#NicheAmnesty.TV-Blogging Without Borders: Episode 2

August 12, 2011 · 22 comments


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Hi Guys

Welcome to #Episode 2 of

#NicheAmnesty.TV – Blogging Without Borders

This weeks episode is coming live and direct from the gazebo at Mano; in southern Bali. I didn’t have anyone to film this week so you’ll notice that the lighting is off (blame the sun) and the edit is a bit of a ….errr….mashup…!  But I still had lots of fun making this video to share with you all and that’s what really matters right?

Additionally, when asked to feature again this week, our budgie smuggling extra asked for payment; but there was nothing in the budget for it…so sorry folks… this week it’s just me : )

Post/s of the week go to: John Falchetto  for the 4-Hour Body Of Lies  &  On Line Meetings vs Face To Face, What Matters For Business

Please send your feedback on the series so far and any questions you would like to see asked on ANY TOPIC whatsoever to:

stacey@mylifestylemax.com

It’s all love.xx


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Fred @ SoloBizCoach.com
Twitter: SoloBizCoach
August 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

Hi Stacey,

Great questions! It is so important to understand your unique selling proposition. I am a business coach who helps aspiring entrepreneurs to find the right business ideas that suit their life goals, and then develop and execute plans to take such ideas from side businesses to full-time businesses.

I am certainly not the only business coach, but I do have a unique selling proposition. Through my eleven years of experience as a business lawyer and my four years of experience in building two side businesses, while working at least 50 hours a week as an attorney, I have experienced and overcome many of the obstacles that sabotage new entrepreneurs.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to tell you and your audience about my business, My about page is at http://www.solobizcoach.com/about/ .
Fred @ SoloBizCoach.com recently posted..How To Find Time To Start a Side Business

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Stacey August 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hey Fred, what a welcome surprise, I have seen your smiley face around and you look like a happy chappy..I like those types of people! I am in the process of getting my first entrepreneurial venture off the ground so no doubt you are a minefield of knowledge and information I can excavate. How do you even manage to blog whilst working 50 hours per week, and running two businesses…are you like ” super fred”. Wow!

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Stan Faryna
Twitter: Faryna
August 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

My unique selling point?! Why I work so hard to deeply share my heart and soul with you?

Because you are amazing- so Isn’t it about time that you start feeling it? To live it! Own it!?

[holding up a single flower and smiling like a dog with an incontrovertible Buddha nature]
Stan Faryna recently posted..The bare-footed man of Bucharest #fanart

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Stacey August 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Mr Faryna…’incontrovertible buddha nature’..why do you have to go and confuse me with all these big words and ideas man..jeez, lol

I think we have similar motivations behind what and how we share…live and own it..I’m with you on that one..or two…lol

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Dino Dogan (@dino_dogan) August 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Im just here to offer up a technical pointer since I have no unique selling proposition :-)

Your camera face positioning should have been exactly reversed. You’d probably end up squinting a little since the light would be in your face but the image would come out way better.

hope that helps :-) You are doing a kick ass job with this Niche Amnesty thingy :-)
Dino Dogan (@dino_dogan) recently posted..The Day The Blogosphere Stood Still

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Stacey August 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I struggle a lot with direct sunlight since my bells palsy, and my squinting would have been pretty pronounced..or it would have been glasses all the way, lol. I think the trick may be for me to find a better location or time of day, but thanks for the feel back..and glad you like that I’m continuing this NicheAmnesty thingy :)

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Adrienne
Twitter: adriennesmith40
August 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Love the videos lately Stacey and am really enjoying this series.

Ah that USP!!! I’ve been going through a course as a matter of fact trying to figure mine out so here it goes. As my tagline states, “my mission is to help you achieve success online”, I thought it was way too vague but I’m leaning that it’s actually not. If you have a question about wanting to know how to do something online, I’ll help you. Am I an expert in every area? Heck know… If I don’t know something, I’ll do my best to find it out though. What makes me different? I actually care about you and really want to help you with no hidden agenda. Yep, hang around my place for any length of time and see for yourself. But hey, you already know that and we just recently met.

Do I have one post that really stands out? I don’t know, I think you would have to ask my readers about that. Maybe it’s the video I shot for the Niche Amnesty day you started so that tells people a little more about who I am and they can always check out my “About Adrienne” page to learn more about what I do. So I’ll give you that link okay?

http://adriennesmith.net/discover-the-real-adrienne-smith-nicheamnesty/

As always, fabulous job young lady and as Stan says, you’re amazing!
Adrienne recently posted..7 Ways To Kill Your Blog Quickly

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Stacey August 13, 2011 at 5:23 am

Hi Adrienne glad your enjoying the video series, I’m really enjoying creating it. The first thing that come to mind on reading your tag line is ” success in what” ? I appreciate what you said about not being an expert in every area..but I’m sure there are areas that you are a total expert in? Maybe you could highlight or bring attention to those areas within your tag line ( just a thought and feel free to discount my 2 cents)

I think even a blind man could see that there is genuine warmth and energy when you connect with people..we can fake ability and proficiency but you can’t fake having a heart for others…the heart doesn’t lie. Even though I had seen 1 or two of your posts before, the video you made really stood out to me..maybe because we had chosen the same medium. But I think more-so, because I could see the spark and mischief behind you eyes..you intrigued me. Thanks for adding your link here Adrienne. Also, how are you finding this course you are taking..if you are getting alot of out it, please feel free to share it with others here.xx

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Adrienne
Twitter: adriennesmith40
August 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Hey Stacey,

Yeah, see I thought the same thing. It’s too vague but having gone through this course and they critiqued my blog, they said that it’s just fine because I am willing to help everyone whether it’s a question about affiliate, internet or network marketing or personal development. You see, there isn’t one particular area that I love doing the most.

This program has been truly amazing but it’s no longer available. It’s a seven week training course and they shut their doors before it started. That’s the only bad thing about finding such amazing things like this. You’ve got to get in quick. But I’ll continue sharing what I’m learning, it’s just a lot to share. :-)
Adrienne recently posted..7 Ways To Kill Your Blog Quickly

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Betsy Cross
Twitter: BetsyKCross
August 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Hey Stacey,
My blog “Remember” was created to teach people how to find, organize, use and share all of the family history documents sitting in a shoe box in Aunt Millie’s closet or any you might find in web databases. My ultimate goal is to be a part of the linking of family members and families together, physically by finding them and putting them in their places, and emotionally by sharing their stories.
I’m doing okay with some of the vision, but it’s going to take time to work out my kinks. All I can say is I’m having a blast!
Betsy Cross recently posted..Father and Son Stories

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Stacey August 13, 2011 at 5:28 am

Hey Betsy…well feel free to experiment with me as you work out those kinks ( wink wink)…and for anyone who may read something a little naughty into that statement…well….it’s not, lol. What do you think it is about your blog that will encourage others to find a sense of passion and intrigue in piecing together their family history, what was the occurrence for you that made you realise that this is important work? ….and it very much is. My grandparent have old black and white pictures on their wall from when they used to live in the west indies. As a child I used to ignore these pictures..now as a woman, they intrigue me, I realise my grandparents have a past, a history a heritage I know nothing about. I’m looking forward to one day finding that box of documents in a closet!

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Betsy Cross
Twitter: BetsyKCross
August 13, 2011 at 5:50 am

HAHA! Stacey..Honestly (which for me can get me in trouble!) I’m like a glorified drug-pusher! I don’t know another way to describe it. There’s a spirit about the work related to genealogy (putting people in place) and family history (telling their stories). Success breeds addiction. I see it ALL the time. I started the site because people generally give up when they feel disorganized AND the picture is too big. Once they have caught the vision and have a workable system they fly!
So, there’s really nothing that I do except ask people to “try some”. That’s a challenge online. Interaction and feedback is key. Engaging someone to the point where you have a relationship of trust and can see exactly where you can help is so much easier in person. A lot of my time is in the unrewarding, passive posting and waiting and hoping. I think the blog will eventually be just the platform for my website where those who are serious jump into the funnel for “more”. Time…my friend mentor!
What about you Stacey. I thought you were going to answer your own question. I was sitting on the edge of my seat! Are you saving it for your blog? Curious minds want to know!!
Betsy Cross recently posted..Father and Son Stories

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Stacey August 13, 2011 at 6:01 am

Grrrrrrrrrr..I wondered who was going to call me out first,…thought it might have been Bill, lol. I think I’m still fine tuning my usp? When I first started writing this blog, I had no real aspirations for it. I just wanted to have a outlet to write. Then lots and lots and lots of things changed…or had been in the process of changing and something clicked. I realised that there is a reason God has made me who I am..and rather than to spend another day fighting it, or hiding it….I had to embrace it. I want to help others do the same.
So the USP I can put my finger on for MLSM…Is it has a servants heart..a sincere desire to change the world though honesty, integrity, and community… and…will help you walk into your best life, by helping you to align your life with who you really are. I’m a story teller..whose watch words are integrity and love!

Does that even makes sense..probably not…my editor was busy : )

Now I’m going to flush my head down the toilet..as I sound like such a prat, lol

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Betsy Cross
Twitter: BetsyKCross
August 13, 2011 at 8:41 am

Stacey,
What’s a “Prat”? HAHA! You know, it’s people like you who give people like me a vehicle to express ourselves. If THAT makes sense? If you didn’t write and engage us in your blog (written and video) someone would have to take your place. But it wouldn’t be you. We’d miss the gift that you are. Sometimes we can take for granted the people who show up (for free) and give who they are JUST to serve, like you said. I know how busy you must be. So here’s a HUGE thanks for showing up. You’ve made a difference in my life.
I can’t let things go! I looked up “prat”:

“1. prat Basically someone whos a major idiot, or is delusional and dumb. Acts against logic and thinks hes self-righteous. AKA: Major dumb-a.”

That got me laughing! You’re not a prat!
Betsy Cross recently posted..And Their Hearts Shall be Turned

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Bill Dorman August 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

What makes my post so successful is my Avatar, in fact, I’m going to start putting up more pictures of myself because I’m sure that will drive huge amounts of traffic.

I’m probably not going to be able to offer a compelling story, but I would say my site is comfortable and the dialogue seems to flow pretty freely. I’m still struggling with direction, but I’m sure I will have an epiphany any day now. If someone wants to check it out the can come by http://billdorman.me/ and I might have a beer or two left over.

Good choice w/ John, I know him well and he has a very interesting site indeed.

I’m disappointed; you could have had our buddy swimming up and getting out of the water behind you……………:).

Good day ma’am, thanks for sharing.
Bill Dorman recently posted..Lean on me

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Stacey August 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hi Bill, I love they way John writes and he is really quite clever with the way he addresses lots of different topics. Bill, your one of the few people who can comfortably say your unique selling point is you. If you plan to keep your place purely social rather than incoming generating…then just keep doing what your doing.

If your struggling with direction it can be helpful to write a list of the things you would like to write about, and why, then put them into a order that makes sense and gives people a reading journey to come on. Just a thought
I loved Jack GP at your joint this week BTW

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Marianne Worley
Twitter: MarianneWorley
August 14, 2011 at 1:21 am

Hi Stacey,

Aaaah, your video makes me yearn to start my upcoming vacation to Hawaii right now!

But, back to the unique selling proposition. I’ve spent my entire career (and plan to spend the rest of it) in marketing communications. So the USP is critical for every single project I work on, from a 50 word text ad to a 5,000 word white paper. When I start writing content for clients, that’s exactly what I start with. I love that you’re encouraging bloggers to craft a USP, if they haven’t already done so.

Here’s my personal USP: I’m a marketing strategist that creates revenue-driving communications for business clients. For my blog: I’m sharing my marketing, writing, and social media experiences (with a few personal stories thrown in) to help others learn more about marketing.

I’m working on a plan to do some site revisions, as I definitely need to expand my client base. It’s so tough when it’s just you, so it’s nice to have amazing friends! :-)
Marianne Worley recently posted..The Day I Chatted With a Facebook Hacker

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Stacey August 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

Hi Marianne,
It didn’t even occur to me that as a blogger I would need a USP, if I wanted to not only keep people interested but really focus on what I’m trying to achieve. Marketing is always something I’ve been interested, but the more time I spend online it’s becoming just apparent how critical it is. Thanks for sharing your USP with us, and driving home just how important it is that we all identify ours. Wishing you well for your holiday is Hawaii.. Janet Calloway lives there…girls night out, lol

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Susana August 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Hi Stacey,

Nice video, nice laugh. :) I don’t think I have a USP yet either. I guess my blog’s mission is helping others while I help myself. I try to share my experience and motivate others to move forward and be happy. Anyway, like I told you before it’s still a new blog, with a lot to improve, trying to produce good content. Everyone’s invited to check out my little corner of the Blogoshere for more details.

Good luck with this new project! I am sure it will be very helpful and successful!

xxxx
Susana
Susana recently posted..Girl in a Bubble – Escape from the Comfort Zone

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Stacey August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

I think we share near identical usp’s….awesomeness. And thanks for your encouragement with the project..it’s something I’m really enjoying doing, especially the editing part..I’m learning tons. Look forward to seeing you in the banter. Feel free to send me any questions you’d like to see answered on any topic what so ever.xx

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Elena Patrice
Twitter: WGB2U
August 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Hi there Ms. Beautiful! I swear you could have a sack cloth on and a bag over your head and it all be perfect, but gosh we would miss out! So … now to the important stuff… ;) Did I tell you how I’m diggin’ this series?! OK, OK …

I had to stop and think as well about this question Stacey. Like my personality, all-over-the-map, I think my blog started off that way, but … it’s getting the rough edges smoothed out a bit and I think I’m out to save the world! ;) He, he! Well, at least small businesses from the bad world of scammers, misleaders and heartbreakers! I’m also a huge advocate of others trying to save the world in their own unique way, so I’m still a hodgepodge ey?!

I do think my “about” page will help a bit http://www.websitesgiveback.com/elena.htm and my deal is really vlogging and trying to make sense out of the mess in the web design world for small businesses that must get a presence on the web. I want to inform and educated them, as well as inspire newbies and entrepreneurs in some way. Now how’s that for vague?! Darn Stacey, I think I have to get out a dry erase board and start over now … waaahhh!!

I’m going to like the questions that might make me sound a little smarter or at least I could fake it a little better! You’re bright sunshine on a cloudy day … thank you!

Have a faboo, memorable week my dear friend!!

Peace and blue skies,

Elena
Elena Patrice recently posted..What’s Love Got to Do With It?

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Stacey August 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

Your are awesome…thanks for your support….”jeez, I gotta think of a cool outfit now for friday”, lol . Cracking new post by the way…it had a very special flavour to it.
Seriously, I would love me a dry erase board to work all this stuff out. It’s amazing how when where put on this spot about these things…we can go ..BLANK!
However it sounds to me like you know exactly what your doing, and from the quality and content of your videos, it looks to me like you KNOW what your doing too Keep working it I say. Thanks for sharing your about page. Any suggestions for next months topic…it can ANYTHING!
I’m in the process of starting my own small business/company…so get ready for the barrage of questions ;-)
I plan to have a faboo, productive and beautiful week, and I am wishing you one too.xx

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