Life in the Soap Lane — blogging

| Danielle Vincent

Unpack your bags and stay a while! - or - Starting a business makes you effin' cray cray

"That's it. We're never going to sell anything ever again. No one likes our products. We should just give up." - Me after getting 0 orders in one 24 hour period "GREAT HORN SPOON! We're going to CRUSH this year! WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE!" - Me after getting 10 orders in one 24 hour period When people think of entrepreneurial life, they often envision a happy, self-assured pioneer! If they've met any actual entrepreneurs, they also probably know about the long hours and unsteady income, sleepless nights, abandoned family, and sometimes financial ruin. And that's all superficial stuff...

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My meta post: How and why I blog so regularly

In mid-June, I undertook a blogging challenge instigated by my small business community, Indie Business Network (and executed by Donna Maria and Stacia Guzzo). Yesterday, my friend and colleague, Jennifer (of KleanSpa), brought up the idea of doing another blog challenge and of course lots of people jumped in (self included). Blog challenges are really difficult. But you CAN do this.

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Get free stuff, make money, and help small businesses: What every blogger should know about working with a business like ours

Did I get your attention? No kidding. It really is so easy to get free stuff (and money) from us. ...

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I waited my whole life for this moment: The Ultimate Tribute to my Favorite American Hero

He may not be everyone's idea of a hero, but he sure is mine.Why is Hunter S. Thompson my hero? No, it isn't his reckless lifestyle, ample consumption of bourbon and cigarettes, wildly enthusiastic use of fast vehicles and powerful firearms, or confusingly potentially-lethal quantity of mind-altering substances. Sure, those are all admirable on some level, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) of deadbeats on Hollywood Boulevard pursuing that heavy dream.Thompson is my hero because of his vision and his writing. Because of the relentless and ruthless dedication to the truth.After his coverage of the 1972 Presidential election forRolling Stone, McGovern's campaign manager called his reporting "the least factual, most accurate account" of the election.His writing reflects the same kind of hopeless optimism and grim resignation that we see today in "The Daily Show."He covered a time when America was recovering from slap after slap in its patriotic face. Our...

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The 30 Day Blog Challenge: striking flint until we get fire.

´╗┐ I've been writing pretty regularly for about 20 years, and writing casually before that, always with the intention of honing my craft. Unfortunately for me, I found writing only gets harder the more I┬ádo it... mostly because as I┬áget better, I have less tolerance for my own bad writing. For example, this blog post is now two and a half sentences long and I've spent about 15 minutes on it, deleting and re-writing and re-wording it. And even still, I'm not happy with it, so we're just going to have to move on.

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I made writing painless and easy WITH THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK

´╗┐I've spent a lot of time working on how to write, and the only thing I've learned in my 30 years of focused practice is that it only gets harder the more you practice. Why do so many highly practiced writers talk about how hard it is? As I was...

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