fact I don’t write this blog for the money but because I’m genuinely passionate about blogging as a medium, want to connect with and help others who are also and because I enjoy writing on these topics.

So what am I hesitant about? Let me cut to the chase.

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