The Million Dollar Blog Project and the Dark Side of the Internet

Come to the Dark Side...

Come to the Dark Side...

I’m seriously considering joining the Million Dollar Blog Project over at ThinkTraffic. I think it will dovetail nicely with a new branded blog I am about to launch. Their latest post on the project encourages participants to use public accountability as a motivational tool. I have used this kind of tool in the past, and it is admittedly very motivating. To succeed publicly is nice, but to fail publicly is an excellent motivator for the pain-averse like myself.

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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  1. Kelly says:

    Hey Michelle – completely understand the fact that you would keep somethings to yourself in order to protect your livelihood. I can’t imagine what it would be like having a stalker… Either way, it’s great that you’re going to do the $1MBP, good luck and will definitely follow you as you go along. Public accountability at its finest ;)
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  2. Hey Michelle – I actually haven’t even heard of the $1MBP until you wrote about it in this post. Its certainly an interesting concept. Good luck with it – and do keep us posted!
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  3. I hope you join in. It will be fun and a good learning experience for all. I would think you could leave out any personal information from accountability. Particularly since you built your brand around “IM Koala”.

    This is something I have long wrestled with. I actually had a guy show up uninvited on my doorstep one night (not long before I started Steve Scott Site). In my other blog I used to publicly state town (and of course name) I guess it wasn’t hard to add that to address.

    It was a little scary and Since I created my new “Internet Marketing” site right after that I went with a pen name. To be honest though, I regret that now, because I have built so much branding around that name (and it is the site name) that I cannot change it, even though I do not worry as much about people hunting me down anymore.

    Anyhow, i guess my point is I understand your privacy concerns, but hope you can find a way to make it work for you. :)

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    • Michelle says:

      Hi Steve! I hear you on the “having someone show up at your house” thing. I came close to it once, when I had my first online business (back around 2000). It was an ecommerce store, but somehow it got listed in the phone book w/my home address as the location (I guess because that was the address of record on my incorporation paperwork). Luckily they called first, and I explained that the store they wanted to visit existed solely in the ether.

      I’ll definitely find a way to make it work for me. I have actually pondered using a pen name; after all, who would know? But I worried about the legalities if, say, someone wanted to write me a check, for example. I know there’s got to be a way around it, but I’d rather just hide behind a cute moniker for now. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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