I know others whom I follow (like Jeremy over at Zero Passive Income) are extremely public with all of their financial data. While I’m sure that’s a great motivator for him, I don’t think I will ever be that public. But within the confines of this one project, I will try to be as transparent as possible, while still keeping my niche and site name a secret.
So, for all intents and purposes, I will be a part of the Million Dollar Blog Project (or MDBP, as they’re calling it). If you’d like to follow along at home, you can see all of my posts on the subject here. I just haven’t decided yet whether or not to add my site and its metrics to ThinkTraffic’s listing of participating blogs. As I stated over in their comments, it will depend upon whether or not I have to have my name in any way associated with the project. That’s where the “dark side” of the internet comes in.
It was over on ThinkTraffic’s comment section that I encountered a gal named Julz who was worried about what she might be exposing herself to by participating. She had seen the death threats and other horrible harassment that Naomi over at IttyBiz has been having to deal with, and was understandably concerned. I did what I could in a brief comment to try to help her understand how to protect herself, but the sad reality is that if someone really wants to hunt you down, they will. I actually had to convince myself that Business End of Blogging was worth starting, as it announced me as an internet marketer. Obviously I decided the camaraderie I might share and help I might be able to impart was worth it, but I just wanted to point out that it was a conscious decision, and not one I took lightly.
That is why I chose to use a moniker (The IM Koala) rather than my last name to differentiate me from the other Michelles in IM. I also have a business set up, which has its own address, and I use domain privacy on all my domains, in order to put further layers of obfuscation between myself an anyone who might want to do me harm. You see, I’ve had more than one stalker in my time, both the online and offline kinds. Though I can laugh about them now, it was downright scary when I was going through it, and I learned my lesson. While I chalk this up primarily to the hazards of finding a mate via online dating (which did, eventually, work out in my favor), I know that creepers and crazies can be found on pretty much any web site, not just the dating-oriented ones.
So anyhoo…I’m still trying to decide on what my posting schedule will be for my accountability journal on this new site. When I began this site, my intention was to post to it only once or twice per month, unless something really juicy (like that Premise promo code) came along. So I’m probably going to make it a monthly update, at least on an ongoing basis, with perhaps a few more frequent updates during the first month or so. I’ll let you know what I’ve hammered out when I make my first official $1MBP post!
Photo used under CC license courtesy of Ariaski.
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- Million Dollar Blog Project Update #3
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- Million Dollar Blog Project Update 2
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