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The Non Writers Guide to Writing Great Blog Posts


Write something. Write anything. Just write. This can be a challenge for someone whose expertise is not writing. Yet your ability to write is at the core of your ability to build a business online. In the offline world, you can rely on whatever your talents are and word of mouth if you’re lucky. When you try to extend those talents and in some way package and sell your expertise online, writing becomes really important. […]

Why do People Fear New Technology?


A reader recently contacted me with an interesting question. He writes: I am the IT department for a small business. My biggest day-to-day problem is driving adoption rates among my 20 users. Despite being given strong tools I find a lot of people want to continue using Outlook and Index Cards. Do you have any insight on what holds people back from learning and implementing new tools? It’s a great question, and I think it […]

Technology Year in Review: How I Run Cloud-Coach for $44.99/Month

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Since Cloud Coach is all about living in working in harmony with technology, I thought it would be fitting to look back over the last year at the various pieces of technology that have made my business possible. I’ve tried to list them in order of when I first started using the platform, along with my notes about whether I’d choose it again if I was starting over. Website Platform: WordPress Cost: Free I’ve written […]

A Business is Born: The Cloud Coach Annual Review


Being that this is the first year that Cloud Coach has existed on the great wide internet, I can’t write a clever intro about how I like to look back each year, or about the progress we’ve made here on the site. I can’t compare my results this year to my results last year, and I can’t tell you about how my readers have grown or changed since the last time I’ve done this exercise. […]

Are You Getting Ignored? Learn How to Get Noticed


Today on Cloud Coach, we’re going to do something different. I’ll be reviewing the book Get Noticed, by Marcus Taylor and Rob Lawrence. Rob is an online acquaintance of mine that I met through Ariel Hyatt’s Music Success in 9 Weeks Challenge- a boot camp on how to market your music online. Rob is more than just a musician though; he is a talented consultant and coach who helps musicians market themselves and get recognition […]

How to Live In Harmony With Your Passwords


The shift to the cloud has made our lives easier. Online services are replacing things that our computers used to do, and to take advantage, all you have to do is sign up. Along with all of these new logins, comes more passwords. What’s a “connected” person to do? The purpose of this article is to teach you how to live in harmony with your passwords using a fantastic free password manager called LastPass.

Digital Clutter: Does it Really Exist?

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One of the books that has been a big influence on me in the last year is Clutter Busting by Brooks Palmer. Palmer is a profound writer, who’s “day job” is going around helping people get rid of the stuff that’s holding them back. In the book, he teaches the clutter busting process through personal stories and experiences he shares with tender and loving detail. Along with the physical space this stuff takes up in our lives, Palmer is illuminating when it comes to the emotional clutter that is attached to the physical. Seeing something from your past can bring up a strong emotional reaction, especially when it’s tied to something negative.

How to Not Lose Everything: The Importance of Backing Up


I knew the situation was bad when he called a second time. My brother doesn’t usually have any urgent situations, but today was different. When I finally got him on the phone, I asked him what was wrong. “I’m sooooo fucked!” Uh oh. His (vintage) iBook had been acting strange the last couple of days until this morning, when it decided that it would just wait on the boot screen endlessly. He sat and stared […]