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After much thought and discussion, I have decided to turn this blog into a sanctuary of happiness and tranquility. You can find my new site at ILoveTheGrind.com.

If you actually believe this, you’re fired! Now get out.

Actually I AM changing some things on this blog and need some help from anyone who even cares a little about me or this site.

My Ideas: Good, Bad, or Ugly?

First off, let me say that the goal of this blog is 3-fold:

  1. To create a blog so awesome that Darren Rowse will be asking me for traffic tips! OK, that’s pure fantasy, but I do want to create a fantastic resource for readers who are stuck in the grind.
  2. To create a full-time income derived from one or more online business, including this blog.
  3. To look my boss in the eyes, resign my position, and tell him I hope to never see him again.

Now, in order to get to #3, I need to get to #1 first. This is where you all come in.

Here are 5 ideas that I have that may or may not improve this blog. I am hoping to get some input here as to whether or not you think they are beneficial.

Idea # 1: A Forum

I would love to build a community of readers who can share with each other, offers helpful information, and provide value to others. I am considering starting a forum here in hopes that millions thousands of people will come to share their misery success stories with others.

I recently listened to an interview on BlogCastFm with Steve Kamb of NerdFitness.com. Steve has built an awesome following and has been operating a forum on his site. His interview talks about the community and support that’s building there and his readers love it.

I don’t know if it’s right for this blog and it will probably take a significant amount of time that I don’t have, but I am willing to try it.

Idea #2: Podcasting

While having a blog entirely comprised of text is  fine, I would love to add some multimedia to my arsenal. I have no intention of becoming the next Cliff Ravenscraft, but it might benefit my readers/listeners.

A Podcast might be a viable option pending there is an strong interest in people willing to listen to me talk about how much office life sucks and mumble about my boss. Hey, it could work…

Seriously, I have considered starting an Ending The Grind Podcast which could work for a few reasons:

  1. The theme could be where people call in and share their own grind stories.
  2. It could be a place to talk with people who have gotten out of the grind and could offer tips on how to do the same.
  3. It could also be a place for me to talk about the difficulties of a shitty job, the challenges of trying to find a way out, and the things I learn about building an online business.

Idea # 3: Video

Who wouldn’t love to watch me sitting at my desk, half asleep, for 8 straight hours? I’ll bet you would be willing to pay for that as well, am I right?

OK, fine. Forget it. My actual thought was to incorporate a video segment which would be some type of interview of people who are working crap jobs.

This is a bit risky and there is a good chance I would piss a few people off. After all, who wants to be interviewed solely because they have a shitty job?

Anyway, I have a few specifics in mind and think that this could be very interesting. All I need is some reader support, a flip cam, and the balls to do it.

Idea # 4: Guest Posts

I have been receiving offers for guest posts but have been reluctant to start accepting them.

On one hand, I like the idea of being the only writer on my blog and being responsible for 100% of the content.

On the other hand, I like the idea of having people with great stories, successful businesses, and helpful information as part of this blog.

I think publishing guest posts will actually help my readers in multiple ways and am seriously considering implementing this soon.

I am however hung up on 2 different ideas and am not sure which would be better for this site:

  1. Having success stories of people who have already quit their 9 to 5 and are doing something they love.
  2. Having submissions from people like me who are desperately trying to break free from their jobs.

Idea # 5: Progress Reports

I am a huge fan of Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com and love his approach of sharing everything he does with his readers.

I have had a handful of requests asking me to share my progress in my posts and think it might make a nice addition.

I won’t say that I have had a lot of success yet, but the growth of this blog has surprised me a bit.

I have no problem sharing personal information (have you seen my About Me page?), blog statistics, or my progress towards the eventual departure from my job. I just want to be sure it’s of interest to you.

A Little Help

This is where I need you to be heard. I’m asking for your honest input as to which, if any, would be most helpful to you. If you think more than one would be a good addition, let me know as well.

I really want to keep this blog moving in the right direction, so please help a brother out here. If you have other suggestions on how to improve upon this site, I would love to hear that too.

Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated…

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