Did you know I have been a writer my whole life? There are tons of pieces that were written that were never published. Short stories I shared with friends and family. Nothing that was really good or really even that interesting. Like a lot of writers out there I just poured my thoughts, ideas and words onto paper. Back in the day I used to actually write, with pen and paper. Now it is all computers and typing. Can you imagine if you didn’t know how to type? Life all of the sudden became so much harder. I am a super fast typist. Last time I was tested it was like 75-85 words per minute. I use a natural ergonomic keyboard and I type by thought, not even thinking of the word, as my fingers automatically find the keys, just like when shifting in my car. I just know where 2nd gear is without thinking of it. My keyboard actually has all lot of the letters worn off. When I worked in retail and people would see me typing they would just be amazed. I can type as fast as most people talk. Pretty cool huh?
As you may know, this is my personal blog. I have so many blogs but this is the one that consistently has stayed with me through the years. In fact, years ago an angel told me to copy all my blogs from MySpace and to put them somewhere safe. I wasn’t a webmaster really back then, just dabbling here and there, so I put them in a Microsoft Word file and then eventually put them all into a blog on Blogger.com. For a blogging platform it was pretty decent. Later after I taught myself WordPress I created this blog and imported all the posts. It took a really long time, but now they are categorized by topic and most of them look pretty decent. I really like the layout and design of this theme as it gives a lot of creativity and “coolness” factor. It’s not a scrolling parallax site like my normal style of websites. I try to stay away from reading my own blog (this one especially) as I can get lost in my own writings and hours will pass by.
This blog really was sort of a catch all of any writing that didn’t fit on a business type of blog. For instance AaronMstephens.com is my public figure site/blog, where as Angel.Academy is just for the book. I also have a different following on this blog. There are a ton of old MySpace friends who follow this blog and maybe some of the others. I sort of like to think of this as my “feel good” blog; where I can go for inspiration, maybe a little spiritual pick me up, or just reminded that I am loved. As silly as it may sound, we all KNOW we are loved by someone, hopefully. However it is not every day that everyone actually hears it. There is a harmonic vibration that sets a ripple effect into the Universe every time someone says “I Love You” out loud. Yes seriously.
You will find with this blog I tend to write a lot, more so than my other blogs. Why? I guess there is no specific purpose other than just writing, sharing, telling. If you are looking from the outside — in, it might be difficult to keep up with all the platforms that I use on a daily or weekly basis. Sometimes even “I” get lost navigating all the sites. If anything this would be more of a journal type of blog, just documenting some of the things that are going on so I can later look at them, and let’s face it, my fans want to know what is going on also.
If you just tuned in lately, I wrote a book. It has consumed my life since it began in June. It was written in 25 days and it is a kids book on a fiction world on angels. Pretty much sums it up. What makes my story so different is I tapped into my M.B.A. and marketing background and went “all in” in this adventure. As of this morning I have 150k fans worldwide. I have spent vast amounts of capital funding this venture with the hopes and promise of a big paycheck at the end and for the rest of my life. Well, when you put it that way, why not spend all my savings, cash out my investments, close my IRA’s, 401(k)s and anything else I can get my hands on? When that is gone, I still have dozens of credit cards with obscene credit limits. You don’t the kind of success results without spending a lot of money.
My new favorite saying “T.M.A.I.” It means throw money at it. Not everyone can do that, but if you can, by all means do it. It works. Advertise every opportunity. If it is less than a hundred bucks, absolutely do it whatever it is. So a few hundred bucks here and there peppered a few dozen times, it makes an impact. Not everyone has that luxury or credit card to do that. Keep in mind that I am already a successful businessman who has made a lot of smart choices along the way.
The whole book process has been an amazing story in itself. I really need to sit down and journal that all out. I imagine I’ll be discussing it on a stage in front of a live audience at some point, so having it down on paper (or online) might be a good idea. So next week is the book launch, a week from today. I’m pretty excited about it. I am nervous that it is being held in such a small establishment. On the plus side, my friends and supporters that will be there will make it seem a lot busier that normal. Big crowds for events is a good thing. I can already see a line in front of the cute white picket fence.