Welcome to the new Point Blank SEO! (Really Jon? Another redesign?!)
This is my chance to reflect on the past, talk about what I’m doing right now, and what I’ve got planned for the future. I don’t write posts like this often (if even at all), so bear with me.
I started this blog in March 2011 as a 17 year old high school student not knowing what the heck I was doing. In December 2011, I finally took the blog seriously, relaunched it with a new design on Jan. 3, and never looked back (tried to line up the new design so it could launch on Jan. 3 again, but ran into a few delays..).
I got the chance to meet so many awesome folks, not only other bloggers & speakers in the industry, but readers & clients, and the stories that come along with each.
I launched my link building training course.
I read more than a few books (courtesy of your suggestions on Twitter!) including the 4 Hour Work Week, The Personal MBA, How to Win Friends & Influence People, Think & Grow Rich, Content Strategy for the Web, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and even a few Game of Thrones books (thanks Melissa!).
Looking back on it, I still enjoy reading the comments from this post.
You guys helped me fight cancer.
But I’ve also had some goof ups and low points as well.
I had to postpone launching my course for 2 weeks because PayPal decided it didn’t want to cooperate with S2Member, and on launch day, hundreds of people couldn’t buy access to my course because PayPal was still giving me big problems (which is why I switched to Clickbank). Headache much?
I missed out on a chance to get interviewed by a RWW writer because I called him at 1 EST instead of 1 PST (didn’t realize he was on the west coast).
I even asked Bill Slawski a year and a half ago if I could do a link building guest post on his blog – needless to say, I’m still kind of embarrassed about it and it taught me a valuable lesson to do your due diligent research…
But through it all, it’s been a wonderfully enlightening experience.
As you can see, I decided to redesign my blog AGAIN.
I’m going to try & get more disciplined in content consistency, from how often I post, the quality of the post, and even the length. Please hold me to this if you think my stuff starts to suck.
After months of thinking & struggling through the decision, I decided to take a semester off of college this spring to focus on a lot of what I’ve got in the works. Being able to tend to my blog, my clients, and a few other things full time is something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Whether I’ll be back is still up in the air; only time will tell.
I just got back from a mission to an orphanage in central India, and it was the most memorable 2 weeks of my life, hands down. I plan to do more & more of this work in the future.
Thanks to Tim Ferris, I’ve decided I’m going to try and master the art of cooking now that I’m without a meal plan.
I’m going to be in a Toastmasters meetup group in Tallahassee, my new place of residence. I got a ton of encouragement after I gave a sermon to 100+ in India, but I’ve still got a long way to go to possibly pitch SMX or another search conference.
I really like how my course turned out and the feedback you guys have given me, so I might do another info product in the future, such as a full case study of a site I’ve built links to from scratch (and I won’t be holding back on any specifics). If I do, my #1 priority will be value, because no one needs another crappy ebook in their life.
If it works out, I’ll be sharing with you guys a business model that can both increase your passion for your work, as well as greatly increase the amount of money you make. Another thing that only time will tell!
So, where do we go from here? That’s up to you. What do you want to see from Point Blank SEO & me? What subjects do you want tackled, what discussions do you want to see being made, or what crazy thing do you want me to try?
You guys have been such a blessing, and I’m glad where we’re heading moving forward. Cheers, and can’t wait to chat in the comments!
PS – if you want to email me, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.