I Failed to Publish a Book in 2012. I Published in 2014. Here's What Made the Change.

I hate writing. I love having written. - Dorothy Parker I published a book. I’m an author. On June 9th 2014 I pressed Publish on Leanpub and the book Recurring Revenue For Web Agencies with my name on it appeared online for the world to read, buy, appreciate and critique. I wanted to publish a book since 2012. It didn’t happen then for a number of reasons. This post explains what I changed and who or what helped. »

The Last Starving Author Has Died. The Era of Teaching Micro-Skills Has Begun.

Want to write for a living? You can. You just can’t put a $2.99 price tag on your book if you want to eat. I’ve been ranting about pricing for the past five years. Charge more. Just fucking do it. That’s what I’ve been telling my fellow web developers and web development company owners. That’s what I’ve been training myself to do. Now that I am finally ready to finish writing a book, I see that the same web development lessons about pricing apply to publishing books as well. »

Why Do I Procrastinate, How Do I Stop, and What Do My Emotions Have To Do With Everything?

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m playing Plants vs. Zombies 2. I’m playing because I’m avoiding a boring task I absolutely have to finish today. I’m in the middle of shooting ten holes through a bunch of zombies when this idea comes knocking on my brain: I’m procrastinating because I’m attaching a certain emotion to the dreaded task. What emotion am I feeling right now? Would the task scare me less if I detached the emotion itself from the task? »

Business as an Adventure

An insight came to me while I was reading the book A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. (So much revelation in the first few pages. Go and buy it. You’ll thank me later.) Yesterday I decided I would look at the new business I’m venturing into as an adventure. Adventure-centered attitude is the best antidote to FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt). If my new business is an adventure, then all the obstacles in my way are what makes the adventure interesting. »

Moving My Blog to Ghost Pro

My blog has a new home. I moved my domain luckyisgood.com to Ghost.org Hosted Service platform. I decided to do this mostly because I needed a better publishing platform which would help me publish more good stuff more often. I’ve known for some time that the choice of a writing tool has an effect on me. Ghost editor supports Markdown syntax and Markdown is currently the most productive way to publish directly to the web. »