The Messy Desk That is The Online Viking

As you have noticed by now, I have taken a bit of a hiatus from posting here for a while now! This may seem terrible in theory, but there is a very good reason for my short disappearance, I promise.

I am going to just make a little breakdown list of events and what my next moves are from here. This article will be HIGHLY IMPORTANT to you fellow readers who are interested in getting in to online blogging/marketing. SO PAY ATTENTION!

  1. To start, I have been researching A LOT of new information to be applied to building a successful website. I have found very reliable resources that offer hand-in-hand assistance. Check out GetResponse.com and look for their 3 month e-course! (Disclaimer: No I am not an affiliate of their site and I do NOT get any reward or bonus for recommending people. It is a product I use and highly recommend AT LEAST for the sake of their e-course.)
  2. In the days past, I have taken the time to start cleaning up the site’s over all look, create a sign up form, email offer and Facebook page. Not a whole lot of time and work has gone in to the Facebook page just yet, but that is progress for a later day!
  3. I have written a short eBook to offer to everyone that subscribes to my site for free! This of course will be improved on and changed as seen fit at a later day. (Your opinions and ideas for guides you would like to see are extremely helpful here!)
  4. I have cut time down to spend only 2 to 3 hours a day working on this my site. This is to better organize my time to help others (to include my loyal readers here) and be accountable at my day job. As my following of the e-course at GetResponse.com continues, more and more work will be put in to posts here. You can expect to start seeing AT LEAST 1-2 posts a week!
  5. I will soon be working on a newsletter to send out to all subscribers in a weekly basis that will recap recent posts and offer advice/tips/tricks in a little snippet for your convenience and enjoyment.

These are of my TOP priority currently! I also only check emails twice a day, which will soon be cut down to once a day. As you can see my current work space/online desk is a MESS and I am doing my best to clean it up and organize the clutter to make life easier for all of us. The cleaner it is for me, the more organized it is for you and the quicker you can also jump in on running your online project without the clutter and mistakes I make for you!

I can not stress enough how much of a blessing GetResponse is with their program as it makes it so much easier for people with cluttered minds like mine get organized and running properly. Their course is actually what set my 2 hour daily schedule, typically done in the mornings (little late today, a drunken celebration of my Birthday was partaken in last night) to free up the rest of my time to better server everyone else. I will of course be posting little bits and pieces here and there that I learn from them to share with you. This will save you time, teach you what you can do to have a much nicer experience than I have and help us all grow together!

Well, I know today’s post is short but that’s it for now. Short, simple and to the point as we take this journey to Success and Freedom!

Gathering All Resources

Another early morning for this Viking. Rest does not come easy when you must prepare your family for your departure to the unknown. Looking around, you realize you have a lot to bring together for them. You need to bring more food, reinforce shelter and prepare defenses for their protection. There are only a few ways to go about this. You must hunt, fish, forage, gather, forge and smith necessities, not only for them, but for your own trip as well. If you cannot hunt, or lack the necessary tools to do so, then you must fish. And if you cannot fish, then you must forage and gather, or farm.

If you haven’t started a farm, then you better be damn good at finding fruits and vegetables safe for you to eat. For me, hunting is ideal. You gather fresh meat, bones and hides that can all be used for something. Bone to create weapons and armor, hide to create clothing, as well as armor, and meat of course to eat. Fishing is also a fun and easy way to gather more food and resources. It can be done with or without proper equipment. All you need is your hands, or a long stick sharpened to a point at one end, a good eye and fast reflexes, which can be improved with practice. Farming on the other hand takes more time, patience and skill than one would realize. You must know the proper season and time to plant each vegetable, how much water they need, how long it takes for them to grow and mature, and the proper time to harvest your crop. I have failed greatly at starting a successful farm many times, but I will not give up. I can keep trying because I have plenty of other resources to fill us while we experiment with farming.

These ideals can very well be applied to today. Not only can you of course actually do all three of these, two of which I do participate and enjoy doing, but there is a metaphorical sense about them. You see, if one thing doesn’t work you need another to fall back on.

The idea is this: You can’t farm? Okay, start hunting. Don’t have the proper equipment or tracking abilities to hunt? Start fishing. Fishing, if anything, is probably the easiest to start with as you don’t need much to do it. Now, apply this to other situations. You can’t work in retail? Okay, find a labor job. Have physical/health related issues preventing you from doing physical labor? Okay, find an information or customer service job of some sort.

Prime example right here! I hate retail. I absolutely, positively despise working in retail. To those that can manage, I give you props! I worked retail twice, and both times were terrible. I found that, simple as it may seem, I can’t stock supplies fast enough. Seems silly right? It is! A little, and it is a little demoralizing knowing I couldn’t do one of the simplest tasks quick enough. But not everyone can do everything such as that, and that is okay. You aren’t good with computers? That’s perfectly fine, there is plenty of work elsewhere. Can’t flip a burger fast enough? Nothing wrong with that! Everyone’s potential lies in different areas. My creative mindset and major attention to detail is what made stocking product difficult. They wanted it filled fast, but I wanted it filled beautifully. If it wasn’t perfectly aligned, straight and coordinated so it was pleasing to the eye, I couldn’t leave it there. It slowed me down very much. So…retail isn’t for me.

I worked as a mentor in a dining facility. I was great at it. I lead a team of eight to ten mentally/physically challenged people to clean and serve the military personnel. I also helped the military cooks with preparing food, as well as cooking some foods. That was something I absolutely loved. Not only did I get to experiment and learn, I was also quick at it. I could peel and dice over 100 potatoes in 10-15 minutes! Not impressed? Go peel and dice ten potatoes and tell me how you do! I made the most loved Caesar Salad in the DFAC. No one else was allowed to make it but me, because they couldn’t make it the way I did. I had to make four to five pans of it just to last a day! On special events, when we were at our busiest, the SFC always wanted me at the front of the line to serve the food because I was fast, neat and accurate in plating. I took peoples orders quick, filled their plates to the EXACT serving size they were allowed, and set it in such a way it looked like a professional restaurant plating.

Okay, enough about that. The point I am getting to is that you must always have a backup plan to cover yourself and succeed in life. Don’t let one failure mess you up, and don’t think that because one person can do something amazing means that you should or have to be able to do it as well. Prepare yourself for battle. Have a contingency plan. Make extra weapons and armor so when yours break, you have more at the ready. Have a stock of different food so when a season dies out, you’ll be fine until the next comes around. Have MORE THAN ONE source of income! Do NOT put all your eggs in one basket.

There are a million and one ways to say the same thing. Simply put, be prepared!

Real life application here. I love to hunt and fish. I recently created an eCourse on using Pokémon Go to bring in more customers to your business. What have I done to sell it? Well, I started off fishing. I tossed the idea around a few people I had a sense would be interested in the product. Seven out of my ten prospects loved it and bought in to it. They are now well on their way to making extra cash flow from the ideas and plans written out for them in the course! Stepping it up a notch I am now hunting for more to buy in to the product. I am getting more picky and selective in the targets. Why? It’s not a cheap product. Because it’s not a cheap product, I need to be selective in who gets access to it. Being selective prevents having issues with the product as well as creates LESS returns. After all, I am selling a product worth HUNDREDS for less than $100! Of course, after I hit my target goal of 500+ sales, I will drop the price significantly. Until then, I will continue talking to people and being selective in my clients. That is the name of the game friends. To be successful online you MUST be SELECTIVE and HUNT for the BEST!

Until next time…

A Day in the Life

Today is an offbeat day. A little side track from the adventure. It’s a beautiful morning, as I’m sitting in my living room listening to the gentle rain and the crackling of the fireplace. It’s not often we get to light a log in there in this humid place. A cup of hot coffee is just icing on the cake.

I’m in the habit of drinking coffee black these days. It’s helped cut a lot of sugar out and I have found it quite enjoyable to taste the actual coffee as it is. It has made me grow to enjoy espressos more, as you must use freshly ground coffee beans for a good espresso. I am a major lover of coffee. I one day want to venture to roasting my own beans, at least once in my life to experience it.

Speaking of things I want to do, the fire reminds me of my desire to apprentice in blacksmithing. To be able to create knives and swords and even armor would be amazing. I love to create and I love to experience as many things as I possibly can. I like to consider myself a Jack of All Trades. I know the saying is typically known as “A Jack of All Trades, a Master of None.” But that has such a negative ring to it. I think it sounds much better as “A Jack of All Trades, a Master of Many.” And I think you’ll agree with me when I explain my thoughts behind it.

You see, in this day and age of technology, we have more than just masters of things. We have specialists and experts. A lot of people specialize in very specific areas. That’s fine and all, it really is. We need people to have specialized knowledge in specific areas. But they are limited to just that. To make it all run, flow and connect, you need an in between that can link it all together. That’s where people like myself come in. I am no expert or specialist in any specific area. I know enough in a lot of fields to be able to talk and understand what others are saying, and communicate that to others.

We all have our opinions, ideas, knowledge and experience to contribute and we all have some thing or other to contribute to society. I would love to be an expert in my field of choice, but reality is I love to experiment with too much. I am a tinkerer of sorts. I find that when you come to terms with what your expertise is in, life sort of falls in to place for you. You know exactly what you want and you have the confidence to ask for it, and you will receive it.

Today is a short writing, and I want to leave off with a list of my current goals and desires:

  • Achieve 10% Body Fat: I am currently sitting at about 24% Body Fat and this year I have focused so much more on fitness.
  • Compete in at least ONE Bodybuilding Competition next year: Moving to where I am now I have been introduced to many bodybuilders. They are great friends and very helpful. I admire their hard work and dedication.
  • Grow this blog to have a subscriber base of at least 100 people by the end of September: I find having specific goals in short periods are super important as they give you a guide to get where you want and encourage you to work hard towards that goal.
  • Venture in to online marketing: Yes, my sole goal is not just writing for my personal blog, but also to market online. eCommerce and selling tangible goods as well is a major goal. I will brand myself before the end of this year.
  • Connect with my subscribers and create a MasterMind Network: It works like this. I want to connect with those that subscribe to me. You are all important to me and you are my friends. A MasterMind Network is simple. It is a group of five or more people, all with specialized knowledge in different fields working together to create amazing things. When you have multiple people putting their thinking power together, AMAZING things happen! No one succeeds on their own. There is no way around it. You need others to help you grow, and I want to help you all grow as much as I want your help for me to grow. We work with and for each other and great things will happen for all of us, I promise!

This is but a small list of my current goals, but the most important to me at this time. These can and do get a lot more specific, but I won’t bother you with all the details. What I hope you take from this is understanding how important it is to speak your goals, hold yourself accountable and seek for help from others that have specialized knowledge in areas you want to succeed in, i.e.: me in bodybuilding connecting with and working with professional bodybuilders.

Now, go out my friends! Set Sail and Conquer!

Day 1: Preparing for the First Voyage

Time: 0600
Date: 8/10/2016

It was a cool, crisp morning. The sun just rising, a slight breeze blowing, and the smell of salty water from the ocean blowing in… Time to prepare for the first voyage in to the new world.

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What an entry! As long as I can remember, I have always been a fan of writing and creating, setting the scene to an epic story of adventure and battle. If I’m to live up to the name of this site, I have to put some story telling twist to it all! After all, I want to entertain you, my readers. Being my very first post to this site, I want to give a little back story, set the scene and get everyone caught up on where I currently stand.

That being said, let’s take a little step back in time…

Right, so as I mentioned, I have always enjoyed writing and storytelling. Throughout my school and childhood, English, Language Arts and History were my favorite classes to be in. It gave me the chance to let my imagination run wild, to put myself in the place of our ancestors and dream about being there with them. I love to create. This love of the arts expands to drawing, painting, music, magic, etc. I love and have done them all. I was always entertaining my peers in elementary and even up through high school with card tricks. I played in the school band from elementary up to high school, and from there moved on to piano courses. I am also self-taught in guitar and have performed in a few bands. I had also experimented with free blogging sites my senior year, just toying with the idea of writing online for money. I wrote for HubPages for about 6 months, making some small money there. It was both rewarding and enjoyable. I loved it, and I loved the idea of making a living off my writing.

But then…everything changed. Something clicked in my mind. My course set to being an “adult.” I deleted everything from my HubPages account, changed course and left behind the dream of working online for myself. Worst thing I could ever do I tell ya! Biggest mistake made. A couple years back I started experimenting with blogging again. This time, I had to get serious. I had a purpose and I knew I needed to pay for my own hosting and domain name. I toyed with different names, I bought in to hosting and a name and then….

Nothing. I spent money on something I just dropped all together. For some reason I couldn’t wrap my head around how to properly set a blog up. I couldn’t figure out why my site wasn’t coming up. I couldn’t figure out where to go or what to do to make it work. So, as any rational human being would do, I gave up! Again! Money wasted.

Fast forward to about two months ago. I started working for a boat club. It’s a dream job, really! I clean and perform small repairs on small craft boats. I take the boats out and ride around in them. I help our members load up and take off for a day on the ocean water! It couldn’t get any better than this! But…my hours are cut from full time to whenever I need to be here. It is a brand new club after all and is still growing. It had only been opened a month before I got here. With low hours, and in return low pay, I needed something else. I have always believed that having only one source of income badly limits your true potential. I have always believed that, but I have never truly acted on it. That being said, I needed to act.

In comes the action! I picked up some old books I have never finished reading, started over and started sticking to them. These books are all about working online, escaping the 9-5 life and being your own boss. The true dream life. So, what did I do about that? Well, two weeks ago I bought in again. I paid for a domain name and a host site. I must mention, I bought my domain name from one site, and my hosting from another. Both sites were amazingly helpful by the way! That aside, I messed up again. AGAIN! I could not for the life of me get my website running or figure out how to post a blog etc. This time though I didn’t give up. I couldn’t, because my wife would chew me out if I did! Haha…

So, after looking more closely at everything I was doing I realized a couple things:

  • My site name was all wrong. I made a major spelling error that I didn’t notice until after purchase. F***!
  • I needed to apparently wait a certain time period before I could move my domain name over to the chosen host site.

I had to take action and talk to both companies. I contacted the domain name provider first, explained my situation and my pure ignorance in not paying attention to my error. They were so kind and helpful. They offered to delete the domain name and give me a full refund back. Issue one knocked out in a matter of three days. Yes, three days! This was mostly due to my lack of good communication at the time. The company itself was amazingly helpful. Issue two went just as smoothly. The hosting company also cancelled my plan and gave a full refund back.

From there it was back to the drawing board. I felt slightly stupid and defeated, but I couldn’t give up! I did a little bit more research and found another amazing site that offered both domain names and hosting for unbeatably cheap prices and awesome customer care. And so it was born, The Online Viking. Now you may ask, “Why do you call yourself The Online Viking?” Well, do I have an answer for you! You see, I love the history of Vikings. I love the slight mystery that still lingers behind their legacy. I love what is tied to the idea of their own name. It amazes me to be honest, and I hope to get you just as excited about Vikings as I am!

Vikings are often tied to exploration, conquering new land. Of course those that know only the simplified version of these people tend to automatically think of savages raiding and pillaging innocent villages of their goods and lives. But, I am not a simple man. I must know more because I believe there is more to them than what others tell.

Super short history lesson time! Vikings were average folk. They were farmers and hunters and gatherers. They lived just as anyone else at that period really did. They came to travelling and raiding out of necessity to survive. Just as anyone would do what they needed to survive, so did the Vikings.

See you yet why I like the idea of the name Viking, and applying it to the online world? Out of necessity to survive, to thrive and succeed in my goals (which I do have a TON of large goals that I must and will reach by the way) I have stepped foot once again in to the online blogging/marketing world. With this site I will blog every step of my adventure in to this, both for your enjoyment and for your own guidance.

You see, I not only want to do this for my own success, but also for others. I hope that by my short comings, failures, trials and errors all being documented in to one blog, I will help others avoid most of these and jump right in to the success part. That is not to say that you won’t fail at all. You can never learn if you never fail. It’s all a part of the game my friend. I only hope to offer a light in the dark and guide you through the errors to correct course and head to the new land of the free. So, follow me and grow and succeed with me. It’s time for a new adventure, let’s set out and conquer this world!

P.S. If you ever have questions or wish for more specific detail on just setting a blog up to begin with, do not be afraid to contact me! I will do everything in my power to make it as simple as possible for you to get your own site up and running