This is NOT a Treasure Map

If you’re a writer, musician, blogger, wannabe blogger, entrepreneur, author, painter, or anyone who does creative work, I’ve got an eBook I’d love to give you.

It’s called This is NOT a Treasure Map, and it’s based on the closing talk I gave at Killer Tribes a few weeks ago.

The eBook is short – about 2000 words – but I think the concept could transform the way you look at failure, success, and the creative work that you do.

I sent it to my friend Jeff Goins during the final editing phase and he told me he thought it was the best thing I’ve ever written…so there’s that! His official blurb is:

“If you believe in unicorns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows, don’t read this book. In it, Bryan kicks your butt — and mine — dispelling the myth of big breaks. Instead, he calls us to love the work we do, no matter what.” — JEFF GOINS, Author, Wrecked

You can get the book on Amazon for Kindle (This is NOT a Treasure Map) or you can get it free in exchange for your email address at KillerTribes.com.

Speaking of your email address, those who get the eBook will be the among the first to know when the 2013 Killer Tribes Conference audio goes on sale next week, and rumor has it that the first 100 people who buy it will get it for over 50% off.

Get it now: Your FREE copy of This is Not a Treasure Map.

PS…as you’ll see when you click through, big changes are happening at Killer Tribes.

The 1 Year Anniversary of 31 Days to Mojo

Exactly one year ago today I was sitting at the STORY Conference in Chicago refreshing my Amazon KDP page like a madman. My first eBook, 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo, had just been released and I couldn’t wait to see how many hundred people bought my book on Day 1.

As it turned out, zero hundred people bought the book. I think the final number on Day 1 was 73, which was pretty good, but not quite what I had expected.

Exactly 365 days later the book is still selling relatively strongly thanks to your positive reviews on Amazon and a little bit of word of mouth. As of this exact minute I’ve sold exactly 3064 copies of the book, which blows my mind. I still love getting positive feedback from new readers, and it makes me happy to think that I’m helping people become less frustrated bloggers.

To celebrate the 1-year Anniversary of the release I’m lowering the Kindle price of 31 Days to Mojo to just $2.99 for the rest of September!

Need more of a reason to buy it? Here are ten:

1. I put 30 of my best jokes between the chapters. Even if you hate blogging, you are still paying 10 cents a joke for 30 jokes.

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Taking the Leap

The video in this post has been ten years in the making. I say that because asking you to watch a 9-minute video is the 1992 equivalent of asking you to read Anna Karenina. Yes, it’s long, but still, you’ve got to watch it.

The alternative would have been writing this all out.
Recapping the last decade and highlighting the crazy ride that has been the last six months of my life. That post might have rivaled Tolstoy in terms of length, which is why video was the best option.

This was recorded four days ago
, when my good friend (and pastor) Sam Masteller gave me ten minutes at the end of his message on The Circle Maker (based on Mark Batterson’s book) to share my story. If you’ve read this blog even once over the last decade, you’ve had a role in my journey. Thanks for being a part, hope you enjoy!



Thanks again for your support through the years
, excited to keep taking this journey with you, wherever it leads!

Your Best Summer Blog Post

Time for another edition of Shameless Plug Tuesday!

You’ve got our full permission to leave a comment that is all about YOU.

Here’s how this works:

1. Leave a comment with a link to a blog post you wrote this summer that you’d like others to read (anything from May to now is fine). No need to put a description for the post, but if you do please keep it to 1-2 sentences.

2. After your comment is posted, scroll through the 5-10 comments above yours and pick at least one blog post out to click through, read, and leave a comment on.

(if you don’t have a blog but want to play along, leave a link to someone else’s blog post that you loved.)

You get it? Give a little bit of attention and get a little bit of attention.

Alright, let’s do this.

Share your favorite summer blog post and comment on someone else’s!

My Guest Post at the Catalyst Blog

I wrote something for Catalyst yesterday on 3 things I learned from putting on the Killer Tribes Conference, you can read that here: What I Learned From Hosting Killer Tribes.

Speaking of Killer Tribes, the audio from the conference will be available in 3 weeks. Nine talks – over four and a half hours of audio – will be an immediate download for just $20. Can’t wait for you all to be inspired by what we heard 3 months ago in Nashville. To see which talks will be included, go here: Killer Tribes Conference Audio.

And speaking of Catalyst, best rates for the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta on October 3-5 end on Thursday. I’ll be there for the 4th year in a row, you should seriously consider coming out to experience it. (You can register here.) Love this video they put together for this year’s event.

 

MAKE from Catalyst on Vimeo.

You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

There’s a question I used to ask other people that I still hear people asking today. That question is this:

Is being a good writer and a hard worker enough?

I think what people are really asking is this: Am I going to look back on all these years I am pouring into writing and think “what a waste”? What if I keep working hard at writing and keep getting better and it still leads me nowhere. What if I never even sniff a book deal? What if my blog never really grows? What if I’m in the same place in 5 years as I am now? Is it all worth it?

When I think of those questions these days, I think of Jeff Goins. I first met Jeff at Dream Year Nashville in January 2011. He told me how he was kind of burnt out on his blog and was thinking about starting over. I encouraged him to go for it (I think), and I told him things would turn out really well (okay, I probably didn’t say that).

Less than a year and a half later, Jeff is blowing up. His blog (Goinswriter.com) is insanely popular and chock full of great content, he’s been featured in eBook with some of the most popular bloggers in the planet, and his first print book (Wrecked) hits shelves on August 1st.

How did he do it? I’ll let him fill in the details, but it started with him 1) declaring he was a writer and 2) acting like a writer. Sounds hokey, right? Well, actually it’s not. And once you can grab a hold of that, it can totally transform how you think about your writing and your writing career.

Jeff talks about all of this and so much more in his new eBook, You are a Writer. I got a chance to read it last month and I think it’s really going to change the game for a lot of folks out there. It definitely left me encouraged and inspired to keep pursuing my passions and putting in the work.

Oh, did I mention the book is only 5 bucks! Seriously. You can buy it on Amazon or the Nook, but if you purchase one of the two available PDF packages, you get other goodies as well. Good stuff.

Excited to see things going so well for Jeff because I know how much work he has put into it. Hoping some of you can learn from him and follow in similar footsteps.

UPDATE: Jeff was kind enough to offer a discount to folks who read this blog on the PDF version of the eBook. Go to YouareaWriter.com and purchase either of the two available packages with the discount code killertribes and get them for 50% off! The packages were already priced too low, so this is beyond generous. Hurry though, code expires at midnight on Sunday night, May 20th. Thanks again, Jeff!

 

How to Keep your Blog Fresh

I recently asked the members of the Killer Tribes Blogger Community how they keep their blogs fresh, and here’s what a few of them told me:

Dustin Stout:

I check Google+, Mashable, and Gizmodo for “What’s Hot”. There’s always something inspiring or interesting in there, even if it is that same animated GIF of Google+ punching Facebook in its FACE. I also like to visit my Top 12 Sites for Creative Inspiration.

Thea Nelson:

Any time anything unusual or noteworthy happens, I take a moment to send a note about it to my Evernote account. I may not have a blog idea right then, but when I have a moment later to go back and look through, it often sparks an idea. Some sort of idea capturing strategy is imperative because nearly every time I get a great idea and assume I’ll remember it, I am wrong! I also take photographs of interesting things I see and keep a file of those pictures handy on my computer to add to posts to make them more visually compelling.

Tor Constantino:

The challenge to keep things fresh often means overcoming creative blocks. Here’s 5 tips I use to overcome creative blocks in blogging.

Chad Jones:

I keep it fresh by pushing myself into uncomfortable spaces, like this post I recently wrote.

Laura Crosby:

My only advice is PAY ATTENTION. The focus of my blog is paying attention to the relationships, experiences, and practices God uses to form you into someone who’s more like Him (with a bit of humor and brutal authenticity). When I look back over my day and pay attention to the little things in my life (fears, sin, joys etc.), most likely they are things that others are going to resonate with too. The important thing is to not make it about “me”, but cross the bridge and make it about all of us.

Want to chime in on how you keep your blog fresh? Tell us in the comments.

Here’s more info on the Killer Tribes Blogger Community if you want to be a part.

 

Bob Lefsetz on Success

“Usually success comes long after you expect it, when you’re running on fumes, when there are just enough crumbs to keep you going, but everybody else laughs and tells you to give up.” Bob Lefsetz, former top level record label consultant

enjoy those crumbs folks, it might mean your breakthrough is coming!

Announcing the Killer Tribes Conference

Well…this is probably the biggest, scariest thing I’ve done since I drank an entire glass of water at 10pm as a bed-wetting 12-year old at a sleepover at my friend Seth’s house.

Let’s hope it turns out better than that night did.

Ladies and Gentleman, introducing the Killer Tribes Conference…

Registration is live, and time is already running out on the Super Early Bird rate. Can’t wait for you to meet these presenters, and can’t wait to tell you who else is on the verge of joining the lineup. For more info, visit the conference web site: The Killer Tribes Conference

If you’re a blogger, writer, artist, pastor, small business owner, or anyone else looking to expand their reach, find their fans, & build a killer tribe, THIS CONFERENCE IS FOR YOU.

This is going to be so much fun I might pee in my pants…and boy, wouldn’t that be life coming full circle?

Can’t wait to see who the first few folks are who jump on board and get tickets. Stay tuned…

Good Bye BlogRocket, Hello Killer Tribes

Big announcement today on the blog that a few of you already know about.

I’m re-branding BlogRocket as Killer Tribes!

Why Killer Tribes? Here’s 5 Reasons:

1. I’ve been talking about re-branding for a few months now because I feel like my expertise extends a little bit beyond the world of blogging. I want to help people expand their platform and their reach using blogging, social media, networking, collaboration, ball-peen hammers, and other tools we have at our disposal.

BlogRocket hemmed me into blogging. Killer Tribes helps me broaden my scope to include anything and everything I can do to help you build a killer tribe.

2. I’ve always wanted to have a logo that incorporated crossing spears.

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