On a chilly autumn day almost 5 years ago, I sat down at my computer and started typing my first ever blog post. Roughly 30 minutes and 27 grammatical errors later, I was officially a blogger and ready to take the Internet by storm.
Yes, EndingTheGrind.com was born on October 11, 2010 along with my hopes and dreams of one day becoming a blogging superstar standing next to the likes of Jon Morrow, Yaro Starak, and Darren Rowse.
Little did I know that my path would be so windy and have so many cliffs!
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’ve loved every minute of my blogging journey, even when things were looking bleak. I’ve had some big wins, crushing defeats, an truly found a home in the online realm.
Since starting my journey to creating a full-time income from my online exploits, I’ve managed to accrue the following:
- 250 blog posts published
- 40 guest posts published
- More than 5,000 comments
- More than 250,000 unique visitors
- 22 Podcast interviews with some great people and thought leaders like Seth Godin, Penelope Trunk,and Marcus Sheridan
- 2 website hacks
- A library of 200 e-books on blogging and online business
- The experience of taking Danny Iny’s Audience Business Masterclass program
- Dozens of coaching calls with experts in business, marketing, and product launches
- Wait for it……….
- 0 products launched
So what stood out in this list?
It seems that someone desperately wanting to build an online business, doing all the right things, and talking to the right people would have something to sell, right?
I’ve seen it, read about it, and lived it; the fear of success in action along with a heaping side of paralysis by analysis.
After all the work I put into creating a brand, a personality, and a thriving community, I literally had nothing to sell. Now this isn’t a bad thing if blogging is intended to be a hobby, but for me, it was my dream to be an Internet Entrepreneur.
You know, they guy inspiring millions of people worldwide whilst sitting on his couch in his underwear, typing away.
Yea, that guy.
But times have changed and about 7 months ago, I started a second website called SingleDadFitDad.com. And since that time, I’ve poured almost all of my heart and soul into creating a resource for single dads looking to get their life back on track emotionally and physically.
And it’s working.
But once again, I found myself thinking waaaayyyy too much and producing too few results. But enough was enough and I finally told myself that if I don’t get my shit together right fucking now, I may as well go back to a 9-5 job.
So I set out to create something that would be useful, valuable, and targeted directly to those who need it.
And I did.
So I’m elated to share with you all the release of my first ever product called The Fit Dads Guide To Pre-Workout Supplements.
At $7, I’m not looking to set the world on fire or break any sales records, but I am hoping that it will help as many guys as possible avoid wasting time and money on supplements that don’t work.
The Longest Product Launch Ever!
In order to keep myself from becoming depressed at the fact that it’s taken me so long to create something capable of earning money, I like to look at this as the 5 year product launch.
Yes, it’s pretty anti-climactic, but I had to start somewhere.
It’s also a great lesson not only for me, but also for all of you who are interested in becoming a blogger/freelance writer/Internet entrepreneur/lifestyle designer, etc.
Make sure you set goals, take action towards them, and build a business. It’s far too easy to make this a hobby and as you’ve seen here, a month turns into half a decade in a blink of an eye.
If I had to do it all over again, I would have certainly taken a different path.
I hope this post has opened your eyes to a few things and of course, I’d love it if you purchased my book.
What about you?
What are your thoughts on the fear of success, being caught up in too much thinking and too little action? Has it happened to you?